Sunday, November 22, 2009

Midweek TV Preview: 23 - 26 November 2009

Monday 23 November

19:45 Preston North End v Newcastle Utd, Championship, Sky Sports 1 / HD1
These two sides haven't played each other in the league since 1981. That season, Preston went down to the old Third Division and if they maintain their current form (one win in their last seven games), they might just replicate that. Newcastle, however, have won their last three and a win here at Deepdale will see them return to the top of the Championship table.

Tuesday 24 November

17.30 Rubin Kazan v Dynamo Kiev, UEFA Champions League Group F, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Group F is the tightest of all the Champions League groups with only two points separating Inter at the top from Kiev at the bottom. The interesting thing to note here is that all four teams have won just one game, and Dynamo Kiev's was in their opener against Rubin Kazan. A chance for the Ukrainians to get their revenge here then, we feel.

19.45 Rangers v Stuttgart, UEFA Champions League Group G, Sky Sports 3
Rangers finally managed to double their points tally with a draw against Unirea Urziceni last time out and they'll be heartened going into this fixture by the fact that (a) they're back on top of the Scottish Premier League table, and (b) Stuttgart aren't playing much better than they are in this group. Could be an interesting encounter, on that basis.

19.45 Barcelona v Inter Milan, UEFA Champions League Group F, Sky Sports Xtra Interacive (Screen 4)
The previous encounter between these two teams ended 0-0 back in September. Barcelona were denied a late winner that night when Dejan Stankovic was said to have handled the ball in the area but the referee didn't give it. So that's where Thierry Henry got the idea from.

19.45 Fiorentina v Lyon, UEFA Champions League Group E, Sky Sports Xtra Interacive (Screen 5)
Lyon missed the chance to go top of Ligue 1 this weekend after drawing 1-1 against Grenoble, and as readers of our Jeu Du Jour feature will know, Grenoble are about as much use as a plastic oven. And Grenoble played part of the match with only 10 men! Lyon looked like they were saving some of their best players for this match, though, and perhaps that was Fiorentina's excuse too. Let's hope so for both their sakes...

19.45 Arsenal v Standard Liege, UEFA Champions League Group H, Sky Sports Xtra/HD3
Arsenal fans will remember the Belgians took a 2-0 lead five minutes into their previous encounter before coming back to win 3-2. If Wenger's men can convert their chances better than they did against Sunderland on Saturday, there's no reason to suggest they won't do the double over Liege and confirm top spot in the group.

19.45 AZ Alkmaar v Olympiakos, UEFA Champions League Group H, Sky Sports Xtra Interactive (Screen 7)
A win will see Olympiakos to the next stage, assuming Arsenal don't lose to Liege. AZ need a result and favours to progress.

19.45 Debrecen v Liverpool, UEFA Champions League Group E, Sky Sports 2/HD2
The plucky Hungarians haven't won a match yet in their campaign, but they could make Rafa's life that bit more uncomfortable tonight by salvaging a draw on home turf.

19.45 Unirea v Sevilla, UEFA Champions League Group G, Sky Sports Xtra Interactive (Screen 6)
Sevilla are already through, if Unirea win this then they join them in the next phase.


Wednesday 25 November

17.30 CSKA Moscow v Wolfsburg, UEFA Champions League Group B, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Wolfsburg comfortably beat CSKA 3-1 back in September but having lost in disappointing fashion to Nurnberg at the weekend we wonder whether this'll be the match where they seal their qualification to the next round. CSKA need to win this to stay in the hunt themselves.

19.45 Manchester United v Besiktas, UEFA Champions League Group B, ITV1/HD
Elsewhere in the same group, Man U are home and dry after their 3-3 draw against CSKA last time out. Besiktas may as well start planning for a new Europa League campaign at best.

19.45 Porto v Chelsea, UEFA Champions League Group D, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Group D's even more sewn up - Chelsea are top with ten points, Porto are second with nine. Both are through to the next round. Dead rubber.

19.45 Real Madrid v FC Zurich, UEFA Champions League Group C, Sky Sports Xtra
Real are caught in a Milan/Marseille sandwich at the moment. Their first priority will therefore be to beat the Swiss and hope Milan and Marseille draw elsewhere tonight to give them their best chance of progressing beyond the group stage.

19.45 AC Milan v Marseille, UEFA Champions League Group C, Sky Sports Xtra Interactive (Screen 3)
Game of the night, a win for Marseille really mixes it up going into Matchday 6 when they host Real. A win for Milan sees them through, making the Group of shock results end up as everyone expected it would.

19.45 Bordeaux v Juventus, UEFA Champions League Group A, Sky Sports Xtra Interactive (Screen 4)
The French champions are through, for Juve a win will give them passage to the knockout phase and a Europa League spot to Bayern.

19.45 Bayern Munich v Maccabi Haifa, UEFA Champions League Group A, Sky Sports Xtra Interactive (Screen 5)
Surely Bayern can't mess this one up, can they? Maccabi haven't scored in any of their four group games - but maybe being in Munich can give added incentive to the Israelis. Bayern are relying on Bordeaux not going on cruise control tonight, and then beating Juve at the Stadio Del Alpi on Matchday 6.

19.45 APOEL v Atletico Madrid, UEFA Champions League Group D, Sky Sports Xtra Interactive (Screen 6)
Ok, which one of you wants to go into the Europa League? Anyone, anyone...

Thursday 26 November

19:30 Palermo v Reggina, Coppa Italia, ESPN
Arguably one of the most complicated formats to a Cup competition you'll ever see pits these two teams together in the Third Round Section 2 Final. Aside from sounding like something from an episode of The Krypton Factor, we can tell you that the winner of this goes through to the mercifully straightforward 'Round of 16'. Well done ESPN for introducing us to this strange, undiscovered netherworld of Italian football.

2 comments:

Peter Shaw said...

Once again ITV have picked man utd for their choice. How come they know longer show a second game on one of their other channels (like ITV 4) like they did last season.

sp3ktor said...

To put it simply Peter: money!

When the new deal came up ITV opted to switch from Tuesday to Wednesday and take up the option of one match.

Personally I'm happy with this arrangement - they invariably choose Manchester United or Liverpool which leaves me to delight in all the other games on Sky's goal alert coverage on the Interactive service. Sarah Jane explains it all so much better than me.

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