Monday, May 23, 2011

Midweek TV Preview: 24 - 26 May 2011

Tuesday 24 May

19.45 Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland, Carling Nations Cup, Sky Sports 1/HD1/3D
The recent failure of the IFA's case taken to the Court of Arbitration For Sport will feel all the more raw if more of their former youth players turn out for the Republic here.

Wednesday 25 May

11.00 Gamba Osaka v Cerezo Osaka, AFC Champions League Round of 16, British Eurosport 2
In one of the twists of the AFC's version of the Champions League, the Round of 16 is a one-legged affair - the eight winners from the group stage at home against the eight runners up. Although all four of Japan's qualifiers made it out of the group stage, only Gamba have the distinct advantage of playing at home. Gamba were runners-up in the J-League last year while their city rivals - and Champions League debutants - finished third.
19.30 VFL Bochum v Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga Play-off 2nd Leg (0-1), ESPN/ESPN HD
All still to play for in the relegation/promotion Bundesliga play-off with 'Gladbach's Igor De Camargo's last-minute winner from the first leg seperating the two teams. 'Gladbach's excellent run at the end of the season sees them favourites to hold out but Bochum's home record hasn't been too shabby either, winning eight from their last ten. They only missed out to Augsburg on goal difference for automatic promotion.
19.45 Wales v Scotland, Carling Nations Cup, Sky Sports 1/HD1/3D/S4C
Mark my words - if Chris Coleman is co-commentating here, McTwitter will go nuts.

Thursday 26 May

19.45 ADO Den Haag v FC Groningen, Eredivisie Europa League Play-off Final 1st Leg, ESPN/ESPN HD
Recent history doesn't favour ADO: since they returned to the top level in 2008 they've managed just one point in the six games between the sides. The second leg is on Sunday lunchtime.
19.45 Dundalk v Derry, Irish Premier League, Premier Sports
After a poor start to the season, Dundalk have put together a seven-game unbeaten run to join a congested mid-table three points behind today's visitors. Derry's good form on their return to the top flight continues sitting third in the table and having lost just once since their opening day defeat.

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