Dane Richards, New York to Vancouver to Burnley !! Hope he enjoys the nightlife !
Taken from this morning's email service notes.....
.....I did see the City- Dortmund match, it could easily have been 2-2 at the break and only Joe Hart saved his team from a frightful hammering, we will definitely be returning to their matches in the coming weeks.
Vancouver Whitecaps ran out very comfortable winners, there is a link here of seven minutes of highlights, you can get an idea of how quick Dane Richards is for the second goal, he is joining Burnley on January 1st BTW, so look out for him in the Championship in 2013. For Chivas, the coach has well and truly lost the plot, Shalrie Joseph at centreback..... omg !
Two emails tomorrow, the first at 10.00 UK time will cover all the Friday football, centred as always around the Ligue 2 matches and the follow up at 16.00 will preview the Saturday morning J-League action.
I am not getting overly involved in the Europa League matches today, you already know that I am not the greatest fan of the competition, at least until the knockout stages. I do have one bet for the competition and two for the Brazilian matches ( one given yesterday) , but tomorrow and the rest of the weekend is far more interesting.
PSV EINDHOVEN- NAPOLI
I think that anything over even money offers a little value for the hosts, they will be without Jetro Willems, Mathias Zanka Jørgensen, Orlando Engelaar and Tim Matavz , who were not called up to the squad by PSV head coach Dick Advocaat, but they have a strong group and are treating the match seriously. I always have my doubts about Italian teams in this competition, I know that Napoli beat AIK 4-0 on Matchday 1, but it was with a "B" team and that is how they are going to approach all the cup competitions this season, put out the fringe players and show more motivation in front of their own fans, at least through the early stages and see how things pan out. They are level at the top of Serie A with Juve and four points clear of the pack, this is a tremendous chance to not only qualify for the Champions League, but to really challenge for the Scudetto, which they have not won since 1990. They have a vital match with Udinese on sunday, where they are desperate for three points to take into the international break, as first match after that, is a trip to Turin to meet the Old Lady. They are going to rotate heavily again tonight, PSV are in good form, with 12 goals in their last three and are used to meeting teams most weeks who will sit back and play them on the counter, which is very much the Napoli system, whomever Walter Mazzarri selects. One unit PSV -0.5 ball 2.0 + there is plenty of 2.05 even 2.10 in places if you shop around... 2.06/08 on the exchanges.
BRAZIL SERIE A:
PORTUGUESA - SPORT RECIFE