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MATCHDAY: Man U Visits Leeds, Bayern Out to Make amends

Here's a look at the European soccer scene on Sunday.

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MATCHDAY: Man U Visits Leeds, Bayern Out to Make amends

ENGLAND

Manchester United can close the gap to four points in the race for the final Champions League qualification slot by beating Leeds at Elland Road in Premier League. Man United is fourth, one point ahead of Arsenal and West Ham. United has only played two games less than Arsenal. Man United wants to build on the 2-0 win over Brighton in midweek. Wolverhampton and Leicester are also in the race for the top four. Man United is six points behind Wolves, who have played just two more games.

SPAIN

Barcelona hosts Valencia in a Spanish league match, wedged between Napoli's Europa League tie with Napoli. Xavi Hernandez's team lost 1-1 to the Italian side in the first leg of this week's playoffs. This was after Barcelona missed several scoring opportunities at Camp Nou. Barcelona must win at Mestalla Stadium in order to regain fourth place in the league, after Villarreal and Atletico Madrid moved ahead on Saturday. Both Barcelona's defenders Gerard Pique (Barcelona) and Dani Alves (Villarreal) are suspended from the match. Espanyol is seven points behind second-place Sevilla. Julen Lopetegui is without Marcos Acuna and Karim Rekik, defenders. Sevilla has drawn its two last away games in this league. Athletic Bilbao hosts Real Sociedad, the Basque Country's most fierce regional rivalry.

GERMANY

Greuther Furth is anticipating a reaction from Bayern Munich following the shock 4-2 defeat at Bochum, promoted in the Bundesliga, and 1-1 draw against Salzburg in Champions League. Bayern must meet the expectations of the bottom team. Julian Nagelsmann's team will not be able to win unless they achieve victory. Borussia Dortmund faces even greater pressure after the dismal performance against Rangers in Europa League, and the 5-2 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Relegation-threatened Hertha Berlin is looking for its first win of the year when it hosts Leipzig in the late game. Tayfun Corkut's coach is in danger of losing another game.

FRANCE

Nice and Marseille continue to fight for second place, and automatic entry in the Champions League. With 14 games left, Marseille is in second place with a lead of four points over Nice. They also have striker Arkadiusz Mlik back on form following a recent high number of goals. Nice's coach Christophe Galtier is at home against Angers in an early game. Marseille then plays at home to Clermont, which is struggling. The fourth-place Strasbourg is just one point behind Nice, but it has a difficult trip to improve Saint-Etienne. It is struggling to stay up under veteran coach Pascal Dupraz.

ITALY

Inter Milan could leapfrog AC Milan to the top of the Italian league, if it defeats Sassuolo home, which is currently midtable. Inter is now second in the league, having lost to last-place Salernitana by a 2-2 draw on Saturday. Inter has played two less games than its city rival. Sunday's Serie A games include: Fiorentina vs. Atalanta, Venezia vs. Genoa, and Udinese vs. Lazio.


 

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