World Football Update - Nov 20th 2012
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Jon Forget
Nov 20th 2012
World Football Update - Nov 20th 2012
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First off, Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends here in Denver and on the Front Range! May your Holiday be full of Fun, Family, and Football. We have plenty of action on the books, starting this afternoon with Champions League Football. This is a great time of year for both the Champions League and Europa League, as clubs either gain advancement to the round of 16, or go home and hope for next year. Since the Group Stages are coming to a close, here is a Group by Group run down of who is in contention to advance to the round of 16.
Group A: Porto (10pts) face a weak Dinamo Zagreb (0pts) side, that has yet to earn a point in the Group stages. A win for the Portugese side is likely, and will see them through. The real battle in Group A is between Paris St. Germain (9pts) and Dynamo Kiev (4pts). Anything less than a win for the Ukrainians and this Group will be fully decided before the last match day.
Group B: This is a very tight race, with everyone but Montpellier (1pts) still in the hunt. Shalke (8pts) is on top for the moment, and a win against Olympiakos (6pts) would get them through. Arsenal (7pts) sit in a more precarious position, but should get the result they are looking for against the French. A win for the Gunners, combined with an Olympiakos loss would see them advance. If Olympiakos pulls out the upset, get ready for an epic last match day in this Group.
Group C: Surprising Malaga (10pts) are the dominant side in Group C, and with a win against Zenit (3pts) they are sure to move on. That leaves AC Milan (5pts) and Anderlecht (4pts) to battle for the remaining position, Milan can advance with a win (if Zenit loses).
Group D: This is the Group of Death, and German side Borussia Dortmund (8pts) holds a slim lead at the top. A win for Dortmund over Ajax (4pts) sees them through, while the Dutch side know they are fighting for their life. Real Madrid (7pts) meet Manchester City (2pts) for the second time in this phase. The first match was an absolute cracker, and believe it or not City can claw their way back into contention with a win. If Ajax upsets Dortmund, and City defeats Madrid, this Group will go to the final day with every team still in the race, living up to its name.
Group E: Shakhtar Donetsk (10pts) is top of Group E, and can likely expect a win over Nordsjaelland (1pts) if they stay true to form. This would see them through as the first seed. Chelseas (7pts) fixture against Juventus (6pts) is massive for both sides. A win for the Blues and they are safely through, a loss and the defense of their title may be in serious jeopardy. Juventus goes home with a loss.
Group F: Bayern (9pts) and Valencia (9pts) are battling for the top spot in this group, with Bate (6pts) still very much in the hunt. Lille (0pts) is already eliminated. It looks like there will still be a lot to play for on the final match day in Group F.
Group G: Barcelona (9pts) can win the group by defeating Spartak Moscow (3pts). Benfica (4pts) and Celtic (7pts) are in a dogfight for the second spot, and they play each other this afternoon. Benfica will go home with a loss, and Celtic will still be in thje race no matter what todays result turns out to be.
Group H: Manchester United (12pts) were keen not to let last years disappointing crash from the Champions League occur again. They have done their business, and are safely through as the top of the Group. Beyond that everything else is still up for grabs, with both Galatasaray (4pts) and Cluj (4pts) tied for second, and Braga (3pts) following close behind.
Europa League: Liverpool, Newcastle, Tottenham, and defending Champions Athletico Madrid are all through with a win. Anything less, and it will go down to the wire for all these Clubs.
We open early on the weekend for English Premier League coverage, and our match of the week falls Sunday morning asChelsea take on Manchester City at 9am. Again, have a happy and safe Holiday, and remember we will be open Thanksgiving Day for footy and spirits. Cheers!
On the Horizon
The match of the week is the MLS Cup Final between the L.A. Galaxy andHouston Dynamo. EPL fixtures fall both midweek, and on the weekend next week.
This Weeks Football
Tuesday November 20th
Spartak Moscow v Barcelona 10am (UEFA Champions League)
Benfica v Celtic 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Galatasaray v Manchester United 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Juventus v Chelsea 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Valencia v Bayern Munchen 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Cluj v Braga 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Bate v Lille 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Nordsjaelland v Shakhtar 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Wednesday November 21st
Zenit v Malaga 10am (UEFA Champions League)
Arsenal v Montpellier 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Ajax v Borussia Dortmund 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Manchester City v Real Madrid 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Anderlecht v AC Milan 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Dynamo Kiev v Paris St. Germain 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Schalke 04 v Olympiakos 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Porto v Dinamo Zagreb 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Thursday November 22nd
Lazio v Tottenham 11am (Europa League)
Rubin v Inter 11am (Europa League)
AIK v Napoli 1pm (Europa League)
Newcastle v Maritimo 1pm (Europa League)
Liverpool v Young Boys 1pm (Europa League)
Atletico Madrid v Hapoel Tel Aviv 1pm (Europa League)
Friday November 23rd
R. Sociedad v Osasuna 1:30pm (La Liga)
Saturday November 24th
Sunderland v West Brom 5:45am (EPL)
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers 8am (EPL)
Stoke v Fulham 8am (EPL)
Aston Villa v Arsenal 10:30am (EPL)
Real Betis v Real Madrid 2pm (La Liga)
Sunday November 25th
Swansea v Liverpool 6:30am (EPL)
Chelsea v Manchester City 9am (EPL)
Tottenham v West Ham 9am (EPL)
Levante v Barcelona 1pm (La Liga)

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