A gaggle of good games on the program today. Go:
• The Great Cesc Coaster….
Stoke head to the Emirates in today’s appetizer match.
Arsenal? Volatile. A premium performance against Barcelona followed up by “dropping” a draw to Leyton on some wonderment near stoppage time.
Stoke for their part are much stronger at home, but come in having failed to concede more than two goals in any match this season in the Premiership, the only team to do so.
Call this one the Army-Air Force game. Stoke will try to go over the top to Kenwynne Jones, Ricardo Fuller and company while the Wengers will look to play the ball on the ground through the midfield and carefully dissect the Trentmen’s backline.
And as always, please don’t climb on the cannons:
• Champ’s League: Finals rematch: Bayern tries to go galatic on Inter
The visitors to the Giuseppe Meazza could really use the industry of Ivica Olic in this one…unfortunately the Croatian is still out of action.
Bayern takes to Milan today hoping avenge last year’s final loss. They may not find Jose Mourinho on the touchline but they’ll still have to handle Samuel E’to who has been–in this writer’s opinion–quietly brilliant in both league and Europe action this year. Look for him to attack the Germans down the left flank while “even quieter” Maicon–still brooding over not being relocated to Spain–attacks down the right flank.
Bayern will counter with the typical pair of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. While Ribery has been down right pedestrian this year, Mario Gomez up top is coming in in serious form and will try to throw some haymakers at Inter’s central defense.
Mourinho is a “galactico” but Inter should prevail at home.
• Triumph? Manchester to Marseille
First, let’s get some Man United info out of the way. Bebe, remember him, the United signing that Ferguson never saw in person? Yeah, he’s already rumored out of Old Trafford at the end of the year.
Cantona? Calls Fergie a genius here and says Manband Berba is “great.”
Today? Man United to the south of France to face Gignac, Remy and a Marseille team that have been ho-hum at best in Ligue 1 action.
Will Evra’s rose have a thorn in Loic Remy floating out behind his forward runs on the “port” flank?
And America’s best friend Andre Ayew attempts to boss the Redhead Devil midfield.
I’m sorry, did we mention Cantona?