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Weekend TV Preview: 6 - 8 May 2011



Friday 6 May

19.45 Fleetwood Town v AFC Wimbledon, Blue Square Bet Premier, Premier Sports
The battle to join Crawley Town in the Football League pits second-placed Wimbledon against fifth-placed Fleetwood. These two finished with a 12-point gap between them, and Terry Brown's side will be desperate to take advantage of that to return to Kingsmeadow with a lead after this playoff semi-final first leg.

Saturday 7 May

07.00 Nagoya Grampus v Shimizu S-Pulse, J-League, British Eurosport 2
Grampus have won one, drawn one and lost one of their first three matches in J1 this season, their win coming in their previous game against Kawasaki Frontale. Keiji Tamada scored once in each half to secure his team's first maximum of the campaign.
12.15 Rangers v Hearts, Scottish Premier League, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Every Rangers game is a must-win, but none more so than this meeting with best-of-the-rest Heart of Midlothian. Celtic are one point behind the Gers with a game in hand, so Walter Smith's side already need an error from them - they certainly can't afford a slip-up of their own.
12.45 QPR v Leeds United, Championship, BBC1/HD1
BBC heads up the Championship finale with Leeds United's visit to Loftus Road to face champions and Premier League-bound Queens Park Rangers. Leeds have a very slim chance of nicking a playoff place, but they need to win by a large margin and hope the sixth-placed team loses by a similar amount.
12.45 Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest, Championship, Sky Sports 2/HD2
That team is Forest, who go to Selhurst Park three points clear of Leeds, who need a six-goal swing as well as both results to go their way. All of which means Forest can secure a playoff spot with a point.
17.30 Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool, Premier League, ESPN/ESPN HD
Spurs are winless in three and are now looking at a Europa League spot at best thanks to last weekend's results. They face Blackpool tomorrow with Ian Holloway's side teetering right on the edge of the relegation zone. If West Ham beat Blackburn, they could be third from bottom by kick off.
19.00 Atletico Madrid v Malaga, La Liga, Sky Sports 1/HD1
In-form Atleti can take a huge stride towards securing European football next season with a home win over Malaga. They're unbeaten in five, having won four, and need only hold their nerve between now and the season end to grab a Europa League place.
19.45 Roma v AC Milan, Serie A, ESPN/ESPN HD
Milan have won their last five consecutive league games, but just a draw in Rome will effectively confirm the Scudetto for Max Allegri's side, with Inter eight points behind with three to play. Roma remain in the hunt for the Champions League but they'll require a few twists and turns to achieve their goal.
21.00 Sevilla v Real Madrid, La Liga, Sky Sports 4
The same can be said of Sevilla, who face the daunting task of standing up to a severely wounded Real Madrid. Eight points now separate Barcelona and Real at the top, so this is really about pride. But this is Jose Mourinho we're talking about, and he's got so much of it that it would hardly be a surprise if Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman discovered him in a pool of blood.

Sunday 8 May

12.00 Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1
The Black Country derby sees Wolves, who haven't won in five, looking to beat their rivals to clamber up the league. Albion are now safely ensconced in mid-table but the fans would love a win at Molineux to destroy Wolves' hopes of survival.
12.45 Kilmarnock v Celtic, Scottish Premier League, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Something something Old Firm, something something title race, something something must-win. Just joshing, chief. If Rangers fail to beat Hearts this could be Celtic's moment to go past them, ergo...must win.
14.00 Inter Milan v Fiorentina, Serie A, ESPN/ESPN HD
In the unlikely event that the title race is still alive in Italy come Sunday lunchtime, Fiorentina would kill it by avoiding defeat in the San Siro. Both these sides have won their last two matches.
14.05 Stoke City v Arsenal, Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1
Arsenal can keep their slim title hopes alive on Sunday. If they follow up their win over Manchester United with victory at Stoke...
16.10 Manchester United v Chelsea, Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1/3D
...and Chelsea beat United, three points will separate the top three with two matches left to play. On the flipside, United could all but finish the job at Old Trafford.
17.45 Zenit St Petersburg v Lokomotiv Moscow, Russian Premier League, ESPN/ESPN HD
Champions and league leaders Zenit host Lokomotiv Moscow in a top of the table match. Lokomotiv are the form team, having won three on the spin, and would go past Zenit with a win.
18.00 Barcelona v Espanyol, La Liga, Sky Sports 1/HD1
We'd better hope Kim Jong-Il doesn't fancy watching the first half of this one, because it's only available via the red button. Barca are cruising now, and on Tuesday confirmed their spot in the Champions League final. Local rivals Espanyol will be keen to take advantage of any lack of focus as they hunt a Europa League place.
19.45 Genoa v Sampdoria, Serie A, ESPN/ESPN HD
The Derby della Lanterna takes place with Genoa looking to worsen Samp's relegation worries. Lecce face a tough match with Napoli earlier in the day, but if they win then the Blucerchiati will be in the relegation zone by the time they play Genoa on Sunday evening.
20.00 Real Zaragoza v Osasuna, La Liga, Sky Sports 1/HD1
Osasuna will be in the relegation zone at kick off should either Getafe or Deportivo La Coruna win earlier in the weekend. Their opponents, Zaragoza, are far from safe, sitting just one point ahead of Osasuna and two above the drop zone.
22.05 River Plate v All Boys, Argentine Primera Division, Premier Sports
Every point drags River further from the threat of relegation and they're piling them on quite nicely at the moment, thank you. In the current championship, they're second behind Velez Sarsfield, while All Boys are fifth from bottom but unbeaten in five (after four consecutive defeats).

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