World Football Update - Jan 31th 2012

Jon Forget
Jan 31st 2012

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Feature Matches 1/31-2/6
     It is transfer deadline day in Europe, and as clubs strike last minute deals to shore up their squads, we have some great midweek football to enjoy.  Only three points separate the two Manchester clubs at the top of the table, and both are in action this afternoon.  Manchester United host a Stoke side that sits comfortably in the top ten, while Manchester City have a tough test against Everton.  Neither side can afford a slip up here.   The battle for the fourth and final Champions League spot is heating up, and Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham will all be chasing three valuable points today as well. 
     Wednesday lunch brings us more EPL football, and a Copa Del Rey Semifinal to enjoy.  Arsenal travel to Bolton, and Fulham take on West Brom at home, with both matches kicking off at 1pm.  In Spain, Valencia host favorites Barcelona in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey Semis.  These three matches will be followed by a replay ofAston Villa v Queens Park Rangers.  Of all the teams that have been busy in the transfer window, QPR have arguably been the most ambitious.  Besides acquiring a new manager this month, they have swooped for five players in the January transfer window.  For details on all the last minute transfers, and those already completed, follow this link: .
     The weekend brings us some terrific football, kicking off early Saturday morning with a London Derby.  There may well be more action off the pitch than on whenWest Ham face their local rivals Millwall (5:30am KO), in what has always been one of the most heated rivalries in football.  To give you an idea of the fan rivalry between these two sides, there were three pitch invasions during their last encounter, and massive riots that occurred both inside and outside the ground.  This match is a modern day throwback to a time when the football was merely a distraction, and the life and death struggles between the fans was the main attraction.  The EPL action for the day kicks off at 6am with live matches carrying into the afternoon.  Saturdays football culminates with live matches from Spain and Italy, and we will also be featuring the Six Nations Rugby clash between England and Scotland (10am).
     Sunday morning the doors open at 6:30am with Newcastle facingAston Villa, leading us into our feature match of the week.  Chelsea welcome Manchester United to Stamford Bridge (9am KO), in what will likely be a knock down drag out affair.  United is ten points clear of the Blues, who are fighting to retain the final Champions League position.  A fitting match in the EPL, on a day when most Americans will be focused on the pointy ended version of the game.
    Finally we have a mouth watering lunchtime fixture on Monday between Liverpool andTottenham.  Both sides have played some great football this season, and this will surely be a tough test for the Spurs away at Anfield.
On The Horizon
    Manchester United will get a chance to revenge their FA Cup 4th round defeat to Liverpool on the 11th of February.  We also have the second round of Champions League football kicking off two weeks from today.
This Weeks Football
Tuesday January 31st
Wolves v Liverpool 12:45pm (EPL)
Manchester United v Stoke City 1pm (EPL)
Everton v Manchester City 1pm (EPL)
Swansea V Chelsea 3pm (EPL Tape Delay)
Wednesday February 1st
Bolton v Arsenal 1pm (EPL)
Fulham v West Brom 1pm (EPL)
Valencia v Barcelona 1pm (Copa Del Rey Semifinal Leg 1)
Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers 3pm (EPL Tape Delay)
Thursday February 2nd
Novara v Chievo 12:45pm (Serie A)
Caracas v Penarol 4:30pm (Copa Libertadores)
Tigres UANL v Union Espanola 7pm (Copa Libertadores)
Friday February 3rd
Nurnberg v Borussia Dortmund 12:30pm (Bundesliga)
Saturday February 4th
West Ham v Millwall 5:30am (Championship)
Arsenal v Blackburn 6:00am (EPL)
Stoke v Sunderland 8:00am (EPL)
Wigan v Everton 8:00am (EPL)
Manchester City v Fulham 10:30am (EPL)
Getafe v Real Madrid 12:00pm (La Liga)
Roma v Inter 12:45pm (Serie A)
Barcelona v Real Sociedad 2:00pm
Sunday February 5th
Newcastle v Aston Villa 6:30am (EPL)
Juventus v Siena 7:00am (Serie A)
Chelsea v Manchester United 9:00am (EPL)
Sochaux v Lille 9:00am (Ligue 1)
Milan v Napoli 12:45pm (Serie A)
Olympic Marseille v Olympic Lyon 1:00pm (Ligue 1)
Monday February 6th
Liverpool v Tottenham 1:00pm (EPL)
Six Nations Rugby
Scotland v England 10:00am Saturday February 4th
Avalanche Hockey
Oilers v Avs 7:30pm Tuesday Jan. 31st
Avs v Wild 7:00pm Thurs. Feb. 2nd
Avs v Canucks 1:00pm Sat. Feb. 4th

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