Friday, June 10, 2011

TV Preview: 10 - 15 June 2011

Friday 10 June

18.00 Spartak Moscow v Rubin Kazan, Russian Premier Liga, ESPN / ESPN HD
8th v 7th. Such is the closeness of the RPL at the moment that a win for either of these two clubs could put them in the top two. Sadly both teams have recently found wins as easy to come by as a universally respected superinjunction.
20.00 Colombia v France, Toulon Tournament, British Eurosport 2
Contrary to popular belief, some of you *have* been watching this tournament, and to prove it, here's someone that's even gone to the trouble of tracking France's progress to the Final.

Sunday 12 June

19.45 Spain U21 v England U21, UEFA U21 European Championship, Sky Sports 1 / HD1
The UEFA Under-21 tournament gets underway on June 11th and Sky Sports 1 are all over it. For the purposes of this TV listing, however, we'll be featuring the England matches only because let's face it - no-one does blinkered partisanship like us English. Runners-up last time out, our first match is against Spain who couldn't even get out of England's First Round group in 2009. Pah, lightweights...
23.00 El Salvador v Cuba, CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011, British Eurosport 2
Two of the lesser lights from Central America find an unlikely, if small, TV audience 6,000 miles away in the UK. Neither has a snowball's chance of getting through to the quarter finals, but enjoy the novelty value anyway.

Tuesday 14 June

15.45 Lokomotiv Moscow v Spartak Nalchik, Russian Premier Liga, ESPN / ESPN HD
Chances are you won't be bunking off work to get home early for this one, but if you do, expect to see a one-sided affair between Champions League-chasing Lokomotiv and bottom-dwellers Nalchik.

Wednesday 15 June

19.45 Ukraine U21 v England U21, UEFA U21 European Championship, Sky Sports 1 / HD1
The Ukrainians didn't even qualify for the last UEFA Under-21 tournament, but they topped a qualification group featuring France this time around so they can't be all bad. That said, this should be an easier opponent than Spain for Stuart Pearce's England team, so they should snap up all three points now while they have the chance.

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