Love this picture, Tim Howard’s goal against Bolton. Bolton’s GK Adam Bogdan was the victim. Unfortunately on the night Everton lost 2 – 1. What happens this weekend is one of the special FA Cup 4th Round games this weekend.
Welcome to this Weekends Commentary Thread. This weekend promises to be full of action and surprises. We began the weekend on Friday. Jozy Altidore and AZ thumped VVV Venlo 4 – 1, Jozy scored the 3rd goal (highlights here) for highlights. In the Bundesliga, Timothy Chandler and Nurnberg were on the receiving end of the thumping as they fell 3 – 0 to Dortmund. The shock of the day came in the opening of the FA Cup 4th Round as Aston Villa and Eric Lichaj were beaten by championship side Millwall 2 – 1, rumors abound now that Paul Lambert the Villa manager will soon be looking for other employment.
So on to today. More FA Cup action and the possibility of more upsets. Stoke will be taking on Manchester City in what is probably the game of the round and we can expect to see Geoff Cameron facing the current EPL champs. Besides Stoke and the aforementioned Everton/Bolton clash, Derby, Middlesbrough and Leicester will be looking to advance into the next round. Tottenham and a red hot Clint Dempsey will visit Leeds on Sunday with an expectation of a 5th round appearance.
Around Europe there is a full plate of games in Germany, where we have Augsburg hosting Schalke, and Eintracht hosting Hoffenheim amongst the menu of Bundesliga games. 3 Liga also is active this week after the winter break and will require watching. Bundesliga 2 will restart its season next Friday Unfortunately Regionalliga, which also restarted this week, has had all of its games postponed, so we will have to wait a little longer for some of the new, American players to debut. In Belgium, Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht will be defending their 8 point Pro League lead against 3rd place Lokeren. Following a good performance, albeit in a losing cause, by Maurice Edu a start for Bursaspor looks likely as they tackle Istanbul in the Turkish Super Liga’s early game.
Sunday see’s the continuation of the FA Cup, plus Roma and Michael Bradley start the day in Italy Serie A as they travel to Bologna, and Malaga go to Majorca in the Spanish Primera. Beside these we have games in Israel, Portugal, England and a little more from Germany.
All in all a pretty full weekend of games to follow, chat about and give opinions on. There is a lot more going on in the world of footy so lets hear from you.