Chelsea and Malmo meet again on Thursday night, this time in England at Stamford Bridge for what will be the second leg of their Europa League tie. The Blues come here with a small 2-1 lead from the first game and they will be looking to build on that early in this one and put the game to bed.
While Malmo will know they are up against it here, they can take heart from the late goal they scored to get back into the game,
the final of three games between Premier League and Bundesliga teams is this clash between Manchester City and Schalke. It is the only tie that has the English team playing away from home first, but despite that this is the only tie where the English team is odds on to win. Manchester City will be looking to use their dominance to take a lead home with them from this tie, and that would really put them in the driving seat as far as qualification to the next round goes.
There are few better things in football than a European night at Anfield and you can expect a fantastic atmosphere at the stadium tonight when the club takes on German giants Bayern Munich. Both teams can feel a little unlucky that they have been put together with such a strong opponent at this stage in the tournament, and one of them will be going out a lot earlier than expected because of that. It was Liverpool that finished second in their group to set this tie up,
The final FA Cup tie of the weekend is at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, and afterwards we will know the line up for the quarter finals. Manchester City are through, and whichever team joins them from this tie will be the only other club from the Premier League top six in the draw. There is of course every chance that the winner of this tie could face Manchester City in the next round, and that would open up the door for one of the lower teams to really have a genuine chance of reaching the final and possibly winning it.
The FA Cup is back this weekend and with just 16 teams in the hat, those lucky enough to get through the next stage will be in the quarter finals. We have already seen a number of shocks, and after this weekend we will have a maximum of two clubs from the Premier League’s top six left in the draw. Those looking for an upset this weekend in the 5th round may want to head up north and take a look at the game between Doncaster and Crystal Palace.
The FA Cup returns this weekend and we have eight games spread across four days, all of which will be decided on the day as we are now at the stage where no replays will take place. On Saturday afternoon, Brighton host Derby in what will be the second game of the weekend, and there is no reason for the two teams to not fancy their chances in this one.
Brighton are rightfully favourites as the Premier League team in this tie,
The Europa League is back this week and on Thursday we get to see the current trophy favourites Chelsea in action. They travel away for the first leg of their tie in the knockout round, and face Malmo of Sweden after what looks to be a favourable tie for them.
Malmo finished second in their group behind Genk, with two wins, three draws and a defeat from their six games. They showed they have the quality to compete in the group stages,
The Champions League is back this week, and on Wednesday night we have the first of three ties that feature English clubs taking on German clubs. Manchester City and Liverpool are the other English clubs involved in these games, but it is Tottenham that take centre stage first, facing up against the current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening at Wembley.
Both clubs will be hoping to progress from this tie, and prior to the draw both of them will have targeted the quarter final stage as where they would like to get to as a minimum this season.
The Champions League is finally back with us this week and when the competition returns we are in the knockout round. 16 teams remain, and many of those hold genuine claims of winning Europe’s premier club competition. Just eight teams will be left after this round, which sees teams take each other on over two legs in what is sure to be an exciting month of football. At this stage the games are split over two weeks,
Monday Night Football always serves as a fun break from the ‘traditional’ schedule of the Premier League, and more often than not, it tends to feature some pretty entertaining games. We’ve seen the finest teams that English football has to offer play under the bright lights on this night, and in many cases, it’s been an enjoyable watch. Tomorrow night looks set to be no different as the season continues on through its second half,
The Premier League will return to our screens once again this weekend, and quite frankly, that’s good news for everyone. The top tier of English football legitimately feels like it’s never been better, with several teams tussling it out at the top of the table in order to be able to call themselves the best. Of course, not all of them are going to succeed and not all of them can claim to have had a great season,
They say that pressure makes diamonds in this game, and it certainly feels like that’s never been more accurate than it is right now. The Premier League is entering that phase of the season in which all twenty teams start to lay out their realistic ambitions for the remainder of the campaign, and that can be an interesting time. Some sides will be hoping to far exceed the goals they set out back in the summer,