So, unless someone comes along and throws us a Sunday Bootroom, we’ll have to make due with this one. With the Premiership off this weekend, it’s FA Cup action in England but if you’re adventurous, there’s a few Championship matches to fill the void. Germany has some intriguing matches, including Bayern v Hamburg in the battle of which side’s been more disappointing in Bundesliga, along with a 6 pointer relegation duel between Werder Bremen and Borussia Moechengladbach. Sunday has Mainz 05 v Bayern Leverkusen in a tussle for European positioning. Also on Sunday Serie A sees top take on bottom as AC Milan take on Bari and attempt to maintain its points cushion over Inter.
But the most interesting match of the weekend is surely United and Arsenal fighting for a trip to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-finals. With Kenny Chesney out 6 weeks for a hand injury sustained in the Round of 16 Champions League loss to Barcelona, who knows who Wenger will have manning the net. Add to the absentee list Cesc, Walcott, Song, and Vermaelen for this one. The red-nosed Scot will be without Nani–who might still be sewing his leg back together after Carra opened it like a can opener–along with perma-crocked defender Rio Ferdinand.
In the earlier FA Cup quarter-final, Birmingham will attempt to shake off its Carling Cup hangover and push past Stu Holden’s Bolton. Does Brum resemble Portsmouth a bit–possibly on the way to relegation but winning cup matches? Odd indeed.
And speaking of Portsmouth, it’s former gaffer has a chance to return to Wembley again–this time with West Ham United. Uncle Avram takes WHU to the Britannia to try and hammer his way through Tony Pulis’ well-drilled Stoke side. Will Thomas Hitzlsperger spark West Ham to victory as he did when the club rolled Burnley 5-1 in the 5th round?
The weekend ends with aplomb, as Messi takes his weaving artistry to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to give Sevilla more heartache in a disappointing La Liga season. So enjoy, and don’t forget to tip your waiter.
Saturday 12 March 2011
7:45 am Birmingham v Bolton (FA Cup, FS+, FS.tv)
9:30 am Bayern Munich v Hamburger SV (ESPN3.com)
10:00 am Derby County v Swansea (Championship, FS+)
12:00 pm Almeria v Atletico Madrid (GolTV)
12:15 pm Manchester United v Arsenal (FSC)
12:30 pm Werder Bremen v Borussia M’Gladbach (ESPN3.com)
1:00 pm Arles v Lorient (FS.tv)
1:00 pm Lens v Toulouse (FS.tv)
1:00 pm Nancy v Caen (FS..tv)
1:00 pm Nice v Auxerre (FS.tv)
1:00 pm Saint-Etienne v Brest (FS.tv)
1:00 pm Sochaux v Olympique Lyon (FS+, FS.tv)
2:00 pm Real Madrid v Hercules (ESPN3.com)
2:45 pm Cesena v Juventus (ESPN3.com, FSC)
4:00 pm Real Zaragoza v Valencia (ESPN3.com)
Sunday 13 March 2011
7:30 am AC Milan v AS Bari (ESPN3.com, FS+, FS.tv)
9:30 am Willem II v Ajax (Yes, the Dutch, why hate? ESPN3.com)
10:00 am AS Roma v Lazio (ESPN3.com, FSC)
10:00 am Catania v Sampdoria (ESPN3.com)
10:00 am Stoke v West Ham United (FA Cup, FS+, FS.tv)
10:30 am Mainz 05 v Bayer Leverkusen (GolTV)
12:00 pm Espanyol v Deportivo La Coruna (ESPN3.com)
12:00 pm Bordeaux v Monaco (FS.tv)
12:00 pm Lille v Valennciennes (For Eden Hazard, of course–FS.tv)
12:45 pm Manchester City v Reading (FA Cup, FSC)
2:00 pm Villarreal v Sporting Gijon (GolTV)
3:45 pm Parma v Napoli (ESPN3.com, FSC)
4:00 pm PSG v Montpellier (FS+, FS.tv)
4:00 pm Sevilla v Barcelona (GolTV)