Friday, October 26, 2012

Europa League, Merseyside Derby, Chelsea vs. Man. U., MLS Forecast


We'll begin with Europe's second-tier club competition today. There were a lot of 1-0 wins. We didn't see any of them. Anyway, Inter Milan beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0. Liverpool beat the Russians with the cash (Anzhi) 1-0. Not to be left out, Newcastle downed Club Brugge 1-0. Tottenham drew, Lazio drew...sorry, started to nod off there. Here's a wrap.


So, no more DHL for Manchester United training jerseys. Bummer. We just bought several for all the SSN staff. Those crafty Glazers think they can get a better deal.

We can't wait to get our hands on the ManU General Motors kit...

It's the final weekend of regular season play in Major League Soccer. Here's The Forecast for what's on hand as things get ready to get nasty in the playoffs.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has his opinion of the Arsenal "crisis".

Paul Hayward has an interesting piece on how the Premier League's star is beginning to wane. We don't disagree with his points.

Grant Wahl has a look at what a Copa America in the United States would really mean. Basically, it would be the biggest tournament to take place here since 1994. All the best of South America plus the Mexicans and us? Not too shabby. It would certainly be entertaining. That said, it turns out it's not yet a done deal. There is much left to discuss. Let's hope it actually happens.

We've got a couple of sweet matches coming up this weekend in England, and they're both on Sunday. Certainly the pick of the litter is Chelsea vs. Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Both of these sides have been able to overcome defensive issues with impressive attacking flow. It'll be interesting to see how things pan out. Chelsea won't have FatPard or Terry and United won't have their Japanese ace. Kagawa's been ruled out for four weeks. Here's a preview. If you're in the U.S. check out Fox Soccer Channel at 12:00pm EDT.

The other biggie is the Liverpool Derby that will take place at Goodison Park. These clashes often fail to get going, mired in anxiety and caution. Hopefully things will open up a bit for this edition of the Merseyside Derby (first contested in 1894). If you're in the U.S. check out ESPN2 at 9:30am EDT. Here's a preview. And here are a few things to look for in the EPL this weekend.

We love predictions here at SSN. Here are Lawro's (he likes United to win at Chelsea) and here are Paul Merson's (Merse is going for a Chelsea victory).

Sadly, there aren't really any big games in Spain, Germany, or Italy. None of the "top clubs" face each other. Oh, well.

Martin Rogers has a column about it being time for the U.S. to think about moving forward without Landon Donovan. Yeah, we know.

We'll leave you with The Joy of Six: It's Memorable British Champions League Group Performances.



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