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Weekend Commentary Thread
   April 19, 2013 (9:54 PM) by David     Email This Post Email This Post
 

Welcome to the Weekend Commentary Thread

Crunch Time Part 3.  Time is running short, whether European play, promotion or relegation we are down to three or four games in the leagues in Europe. Yup, after about the 20th of May you will be watching MLS and the occasional international.

This is a breakdown of closing dates for the leagues we follow in Europe:

EPL May 19th

Championship May 4th

League 1 and 2 April 27th

(championship, Leagues 1 and 2 do have there playoffs following the regular season)

Bundesliga May 18th

2.Bundesliga May 19th

3.Liga May 18th

Serie A May 19th

Eredivisie  May 12th

Turkey Super Lig  May 18th

Austria May 25th

Belgium – who knows? :)

So the next few weeks are critical to the teams future. This week in the EPL we have two teams battling for European places and two teams fighting to stay in the EPL for another season. Tottenham are at Man. City on Sunday where they will hope for at least a point, while on Saturday Everton will visit Sunderland, who are teetering on the edge in the bottom half of the table. An Everton win will possibly vault them over Tottenham (who need a win to maintain position) into the Euro League spot. At the bottom, Stoke visit already relegated QPR, not a walkover, as they look for points to move ahead of some close competition (three teams on 34 points) and Aston Villa (one of the teams on 34 points) has the unenviable task of visiting Man. Utd. at Old Trafford on Monday.

In the Championship, Bolton are one point behind Leicester for the final promotion playoff spot, Bolton are at home and face another team we follow, Middlesbrough, who have fallen out of the race, and Leicester are away to Crystal Palace, who are just two points ahead of Leicester in their playoff spot. So things are tight at the top of the Championship and with only three weeks left every point will be fought over. Stuart Holden and Sheffield Wednesday have fought out of immediate trouble, but need points to avoid slipping back. If you are following the Championship there are only seven points separating 9th spot from 22nd and relegation.

In Bundesliga, Schalke still sits in the final UCL spot, but they have four teams that can catch them over the next four weeks., and Schalke is visiting one of them this Saturday, Frankfurt. Jermaine Jones and his teammates will be hoping for at least a point. At the bottom, Hoffenheim are now in the relegation spot, they are three points behind Augsburg, but have a game in hand. Unfortunately they are away to UCL bound Leverkusen. Fabian Johnson and Co are probably looking for miracles to end the season.

Jozy Altidore and AZ will welcome PSV to Alkmaar on Saturday. PSV is battling for a UCL spot, a win will help that cause. Jozy and AZ have stated that they want a strong finish to the season and a shot at the Europa playoffs in Holland. They are six points away from that goal, and with four games left a lot of luck will have to play into their strategy.

In Turkey, Maurice Edu and Bursaspor are in a Europa League spot, 4th place. They are three points out of 3rd and have a three point lead over their closest competition, tight, but again, points is what it takes. In Austria, Terence Boyd will not be playing this week, yellow card accumulation, as his club Rapid faces league leaders Austria Wien. Rapid have a little while to go, but although 3rd and in a Euro league spot, are not assured that position at the end of the season. Terence you let your side down. Finally the zany Belgiums. Sasha Kljestan and Anderlecht are still in the top spot, and UCL spot, but recent results have them in danger of losing their position. Sunday could be the decider as they visit 2nd place Zulte-Waregem, a win will probably cement their UCL future.

So join me this weekend as we follow all these teams and a slew of clubs from the rest of the world as we monitor what is going on in Socceroverthere, as usual participation is expected and gratefully accepted.

 
Categories: Weekend Commentary
 

116 Responses to “Weekend Commentary Thread”

  1. David says:

    PSV are just having there way since the threat of Jozy has gone

    3 – 0 PSV

  2. David says:

    I don’t think that Johannsson has even touched the ball during his first 10 minutes on.

  3. David says:

    AZ make their 2nd substitution

  4. David says:

    the last time AZ and PSV played PSV won 5 – 1. Looks like a similar result is on for today

  5. David says:

    AZ just don’t look like they ‘believe’ any more. shame, before Jozy went off they were in this game

    final substitute for AZ

    min 70 AZ 0 – 3 PSV

  6. David says:

    All the action is happening in AZ half, with an occasional burst of activity at PSV end

  7. David says:

    Maher again just wide

    Maher is the only Fwd, MF doing anything

  8. David says:

    some AZ fans starting to leave (78)

  9. David says:

    Aaron Johannsson scores for AZ – a really good goal to, but really just a consolation (Johannsson 2nd goal since coming to AZ, scored last week in AZ 6 -1 drubbing of Utrecht))

  10. David says:

    AZ 1 – 3 PSV (86)

  11. David says:

    OFF the Ball foul spotted by assistant stops game move free kick AZ on the line of Penalty Box

  12. David says:

    in to the wall – wasted chance still 3 – 1 PSV (88)

  13. David says:

    90+ this game was over in the 61st minute when PSV scored their 3rd goal, pretty droll stuff since

    No word on Jozy status (i think I caught a glimpse leaving the bench)

    Game Over

    AZ thoroughly beaten by PSV 3 – 1 After Jozy left AZ had trouble tactically manning up on PSV. Johannsson is big like Jozy but surprisingly not as strong, and Marcello just played him out of the game. I used to think that Aaron would be a great addition to the USMNT, watching him today I am not sure that he would succeed in a CONCACAF world.

    OK done!

  14. David says:

    That’s it for me today – long one – I’ll be back tomorrow.

    So the tally: 2 goals to lead Munster to victory by Matt Taylor
    1 goal by Fabian Hurzeler for Bayern Munich II in their
    3 -1 win

    Lets hope for more tomorrow

    Thanks for the chat, debate and comments (as usual) the more you participate the more fun it is.
    Keep checking in at Socceroverthere.com for Highlights, News and more

    Have a great PM( wherever you are located)

    cheers

  15. Kyle says:

    Dempseyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. David says:

    OK, I am finally here – Good Morning

    Sorry I had no Internets this morning, and have been waiting for service to be restored.

    I will do a quick search and update of games that have completed, then catch up with matches in progress – please be patient with me

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