World Football Update - Dec 3rd 2012
UEFA Champions League is back this week!
Jon Forget
Dec 3rd 2012
World Football Update - Dec 3rd 2012
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Congrats to the Los Angeles Galaxy for wrapping up back to back MLS Cup titles with their 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo Saturday afternoon! It is Champions League and English Premier League football that takes center stage at the Lions this week. The final matchday of the Champions League Group Stages takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, with plenty still up for grabs. Here is my group by group breakdown of what to watch for on Matchday Six:
Group A: Porto (13pts) holds the advantage, needing only a win or draw to finish top, despite having to face Paris St. Germain (12pts) away on the final matchday. PSG knows only a win will see them finish at the top of their Group. Dynamo Kiev (4pts) has earned a berth in the Europa League, whileDinamo Zagreb (0pts) are out of Europe.
Group B: Schalke (11pts) are top in group B, but may lose their spot if they dont get a win againstMontpellier (1pt) in France. Arsenal (10pts)must hope for a win away against Olympiakos (6pts), and a Schalke loss, to go top seed. Olympiakos have a spot in the Europa League, while Montpellier are retired from European competition for the year.
Group C: Malaga (11pts) hold head to head advantage over AC Milan (8pts), giving them top seed from this group no matter the outcomes of Matchday Six.Zenit (4pts) and Anderlecht (4pts) have much to play for however, with one of these teams set to advance to Europa League, and the other eliminated from Europe. Zenit holds goal differential advantage, so Anderlecht will need to get a result, and have Zenit lose.
Group D: Borussia Dortmund (11pts) have secured the top spot in this Group, due to head to head advantage overReal Madrid (8pts). Ajax (4pts) will advance to the Europa League if they win in Madrid, or if Manchester City (3pts) fail to defeat Dortmund. City can still qualify for Europa League if they beat Dortmund, and Ajax fall to Madrid.
Group E: Shakhtar (10pts) are definitely through, and can clinch the top spot with a win or draw.Juventus need only draw and they will advance, a win would see them win the Group, a loss opens the door for Chelsea(7pts). Chelsea not only need to win to have a chance at defending their title, they also need Juventus to lose. The Blues should manage to beatNordsjaelland (1pt), but things may already be out of their control due to a poor head to head record with Shakhtar and Juve. This is certainly a Group to keep your eyes on!
Group F: Bayern Munchen (10pts) controls their own destiny needing only a win against Bate (6pts) to finish top of Group F. Valencia (10pts) can still finish first if Bayern slips up, and they secure a victory against Lille (3pts). Bate has made the Europa League, while Lille are eliminated from Europe.
Group G: Barcelona (12pts) have won this Group.Benfica (7pts) and Celtic (7pts) are in a dogfight for the second spot in this Group, with the Portugese holding the head to head advantage. Celtic will need Benfica to lose or tie, while they secure a win over SpartakMoscow (3pts). Whichever Club doesnt advance between the two will have a spot in the Europa League. Spartak are out of Europe, and have little to play for other than pride. Benfica will have their work cut out for them, as Barca never seem to let up, and they are away at the Camp Nou.
Group H: Manchester United (12pts) are through as Group winners, leavingGalatasaray (7pts) and Cluj (7pts) to battle for the remaining spot. Galatasaray holds head to head advantage, and Cluj must face United away, giving the advantage to the Turks.Braga (3pts) are eliminated from Europe, and will only be playing for pride.
In Europa League, which has their last group stage matchday on Thursday, we will focus on the English clubs chances of advancement.Newcastle are through, but can win their Group if they beat Bordeaux.Liverpool must draw or win to advance, if they draw Young Boys must also lose or draw.Tottenham Hotspur are through with a win or a draw.
Our weekend action kicks off at a very reasonable 8am on Saturday, with three English Premier League matches. The real story is Sunday though, as our Match of the Week kicks off at 6:30am.Manchester City host Manchester United in a no holds barred Manchester Derby that should be a cracker of a match. Also, dont miss our benefit Holiday show Wednesday evening, as Maynard Mills returns to rock the Lions (8:30pm). The show benefits the Denver Rescue Mission, and although there is no cover we do encourage you to give a small donation to DRM if you plan on attending. Cheers, and Happy Holidays!
On the Horizon
Next week we have League Cup action midweek from England, and full coverage of the European Leagues on the weekend.
This Weeks Football
Tuesday December 4th
Catania v Cittadella 11am (Serie A)
Olympiakos v Arsenal 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Paris St. Germain v Porto 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Montpellier v Schalke 04 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Real Madrid v Ajax 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
AC Milan v Zenit 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Dinamo Zagreb v Dynamo Kiev 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Malaga v Anderlecht 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Wednesday December 5th
Cagliari v Pescara 11am (Serie A)
Chelsea v Nordsjaelland 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Shakhtar v Juventus 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Manchester United v Cluj 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Barcelona v Benfica 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Celtic v Spartak Moscow 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Braga v Galatasaray 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Lille v Valencia 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Bayern M. v Bate 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Thursday December 6th
Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Auckland City 9:45am (FIFA Club World Cup)
Viktoria v Atletico Madrid 11am (Europa League)
Udinese v Liverpool 11am (Europa League)
Napoli v PSV 11am (Europa League)
Bordeaux v Newcastle 11am (Europa League)
Tottenham v Panathanaikos 1pm (Europa League)
Inter v Nefti 1pm (Europa League)
Leverkusen v Rosenborg 1pm (Europa League)
Oakland v Denver 6:20pm (American Football)
Friday December 7th
Hamburger v Hoffenheim 12:30pm (Bundesliga)
Espanyol v Sevilla 1:30pm (La Liga)
Saturday December 8th
Arsenal v West Brom 8am (EPL)
Aston Villa v Stoke 8am (EPL)
Sunderland v Chelsea 8am (EPL)
USWNT v China 11:30am (International Friendly)
R. Vallodolid v Real Madrid 12pm (La Liga)
Rennes v Brest 12pm (Ligue 1)
Ulsan v Monterrey 12 midnight (FIFA Club World Cup)
Sunday December 9th
Manchester City v Manchester United 6:30am (EPL)
Everton v Tottenham 8am (EPL)
West Ham v Liverpool 9am (EPL)
R. Betis v Barcelona 1pm (La Liga)
Monday December 10th
Fulham v Newcastle 1pm (EPL)
R. Vallecano v R. Zaragoza 1pm (La Liga)

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