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Aston Villa Can Heap More Misery On Blackburn

Published on 19/08/2011 13:22

Neither of these sides won their opening Premiership fixture last week, Aston Villa started in solid fashion with a draw at Fulham whilst Blackburn managed to lose at home to Wolves having taken the lead in the first half. Blackburn are apparently close to signing a few players but on Friday afternoon no deals had yet been done so it is unlikely there will be any surprise inclusions in their squad for this trip down to the Midlands. New goalkeeper Shay Given looks set to start …

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Inter Milan linked with Carlos Tevez, Didier Drogba and Diego Forlan, as Samuel Eto'o looks set to depart

Published on 19/08/2011 10:17

With Samuel Eto’o set to become the world’s highest paid footballer by moving to cash-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, Inter Milan will be keen to secure the services of a new striker before the closure of the transfer window on August 31. The Beneamata have dominated the Serie A in recent years, but last season their city rivals AC Milan were fairly decisive winners of the Scudetto title. With mixed reports still surrounding Wesley Sneijder’s potential …

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Fernando Torres Can Get Overdue Goal For Chelsea Against West Brom

Published on 18/08/2011 17:11

West Brom have been handed the nightmare start to this Premiership season with a trip to Stamford Bridge following their home tie against Man Utd last week. They will take plenty of positives out of that performance though and will hope to stop Andre Villas-Boas from picking up his first Premiership win after Stoke held out at home against last season's runners up for a 0-0 draw. If ever Didier Drogba was going to be picked over Fernando Torres it would have been last week …

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Draw Looks The Standout Bet As Liverpool Take On Arsenal At Emirates

Published on 18/08/2011 16:07

Arsenal v Liverpool is probably the game of the weekend and will be available on Sky for those without a ticket for the match, what perhaps makes this game a little more interesting is these are the two sides the bookies think will battle it out for fourth place and a Champions League spot with Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City now in a league of their own according to the Premiership odds and Spurs a way off sixth best. At least one of these sides will be without a win from their…

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Sunderland And Newcastle Set For Second Draw In A Row

Published on 18/08/2011 15:23

Neither Sunderland or Newcastle were able to win their opening games of the season but draws away to Liverpool and at home to Arsenal respectively will have pleased both sets of fans but they will see this as a much more important encounter as these fierce rivals meet in a midday kick off on Saturday. This fixture last season saw Sunderland score a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw and since then there have been more outs and ins for Newcastle whilst Sunderland's summer…

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Martin Jol Can Gain Revenge Over Juande Ramos As Fulham Face Dnipro

Published on 18/08/2011 14:45

A potential grudge match takes place on Thursday night at Craven Cottage, there is no bad blood between Fulham and their opponents Dnipro but the managers might not be keen on each other, Juande Ramos controversially replaced Martin Jol as manager at Spurs and even though Ramos won a Carling Cup with Spurs it is difficult to argue he did a better job than Martin Jol. Simon Davies will miss this match with a knee injury whilst Bjorn Helge Riise is also out due to a hamstring…

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Birmingham Will Be Lucky To Avoid Defeat In Portugal

Published on 18/08/2011 13:55

Birmingham travel to Portugal on Thursday night to take on Nacional in the qualifying round of the Europa League, the group stage awaits them if they are successful over two legs but this looks one of the tougher ties, especially with Birmingham now plying their trade in the Championship. Chris Hughton is keen to avoid defeat here and wants to return to St Andrews very much still in the tie. Youngster Jordan Mutch won't take any part in the two legs of this tie, the…

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Stoke Set To Struggle On Thun's Plastic Pitch

Published on 18/08/2011 13:36

The Europa League takes centre stage on Thursday night and FA Cup runners up Stoke are in action against Swiss club FC Thun. Tony Pulis has already voiced concerns about the pitch they will be playing on, Thun have a good record at home and we saw Spurs struggle on an astro turf pitch against Young Boys and Spurs are usually better travellers than Stoke so it could be a tough night for the Potters. Stoke could hand a debut to defender Matthew Upson, the recently signed free…

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Parker on his way to QPR West Ham United v Leeds United

Published on 18/08/2011 13:04

With the news of the take-over at Loftus Road Neil Warnock has now made clear his plan to recruit Scott Parker from West Ham United. In a move that will disappoint Hammers fans, his departure was one of the inevitabilities of the summer following their relegation from the Premier League. The bid tabled is believed to be in the region of £4m. The Hammers sent out a warning to all around them by travelling to north London in midweek and giving Watford a 0-4…

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Barnsley need to start find the net, The Mad Stad not the easiest place to start. Reading V Barnsley

Published on 18/08/2011 12:32

Barnsley have registered only a single goal this season in the three games they have played and that was scored by the opposing team when they went down 3-1 to Middlesbrough in midweek. Goalless in their other two matches, including the 0-0 draw on opening day, which provided their only point so far, the Madejski Stadium will not be the easiest place for the to try to improve. Reading will be rocking from a 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton park on Tuesday night, but they…

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Rams Solid as a Rock in Blackpool - Donny Dont need Derby Now – Derby County v Doncaster Rovers

