Everton v Manchester City: Premier League – live!

Next Saturday evening, the 2017-18 Premier League champions elect can secure their long-awaited, much-anticipated prize with a victory over, of all people, Manchester United. But their snook-cocking dream can only become reality if they first win at Everton tonight. No pressure, then!

You’d fancy City in pretty much any other fixture. We’re at the cusp of April, yet Pep Guardiola’s side have only lost two meaningful matches all season: at Liverpool in the league, and at Wigan in the cup. They’ve won 26 of the 30 league games they’ve so far played. It’s absurd. They’re relentless. They’re amazing.

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Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund: Bundesliga – live!

No, it won’t be a coronation for Bayern, after Schalke delayed the celebrations of a sixth successive Bundesliga title by beating Freiburg. No panic, though. Bayern have just the 14 points in hand on Schalke. Dortmund, meanwhile, kick off a full 18 points behind the permanent champions, and their last title, back in 2011-12, under shiny, happy Jurgen Klopp, now feels like a long time ago. Coming up against Robert Lewandowski will be a reminder of those good old days.

Present day Dortmund have had a bad time this season. Peter Stöger has righted the ship somewhat after Peter Bosz was binned in December, having failed to adequately replace Thomas Tuchel. And Marcos Reus is missing here through injury, a sentence which has been written far, far too often about one of Europe’s most talented players.

For Bayern, who have Sevilla in next week’s Champions League in mind, there is the rarity of coming off a domestic defeat, having been beaten 2-1 by RB Leipzig two weeks ago. Still, though, they have recovered far better from replacing a manager in Carlo Ancelotti for Jupp Heynckes than their closest rival of recent years. Mind you, these days there is one hell of a drop-off between the two.

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