Armchair supporter: Our guide to football on TV this international week

Read on, as UK helps to guide you through the best of the live football action...


Republic of Ireland vs. Russia
Kick-off: 19.30
Sky Sports 2[HD]

Giovanni Trapattoni's side face Dick Advocaat's men in a game that could prove crucial to the eventual outcome atop Group B. Ireland currently have a full six points from their two opening games (that any fan would generously describe as 'very easy') but now face a real test.

Russia have the quality to sneak more than the odd goal, but with the crowd at the still fresh-smelling Aviva Stadium throwing their support behind the boys in green, it could prove to be an exhiliarating night of Euro 2012 qualification action.

Alternatively: England U21 vs. Romania U21 (19.30, ESPN), Czech Republic vs. Scotland (19.15, BBC1 Scotland)


France vs. Romania
Kick-off: 20.00

A rare fallow Saturday for football action, with Jeff Stelling and the boys from Soccer Saturday about the only ones valiantly pushing on as League One and Two action continues. But fortunately France are on hand to provide some entertainment, as they welcome Romania for an important Group D clash.

The two countries were drawn together in qualification for the 2010 World Cup, so should know each other's games well. And with Les Bleus having lost their opening home game at the hands of Belarus, the pressure will be on for Laurent Blanc and his revitalised side — that should contain a few names to watch out for in the future — to ensure they don't suffer another damaging early defeat

Alternatively: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Bournemouth (12.00, Sky Sports 1)


If you thought Saturday was bad, try Sunday's dearth of action. Ross County vs. Partick Thistle in the well-known Alba Cup on the equally well-known channel BBC ALBA is about the only game of even vague note on across the UK, and it kicks off at 15.00. Armchair fans are probably better off draining what excitement they can from Goals on Sunday (Sky Sports 1, 11.00) before finding something more worthwhile to do with their afternoon. Gardening, maybe?


Brazil vs. Ukraine
Kick-off: 19.15

It's not often that the Samba Boys play a friendly at Pride Park, so it would be a crying shame to miss the opportunity to see Robinho, Alexandre Pato, Luis Fabiano et al shoot in the very same goal Stephen Bywater spends every week trying to protect.

Ukraine aren't a bad side, but they aren't the draw here. Brazil have a good record on English turf — they seem to be getting a taste for the money-making potential of playing exhibition games over here — and there could be a fair few goals to get worked up about in this one.

Alternatively: Swindon Town vs. Bristol Rovers (19.30, Sky Sports 1[HD]), Scotland U21 vs. Iceland U21 (19.30, Sky Sports 4[HD])


England vs. Montenegro
Kick-off: 20.00

The game we've all been waiting for... or possibly not if the memory of South Africa is still too much to bear. Fabio Capello's road to redemption continues at Wembley as he looks for his side to take another three points from arguably the toughest opponents in the group (at least, now that Switzerland have been beaten at home).

The Montenegrins have some handy players, most notably Roma forward Mirko Vucinic, but the Three Lions will still be expected to win. And, of course, it would be a shame to miss out on the possible international debut of the human wrecking ball, aka Bolton Wanderers' Kevin Davies.

Alternatively: Scotland vs. Spain (19.30, Sky Sports 1 [HD]), Romania U21 vs. England U21 (12.30, ESPN), Switzerland vs. Wales (19.30, Sky Sports 2 [HD])

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