Sunday, February 18, 2007

Huge games on the horizon...

This week United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all have difficult looking away games in the Champions League. The Reds face Lille and have a score to settle with the French team from last season, after the midweek clash in France, United travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham, and before heading to Anfield for arguably the most important league game we've had with Liverpool for quite some time, United taken on Reading in that FA cup replay - a game which United could have done without, but for all the carping about replays, I think the FA cup needs them. After locking horms with the Scousers, both clubs will face Lille and Barcelona respectively for the return leg of the double header in games which will decide which sides go through to the next round of the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Chelsea face Porto in Portugal this week - Mourinho's old club of course, while Arsenal travel to PSV, and before the return legs in London, Arsenal will face Chelsea in another massive game, and again this will be arguably the most important game between these two sides for some considerable time.

On paper Liverpool look to have the most difficult task facing the current Champions of Europe, Barcelona, but bickering off the pitch at the Nou Camp this week could give the visitors much encouragement about their chances.

None of the English clubs will want to concede goals this week in Europe and they will all be hoping to put themselves into a position whereby they can finish the job in the return leg without needing to climb a mountain.

United's game with Lille is a really tricky one, and we aren't known for doing things the easy way, but with the Liverpool game prior the return game with Lille very much in everyone's thoughts, it will give the Reds more incentive to try and win the game in France this week, thus relieving a bit of the pressure for the game at Anfield. I can only see Liverpool losing against Barcelona, but they may even get a draw, United, Chelsea and Arsenal shouldn't get beaten and could win their European games.

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