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Fulham Ready For First Win Of The Season Against Blackburn

Published on 09/09/2011 14:27

A disappointing start to the campaign has been made by both these sides, Fulham have struggled to produce results for new manager Martin Jol in some very winnable games whilst Blackburn have made the worst start possible losing to Wolves, Aston Villa and Everton, three teams they should have at least been competitive against. What could be most worrying is two of those losses came at home and it has often been Blackburn's home form that has kept them afloat in recent…

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Draw On The Cards As Liverpool Visit Stoke

Published on 09/09/2011 14:09

Both sets of fans here will be pleased with their relative starts to the season, Stoke haven't had the easiest of starts but have still picked up five points whilst Liverpool have so far gained seven points from their three games and they are looking every inch top four challengers once again. Record Stoke signing Peter Crouch should make his debut against one of his former sides and other new signings hoping to be involved will be Wilson Palacios who also joined from…

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Wolves Likely To Make Life Tough For Spurs Once Again

Published on 09/09/2011 13:21

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy hasn't been getting carried away by Spurs' poor start to the season in the lead up to this game, he is of the opinion that they have lost to the best two sides in the league so far and they will still be a top six side at least this season. Last year this game produced a 3-3 thriller and we should be in for another competitive match with Wolves looking solid so far and Spurs likely to improve with their new signings. Mick McCarthy…

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Sunderland Can Cost Chelsea Points In Title Race

Published on 09/09/2011 13:12

Sunderland were the most active Premiership team in the summer transfer window signing no fewer than ten players, it seems they are taking time to settle with Sunderland making a slow start to the season with just two points from three games. Chelsea haven't made the most impressive start to the season under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, they may have picked up seven points but they look far from convincing and look short of what Man Utd and Man City have offered so far…

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Everton And Aston Villa Set for Stalemate At Goodison Park

Published on 09/09/2011 12:54

Everton and Aston Villa have been two of the more closely matched teams over the years in the Premiership but both have enjoyed better seasons than last year and both teams will be looking to improve this season. Aston Villa are two points ahead of Everton but have played an extra match so the teams also look closely matched on this season's form too. Everton's deadline day signings Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi are both included in Everton's…

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Arsenal Set For First Win Of The Season Over Swansea

Published on 09/09/2011 12:03

Plenty would have predicted that Swansea would not have won a game after three attempts but not many would have said the same about Arsenal, who are actually one point behind Swansea at the moment. Arsenal not only need a win to banish the memories of their 8-2 defeat at Man Utd before the international break but they also need it to move back up the table. Arsenal's English youngsters Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs have both been passed fit and are likely to feature…

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Can AC Milan start Serie A campaign with a bang against Lazio tonight?

Published on 09/09/2011 10:41

AC Milan lifted the Scudetto title for the first time since 2004 last season and Massimiliano Allegri’s men kick kick-off their 2011/12 campaign at the San Siro this evening when Lazio will be visiting. Though their Champions League campaign was ill-fated when crashing out at the hands of Tottenham last season, Allegri did a magnificent job to steer the Rossoneri to the Serie A title, and the Milanese sounded a warning shot to their rivals in the Italian top-flight when…

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West Ham United v Portsmouth will be an interesting clash this weekend at Upton Park

Published on 09/09/2011 09:41

Portsmouth travel to the East End to the Boleyn ground to meet Sam Allardyce's West Ham on Saturday. At first glance this looks like an easy home win selection, but perhaps we should look a little closer Yes West Ham are sitting some four points and seven places in fifth, higher than Portsmouth in the Npower Championship, but it displays only half the story. West Ham have yet to win under Allardyce in the league at Home, whilst Portsmouth have shown themselves to be a…

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Robson a doubt for trip to Oakwell, Burnley to score first home win – Burnley v Middlesbrough

Published on 08/09/2011 08:17

Barry Robson was sent home early from international duty this week and remains a doubt for this weekends game. Tony Mowbray will monitor his condition after he was sent home early, suffering a knock in training for Scotland's midweek game against Lithuania. Boro have been bright on the road already this season, winning both of their away trips to Barnsley and Leeds United, whilst Burnley have yet to gain all three points in front of home support, drawing each of two games…

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Freddie Eastwood not Fit – Coventry v Derby County

Published on 08/09/2011 08:05

Coventry boss Andy Thorn has taken an unusual step of sending Freddie Eastwood to a fitness specialist as he believe the player is not as fit as he could be. Although he did suffer a hamstring injury during pre season, it is not the injury that is keeping him out of the side as opposed to his general fitness and conditioning levels. Thorn is concerned for the player and has said that Eastwood can only help himself in this situation. Coventry need as many fit bodies as…

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Southampton need to score early to beat Nottingham Forest

