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Matches To Watch: May 7-8

Sorry everybody for such a long silence on the site. I’ve been finishing up finals and just haven’t been able to devote enough time to write anything coherent on here. From now on I’ll be posting much more regularly and I would love for any readers to comment on what I’m writing or just email us with ideas for stories or to get involved themselves.

ENGLAND

MANCHESTER UNITED V. CHELSEA (SUNDAY at 11:10 am)

This match will decide the title in the Premier League. A Chelsea victory does not necessarily mean they will win the league, but it would draw them level on points and put them in first on goal difference. For United a six point lead would be opened up with a win and it would virtually guarantee the Red Devils the title. It might not be the prettiest game as Chelsea are certainly going to defend and United will not throw caution to the winds. However, there will be enough good players on the field that goals will be produced. I think United get a 2-1 win and take a giant step to bringing the championship back to Old Trafford.

FRANCE

LYON V. MARSEILLE (SUNDAY at 3:00 pm)

It’s second against third in France this weekend as Marseille travel to the Stade Gerland. Both teams have come on in leaps and bounds over the second half of the season and this should be a great match. Marseille already have one trophy this year and will look to keep up the pressure on leaders Lille. Lyon are six points behind Marseille coming into the match so this game is important to them if they have any hope of finishing in second this year. Both teams struggled last weekend with Lyon losing 2-0 to Toulouse and Marseille tied Auxerre so this game is also important to establish momentum for the last few matches of the season. I see a score draw here with both teams getting a goal, 1-1 is the result.

GERMANY

EINTRACHT FRANKFURT V. COLOGNE (SATURDAY at 9:30 am)

It might not be a glamour tie but this is a real six-pointer in Germany. Frankfurt sits third from the bottom, while Cologne is two spots above them with four points separating them. Its desperate times in Frankfurt where the team has sunk like a stone this year after a promising start. The team would be put in a relegation playoff if they stay in 16th, in which they would play against a Bundesliga 2 team for the right to stay in Germany’s top league. Cologne is safe for now but they will be looking to star striker Lukas Podolski to keep them away from the relegation zone, a win here would probably secure their status in the league for another year. I see Frankfurt getting a surprise win here through sheer desperation. I’ll say it’s a 2-0 victory.

ITALY

AS ROMA V. AC MILAN (SATURDAY at 2:45 pm)

AC Milan can clinch the Scudetto this weekend but must get a tricky away win at the Stadio Olimpico to do so. Roma have played better in recent weeks getting a big win against Bari last weekend to remain in fifth place, one point out of the last Champions League spot. For AC Milan they have been in first most of the year and even when their performances have been shaky, such as last week against in their 1-0 win over Bologna, they have gotten results. With Ibrahimovic, Robinho, and others AC has the firepower to win this match and you know that they will go for the win, but Roma do have a solid backline. I think AC clinches the title in Rome with a 3-1 win.

SPAIN

SEVILLA V. REAL MADRID (SATURDAY at 4:00 pm)

Real Madrid will try to put their Champions League disappointment behind them as they travel to face a Sevilla side that have surged into the Europa League spots with an excellent run. They got a 1-0 win over Almeria last weekend while Madrid slumped to a shock defeat to Zaragoza. I expect Madrid to take out their frustration on Sevilla, a team that likes to attack anyway, so it should be a high-scoring affair. I see Madrid winning 3-2 in the game.

MLS

LOS ANGELES V. NEW YORK (SATURDAY at 11:00 pm)

It’s a battle of arguably the best two teams in MLS this year. Juan Pablo Angel is going up against his old team and I’m sure he would love to be the one to put New York to defeat. For the Red Bulls they have gone from strength to strength especially since the insertion of Luke Rodgers into the starting eleven. However, the Red Bulls will be without holding midfielder Teemu Tainio, who has a groin injury, and that could cause some problems as they try to match up with Juninho and Landon Donovan. I could see a draw in this game, but I see New York just being able to steal a win, with a 2-1 result.

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