Weekend Wanderings: Double trouble for Manchester City

This week, those that don’t love football were reminded just what they’re missing out on.

Whether it was Ajax’s improbable qualification or the madness at the Etihad, the excitement has been off the charts.

Here’s hoping the fixtures in this edition of Weekend Wanderings live up to the hype.

1. Can Tottenham dish out a double punishment on Manchester City?

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If, like most people, you still haven’t caught your breath from Wednesday night here’s a gentle reminder – Manchester City and Tottenham are about to do it all over again.

After the Champions League madness, the two face off again with huge implications for the Premier League.

Tottenham have their own agenda in trying to finish in the top four, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all still too close for comfort.

Meanwhile, the home side will hope that Tottenham don’t upset the title race.

Any dropped points here suddenly put Liverpool in the driving seat, with the Reds going to Cardiff on Sunday.

Are we about to see another epic encounter?

2. Can Chelsea claim a European scalp of their own?

After getting cruelly knocked out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage last Sunday, Emma Hayes’ side now face a last shot at glory– but what a challenge it is.

On Sunday, the Blues travel to face Champions League holders Lyon in the first leg of the semi-finals of this year’s tournament.

The Blues claimed a major scalp in the last round, after knocking out PSG, but this task represents a whole new challenge.

As talented as Chelsea are, they have fallen short domestically and Lyon are arguably the finest squad in women’s football right now.

With stars like Ada Hegerberg, Wendie Renard and, of course, England’s Lucy Bronze the French side represent a huge test.

But if this week proved anything, surprises can still happen in Europe and Chelsea certainly know-how to pull off a surprise.

3. Can Arsenal march ever closer to the title?

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Arsenal could get one hand on the WSL trophy this weekend. The Gunners sit top of the table, one point ahead of second-placed Manchester City and with a game in hand.

Despite the fact Nick Cushing’s City are unbeaten in the league, too many points have been lost to draws with little chance to recoup in such a short competition.

Arsenal have stuttered in their two league defeats, however, their other performances earned vital wins, with some mightily impressive results along the way.

This Sunday, should they beat Everton, they will be just one win away from claiming their first league title since 2012.

4. Can PSG finally cross the line and get the title wrapped up?

Ever since Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s extraordinary miss, Paris Saint-Germain’s performances have been ugly.

While it is just a matter of time before the French side seal a latest Ligue 1 title, there has been two blown opportunities.

After getting thrashed 5-1 by Lille last weekend they looked certain to seal the deal midweek against Nantes.

But, again, they suffered a shock defeat – a 3-2 loss this time around.

While the injuries have mounted for Thomas Tuchel and his side surely it will be a case of third time lucky this weekend.

On Sunday, the league leaders host Monaco, who have since climbed a little further away from relegation.

This time PSG might finally be crowned champions.

5. Can Roma boost their top four hopes in this classic rivalry?

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The race for the Champions League places remains incredibly close in Italy with just three points separating AC Milan in fourth and Lazio in seventh.

However, this Saturday the San Siro hosts a classic Italian rivalry between Inter Milan, currently in third, and fifth-placed Roma who are desperate to be part of the Champions League again.

Claudio Ranieri’s side come into the game off the back of two consecutive victories and sit a point behind AC Milan.

With time running out a, galvanising victory against a top-of-the table rival might just push the team on in the final stretch.

But with plenty of quality players expected to take to the field this could be another excellent encounter for football fans.

You can follow Alasdair on Twitter @adjhooper1992

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