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PSV under pressure as United strive to 'survive'

Published: Friday 2 March 2012, 9.30CET
The Eredivisie lead comes under threat this weekend, while there is also a Rome derby, decisive action in England and the return of the Ukrainian Premier League to look forward to.

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Published: Friday 2 March 2012, 9.30CET

PSV under pressure as United strive to 'survive'

The Eredivisie lead comes under threat this weekend, while there is also a Rome derby, decisive action in England and the return of the Ukrainian Premier League to look forward to.

Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven v FC Twente (Sunday, 16.30)
PSV may top the Eredivisie, but their visitors are only three points adrift with a game in hand. Victory on Sunday would put Twente in prime position to reclaim the title they won in 2010 under Steve McClaren, who returned to the helm in January. "McClaren always says: 'With clean sheets you win titles,'" said Twente midfielder Willem Janssen. "Our great strength is that we are very solid at the back. That is where it all starts, and up front we have enough quality to score at least one goal a match. That is the same foundation which we had in our championship season."

Italy: AS Roma v S.S. Lazio (Sunday, 15.00)
The capital derby is as unpredictable as ever, though Sunday's protagonists enter the fixture in contrasting moods. While Lazio are level on points with third-placed Udinese Calcio in Serie A, the Giallorossi are in the midst of a rollercoaster campaign and last weekend lost 4-1 to Atalanta BC to drop to sixth. With Pablo Osvaldo and Marco Cassetti suspended and Francesco Totti struggling for fitness, Lazio may be favourites but Biancocelesti midfielder Cristian Ledesma warned: "Roma are eager to climb up the table. This is a special game with unique feelings and when you are on the pitch nothing else matters."

England: Tottenham Hotspur FC v Manchester United FC (Sunday, 17.10)
The Premier League weekend concludes with a potentially title-deciding fixture. Harry Redknapp's Spurs may be ten points off leaders Manchester City FC after last Sunday's remarkable 5-2 defeat by rivals Arsenal FC, but they still harbour a slim hope of a first championship since 1961. United, meanwhile, are only two points behind City and will hope to have Wayne Rooney back from illness for a crucial fixture. "It's going to be a massive game," said manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "If we can survive that one, then we'll have a big chance of winning the league."

Ukraine: FC Dynamo Kyiv v FC Arsenal Kyiv (Sunday, 16.30)
The second half of the 2011/12 Ukrainian Premier League season commences on Saturday, with leaders Dynamo in derby action at the Olympic Stadium the following day. "The international stadium has been built," said Dynamo's Russian coach Yuri Semin. "We must take responsibility at this arena, as it will host UEFA EURO 2012 matches. We must do our best to attract spectators. These are really perfect conditions, of a high European standard." The 13-time champions do not have much margin for error, with rivals FC Shakhtar Donetsk only a point adrift in second.

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