World Football Update
Jon Forget
Dec 10th 2014
World Football Update
Feature Matches

The Champions League Group Stages wrap up over the next two days, with five spots in the second round still available, and a handful of teams still fighting for top spot in their Group.  Here is a detailed look at what to watch for in each Group:

Group A:  Atletico Madrid have advanced, and will win this group if they do not lose by more than two goals.  Juventus need only a draw to advance, and victory by a two goal margin to win the group.  Olympiakos can still go through with a win, and a Juve loss.

Group B:  Real Madrid are through as group winners, and can finish with a perfect record if they win.  Basel need only a draw to advance.  Liverpool must win to advance.

Group C:  Bayer Leverkusen have advanced, and can win the group with a win.  Monaco need only draw to advance, and with a win could still win the group.  Zenit are through with a win.

Group D:  Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal are both through, with the Germans sitting on a plus six goal differential.  Not likely anything will change here.

Group E:  Bayern have wrapped up first place.  Roma advance with a win, or they can draw if Bayern and CSKA draw.  CSKA must hope for a victory, and a Roma loss to nab second.  Manchester City must beat Roma, and have CSKA lose to advance.

Group F:  Paris St. Germain and Barcelona are both through to the Round of Sixteen.  The Spaniards need a win to go top, while the French need only draw to take top honours here.

Group G:  Chelsea have won the group.  Sporting need only a draw to advance, and Schalke need a win and a Sporting loss to move on.

Group H:  Porto are first, and Shakhtar are second, nothing to play for here.

This all means there are four really important matches to keep an eye on for the final match day.  On Tuesday the world will be watching Liverpool v Basel, and Juventus v AtleticoMadrid.  Wednesday all eyes will be on Roma v Manchester City, and Barcelona v Paris St. Germain.

 At this stage the three clear favorites for the Final have to be Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Bayern Munchen, which happen to be the last three winners of the tournament.

On the weekend, Saturday's highlight fixture pits Arsenal against Newcastle in the mid morning, and Sunday's match of the day is a classic with Manchester United taking on Liverpool!


On the Horizon

Mid week we have the FIFA Club World Cup, the Quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup in England, Copa Del Rey from Spain, and Serie A & Bundesliga action.  Saturday we feature Aston Villa v Manchester UnitedSouthampton v Everton, and Roma v AC Milan.  Sunday morning we have our match of the week, when Liverpool meet Arsenal in an EPL clash!
 
This Week's Football

Monday December 8th
Cagliari v Chievo 11am (Serie A)
Southampton v Manchester United 1pm (EPL)
Hellas v Sampdoria 1pm (Serie A)
 
Tuesday December 9th
Galatasaray v Arsenal 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Liverpool v Basel 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Real madrid v Ludogrets 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Borussia Dortmund v Anderlecht 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Juventus v Atletico Madrid 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Benfica v Bayer Leverkusen 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Monaco v Zenit 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Avs v Predators 7pm (NHL)
 
Wednesday December 10th
Roma v Manchester City 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Barcelona v Paris St. Germain 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Chelsea v Sporting 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Bayern Munchen v CSKA Moscow 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Maribor v Schalke 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Ajax v APOEL 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Athletic Bilbao v Bate 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)
Porto v Shakhtar 12:45pm (UEFA Champions League)

Thursday December 11th
Besiktas v Tottenham 11am (Europa League)
Apollon v Villareal 11am (Europa League)
Everton v Krasnodar 1pm (Europa League)
Napoli v S. Bratislava 1pm (Europa League)
Sevilla v Rijeka 1pm (Europa League)
Avs v Jets 7pm (NHL)
 
Friday December 12th
Hoffenheim v Eintracht Frankfurt 12:30pm (Bundesliga)
Almeria v Real Madrid 12:45pm (La Liga)
Queen of the south v Rangers 12:45pm (Scottish Championship)
 
Saturday December 13th
Burnley v Southampton 8am (EPL)
Chelsea v Hull City 8am (EPL)
Crystal Palace v Stoke 8am (EPL)
Leicester City v Stoke 8am (EPL)
Sunderland v West Ham 8am (EPL)
West Brom v Aston Villa 8am (EPL)
Getafe v Barcelona 8am (La Liga)
Valencia v Rayo Vallecano 10am (La Liga)
Arsenal v Newcastle 10:30am (EPL)
Lazio v Atalanta 12:45pm (Serie A)
Cruz Azul v Western Sydney Wanderers 12:45pm (FIFA Club World Cup)
Malaga v Celta Vigo 2pm (La Liga)
Avs v Blues 8pm (NHL)
 
Sunday December 14th
Manchester United v Liverpool 6:30am (EPL)
Genoa v Roma 7am (Serie A)
Swansea v Tottenham 9am (EPL)
Sevilla v Eibar 9am (La Liga)
Atletico Madrid v Villareal 11am (La Liga)
AC Milan v Napoli 12:45pm (Serie A)
Real Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao 1pm (La Liga)
Broncos v Chargers 2pm (NFL)
 
Monday December 15th
Empoli v Torino 11am (Serie A)
Chievo v Inter 12:45pm (Serie A)
Everton v Queens Park Rangers 1pm (EPL)
 
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