Welcome to this week’s edition of the Weekend Commentary Thread, the world is waking from its winter hibernation
The Danish Superliga starts up again this weekend, and Conor O’Brien will be starting a new campaign, with a shot at Champions League aspirations, at Nordsjaelland. Charlie Davies will be aiming at completing his recovery, by being a regular starter at Randers and leading them into Europe while Clarence Goodson returns with Brondy to join in the fight to avoid relegation. Kobenhavn lead the league by 12 points and look set for one of the automatic UCL spots, followed by Nordsjaelland (35), AaB (32), OB and Randers (31) and AGF (30), so 5 points separate #2 from #6, only 4 advance to European play.
Also “waking” this weekend, Sweden begins its Svenska Cup. This weekend see’s the opening games of the 1st Round, a Group stage with all Pro leagues participating.
In other games, my favorite for this Saturday is the 2nd leg of the Belgian Cup Semi Final, which see’s Anderlecht visit Genk. Anderlecht and Sasha Kljestan have a 1 goal advantage and will be battling an in form Genk in their house, no easy task. Anderlecht are 2 wins 1 draw in this season’s matches, so should have the upper hand.
There is a full slate of games from England, in the EPL there is concern that Tim Howard will not start for Everton, as they welcome Reading, Tim picked up a knock and may be rested. Stoke are facing a difficult game as West Ham come to town, Cameron, Shea and co. will be looking for three points at home though. On Sunday, Tottenham and Arsenal lock horns, as I write I do not know if Dempsey will make an appearance – calf injury. In the Championship, Zak Whitbread made the 18 in Leicester’s last match, good news for Leicester, and may see time Saturday, and of course the Holden watch continues at Bolton, as they visit Barnsley. Coach Freedman has said he wants Holden to stay at Bolton, but playing time is tough to come by for Stu, while Bolton are on a favorable streak – we will see.
In Germany, Saturday see’s action from Nurnberg, Augsburg and Schalke in the Bundesliga, and on Sunday the unenviable task of Fabian, Danny and Hoffenheim is to take on the mighty Bayern Munich. While Shawn Parker and Mainz visit Dusseldorf. Assuming the weather holds, we could see a full plate of matches in 2 Bundesliga, 3 Liga and Regionalliga matches on both weekend gameday’s.
Jozy Altidore an AZ, Terence Boyd and Rapid, Michael Bradley and Roma all should see action on Sunday (Maurice Edu is on a Red Card and won’t be a feature for Bursaspor) Games in Spain, Portugal Israel and yes even Iceland round out Sunday’s action.
All that said, “The Thread” is what you make it, chat, throw out opinions or start a debate, its your call. I will be here both days with updates on all the games involving Americans and hopefully letting Matt know to update the Goal Tracker and look for highlight for you.