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Dutch decider claims top billing

Published: Friday 13 May 2011, 9.36CET
The Dutch championship decider is the star attraction of a weekend that also features a summit meeting in Romania and Manchester United FC looking to secure a record 19th title.

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Published: Friday 13 May 2011, 9.36CET

Dutch decider claims top billing

The Dutch championship decider is the star attraction of a weekend that also features a summit meeting in Romania and Manchester United FC looking to secure a record 19th title.

UEFA.com presents a one-stop guide to the weekend's top domestic fixtures (all times CET).

England: Blackburn Rovers FC v Manchester United FC (Saturday, 13.45)
In a strange twist of fate, United could clinch a record 19th championship – they need a point at Ewood Park to do so after defeating Chelsea FC on Sunday – on the same day that rivals Manchester City FC take on Stoke City FC in the FA Cup final. United captain Nemanja Vidic does not want the title race to go to the final day, when his side entertain relegation-threatened Blackpool FC. "We don't want to come to the last game and to be nervous," said the centre-back. "We have a big advantage and we are nearly there. I'm just hoping we'll play properly and we can celebrate at Blackburn."

Netherlands: AFC Ajax v FC Twente (Sunday, 14.30)
A week after defeating Ajax in an epic Dutch Cup final, Twente travel to Amsterdam needing to avoid defeat to retain the title. "We have confidence, Ajax want revenge - we'll see after the match what was the most important factor," said Michel Preud'homme as he looks to become only the second Twente coach, after Steve McClaren last year, to lead the Tukkers to title glory. Opposite number Frank de Boer featured in five of Ajax's 29 championships as a player, and is now eyeing his first as a coach. "The cup I see as a dessert – they can have that," he said. "Let us win the main dish, the championship, which everyone at Ajax is longing for."

Poland: Wisła Kraków v MKS Cracovia Kraków (Sunday, 14.45)
While Wisła are all but assured of the title – Wednesday's 1-0 win against Lech Poznań extended their advantage to nine points with four rounds to play – their neighbours are fighting for survival and determined to cause a derby upset. "Before the start of the second half of the season everyone wrote us off but we're fighting back and are still alive," said forward Saidi Ntibazonkiza, the scorer of the opening goal in Tuesday's vital 2-1 victory at fellow strugglers KS Polonia Bytom. "Wisła are strong but if we play our best we can beat them. A derby is a derby and you can't predict what will happen."

Romania: FC Oţelul Galaţi v FC Timişoara (Sunday, 19.00)
In the penultimate round of the season, leaders Oţelul host second-placed Timişoara. One point separates the clubs, neither of whom have won the title before, but while Dorinel Munteanu's Oţelul are unbeaten in 16 home league games this season (11 wins and 5 draws) Timişoara have lost only once on their travels. Munteanu said: "We are 90 minutes away from a dream, after dominating the whole season." Visiting coach Dušan Uhrin Jr is not cowering out of the challenge, though. "It's clear what this match means," he said. "We will field the players who are in the best shape and we will have to win. That's why we will look to attack."

Italy: SSC Napoli v FC Internazionale Milano (Sunday, 20.45)
AC Milan may already have the title sewn up but there is plenty to play for as second meets third at Stadio San Paolo. Both clubs have already qualified for next season's UEFA Champions League, but Napoli need a point to secure at least third spot and direct qualification for the group stage. Top scorer Edinson Cavani (26 goals in Serie A) is suspended, while Inter are determined "to finish the season in the best possible way", according to coach Leonardo, after reaching the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday.

Spain: FC Barcelona v RC Deportivo La Coruña (Sunday, 21.00)
While the Barça fans packed inside Camp Nou will be celebrating the return of their Liga-winning heroes, the travelling contingent will be nervously eyeing proceedings. Sitting just three points above the relegation zone, Depor's ability to secure their top-flight status will be severely tested in remaining fixtures against Barcelona and Valencia CF. Concentrating on Sunday's task, striker Adrián López insisted the 2004 UEFA Champions League semi-finalists were capable of leaving with the right result. "We must go there looking to take something positive from the game," he said. "If we win, that would be perfect; if we draw that would be ok too. We are full of expectation and know if we do our job well, anything can happen."

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