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Diamond's Weekly Overview: 3 December 2012

This week sees some crucial games in Europe and a extremely busy schedule for some- Newcastle have two games in three days.. The politics in the SPL and recent announcement of the shortlist for BBC African Player of the Year, also gives you much to keep your eye on.

It's fair to say there is a lot happening this week on the footballing landscape- our domestic elite play their final group game in The Champions League! There's also much going on off the pitch aswell. Here we give you previews of the midweek games and a quick run down of the important news in the footballing world.

 

Match Previews

General News

 

Monday 3 December

Newcastle v Wigan- The injury-riddled Toon come into this game off four consecutive losses- their terrible form has been under much scrutiny recently. But their opponents for tonight are the most inconsistent team in the Premier League. This one could go either way.

Tuesday 4 December

Olympiakos v Arsenal- Wenger leads his men to Greece attempting to secure top spot of Group B, having already won a place in the next stage. Roy Carroll, formerly of Man United, is expected to keep goal for Olympiakos.

Borussia Dortmund v Man City- These teams find themselves at either end of Group D. It is unlikely that Manchester City will even qualify to play in the Europa League after December, whilst Dortmund have already qualified as top of The Group of Death.

Wednesday 5 December

Celtic v Spartak Moscow- In order to qualify for the last 16, Celtic must better Benfica's result. Their performance in Europe have been considerably better than their games at domestic level, this season. If Celtic win this match it will be their greatest Champions League Group Stage performance ever.

Chelsea v Nordsjaelland- The London side will be hoping for a small miracle- they must win and Juventus must lose, in order to have a chance of making the last 16. Nordsjaelland have the worst defence in the Champion's League this season, so will this bring Chelsea's first victory under Benitez?

Man United v CFR Cluj- Napoca- The Red Devils have already qualified leaders of Group H- their opponents are looking to finish second. It is expected that the much missed Nemanja Vidic will be making his long-awaited return.

Thursday 6 December (Europa League)

Tottenham v Panathinaikos

Udinese v Liverpool

Bordeaux v Newcastle

 

General News

Gareth Bale has suffered a hamstring injury during the weekend. The Welshman is expected to be out for up to two weeks.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has said he may not enter the transfer market in January.

Glasgow Rangers have called for unity from the SFL and SPL in talk over the reconstruction of the league. Talks will begin this week.

The Shortlist for BBC African Player of the Year has been announced, players include: Demba Ba, Younes Belhanda, Didier Drogba, Christopher Katongo and Yaya Toure. You can vote for your favourite online at the BBC website.

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