MATCHDAY: Tottenham plays 8th-tier Marine in FA Cup inequality
A look at what’s happening around European soccer on Sunday: ENGLAND The part-time gamers from Marine attempt to produce the most significant shock in FA Cup history when the eighth-tier side hosts Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham at its tiny ground in northwest England. Marine is 161 places below the London club in the English footballing pyramid, the biggest gulf between teams meeting in the competitors. The only disappointment for Marine is that no fans are permitted into its stadium, or any sports in England, due to the pandemic. A couple of 4th division teams face Premier League sides with Morecambe at Chelsea and Crawley hosting Leeds. Manchester City handles Birmingham of the 2nd department.
SPAIN Valencia visits Valladolid looking for to end an eight-round winless run that has left it on the border of the relegation zone in the Spanish league. The last triumph for Javi Gracia’s team came two months ago when it stunned Real Madrid 4-1. Ever since it has actually lost 3 and drawn five in a slide down the standings. Valencia will lack suspended forward Gonçalo Guedes while Gabriel Paulista, Kevin Gameiro, and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen are hurt. Alavés striker Lucas Pérez is doubtful for his group’s match at Cádiz due to a nagging muscle injury. Eibar is at Levante with both groups requiring a win to increase the range from the bottom. Getafe’s match at Elche was delayed till Monday due to the heavy snowstorm in Spain that has made transit almost difficult in and around Madrid.
ITALY Second fulfills 3rd in Serie A as Inter Milan deals with a challenging trip to Roma. Inter is four points behind city competing Milan with both groups aiming to end Juventus’ nine-year grip on the title. Roma is 3 points further back and has lost just one of its previous 11 home matches versus Inter. Juventus is 5th, 10 points behind Milan, although it has actually played two matches less than the Rossoneri. Andrea Pirlo’s side hosts Sassuolo, which is just a point behind. Napoli might move into the leading four with a win at having a hard time Udinese. Returning Parma coach Roberto D’Aversa deals with Lazio in his first match back in charge, wanting to guide the side out of the transfer zone. Bottom club Crotone visits Hellas Verona and Fiorentina hosts fellow struggler Cagliari.
GERMANY Hertha Berlin has been unable to follow one win with another in the Bundesliga. Coach Bruno Labbadia is hoping that will alter at relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld. “It’s clear that we would actually like to win 2 video games in succession at some point,” stated Labbadia, whose side beat Schalke 3-0 last weekend. “To start with we’re delighted to have actually started the new year so well. But now we have a high-intensity game in front of us. Bielefeld is the group that runs one of the most in the league, the most extensive. That’s what we’re up against.” Augsburg hosts Stuttgart for a mid-table clash in the other game.
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