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City derbies headline weekend action
April 16th, 2010 2:14AM

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TAGS:  england, france, germany, italy, spain


[EUROPEAN RACES] Four city derbies-- all available on cable television -- could impact league races this weekend. In all four cases, the home team could play the role of the spoiler against the title contender: England (leader Chelsea at Tottenham and second-place Manchester United at Manchester City), Italy (leader Roma at Lazio) and Spain (leader Barcelona at Espanyol). For a look at the European races ...

ENGLAND
77 Chelsea
73 Manchester United
71 Arsenal
(games left: 4.)
Midweek: Chelsea struggled to beat Bolton Wanderers, 1-0, at home, while Arsenal lost to North London derby to Tottenham, 2-1.
Weekend: Saturday -- Chelsea at Tottenham (Fox Soccer Channel: 12:30 pm ET), Manchester United at Manchester City (ESPN2: 7:45 am ET); Sunday -- Arsenal at Wigan (Fox Soccer Plus: 8:30 am ET).

FRANCE
62 Marseille
60 Auxerre
58 Lyon
58 Montpellier
56 Bordeaux
(games left: Auxerre, Lyon, Montpellier 6; Marseille, Bordeaux 7.)
Midweek: Fading Bordeaux lost one of the two games it had in hand when it fell to Le Mans, 2-1, on Wednesday.
Weekend: Saturday -- Marseille at Boulogne (1 pm ET), Auxerre vs. Lorient (1 pm ET), Bordeaux vs. Lyon (3 pm ET); Sunday -- Montpellier vs. Toulouse (11 am ET).

GERMANY
60 Bayern Munich
58 Schalke 04
(games left: 4.)
Weekend: Saturday -- Schalke 04 vs. Borussia M'Gladbach (9:30 am ET), Bayern Munich vs. Hannover 96 (Gol TV: 12:30 pm ET).

ITALY
68 Roma
67 Inter Milan
64 AC Milan
(games left: 5.)
Weekend: Friday -- Inter Milan vs. Juventus (Fox Soccer Channel: 2:30 pm ET); Sunday -- AC Milan at Sampdoria (Fox Soccer Channel: 9 am ET); Roma at Lazio (Fox Soccer Channel: 12:45 pm ET).

SPAIN
83 Barcelona
80 Real Madrid
(games left: 6)
Midweek: Real Madrid rallied to win, 2-1, at Almeria on Thursday a day after Barcelona beat Deportivo Coruna, 3-0, for its seventh straight league win.
Weekend: Saturday -- Barcelona at Espanyol (Gol TV: 2 pm ET); Sunday -- Real Madrid vs. Valencia (3 pm ET).



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