Thursday, April 28, 2011

Weekend TV Preview 29 April - 2 May 2011

Friday 29 April

07:00 Cerezo Osaka v Albirex Niigata, J-League, British Eurosport 2
The third week of the J - League gets underway. The away side have made an unbeaten start to the season and lie second. Meanwhile the Osaka club have yet to register their first win.
19:30 Werder Bremen v VFL Wolfsburg, Bundesliga, ESPN / ESPN HD
The 2009 Bundesliga Champions lie in the Relegation Play Off spot. Returning coach Felix Magath is slowly reviving die Wolfe who are awash with top quality players. Werder can dispel all possibility of relegation, themselves, with three points.

Saturday 30 April

11:30 Motherwell v Rangers, Scottish Premier League, ESPN/HD
The "Clausura" is in full swing and the World looks on with disinterest to see if Scottish Football can go through another weekend without making a fool of itself.
12:30 Leeds United v Burnley, npower Championship, Sky Sports 2/HD2
With only two fixtures left, both teams are tantalisingly close to the top six and a coveted Play-off spot. It's a must win game and guaranteed drama.
17:00 Chelsea v Tottenham, Barclays Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1
The battle for the right to enter a play-offs for the Champions League and a juicy London derby which forms part of your lunchtime selection.
17:00 Cesena v Inter, Seria A, ESPN
Inter are left with the forlorn task of putting some sort of pressure on Milan at the top. In truth, it's time to break out the holiday brochures.
17:15 Real Madrid v Zaragoza, La Liga, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Deflated after their almost certain Champions League exit at the hands of the hated Barcelona, Madrid will look to take out their frustration on their next hapless opponent.
19:00 Real Sociedad v Barcelona, La Liga, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Elated after their almost certain Champions League victory over the hated Real Madrid, Barca will look to celebrate by taking it out on their next hapless opponent.
19:45 Napoli v Genoa, Seria A, ESPN
Napoli's title challenge may be over but a welcome entry into the Champions League awaits them, next season if they can hold it together for a few more weeks.
21:00 Deportivo v Atletico, Madrid, La Liga, Sky Sports 4/HD4
A mid table tussle of little or no consequence.

Sunday 1 May

11:30 Liverpool v Newcastle United, Barclays Premier League, ESPN/HD
Suddenly Liverpool are in the frame for a European spot which would prove something of an embarrasment to Harry Redknapp and Spurs, given what a shocking start to the season the Reds have had. Newcastle have had a great season, despite the best efforts of their owner.
12:45 Celtic v Dundee Utd, SPL, Sky Sports
Celtic should be heavy favourites as they continue to push for the title.
14:05 Arsenal v Man Utd, Premier League, Sky Sports 1 / HD1 / 3D
The Big One. Arsenal's last chance to prolong their agony in their ill fated attempt to convince anybody that they are title contenders. They have a chance too as United may be a touch fatigued after their awesome display against Schalke 04.
14:15 AC Milan v Bologna, Serie A, ESPN / ESPN HD
A win could see Milan win the title, depending on how Inter fare this weekend. You suspect that it's a forgone conclusion, however.
16:10 Man City v West Ham, Premier League, Sky Sports 1 / HD1
A crucial game at both ends of the table. Despite a slight upturn in form, the Hammers are back in the doo-doo. City, meanwhile need to get that fourth Champions League slot in the bag so they can look forward to the Cup Final.
18:00 Villarreal v Getafe, La Liga, Sky Sports 1 / HD1
The home side have entered a competiton to to win a trip to Dublin so may have other things on their minds. Team Dubai Getafe have problems of their own so a football match will be a welcome distraction.
19:45 Bari v AS Roma, Serie A, ESPN / ESPN HD
Should be a straightforward affair for the Rome club as they seek to overhaul Udinese and receover from a dissappointing season.
20:00 Osasuna v Valencia, La Liga, Sky Sports 1 / HD1
Valencia are reasonably comfortable in third while Osasuna need the points to get themselves out of the relegation zone.

Monday 2 May

14:30 St Mirren v Hamilton, Scottish Premier League, ESPN/HD
The bottom two face off in this relegation six pointer. One problem: There is a nine point gap between the teams.
17:15 Cardiff City v Middlesbrough, Championship, Sky Sports 1 / HD1
First in a Championship double header that may determine the second promotion spot to the Premier League. A win for Cardiff sees them move into second above Norwich by a point with only one round of fixtures remaining.
19:45 Portsmouth v Norwich, Championship, Sky Sports 1 / HD1
If Cardiff lose in the earlier fixture then a win for the Canaries will see them into the Premier League and Stephen Fry into raptures.
19:45 Lazio v Juventus, Serie A, ESPN
A big game for Lazio who are in fourth place and have a hankering for some Champions League action, next season. Juve, on the other hand will be anxious to put this disasterous campaign behind them.

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