We did our little MLS preview last evening. No flames over at that post yet so I think–until you tell me otherwise–I emerged unscathed from your primary review of TSG’s MLS knowledge.
The Dollars barb above is to the relegation-threatened and the Champ’s League seeking teams….lots of pins and needles this weekend.
Now to some select games overseas:
Brawl City? Manchester United vs. Manchester City
Saturday, 4:45AM PST, ESPN2
Hey, can us left coasters get any love. 4:45AM, again. I’m going to predict another .4 rating here for ESPN2 on this one.
You know who’s got the most riding on this one? It’s not Carlos Tevez who has proved his investment against his old and throughout the league this year.
D-I-M-I-T-A-R Berbatov. In one fell swoop, Berbatov just might be able to buy a little love from the United faithful with a game winner or big time play. Probability though? Not likely.
Many see a run-out for either Scholes or Giggs here. I see Ferguson again going with in-form Darron Gibson and Darren Fletcher in the middle to provide cover to Rafael and Evra on the wings for Bellamy and everyone’s darling du jour Adam Johnson (he is solid though.) Vidic and Ferdinand will have their hands full with Adebayor and Tevez, but I think they’ll hold up admirably.
If Manchester United can move the ball effectively on transition through midfield (and Gibson should he play over Scholes here would be key) than the match-up you’re looking for is how Berbatov and Rooney find space and create chances against a very pedestrian central defense of Kolo Toure and Vincent Kompany.
Birmingham vs. Jozy Altidore
Ian Dowie, please step up and earn your pay….like right now.
As we mentioned over the past few weeks, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Arsenal have all marched up to Birmingham and found a resolute, well-coached squad and have all marched home with nothing more than a draw.
Now Hull go up to Birmingham in desperate need of a result.
I fear for their defense against the likes of McFadden and Benitez. Fear. Boaz Myhill better have his Wheaties.
Rovers vs. Toffees
Saturday, 7AM PST, FSC
Anybody see Big T midweek. Sure two went over the line on him, but they weren’t his fault. Big T was pure class. A great time for the USMNT’s #1 Indispensable Player to be rounding into form.
They’ll need him to be up at Ewood Park where Blackburn always plays strong and Mikel Arteta, but are rumored to have Heitinga suiting up.
London Playbill: Tottenham v. Chelsea
Saturday, 9:30AM PST, FSC
I may…I may just be more excited for this one here.
Chelsea playing at full capacity and Tottenham coming off a midweek thriller against Arsenal.
Hey Joe, remember my comments about Gareth Bale a few months ago. I was wrong; my apologies. The Welsh youngster looked world class on Wednesday.
Ashley Cole is back; Aaron Lennon is not. Getting worried GeorgeCross.
Here’s a question, say Walcott breaks a nail…is, gulp, Shaun Wright Phillips the next viable speedy wing option?
The Dempseys go up against the Wolverhampton Hahnemanns
Marcus you’ve earned team nickname status. Fulham’s official Web site says Dempsey is angling for a return.
Schalke ’04 v. Bo’Munchen
Saturday, 6:25AM, ESPN3.com
I watched Mikey Bradley last week against the Rico-less Frankfurters. It’s a dichotomy of Michael(s) as Bradley’s defensive positioning for his club side is impeccable. I’m hoping to catch this one…and how could I not? ESPN3’s got it at a very manageable 6:25AM PST.
Let us know what games he didn’t feature that we should have….