Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekend TV Preview: 25 - 27 February 2011

Friday 25 February

19.30 Wolfsburg v Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga, ESPN/ESPN HD
New Wolves manager Pierre Littbarski has until the end of the season to secure the role permanently. It's not got off to a good start losing his first two games. Anything but a win here at home to the team at the bottom of the table will pile even more pressure.

19.45 Grimsby Town v Darlington, Blue Square Premier League, Premier Sports
Mid-table scrap between that teams that have drawn a total of 26 times this season. When these two met here in League Two last season the result was - yes, you guessed it - a draw.

19.45 Notts County v Charlton Athletic, League One, Sky Sports 2/HD2
While Charlton sit just outside the the play-off zone, they still have very realistic ambitions of automatic promotion. County weren't anywhere near as bad as the 5-0 scoreline in last weekend's cup exit to Man City suggested. Neither are they as bad 18th, which due to their piling fixtures is where they currently sit.

Saturday 26 February

12.00 Aberdeen v Hearts, SPL, ESPN/ESPN HD
Getting to the top half before the split is certainly not impossible for Aberdeen. They'll need to get something here though to stand a chance.

12.45 Swansea City v Leeds United, Championship, Sky Sports 2/HD2
With Leicester closing in on the play-off places, Leeds can't afford many slip ups. United are never short of goals but will find it tough against a Swansea side that's conceded just once in their last five home games.

17.30 Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga, ESPN/ESPN HD
The sternest test yet to BVB's remarkable away record this season. Should be an absolute belter - game of the weekend.

19.00 Real Mallorca v Barcelona, La Liga, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Barcelona have beaten everyone in the league this season except one. Mallorca managed a 1-1 at the Nou camp in October making them one of only three teams to take points from them.

21.00 Deportivo La Coruna v Real Madrid, La Liga, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Real's away form is reasonable enough but hasn't stood up to any stern tests. Their last three away matches in the run-in are Valencia, Villareal and Sevilla which should put paid to any faint hopes of catching Barcelona.

Sunday 27 February

12.45 Motherwell v Celtic, SPL, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Motherwell still have work to do if they are to remain in the top half. After this defeat they'll have just five games before the Clausura starts.

13.30 West Ham v Liverpool, Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1
Liverpool go in search of yet another 1-0 win.

16.00 Arsenal v Birmingham City, Carling Cup Final, Sky Sports 1/HD1/3D/BBC1/BBC1 HD
Arsenal will be without captain Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott. This could be the lynch-pin for the rest of the season for Arsenal as it's the start of 13 day period where they could play five games across four competitions.

16.30 Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen, Bundesliga, ESPN/ESPN HD
Werder have just one win from their last nine. With the teams either side of them at the top playing each other, Leverkusen will be looking to either cement second place or put pressure on runaway leaders BVB.

18.00 Racing v Villarreal, La Liga, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Luckily for Villareal the chasing pack have failed to capitalise on their recent wobble and they still sit eight points clear inside in the Champions League places. Racing have gone from the relegation zone to mid-table making this game tougher to call than it would have been a few weeks ago.

19.45 Sampdoria v Inter, Serie A, ESPN/ESPN HD
Samp are plummeting down the table and have failed to score in seven of their last eight. Should be a formality for Leonardo's side

20.00 Athletic Bilbao v Valencia, La Liga, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Fifth versus third. Bilbao need to shake off last week's narrow defeat to Barcelona and get back to winning ways. A tough prospect against in form Valencia.

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