Down to the wire
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With only two rounds remaining, predictors couldn’t have anticipated a more dramatic finish to Season 4 of FIFA World Leagues Predictor.

Round 33 was packed with surprises which led to massive gains for some predictors. Our next round is set to offer even more drama with derbies in France and Russia, a clash of champions in England and a relegation fight in Germany.

The contenders
david150982 has shown his pedigree in recent weeks. After a mysterious two-week absence which saw him surrender the summit for the first time in ten-consecutive rounds, the Spaniard returned in force, scoring a total of 722 points in the past two rounds and reclaiming top spot. Will the No1 hold onto first place for the two remaining rounds or can one of the challengers overtake him at the finish line?

Match of the week
Manchester United-Chelsea (England)
Not too long ago few people would have believed the Premier League title race would go down to the wire. However, Arsenal’s recent dismantling of Manchester United coupled with Chelsea’s sudden surge in form (Chelsea have taken 22 points from a possible 24 and United have only claimed 16 during the same period) have meant exactly that. Chelsea trail United by three points and the pair are locked on goal difference. Consequently, a win for either side on Sunday would hand them first place in the league table.

Recent head to heads: Chelsea drew first blood in the 2010/11 season with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. United, however, defeated the Blues in both legs of their recent UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

French derby
Lyon-Marseille (France)
Disappointing results for both teams in the last round have dented their respective title hopes. Lyon are now locked in battle with PSG for the final UEFA Champions League qualification spot and can’t afford to drop points. Similarly, Marseille are trailing league leaders Lille by a single point and simply can’t afford to drop any more points if they hope to snatch the league title.

Bundesliga brawl
Eintracht Frankfurt-Cologne (Germany)
With the fate of the Bundesliga title decided, it’s time to turn our attention to the relegation battle. Frankfurt will be hoping Cologne’s streak of poor away form will continue over the weekend. Die Adler are only two points clear of the relegation zone and dropping more points could mean automatic relegation to the second division next season. Cologne’s erratic form makes them a difficult side to predict. In early April they went down 5-1 to second-from-bottom Borussia Monchengladbach. However, three weeks later they handed second-placed Bayer Leverkusen a 2-0 defeat.

Round 34 preview (7 and 8 May)
Nagoya Grampus Eight-Shimizu S-Pulse (Japan)
Kaizer Chiefs-Ajax Cape Town (South Africa)
Eintracht Frankfurt-Cologne (Germany)
Athletic Bilbao-Levante (Spain)
Roma-AC Milan (Italy)
Dynamo Moscow-CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Universidad Catolica-Union Espanola (Chile)
Manchester United-Chelsea (England)
Brondby-Copenhagen (Denmark)
Lyon-Marseille (France)