Friday, December 5, 2008

El Tri in Europe, Dec. 6-7 preview

La Liga

Omar Bravo (Deportivo La Coruña): Deportivo hosts Málaga on Sunday. Is this the week Bravo breaks through?

Andrés Guardado (Deportivo La Coruña): Guardado should play the entire match against Málaga.

Rafael Márquez (Barcelona): The Catalan club sits in first place and hosts third-place Valencia on Saturday.

Guillermo Luis Franco (Villarreal): Franco’s club hosts Getafe. The three points are crucial for the second-place side as both Real Madrid and Valencia could jump over the Spanish side if it stumbles. Franco has seen his playing time decrease since the beginning of the La Liga season.

English Premiership

Carlos Vela (Arsenal): The club is about to add another attacking option as Eduardo will be returning from injury. It will be interesting to see how that impacts Vela’s playing time. The club is home to Wigan Athletic.

Nery Castillo (Manchester City on loan from Shaktar Donetsk): City is at Fulham.

Giovani dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur): Injured (ankle). Spurs are at West Ham United.

German Bundesliga

Aarón Galindo (Eintracht Frankfurt): The club hosts VfL Bochum. Frankfurt sits in twelfth place in the table and Bochum is in sixteenth.

Pavel Pardo (VfB Stuttgart): After the vital victory to Schalke 04, Stuttgart will attempt to take at least one point when the club travels to Energie Cottbus.

Ricardo Osorio (VfB Stuttgart): Along with his El Tri teammate, Osorio should see significant playing time in the match at Energie Cottbus.

Dutch Eredivisie

Héctor Moreno (AZ): After last week’s victory over FC Groningen, SC Heracles Almelo travels to the DSB Stadion. AZ should take three points.

Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven): PSV is home to FC Groningen. The clubs are separated by a single point.

Francisco Javier Rodríguez (PSV Eindhoven): Sixth-place PSV hosts fifth-place FC Groningen on Saturday.

-- Sean Grybos


Anonymous said...

a bravo breakthrough? you musta been asleep when you wrote that. mls must be calling, cruz azul is probably on hold... spain is nothing but a dream. another great mexican forward bites the dust in europe... no surprise there

Anonymous said...

I don't think Salcido will play this weekend. He was openly critical towards the coaches and president of PSV...He feels unfairly singled out and benched. Too bad....Hopefully he stays in Europe and doesn't call it quits like alot of past Mexicans abroad.

BTW, do you know if Nery is back training with Man City?