Tottenham To Face AC Milan Without Key Players

Tottenham face AC Milan in the Champions League tonight without several key players including Influential Welshman Gareth Bale, who has been one of the stars of the Champions League so far this season.

Alos missing will be long-term absentees Tom Huddlestone, Ledley King and Younes Kaboul, and Peter Crouch &  Luka Modric are both doubtful.  Jermaine Jenas will also miss the match due to suspension.

Some good news is that Rafael van der Vaart will probably be fit and on the other side AC Milan will not be able to field January signings Antonio Cassano, Mark van Bommel and Urby Emanuelson.  Milan will be missing midfield duo Andrea Pirlo and Massimo Ambrosini.

So no side will really benefit from the others misfortune injury wise and there is sufficient talent available to make this a game to watch. This is a difficult game for Spurs and they will be very pleased to leave the San Siro with a narrow one goal defeat. A repeat of the 4-3 scorline against Inter on their last visit to Italy would set up a great night at White Hart Lane on the 9th March.

The nights other tie is between Valencia & Schalke 04 and given the German side are struggling at present its hard to see them getting anything from their trip to Spain.

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Champions League resumes with tasty last-16 games

LONDON (AP)—The Champions League resumes this week at the last-16 stage, with Arsenal and Barcelona ready to put on a show for the football purists and AC Milan in impressive shape ahead of the visit of injury-hit Tottenham.

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium will play host to arguably the two most easy-on-the-eye teams in European football, in a rematch of last season’s quarterfinal that Barcelona won 6-3 on aggregate.

The Spanish giants, who have won the competition three times, are among the favorites to land the trophy again and will look to Lionel Messi, the team’s leading scorer domestically and in Europe, to spark their potent attack on Wednesday.

“We play certainly the best team in the world next so it is important to go in strong psychologically,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said after a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton on Saturday that kept his team second in the Premier League behind Manchester United.

Tottenham is set to be without star winger Gareth Bale and playmaker Rafael van der Vaart on Tuesday when it returns to the San Siro, where the London side has already visited in this season’s competition.

On that occasion, Spurs lost 4-3 to Inter Milan in a group match despite a stunning second-half hat trick by Bale, who has been sidelined recently with a back injury.

Milan, a seven-time European champion, consolidated its lead in the Italian league with a 4-0 thrashing of Parma at the weekend and is unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions.

“We will need courage, concentration and quality to get through,” veteran Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf said. “This result (against Parma) means we are well prepared.”

Valencia hosts Schalke and Shakhtar Donetsk visits Roma in this week’s other first legs, with the other four two-legged series starting next week.

Arsenal was taught a lesson by Barca last season. Lucky to escape with a 2-2 draw from a thrilling first leg at home, the Gunners were smashed 4-1 in the return match—with Messi scoring all four goals in a sensational individual performance.

The Argentina playmaker has already scored six times in this season’s competition, as well as 24 goals in the Spanish league.

“When you play a team like Barcelona, you need all 11 to be at their best,” said Wenger, whose side lost 2-1 to the Catalans in the 2006 Champions League final.

“For us it is important we play with belief. We are not favorites in this game but I think we can do it.”

Barcelona comes into the game off a 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijon, a result that ended the team’s record of consecutive league wins at 16.

The champions had previously outscored their opponents 60-6 through the historic run. They had also won all their away games this season.

“Now we can see the merit of 16 consecutive wins,” coach Pep Guardiola said. “Now we have to recover so we can play well in London.”

Guardiola should have all his regular starters available after resting Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets and France left back Eric Abidal on Saturday. The only question mark is whether captain Carles Puyol recovers from a knee injury in time.

Milan is set to be without injured midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng, Massimo Ambrosini and Andrea Pirlo against Spurs, so Brazil center back Thiago Silva may play out of position further upfield.

“Playing Thiago Silva in central midfield on Tuesday is a real possibility,” Milan coach Massimo Allegri said.

Spurs have injury problems on their own, with central midfielders Luka Modric and Tom Huddlestone expected to miss out. The probable loss of Bale and Van der Vaart (calf) would hit the side the hardest, however.

Despite the caliber of the opposition, manager Harry Redknapp has faith in his team, which topped its group ahead of Inter on its debut in the competition and is fourth in the Premier League after three victories.

“Milan are a dangerous side. They have got some real quality players. The front three—Robinho, (Alexandre) Pato, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic—have all got goals in them. They are top-class players,” Redknapp said.

“It will be a big test, but I think we have got a big chance.”

Two-time runner-up Valencia, which is in the Champions League positions in the Spanish league after seven wins in its last eight matches, may be without injured forward Juanma Mata for the first leg against Schalke.

Former Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez makes his first return to Spain after his move to Schalke last summer. Raul scored 12 goals against Valencia at the Mestalla stadium when he was with Madrid.

Defenders Philippe Mexes and Nicolas Burdisso are likely to return to Roma’s starting lineup against Ukrainian champion Shakhtar after missing a 2-0 defeat by Napoli on Saturday through suspension.

