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Arjen Robben could start for Bayern Munich against Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena

Published on 11/12/2011 13:19

With the first five in the Bundesliga table separated by just two points, it’s shaping up to be a cracking title battle in the German top-flight, and Bayern Munich will be desperately seeking three points from their visit to the Mercedes-Benz Arena to face Stuttgart this afternoon, which they will need in order to remain at the summit of the table. Jupp Heynckes’ men have been red-hot this season, but their defeat at the hands of last season’s title winners…

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AC Milan out to extend unbeaten Serie A run against Bologna this afternoon

Published on 11/12/2011 13:06

You have to go back to August 2008 for when Bologna last beat AC Milan and, despite home advantage, Stefano Poli’s men look set to suffer another defeat at the hands of the Rossoneri this afternoon. While they have conceded few goals in the Serie A this season – they’ve only conceded two more than today’s illustrious rivals – the problem is that Bologna simply don’t score many, hence they go into this game fully 15 places beneath the…

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Wesley Sneijder ruled out as Inter Milan host Fiorentina in Serie A clash

Published on 10/12/2011 15:58

On the easy list since early last month, Wesley Sneijder is set to miss Inter Milan’s Serie A clash this evening with Fiorentina, a big blow for club coach Claudio Ranieri who has called on his charges to ‘be more positive’. And more positive they need to be: the deposed Italian champions are languishing towards the foot of the table going into this game, lying in sixteenth place. Ranieri will know that he is on borrowed time. The Nerazzurri hierarchy have…

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Real Madrid can edge towards La Liga supremacy by thwarting Barcelona on Saturday

Published on 10/12/2011 00:15

Whichever team you support, there’s no doubt that few matches spark as much interest as Clasicos amongst general football enthusiasts and punters alike, and the latest instalment of the battle between arguably the best two sides in European football at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening is shaping up to be extremely fascinating. Indeed, while Real Madrid’s recent record against bitter rivals Barcelona is hardly compelling – Los Blancos have won just one of…

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Man City Look Good Value To Beat Chelsea At Stamford Bridge

Published on 09/12/2011 16:33

Chelsea's results have picked up recently but the true test of how much they have improved recently comes on Monday night when runaway league leaders Man City come to town. This time last season it was Chelsea who were topping the Premiership with no one predicting their downfall and they will need a similar sort of downfall for Man City who go into this match ten points above Chelsea. Man City must overcome the disappointment of crashing out of the Champions League during…

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Cardiff will find Millwall tough to beat at The Den but have a squeak.

Published on 09/12/2011 16:30

Cardiff travel east on Saturday to face Millwall at the Den with a run of eight matches undefeated behind them. To keep that run going they will have to dig into Millwalls record of gaining 73% of their points in front of the home fans where they have lost just twice in ten games. Kenny Jacketts Lions side have been poor away from home, and it is only their form at the Den that has kept them out of the relegation places. They sit in 19th position. Whilst the points have come…

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Tottenham Fancied For Third League Win In A Row At Stoke

Published on 09/12/2011 16:04

Stoke seem to have overcome their recent blip with some favourable results from their last few games and they will need to be in top form on Saturday afternoon if they are to get something from the extremely in form Tottenham, who have gone from early season top four outsiders to very much title contenders in many peoples' eyes. Stoke is never an easy place to go but Spurs have enjoyed their trips to the Britannia Stadium under Harry Redknapp, picking up three points…

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O'Neill To Start Sunderland Career With Win Over Blackburn

Published on 09/12/2011 16:04

This game marks the beginning of the Martin O'Neill era at the Stadium Of Light and Sunderland fans are understandably excited given the jobs that O'Neill has previously done in the Premiership. Sunderland gained their best ever Premiership finish last season but have lost Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan this year, departures that have seen them win just three home games all year. The only Premiership team to have sacked their manager this season host the team who are…

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West Brom And Wigan Set To Struggle For Goals Once Again

Published on 09/12/2011 16:04

Two of the slowest starters this season meet at the Hawthornes on Saturday afternoon when Wigan travel to the Midlands in a game they really need to get a point from if they are to have any chance of getting off the bottom of the league before Christmas. West Brom will be pretty happy to keep picking up a win every few games, a system that puts them five points and four places above the relegation zone currently. West Brom look likely to pair Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie…

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Swansea And Fulham Likely To Play Out Stalemate

Published on 09/12/2011 16:03

This is the stage in the season where teams' fortunes can begin to change and perhaps no sides show this more than Swansea and Fulham who meet on Saturday afternoon. Swansea made a great start to life in the Premiership but have since gone four games without victory, a run that has seen drop to within four points of the relegation zone. Fulham on the other hand made a slow start under Martin Jol but a win ot home to Liverpool and a draw at Arsenal shows they are a force to…

