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Published: Friday 15 May 2009, 19.20CET
Olympique de Marseille meet Olympique Lyonnais in France, the Italian title beckons for FC Internazionale Milano and there is the small matter of a cup final in the Netherlands as uefa.com pores over the weekend fixtures.
Around the leagues
Inter celebrate winning their 16th Scudetto last season ©AFP
Published: Friday 15 May 2009, 19.20CET

Around the leagues

Olympique de Marseille meet Olympique Lyonnais in France, the Italian title beckons for FC Internazionale Milano and there is the small matter of a cup final in the Netherlands as uefa.com pores over the weekend fixtures.

Olympique de Marseille meet Olympique Lyonnais in France, the Italian title beckons for FC Internazionale Milano and there is the small matter of a cup final in the Netherlands as uefa.com pores over the weekend fixtures.

For a preview of the last day of the season in Belgium, where RSC Anderlecht and R. Standard de Liège are level on points going into an enthralling final round of matches, click here, and to read of impending league titles for UEFA Champions League finalists Manchester United FC and FC Barcelona, click here. Elsewhere, a number of other teams will have the champagne on ice with leagues potentially decided in Austria, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Hungary and Malta. For further information on this, click here. Follow all the action live this weekend on uefa.com's MatchCentre.

France: Olympique de Marseille v Olympique Lyonnais (Sunday 21.00)
Unbeaten in 13 league matches, Marseille can take a big step towards a first Ligue 1 title since 1991/92 by defeating Lyon. OM lead second-placed FC Girondins de Bordeaux – at home to Le Mans UC 72 on Saturday – on goal difference after both teams won in midweek, outgoing coach Erik Gerets describing Marseille's 2-0 success at OGC Nice as "one of our best away performances". Lyon's immediate concern is holding off Paris Saint-Germain FC and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. "We are fully focused on third place," said coach Claude Puel.

Italy: FC Internazionale Milano v AC Siena (Sunday, 20.30)
Last season Siena spoiled Inter's plan to celebrate the Scudetto in front of their fans by drawing 2-2 at San Siro, forcing the Nerazzurri to win at Parma FC on the last day to fend off AS Roma's challenge. A year on and Inter can begin the celebrations a day before they play if AC Milan – seven points behind with three games to go – fail to win at Udinese Calcio. Otherwise, Inter − who welcome back from suspension 21-goal leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović − will have to defeat Siena in order to secure their fourth successive title and 17th in total. "We don't have to watch out for other results," said Inter president Massimo Moratti, who turns 64 on Saturday. "We are strong enough to do things for ourselves and earn the points we need on Sunday."

Netherlands: SC Heerenveen v FC Twente (Sunday, 18.00)
Heerenveen and Enschede will be all but deserted this weekend as thousands of supporters travel to the De Kuip Stadium for the Dutch Cup final. Hoards of buses and trains have been chartered to ferry fans of both clubs to Rotterdam, where Heerenveen are seeking their first cup win at the expense of two-time winners and Eredivisie runners-up Twente. "On Sunday everyone has to believe it is now or never," said Heerenveen coach Trond Sollied. His opposite number Steve McClaren said: "The season can be considered a huge success if we win the cup."

Croatia: NK Dinamo Zagreb v NK Slaven Koprivnica (Sunday, 20.15)
A Dinamo victory would ensure they retain the Prva Liga crown with two rounds remaining and wrap up the first part of a domestic double, the second all but complete after defeating title rivals HNK Hajduk Split 3-0 in the first leg of the Croatian Cup final on Wednesday. "We are now just a small step from winning the title," said coach Krunoslav Jurčić. Dinamo effectively sealed the championship last weekend when they extended their winning run to seven games with victory at HNK Šibenik and Hajduk lost to HNK Rijeka. Seven points behind Dinamo, Hajduk coach Ante Miše has already conceded the title. "It's over − we've lost the battle," he said.

Czech Republic: FC Viktoria Žižkov v SK Slavia Praha (Monday, 17.15)
Eight points clear with three games left, Slavia will win their second successive 1. Liga title without kicking a ball if rivals AC Sparta Praha and FC Slovan Liberec fail to win on Sunday. Victory over Žižkov 24 hours later will guarantee top spot should Sparta and Liberec win, though Slavia's form is giving coach Karel Jarolím a major headache. The capital club have won just once in their last six league games and had their hopes of a double dashed by second-tier side FC Slovácko in the Czech Cup semi-final on Wednesday, when experienced goalkeeper Martin Vaniak was sent off.

Denmark: FC København v Brøndby IF (Sunday, 17.30)
What looked to be a two-horse race for the Superligaen title became three on Wednesday when København lost 3-2 at Odense BK, allowing their opponents to close to within three points with three matches remaining. "Our defence was terrible, and during the first half in particular we played very poorly," said København midfielder Martin Vingaard. Worse was to come on Thursday when Brøndby displaced København at the top by beating Randers FC 3-0. OB will join København on 67 points, one shy of Brøndby, if they overcome SonderjyskE on Saturday.

Switzerland: FC Zürich v FC Basel 1893 (Sunday, 16.00)
A sold-out Letzigrund Stadion awaits the biggest fixture of the season in the Swiss Super League. Champions Basel have a four-point gap to bridge to leaders Zürich with only three matches remaining, meaning victory is essential for Christian Gross's men if they are to prevent their hosts securing a 12th league title. However, Basel will be encouraged by the fact that they have not lost to Zürich in three league meetings this season, winning 4-1 at the Letzigrund and recording a 2-1 win and a 1-1 draw at St. Jakob-Park.

All times CET.

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