With title races and relegation battles reaching their conclusion in Europe, the penultimate round in the FIFA World Leagues Predictor is sure to be an examining one. Two big derbies in South America ensure that Europe doesn't steal all the focus.
Match of the week: Bayern Munich-Stuttgart (Germany)
Locked on 64 points, two behind leaders Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich and Stuttgart must play out the last 90 minutes of their Bundesliga season at full throttle. Both sides need victory to have any chance of lifting the trophy, but defeat could leave them out of the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League. Stuttgart's odds are 15 per cent to win; a result that would earn their backs 85 points.
Palmeiras-Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Little separates Sao Paulo and Palmeiras in head-to-head confrontations: the former have won this fixture on 102 occasions to the latter's 99, with the teams drawing 94 times. Palmeiras have, however, failed to claim a win in their last three meeting and lost 1-0 to Sao Paulo last time out.
With eight Copa Libertadores and 85 league titles between them, fans of these two giants have earned the right to call this derby El Super Clasico. Current champions Nacional are strong favourites at home, but could be distracted by their focus on their quest to claim another continental crown. If Penarol can put their poor recent league form behind them, they could return backers 80 points for a win or draw.
With two matches left in the season, and only one win apiece in their last six fixtures, Sochaux and Nantes are both hovering over the relegation trapdoor. Can either win their last two games and survive the drop? This match is set to decide if either side has what it takes to stay afloat.
Aston Villa-Newcastle United (England)
With relegation-candidates Hull City facing Manchester United at the exact same time, Newcastle United travel to Aston Villa knowing that victory, or perhaps even a draw, could secure their place in the top flight. Defeat, however, would relegate the Magpies for the first time in 15 seasons. Newcastle are major underdogs, but are facing a tired Aston Villa team who have little to play for having already qualified for Europe.