Can Manchester United play the Premier League title spoiler when Arsenal come to town? Plus European last six set

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The finish line is in sight across Europe as domestic competitions accelerate to a crescendo. A title race has been scheduled for the last week, especially in the Premier League. My name is James Benge, let’s take a look at the upcoming weekend.

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Friday May 10
🇮🇹 Serie A: Frosinone vs. Inter, 2:45 pm ➡️ CBS Sports Golazo Network

Saturday May 11
🏴ꠁԠԠԠԠԠ Premiership: Celtic vs. Rangers, 7.30am ➡️ Biggest+
🏴ꠁԠԠԠԠԠ EPL: Fulham vs. Manchester City, 7.30am ➡️ USA Network

Sunday May 12
🏴ꠁԠԠԠԠԠ Championship Playoffs: Norwich City vs. Leeds United, 7am ➡️ ESPN+
🏴ꠁԠԠԠԠԠ EPL: Manchester United vs. Arsenal, 11.30am ➡️ Peacock
🇩🇪 Bundesliga: Bochum vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 1:30 PM ➡️ ESPN+
🇮🇹 Serie A: Atalanta vs. Roma, 2:45 PM ➡️ CBS Sports Golazo Network

⚽ The forward line

🏆 Arsenal wants to bring the title race to a successful conclusion

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Twenty-two years ago, Arsenal won the league at Old Trafford. They can’t do that again this season, but they can effectively lose it. Mikel Arteta’s side travel to the northwest on Sunday knowing that despite all the possible complexities that may arise over the next eight days, their task is quite simple: beat Manchester United and Everton and then wait.

Even if Arsenal do, they will need Manchester City to drop points in one of their three remaining games, starting with a trip to Fulham on Saturday. Although the Gunners are in first place, their one-point lead after playing one more game is extremely fragile. As captain Martin Odegaard acknowledged after the 3-0 win over Bournemouth, there is nothing they can do but put pressure on the scoreboard. That also means they don’t need trips to their biggest rivals to provide the motivation they need.

  • Odegaard: “It’s just like any other game we’re playing for at the moment [going to Manchester United]. I don’t think we need any extra motivation right now. I think there’s enough there. We know what we are playing for. We know the task. We have to win every game and we will try to do that.”

City could well take it out of their hands. Tottenham and West Ham both seem relatively easy assignments for the champions. However, Arsenal are refusing to loosen their grip on the Premier League crown. Since the turn of the year, their record in the top flight is 18 played, 16 won, one drawn, one lost. That solitary draw against the Etihad meant Manchester City lost the same number of points. Arteta was right when she noted earlier this year that teams in this format usually go to the title, without relying on the favors of the Premier League.

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It’s also the kind of run that should mean they can go to Old Trafford confident of not just a win, but a big win. Arsenal’s record at Old Trafford over the last twenty years and the changes may be commonplace, but in all that time they have never played a side as bad as this version of Manchester United. After all, this is a team that was beaten on Monday by Crystal Palace, who have won just two of their last ten top-flight games and have conceded more shots than anyone in the Premier League this season apart from relegation fodder Sheffield United. The only thing that seems to serve them well is the image of Old Trafford. Arsenal should actually win.

Even that may not be enough for Arsenal to become champions, but three points over their great rivals is at least a gauntlet for City, not just for the final week of this season, but for years to come.

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🇪🇺 Final six takes place after a week of drama in Europe

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The six finalists have been announced. When we last caught up on Wednesday, we were just hours away from a semi-final between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich that was both utterly incredible and utterly predictable. For once it was Real Madrid who suffered a blow when Alphonso Davies struck on half-time after more than an hour of home side dominance. Less resilient sides would have thrown in the towel long before the 88th minute, when Joselu gambled on the first Manuel Neuer error of an excellent evening. Three minutes later, the former Stoke City striker had sent Madrid into their 18th Champions League final, where they will surely be favorites against Borussia Dortmund.

It makes you wonder how much stoppage time drama we could be in for when Madrid face Bayer Leverkusen in the Super Cup early next season. Xabi Alonso’s side not only fought back from two goals down to ensure they beat Roma to a place in the Europa League final, but by scoring another late goal that extended their unbeaten run to 49 games, a post-war record in European football. No one has gone so many games without defeat while playing continental football, a feat that is all the more remarkable considering how many times they have had to fight back from the death. as Chuck Booth explains:

  • Position: “As of the 80th minute, Leverkusen have outscored their opponents 32-5 in all competitions and when it comes to stoppage time, things get even better for Alonso’s men. After the 90th minute, Leverkusen have outscored their opponents 14-0. five matches in wins and another three in draws. In their unbeaten run of 49 matches they have won 40 of the matches.

Four more games without defeat and Leverkusen will have a strong case for the best season in the history of football, perhaps even the sport. Between them and immortality (I now claim the nickname Foreverkusen, thanks) will be Atalanta in Dublin, among others. Gianpiero Gasperini’s side were excellent, beating Marseille 3-0 in Bergamo. Their goal may be slightly lower than global immortality, but a double cup would be quite an achievement.

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Then there is the final of the Europa Conference League, a match in which Fiorentina is becoming a permanent fixture. A late penalty took them past Club Brugge and back to a second successive place in the final, but they will need to tame the atmosphere in Athens considerably if they want to go one better than last season against West Ham. Olympiakos will be on home soil after a stunning victory over Aston Villa, the nominal home team of rivals AEK Athens.

🔗 Top stories

🏆 The Champions League final is known: Carlo Ancelotti and Edin Terzic have plenty of time to think about it before they take the pitch at Wembley next month, but what could decide the biggest match in European football? Here’s a way-too-early look.

📕 Game-changing “errors”: The fallout from Wednesday’s semi-final continues, but our control expert Christina Unkel has the best explanation for the offside controversy at the Santiago Bernabeu.

📅 Final countdown: Put the dates in your diary for the Champions League And Europa League finals.

📊 Highs and lows at a glance: We’ve had enough exciting late battles for Real Madrid in recent years and quite a few grueling defeats for PSG at. Our team had an attempt to rank both.

✈️ Charter flights in the NWSL: The Kansas City Current were allowed to charter a private flight on their return trip from Seattle — Sandra Herrera’s latest NWSL heat test fails when it could become the norm for the competition.

🇮🇹 Change coming at Juventus: The Old Lady of Italian football will be back next season that doesn’t mean Massimiliano Allegri will keep his job.

🚸 Youth signing at Philadelphia Union: The MLS side does completed the signing of 14-year-old Cavan Sullivan, who is expected to move to Manchester City in the coming years.

↕️ Titles, UEFA, relegation and promotion: Which teams did what in the top five European leagues so far, with only a few weeks to go?

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UCL 24-25: Who has qualifiedwho is at risk of missing out and what you need to know ahead of the new format changes from next season.

💰The Back Line

💵 Best guess

  • Premier League: West Ham United vs. Luton Town, 10am
  • 💰 THE CHOICE: Luton Town wins (+275) — It may be a chance for the London Stadium to say goodbye to David Moyes, but Luton have everything to play for: a three-point lead over Nottingham Forest and just two games to do so. Rob Edwards’ side are not in the best of form, but West Ham are perhaps even worse. With so little to play for, they might let this one slip to the Hatters.

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