Sunday 5/15/16 (7 AM PT) - All games
After all of the insanity that’s occurred in the Premier League this season, the final day promises to be very anticlimactic. Leicester’s title has been confirmed (LINK), Sunderland nabbed the final safe spot in the midweek, relegating Norwich and Newcastle in the process (LINK), and all that’s left to be decided is European position. Spurs have already locked up a Champions League group stage berth, and a point at Newcastle would secure their first finish above rivals Arsenal — who also have guaranteed themselves a spot in next year’s Champions League, though it could hypothetically be the qualifying round if they lose to relegated Aston Villa — in 20 years. The real battle is the fight for fourth, but it’s a straightforward scenario. If Manchester City beat or tie Swansea, they’ll secure a UCL berth. A loss to the Swans would open the door for Manchester United, who hosts
Saturday 5/14/16 (8:00 AM PT) - Race for the title
Sunday 5/15/16 (10:30 AM PT) - Race for safety
It’s down to the wire in Spain, however, with Barcelona and Real Madrid kicking off Saturday morning against Granada and Deportivo La Coruna, respectively, with the Catalan outfit holding a one-point advantage. A Barca win would automatically secure the title for the reigning champions, but any slip up would allow Real to sneak in for their first title in four years. With the other UCL spots locked up by Atletico and Villarreal, as well as the Europa League spots by Celta Vigo and Athletic Club, the only other race is the hotly contested one at the bottom of the table. Getafe currently sit safe in 17th, but only on head-to-head record against Sporting Gijon, who are tied with them on 36 points. One point behind that pair is Rayo Vallecano, but if they are to secure a tie, and the other two lose, Rayo would escape based on head-to-head record against the others, with a win and a draw against each. It’s going to be a battle until the final whistle, and it might take all 90 minutes to provide clarity on who will be dropping to the Segunda Division.
Saturday 5/14/16 (6:30 AM PT) - All games
Most everything at the top of the Bundesliga table is extremely straightforward heading into the final matches. The top three are all locked into their positions, with champions Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayer Leverkusen all heading to next season’s Champions League group stage. Fourth place is still up for grabs, but only if Borussia Monchengladbach slip at Darmstadt, who is safe from relegation. A Gladbach loss, however, wouldn’t
Saturday 5/14/16 (11:45 AM PT) - Race for second
Sunday 5/15/16 (11:45 AM PT) - Race for safety
With Juventus having won the title a few weeks ago and all European positions locked up, the only battle at the top of Italy is for second, which will see Napoli or Roma go automatically to the UCL group stage, while the other will have to enter at the final stage of qualifying (the playoff round). The Naples club has a two-point lead, but Roma hold the head-to-head tiebreaker if the two end up tied on points. It’s a tough scenario to imagine, though, with Napoli having a relatively easy matchup against already-relegated Frosinone while Roma play AC Milan. Still, anything can happen. At the bottom, there are two teams, Carpi and Palermo, fighting for one safe spot, which is very much up for grabs. A win for Palermo, who are currently a point to the better, would secure their spot in the Serie A for another year, but if they lose and Carpi draw or win, that would see Carpi on to safety either on points (if they win) or on the third tie-breaker, goal differential (if the teams are tied on points). Again, the latter is tough to bank on, however, given Palermo are playing last-placed Verona.
Saturday 5/14/16 (Noon PT) - All games
PSG have long since won the crown, and Lyon will be joining them in the UCL, but the third and final UCL spot is an open race between Monaco and Nice. Both are playing bottom-half teams, Montpellier and Guingamp, respectively, but for those who has been following French football this year, it is clear that any team is susceptible to lose on any given day (besides PSG). Nice are two points back, but hold the goal-
Elsewhere, there are some title races in smaller nations across the continent that are going down to the wire. Not all finish up this weekend, but a few do, notably Portugal. All Benfica needs is a point to essentially lock up the title (Sporting are two points and 11 goals behind), but if they lose at home against Nacional on Sunday, Sporting can take the title with a win. The other tight battles aren’t ending this weekend, but they are very interesting with just a few games to go. The most intriguing race is in Russia, where CSKA Moscow leads FK Rostov by two points with two games left, with Zenit sitting two points back of Rostov for the second and final UCL berth. CSKA still has to face fourth-place Krasnodar as well, so there could be another twist left in the tale. There is still a lot to play for in Belgium as well, where the top two teams in the playoff portion of the competition meet this weekend. Anderlecht need to win at Club Brugge to reign in the leaders, as with three games to go, they trail by three points. Gent are six back of Anderlecht for the second available CL spot, but it’ll take quite a comeback to earn a second straight berth in the competition. Other than that, most top league championships are either over, decided or almost secured. PSV overtook Ajax last weekend on the final day to win the Eredivisie, Olympiacos cruised to a Greek League title, Besiktas need just one point from their final two games to win in Turkey, Dynamo Kyiv have clinched the Ukrainian title with a week to spare, and Basel have secured the Swiss Super League. All of those winners will play in next season’s Champions League, and the race to see who joins them is officially in its final paces. How it all plays out will be phenomenal to watch over the next few weeks.