Published on 08/09/2011 07:51

Southampton tasted their first defeat in the Championship in the previous round of matches when travelling to the King Power Stadium and losing 3-2 to Leicester City. They will be keen to get things back on track at Home on Saturday when Nottingham Forest visit. The one thing that sticks out about these two teams is how they have performed so far this season in relation to pre season expectation. Whilst many thought Southampton would cope with Championship football, few would…

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No-one better tha LuaLua except Noone, Bristol City v Brighton & Hove Albion

Published on 07/09/2011 08:23

Kazenga LuaLua is pushing hard for a place in Gus Poyets Brighton side, but still is playing second fiddle to Craig Noone. The winger, who is currently on loan from Newcastle United has impressed in training and is desperate to play, but Poyet has the luxurious problem of Craig Noone playing out of his skin too, so LuaLua will have to wait. Craig Mikael-Smith pulled out of the Scotland squad this week with an injury, but Poyet is hopeful he can be fit for Saturday visit to…

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Republic Of Ireland Can Take A Draw From Russia

Published on 06/09/2011 14:06

This is a crucial match for both teams in Group B with group leaders Russia taking on second place Republic Of Ireland in a match that could decide which team tops the group. Slovakia are still in the hunt after their draw against Republic Of Ireland on Friday and anything but a win against Russia could see Slovakia overtake Republic Of Ireland in the group this week. Republic Of Ireland will know plenty about Russia's key attackers, Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin…

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Northern Ireland May Be Looking At Draw At Best In Estonia

Published on 06/09/2011 13:16

Northern Ireland's loss against Serbia on Friday was a huge blow to their chances of qualification for Euro 2012 but they are still in the chase, especially with their game in hand, but this match against Estonia is truely a must win match on Tuesday night with Estonia currently one point ahead of Northern Ireland having played an extra match. A win in this match would be a great morale booster ahead of a further match against Estonia before the qualifiers are over …

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Goodwillie Makes First Start For Scotland Against Lithuania

Published on 06/09/2011 12:44

A series of penalty claims late on against Czech Republic left Scotland feeling robbed on Saturday and left their dreams of reaching the Euro 2012 finals in tatters, they now have to win all remaining games and that includes Spain. This is certainly a chance to put Saturday's disappointment behind them against a team who have the same amount of points as Scotland but have played an extra game. The sight of Darren Fletcher completing 90 minutes for Scotland for the…

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England Set To Be Unchanged For Wales Clash

Published on 06/09/2011 11:25

Wales did England a huge favour on Friday night by beating Montenegro meaning England are now just four points away from guaranteed qualification for Euro 2012. Wales' win over Montenegro gives them extra confidence going into this game and proves Wales have a good team when everyone is available, Speed will now be eyeing qualification for the 2014 World Cup with youngsters Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey at the centre of his plans. England could go with an unchanged…

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Scotland Can Keep Qualification Hopes Alive With Win Over Czech Republic

Published on 01/09/2011 15:48

Despite the general feeling that Scottish football is in crisis and the fact that Scotland have only managed to pick up four points from their four games so far Scotland still have a decent chance of qualifying, or at least reaching the playoffs, for Euro 2012. Scotland have a game in hand over Saturday's opponents Czech Republic and are currently five points behind them so a win in this game would give Scotland a great chance finishing second behind Spain in Group I but …

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Republic Of Ireland Fancied To Maintain Group B Leadership Against Slovakia

Published on 01/09/2011 15:46

This game could well be a decider in Group B despite the presence of Russia in the group, all three of those teams are currntly sitting on 13 points at the top of the qualifying group with only goal difference keeping Republic Of Ireland top of the pile currently. This means that not only is three points a must for this home match, but every extra goal Republic Of Ireland can score in this fixture could be crucial for their chances of qualifying for Euro 2012. Republic Of…

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History Should Repeat Itself In Wales v Montenegro

Published on 01/09/2011 15:46

Wales will not only have the support of their own fans on Friday night but also England fans, Wales have a big opportunity to do England a big favour by taking points off the second placed team in Group G. Wales now have little chance of qualification having lost all their games so far but there is still plenty of pride to play for. Perhaps the most worrying aspect of qualifying for Wales is the lack of goals, they have scored just once so far in four matches and that has…

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Northern Ireland To Gain Important Result Against Serbia

Published on 01/09/2011 15:46

This fixture could be huge for Northern Ireland as they continue their admiral pursuit of qualification for Euro 2012, they face Serbia who sit one point below them in Group C and Northern Ireland could close the current two point gap between them and second placed Slovenia, who crucially have played one more match than Northern Ireland at the moment. Qualification for Euro 2012 would represent an amazing achievement for Northern Ireland and their manager Nigel Worthington…

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