Previewing the Biggest EPL, La Liga, Serie A Games: Man City 1 Point from Title

Crippy CookeContributor IMay 8, 2014

Previewing the Biggest EPL, La Liga, Serie A Games: Man City 1 Point from Title

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    With the 2013/14 league season drawing to a close, the respective Premier League, La Liga and Serie A title races and relegation battles could finally be decided over the course of 90 minutes this weekend.

    In the Premier League, Manchester City need just a point from their last league game to seal their second Premier League crown in three seasons.

    In La Liga, Atletico Madrid, currently top of the table, need a win to maintain their three-point lead going into the last league game. At the other end of the table, six teams are still in danger of joining Real Betis in the Segunda Division next season.

    The title and top-three places have already been decided in Serie A, with Fiorentina all but guaranteed of fourth, but the fight for survival is still between five teams who are each hoping not to occupy the three relegation positions.

    So let's review the biggest games from all three leagues this weekend.

    Stats taken from Statto

English Premier League

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    Manchester City vs. West Ham United

    Time: Sunday 3:00 p.m. BST
    Venue: Etihad Stadium

    After dispatching of Aston Villa 4-0 on Wednesday night, Manchester City need just a single point against West Ham this weekend to seal the Premier League title. They beat the Hammers 3-1 at Upton Park in October and 9-0 over two legs in the Capital One Cup semi-final. This game appears to be a foregone conclusion.



    Liverpool vs. Newcastle United

    Time: Sunday 3:00 p.m. BST
    Venue: Anfield

    Liverpool have to overturn a two-points deficit against Manchester City in order to win the Premier League title, which means beating Newcastle is the minimum requirement on the final day. The Reds have been sent back down to earth after picking up just one point from a possible six in their last two games. They’ll be sure to put on a good display in front of their own fans on Sunday.


       
    Southampton vs. Manchester United

    Time: Sunday 3:00 p.m. BST
    Venue: St Mary’s Stadium

    Manchester United could earn some scant consolation and book a Europa League place if they beat Southampton on Sunday. Currently seventh, the Red Devils need a win against the Saints this weekend and hope that sixth-placed Tottenham lose to Aston Villa. United away form is among the best in the league, but they are facing a Southampton side who have lost just twice at home since January.


       
    Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa

    Time: Sunday 3:00 p.m. BST
    Venue: White Hart Lane

    Tottenham know a point is all they need to seal a Europa League place to end a poor season with a little bit of optimism. Spurs haven’t lost to Aston Villa in their last 10 league meetings, and they face a Villa side without a win on their travels since early January, so Tim Sherwood’s men will be very hopeful of getting a result.

Spanish La Liga

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    Atletico Madrid vs. Malaga

    Time: Sunday 6:00 p.m. BST
    Venue: Vicente Calderon
     
    Atletico Madrid could take a massive step in their bid to win this season’s La Liga title with a win against Malaga on Sunday. Atletico suffered a setback when they lost 2-0 to Levante on Sunday, but they are still three points ahead of second-placed Barcelona with 88 points from 36 games.

    Diego Simeone’s men beat Malaga 1-0 when the two sides faced each other in January, and they could win the title this weekend if they beat Malaga and Barcelona fail to beat Elche.



    Elche vs. Barcelona     

    Time: Sunday 6:00 p.m. BST
    Venue: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero

    It’s a six-pointer at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero between Elche and Barcelona. Elche need a win to all but confirm their safety in La Liga, while only a victory will do for Barcelona to keep their chances of winning this season’s title alive. Elche were knocked for four without reply when they travelled to face Barcelona in January.


       
    Granada vs. Almeria

    Time: Sunday 6:00 p.m. BST
    Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes

    Another relegation battle in La Liga sees Granada host Almeria, with both sides dangerously close to the drop zone in the division. Granada, currently fifteenth with 38 points, have only won once in their last seven games, while Almeria, who are sixteenth with 36 points, go into the clash off the back of consecutive league wins.



    Real Betis vs. Real Valladolid

    Time: Sunday 6:00 p.m.
    Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarín
       
    Real Valladolid need a win to boost their survival hopes in the league, and they’ll have great confidence with their opponents being relegated Real Betis, who are bottom with 22 points. However, Valladolid, who are seventeenth, have only won once away from home all season. Betis have lost their last six in La Liga.

Italian Serie A

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    Bologna vs. Catania

    Time: Sunday 2:00 p.m. BST
    Venue: Stadio Renato Dall'Ara

    It’s make or break time at the bottom of the Serie A table, with eighteenth-placed Bologna locking horns with nineteenth-placed Catania. The home side lost to Catania 2-0 earlier this season, and are winless in their last seven games. They need a win to boost their survival hopes as they’re currently one point adrift of safety. Catania have four points to make back in order to avoid relegation, and they have given themselves a fighting chance, having won two of their last three games.


       
    Cagliari vs. Chievo

    Time: Sunday 2:00 p.m. BST
    Venue: Stadio Is Arenas

    Chievo need a win away to Cagliari to boost their chances of survival. Currently seventeenth in the league, Chievo have just one point separating them and the drop zone, and they have won just once in their last six games. They face a Cagliari side with two wins from their previous three. The two sides drew 0-0 when they faced each other in January.

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