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Norwich And Newcastle Likely To Settle For Carrow Road Draw

Published on 09/12/2011 12:33

Both of these sides have arguably overachieved a little this season, Newcastle recently lost their unbeaten start to the season but they are still sitting very pretty in sixth place just two places away from fourth place whilst Norwich, many pundits' tips for relegation, are in eleventh place just two points away from being in eighth place currently. Things can change drastically in the second half of the season, especially with the Premiership as close as it is, so these…

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Difficult to draw conclusions on Reading v West Ham United

Published on 09/12/2011 01:23

The first thing that strikes me as I look at this match in the Npower Championship on Saturdya is the superior record West Ham have away from home. Simply comparing the two sides Points Per Game records side by side make West Ham look like a decent bet to take all three points away from the Madejski Stadium. Reading have gained an average of 1.30 points per game at home, whilst West Ham, with 8 wins, 2 draws and a single loss to top club Southampton on the road have amassed a…

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A tight game for Middlesbrough and Brighton at The Riverside

Published on 08/12/2011 22:14

Middlesbrough went through the first ten games of the season unbeaten, winning five. Since then in the following nine they have recorded another five wins, but have suffered 3 defeats. Only one of those have come at the Riverside however, when West Ham came at the end of last month. On Saturday they face a Brighton side who are struggling for form after a golden period under Gus Poyet in the early weeks of the season when vying for top spot with fellow promoted side…

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Southampton Home Form to Continue against Blackpool with goals on the menu.

Published on 08/12/2011 21:53

Blackpool, have to date, played 7 of the current top 11 teams in the Npower Championship. From those 7 games they have gained 8 of a possible 21 points from 2 wins and a pair of draws. They lost at Upton Park to West Ham and in Saturday’s lunchtime kick off take on top spot Southampton. The return has not been bad but they will be up against it trying to add to the tally at St Marys. The Southampton ground has become one of the hardest, if not the hardest place for…

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Arsenal Can Keep Pressure On Top Four With Everton Win

Published on 08/12/2011 16:51

Both of these teams come into this match on the back of a loss but in very different circumstances, Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by Olympiakos in the Champions League when fielding a second string team whilst Everton were beaten 1-0 at home against slightly out of form Stoke last weekend. Both teams look to be falling slightly short of their pre season targets so a win in this match will be a big result for whichever side get ahead. Arsenal have largely been in very strong form in …

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Neither Bolton Or Aston Villa Look Good Enough To Win

Published on 08/12/2011 16:44

Two sides in desperate need of not only a win in this match but a run of results meet at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday. Bolton look real relegation candidates not only on this season's form but also based on results at the end of last season. As for Aston villa, fans seem to be getting unhappy about some slightly negative tactics that have seen the team go three games without even scoring a goal, the appointment of Martin O'Neill at Sunderland could potentially show…

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Liverpool Set For Only Their Third Home Win Of Season Against QPR

Published on 08/12/2011 16:41

Liverpool suffered yet another setback last week in a game many would have predicted they would win and a lack of goals in recent games will have Kenny Dalglish worried after spending almost £60 million on strikers last January. Liverpool are now five points off the top four. QPR made a bright start to the season but that form seems to have levelled off a little but Neil Warnock should have money to spend once again in January and it seems likely he will dip into the…

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Man Utd To Keep On Grinding Out Results At Wolves' Expense

Published on 08/12/2011 16:33

Man Utd were surprisingly eliminated from the Champions League during the week and Man Utd haven't really been at their best since losing 6-1 against rivals Man City. It will be interesting to see how they recover from their midweek disappointment here and to see if they can rediscover their early season form. As for Wolves, they will be happy just to stay up and they gained a great result against Sunderland last week which has seen them move four points clear of the bottom…

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Punters should pile on Pedro to strike first with Barca likely to bash BATE tonight!

Published on 06/12/2011 19:09

Predictably, Barcelona are priced up at extremely prohibitive odds – 1.30 is the best offer in town with and Ladbrokes – for their encounter with BATE Borisov at the Camp Nou tonight, despite the distinct possibility of Pep Guardiola fielding an under-strength side. Indeed, the Blaugrana have already sailed through to the knockout stages, unsurprisingly, and the Catalan giants have much bigger fish to fry with arch enemies Real Madrid to do battle with …

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Czech out a cracking bet for AC Milan's trip to the Synot Tip Aréna this evening

Published on 06/12/2011 18:55

AC Milan have not been particularly effective on the road in this season’s Champions League and, given that the reigning champions have already qualified along with Barcelona for the knockout stages of the competition, they may well be thwarted when square up against Viktoria Plzen at the Synot Tip Aréna this evening. Pavel Vrba’s men lost the reverse fixture 2-0 at the San Siro, and were subsequently hammered at home by Barca, but the Czech champions earned …

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