Manchester City won’t win the Premier League title this season so what’s the best consolation prize it could hope for? Ruining Manchester United’s season, something it has a chance to do Sunday. In Germany, the Battle of the Borussias could spell trouble for Bayern Munich’s title hopes, highlighting the best televised soccer action from Europe this weekend.
EPL: It’s been a while since Manchester City found itself playing the role of spoiler this late into a Premier League season, but that may be the best way to describe the lot of the two-time defending champion heading into Sunday’s Manchester Derby with United (NBC, Telemundo, 9:30 a.m.). City (18-6-3) has a comfortable cushion in second place but trails first-place Liverpool by a whopping 22 points so another title seems beyond its grasp. But Manchester United (11-8-9) has a lot to play for. A win and a Chelsea loss would position the Red Devils for a Champions League berth next season while a draw and a Wolverhampton win over Brighton would knock them out of both continental competitions. United has lost its last three games in all competition to its cross-town neighbors at Old Trafford; another loss Sunday would tie the record for consecutive home losses to City set in 1931. City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is doubtful with a back injury.
Bundesliga: With the struggles of October and November behind it, Bayern Munich (16-4-4) seems to be cruising to an eighth straight German title. But the race isn’t over yet. Leipzig (14-3-7) is just three points back despite winning only two of its last six, and both Borussia Dortmund (14-4-6) and Borussia Monchengladbach (14-5-4) remain within striking distance. One of those final two could drop off the pace Saturday when they meet in the Battle of the Borussias (Fox Deportes, 9:30 a.m. PT). Dortmund comes in with momentum, having won its last three league matches overall and its last nine against Monchengladbach.