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The four biggest football matches to watch in May 2024

As the heavily anticipated 2024 European Championship kick-off looms large, fans are eager to see out the 2023/24 club season. 

Except for an iconic title race in the Premier League, all four remaining top-five leagues have already crowned their champions.

It’s the crunch period in the three continental competitions, with all reigning holders out of the picture ahead of the first set of the semi-final fixtures.

Plenty of mouth-watering ties wait in the wings down the final stretch as we look at the must-watch match-ups in May. 

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid 

It’s been six years since Bayern Munich and Real Madrid last faced each other in the Champions League, but the Germans’ thirst for revenge is as compelling as it was in 2018. 

Thomas Tuchel’s side ousted Arsenal in the quarter-finals and will enjoy a home advantage in the first leg before travelling to the Iberian peninsula for a rematch on May 8.

Los Blancos have won all three knockout ties against the Bavarians since 2014 and will be confident of reaching their second Champions League final in three years after crashing defending champions Manchester City out in the last four.

Unlike Bayern, who lost their 11-year stranglehold on the Bundesliga, Carlo Ancelotti’s high-flyers are on the verge of winning their domestic championship, boasting a 13-point lead at La Liga’s summit. 

While the Spaniards look in better shape to navigate this blockbuster semi-final tie, Bayern’s last-ditch attempt to avoid a first trophyless season in over a decade could be a powerful motive. 

Despite the lack of English teams in the competition, interest in the Champions League semi-finals in the United Kingdom is expected to be high.

TNT Sports broadcasts all Champions League games in the UK, and there are plenty of Champions League streaming options depending on where you are in the world.

Europa League Final

If the Champions League is the pinnacle of European club football, the Europa League is its second in command, providing a stage for teams to vie for continental prestige. 

Atalanta, Bayer Leverkusen, Marseille and Roma are the four remaining sides in Europe’s second-tier competition, bidding to claim their place in the grand final.

With record-time winners Sevilla out of the way, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin will see a new team at the podium on May 22.

Following a stunning quarter-final triumph against Liverpool, Atalanta will look to deny Marseille their third appearance in the Europa League final this century and potentially set up an all-Italian showpiece event.

Serie A clubs have failed to lift the title in the Europa League era, but Roma could change that if they become the first team to get the better of ‘Neverlusen’ this season.

No English teams are in the semi-finals but don’t underestimate the number of eyes watching Leverkusen’s progress in Europe.

As with the Champions League, TNT Sports broadcasts all Europa League games in the UK. Here are several Europa League streaming recommendations based on wherever you are watching from.

FA Cup Final 

Manchester City and Manchester United will go head-to-head in the FA Cup title decider for the second season on the trot, with the Red Devils seeking revenge for last year’s heartbreak.

Only two days after the Europa League final, the iconic Wembley Stadium will form the backdrop for an all-Manchester showdown as the Cityzens look to become the first side in a decade to defend the FA Cup crown.

Ilkay Gundogan’s match-winning brace decided last year’s final, but the stakes are much higher for United manager Erik ten Hag this term. 

The Dutchman’s job is on the line and there’s a feeling that anything other than Man Utd’s 13th FA Cup title could prompt a managerial change at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Man Utd’s league season seems to be over, but the most popular club in the world will have fans tuning in to watch the FA Cup live in the hope their team can win a trophy this season.

Manchester United vs Arsenal

Before facing City rivals in the FA Cup final, Man Utd could hand the Etihad Stadium outfit a decisive boost in a fiercely contested Premier League title race.

Table-topping Arsenal will touch down at Old Trafford in the penultimate round with the aim of taking three points and strengthening their quest for top-flight glory for the first time in two decades. This is expected to be the most-streamed Premier League match in May 2024.

Mikel Arteta’s men claimed a pulsating 3-1 win in September’s reverse fixture and could complete their first league double over Man Utd since 2006/07.

Nothing less will do for the Gunners as they fight perennial champions Man City for the trophy, highlighting the latest chapter of this storied rivalry as a season-defining contest. 

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