Midweek TV Preview: 19 - 21 March 2012



Monday 19 March

15.30 Spartak Moscow v CSKA Moscow, Russian Premier Liga, ESPN/ESPN HD
It's an unbeaten (if slightly unconvincing) start to the Championship Group for Spartak. CSKA are currently second in the table but are still awaiting their first win since the start of November.
19.45 Roma v Genoa, Serie A, ESPN/ESPN HD
The Giallorossi need to get a move on if they're to secure Champions League football next season. They're seven points behind Lazio (currently third) and will be aware this is a great chance to reduce that to four if they can stay focused against Genoa.

Tuesday 20 March

19.45 West Ham v Middlesbrough, Championship, Sky Sports 2/HD2
The Hammers are suddenly finding points hard to come by, to say nothing of convincing performances. Middlesbrough would like to think this will give them a chance to earn a few points themselves, but they too have lacked potency in their last two games, both lost.
19.45 Juventus v Milan, Coppa Italia Semi Final 2nd Leg, ESPN/ESPN HD
The top two in Serie A already look likely to be playing Champions League football next season, but the Old Lady knows that a win tonight will leave them only one point behind their opponents. A win for Milan, however, will give them a seven point lead with only nine games left to play.
20.00 Barcelona v Granada (starts via Red Button), La Liga, Sky Sports 4/HD4
Barcelona defender Daniel Alves has said his side will only give up once they cannot mathematically win the title. That should free up their plans for April and May.

Wednesday 21 March

10.00 Kashiwa Reysol v Jeonbuk Motors, AFC Champions League Group Stage, British Eurosport 2
Hardly the best of starts for Reysol. One point from their first six in the new J League campaign and a defeat in their Asian Champions League opener against Buriram United of Thailand leaves the current Japanese champions with much ground to make up already.
17.30 De Graafschap v FC Twente, Eredivisie, ESPN/ESPN HD
Two defeats on the bounce for Schteve, but he doesn't seem unduly worried. Nor would you be if bottom-placed De Graafschaap were your next opponents.
19.45 Man City v Chelsea, Premier League, Sky Sports 1/HD1/3D
The first of our 10 matches to decide the Premier League. Chelsea's new found self-belief, coupled with the deadly shooting skills of Fernando 'One-in-a-row' Torres, surely make them favourites to win this one.
19.45 St Mirren v Hearts, Scottish Cup Quarter Final Replay, Sky Sports 2/HD2
Just one win in the last 10 for St Mirren. If they can't win this one, they'll certainly not beat their waiting semi-final opponents Celtic. What's that? Kilmarnock, you say...?
19.45 Napoli v Siena, Coppa Italia Semi Final 2nd Leg, ESPN/ESPN HD
Siena scored a 2-1 first leg lead during February at a time when Napoli could be said to have had the Champions League on their mind. The Neapolitans' shock exit to Chelsea last week might now persuade them to see this tie in a completely different light.
21.00 Villarreal v Real Madrid, La Liga, Sky Sports 3/HD3
A fixture Villareal have won only twice since the turn of the Millennium. Away win, seeing as you asked.

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