Thursday, February 21, 2008

UEFA Cup Preview: Bayern Munich Hosts Aberdeen

All eyes are on Munich today where Bayern hosts Aberdeen in the second leg of their round-of-32 UEFA Cup tie.

Aberdeen nearly pulled off a massive upset, giving up a late goal at home for a 2-2 draw I the first leg. At home today, Bayern are huge favorites to win the cup making a slipup at home today a monumental flub. Bayern will also be without Frank Ribery.

I’ve written before about intriguing I find this year’s UEFA Cup because of the big names left in it; some are teetering on elimination.

Atletico Madrid and Villareal are in trouble today. The two Spanish sides lost 1-0 in the first leg to Bolton and Zenit St. Petersburg respectively. Madrid’s Luis Garcia promised fans to treat this match like a “final.”

Sporting and Benfica are in good shape to move on to the Sweet 16. Sporting beat Basel 2-0 at home last week and should be able to finish the Swiss side today. Benfica travels to Nuremburg with a 1-0 advantage in tow, while Sporting Braga’s exit is all but assured against Werder Bremen after blowing two penalties in a 3-0 loss.

After today, the UEFA Cup could be overflowing with German, Portuguese and English teams.

Today's Matches:
  • Hamburg SV v FC Zürich
  • Bayer Leverkusen v Galatasaray
  • Spartak Moscow v Marseille
  • Panathinaikos v Rangers
  • Bayern Munich v Aberdeen
  • Getafe v AEK Athens
  • Atlético Madrid v Bolton
  • Villarreal v Zenit St Petersburg
  • Bordeaux v Anderlecht
  • Helsingborg v PSV Eindhoven
  • Tottenham v Slavia Prague
  • Fiorentina v Rosenborg
  • FC Basle v Sporting Lisbon
  • Everton v SK Brann
  • Nurnberg v Benfica
  • Braga v Werder Bremen

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