Friday, March 25, 2011

Weekend TV Preview: 25 - 27 March 2011

Friday 25 March

19.30 Austria v Belgium, Euro 2012 Group A Qualifier, ESPN/ESPN HD
It finished 4-4 when these two met in October. Austria were leading 3-2 midway through the second half when West Brom's Paul Sharner was given a straight red for head-butting. Belgium scored twice in the last five minutes to lead, only for Stuttgart's Martin Harnik to equalise in injury time. Belgium will sorely miss Everton's Marouane Fellaini for this one.
19.30 Serbia v Northern Ireland, Euro 2012 Group C Qualifier, Sky Sports 1
Both sides are stuttering after good starts. Serbia's last two games in this campaign have seen them lose badly away to Italy and at home to Estonia, while Northern Ireland's inability to score persists: they've been unable to get more than one goal in any of their last 16 games and have failed to score ten times.
19.45 Slovenia v Italy, Euro 2012 Group C Qualifier, ITV4/ITV4 HD
A win for Slovenia would see them joint top of the group with the visitors whose only stumble so far has been the draw with Northern Ireland last October

Saturday 26 March

15.00 Wales v England, Euro 2012 Group G Qualifier, Sky Sports 1/HD1/3D
In the midst of all usual hoo-har that accompanies England internationals the midfield battle of Ramsey v Wilshere will be especially intriguing for Arsenal fans. Ramsey has been selected as captain for the welsh, while Wilshere's inclusion is rumoured to be hastening an international retirement for Frank Lampard. A win for England will see them join Montenegro at the top of the table on ten points. Wales are still looking for their first points.
16.45 Bulgaria v Switzerland, Euro 2012 Group G Qualifier, Sky Sports 2/HD2
The two teams separating England and Wales in Group G come together. A promising looking Switzerland side would have been seen as the likeliest side to join England from this group, though with the early good form of Montenegro they already face an uphill task to qualify.
19.00 Germany v Kazakstan, Euro 2012 Qualifier, ESPN/ESPN HD
Another perfect start to a German qualification campaign. Difficult to see anything but a comfortable win here in Kaiserslautern.
19.45 Republic of Ireland v Macedonia, Euro 2012 Qualifier, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Ireland are third, two points behind Russia in the only group without an unbeaten side. What's the betting the Aviva Stadium is just Paul Whitehouse in a wig and a prosthetic nose.
21.30 Palmeiras v Bragantino, Paulista A1, Premier Sports
With just four games to go, second in the table Palmeriras look to seal their semi-final spot with a win against mid-table Bragantino.

Sunday 27 March

14.00 Brazil v Scotland, International Friendly, ITV1/ITV1 HD
Free-scoring Scotland take on the Brazil in their second home - the Emirates Stadium.
16.00 Huddersfield v Notts County, League One, Sky Sports 1/HD1
When County were enjoying their cup run it seemed as if they were in a false position hovering just above the relegation zone. Sadly, since then it seems that it wasn't such a false position after all. Second place Huddersfield need every point they can get with a tough run-in including games against promotion rivals Milton Keynes, Peterborough and Brighton.

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