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London comes together in the Npower Championship – Crystal Palace v West Ham United

Published on 28/09/2011 22:19

It's South London v East London on Saturday at Selhurst Park. If Palace considered their trip to Brighton on Tuesday night as a Derby then this one certainly qualifies. Palace manager Dougie Freedman knows a thing or two about a fierce derby and he will have his team prepared for the expected onslaught from Sam Allardyce's Hammers looking to bouce straight back from a midweek loss. Palace will still be bouncing from becoming only the second side after Liverpool and the …

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Jewell has settled the Boat at Ipswich Town, Bring on Brighton & Hove Albion

Published on 28/09/2011 21:29

Paul Jewell has been there, seen it, done it, and worn out a few of the T-shirts when it comes to football management Whilst many would have been losing their heads over the run that saw his Ipswich Town side lose three consecutive games and concede no fewer than 13 goals in the process, 7 to Peterborough and a further 5 to Southampton. Jewell has remained calm however and without making many changes has got his side into form that has seen them hold Middlesbrough at the…

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Stoke Home Form Likely To Be Too Strong For Besiktas

Published on 28/09/2011 14:05

Stoke come into this match on the back of a great result against Man Utd and despite being kept busy so far this season with twelve competitive matches so far Stoke have been defeated just the once and have so far performed well in the Europa League. Besiktas will be used to the opposition being the team intimidated by the atmosphere at their ground but it could be Besiktas who are the intimidated ones this time with Stoke's fans at the Britannia Stadium often recognised …

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Tottenham Set For Easy Win Against Shamrock Rovers

Published on 28/09/2011 14:03

A rare competitive Anglo-Irish match sees Shamrock Rovers travel to White Hart Lane this week, Shamrock were surprise qualifiers for the group stage and have been rewarded with a great opportunity to impress here. It has been fifth years since an Irish club last played a competitive match in England and with Spurs drawing their last two matches in this competition 0-0, fans and neutrals will be hoping this doesn't end in yet another stalemate. With this deemed…

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Maribor A Good Bet To Continue Birmingham Away Day Misery

Published on 28/09/2011 14:02

Birmingham continue to juggle Championship football with a Europa League campaign this week, last season's Carling Cup winners flew out to Slovenia on Tuesday morning and Chris Hughton will no doubt be expecting a very tough match. Birmingham need to balance their commitments this season, they are already closer to relegation than promotion and results need to improve domestically or the fans will become extremely restless. Akwasi Asante and Luke Hubbins are both…

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Game Between Valencia And Chelsea Expected To Be Very Tight

Published on 28/09/2011 10:19

Chelsea travel to Spain on Wednesday night to take on Valencia, Chelsea are the favourites to win despite Valencia having had a little more success than Chelsea in the last decade in this competition, Valencia reached the final of the Champions League in both 2000 and 2001 whilst Chelsea were beaten finalists in 2008. This is the last competition on Roman Abramovich's 'to do' list and he has spent a lot of money in the past eighteen months in his pursuit of the…

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Andres Iniesta still sidelined as Barcelona clash with Bate Borisov in Champions League fixture

Published on 28/09/2011 08:14

Bate Borisov and Barcelona will clash for the first time in history in tonight’s Champions League group match, and despite home advantage the Belarus-based side are trading as big as 25.0 in the full time result market. In fact, of this week’s matches in Europe’s premier tournament they are the biggest price of any team in this market. Bate qualified fairly comfortable for the group stages over two legs against Sturm Graz, and earned a creditable draw away to …

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Big Guns Clash at the Riverside – Middlesbrough v Leicester City

Published on 27/09/2011 22:11

This is a big match in the Npower Championship on Wednesday night when Sven Goran-Eriksson's Leicester City make the journey north to face Tony Mowbray's rejuvenated and unbeaten Boro side at the Riverside. Leicester themselves are unbeaten in five and have yet to lose an away game this season but will surely be put to the test here. Leicester were pre season favourites for the division, in much the same fashion as Boro were the previous year. And for a moment or two…

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Champions League: AC Milan lock horns with Czech Republic title holders Viktoria Plzen

Published on 27/09/2011 22:10

AC Milan meet Czech Republic title holders Viktoria Plzen for the first time in a competitive match at the San Siro on Wednesday night and, having earned a highly creditable draw away to Barcelona in their opening Champions League fixture, the Rossonerri can put themselves in a strong position to qualify from the group at least as runners-up by bagging three points. The Italian champions failed to follow-up their heroics in the Camp Nou back in domestic action five days later…

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Cardiff will Attempt to Prevent Southampton Increasing Their Lead at the Top

Published on 27/09/2011 22:09

Cardiff City play host to a Southampton side who already sit at the top of the Npower Championship even after both Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County had home games in which taking three points on Tuesday night would have seen them go above the Saints. As it was, Brighton succumbed to a last minute brace against Palace to go down 1-3, and Derby, came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Barnsley. Middlesbrough also play, and have a tough match against Leicester…

