This is the 34th meeting between the clubs, with United holding a 16-13-8 advantage. Born in Tuilla, Spain, David Villa is one of the top forwards in soccer for 2009. He may make his debut for Liverpool in the weekend game against Stoke.
I normally don’t write about Spain’s La Liga. I don’t really care for the league. I’m not really sure why, it’s just not my cup of tea. It just doesn’t feel right to me. It’s even more top-heavy than the Premier League (Barcelona and Real Madrid have accounted for 59 of the 79 possible La Liga titles, and it’s sure to be 60-of-80 after this season). I think La Liga and the Italian Serie A are a breeding ground for diving, even if the play is entertaining and a bit more tactical and cerebral than England’s break-neck pace (which is both good and bad).
The weekend’s other big game sees third placed Villarreal take on the side in eighth, Sevilla, at the Camp El Madrigal stadium. Villarreal have a home record almost as impressive as Real Madrid as they have played ten matches at home in all competitions this season, winning nine and drawing one. Sevilla have lost both of their last two matches and they have lost two of their last three away games, conceding ten goals in those three matches. However, we are not expecting many goals to be scored in this game as both sides are tight defensively in general.
No one in Germany or England can handle them over two legs. Bayern Munich certainly can’t on current form, nor can Chelsea. Manchester United have yet to lose this season, but no one’s really sure how that’s happened. They must be among the luckiest, most un-inspiring unbeaten teams in any sport in the world. We saw how Arsenal fared a year ago.
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He received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. 2011 had been a pleasant year for Messi, earning him several recognitions. He won the 2010-11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. Messi, who has drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona because of his artful playing style and his short height, was also named one of Time magazine’s people of 2011.
Now it’s time to compare the two players and pinpoint a winner, in my respectful opinion. First it’s clear that both players are terrific assets to any team, and both share a lot of qualities. For one they can both outplay several opponents and make a difference when the opposition is tight.
JUNE 10: United are 2-0-1 on yesterday’s date, scoring home wins over the Red Bulls and the Miami Fusion, while playing to a draw against visiting Kansas City.
The next game we’re looking at is the Osasuna v Barcelona game at the Estadio Reyno de Navarra where Barca will be looking to extend their winning run to seven games. Their last three games have seen them keep three clean sheets and score an amazing 16 goals with Real Madrid and Almeria falling in the league and Panathinaikos losing in the Champions League. Osasuna have lost three of their last four games, but all of those losses have come on the road. At home Osasuna are unbeaten this season with four wins and three draws to their name, but they have not faced a side as good or as in form as Barcelona this season and we see Barcelona winning this one easily and scoring a few goals. Online sportsbook have the line at 1.09.