Manchester United – Real Madrid
The route to qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament was different for both sides. While the Super Eagles walloped Liberia 6-1, the Stallions needed a stoppage time goal to edge out the Central African Republic 3-3 on aggregate scores.
But that is where the difference ends, and since their 1-1 draw on January 21, both sides have grown in stature and will now contest the final of the 2013 edition of the Nations Cup with a chance to represent Africa in the Fifa Confederations Cup later this year in Brazil.
On the road to the final, Nigeria scored 10 goals and conceded four while Burkina Faso have scored seven and conceded two. Both have improved but Burkina Faso will be missing in form striker Alain Traore, who equalised against Nigeria and scored three goals during the tournament before picking up an injury. The good news for the Burkinabe is that star player Jonathan Pitroipa has had his red card from their last match against Ghana rescinded after Caf decided that his booking was a mistake.
The Nigerians also have injury concerns for two of their better players – Emmanuel Emenike, who has scored four goals, and the chief instigator against Mali, Victor Moses, who has added two strikes. Burkina Faso will also have to make changes to their line-up, with right-back Koffi a major doubt.
But as Jonathan Akpoborie said, “The Eagles have to continue playing like they did against Cote d’Ivoire.” That is good advice, as nothing has been won yet by either team, and while they are already both commended for coming this far, history will only remember the country that wins the title.
For Burkina Faso, this is uncharted territory and for Nigeria, it is a chance to return to the high standards of previous years.
Panionios out: Peristeridis (gk 18/0), Lampropoulos (df 9/2), Koulocheris (df 8/0), Andralas (df 12/0), Rokas (mf 11/1), Samaris (mf 14/1), Kouros (att 16/0) and Aravidis (att 17/6)
PAS has out Fegrouche (gk 18/0). Back in team is Pantos (df 16/0)
both teams withpout topscorers. Academica has out Edinho (16/10) but also Wilson Eduardo (att 12/3) out and Flavio Ferreira (df 17/1), Makelele (mf 15/1) doubtfull
Rio Ave has out Tarantini (att 17/5)
Santos with full teeam, Neymar, Arouca and Montillo are back from International dutties while Edu Dracena fit for first game of season..
Rafael: Bruno Peres, Edu Dracena, Durval e Guilherme Santos; Arouca, Marcos Assunção, Cícero e Montillo; Neymar e Miralles
14 community Karsiyaka player’s left and 2 are injured so they have just 9 seniors players available on trainig and they must take some youngsters link
Banahene (topscorer 16/6) and Oner (df 3/0) are injured while Makukula (att 10/3) , Fatih Sen (mf 15/3), Türkmehmet (mf 6/0), Yalciner (att 8/0), Gungnor (df 16/1), Solakel (df 16/0), Aktas (mf 12/0), Akbay (14/0), Tasdelen (df 16/0), Gurol (mf 4/0), Adican (df 16/0), ozcan (3/0), kocabey (mf 5/0), Yalçiner Taha (mf 8/0)
Manisa is currently leading table and doing great for title and promotion and there wasnt important changes
quality is on Elche side. Thez are definitly best team in league, they have 11 pts more than 2nd and they recive just 11 goals in 21 round. Carles Gil (mf 16/3) adn club captein Albacar (df 19/7) are seriously missing but David Generelo (mf 15/0) is available again. Berange and Miguel Linares also out but not important
Ponferradina is 18 pts behind lece after 21 round. They win or loose, just one draw till now (10-1-10). They loose last two games and i expect the same in this game because they have important missings: Acoran Barrera (mf 18/3), Mateo Miguez (att), Juan de Dios Prados (mf 17/0) are injured and main player, topscorer Yuri de Souza (att 19/11) and Baro (df 13/1) are suspended..
Qualitz is definitly on away side, hosts have 3 important missings and Elche want secure title and promotion as soon as posible so no time for relax..
