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Midweek TV Preview: 21 - 24 November 2011



Monday 21 November

20.00 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa, Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1
A betting man might put plenty on the home side in this match. Villa haven't won at White Hart Lane in a decade and Harry Redknapp is unbeaten in his last 10 Premier League games against them. Villa are, however, on an unbeaten league run of two, however.

Tuesday 22 November

19.15 Stourbridge v Plymouth Argyle, FA Cup 1st Round Replay, ESPN/ESPN HD
A week of FA Cup 1st Round replays gets underway with what could be a feisty encounter at the War Memorial Athletic Ground. The first match ended 3-3 with both teams getting a goal each in the last 10 minutes and Plymouth ending the game with nine men. The winner of this game is at home to Stevenage in the next round.
17.00 CSKA Moscow v Lille, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Bottom-of-the-group Lille must win this and their next match to qualify from Group B. Sadly, in their 12 previous away games played at this level, they've only won one. That record looks likely to continue against a tricky Army side.
19.45 Napoli v Man City, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports 2/HD2
With City second in Group A and Napoli two points behind in third, Roberto Mancini knows that a win at Maine Road would take them through to the last 16. Sorry - isn't anyone calling it that anymore?
19.45 Man Utd v Benfica, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Both sides are level on points at the top of Group C and a win for either would secure a place in the next round. United have lost just once in their last 34 Champions League games at Old Trafford, so you wouldn't fancy the visitors' chances tonight.
19.45 Lyon v Ajax, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
Lyon's run of eight consecutive qualifications to the Champions League last 16 stage could be about to end. A draw (like the goalless one in the reverse fixture last September) would leave Remi Garde's men with an Everest-like goal difference to overcome in the last match, so victory is essential for L'OL.
19.45 Bayern Munich v Villarreal, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
Hold the front page! Bayern in defeat shocker! Impressive though Dortmund's win was on Friday, it won't put a dent in Jupp Heynckes' plans for this match. Villareal are effectively out of the running for a qualification spot in Group A while Bayern will go through with a draw.
19.45 Otelul Galati v FC Basel, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
Otelul Galati (pronounced 'GA-LATZ') are all but planning next year's assault on the Champions League. As for Basel (pronounced 'THROAT-WOBBLER-MANGROVE'), they'll be doing the same if they fail to win this match.
19.45 Real Madrid v Dinamo Zagreb, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
As dead as a rubber can be. Top-of-the-group Real face bottom-placed Dinamo knowing they're already through to the last 16 and that the Croatians are already out.
19.45 Trabzonspor v Inter, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
Inter lead the group by four points but are still haunted by the 1-0 defeat at home to the Turks on Matchday 1. A win here would see them win the group altogether, and with two successive wins under their belts might just have the self-confidence to do so.

Wednesday 23 November

17.00 Zenit St Petersburg v APOEL, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Both sides are looking to qualify for the Last 16 stage of the Champions League for the first time ever and either could do so, depending on whether Porto beat Shakhtar or not. Unbeaten APOEL lead Group G by a single point ahead of Zenit, but the Russians have won their last nine European games at home.
18.00 BATE Borisov v Viktoria Plzen, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
Both sides are battling it out for third place in Group H and a place in the Europa League at the start of 2012. The reverse fixture ended 1-1 in Prague back in September and in all likelihood, so could this one.
19.15 Bath City v Dagenham & Redbridge, FA Cup 1st Round Replay, ESPN/ESPN HD
The Daggers are in the sort of form that make the words 'giant' and 'killer' so synonymous with the FA Cup. That said, Bath aren't playing convincingly enough to pull the plug on their opponents' campaign either (sorry). Winners at home to Exeter or Walsall in Round 2.
19.45 Bayer Leverkusen v Chelsea, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, ITV1/ITV1 HD
A win for Leverkusen will mean a first group defeat for The Blues and a strong chance of ending the round-robin top of Group E. Robin Dutt's team had the perfect preparation by beating lowly Kaiserslautern 2-0 last Friday while Chelsea's misery continued with a 2-1 loss at home to Liverpool.
19.45 Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Two teams that started the season slowly but have certainly found their mojo again in recent weeks. Sadly for BVB, it may have come too late to avoid a drop into the Europa League this season (or worse still, drop out of European competition generally), but hope springs eternal in this very open group.
19.45 Milan v Barcelona, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports 4/HD4/3D
Both teams have Group H carved up between them and the only thing left to play for is top spot in the table. Barcelona currently lead Milan by two points.
19.45 Marseille v Olympiakos, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
Marseille's recovery in Ligue 1 was brought to a shuddering halt with a 1-0 defeat at the impressive Montpellier last weekend. Luckily for them, they've been saving their best football for the Champions League and a win over Olympiakos looks very likely.
19.45 Shakhtar Donetsk v FC Porto, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
Last season's breakthrough campaign for Shakhtar looks all but a distant memory as they sit bottom of Group G. Like Shakhtar, Porto have also started badly but a win for either side would put them within touching distance of APOEL and Zenit and, more than likely, secure a place in the Europa League post-Christmas.
19.45 Valencia v Genk, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
Much to play for on the part of Los Che. A win over the Belgians could be enough for Valencia to rise to second in Group E, as long as Bayer Leverkusen lose to Chelsea. Anything less than a win could be disastrous for Unai Emery and his band of merry men.

Thursday 24 November

13.00 Genoa v Bari, Coppa Italia, ESPN/ESPN HD
Both teams scored four in their previous Coppa Italia games in Section 7 but this should be a comfortable win for the Serie A side, especially with home advantage.
17.00 Fiorentina v Empoli, Coppa Italia, ESPN/ESPN HD
Fiorentina might be something of a disappointment in Serie A at the moment, but their opponents, Empoli, are already flirting with relegation from Serie B at this early stage of the season. Home win.
19.45 Kettering Town v Grimsby Town, Blue Square Premier League, Premier Sports
17th plays 16th. Both teams have forgotten what a win looks like, but fear not - Premier Sports hopes to capture the moment when the penny drops for one of them.
20.15 Cagliari v Siena, Coppa Italia, ESPN/ESPN HD
Otelul Galati (pronounced 'GA-LATZ') are all but planning next years assault on the Champions League. As for Basel (pronounced 'THROAT-WOBBLER-MANGROVE'), they'll be doing the same if they fail to win this match.
19.45 Real Madrid v Dinamo Zagreb, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
As dead as a rubber can be. Top-of-the-group Real face bottom-placed Dinamo knowing they're already through to the last 16 and that the Croatians are already out.
19.45 Trabzonspor v Inter, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Sky Sports Interactive
Inter lead the group by four points but are still haunted by the 1-0 defeat at home to the Turks on Matchday 1. A win here would see them win the group altogether, and with two successive wins under their belts might just have the self-confidence to do so.

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