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Big-hitters look to rubber-stamp title triumphs

Published: Friday 27 April 2012, 12.00CET
AFC Ajax, Real Madrid CF, FC Zenit St Petersburg and FC Porto all have a chance of wrapping up their respective titles this weekend. picks out the best of the action.

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Published: Friday 27 April 2012, 12.00CET

Big-hitters look to rubber-stamp title triumphs

AFC Ajax, Real Madrid CF, FC Zenit St Petersburg and FC Porto all have a chance of wrapping up their respective titles this weekend. picks out the best of the action.

Russia: FC Zenit St Petersburg v FC Dinamo Moskva (Saturday 18.15)
Zenit could have wrapped up the Premier-Liga title last weekend but things are much simpler on Saturday – avoid defeat and they are champions. Luciano Spalletti's side have lost at home in the league just once all season and are ready to celebrate in front of their own fans. "In 2010 we could have become champions at the Petrovski Stadium, but missed the chance," said midfielder Konstantin Zyryanov. "Now we'll do all we can to take this opportunity as there's no need to delay." Nicolas Lombaerts (knee) is available but Bruno Alves is a doubt to face a Dinamo side fighting to cling on to second place.

Portugal: CS Maritímo v FC Porto (Saturday 21.15)
Porto travel to Madeira to face fifth-placed CS Marítimo with a four-point lead over SL Benfica atop the standings. Vítor Pereira's men can secure the title if they win and Benfica lose, but Porto's coach is not looking too far forward just yet. "To win is crucial for us," he said. "There's nothing decisive about this match. I said from the start that the league would be decided at the very end and I stand by that. Marítimo have a very good team but we believe that we can go there and collect all three points."

Spain: Real Madrid CF v Sevilla FC (Sunday 12.00)
Madrid, seven points clear of FC Barcelona at the Liga summit, can edge closer to the title on Sunday lunchtime when they host a Sevilla side in ninth place but still with hopes of European qualification. Madrid are coming into the game off the back of a penalty shoot-out defeat by FC Bayern München on Wednesday, but coach José Mourinho is not downbeat. "We need six points to win the league and it would be fantastic to do so," he said. "We will have had a good season if we win the league title."

England: Chelsea FC v Queens Park Rangers FC (Sunday 14.30)
Four successive Premier League home wins have helped to take QPR out of the relegation zone with just three games left. Without an away win since November, though, they face a tough test against a Chelsea side who produced a monumental display against FC Barcelona in midweek. "I think between now and the end of the season we're going to have to get something away," said QPR defender Nedum Onuoha. "Considering it's a derby we have to give it everything." QPR, then under the charge of Neil Warnock, beat Chelsea 1-0 at Loftus Road earlier in the season.

Netherlands: FC Twente v AFC Ajax (Sunday 14.30)
Ajax can claim their second successive Eredivisie crown on Sunday. Frank de Boer's team have won 11 league games in a row and hold a six-point lead over AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord – who play each other at the same time as this game. A draw there and victory for Ajax would suffice, but Twente are themselves only a point off second. Twente's Luuk de Jong is in no mood to help out brother Siem and his team. "We will fight to not let that happen," he said. "Also, we need the points to finish second. I always wish the best for my brother, but not that he will become a champion in our stadium."

France: LOSC Lille Métropole v Paris Saint-Germain FC (Sunday 21.00)
With just five rounds of fixtures remaining, this looks likely to be third-placed Lille's last chance to keep alive their hopes of retaining their title. Rudi Garcia's charges are five points behind PSG and seven shy of leaders Montpellier Hérault SC, whom they play on 12 May. PSG have not won at Lille since 1997, yet Garcia has worries over the fitness of Eden Hazard while the importance of the fixture is not lost on PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti. "It will be a crucial game, maybe the key one this season," said the Italian. "Playing there will not be easy, but we are confident for this away game."

All times CET.

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