Weekend Wanderings: Manchester City aim for domestic treble in FA Cup final

While the Premier League season may have come to a close that in no way means the football action is done and dusted. 

Now that we have reached the home stretch of the season, we are being treated to decisive finals and crucial league fixtures. 

This weekend is no exception with silverware on the line and the threat of relegation looming for others. 

Alasdair Hooper highlights where you should be focused in this Weekend Wanderings. 

1. Can Manchester City seal a domestic treble of trophies?

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Manchester City’s retention of the Premier League title cements their status as one of the great teams, particularly since they held off the most formidable of title challengers in Liverpool.

After already bagging the Carabao Cup earlier in the season, the opportunity now awaits for a clean sweep of domestic titles with this Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

Standing in their way are Watford, who have impressed many this season and silenced a few doubters when it came to questioning the capabilities of boss Javi Gracia.

It is just the second time the club have reached the final in their history and everything has been geared up towards this day.

As formidable as City are, Watford present a major test for Pep Guardiola’s side and this might not be as easy a task as some would expect.

2. Can Lyon prove they are kings of Europe once again? 

This Saturday also serves up the Women’s Champions League final taking place in Budapest.

Barcelona face a mighty challenge as they take on Lyon, who have won this competition for the last three years and have reached eight of the last 10 finals.

The Catalan side have gone form strength to strength recently with this appearance in the final their first ever, but they possess bundles of talent in their own ranks.

There is also English interest on both sides with Toni Duggan plying her trade in Barcelona while Lyon have Lucy Bronze in their ranks while Izzy Christansen has been nursing an injury.

Either way it is set to be another defining night in a year where women’s football takes centre stage.

3. Will there be another surprise in the Bundesliga title race?

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The final day of the Premier League looked like it might spring a surprise for a moment – as Brighton briefly took the lead against Manchester City – but eventually it panned out as most had expected it to.

Over in Germany, Bayern Munich face a similar task – if they lose their final game of the season they run the risk of Borussia Dortmund overtaking them to seal the Bundesliga title.

Niko Kovac’s side drew last time out to RB Leipzig meaning the title race would go down to the wire.

What’s more they have another tough hurdle to get over in the form of Europa League semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt.

All Dortmund can focus on is winning their own game – away at Borussia Monchengladbach – and hope that Eintracht do them a favour.

But we might just get some fireworks as the Bundesliga title race reaches its final act.

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4. Can AFC Fylde bounce back from play-off heartache?

This weekend we also see another final at Wembley, the climax of the FA Trophy.

AFC Fylde have to make up for the heartache of losing out on promotion to the Football League when Salford City beat them in the same stadium just last weekend.

Meanwhile their opponents Leyton Orient are looking for the ‘non-league double’ as they were confirmed National League champions earlier.

Justin Edinburgh’s team managed to return to the Football League in the process but an FA Trophy would certainly act as icing on the cake.

5. Can St Mirren escape the dreaded relegation play-off?

On Monday night St Mirren kept their hopes of avoiding a relegation play-off when they beat the team directly above them, Hamilton.

Now just one point behind Hamilton in 11th place, St Mirren need a victory on the final day – as well has hoping Hamilton slip up – to climb out of the danger zone and maintain their place in the top tier.

Awaiting them is a trip to already-relegated Dundee while Hamilton have the tougher task at home to St Johnstone.

Whoever ends up in 11th place than has to prepare for a relegation shootout against either Raith Rovers or Queen of the South.

It’s a play-off neither Premiership club wants to play.

Follow Alasdair on Twitter at @adjhooper1992

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