Worst team in league, Moreirense will host league leaders Benfice without 4 suspended players: Augusto Loureiro (df 14/0), Filipe Goncalves (mf 13/0), Fabio Espinho (mf 14/1), Wagner Borges (mf 14/1). Also are injured Paulo ‘Paulinho’ Mota (df 3/0), Castro Miguel (mf 2/0), Pablo Olivera (mf 8/2) so their weak squad is now much weaker..
Benfica play tomorow cup game but imo that game will be like ‘training game’ for them. 4 days later is this game and as dont have now some important missings they should won this without any problems
Portsmouth confirm six players have left the club
Portsmouth have confirmed that six players have left the club following the expiry of their contracts.
Mustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley, Brian Howard, Lubomir Michalik, Luke Rodgers and Lee Williamson have all departed.
Michalik joined Pompey in mid-September, while the other five arrived just before the opening League One match of the season in August.
“We thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best,” said Pompey caretaker boss Guy Whittingham.
League One Portsmouth have been in administration since February 2012 and are facing a second successive relegation as they are set for a 10-point penalty.
They are currently in the process of a takeover bid by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and are said to be £61m in debt.
Chelsea – Nordsjaelland
Chelsea out: John Terry, Frank Lampard, Daniel Sturridge
Nordsjaelland out: Jores Okore, Joe Sise
Bayern Munich – BATE Borisov
Bayern out: Holger Badstuber, Emre Can, Luiz Gustavo, Arjen Robben
Bate out: Dmitri Mozolevski, Aleksandr Pavlov, Andrei Scherbakov
Celtic Glasgow – Spartak Moscow
Barcelona – Benfica
Barcelona: Cuenca, Alves, Abidal, Bartra, Alexis and Muniesa are injured… Cesc, Xavi, Mascherano, Pedro, Alba and Iniesta are rested
Benfica without Aimar and Salvio
Manchester United – CFR Cluj
Sir Alex would give chance to some youngsters but David de Gea should be recalled on goal after the nightmare Anders Lindegaard had at Reading. Nick Powell, Javier Hernandez, Alexander Butter, Phil Jones, Ryan Giggs and Danny Welbeck are all but certain to start and Ferguson also confirmed that Wayne Rooney will start as he needs a run of games to approach top form
Sporting Braga – Galatasaray
Shakhtar Donetsk – Juventus
With Shakhtar already through and Juventus needing just one point to qualify, there are many of those who believe this match will end in draw.
However, providing the two sides play it fair and square, we should see a highly entertaining encounter a Donbass Arena.
Having been placed in the same group as Champions Leaguewinners and Serie A champions, Shakhtar were not exactly seen as favourites to go through, but Mircea Lucescu’s side have largely impressed against their more illustrious opponents.
With unlucky defeat at Stamford Bridge team’s only under-par result of the campaign, the Miners managed to secure their place in the next stage, with all that’s left is to pip Juventus to the first place in the standings.
Apart from suspended Luiz Adriano, boss Mirceal Lucescu has no other selection problems ahead of the clash with Juventus.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Pyatov – Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Rat – Fernandinho, Stepanenko – Teixeira, Mkhitaryan, Willian – Eduardo.
While they eased off to the first place in the Serie A standings, Juventus did experience some problems on their return to Europe’s elite competition.
Opening draws against Chelsea, Shakhtar and Nordsjaelland put their Champions League qualification in danger, but the Bianconeri then impressed to record comfortable victories over Nordjsaelland and Chelsea.
As a result, they are now on the verge of qualifying for the next stage and only need one point from Donetsk to make it through.
Giorgio Chiellini, Arturo Vidal and Kwadwo Asamoah return to the starting line-up, but Claudio Marchisio is suspended.
Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco are vying for a place alongside misfiring Mirko Vucinic in attack.
Probable starting line-up (3-5-2): Buffon – Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini – Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah – Vucinic, Quagliarella.