Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Two down, two to go, Liverpool and Chelsea are already in the last eight of the Champions League and Manchester United and Arsenal are looking to join them this evening. Should both go through, not only will that mean four English teams in the quarter-finals, but no Italian team left in the competition at this stage, for the first time since the 01/02 season. Should that occur, Italian football is going to have to have a major rethink.
All eyes will be on Old Trafford with Jose and Sir Alex meeting for the 14th time, the United supremo has won only one of those previous encounters and even he, must be feeling a little apprehensive this morning. I really do not have a strong opinion on this game, United are an expensive team to oppose, only Derby (!) have beaten them in 30 starts and they appear to hold all the aces here, with no major injury concerns and Inter struggling with their central defensive partnership. However, Mourinho is not called "The Special One" for nothing, it might be a self given title, but few question it and he might have a surprise or two up his sleeve.
Brentford picked up another win last night, seeing off the "fake" Bees, by a hard fought 1-0 scoreline, they now have a seven point lead at the top of Division 2, with a superior goal difference. Six of their remaining ten games are at Griffin Park and they host their nearest challenger Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. Andy Scott's men are on an eight match unbeaten run (six wins) and have not conceded a goal in 413 minutes of football. With only seven points seperating Wycombe and Shrewsbury down in eighth spot, the chasing pack are all set to take points off each other and four wins would give Brentford 81 points and that should be enough this season. Although it is worth noting that would not have been sufficient in either of the last two seasons, but this is the most open race in recent memory and any team not going up with that points total, will be devastated.