World Football Update - Jan 11th 2012
All the details for this weeks games...
Jon Forget
Jan 11th 2012
World Football Update - Jan 11th 2012
Feature Matches 1/10 to 1/16

    League Cup football highlights our mid week schedule, with the first leg of the Semifinals on tap for our Tuesday and Wednesday lunch.  Tuesday Cardiff City host Crystal Palace, and Wednesday Liverpool face Manchester City for the second time in as many weeks.  Tottenham and Everton both have a game in hand in the EPL, and they will meet Wednesday afternoon as they play catch up with the rest of the league.  The Spurs have been in top form, and a win here will see them right in the thick of it at the top of the table.  Our other midweek football has action from the Copa Del Rey (Spain) and the Coppa Italia (Italy).

Our weekend starts out fast and furious with Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea all kicking off at 8am on Saturday morning.  These matches are followed by a live Championship fixture between Watford and Reading.  There are not many Championship games featured in the States, so this will be a good chance to enjoy a midtable Championship battle.  To round out the afternoon Real Madrid takes on Mallorca.  

      Sunday starts early with a 6:30am kick off between Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers.  Newcastle are fresh off a massive win over Manchester United; however, they will be without talisman striker Demba Ba for nearly a month (as he is off to the African Cup of Nations).  QPR sacked their manager this week, and have already filled the position with Mark Hughes.  Hughes has previously coached Blackburn, Man City, and Fulham in the EPL, and his goal will be to keep QPR in the top flight after a fairly dismal start to the campaign.  In the 9am slot Swansea take on Arsenal.  Swansea have been very strong defensively, thanks in large part to sterling play in the nets from goalkeeper Michel Vorm.  Arsenal have been bolstered by the return of Thierry Henry, who scored the game winner in his return against Leeds on Monday.  The pairing of Henry and Van Persie, which is yet to be seen, could be very formidable.  Sunday afternoon we have the Milan Derby to look forward to, with AC Milan hosting Inter Milan in this massive clash.  To make things even more interesting, both sides are fighting for the services of Carlos Tevez.  Tevez will likely be a major boost to whichever side obtains his services, and he is not Cup tied for Champions league play.

We finish our gameweek on Monday (16th) with giant killer Wigan facing Manchester City.  City are without stalwart defender Vincent Kompany, due to his straight red card vs. United last weekend.

On the Horizon

   The USMNT is back in action next Saturday night against Venezuela (7pm kick off).  The January camp is composed of players who ply their trade in the MLS for the most part, with the expectation that a few will make the call up for the USMNTs clash with Italy in late February.  The other big match to look forward to next weekend pits Arsenal v Manchester United on Sunday morning.  Arsenal will look to avenge the thrashing they received earlier this year from United.  The Gunners squad we will see next week will look nothing like the team that faced United in September, which should make for a very enticing clash.

This Weeks Football

Tuesday January 10
Cardiff v Crystal Palace 1pm (Carling Cup Semifinal Leg 1)
Malaga v Real Madrid 2pm (Copa Del Rey)

Wednesday January 11th
Manchester City v Liverpool 12:45pm (Carling Cup Semifinal Leg 1)
Tottenham v Everton 12:45pm (EPL)
Sevilla v Valencia 2pm (Copa Del Rey)

Thursday January 12th
Athletic Bilbao v Albacete 12pm (Copa Del Rey)
Napoli v Cessena 1pm (Coppa Italia)
Osasuna v Barcelona 2pm (Copa Del Rey)

Saturday January 14th
Chelsea v Sunderland 8am (EPL)
Liverpool v Stoke 8am (EPL)
Manchester United v Bolton 8am (EPL)
Sevilla v Espanyol 10am (La Liga)
Tottenham v Wolves 10am (EPL Tape Delay)
Aston Villa v Everton 10am (EPL Tape Delay)
Watford v Reading 10:15am (Championship)
Mallorca v Real Madrid 12pm (La Liga)
Catania v Roma 12:45pm (Serie A)

Sunday January 15th
Newcastle v Queens Park Rangers 6:30am (EPL)
Juventus v Cagliari 7am (Serie A)
Swansea v Arsenal 9am (EPL)
AC Milan v Inter Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)
Marseille v Lille 1pm (Ligue 1)
Barcelona v Betis 1:30pm (La Liga)

Monday January 16th
Wigan v Manchester City 1pm (EPL)

Avalanche Hockey
Avalanche v Predators 7pm Tues. Jan. 10th
Predators v Avalanche 6pm Thurs. Jan. 12th
Stars v Avalanche 1pm Sat. Jan. 14th
Coyotes v Avs 2pm Mon. Jan. 16th

Broncos Football
New England v Denver 6pm Sat. Jan. 14th

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