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Heynckes' Bundesliga farewell, Porto in pole

Published: Friday 17 May 2013, 12.00CET
The top two meet in Bulgaria and Poland and Jupp Heynckes oversees his last Bundesliga match on a weekend when the Portuguese title will be decided and the Premier League finishes.

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Published: Friday 17 May 2013, 12.00CET

Heynckes' Bundesliga farewell, Porto in pole

The top two meet in Bulgaria and Poland and Jupp Heynckes oversees his last Bundesliga match on a weekend when the Portuguese title will be decided and the Premier League finishes.

Poland: Legia Warszawa v KKS Lech Poznań (Saturday 13.30)
A sell-out crowd of 30,000 will watch the biggest game of the Ekstraklasa season, the 'Derby of Poland'. Table-topping Legia, who lead their second-placed visitors by two points with four games remaining, triumphed 3-1 when the teams met in November. In Gergő Lovrencsics, though, in-form Lech possess one of the league's most potent players. The Hungarian winger has scored five goals in his last six outings while Lech, who have won a club record ten away fixtures in succession, have not dropped a point in seven matches dating back to 1 April. "I respect Legia, they have great players, but I believe as a team we are better," Lovrencsics told UEFA.com.

Germany: VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach v FC Bayern München (Saturday 15.30)
"It almost feels like it has been scripted," said coach Jupp Heynckes as he prepares for his 1,011th and final Bundesliga game, back at Gladbach, where he began both his playing and his managerial careers. "I'll have come full circle."

Saturday's match has little bearing on the final table; Bayern are already champions and it will take a minor miracle for eighth-placed Gladbach to earn a UEFA Europa League berth. 'Don Jupp' seems happy enough just to enjoy the occasion.

"There are no more targets left for me to achieve in the Bundesliga," he conceded. However, the 68-year-old has two more assignments before he makes a definitive decision about whether to continue his coaching career abroad – first next Saturday's UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, then the German Cup final versus VfB Stuttgart.

Bulgaria: PFC Levski Sofia v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Saturday 19.00)
Beaten on penalties in midweek by PFC Beroe Stara Zagora, second-placed Levski will attempt to bounce back from that Bulgarian Cup final loss when they host A PFG leaders Ludogorets. "Obviously we are disappointed with the cup defeat, but that is part of the game," said Levski coach Nikolay Mitov.

"We've now got another game like a final. Against Beroe we played with ten men from just before the break and the players gave their all. Now we must recover instantly and be totally ready for Ludogorets."

A second successive A League title will be within touching distance for Ludogorets, two points clear, if they avoid defeat. History is also on the champions' side: they have won all three of their league games against Levski, most recently 2-1 in November.

England: Newcastle United FC v Arsenal FC (Sunday 17.00)
Tottenham Hotspur FC v Sunderland AFC (Sunday 17.00)

The race to fill England's fourth and final UEFA Champions League spot is an all-north London affair. Arsenal, a point above fifth-ranked Tottenham going into the last round of matches, have won seven of their last nine games and travel to the north-east to face a Newcastle team who stuttered their way to Premier League safety. "There will be nerves again [at Newcastle], but we have dealt with nerves for a long, long time now," manager Arsène Wenger told the Arsenal website.

With their goal difference vastly inferior, Tottenham must win at home to Sunderland and hope their rivals lose for the first time since 3 March. "We can't think about the Arsenal result, we have to think about our performance. We need three points and, from there, we can see what happens," said Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Portugal: FC Paços de Ferreira v FC Porto (Sunday 17.00)
Porto, in second position for large swathes of the season, lead SL Benfica by a point and will clinch the Liga for the third year running if they match the Eagles' result against lowly Moreirense FC. In Paços de Ferreira, Vítor Pereira's men face the surprise package of the campaign, Paulo Fonseca's third-placed side having secured a UEFA Champions League berth for the first time. While Porto have to win to make sure of the title, it remains to be seen how Benfica will pick themselves up from the disappointment of defeat by Chelsea FC in the UEFA Europa League final, a result which followed an added-time loss at Porto last weekend and a home draw with GD Estoril-Praia. 

Ukraine: FC Metalist Kharkiv v FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Sunday 17.30)
With Jan Laštůvka and Denys Shelikhov injured, goalkeeper Igor Vartsaba will make his debut for Dnipro, who have all but sewn up fourth spot. It will be some baptism for the 22-year-old – Metalist, the second-highest scorers in the division, are jostling with FC Dynamo Kyiv to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time. Myron Markevich's team sit three points ahead of the capital club with two games remaining. "The match is very important despite the teams' respective positions in the table," said Dnipro midfielder Serhiy Kravchenko. "We don't need extra motivation and are awaiting a real battle. May the strongest team win."

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