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MATCHES TO WATCH PART I: MAY 14-15

 

ENGLAND

LIVERPOOL V. TOTTENHAM
HOTSPUR (SUNDAY at 11:00 am)

King Kenny has truly returned to Anfield, at least for the
next three years or so. The manager was given a richly deserved contract
extension for his excellent work with Liverpool.
Dalglish has been so good he even has Maxi Rodriguez scoring goals for the
club. Spurs have suffered some disappointing results of late, especially their
defeat to Manchester
City last week which
guarantees no Champions League football at White Hart Lane next year. The game
itself should be great as Spurs will look to finish their season with something
to smile about and Liverpool look to continue
their renaissance. I see a 2-2 draw with both teams providing some entertaining
football at Anfield

FRANCE

LORIENT
V. MARSEILLE (SUNDAY at 3:00 pm)

Marseille have come on strong in recent weeks, but it still
might be too little to late. They need Lille
to slip up in the next two weeks and take care of their own matches in order to
complete a shocking comeback for the French championship. Lorient has been in good form themselves and is
in the hunt for a European place. Lorient is
coming off a disappointing result to Montpellier
during the midweek while Marseille made light work of Brest. Marseille will have to be open and go for
a win here as a loss or draw could see Lille
clinch the title; this could lead to some counterattacks from Lorient though I suspect they will sit back a
little bit and try to defend early on. I see Marseille getting the win here
2-1.

MLS

SEATTLE
SOUNDERS FC V. PORTLAND TIMBERS FC (SATURDAY at 11:00 pm on ESPN 2 AND ESPN3)

Finally all the talking can spot and we can actually watch
Major League Soccer’s biggest derby match to date. Thats just my opinion but
after Saturday night I don’t think anyone will be able to argue with me. While
the Superclasico between LA and Chivas USA
has been hyped every year it feels manufactured while the Cascadia rivalry
between Portland and Seattle is derby between two teams with long
histories and two teams that are natural rivals. The atmosphere at Qwest Field
should be at another level with plenty of traveling support from the Rose City
as well. As for the match on the field, expect a frenetic pace and a lot of
cards from nervy players. Seattle to me has more
match winners than Portland,
who have only got 1 point away from home this year. Specifically, Montero,
Fernandez, and Rosales have to be kept at bay if Portland wants anything from this game. I
think the game will end with the sides sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw, in
what will be one of the best nights MLS has ever seen.

WILD CARD MATCH

AJAX AMSTERDAM V. FC TWENTE (SUNDAY at 8:30 am on
ESPN3

The Dutch FA can’t have envisaged this season going any
better in the Dutch Eredivisie. A genuinely interesting three team race for the
title, coupled with reemergence of Ajax
as an imposing team have made the season interesting. The best part though is
that season ends with 1st and 2nd in the table playing
for the title on the last day of the year. Basically it’s the best ending to a
domestic season you could ask for and it will be on display in Amsterdam this Sunday. Twente are in first
but just by a point so a win or draw sees them win the title, while a home win
for Ajax gives
them the championship in dramatic fashion. That being said the game will
probably be a cagey affair with both teams wary of conceding early goals. It
should open up though as Ajax
knows that they need all three points in order to win the title. I see them
doing that buoyed by the home field advantage and winning 2-1.

 

 

 

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