Good Day and Welcome to the Weekend Thread. The anticipation for US soccer fans is that Brek Shea (above) will make his EPL and Stoke debut today, lets hope so.
Following a week of European action, not a tremendous amount of matches going on Saturday, a good and promising Sunday follows. Saturday has 3 games of interest to US OT fans, the aforementioned (brit-speak) Stoke game against Fulham, Aston Villa visit Arsenal and Everton face off with Norwich. We will also be following a complete stack of lower English league matches, including Bolton hosting Hull, will we finally see Stu Holden? Felt rather confident he would play last weekend, so I’ll go with the coaches pick for Saturday.
In Germany, we have interest in 5 of the 6 games, with the Augsburg v Hoffenheim game being the game of most importance. Augsburg changed up during the winter break, new faces, including Michael Parkhurst, and a new strategy in place have seen a resurgence with only 1 loss in the last 5. Hoffenheim seem to be heading in the wrong direction and it is becoming more likely that Fabien Johnson and Danny Williams will see Bundesliga 2 next season. Other Bundesliga matches involve Schalke, Nurnberg, Mainz and maybe Hannover, so a busy day in Germany.
On Sunday Sasha Kljestan and Anderlecht in Belgium and Terence Boyd and Rapid in Austria and AZ and Jozy Altidore in Holland will top our follows. Not to shabby
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