Supersport Preview: The Best of May

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Goal, in conjunction with SuperSport, preview the best of the footballing action to expect on your screens in May

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    04/05, EPL, Newcastle v Liverpool

    The Reds need to pick themselves up off the ground after their midweek outclassing by Barcelona as they look to maintain their title charge. Jurgen Klopp’s side are one point behind Manchester City with two games to play, and it’s imperative they take all three points at St. James Park if they’re to remain in the hunt, particularly considering their inferior goal difference.

    An intriguing subplot here is a meeting between two Liverpool heroes, Klopp and Rafael Benitez. Rafa surely couldn’t scupper the Merseysiders’ title hopes…could he?

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    04/05, PSL, Cape Town City v Orlando Pirates

    Unlike Liverpool, Pirates still have their destiny in their own hands with two matches of the season to go.

    They’re level on points with Mamelodi Sundowns, but with a superior goal difference.

    A first title since 2012 has never felt closer, but can Milutin Sredojevic and his talented collection of players get over the line, and overcome this major hurdle?

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    04/05, Caf Champions League, Mamelodi Sundowns vs. Wydad Casablanca

    Downs were defeated 2-1 away in Morocco in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, and while it puts them on the backfoot ahead of the second leg in South Africa, they won't be fazed by the challenge ahead of them.

    In the previous round, Pitso Mosimane's side demonstrated their strength at home by smashing Cairene giants - and Africa's Club of the Century - Al-Ahly 5-0 at home to send ripples across the continent.

    If they can turn on that same class this time around, they'll find a way to reach the two-legged final later this month.

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    06/05, EPL, Man City v Leicester

    Assuming Liverpool take maximum points from Newcastle on Saturday, then City would find themselves under pressure again when they host Leicester City on Monday.

    While Pep Guardiola’s side will be overwhelming favourites to take all three points—and retake top spot—they must be wary of a Leicester side whose form has improved since Brendan Rodgers took the reins.

    Could the Northern Irish coach give his former club Liverpool a massive helping hand in the title battle?

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    07/05, UCL, Liverpool v Barcelona

    After falling to a 3-0 loss in the first leg at the Nou Camp, Liverpool are firmly up against it if they’re to retrieve their Champions League campaign and reach the final again after last term’s heroics.

    While the Merseysiders didn’t play badly in the first leg, they were undone by a Lionel Messi masterclass, and now have it all to do.

    The Reds have pulled off some miraculous fightbacks at Anfield in the past; could they produce some more heroics here?

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    08/05, UCL, Ajax v Tottenham

    Tottenham Hotspur may count themselves lucky to have only lost 1-0 at the new White Hart Lane when Ajax came to town on Tuesday. The hosts were outplayed for the majority of the first half, but managed to weather the storm to leave themselves firmly in the tie ahead of the return clash in Amsterdam.

    With Son Heung-min set to return from his suspension, Spurs will be able to call on a sharper attacking edge, but will their tiring legs ultimately leave them short as they aim to reach a maiden Champions League final?

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    11/05, PSL, Final Day fixtures

    The title race will go down to the final day, even if goal difference might have tilted the tide firmly in Orlando Pirates’ favour, particularly if Sundowns slip up at home against Golden Arrows on Tuesday.

    Even overlooking the fact that Pitso Mosimane’s side must host Wydad Casablanca on Saturday as they look to reach the Caf Champions League final, they have a tougher final-day assignment than Bucs.

    The Brazilians must travel away to Free State Stars, while Bucs host Polokwane City as they look to win a fifth PSL title.

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    12/05, EPL, Final Day fixtures

    It’s been an engrossing Premier League season, and there’s still a lot to play for as we approach the final day.

    As well as the title tangle between Liverpool and Manchester City, there’s also a four-way tussle for the two outstanding Champions League berths.

    Various sides are still in the running for Europa League qualification, although Cardiff City need to win this weekend—and for other results to go their way—if they’re to evade relegation until the final day.

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    18/05, FA Cup, Man City v Watford

    Manchester City’s Champions League aspirations may have fallen by the wayside after that dramatic clash at the Etihad Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur, but a domestic treble still remains on the cards.

    The Sky Blues have already won the League Cup, and are favourites in the Premier League title race.

    City have been on the receiving end of stunning FA Cup finals defeats before—notably when Roberto Mancini’s side were defeated by Wigan Athletic—but surely Pep Guardiola’s side won’t slip up here…

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    18/05, Nedbank Cup, TS Galaxy v Kaizer Chiefs

    There’s a genuine fervour about the Nedbank Cup final, with tickets already selling out almost three weeks before the bout.

    The clash, in Durban, will pit Chiefs against National First Division outfit TS Galaxy, and ambitious new club who will be desperate to make continental headlines and deny Amakhosi an end to their three-season wait for a trophy.

    History will be made either way!

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    19/05, La Liga, Final Day fixtures

    Getafe will be looking to cling onto an unlikely Champions League berth when they host Villarreal on the final day, and keep an eye on Real Valladolid, Girona, and Celta Vigo, all of whom are facing a battle to remain in the division.

    Sevilla and Valencia, who are looking to overhaul Getafe into fourth, face Athletic Bilbao and Real Valladolid respectively.

    The division's biggest sides are all also in action.

    Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are away from home on the final day of the Spanish season, as they face Eibar and relegation-threatened Levante respectively, while Real Madrid host Real Betis as they look to put their miserable campaign behind them.

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    26/05, Serie A, Final Day fixtures

    The Italian title race has already been wrapped up, but as in Spain, continental positions and relegation spots will be decided between now and the season’s end.

    European hopefuls Torino host Lazio—currently one point behind them—in one of the picks of the final weekend, while Atalanta will be hoping to secure qualification for the Champions League for the first time when they host Sassuolo.

    Inter and Roma, in third and fifth at the time of writing, host Empoli and Parma respectively as they look to boost their UCL prospects.

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