Title race hots up in Spain, Chelsea and Spurs in Champions League derby

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Updated: March 24, 2012

European football enters the final straight with teams all over battling it out for relegation, Champions League spots and titles, and 2BET2 will be with you all the way to the end.

All eyes today will be on Spain as both Barcelona and Real Madrid will be in action. Contrasting fortunes for both teams this week as 2 draws by the Madrid giants have allowed Messi and co. to close the gap to just 6 points, and considering Real still have to travel to The Camp Nou, the title race is entering an exciting climax.

Mallorca 12/1 have the task of keeping Messi off the score sheet, as Barca 2/9 are on the island looking to apply more pressure on their bitter rivals. The hosts come into this game in good form off the back of 2 wins and will be hoping Barca will falter considering it is the defending champions away form this season that has let them down. Barcelona, in particular Messi have been in sparkling form of late with 4 consecutive wins. Midweek Messi scored his 6th league hat-rick of the season to elevate him not only to the top of the scoring charts this season but also into the history books as the leading all time scorer for the Catalan giants. Contain Messi and Mallorca have a chance, easier said than done!

Real 1/8 are at home to Sociedad 19/1. Cracks have started to be appear in the defence of the league leaders, as first Malaga and then Villarreal exposed during the last 5 days. What was a 10 point lead has now diminished to 6 and Mourinho will be feeling the pressure. The ‘Special One’ will be watching from the stands today as he endures a touchline ban alongside players Ozil and Pepe. Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to add to his 33 goals so far as he trails Messi by 1.

In Italy, leaders AC Milan 9/14 will be tested by Roma 9/2 at the San Siro. With a 4 point lead over Juventus they are in no position to drop any points. Tuesday they went down to Juve in the Coppa Italia semi final and will be hoping the same fate doesnt fall on them today. Roma have bounced back since their loss to Lazio 3 weeks ago with 2 wins, another 3 points will move them into the Champions League position.

In Germany Bayern Munich 1/6 welcome 7th placed Hanover 14/1. Bayern have been in unstoppable form scoring an incredible 13 goals in 2 games, however Hanover come into this game following a 4-1 against Cologne last week.

London will be the center of attention in the Premiership as Chelsea 6/7 take on Spurs 19/6 in a battle for 4th spot. Spurs have had a torrid time of late with 3 losses and a draw which has seen them lose 3rd spot to an inform Arsenal. Chelsea have also had a tough season however there are suggestions that caretaker Di Matteo has got them ticking again and with Torres showing signs of a timely return to form this should be an explosive London derby.