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Midweek TV Preview: 9 - 12 January 2012



Monday 9 January

19.45 Arsenal v Leeds United, FA Cup Third Round, ESPN/ESPN HD
Victory over Burnley ended a three-game winless streak for Leeds, whose visit to the Emirates will be dominated by the hubbub surrounding returning Arsenal icon Thierry Henry. The Frenchman signed his loan deal in time to be available for tonight's game and will be considered for inclusion by Arsene Wenger.

19.45 Cliftonville v Dungannon Swifts, Irish League, Sky Sports 1/HD1
Rodney McAree's Swifts head to Cliftonville as underdogs, with the Reds in third place and the visitors in ninth. But they haven't lost in three matches and currently sit at the top of a four-team pack at the bottom of the table. Cliftonville have scored more goals than any other team in the division this season.

Tuesday 10 January

20.00 Crystal Palace v Cardiff City, Carling Cup Semi-Final First Leg, Sky Sports 1/HD1/3D
The Carling Cup final on 25th February will involve a Championship side, and these two reached the last four by beating Premier League opponents. Cardiff saw off a poor Blackburn Rovers side, but it was Palace who stole the headlines by defeating Manchester United at Old Trafford.

21.00 Malaga v Real Madrid, Copa del Rey Fifth Round Second Leg, Sky Sports 2/HD2
A stirring first leg comeback put Real in the driving seat as they travel to Malaga looking for a place in the quarter-finals. After going 2-0 down inside half an hour at the Bernabeu, goals from Sami Khedira, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema gave Jose Mourinho's men the advantage.

Wednesday 11 January

19.45 Manchester City v Liverpool, Carling Cup Semi-Final First Leg, BBC1/BBC1 HD
The big games are coming thick and fast for Manchester City, who follow up Sunday's FA Cup derby game against rivals United with a League Cup semi-final tie against Liverpool. The Reds are subject to more controversy after their FA Cup win over Oldham Athletic which, like any result on Wednesday will be, was achieved without suspended striker Luis Suarez.

21.00 Sevilla v Valencia, Copa del Rey Fifth Round Second Leg, Sky Sports 1/HD1
This tie is as finely balanced as one could hope. A 1-0 win at home in the first leg gave Valencia a slight advantage ahead of the second, but they face a tricky visit to Sevilla with no margin for error. Alcorcon or Levante await the winners.

Thursday 12 January

21.00 Osasuna v Barcelona, Copa del Rey Fifth Round Second Leg, Sky Sports 1/HD1
Barca are home and dry thanks to a 4-0 victory at the Nou Camp in the first leg, the goals coming from a brace each by Cesc Fabregas and Leo Messi. The reward for Pep Guardiola's side is a last eight clash with either Malaga or Real Madrid.

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