Published on 18/08/2011 01:28

Derby County complete the unlikely group with Brighton and Southampton as the three sides in the Npower Championship to have come through the opening three matches with 100% records. Nigel Clough has toughened up his side and scored a comeback victory against Birmingham City on opening day, a 0-1 reverse against Watford at Vicarage Road, and then another away win at relegated Blackpool with a single goal margin. The last thing Doncaster Rovers need right now is a visit to a…

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Millwall Pegged back by Posh, they can't Afford Mistakes Against Saints – Southampton v Millwall

Published on 18/08/2011 01:10

Millwall were cruising to victory on Wednesday night as they led Peterboroughh United by 2-0 when Hameur Bouzza scored the lions second of the night on 55 minutes. Darius Henderson is looking an inspired buy after assisting both goals, but he will have been as disappointed with what was to follow as the Millwall faithful at the new Den as Peterborough fought back with two goals in as many minutes with 20 minutes left. Southampton will take no prisoners at St Marys on Saturday…

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Seagulls Tern over Svens Men – Look out fellow seasiders – Brighton v Blackpool

Published on 18/08/2011 00:55

Brighton & Hove Albion may have taken 81 minutes to get going in the opening game of the season at their new AMEX Stadium, scoring to late goals to overturn Doncaster, but make no mistake, they have proved themselves worthy of their place already by collecting maximum points on the road, by going along the A27 to beat local rivals Portsmouth 0-1, and the audaciously turning up at the Cardiff City Stadium and whipping the Bluebirds 1-3. Ashley Barnes scored a brace to join…

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The Foxes are Rocked, Will they take it out on Forest – Nottingham Forest v Leicester City

Published on 18/08/2011 00:32

The squad that Sven Goran-Eriksson has expensively assembled at the King Power Stadium are having the pre season layers rubbing their hands. Just three games into the season and the Ante Post favourites are on the drift, from 9/2 out to 7/1 already following the mid-week defeat to a rampant Brighton & Hove Albion side, who to be fair, have spent a penny ot two this summer too. It's not about who spends the most though, this is a results game and Leicester are simply…

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Tottenham Set To Field Mix Of Quality And Promise Against Hearts

Published on 17/08/2011 16:36

Just a year ago Spurs were losing their Champions League qualifier at Young Boys 3-0 and it looked as though their Champions League campaign would end in embarrassment. No one would have predicted at that stage that it would be Real Madrid knocking them out in the Quarter Finals but it was almost inevitable that they'd be backed in the Europa League this season after that adventure and despite Harry Redknapp often saying he will play the kids in this competition there are…

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Cesc Fabregas could line-up for Barcelona against Real Madrid in Supercopa second-leg

Published on 15/08/2011 21:31

The curtain was brought down on the most protracted transfer saga in recent times when Cesc Fabregas finally made the inevitable move from Arsenal to Barcelona on Monday, and the 24-year-old could turn out for the Spanish champions when they entertain bitter Clasico rivals Real Madrid in the second-leg of their Supercopa tie at the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening. In stark contrast to the cat-and-mouse affairs that ensued in three of the four meetings between the two giants of…

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Leicester to Bounce back against Bristol City,

Published on 15/08/2011 21:13

Leicester City would have been rocked by the home defeat to Reading last weekend and will want to get heir promotion challenge back on track. The pre season favourites to win the Npower Championship were knocked back on Saturday in front of their own fans when a solid Reading side came to the King Power (still getting used to that), Stadium and took home all three points after a 2-0 reverse. It would be fair to say there is little expectation as far as Bristol City are…

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Reading still 16/1 for Championship after win at Leicester City, they will shorten with a win at Portsmouth.

Published on 15/08/2011 20:59

Reading recorded what many would have considered a shock win at Leicester City on Saturday. Leicester and Sven Goran-Eriksson are the hot favourites to take the title after spending some £10m in the summer. Reading were more like a 20/1 shot after losing last seasons top scorer Shane Long. That didn't stop them going to the Midlands and taking all three points for a result that has got the critics sitting up and taking notice now. The layers haven't moved any odds, …

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Forsell on trial at Leeds, Keogh Joins and Nigel Pearson has Full Strength Hull Squad – Leeds v Hull City Preview

Published on 15/08/2011 20:48

It has emerged that Mikeal Forssel has joined Leeds United on trial. The Finnish international striker who has previously played in the blue colours of both Chelsea and Birmingham City is training with the Yorkshire side and Simon Grayson has said, “we'll see how he goes”. If successful he will join Wolves striker Andy Keogh who has completed a loan deal until January. Hull City boss Nigel Pearson has the luxury of a full strength squad to choose from going…

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Arsenal Missing Stars For Crucial Udinese Visit

Published on 15/08/2011 16:10

Twelve months ago Arsenal will have enjoyed the sight of their rivals Tottenham being three goals down against Young Boys in this stage of the Champions League but the pressure this time is on Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have played in every Champions League Group Stage since 1999 but the loss of Arsenal's captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona has been a huge blow and this is the first game of the post Fabregas era. Udinese are one of the toughest opponents that Arsenal could have…

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