On Monday’s, what with world soccer scheds being lighter, Noob introduces you to teams about to be Relegated.
Feel their pain. Mondays are for pain.
Queretaro vs. Tigres UANL – Liga MX Femenil
Noob’s beginning to think Queretaro only gets to play teams at the top of the table. we see them so much. They’re 5th in Group 2 (of 2), taking on the #1 side today. Neither side plays a ton of D.
Difference is, Tigres score like no one else. Queretaro score…well, some. Not enough. They’ll get embarrassed by three today.
RESULT: Tigres 1-2
B. Southampton vs. Brighton & Hove Albion – English Premier League
The lone EPL match today features two sides that aren’t quite in Relegation position, but they aren’t far above it, and they were even closer to danger last year.
No matter how hard they pack it in on defense all season, neither will score enough to make midtable. (3:00 PM EST, NBCSN)
RESULT: 2-2 B&HA with comes back from 0-2, getting equalizer at 90’+1
Number B refuses to be merely “bad”.
Persepolis vs. Al-Duhail – AFC Champions League
Match two of this Semifinal! This is a really even matchup for the Iranians. Unfortunately, they trail 0-1 after the first match in Qatar.
RESULT: Persepolis 3-1 On to the Final!
RoPS vs. KuPS – Finland Veikkausliga
There may be just enough season left for #B RoPS to think they can still make a run at the title. They’re down seven points to HJK, the class of the league. KuPS are tied for 3rd, part of a tight pack of teams that score a ton, but give up toooooo many goals to be a threat to the top.
Laplandic Finland (where RoPS are) gets about 10x as many Northern Lights sightings as down south.
And now – the Matches of Suckitude!
Honka vs. PS Kemi – Finland Veikkausliga
More Finnish footyball? You’ve got it, Noobites! To the other end of the table we go.
Well, to see PS Kemi, anyway. Honka the ones tied for 3rd with KuPS. PS Kemi are in last place. The bottom two will get Relegated. They’re four points from daylight, so not without hope hypotherically.
Realistically? They’re going to get doubled up on today. Honka are that much better on both sides of the ball.
Fun Fact: Each year, Kemi is once again home to the world’s largest snow castle.
RESULT: Honka 2-1 Spanish international Borja Martin with both his team’s goals
Hacken vs. Trellesborg – Sweden Allsvenskanliga
Hacken are a real mystery to Noob. They have a great goal differential on the season, yet sit midtable. Perhaps that means if last place Trellesborg can keep things close, a Monday Miracle is possible!
Naaaaaah. They stink to high heaven.
RESULT: Hacken 2-1
Chapocoense vs. Internacional – Brazil Serie A
Four of the 20 clubs in this league will get The Boot at season’s end. Chapo are tied for 17th. They’re just two points from getting out of danger, but time is running out. And league #B Internacional won’t be caught napping today, or any day. They’re just a point out of 1st.
Fun Fact: One of their nicknames is “The Chape Terror”. Hmm. Maybe they could terrorize second division next season.
RESULT: Chape 2-1 We had to wait until the last Match of Suckitude of the day, but we got our Relegation Monday miracle!
Misr El-Maqasa vs. El Hodood – Egypt Premier
El Hodood are very bad. Noob find their name funny. Largely because I’m so damn overmedicated for my neck and lower back both being waaaay out of alignment.
RESULT: MEM 3-1
That image sure is. Thanks for the nightmare-fodder. Damn.
Ural vs. Rostov – Russia Premier
How overmedicated? Well, I was awoken yesterday by a coworker’s phone call. I was so out of it, the dream I was having seemed more real for quite some time afterwards than the short conversation we’d had.
I’d been dreaming about opening a cheese sandwich shop in a mall in Des Moines, Iowa. I was working out the particulars of whether or not to carry fresh mayonnaise to spread on the bread or go with prepackaged packets.
I wish I was making that up. Nope.
Oh yes, Ural are ghastly and will lose by at least two.
Fun Fact: Ural are the Bumblebees. No punchline here, just the first club Noob’s found with that nickname.
ES Setif vs. DRB Tadjenanet – Algeria Ligue 1
This league is just a few matches in, but that doesn’t stop Noob from sniffing out crappy soccer, oh no. Today’s visitors are tied with a couple other clubs for third-to-last, a Relegation slot. MC Oran will climb away from the awfulness soon enough, so DRBT might be on our craptastic-radar for a while. They’re especially lazy on defense.
Since #3 ES Setif are also competing in the late stages of the CAF Champions League, perhaps they will not be prepared today, but that’s likely the only chance their guests today will have.
So long from Tadjenanet!
Yikes! If this is their athletics scene, how crazy-violent are their football supporters?