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Arsenal vs Coventry (FA Cup) and Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga): Open Thread

arsenal bayern munich 600x450 Arsenal vs Coventry (FA Cup) and Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga): Open Thread

Arsenal and Bayern Munich play this afternoon, although not against each other. We’ll have to wait until February 19th for those two European powerhouses to meet.

Today, though, we have two important matches. Arsenal plays Coventry City in the FA Cup 4th Round, while roughly at the same time we have Borussia Monchengladbach against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

FA Cup matches have been played on Friday nights before, but not that frequently. But this is the first FA Cup match on a Friday night that I remember where there’s a top side involved.

Here’s today’s TV/Internet schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

• Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga), 2:30pm, GolTV

• Arsenal vs Coventry City (FA Cup), 2:45pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Arsenal: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Gnabry, Podolski, Bendtner

Subs: Viviano, Sagna, Monreal, Zelalem, Flamini, Cazorla, Giroud

Coventry City: Murphy (GK), Christie, Webster, Seaborne, Adams, Baker (C), Thomas, Fleck, Daniels, Moussa, L. Clarke.

Subs: Burge (GK), Willis, J. Clarke, Haynes, Phillips, Barton, Slager.

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Borussia Monchengladbach: ter Stegen – basket, Stranzl, Dominguez, Wendt – Kramer, Xhaka – Herrmann, Arango – Raphael, Kruse

Bayern Munich: Neuer – Dante, Thiago, Shaqiri, Rafinha, Boateng, Götze, Lahm (c), Müller, Alaba, Kroos

Subs: Robben, Pizarro, Weiser, Contento, Hojbjerg, Sallahi

Here’s what World Soccer Talk’s Matt Jones says about today’s Bundesliga match:

The Bundesliga resumes after a month long hiatus, and what a game we have to get things kick started again.

Monchengladbach probably represent the toughest test in the Bundesliga at the moment. Prior to the break they had won five games consecutively and will relish taking on the league leaders on their own patch.

But despite their stellar form heading into this one, Monchengladbach remain underdogs. Bayern are an imperious outfit under new boss Pep Guardiola and are romping to their second consecutive Bundesliga title. They lost a friendly to Red Bull Salzburg last weekend, but expect them to be totally refocused when the serious stuff gets going.

Nonetheless, you can get some strange results after the winter break. Monchengladbach will fancy their chances, and that should make for a thoroughly entertaining spectacle.

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.


About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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