World Football Update - Dec 6th 2011
A bucket load of UEFA CL and EPL action this week!
Jon Forget
Dec 6th 2011
World Football Update - Dec 6th 2011

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    The UEFA Champions League group stages come to a close this week, with ahandful of teams teetering precariously on the brink of elimination. Tuesdays match of the day has Chelsea facing Valenciain what has become a must win situation for the Blues.  Valencias coachhas likened the game to a Final, as the winner will advance, and the loser willgo home.  Chelsea do have home field advantage, but Valencia need only adraw to eliminate their competition.  This game will almost surely make orbreak Chelsea Coach Andre Villas Boas in the eyes of owner Roman Abromovich,and he is already facing immense pressure about how he is handling theteam.  In other Tueday Champions League action, Olympiakosand Marseille are battling for second place in Group F with onlya point seperating the two.  Olympiakos hosts an Arsenalside that has already booked their spot in the round of sixteen. Arsenal are expected to rest many of their starters, perhaps opening thedoor for the Greeks to advance.  Marseille face Bundesliga side BorussiaDortmund, and need a win to ensure their advancement.  Group G isalso very tight with three teams that could make the round of sixteen. Surprising APOEL leads the group with nine points, whileZenit and Porto have eight and seven points respectively. The winner of the Porto v Zenit fixture is sure to advance, making this anotherFinal in essence.

 

    Wednesday will be no less dramatic, as two more English clubs face eliminationfrom the competition.  First in Group C, we have a huge fixture between ManchesterUnited and FC Basel.  The Red Devils are away,and need a win or draw (thanks to goal differential) to advance. Benfica, who are tied with United atop the group, are expected to wineasily over Otelul.  This puts extra pressure on SirAlex Ferguson to have his boys get the result away from home.  ManchesterCity find themselves in a similar situation, and although they areundefeated domestically, it has been a struggle for them in Europe.  Theyface in form powerhouse Bayern Munchen in another must winscenario, and they also need help from Villareal against Napoli. To their advantage Man City is at home, and they are facing a Bayern side thathas already won the group.  Unfortunately for them, Villareal has not wona single match in this years competition, and they are not likely to beat an inform Napoli.

 

    The weekend will be no less exciting for football fans, as we have someterrific EPL fixtures, and the much anticipated ElClasico to look forward to.  Saturday morning we kick things offwith Arsenal, Liverpool, ManchesterUnited, Everton, and Newcastleall facing their respective opponents during our morning Happy Hour. These great games lead us into a massive clash, the El Clasico, betweenReal Madrid and Barcelona.  This year the tidehas turned, and it is Jose Mourinhos boys from Madrid that are the team tobeat.  A scorching record in La Liga, and goals galore, have seen Madridjump to a commanding lead in their domestic campaign.  Barcelona will bekeen to knock them back down to earth, despite a few let downs recently. This is one of footballs classic rivalries, encompassing not just sport, butpolitics and football style as well.  Dont miss this epic fixture, whichis set to kick off at 2pm MST Saturday afternoon. 

 

    Two more EPL fixtures close out our weekend, and sagueway into next weeksfootball schedule.  Sunday morning Tottenham travel to Stoke,where it is notoriously hard to score goals.  Stokes defense is stingy,and their counterattack potent.  It should be a very tough test for aSpurs side that has been in great form all season.  Monday brings usanother huge EPL fixture as Manchester City travel to Londonto take on Chelsea.  City is still undefeated in leagueplay, and Chelsea would love nothing more than to knock them off theirpedestal.  A win in the Champions League for the Blues, combined with awin over City, could indeed make Villas Boas much more comfortable in his shoesat Chelsea.  A win for City here, and their bid to win the Prem takes agiant leap forward.

   

On the Horizon

 

Nextweek we have midweek Europa League football, with all the major Europeanleagues in action on the weekend.  The featured upcoming matchof the week is Manchester City v Arsenal Sunday morningat 9am (12/18).

 

This Weeks Football

 

TuesdayDecember 6th

Chelseav Valencia 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)

Portov Zenit 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

Olympiakosv Arsenal 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

Barcelonav Bate 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

B.Dortmund v Marseille 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

Viktoriav AC Milan 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

Genkv B. Leverkusen 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

APOELv Shaktar 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

 

WednesdayDecember 7th

ManchesterCity v Bayern Munchen 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

Baselv Manchester United 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

Benficav Otelul 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

Ajaxv Real Madrid 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

D.Zagreb v Lyon 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

Villarealv Napoli 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

InterMilan v CSKA Moscow 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

Lillev Trabzonspor 12:45pm  (UEFA Champions League)

 

ThursdayDecember 8th

Albacetev Atletico Madrid 12pm (Copa Del Rey)

 

FridayDecember 9th

HerthaBerlin v Schalke 04 12pm (Bundesliga)

 

SaturdayDecember 10th

Arsenalv Everton 8am (EPL)

Liverpoolv Queens Park Rangers 8am (EPL)

ManchesterUnited v Wolves 8am (EPL)

NorwichCity v Newcastle 10am (EPL)

Leccev Lazio 10am (Serie A)

Interv Fiorentina 12:45pm (Serie A)

RealMadrid v Barcelona 2pm (La Liga El Clasico)

 

SundayDecember 11th

Sunderlandv Blackburn 6:30am (EPL)

Bolognav AC Milan 7am (Serie A)

B.Dortmund v Kaiserslautern 7:30am (Bundesliga)

WestBrom v Wigan 8:30am (EPL Tape Delay)

Stokev Tottenham 9am (EPL)

Stuttgartv Bayern Munchen 9:30am (Bundesliga)

Novarav Napoli 12:45pm (Serie A)

Lorientv Lyon 1pm (Ligue 1)

 

MondayDecember 12th

Romav Juventus 12:45pm (Serie A)

Chelseav Manchester City 1pm (EPL)

 

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