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InterCity League: tonight the quarters of final

Posted on 28 April 2010

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Intercity League tonight enters the quarters of final; the best eight teams from the round robins will face in knock-out matches of twenty four deals (in brackets are the captains’ nicknames on BBO):



Jagodina (Mangskoki) – Ascoli Piceno (Turbin)

Wales United (Coch Draig) – Haskovo (Jantien)

Dubrovnik (Khazaddoom) – Konavle (TMY)

Zagreb (Cehtunger) – Galway (Ciaran)


The matches will start at 20:45. For kibitzing, the suggestion is to add as friends the names of the captains: joining their tables it will be easy, then, to jump from a match to another and to have a complete picture of their proceeding.


There are four past winners: Ascoli Piceno (Italy, twice), Haskovo (Bulgaria), Galway (Ireland), Zagreb (Croatia). My forecast is:


Ascoli Piceno over Jagodina (Serbia). The Italians look stronger, however they have lost the two final matches of the round robin, slipping to the second place behind the Wales; maybe they have a bad momentum. The Serbians are a good team: their victory wouldn’t be surprising.


Wales United over Haskovo. This is the big match of the day. The Bulgarians hold the title, but in the round robin they have staggered, placing only third. The Welsh have never won Intercity League, but they are always between the strong teams. I think that this time they will win the title or they will lose only against the winners.


Dubrovnik over Konavle. These teams are both Croatian and it’s difficult to say which is the strongest one. Dubrovnik’s pace, until now, has been more regular; Konavle has suffered more for qualifying.


Galway over Zagreb. This is another match next to the tie. Galway has won his group while Zagreb came just third in his one, but needs say that Zagreb’s group was more hard, being there the Wales and Ascoli.





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