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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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Man City Likely To Start Dzeko Instead Of Aguero Or Tevez Against Swansea

Published on 15/08/2011 11:44

Man City start the season with what on paper looks one of the easiest fixtures they could have got and they will have thought before this weekend's fixtures that they would have a great chance of going top after one game, however after Bolton beat QPR 4-0 it looks as though Man City could have their work cut out to top that. Swansea have the opportunity to announce themselves to the Premier League in grand style, traditionally the team that comes up through the playoffs is…

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Ipswich Town will provide another challenge for rampant Southampton at Portman Road

Published on 14/08/2011 11:56

Southampton topped the Championship table after a second consecutive victory on Saturday, going to Barnsley and getting a 0-1 reverse after beating Leeds on the opening day. Their run of consecutive league victories now stands at a club record eight but that record will be severely tested on Tuesday night as they travel to Ipswich Town. The Tractor Boys will be hoping they can banish the memory of a 0-1 reverse at Portman Road on Saturday as quickly as possible as they went…

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Collinson signs contract for Hammers – Doncaster v West Ham United Go for Goals

Published on 12/08/2011 20:58

Jack Collinson has put pen to paper and signed a deal which will keep him at West Ham and end speculation over his future. Hammers fans will be more than happy that his services have been secured as he is considered by many to be plenty good enough for the Premier League. He has stated he wants to be part of the future of the club and must be enthused by the plans of club and confident that promotion can be gained at the first attempt. West Ham will have to do better than…

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Riggot Returns to Rams, Dyche will make no changes – Watford v Derby County

Published on 12/08/2011 20:38

Central Defender Chris Riggot has returned to Derby County after being released by Cardiff at the end of last season and has been training with the Rams for the summer. His career started with Derby and it is a home coming for the 30 year old who has spent eight seasons at Middlesbrough before last year at Cardiff where he made only 2 appearances. Since Malkay Mackay left Watford many predicted this could be a difficult year for the Hornets, but they showed they have fight…

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Paul Jewell secures Keith Andrews on loan from Blackburn Rovers - Ipswich Town v Hull City Preview

Published on 12/08/2011 20:13

Keith Andrews has moved to the East Coast and joined Paul Jewells Ipswich Town on loan. The 30 year old Republic of Ireland midfielder has had limited opportunities with Blackburn since the 2009/10 season. Not overly popular with the Rovers fans, he will get more time on the field under Jewell at this level and will be keen to hold down a regular place in the starting line up. He will be no stranger to Hull Citys fans who would have seen him in the Tigers colours in the 2005/06…

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Stoke To Spoil Chelsea And Andre Villas-Boas' Sunday

Published on 12/08/2011 16:10

All eyes will be on Andre Villas-Boas in the Chelsea dugout and it will be interesting to see how much he knws about Stoke, there are few places a mabager would less rather go on his first game for a new club. Stoke are notoriously tough at the Britannia Stadium and earned a draw in this fixture last season although the good news for Chelsea, who are the second favourites to win the Premiership title this season, is that they haven't lost in their last four trips to Stoke. …

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Arsenal Travel To Newcastle Without Key Midfield Trio

Published on 12/08/2011 15:34

This fixture last season produced the greatest comeback in Premiership history when Arsenal gave up a 4-0 lead at St James Park and the eventual 4-4 draw was the beginning of the end for their chances of winning the league. It looks as though Arsenal could be without Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas next season, the pair look close to moves to Man City and Barcelona respectively and this could be their toughest season in years as any replacements are surely likely to take time to…

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Wigan Start Tough Season Against Norwich Without Charles N'Zogbia

Published on 12/08/2011 15:12

A tough season lies ahead for Wigan, they managed to fend off interest from Aston Villa for their manager but Aston Villa did take Charles N'Zogbia from them and for a team who doesn't score many goals, losing a player who scores and assists as many as N'Zogbia is likely to push them a little closer to relegation and in recent seasons they couldnt afford to be any closer than they have already been. One of the few teams the bookies think will finish below Wigan this…

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QPR Can See Off Poor Travellers Bolton

Published on 12/08/2011 14:51

QPR were promoted as champions from the Championship last season and big things were initially expected but they have been steadily backed for relegation over the summer and it could be that QPR have a long season ahead having not signed perhaps the calibre of players many thought they would. Bolton have helped make stars out of Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge in recent seasons and it will be interesting to see if Owen Coyle targets another highly rated youngster for a loan…

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Blackburn A Good Bet To Be Beating Wolves At Half Time

