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Barcelona lead championship charge

Published: Friday 14 May 2010, 11.51CET
FC Barcelona will look to hold on to the Spanish title while's wrap of the weekend's top fixtures sees decisive final rounds ahead in Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Turkey.
Barcelona lead championship charge
Lionel Messi and Bojan Krkić will hope to celebrate another Barcelona success on Sunday ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 14 May 2010, 11.51CET

Barcelona lead championship charge

FC Barcelona will look to hold on to the Spanish title while's wrap of the weekend's top fixtures sees decisive final rounds ahead in Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Turkey.

The final day of action in the Spanish league could see FC Barcelona claim a second successive title, while dramatic finales are also in store in Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Turkey. Previews of the title decider in Italy and cup finals in England and Germany can be found elsewhere on Follow the scores throughout the weekend from all the European leagues live on's MatchCentre.

Spain: FC Barcelona v Real Valladolid CF (Sunday, 19.00)
The Spanish title will be decided on the last day of the season, and it will stay with Barcelona provided they avoid a slip-up against Javier Clemente's relegation-threatened Valladolid at Camp Nou. Josep Guardiola's men are one point ahead of challengers Real Madrid CF who visit Málaga CF – another team in danger of the drop – with Bojan Krkić hoping the soon-to-be-deposed European champions can ease their nerves early on. "Our opponents are playing for their lives so we expect a tricky game and one that we'll need to resolve as quickly as possible," said the 19-year-old forward. "With our fans behind us from the outset we'll try to score early on."

Turkey: Fenerbahçe SK v Trabzonspor (Sunday, 20.00)
Fenerbahçe lead Bursaspor by a point going into the final day of the Turkish Super League, but while victory against fifth-placed Trabzonspor would secure their 18th title – taking them one ahead of Galatasaray AŞ in the all-time rankings – there are naturally nerves as the Yellow Canaries face the side that beat them 3-1 in the Turkish Cup final on 5 May. "Trabzonspor are strong opponents but if we can repeat our performance against MKE Ankaragücü [where they won 3-0 last weekend], we can beat any team," said Fenerbahçe coach Christoph Daum. Bursaspor welcome Beşiktaş JK hoping to become only the second non-Istanbul club after Trabzonspor to be Turkish champions. They can take the crown with a draw if Fenerbahçe lose.

Poland: Lech Poznań v Zagłębie Lubin (Saturday, 17.00)
The local press are calling it "the minute that shook the Polish league". On Tuesday night, an added-time own goal in their derby against MKS Cracovia Kraków saw Wisła Kraków concede the lead in the Polish title race to Lech, who went top by a point thanks to a last-gasp winner against KS Ruch Chorzów. Lech can now win their first title since 1992/93 on the final day of the season and the club's sponsors have already had special suits made for the players in anticipation. "The suits are really nice, but before we put them on we have to beat Zagłębie Lubin which is no easy task," midfielder Dimitrije Injać told Wisła host rock-bottom MKS Odra Wolzisław Śląski praying Lech slip up.

Czech Republic: AC Sparta Praha v FK Teplice (Saturday, 17.30)
Should Sparta avoid defeat they would be the first side ever to go through an entire Czech Republic top-flight season unbeaten – but that still might not be enough to win their first title since 2006/07. Only goal difference keeps Sparta ahead of FC Baník Ostrava, who visit 1. FK Príbram. To add to the intrigue, FK Jablonec 97 are one point back and could win a maiden championship should they overcome SK Dynamo České Budějovice and results go their way. Sparta's Generali Arena is sold out for the first time this season and captain Tomáš Řepka said: "I love it. A do-or-die game and a full house. We have destiny in our hands and victory is a necessity."

Switzerland: BSC Young Boys v FC Basel 1893 (Sunday, 16.15)
Young Boys are in danger of letting a first title in 24 years slip from their grasp after a calamitous 5-1 defeat at FC Luzern on Thursday. Vladimir Petković's side led the Swiss Super League by 13 points in September, but Basel have clawed back that deficit and Young Boys now go into their final game level on points with their title rivals and needing victory to secure the crown. Basel have recovered from a shaky start under new coach Thorsten Fink, with a 2-0 UEFA Europa League defeat of AS Roma in September marking the beginning of a dramatic revival. Thursday's 3-0 win against Neuchâtel Xamax FC has shifted the momentum their way and Fink expects his side to finish the job on Sunday. "It has been a great season, but now we want the icing on the cake," he said.

Azerbaijan: FK Khazar Lankaran v FK Bakı (Saturday, 17.15)
Four sides could take the title on the final round of the Azerbaijani season, with Agasalim Mirjavadov's Khazar going into the weekend holding the whip hand as league leaders, a point ahead of FC İnter Bakı and FK Qarabağ with Bakı a further point behind. Last week, a 2-1 loss to Qarabağ – one of the three sides Mirjavadov has previously led to the title – saw Khazar blow a first chance to seal their second crown, and nerves will be jangling. "We should have won it a week ago but put in an awful performance," admitted the coach. "Still, we are on top and everything is in our hands. We have to beat Bakı."

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