World Football Update - Apr 11th 2012
FA Cup semifinal weekend!
Jon Forget
Apr 11th 2012
World Football Update - Apr 11th 2012
Feature Matches
     The European season is nearing its finale, and there is plenty of meaningful football on tap at the Lions.  In Germany, Spain, England, Italy, and France the race is still tight at the top of the table, making every match of utmost importance for those teams still in contention. 
     This afternoon Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund (66pts) face perennial German powerhouse Bayern Munich (63pts) with a 12pm kickoff.  With only three points seperating the two sides,and less than six matches to play, this match could decide the Bundesliga title.  In England the top three teams in the Premiership face off against their respective opponents, all with 12:45pm kickoffs.  Man United are eight points clear of Man City, and only a slip up here could open the door for their rivals.  Arsenal (61pts) are in a dogfight with Spurs (59pts), Newcastle (59pts), and Chelsea (57pts) for a chance at Champons League football next season.  Our other two big matches of the day come from Serie A and La Liga.  Juventus face Lazio at home, with Juve (65pts) sitting two points behind Milan (67pts) at the top of the table (with a game in hand). Real Madrid (79pts) find themselves with the slimmest of margins over Barcelona (78pts), as they take on Atletico Madrid in the local derby. Overall a terrific day of football, complimented by our Green Curry lunch special available for $7.50.
     Friday afternoon the two leaders in the Championship face off, with Southampton facing Reading for a lunchtime kickoff.  Both teams are on 82 points, and it appears both are likely to gain promotion.
    We start the weekend early Saturday morning (5:30am) with a massive FA Cup Semifinal between local rivals Liverpool and Everton.  This will be the third Merseyside derby this season, with Liverpool taking the first two.  This match will be played on the neutral ground of Wembley stadium, giving both sides plenty of fan support.  Liverpool will be without their first two choices at keeper due to suspension, and they are coming off their first league win in quite some time.  Everton have been on a fine run of form recently, and the third time facing the Reds this season may be the charm for them.  The Toffees last won the FA Cup in 1995, while Liverpool won the 2006 FA Cup Final.
     We have a few big matches on the domestic front as well this Saturday.  First our Colorado Rapids travel toSeattle to take on the Sounders, in a Western Conference battle.  Colorado will be fighting to rebound from a heart wrenching loss to rivals Salt Lake last weekend, and things wont be any easier for them at imposing Century Link Field this weekend.  The match kicks off at 2pm, and the Lions will be running $3 20oz Coors Light & $5 20oz Carlsbergs on special (until Happy Hour kicks in at 3pm).  In the early evening (6:30pm) Eastern Conference Leaders Sporting K.C. take on Western Conference leading Real Salt Lake in a battle for top record in the league.  We finish the night with the L.A. Galaxy hosting the Portland Timbers at the Home Depot Center.  L.A. is off to a pathetic start, and will be desperate for a win at home.
     Sunday we start our day with a 9am kickoff for EPL leaders Manchester United, as they face Aston Villa at home.  This match is a nice warmup for the fixture of the day, the FA Cup Semifinal between Tottenham and Chelsea.  This London Derby is highly anticipated, with both sides locked in a battle for fourth in the Premiership.  Chelsea last won the FA Cup as recently as 2010, while Spurs have not hoisted the Cup since 1991.  The Spurs do hold the advantage on FA Cup wins with eight, compared to Chelseas six.  Spurs have won only three of their last eleven in the Prem, while Chelsea find themselves bogged down with a very hectic schedule over the next two weeks.  Chelsea will be without stalwart defender Branoslav Ivanovic due to a lengthy three game suspension.
On The Horizon
     Tuesday and Wednesday of next week bring us the first leg of the Champions League Semifinals, with Bayern Munich facingReal Madrid and Chelsea taking on Barcelona.  On the weekend we have an incredible Saturday to look forward to. Arsenal v Chelsea kicks off early Saturday morning, followed by the Clasico betweenBarcelona and Real Madrid in the early afternoon, and then we finish the night with our Colorado Rapids at home to the L.A. Galaxy!
This Weeks Football
Tuesday April 10th
Mainz v Koln 12pm (Bundesliga)
Chievo v AC Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)
Blackburn v Liverpool 1pm (EPL)
Barcelona v Getafe 1pm (La Liga)
Wednesday April 11th
Granada v A. Bilbao 12pm (La Liga)
B. Dortmund v B. Munchen 12pm (Bundesliga)
Juventus v Lazio 12:45pm (Serie A)
Manchester City v West Brom 12:45pm (EPL)
Wigan v Manchester United 12:45pm (EPL)
Wolves v Arsenal 12:45pm (EPL)
A. Madrid v Real Madrid 2pm (La Liga)
Thursday April 12th
Villareal v Malaga 12pm (La Liga)
Bologna v Cagliari 12:45pm (Serie A)
R. Santander v Mallorca 1pm (La Liga)
Sevilla v R. Zaragoza 2pm (La Liga)
Friday April 13th
Southampton v Reading 12:45pm (Championship)
Saturday April 14th
Liverpool v Everton 5:30am (FA Cup Semifinal)
Norwich v Manchester City 5:45am (EPL)
Schalke v B. Dortmund 7:30am (Bundesliga)
Sunderland v Wolves 8am (EPL)
Swansea v Blackburn 8am (EPL)
West Brom v Queens Park Rangers 8am (EPL)
AC Milan v Genoa 10am (Serie A)
Real Madrid v S. Gijon 12pm (La Liga)
Udinese v Inter Milan 12:45pm (Serie A)
Lyon v Marseille 1pm (Ligue 1)
Philadelphia v Columbus 1:30pm (MLS)
Seattle v Colorado 2pm (MLS Away Game Viewing Party)
Levante v Barcelona 2pm (La Liga)
New England v D.C. United 2pm (MLS)
Toronto v Chivas 2:30pm (MLS)
New York v San Jose 5pm (MLS)
Sporting K.C. v Salt Lake 6:30pm (MLS)
Dallas v Montreal 6:30pm (MLS)
L.A. v Portland 8:30pm (MLS)
Sunday April 15th
Manchester United v Aston Villa 9am (EPL)
Tottenham v Chelsea 11am (FA Cup Semifinal)
Roma v Fiorentina 12:45pm (Serie A)
Auxerre v Paris St. Germain 1pm (Ligue 1)
Chicago v Houston 5pm (MLS)
Monday April 16th
Arsenal v Wigan 1pm (EPL)

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