Champs League: Edu, Mata & Miller Time

Some quick previews, more a piece to post your thoughts.

It's go time again for Edu...

• Rangers Attempt to Carve Up Bursaspor

2:45 p.m. EDT – DirecTV

The Ibrox side did well on the road a few weeks ago against Fergie’s crew. Now Maurice Edu puts down his PlayStation paddle for a few hours and will take it to the Turkish side from Bursa.

The Rangers would be wise not to sleep on Bursapor who finished ahead of more notable clubs Fenerbache and Galatasary in their league last year.

Prediction: Kenny Miller, who’s in great form, has at least one goal for the home side, maybe two.

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• Spurs Hoping That In Hindsight They Knock Off Twente

2:45 p.m. EDT – FSP

Steve McLaren’s former crew–who’s having a rough go of it in the Eredivisie–travel to White Hart Lane to face a non-so-red-hot Redknapp squad.

Spurs, who are coming off a 1-0 loss to West Ham where their central midfield, especially Tom Huddlestone, got absolutely worked by TSG not-so-favorite Scott Parker.

For the visitors, keep an eye out for Swiss youngster Luuk De Jong. He’s already got five goals in seven competitions this year after primarily being a sub last year and notching 7 onion baggers in 20 matches. Thirteen of those matches though he played less than 45 minutes!

De Jong is sort of like a tall Pippo Inzaghi. He consistently tests and skirts the offsides line looking to pounce on lead passes, but he can also get it done in the skies.

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• Valencia Hope to Make Manchester United’s Spanish Sojourn An Absolute Nightmare.

2:45 p.m. EDT – FSP

Sir Alex Ferguson would be wise to go with his most veteran team in this game as the home side Valencia is flying right now.

The Spanish side has not lost in La Liga all year.

Their #10 is Juan Mata who’s recently been linked with moves to both Liverpool and Inter Milan. The 22-year-old Spaniard is an absolute wizard with the ball…one of those players that fits the cliché “he sees two passes ahead of everyone else.”

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• A Rafa Team Is On The Ropes Again. Is An Upset Bremen?

2:45 p.m. EDT – FSP

Inter Milan is stumbling and with AC Milan bringing in the firepower right before the window closed, there’s mucho pressure on the side that Jose Mourinho waltzed to a treble last year.

Milito’s out for the hosts, but Werder Breman have left some major pieces of their arsenal back to celebrate Oktoberfest (Pizarro, Frings and Fritz).

Milito though had some inspirational words (below) for his side.

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Elsewhere:

Rubin Kazan-Barcelona 12:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel

Spurs-Twente 2:45 p.m. FSP

Inter Milan-Werder Bremen 2:45 p.m.

Hapoel Tel Aviv-Lyon 2:45 p.m. DirecTV

Schalke-Benfica 2:45 p.m. DirecTV

Panathinaikos-Copenhagen 2:45 p.m. DirecTV

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