Graham (follow on Twitter: @grahamsibley)
Mon 22 March 2010

MIdweek TV Preview: 22 - 25 March 2010

Monday 22 March

19.45 Leeds Utd v Millwall, League One, Sky Sports 1/HD1
A fixture to leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth of any fan of football, unless of course you have a misguided nostalgia for "firms" and British Rail football specials. Leeds have a cushion of 12 points in the automatic promotion spots, Millwall's hold on a play-off place is less secure but their form suggests they have what it takes. Should actually be a good game.

Tuesday 23 March

20.00 West Ham v Wolves, Premier League, Sky Sports 2/HD2
A week or so ago it was looking like anyone in the bottom half could be in danger of going down. Results since suggest that it's most likely to be from the current bottom three and these two. Given how bad the bottom three actually are, a win here will see another side almost safe.

Wednesday 24 March

10.00 Kashima Antlers v Persipura Jayapura, AFC Champions League Group F, British Eurosport 2
Persipura were embarrased 9-0 on matchday 2 and more humilation could be heaped on the Indonesians as they face an even better team here.

19.00 Barcelona v Osasuna, La Liga, Sky Sports 3/HD3
Early evening action from Spain, sees Osasuna hoping that an unfamilar kick off time will somehow stop the inevitable happening. It won't.

19.45 Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham, FA Cup Quarter Final Replay, ITV1/ITV HD
A tasty fixture between two sides playing well and playing good football. Of course, ITV will have to hide their disappointment if Fulham beat Spurs and deny everyone the chance of seeing the Harry Redknapp semi-final in front of 30,000 bile-filled Portsmouth fans.

19.45 Dundee United v Rangers, Scottish FA Cup Quarter Final Replay, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Not the formality I eluded to in my preview from a week or so ago: United fighting back from two goals down to finish the game 3-3. A rare competitive offering from north of the border.

19.45 St Mirren v Celtic, SPL, ESPN/ESPN HD
However if the League's more your thing, there's a proper, normal foregone conclusion on the other side.

21.00 Valencia v Malaga, La Liga, Sky Sports 3/HD3
Can't really see beyond a comfortable home win here either. Valencia are stumbling their way to third place but, thanks to a lack of pressure from the chasing pack, should make it to the non-qualifying Champions League spot.


Thursday 25 March

19.45 Napoli v Juventus, Serie A, ESPN
The Old Lady's season goes from bad to worse. Last week's humbling at Fulham came on top of some woeful Serie A displays but Napoli's current form is even worse. What should be a tantalising encounter now just a desperate battle for a Europa League spot.

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