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Summit meetings dominate weekend agenda

Published: Friday 7 March 2014, 9.00CET
First plays second in Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece and Czech Republic this weekend, while Tottenham Hotspur FC look to scratch a 24-year itch and Juventus have a dress-rehearsal.

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Published: Friday 7 March 2014, 9.00CET

Summit meetings dominate weekend agenda

First plays second in Bulgaria, Montenegro, Greece and Czech Republic this weekend, while Tottenham Hotspur FC look to scratch a 24-year itch and Juventus have a dress-rehearsal.

England: Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC (Saturday 18.30)
Not since Gary Lineker headed in Nayim's cross in February 1990 have Tottenham beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Their chances of ending that barren run on Saturday are not helped by the fact that José Mourinho has not lost in 74 home league games in his two spells in charge of the west London club. Chelsea are four points clear of Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at the top of the Premier League. Spurs manager Tim Sherwood, whose team lie fifth, said: "[Away] games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, perhaps the pressure's off us a little and we can cause a surprise."

Italy: Juventus v ACF Fiorentina (Sunday 12.30)
Juventus host Fiorentina – the only side to have beaten them in Serie A this season – in the antipasto before their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie. "We will be facing a very strong team," said Bianconeri coach Antonio Conte, whose charges fell 4-2 in Florence in October. "They are playing well and have also reached the Coppa Italia final, which is a great effort." Leaders Juventus, who have won 22 of their 26 league fixtures, are 11 points clear. For their part, the fourth-placed Viola are seven points behind SSC Napoli in third following three losses in five matches.

Montenegro: FK Sutjeska v FK Čelik Nikšić (Sunday 13.00)
This could be the most important encounter yet between these city rivals. Sutjeska lead the way atop the Montenegrin First League, but their Niksic neighbours trail by just four points in second. "This is a big chance to blow the title race wide open," said Čelik forward Nikola Vujović. The teams have met only four times in the top flight, with Sunday's visitors having racked up two wins and Sutjeska one; their clash earlier in the season finished goalless. "It will be tough, but I think we are the better side and we will show it on Sunday," said Sutjeska captain Darko Karadžić.

Bulgaria: PFC Litex Lovech v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Sunday 18.30)
UEFA Europa League sensations and Bulgarian A League leaders Ludogorets have a one-point advantage over their second-placed hosts going into the final day of the regular campaign. Litex are surprise contenders, with PFC CSKA Sofia and PFC Levski Sofia – who face off in Saturday's Eternal Derby – expected to be Ludogorets's main challengers. However, having won 4-2 at Ludogorets earlier this term, Litex are sure to pose a threat. "The Bulgarian league is not as weak as some might think," said Ludogorets keeper Vladislav Stoyanov. "This game will be tough."

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Olympiacos forward Alejandro Domínguez

Greece: PAOK FC v Olympiacos FC (Sunday 18.30)
Olympiacos are seeking victory not only to rubber-stamp their 41st championship with six games to spare, but also to bounce back from last weekend's 3-0 Super League home defeat by Panathinaikos FC. Second-ranked PAOK, 19 points adrift, have dropped just two home points all campaign, yet parted company with coach Huub Stevens this week. Giorgos Georgiadis, a UEFA EURO 2004 winner with Greece, is now at the helm. Forward Danny Hoesen is keen to play the role of party-poopers: "We have to put our recent setbacks behind us. We have a great incentive and must fight for the best against Olympiacos."

Czech Republic: AC Sparta Praha v FC Viktoria Plzeň (Sunday 20.00)
"It is a match everybody has been looking forward to for half a year," said Plzeň forward Tomáš Wágner ahead of this meeting of the top two in the Czech First League. Pacesetters Sparta are unbeaten in the division all season and have won nine on the bounce at home, earning a five-point cushion at the head of the standings. However, Dušan Uhrin Jr's team are buoyant after eliminating FC Shakhtar Donetsk, no less, to reach the UEFA Europa League last 16.

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