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Juventus looking for Inter Derby favour

sports Updated: May 04, 2012 23:47 IST

Juventus will be hoping their oldest rivals Inter Milan can do them a favour by winning their derby against AC Milan on Sunday.

The Serie A title race has come down to the final two matches of the season with Juve leading the reigning champions by a single point.

Milan must beat their cross-city rivals to ensure they make it to the final game of the season in with a chance of taking the title. If they fail to do so, Juve know they can claim a record 28th scudetto crown with victory at Cagliari, in a match being played in Trieste due to the Sardinians' unplayable pitch.

It's an awful position for Inter to be in as whatever they do, they will help one of their two hated rivals.

Newcastle game tougher: Mancini
Manchester City's visit to in-form Newcastle United on Sunday will be more difficult than last Monday's match against title rivals Manchester United, according to manager Roberto Mancini.

The Italian said fifth-placed Newcastle would approach the game against Premier League leaders City in an extremely confident mood after their 2-0 victory at Champions League finalists Chelsea on Wednesday.

"Newcastle played a fantastic game at Chelsea and I think this game will be more difficult for us," Mancini told reporters on Friday.

“The Manchester United game was at home and we played very well to win 1-0 but Newcastle is away and I think it will be harder.” The two Manchester clubs are locked together on 83 points with two games left to play this season, with City top on goal difference.

Mancini said City would keep a particularly close eye on red-hot Senegal striker Papiss Cisse on Sunday.

“Cisse is incredible," said the Italian. “He scored two fantastic goals against Chelsea.”