With Round 31 of FIFA World Leagues Predictor taking place on 17 and 18 April, there are only four rounds left. Can you grab one of the four remaining signed FIFA World Cup™ winner’s jerseys, or are you on track to try and snatch the Grand Prize? FIFA.com takes its customary look at the major games for Round 31 to help you make your predictions.
Match of the week
Title challengers Bordeaux and Lyon meet for the third time in under a month and just like in their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals the result could be crucial to hopes of silverware. Lyon sit in third place on the Ligue 1 table two points ahead of fifth-placed Bordeaux. With two games in hand, a Bordeaux win could position the club in the top four with a clear shot at the summit. The big question: Will Bordeaux succumb to another home defeat at the hands of Lyon, or will they start from where they left off in their last encounter?
The Manchester derby
Manchester City-Manchester United (England)
Heated words have been flying back and forth in Manchester as Carlos Tevez prepares to face his old club. City will no doubt relish the opportunity to deliver a killer blow to United’s fading league title hopes. United now trail leaders Chelsea by four points while Mancini’s men are out to try and tighten their grip on UEFA Champions League qualification via a fourth place finish.
The Rome derby
Life in Serie A could not be more different for the two Roman clubs. Roma, under the helm of Claudio Ranieri, are in pole position and could walk away with their first title in almost a decade. Lazio meanwhile are hovering dangerously close to the drop zone and one or two bad results in their final five games could see them drop, a far cry from last season in which they won both the Italian Super Cup and Coppa Italia.
East against west
LA Galaxy-Real Salt Lake (USA)
LA Galaxy will be looking to exact revenge on Real Salt Lake after losing to 5-4 on penalties to the Eastern Conference champions in the 2009 MLS Cup Final. Galaxy are off to a flying start in the 2010 season with three wins from three games. In contrast current MLS Champions Real Salt Lake have won one, drawn one and lost one. The Galaxy are massive favourites at home and an upset in Los Angeles could return approximately 89 points for Real Salt Lake backers.
Tigre-Estudiantes La Plata (Argentina)
Only six days after being beaten 6-2 by current Primera A leaders Godoy Cruz, Tigre must regroup and prepare to take on third-placed Estudiantes. Estudiantes beat Tigre 3-1 in the last league encounter, which took place in La Plata.