The first silverware of the English season will be handed out on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London as the Carling Cup is decided. Both teams are experiencing a trophy drought.
Many will have heard the oft repeated statistic of Arsenal not winning a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005. But if that’s a problem what about Birmingham City?
Formed in 1875 the Midland’s club only top flight honour came in 1963 when they lifted the English League Cup.
Birmingham have relegation worries but are currently enjoying their best form of the season with 5 wins and one draw in their last seven matches.
There is also West Ham at home to Liverpool and Fulham (and Mark Hughes) are at Eastlands to play Manchester City in the Premier League.
City really need to win to maintain any sort of pressure on Arsenal (above) and Spurs and Chelsea (below) – not a time to lose serve to use a tennis term.
In Italy the late game is Sampdoria at home to Inter while in La Liga Athletic Bilbao against Valencia has the makings of a good encounter.
Bayer Leverkusen needs to maintain the chase (although it looks futile) of Borussia Dortmund and are away to a Werder Bremen side that has now slumped to third bottom of the Bundesliga. How did that happen?
A win for Lille at home to Lyon will put them back to the top of Ligue 1 ahead of Rennes while three points for Lyon will only serve to tighten the championship even more.
An Ajax win at top of the table PSV could make the Eredivisie race very interesting. Full points for Ajax would pull them to within two of PSV while it would also give Twente (away to AZ Alkmaar) a chance to go clear at the top of the table.
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