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Whitley Bay March On In FA Vase With Big Win

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Whitley Bay who have won the last 2 FA Vase Finals took a massive step towards a historic treble as they marched into the quarter finals with a comfortable 5-1 win over Dunstable Town. They were trailing 1-0 to Dubstable at half time and it took until the 57th minute for the holders to level the scores. Thereafter further goals from Chow & Robinson soon had the game back under Whitley’s control and a late capitulation which saw Kerr add to his opener and Kerr grab his second both in injury made the score more emphatic.

Whitley Bay are now favourites to lift the trophy closely followed in the betting by Kings Lynn who had a big win over local rivals St Neots Town, and Poole Town who pulled off the result of the round in beating Spennymoor Town 3-2.  

Coalville Town finally won through with 2 goals in extra time in their 3-1 win over Holbrook Sports.

The FA Vase Quarter Finalists are:

Whitley Bay

Kings Lynn

Poole Town

Torpoint Athletic

Rye United

Dunston UTS


Coalville Town

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Kings Lynn Beat Local Rivals St Neots Town in FA Vase Fifth Round

Kings Lynn pulled off an impressive 2-1 win over St Neots Town to advance to the quarter finals of the 2011 FA Vase competition.  

The game was exciting and close as would be expected given this was a local East Anglian match up and the fact they are 1st and second in the United Counties Premier League. The leaders St Neots had just the better of the early possession and Stefan Moore missed a great chance when clean through and only some quick thinking by Kings Lynn goalkeeper Alex Street kept the score blank.

St Neots had the best of the second half, however after the break Kings Lynn started to get into the game and it was no surprise when Jack Defty bundled the ball home to make the score 1-0. The visitors had looked the better side rallied though and they leveled soon afterwards from the penalty spot. The game was decided by a goalkeeping error which Robbie Harris pounced upon to make the scores 2-1 ensuring it was Kings Lynn who were the pride of East Anglia on the day and they will collect the £1,300 chq from the ‘s prize fund.

The attendance was 1,641; Kings Lynn highest for many years.

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Carlisle United Hold On For Wembley Trip

Carlisle made hard work of reaching Wembley yet again in the JPT losing their second leg at Huddersfield Town 3-0, but held on for a 4-3 aggregate win.

Huddersfield took the lead after 30 minutes, but despite having the better of the play they couldn’t add a second until the 70th minute when Alan Lee scored the first of his double. His second in the 81st minute led to a nervous finale but overall Carlisle who did have a few chances of their own just about deserved their overall win.

Now Carlisle, who reached last year’s final only to lose heavily to Southampton, will now meet Brentford who overcame Exeter in the Sourhern Area Final.

The final will be played at at Wembley on Sunday, 3 April 2011.

Official attendance 6,528

FA Trophy 3rd Round

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Weather allowing all 8 FA Trophy fixtures are scheduled for this Saturday and hopefully the clubs will get a good turnout. Many of the bigger Conference Premier sides have already gone out so this year could see a non Conference Premier side reach the final if the draw goes well for them.  One side with a good FA Trophy tradition  Woking FC will be hoping they can add to their successes of 1994, 1995, & 1997 and to encourage a good crowd they have reduced the ticket prices. They play Salisbury and will be quietly confident of progressing to the quarter finals and picking up the £7,000 prize poney obn offer to the winners of this tie.

The Remaining Conference sides  Luton, Mansfield, Darlington, Gateshead & Eastbourne have all avoided each other and although all have good chances of getting through we will not be surprised to see a couple fall at this hurdle.

In a week when the top clubs finally lost leave of their senses with astronomical transfer fees and equally big wage settlements its good to remember that football is not all about the top few teams and for the true fans of the game its important to remember a pyramid is only as strong as its foundations. If you get the chance pop down to one of the games and help the have nots flourish.

The ties are:

Eastbourne Borough v Guiseley
Mansfield Town v Alfreton Town
Blyth Spartans v Droylsden
Luton Town v Gloucester City
AFC Telford United v Darlington
Woking v Salisbury City
Eastleigh v Chasetown
Gateshead v Dartford

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FA Vase 5th Round Draw Now Complete

The final two results from the 4th round of the FA Vase are now in and it is St Neots Town and Holbrook Sports who have kept their Wembley dreams alive.

Well fancied St Neots Town had a fairly comfortable 3-1 win away at Gresley despite going a goal down just after half time, while Holbrook Sports hit a 92nd minute winner in a 2-1 win over Lancing. Both have tricky away ties in the 5th round.

The games are all scheduled for Saturday 12/02/11

Saturdays Results

Gresley 1 – 3 St Neots Town

Holbrook Sports 2 – 1 Lancing

Revised  FA Vase 5th Round Draw

Whitley Bay v Dunstable Town

Coalville Town v Holbrook Sports

Torpoint Athletic v Billingham Synthonia

Poole Town v Spennymoor Town

Leverstock Green v Rye United

Leiston v Long Buckby

Kings Lynn Town v St Neots Town

Stansted v Dunston UTS

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