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Titles on the line, pride at stake in Milan

Published: Friday 12 November 2010, 9.00CET
FC Zenit St Petersburg and FC BATE Borisov could be celebrating titles this weekend, the Milan derby tops the bill in Italy and there are top-of-the-table meetings in Poland and Turkey.
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Published: Friday 12 November 2010, 9.00CET

Titles on the line, pride at stake in Milan

FC Zenit St Petersburg and FC BATE Borisov could be celebrating titles this weekend, the Milan derby tops the bill in Italy and there are top-of-the-table meetings in Poland and Turkey.

Titles can be won in Belarus and Russia this weekend, the top two meet in Poland and Turkey, while in Serie A there is the no small matter of the Milan derby. Follow the scores throughout the weekend from every European league live in our MatchCentre.

FC Internazionale Milano v AC Milan (Sunday, 20.45)
Inter approach the Derby della Madonnina from the somewhat unfamiliar position of fourth in Serie A, three points behind their league-leading city rivals. The Nerazzurri will be without eight players but Rafael Benítez can take heart from Diego Milito's return to form. "I want to make up for lost time and, most of all, I want to beat them," said Milito after ending a run of four club games without a goal during the midweek draw with US Lecce. Milan are not without their own absentees, however, with Filippo Inzaghi and Pato both sustaining injuries in Wednesday's 3-1 defeat of US Città di Palermo.

Belarus: FC Belshina Bobruisk v FC BATE Borisov (Saturday, 14.00)
BATE will win their fifth successive title with one game still to play if they avoid defeat in Bobruisk. The omens do not bode well for BATE's title rivals FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk, for the UEFA Europa League contenders beat Belshina 2-0 and 1-0 earlier in the season. "We can handle the decisive matches, we have huge experience of playing them," said BATE coach Viktor Goncharenko.

Russia: FC Zenit St Petersburg v FC Rostov (Sunday, 15.00)
Having failed to wrap up the Premier-Liga title on Wednesday when they lost 3-1 at home to second-placed PFC CSKA Moskva, Zenit need to win and hope their nearest rivals drop points at PFC Spartak Nalchik. "We were unlucky against CSKA," said defender Aleksandar Luković. "[Luciano] Spalletti said there's no need to panic because we still have three matches to come." Should CSKA and Zenit both prevail, the league leaders would require one point from games against FC Rubin Kazan and PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara.

Spain: FC Barcelona v Villarreal CF (Saturday, 22.00)
Maxwell has warned his team-mates to be wary of Villarreal striker Nilmar at the Camp Nou. The Brazilian international's six goals in ten Liga outings have helped the Yellow Submarine into third spot, two points behind second-placed Barça. "Nilmar is a very strong player with an excellent touch," Maxwell said of his compatriot. "They have other players who are bang in form and their style of play is one that competes with ours." The visitors are unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season.

Turkey: Bursaspor v Trabzonspor (Saturday, 15.00)
Though Bursaspor − held by third-tier Kırıkhanspor in the cup on Wednesday − are the only unbeaten team in the division, the Crocs recently surrendered top spot to their opponents after drawing four of their last five games. Trabzonspor, by contrast, are full of confidence following a 2-0 defeat of Galatasaray AŞ last weekend, the Black Sea club's fifth successive league victory. Midfielder Ibrahima Yattara said: "If we beat Bursaspor, we'll definitely finish the first half of the season at the top."

Poland: Korona Kielce v Jagiellonia Białystok (Sunday, 17.15)
Pacesetters Jagiellonia will look to Tomasz Frankowski, the Ekstraklasa's joint top scorer, for inspiration when they visit second-placed Korona seeking to extend their two-point lead. Frankowski, 36, is level on eight goals with Korona's Andrzej Niedzielan, who has not played since mid-October because of injury. "The game will be very difficult as they're playing very good football this season," Frankowski told "They don't count so much on individuals because they're strong as a team, united as may be never before."

All times local; Belarus and Turkey one hour ahead of CET, Russia (St Petersburg) two.

Last updated: 04/01/11 2.30CET

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