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Arsenal Expected To Get Another Morale Boosting Win Against Olympiakos

Published on 27/09/2011 16:44

Arsenal found it tough going to get to the group stage this season, having to play a qualifier against Udinese after finishing fourth in the Premiership last season, and a last gasp equaliser for Borussia Dortmund in Arsenal's first group game showed that qualification for the knockout stages is going to be even tougher than the qualification for the group stages was. Arsenal will be pleased to be playing this tie at home though, they have been a solid proposition at home in …

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Man Utd Without Rooney And Hernandez For Basel Clash

Published on 27/09/2011 10:34

Man Utd could only draw their opening Champions League fixture against Benfica whilst Basel won their opening match against Galati which means Basel go into this match at Old Trafford as the top team in the group. Basel may fancy their chances in this match with Man Utd missing several first teamers but they have it all to do if they are to keep top spot in Group C for a second match running. Man Utd will go into this match without their regular strike partners Wayne Rooney…

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Real Madrid likely to outclass Ajax in Champions League encounter at the Bernabeu

Published on 27/09/2011 08:12

Real Madrid kicked off their Champions League campaign with a gritty 1-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, and Jose Mourinho’s men should take another step towards qualifying for the knockout stages by seeing off Dutch outfit Ajax at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night. Mourinho will be without Fabio Coentrao and Pepe, while Ricardo Carvalho may also be forced to miss the match through injury, but the former Chelsea and Inter boss has a strong squad at his disposal, and…

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Blow for Inter Milan as Wesley Sneijder ruled out of clash with CSKA Moscow in Russia

Published on 27/09/2011 08:08

Due to a muscle problem, Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder has been ruled out of Tuesday afternoon’s trip to Russia to face CSKA Moscow when the second round of Champions League group matches commence. The Dutchman will be sorely missed in a match that the Italian giants can ill afford to lose, having been turned over by Trabzonspor in their opening match of the tournament on September 14. However, with the appointment of Claudio Ranieri came instant gains for the…

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Are Manchester City good value at around 11-4 against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena?

Published on 27/09/2011 08:07

I was initially surprised to see that Manchester City are priced up at around the 11-4 mark for Tuesday evening’s Champions League encounter with Bayern Munich, but the more I think about it the less likely I believe it is that Roberto Mancini’s charges will get anything from this match at the Allianz Arena. Indeed, in terms of pedigree the Citizens have a long way to go if they’re to rival the German giants, and for all that exponential amounts of money have …

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Total Goals (Over or Under) Betting – Sporting Bet are BIG on Goals.

Published on 26/09/2011 22:45

With Tuesday nights games coming up and after just seven or eight games into the new season for these sides, there are some fans that are still awaiting a goal fest to enjoy for their entrance ticket. What may surprise is that of the 24 sides in the Npower Championship, 21 sets of fans have witnessed a game already this season with 4 or more goals contained therein. This means that three have yet to enjoy a goal fest either at home or on an away day. Surprisingly too, these…

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Can Hull City continue the Charge or have Doncaster Rovers turned enough of the corner

Published on 26/09/2011 22:21

Doncaster Rovers host Hull City on Tuesday night with the Rovers fans hoping that the win at the weekend against Crystal Palace to break their duck this season will see a turnaround in their fortunes. So firmly rooted to the foot of the table were they, that they remain their on four points, two points behind Coventry City, Bristol City and Burnley all on six. A win against Hull would see the haul increased to seven and a good chance of getting off the bottom for the first time…

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A Hammering by Half Time for Jewells Tractors – West Ham United v Ipswich Town

Published on 25/09/2011 21:09

Paul Jewell will come into this match with some confidence that his Ipswich Side have begun to shore up the leaky defence that has seen both five and seven goals in a single game go past them. A goal-less draw at the Riverside Stadium against Middlesbrough on Saturday was a solid defensive display and a worthy point was gained. West Ham were expected to dispatch Peterborough United at the same time with a little more ease than the single penalty goal suggested. Given that goal …

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Battle of the Birds at the AMEX – Brighton & Hove Albion v Crytal Palace

Published on 25/09/2011 20:46

It's the Seagulls versus the Eagles at the AMEX Stadium on Tuesday night, and what Brighton fans would have considered an unthinkable situation 12 months ago is that their side could go to the top of the Npower Championship by taking all three points tonight if they have a better result than Derby as Southampton play on Wednesday night. Gus Poyet has build a great side at Brighton and the club that was promoted as Champions of League One in May have had a dream start to…

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Tykes Take Pride in Remaining Unbeaten – Derby County v Barnsley

Published on 25/09/2011 20:29

Barnsley have lost two games this season, but in the four matches played away from home they have yet to be defeated. A single victory accompanied by no fewer than five drawn games make up the Yorkshire side's eight points. As such they sit in 17th position in the Npower Championship. They have played the top two teams in the league and have suffered defeat to both Southampton and Middlesbrough. Tonight they face Nigel Clough's Derby side who sit third. Derby were…

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