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Another Huge European Night?

Um, no, not really. Liverpool know they have to beat Besiktas. And they will. The real test will come away to Marseille and home to Porto. The fact that Benitez is talking about the financial implications of going out not being a problem and Carragher is talking about it not being a disaster if they go out as well, means it’s hard to summon up any enthisiasm for the game. Which might trickle down into the performance, though Liverpool should have too much. Last time Peter Crouch faced Turkish opposition at Anfield he battered Galataasary. Tonight, spurred on by renewed calls for his inclusion, Crouch should be among the goals.
Chelsea face a tough trip to Shalke 04, made slightly easier by Shalke’s star man Kevin Kuranyi missing the tie through injury. Avram Grant’s start as Chelsea manager has been impressive, barring their easy defeat to Man Utd in the Israeli’s first game in charge.

Seven wins on the bounce, including a terrific win in Valencia, have put Chelsea back in everyone’s radar, and they should get a result tonight, with a draw being a decent result.
Celtic face Benfica in a tough game which is of vital importance to the Glasgow side. A trip to AC Milan beckons so the home games against Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk are of great significance. Strachan is hoping AC take the points tonight in the group’s other game, could be tricky though with AC in extremely patchy form, albeit better away than at home this season so far. Shakhtar know they have a great chance to qualify from the group by winning the game tonight and will be going all out for victory.
Elsewhere, Stephen Ireland has escaped punishment from the FA for dropping his shorts after scoring the winner against Sunderland on Monday night. Apparently he’s a ‘very troubled young man’. Funny, don’t remember the FA using that example with the likes of say, I dunno, Joey Barton?
Alex Ferguson has claimed Arsenal celebrated like they’d won the World Cup after Saturday’s 2-2 draw, thus giving Utd the psychological edge in the title race. Good one Alex. I’d say you’d have been furious with your team for scoring a last minute equaliser? Yeah? Poor guy’s showing his age too. World Cup? For countries not clubs deary….go on, have a wee snooze for yourself there’s a good lad…..
Andy Johnson has signed a new 5-year deal at Everton. Toffees fans will be thrilled. Maybe. His goal ratio seems to be slowing at an enormous rate since referees stopped giving him penalties. Still, the fact that Everton are getting their top players to commit to the club shows things are going in the right direction for the Merseyside club. Now if only they could get Tim Howard to stop swearing…..

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