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Manchester clubs vie for title glory

Published: Sunday 13 May 2012, 9.22CET
Manchester City FC are aiming to seal their first championship since 1968 on the final day of the Premier League season, while the Spanish and Italian programmes also conclude.

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Published: Sunday 13 May 2012, 9.22CET

Manchester clubs vie for title glory

Manchester City FC are aiming to seal their first championship since 1968 on the final day of the Premier League season, while the Spanish and Italian programmes also conclude.

England: Manchester City FC v Queens Park Rangers FC (Sunday 16.00)
In order to claim a first title since 1968, all City need to do is match United's result at Sunderland AFC and ensure there is no significant goal swing. The Manchester clubs are level at the Premier League summit but City's goal difference is eight better than United's. With 17 victories from 18 unbeaten home league games this term, Roberto Mancini's side will be confident of seeing off the West Londonders who are without an away win in 13 attempts.

QPR know a point will probably spare them from relegation, with 18th-placed Bolton Wanderers FC lying two points behind and possessing a significantly inferior goal difference. But City are unlikely to be in charitable mood. "It's been a great few weeks with the five wins on the bounce and the way we've turned things around, but to start getting carried away now would be silly," defender Joleon Lescott told the club's website.

Italy: S.S. Lazio v FC Internazionale Milano (Sunday 20.45)
Both fourth-placed Lazio and sixth-placed Inter enter the last week with a chance of claiming Italy's final UEFA Champions League spot, but only a victory combined with a defeat for Udinese Calcio at Calcio Catania would be enough for either to move in to third position. "We don't stand much of a chance but let's win and see what happens," said Inter striker Diego Milito, who scored a hat-trick in the derby against AC Milan on Sunday. The Nerazzurri lie three points behind Udinese, and one behind Sunday's hosts. "We mustn't think about the game in Catania," said Lazio coach Edoardo Reja. "We just have to win, we'll count the points at the end."

France: Montpellier Hérault SC v LOSC Lille Métropole (Sunday 21.00)
Two days before the inauguration of the new French President, Montpellier are hoping for a power shift in Ligue 1 as they look to succeed visiting Lille as champions. René Girard's charges lead the division by three points from Paris Saint-Germain FC with two games remaining, and should they get more points at La Mosson than Carlo Ancelotti's side manage against Stade Rennais FC in the capital, the season's surprise package will celebrate their first French title.

After five successive victories, however, Lille are still in contention themselves. The third-placed side can reduce their deficit on the pretenders to their throne to two points before the final round of fixtures. "We have secured a place in next season's Champions League," said Lille striker Túlio De Melo. "Now we'd rather finish second so we go straight into the group stage. That's why we need a win."

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