A rocky start to our 2011 “smattering of predictions” piece.
Our lay-up, Michael Bradley to the Premiership,
just fizzled as Junior is Istanbul not Constantinople or Sunderland bound. (Update: Um, “just happened” … TSG looking a little better on the prediction.)
Yet, a rebound as TSG claimed that “Two Javier’s would join the world’s elite.”
Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez looked the part with yet another spectacular off-ball run and score this week against Blackpool.
While Javier number two–Pastore that is–didn’t net, but troubled Parma all day Tuesday as Palermo ousted Parma from the Coppa Italia.
The weekend sees surging Palermo head to the San Siro to take on Inter Milan in a skirmish of top sides in Serie A.
Here are few other games to look out for:
• Pachuca v. Cruz Azul
Heavyweights battle in a top Primera match-up. Eyes on Herc Gomez who banged in two last time he faced Azul.
• Bursaspor v. Galatasaray
A good chance–if you adthe it–to watch Junior’s new club in action. A critical battle as Gala takes on penultimate (check out that word selection John) side in the table.
• Everton v. Chelsea
A replay of the 2009 FA Cup finale that saw the Toffees race out to a 1-0 lead just two minutes in on a Luis Saha lefty volley….only to waste a fine performance by Tim Howard as Nicolas Anelka barreled through and around Phil Neville for the 2nd half game winner.
• Hercules v. Barcelona
This might get ugly…or not?
Will Hercules be buoyed by their 2-0 win away at the Camp Nou earlier this session and put up another fight with the home ground behind them?
Or…will Barca continue their dominance away from home this year and make Hercules pay for the home blemish?
• West Ham v. Nottingham Forest
Really just Americans here. A battle between Jonathan Spector who is slowly becoming more than just a Brian Scalabrine at West Ham and Robbie Findley who is hoping the European pitches are 110 yards instead of 100.
• Southampton v. Manchester United
Will Old Trafford present a stage for England’s hottest high schooler? Southampton are no slouch in the Championship sitting 4th right now and two points of 2nd.
While the Saints are battling some key injuries, sensation Alex Chamberlain, the apple of Arsene Wenger’s eye and the latest hyped native, has a chance to show country what he’s capable of….now.
The recent lineage at Southhampton (Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale) suggest Chamberlain’s one to watch.