Welcome to “The Thread” a fair bit of action this weekend as a few of the European leagues brush the snow off their shoulders, and join the UK with a full set of matches.
A bit of news for this weekends games; Carlos Bocanegra will not be playing for Racing Santander this week because of a visa problem, but Racing’s coach assures us that Carlos is now back in training. Michael Bradley will have to watch his step this weekend, he has only one more Yellow Card to go, then he will face a mandatory 1 game ban for accumulated cards.
The early game in the EPL has Tottenham visiting QPR, expect to see Dempsey start, after his 2 goals in the week. Not so certain is Friedel, he started for the FA Cup game in the week, but, unfortunately, that seems to be his position at Spurs, 2nd in the pecking order, so I don’t expect Brad to be starting this weekend. Aston Villa takes on Southampton, in a game that will have relegation implications, Guzan was dropped for the Villains last game, after that disastrous holiday patch, and could find himself on the bench again today, Eric Lichaj has solidified his position in the Villa defense who are really struggling this season. Tim Howard should start for Everton as they welcome Swansea to Goodison Road, Tim’s numbers are not as good as previous seasons with the Blues, he will need to show his stuff, to maintain his #1 spot, especially with the January window open. We will also be following West Ham’s adventures as they visit Sunderland. Hoping that Sebastien Lletget get a chance. Stoke will host Chelsea this week – I think this is SoccerOverThere.com GOTW. Maurice Edu looks to be heading out on loan, so Geoff Cameron will be, as he has all season, the lone American.It will be a mighty test for Geoff with likely Hazard playing on his flank, if not, Mata. Hazard fast, Mata a ballerina. Good luck to Geoff. Outside of the EPL, we have other English action from the Championship and League One.
The weekend will also see matches from Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy amongst others. Malaga host Barcelona, Roma visit Catania and Racing Santander visit Hercules on Sunday. So stay with us for the weekend, chat, debate or just plain, give your opinion as we follow our US players overthere………