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TV Preview: 3 - 9 June 2011



Friday 3 June

19.30 Austria v Germany, Euro 2012 Qualifying, ESPN/ESPN HD
It's neighbour-on-neighbour as Group A returns this evening. Germany are cruising, with five wins from five so far and only one goal conceded. Austria have slipped down the group and need to get back to winning ways to retain any hope of success.

Saturday 4 June

16.45 England v Switzerland, Euro 2012 Qualifying, ITV1/ITV1 HD
England and Montenegro are already well clear in Group G, but a win for Switzerland would bring Fabio Capello's side back into their range. However, England are unbeaten and capable of remaining so for the rest of qualifying.

20.30 Macedonia v Republic of Ireland, Euro 2012 Qualifying, Sky Sports 1
Ireland go into the weekend top of Group B on goal difference, level on points with Russia and Slovakia. Two first half goals won it for Ireland when these two met in the previous qualifying game.

Sunday 5 June

23.00 Costa Rica v Cuba, CONCACAF Gold Cup, British Eurosport 2
Cowboys Stadium gets the Gold Cup underway as Costa Rica meet Cuba, who might even take a couple of their players home with them. Costa Rica's headline act is Alvaro Saborio, an experienced international forward now plying his trade with 2009 Major League Soccer champions Real Salt Lake.

Monday 6 June

20.00 Ukraine v France, Friendly, ESPN/ESPN HD
Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine get their eye in with a friendly against former European Championships winners France at Shakhtar Donetsk's Donbass Arena. Les Bleus have won six out of their last seven games, last losing at home to Belarus at the beginning of September.

Tuesday 7 June

19.00 Sweden v Finland, Euro 2012 Qualifying, ESPN/ESPN HD
Finland have lost three out of four games in a group dominated by the Netherlands, beating only San Marino. Sweden are a full nine points behind the Dutch with a couple of games in hand, and sit in the playoff spot ahead of Hungary on goal difference.

19.45 Italy v Republic of Ireland, Friendly, Sky Sports 1/HD1
No points on the line, no Baggio, no McGrath, no Houghton. Still, might be decent and this one's also on neutral territory: Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Belgium. Yep. Belgium.

23.00 Panama v Guadeloupe, CONCACAF Gold Cup, British Eurosport 2
These two share Group C with Canada and the United States, and meet on Tuesday at Ford Field in Detroit. Charlton Athletic's Therry Racon is the Football League's representative in a Guadeloupe squad plucked largely from France.

Thursday 9 June

20.00 Poland v France, Friendly, ESPN/ESPN HD
It's another friendly for France, who are doing their bit to test out the Euro 2012 host cities during this international interlude. On Thursday, Gdansk's PGE Arena Gdansk gets a run out.

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