Big guns ready to clinch titles

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It could be coronation time in Europe this weekend with Real Madrid, Internazionale and Bayern Munich all in position to clinch championships.

Real Madrid will retain the title with four games to spare if they beat Athletic Bilbao tomorrow night and Villarreal (at Real Betis tomorrow) and Barcelona (at Deportivo la Coruna today) both fail to win.

At the other end of La Liga Valencia, having fired Ronald Koeman after last week's 5-1 defeat in Bilbao, need a result under new coach Salvador Gonzalez at home to fellow strugglers Osasuna. Levante, meanwhile, could be relegated without kicking a ball. Players will strike before their game at Recreativo Huelva unless they are paid money owed by the club.

Inter will be Serie A champions tomorrow if they beat Cagliari and Roma lose at home to Torino. This would put Roberto Mancini's side nine points clear with three games to go, an unassailable advantage thanks to their better head-to-head record against Roma.

Some Inter fans may prefer to wait until next weekend when they could flaunt success in the Milan derby. Inter have recalled Patrick Vieira after suspension but are without the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

An Inter triumph would be their third successive scudetto, but more meaningful than 2006, when it was was awarded to them after Juventus were found guilty of match-fixing, and last year when Milan suffered a points deduction.

Bayern can clinch the Bundesliga if Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 lose today, and they defeat VfB Stuttgart tomorrow.

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