Friday, November 25, 2011

Weekend TV Preview: 26 - 27 November 2011

Saturday 26 November

12.45 Stoke City v Blackburn Rovers, Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1
Desperate times for both clubs. Rovers' woes are well documented, but Stoke are in an awful run of four consecutive defeats. Blackburn could sneak this one for just their second away win of the calendar year.
15.45 Port Talbot v Llanelli, Welsh Premier League, S4C
With just five games to go before the end of the Welsh Apertura, Port Talbot's recent run of poor form has left them six points adrift of the top half. Llanelli are just two points behind top team Bangor.
17.20 West Ham v Derby County, Championship, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Probably selected as a live match when Derby were having a decent run at the start of the season, but just one win in the last nine has seen the Rams slip down the table. The league's meanest defence will add to Nigel Clough's problems.
17.30 Arsenal v Fulham, Premier League, ESPN/ESPN HD
Every time Robin Van Persie goes to ground, 60,000 hearts around the Emirates stop. With 44 goals for club and country in 2011 it's no wonder so much attention is focused on him and his chocolate leg. Fulham face a second tough journey next week when they face one of Martin Jol's former playing clubs, Twente, in the Europa League.
19.00 Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, La Liga, Sky Sports 1/HD1
Ok, here's the plan. We land in Madrid at lunchtime, we go and watch Rayo Vallecano play Valencia - then jump in a cab up the Calle 30 for the 20 minute journey to the Bernabeu to watch the Madrid derby. Then... (continued after a Serie A match)
19.45 Lazio v Juventus, Serie A, ESPN/ESPN HD
Second plays top - my guess is this will end as a draw and Milan will overtake them both and go top on Sunday. OK, back to Madrid!
21.00 Getafe v Barcelona, La Liga, Sky Sports 1/HD1 (on Red Button)
.... we high-tail it from the Bernabeu at full time, jump back in the cab, bomb it down the A-42 to Getafe and watch the European champions. Come on - what do you say? It's doable, just.

Sunday 27 November

11.00 Real Betis v Real Sociedad, La Liga, Sky Sports 4
What a Sunday morning treat, not. Both teams are in shocking runs with the home team having registered just one point in their last eight games and the visitors just two in that time. Desperate stuff.
12.45 Kilmarnock v Rangers, SPL, Sky Sports 1/HD1
Killie will have to hope that an early Sunday start will help prevent a tenth consecutive defeat at the hands of a Rangers side who have won their last 14 away games. That run of results already includes a win against Kilmarnock and, of the teams in the SPL, only misses Celtic and Hibs - both of whom they play before the end of the year.
13.30 Swansea City v Aston Villa, Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1
If you've not seen Swansea play this season you really owe yourself a couple of hours to sit down in front of this game. Any repeat of Villa's frankly pathetic performance against Spurs on Monday will see the points staying in Wales.
14.00 Siena v Inter, Serie A, ESPN/ESPN HD
Siena sit mid-table three points above their more illustrious visitors and with an enviable home record. Only Juve have managed to get a win against the Tuscans who came back up from Serie B last season. Inter have the small crumb of comfort knowing that their midweek draw against Trabzonspor means they are already through to the next stage so can concentrate on trying to build some form in the league.
16.00 Liverpool v Manchester City, Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1/3D
So when it comes to getting the better of Man City, what do European sides know that English sides don't? I have a strange feeling Liverpool are going to nick this - though, it could be wind.
16.30 FSV Mainz v Bayern Munich, Bundesliga, ESPN/ESPN HD
A few weeks ago it looked like Bayern were simply going to romp away with the title. After last week's narrow defeat to Dortmund though, it looks a lot different at the top of the Bundesliga. Just three points separate the top four, but with Schalke away to Dortmund in the Ruhr Derby this could be the perfect opportunity for Bayern to reopen a gap at the top of the table.
19.00 Figueirense v Corinthians, Brazilian Serie A, Premier Sports
Just two games to go in Serie A. Corinthians could win the title with a victory here depending on the result of second-placed Vasco de Gama away to third placed Fluminense (both matches kick off at the same time). Figueirense are one of five teams still in with a realistic shout of the last Copa Libertadores berth.
19.45 AC Milan v Chievo, Serie A, ESPN/ESPN HD
Talk will be all about the supposed impending arrival of one Carlos Tevez. If he does sign it'll make for a fearsome looking strike force for the Rossoneri.
20.30 Real Zaragoza v Sevilla, La Liga, Sky Sports 1/HD1
All the good Spanish football was yesterday. While Sevilla are in a better position than their city rivals, Betis, their form isn't much better. Both teams here are without a win in five games and Sevilla's last four away trips have all ended 0-0.
22.10 Godoy Cruz v Boca Juniors, Argentinian Apertura, Premier Sports
Boca sit eight points clear with four games of the Apertura remaining. Godoy Cruz's 24 goals in their 15 games sees them as the division's tops scorers - despite their mid-table position. Goals have been pretty rare all around - Racing Club hold second place having scored only 11 in their 15.

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