In the third-last round of the season, predictors are faced with some tough decisions as title hopefuls in Germany, Spain and England face must-win fixtures this weekend. FIFA.com takes a look at some of the key matches on the menu for Round 33 of FIFA World Leagues Predictor.
Match of the week
With a current average of almost four goals a game Chelsea are showing no signs of giving up the summit of the English Premier League. In their penultimate match of the season the Blues must travel to Anfield and win if they plan to defend their slender one point lead. Liverpool, meanwhile, are in desperate need of maximum points in their final two league games if they hope to feature in either of Europe’s two football competitions next season. A win result would be bittersweet for the Reds; beating Chelsea could hand rivals Manchester a fourth consecutive league title.
Schalke 04-Werder Bremen (Germany)
Locked at the top of the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, Schalke 04 have perhaps the toughest remaining task of the top two when they host third-placed Werder Bremen. Bremen, will be equally eager to grab three-points this weekend as they try to fend of the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund in their quest for a UEFA Champions League qualification.
LDU de Quito-Deportivo Cuenca (Ecuador)
LDU Quito failed to beat Cuenca, the eventual runners up of the 2009 Ecuadorian Championship, in all four of their meetings last season. In the first stage of the 2009 season Cuenca drew 1-1 at LDU Quito and won 1-0 at home. In the second stage Cuenca won 3-0 at home and drew 2-2 at LDU. Despite their unblemished record of late against LDU, Cuenca are underdogs in Quito returning a potential 85 points for a win.
Portugal’s biggest derby loses a bit of its bite this weekend, with the Liga Sagres title race almost decided. With little hope of catching the top two before the season end, third-placed Porto have little to play for. However, before you go writing off the reigning champions, a look at their home record this season may convince you otherwise (14 wins, 11 draws, 0 losses).
Vissel Kobe-Albirex Niigata (Japan)
Two of the worst starters in the J-League's 2010 season will look to turn their fortunes around when the face off this weekend. Albirex have yet to win a game this season, but have managed to draw five of their 8 matches. In contrast, Vissel have lost five of their eight opening games.