Weekend Warrior

Call it what you want—Super Sunday, Survival Sunday, D-Day—his Sunday is going to be an epic day of footy with key relegation battles and the races for Europe in England and Spain.  Mid Michigan United is planning a massive watch party on Sunday, starting at 10am.

In England, City controls the destiny of the title.  If they match United’s result, they are Champions for the first time in over 40 years.  As for the top four, Chelsea’s slip up against Liverpool means the only way the Blues can get back into the Champions League is to defeat Bayern on May 19.  Arsenal, Spurs and Newcastle all slipped up in Round 37, meaning all three have a chance at third and fourth.  Down at the bottom, Blackburn are down, meaning that Bolton and QPR will have to get results to avoid the drop.

All games at 10am EDT.

  • Manchester City vs QPR, ESPN2/ESPN3
  • Sunderland vs Manchester United, FX
  • Chelsea vs Blackburn Rovers, SPEED
  • Swansea City vs Liverpool, FUEL
  • West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal, FSN
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham, FOX Soccer
  • Stoke City vs Bolton Wanderers, FOX Soccer Plus
  • Norwich Cityvs Aston Villa, FOX Soccer 2Go
  • Wigan vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, FOX Soccer 2Go
  • Everton vs Newcastle United, FOXSoccer.com

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As for La Liga, the top three places are set.  There is competition for fourth and the Europa League spots, which will be determined based on the winner of the all Spanish affair in the Europa League Final.  I don’t pretend to know all the permutations, so I’m just going to watch.  Down at the bottom, five teams will be going all out to avoid the last two relegation spots.  The momentum is with the two teams currently in the relegation zone: Real Zaragoza and Sporting Gijon, while fortune is not favoring Rayo Vallecano orGranada.

Sid Lowe gave a quick summary of the relegation possibilities:

Relegation:Granada 42; Villarreal 41; Rayo 40; Zaragoza 40; Sporting 37.

• Rayo and Granada face each other, Villarreal go to Champions League-chasing Atlético, Zaragoza travel to nothing-to play-for Getafe and Sporting go to Malaga, who are also chasing a Champions League.

• If Sporting, Rayo and Zaragoza all end on 40 points, Sporting survive. If Rayo, Zaragoza and Villarreal end on 41 points. Rayo go down. If Rayo and Villarreal end on 41 points, Rayo go down. If Villarreal and Zaragoza both end on 41 points, Villarreal go down. If Rayo and Zaragoza both end on 41 points, Zaragoza go down. If there is tie on 42 points between Granada and Villarreal, Granada go down.

All games at 2pm EDT

  • Villarreal v Atlético Madrid
  • Málaga v Sporting Gijon
  • Getafe v Real Zaragoza
  • Levante v Athletic Bilbao  ESPN Deportes/ESPN3
  • Rayo Vallecano v Granada
  • Espanyol v Sevilla FC DirectTV 477
  • Racing Santander v Osasuna  DirectTV 478
  • Real Madrid v Mallorca GolTV

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One final note.  In Italy, final day drama was avoided as Juventus won and Milan lost last Sunday, so the Old Lady is back on top.  The struggle for third will be waged between four teams, Udinese, Napoli, Lazio and Inter, with Lazio and Inter playing on the last day.  I haven’t followed the league closely enough to handicap the race but should go right down to the wire.

Udinese

37

17

10

10

15

61

Lazio

37

17

8

12

7

59

Napoli

37

15

13

9

19

58

Inter

37

17

7

13

5

58

All times 2:40 EDT and games on ESPN3

  • Catania vs. Udinese
  • Lazio vs. Inter (also on FSC)
  • Napoli vs. Siena (also on FS+)
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    • nickycyn1
    • May 10th, 2012

    Reblogged this on Chelsea fc.

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