30 October 2006

Champions League, Matchday 4

All games kick off at 2:45 eastern unless noted.

Tuesday October 31
Barcelona v Chelsea (live on ESPN Deportes)
Bayern Munich v Sporting Lisbon (live on ESPN 2)
Levski Sofia v Werder Bremen
PSV v Galatasaray
Roma v Olympiakos (live on Setanta PPV)
Shakhtar Donetsk v Valencia
Spartak Moscow v Inter Milan (12:30pm; live on Setanta Sports and ESPN Deportes)

Wednesday November 1
AC Milan v Anderlecht
AEK Athens v Lille
Arsenal v CSKA Moscow (live on ESPN2)
Benfica v Celtic (live on Setanta PPV)
FC Copenhagen v Manchester Utd (live on Setanta Sports)
Hamburg v FC Porto
Lyon v Dynamo Kiev
Real Madrid v Steaua Bucharest (live on ESPN Deportes)

Surprising that Barca/Chelsea is on ESPN Deportes instead of ESPN2. As usual, ESPN is clueless when it comes to soccer coverage. I would have thought they'd keep it off TV to try and promote their fledging broadband PPV service (which I've heard isn't worth it), but the majority of those who get ESPN2 also get Deportes. By the way, don’t bother writing emails to them or their ombudsman. It doesn’t help.

While Chelsea/Barca is the glamour match, I think the most aesthetically pleasing will be Arsenal/CSKA. Both teams have stylish players (CSKA is chock-full of Brazilians; Vagner Love and Daniel Carvalho are definitely two to watch), and both will come out looking for the win that will probably see them through to qualification. Look for Henry to come out wanting revenge for his disallowed goal in the last match. Gunnerrific, as always, is the place to go for Arsenal talk, especially if you’re an American.

Barca 2-1
Bayern 2-0
Bremen 1-0
PSV 0-0 Gala
Roma 3-2
Valencia 3-0
Inter 2-0
Milan 3-0
AEK 1-1 Lille
Arsenal 2-1
Benfica 0-0 Celtic
Man Utd 3-0
Hamburg 2-2 Porto
Lyon 3-0
Madrid 3-1

Liverpool v Bordeaux preview later this evening.

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