Europa League: Unirea Urziceni vs Liverpool FC Preview

28/02/2010 § Leave a comment

Liverpool travel tonight to face off with a team which quite frankly I’ve heard of for the first time only this year.

The first problem is that this team, who call themselves Unirea Urziceni, have had above average results in the Champions League group stage, especially for a club I’ve never heard of before and had put up quite a good fight with a resilient Cantenaccio defence last time around.

The Unirieans have also showed their rather direct, menacing side by asking our coach, Rafa Benitez, why he is so fat.

The second problem is that i don’t quite know how to say Unirea Urziceni without making a joke or two about it!

The good news is that our star striker Fernando Torres will most probably make the bench and make at least a 5 minute appearance which will hopefully go injury-free. Wily Yossi Benayoun could also make a start while the manager continues to be coy over the fitness of Glen Johnson. But IMO if Johnson was indeed fit, Rafa would rather bask in the glory of it rather than be coy. Which means Jamie Carragher will most probably be playing in his least favorite Right-Back position. Kyrgriakos, I assume will start the match unless his suspension for trying to murder Fellaini covers UEFA games too. If it doesn’t he ought to start and give one of either Agger or Skrtel a bit of a break. But then again I can’t help but marvel at the spectacular job these two have done over the past few games and hope that they continue the good work.

Alberto Aquilani too seems to be fit for a change and is most certain to cheer Liverpool on from the bench. Babel too ought to be allowed to continue his efforts at inching closer and closer to the goal from 30 yards out. I also see no reason to not include Insua,  Mascherano and Lucas as they seem to be first on the team sheets for each game. N’Gog will most probably be the man drawing the short straw, playing the lone man upfront and trying to catch hold of the balls randomly tonked at him by our midfield.

So the starting line-up I guess look something like this: (4-2-3-1) Reina; Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Insua; Lucas, Mascherano; Kuyt, Gerrard, Babel; N’Gog.

Bench (Call me optimistic): Kyrgiakos, Johnson, Benayoun, Reira, Maxi/Aquilani.

Dunno much about Unirea though 😐

Prediction? 0-0, unless Torres produces something special or N’Gog gets a ball at his feet/head with an open goal.

So here’s to hoping we don’t concede!



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