Expect Valencia to make hay and raise
Cain after edging out Sevilla
in the Copa del Rey, especially against Real Sociedad, a side who are hovering just
above the relegation zone.
What a Christmas
break it was in the Premier League with shocks and shake-ups, misbehaviour and
controversy, not to mention goals and Christmas cheers. It's amazing to think we’re
only just halfway through the season.
After Manchester City’s “unbelievable”
1-0 loss to Sunderland Liverpool have a chance to shake up the Premier League
The biggest match
before Christmas should be an absolute feast of football as third place
Tottenham take on fourth place Chelsea in a game much bigger than a mere London
do or die time in the UEFA Champions League after Friday’s draw gave us the
knockout clashes for the 16 remaining teams competing to be crowned Europe’s
champions of champions. We run down the games and the odds.
The Detroit Red
Wings will be hoping to steady their ship and make amends for a stinging defeat
when they host the Kings of Los Angeles on Saturday night at the Joe Louis
Arena with the NHL odds makers offering -175 on the Wings.
Liverpool take a trip to hit-or-miss Aston Villa hoping that Christmas will
come a week early for Scouse fans. These are the kinds of games Dalglish will
have to win if he wants to challenge for the title.
Manchester United have the chance to go top
of the English Premier League (for at least a few hours) if they can beat QPR in
Sunday’s first Premier League kick-off to pressurise their noisy neighbours.
The biggest game
of the weekend (Chelsea vs. Man City) is still to be played but that doesn't
mean that the Premier League hasn't given us plenty of talking points already
and plenty to look forward to for the next round of matches.
League sides that are having very different seasons meet when Chelsea host
Manchester City in Monday night’s late kick-off.
Tottenham Hotspur are being touted as contenders for the Premier League! Next
up is Stoke at the Britannia on Sunday, in a game that will significantly affect
their title odds and show if they have genuine credentials.
After the misery of losing to Basel and the misery of the Fergie Hair dryer, surely the reigning champions will be back
to their rampant goal-scoring selves when they host Wolves on Saturday in the Premier League.
Those in the know ponder the looming El
Classico and wonder if there is any reason to back a Barca win on Saturday?
Saturday gives us one of the best games in
world football; some call it El derbi Espanol, some call it El Classico, it’s
Real Madrid versus Barcelona and it’s the biggest match in the Spanish league.
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