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Drunk’s Champions League Picks: Day Two


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Who knew APOEL was good?

Who knew APOEL was good?

So what? I stand by yesterday’s picks. I went a respectable 4-4. It’s not like you lost money (not that we support gambling—Ed.) So I’m back today to give you a remarkable EIGHT winners.

Liverpool v Debreceni VSC: Newly wealthy Liverpool hosts the Hungarian champions. I’d be lying if I said that I knew anything about Debreceni VSC (like you do). I do know the last time they played in England—against Manchester United—they lost 3-0. Sounds about right to me. The Stevie Gs 3 – Galloping Goulashes 0.

Lyon v Fiorentina: This should be a battle. Lyon is in the Champions League for the tenth season in a row. Fiorentina has only lost once in eight road matches in European competition, but leading goal scorer Adrian Mutu is doubtful. Lyonnais 0 – Purple Rain 0.

Dynamo Kiev v FC Rubin Kazan: Kazan, the Russian champions, take on the team that’s home to the ghost of Andriy Shevchenko. Kiev has never lost at home to a Russian team in the Champions League. That’s good enough for me. And bonus bet—the ghost gets one. Shevchenkos 3 – Rubin (hold the mustard) 2.

Stuttgart v Rangers: These two aren’t strangers, they’ve faced each other in the Champions League in 03/04 and 07/08. Rangers have some injuries, but you know they’ll play hard. I just think Stuttgart has a little too much class in the form of Mario Gomez. Das Porches 1 – Haggis Eaters 0.

Sevilla v Unirea Urziceni: It’s too bad that the Romanian club, from a town of 17,000, is in the same group as Sevilla, Stuttgart and Rangers. Obviously it would be easy to say Unirea are guaranteed to finish bottom of the group, but APOEL showed us yesterday what a scrappy team can do to a Spanish giant. I don’t think it will happen two days in a row. Serrano Hams 3 – Rocking Romanians 0.

Olympiacos v AZ Alkmaar: Just days after parting company with coach Temuri Ketsbaia, Olympiacos take on the Dutch champions. Historically teams from Holland have trouble scoring against the Greek giants—netting only once in eight games. Opas! 1 – Koeman’s Heroes 0.

Standard de Liege v Arsenal: Spineless UEFA decided to rescind Eduardo’s diving suspension, so he’s available. That’s good news for Arsenal who have a slew of injuries, including keeper Manuel Almunia, which means untested Vito Mannone will be between the sticks. They should still handle the Belgian champs. Moules et frites 1 – Wenger’s Baby Boys 4.

Inter Milan v Barcelona: The match of the day brings Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to his old stomping ground and pits Samuel Eto’o against his former club. Throw in a dash of Jose Mourinho and you’ve got drama. Mourinho’s Men 1 – Pep’s Powerhouse 2.

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