Published on 12/08/2011 14:13

Blackburn v Wolves could be an early relegation six pointer with both teams amongst the favourites to be relegated with the bookies. Blackburn have been linked with some big names since their new owners arrrived but those rumours of big signings have never really been backed up so Rovers could struggle this season. Wolves only narrowly escaped relegation last season although many of their performances were good and Mick McCarthy will be hoping his side improve their record…

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Jol And McLeish Expected To Make Do With Draw In Fulham v Aston Villa

Published on 12/08/2011 11:52

Fulham v Aston Villa is a significant game on the opening day of the 20th Premiership season as both Fulham and Aston Villa have new managers this season and both will be looking to start their careers at their new clubs with a victory. Fulham have appointed Martin Jol as their replacement for Mark Hughes and Fulham fans may see some more attacking football under Jol although they might find their results are a bit harder to predict. Meanwhile Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is …

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Shane Long finally moves on. Reading will travel to Leicester City without last seasons top striker

Published on 11/08/2011 20:49

Reading travel to Leicester City on Saturday in the Npower Championship, but will have to do so without the services of last seasons top scorer Shane Long. The Republic of Ireland striker completed a move to West Brom this week in a deal worth a reported £6.5m. He made a total of 178 appearances for the club in the 6 years he was there, scoring 46 goals. Half of those goals came last season and it was inevitable that he would be noticed. Defender Matthew Mills played a…

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Man Utd Expected To Start Season With Victory Against West Brom

Published on 11/08/2011 16:26

Premiership champions Man Utd start their season at the Hawthornes on Saturday against Roy Hodgson's West Brom, it was the Baggies who were the only team to avoid defeat in the Premiership at Old Trafford last season and United also struggled at times in the away fixture so despite the odds this might not be plain sailing for Man Utd. Roy Hodgson did a great job in his spell as West Brom manager last season and it will be interesting to see if history repeats itself, he…

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Liverpool Likely To Beat Sunderland Without Steven Gerrard

Published on 11/08/2011 15:46

Expectations are high at Liverpool after a summer of expenditure and a good run of results under Kenny Dalglish in the second half of last season and the pressure is now on Liverpool to produce the goods with the bookies giving Liverpool the same sort of chance of winning the league as Arsenal. Sunderland have certainly been one of the most active teams in the summer transfer window and got all their business done pretty early so that the players would gel for the early part of…

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Portsmouth to bring Brighton back to Earth in South Coast Derby

Published on 10/08/2011 20:36

Portsmouth have suffered a recent defeat to their easterly South Coast rivals already this year when going down 3-1 at the Withdean in the Fa Cup. With Brighton bouncing from the opening day win against Doncaster in the new AMEX Stadium and their progress past Gillingham in the Carling Cup on Tuesday making it two from two, many will feel they have an good early season momentum built up already and come to Frogmore Road with a chance. Steve Coterill will be mildly disappointed …

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Grayson still wants more but Leeds can bounce back against Middlesbrough

Published on 10/08/2011 20:18

Simon Grayson was still not impressed with his Leeds side even though they followed up the disappointing loss at Southampton on the opening day of the Npower Championship season, with a win against Bradford on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup. They went behind twice to League Two Bradford before a couple of late goals saw them through to the second round draw on Thursday. Who they might draw remains to be seen, but they are taken to get into winning ways in the Championship on …

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Switzerland make plenty of appeal for Group E of 2014 World Cup

Published on 10/08/2011 15:46

World Cup 2014 Qualifying Group E looks one of the trickier sections to solve with Switzerland, Norway and Slovenia all having a similar chance according to the bookmakers odds, but we believe they may have underestimated the improvement shown by Switzerland over the last few years and have no hesitation in nominating them as a worthwhile bet at 2.75 with Ladbrokes. Ottmar Hitzfeld took over as coach in the summer of 2008 and immediately helped them qualify for the 2010 World…

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Germany should have little trouble justifying odds on quotes

Published on 10/08/2011 14:36

Germany look a force to be reckoned with over the coming years and odds of 1.30 with Coral, although short are very fair, for them to emerge victorious from World Cup 2014 Qualifying Group C with the minimum of fuss. At the time of writing Germany sit proudly on top of their Euro 2012 qualifying group with seven wins out of seven and are fulfilling the promise shown by their third place finish at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. Manuel Neuer is as good as most…

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Holland worthy favourites to top World Cup Qualifying Group D

Published on 10/08/2011 14:33

Although a top quote of 1.33 from both Bet 365 and Boylesports is nothing to get excited about it would take a brave man to oppose Holland after their performance at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa where they finished runners-up to Spain. Six wins from six in their Euro 2012 qualifying group to date shows that the men in orange have certainly not sat on their laurels since their epic 2010 journey and it will take an exceptional performance from the likes of Turkey,…

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