World Football Update - May 7th 2013
Jon Forget
May 7th 2013
World Football Update - May 7th 2013
Feature Matches
 
If the terms relegation and promotion mean anything to you, then this is a great time of year for European football. In England the fight is on in the Prem to see who will be sent down to the Championship, and who will earn a spot in next years European competitions. This will be a week of great importance for Wigan, who sit in eighteenth, and are set to drop down if their position doesn't improve. In their favor they have a game in hand, to be played against Swansea this afternoon. With a win, Wigan will likely jump to sixteenth, with only two matches remaining. To complicate matters they have a date with Manchester City in the FA Cup Final on Saturday morning, where they will be expected to throw everything they can at winning some silverware. Also in the relegation battle are Newcastle, Norwich, Sunderland, and Southampton, and to a lesser extent Aston Villa and Fulham. As things stand, any of these teams could drop by the end of the campaign, but again, much depends on today's result.
 
At the other end of the table, a match of great importance is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. This fixture is also a game in hand for two Clubs battling for a spot in next years Champions League, Chelsea and Tottenham. Currently Chelsea sit in third on 68 points, with a game in hand on fourth place Arsenal, and a three point advantage over fifth place Spurs. A win for Chelsea and a slip up for City, may see them challenging for a second place finish. Even with a loss, Spurs will still be well in the fight. With a win they will leapfrog rivals Arsenal, setting up a three way battle of epic proportions with only two matches remaining. Needless to say, Wednesday's clash will be a hotly contested affair between two great Clubs.
 
In the Championship, the division below the Premiership, Cardiff City and Hull City have already earned advancement for the 2013/14 season, by finishing first and second. Now it is time for the Championship playoffs, where the third through sixth place teams battle for the remaining promotion spot. Third place Watford will take on sixth place Leicester City, and fourth place Brighton & Hove Albion will face fifth place Crystal Palace. Each side will get a home and away match, with the winners earning a trip to Wembley for a single match that will decide who advances. Every year these matches are a highlight of English Football, as these teams will lay everything on the line to gain promotion. The home and away series will start Thursday and Friday, with the second leg falling Sunday and Monday. If you are interested in the drama that is English Football, then the promotion playoffs are certainly worth checking out.
 
We have a few huge days of MLS football this week, with many teams in action Wednesday evening, and then again on Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday the action starts at 5pm, and carries on throughout the evening, with Sporting v Seattle and Dallas v Portland set to feature. Saturday the highlight match has our Colorado Rapids travelling to Ohio to take on the Columbus Crew. Edson Buddle opened his account for the Rapids last week, and it was clear his experience at striker paid off in the win. Colorado and Columbus both sit fifth in the table, on twelve points. The Pub is hosting an away game viewing party kicking off thirty minutes prior to kick off, with Happy Hour in full effect for the match! Wear your colors and get out in support of your hometown Club!
 
On the Horizon
 
Next week it's Survival Sunday in the EPL with every match kicking off at simultaneously at 9am, the Copa Del Rey Final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid falls Friday afternoon, and our Colorado Rapids travel to the West Coast to take on the San Jose Earthquakes.
 
Tuesday May 7th
Manchester city v West Brom 12:45pm (EPL)
Wigan v Swansea 12:45pm (EPL)
Roma v Chievo 12:45pm (Serie A)
 
Wednesday May 8th
Celta Vigo v Atletico Madrid 11:30am (La Liga)
Chelsea v Tottenham 12:45pm (EPL)
Inter v Lazio 12:45pm (Serie A)
Real Madrid v Malaga 1:30pm (La Liga)
D.C. United v Houston 5pm (MLS)
New York v Montreal 5:30pm (MLS)
New England v Salt Lake 6pm (MLS)
Sporting K.C. v Seattle 6:30pm (MLS)
Dallas v Portland 7pm (MLS)
San Jose v Toronto 8:30pm (MLS)
 
Thursday May 9th
Leicester City v Watford 12:45pm (Championship Playoff Leg 1)
 
Friday May 10th
Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace 12:45pm (Championship Playoff Leg 1)
 
Saturday May 11th
Aston Villa v Chelsea 5:45am (EPL)
Manchester City v Wigan 10:15am (FA Cup Final)
Chicago v Philadelphia 11:30am (MLS)
Montreal v Salt Lake 12pm (MLS)
Seattle v San Jose 2pm (MLS)
Espanyol v Real Madrid 2pm (La Liga)
Vancouver v L.A. Galaxy 5pm (MLS)
New England v New York 5:30pm (MLS)
Columbus v Colorado 5:30pm (MLS)
Dallas v D.C. United 6:30pm (MLS)
 
Sunday May 12th
Watford v Leicester City 5:30am (Championship Playoff Leg 2)
Stoke v Tottenham 6:30am (EPL)
Everton v West Ham 8am (EPL)
Manchester United v Swansea 9am (EPL)
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona 11am (EPL)
Milan v Roma 12:45pm (Serie A)
Portland v Chivas 3pm (MLS)
Houston v Sporting K.C. 6pm (MLS)
 
Monday May 13th
Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion 12:45pm (Championship Playoff Leg 2)

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