Saturday, December 20, 2008

OTWT: UEFA Cup predictions

During its history the UEFA Cup has been the red haired step child to the Champions League, but this year in its final year as the UEFA Cup, it has some interesting match-ups in the the Round of 32. There are a couple of former European Cup winners and even some up and coming clubs.

Here is how I see the round going:
  • Paris St Germain v Wolfsburg: PSG, the only top flight club in Paris has shown a rebirth this year after a couple of years battling relegation.
  • FC Copenhagen v Manchester City: Manchester City, the only question is what will the roster look like after the January transfer window.
  • NEC Nijmegen v Hamburg: Hamburg.
  • Sampdoria v Metalist Kharkiv: Sampdoria
  • Braga v Standard Liège: Standard Liege, could be a team that makes a run deep into the knock of rounds.
  • Aston Villa v CSKA Moscow:Villa, this might be one of the hardest ties to call. I would not be shocked if the former UEFA Cup champions beat the rising English team.
  • Lech Poznan v Udinese: Udinese
  • Olympiakos v St Etienne: Olympiakos
  • Fiorentina v Ajax: Fiorentia
  • Aalborg v Deportivo de La Coruña: Aalborg
  • Werder Bremen v Milan: Milan, maybe Golden Balls will make an appearance in the knock out stages.
  • Bordeaux v Galatasaray: Galatasaray
  • Dynamo Kiev v Valencia: Valencia
  • Zenit St Petersburg v Stuttgart: Stuttgart. Zenit look like a team that could care less to be there.
  • Marseille v FC Twente: Marseille.
  • Shakhtar Donetsk v Tottenham: Donetsk. I think that Harry will be more concerned with the Premier League rather then the UEFA Cup.

The match ups are really not that bad, some are really interesting.

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