9 November, 2012 - 14:29

European weekend preview: top matches

European weekend preview: top matches

Man City v Tottenham

Roberto Mancini might have imagined November would bring his team confidence and steady progress to new heights of fame but football as we discover every season is unpredictable. After losing practically all hopes for qualifying to the knock-out stage of the Champions League, the fans expect the Italian to bring results at least at the home front. The team clearly plays below their best and misses David Silva, the footballer who influences the team’s performance massively. Andre Villas-Boas slowly but surely persuaded Tottenham supporters that he was not that lousy as Chelsea stars painted him and if his side prevails that would be the first time in two decades that the Spurs win four consecutive away games.

Chelsea v Liverpool

Chelsea performance is pleasure to watch this season with Oscar, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard in the midfield showing creativity and physical strength. The defensive line of the capital club is not that strong and the last match against Shakhtar only proved that, yet except for Luis Suarez the Reds lack the players that can be that effective in attack. Brendan Rodgers does not have many options for the team line-up and would definably use defensive tactics in the match with one of the league leaders.

Lazio v Roma

The first “Derby della Capitale” will turn into the battle of two most unpredictable coaches of Serie A - Czech Zdenek Zeman and Bosnian Vladimir Petkovic. Zeman professes attacking football and already fought in four Rome derbies, though earned victory just once in 1999. Petkovic is more known for his intelligent approach to coaching. Before the match Lazio president praised Zeman’s work in Roma, yet underlined, he believed in Petkovic, as: “He (Petkovic) struck me with his work ethic and he is a man of high moral side. He is highly ambitious and all these characteristics convinced me of his potential.”

FC Augsburg v B Dortmund

After showing a solid performance in the last fixture against Real Madrid, Borussia should focus on the Bundesliga where Jurgen Klopp’s side lies fifth. The club has to pick 3 points in the forthcoming match if they want to catch-up with powerful Bayern. The team played in 0-0 draw last time, but Dortmund will not be satisfied with the result this time.

Lille v Brest

Lille suffered a fourth successive defeat in the Champions League, losing to Bayern 6-1. This story repeats every year when team losses key players before the start of European competition and does not stand a chance of progressing further in the tournaments. Their domestic campaign is literally quite opposite for the team with four-match unbeaten run. The side will be desperate to forget their capitulation in Munich and win Brest.

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