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The first stage of the playoffs the UEFA Cup is already the first stage of the playoffs the UEFA Cup will give the fans some very interesting confrontation. It is clear that we are primarily interested in the fights of the Polish "Lech" and the Italian Udinese. After is the winner of this pair will face off either "Zenith" or "Stuttgart." Identify favorite here is not easy. The team from Poznan strongly held the ending of last year: having won four victories in a row, has become winner of the first round of national-class (the so-called supreme polish division), and then winning in Rotterdam with Feyenoord, snatched the ticket to the playoffs in Spanish Sevilla. However, "Lech resumes National Championship only on March 1, and the main question: whether the lack of match practice problem for the Poles? Udinese back in October is called an open season. "Zebra" after nine rounds were in the lead in Serie A! But then wards Pasquale Marino seemed frightened own courage: to follow a series of five defeats in a row.

Until now, the team never managed to finally get out of crisis, and now in the league it can expect no easy struggle for survival. In the red corner of the ring is ambitious, but far from optimal form of the leader of the Polish championship in blue – have lost confidence and therefore more prone to the classic Italian "kattenacho" middle peasant Series AA what CSKA? Moscow army team, which in January led by the legendary Brazilian Zico, to test for matches with one of the leaders of the English Premier League. Aston Villa very spends the winter of the season and now looks in this pair of favorite. Tough test awaits and Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham seem to be solved its internal problems, so that the "miners" have pretty smash his head, as cope with the raging midfield "spurs." It would be interesting to see in 1 / 8 final argument between two teams from the former Soviet Union, but the British "derby" at this stage seems much more probable. It's funny that even in three to fours the next round of possible domestic showdown. This will happen if the Ukrainian "Dynamo" and "Metalist" overpower "Valencia" and "Sampdoria", the Dutch Twente and Ajax replay Marseille and Fiorentina, and the Danish "Copenhagen" and "Aalborg" send a rest to Manchester City and Deportivo.

The probability of such events let everyone evaluate for themselves sam.Nemnogo of the other meetings the most spectacular fight and knock teams of current championships France and Turkey – Bordeaux and Galatasaray – by definition can not be boring. Chances of ultimate success in zhirondintsev seem to increase, but at "Lions" is a strong incentive to "die" for the victory – the UEFA Cup final will be held in Istanbul. In addition, we would like to draw attention to the meeting seriously revived PSG with a very uncompromising, "Wolfsburg". Painfully interesting coaching duel to: Paul Le Guen against Felix Magath. Undoubtedly, the most interesting after matches "Zenith" is the fight of the German "Bremen" and the Italian "Milan". In the recent past, a metaphor, "will join the ice and fire" had a right to exist, but Werder, the most effective club Bundesliga several previous years this season experiencing serious difficulties in attack. In turn "Rossoneri" demonstrate lately extremely pleasant eye game. Observe Brazilian duel: eternally budding Diego against the venerable Ronaldinho and Kaka.