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|Posté le: Mer 28 Mar - 07:04 (2018) Sujet du message: State of play in Europe: La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue
| sboasia Manchester City are closing in on the Premier League title, but who else is set for glory - and misery - in Europe's other top leagues?
As domestic football returns this weekend, we look at the battles for titles and European spots, as well as the scrap to avoid relegation...
La Liga - Barca on course
Barcelona are 11 points clear at the top and on course to lift their 25th La Liga title. They are unbeaten in the league and are two games away from equalling Real Sociedad's record for the longest winning streak in Spain's top flight.
Atletico Madrid are Barca's closest challengers, four points ahead of Real Madrid, and a tantalising city derby looms on Sunday, April 8, live on Sky Sports. Real have not finished fourth since the 2003/2004 season.
Serie A - Two-horse race
Juventus are top of Serie A but Napoli are just two points behind. Napoli have not won the league since 1989 while Juventus have lifted the trophy in each of the last six seasons; will the race still be on by the time the sides meet on April 22? sboasia
Rounding off the top four - and a place in next season's Champions League group stage - are Roma and Inter Milan, although Lazio and AC Milan are keeping the heat on Inter for fourth. Lazio are a point behind in fifth and currently occupy the spot for the Europa League group stages, while AC Milan - four points behind and having played a game less - would currently have to settle for a place in the second qualifying round.
Bundesliga - Bayern unstoppable?
Bayern Munich are heading to their sixth consecutive league title, although they missed the chance to secure it before the international break when they were beaten 1-0 by RB Leipzig. However, they remain 17 points clear of Schalke in second and can claim their latest crown with victory at home to third-placed Borussia Dortmund on March 31 if Schalke drop points to Freiburg on the same day.
Eredivisie - PSV in pole position
PSV Eindhoven are seven points clear of rivals Ajax, who have not won the league title since the 2013/14 season and look set to miss out again. AZ Alkmaar, currently five points behind Ajax in third, are on course for the Europa League second qualifying round.
Ligue 1 - No Neymar, no problem
PSG are 17 points clear at the top of the table, even after losing Neymar to injury at the end of February. Unai Emery's side could all but clinch the title when they face defending champions Monaco on April 15.
Monaco, currently leading third-placed Marseille by seven points, look set to finish the season in second and join PSG in next season's Champions League group stage. But it is a much closer race between Marseille and Lyon in fourth with just two points separating the sides and the difference between a place in the Champions League qualifying third round and the Europa League group stages next season. sboasia