Friday, March 30, 2012

Barnet Vs Torquay United football liga match preview

Barnet's poor home run has seen them win just 1 and draw 2 of the last six. While Bees have scored 6, a worringly large 11 have been leaked at the other end. Barnet are currently lying in 20th place in npower League Two having mustered a points tally of 39 from their 38 matches played.

Torquay United's away form is none too clever either, picking up four victories from the last six. The Gulls's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 7 goals for and 5 against. Torquay United are currently occupying 2nd spot in their division, gaining 72 points from their 39 games.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sporting Lisabon Vs Metalist Charkov football liga match preview

Metalist started the knockout rounds with a comfortable 8-1 aggregate success over Salzburg scoring four times in both legs. They looked to be heading out of the competition at the last 16 stage, losing the home leg of their meeting with Olympiakos 1-0 and trailing by the same scoreline entering the last ten minutes of the return in Greece. An amazing comeback with two late goals to win that second leg 2-1 took Metalist through on away goals.

Sporting are not going to take a hand in the Portuguese title race but their home form is solid with nine wins, two draws and one defeat in the Primeira Liga and they have conceded just six goals in 12 outings in front of their own supporters. They have won seven of the last eight home fixtures (any competition) with all seven wins accompanied by a clean sheet. That home form is replicated in Europe where Sporting have won all six home fixtures, the last four of which saw them prevent the opposition scoring.

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Fracas sparks Red Devils probe

Crawley have launched an internal investigation following the brawl at the end of their 2-1 win at Bradford in League Two on Tuesday night.
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Town defenders Pablo Mills and Claude Davis were both sent off as a melee erupted whilst the two teams shook hands at Valley Parade. Three Bantams players were also dismissed.
"Regarding the unfortunate events which took place at yesterday's (Tuesday) game with Bradford City after the final whistle was blown, Crawley Town cannot make any further comment until the club has had an opportunity to view the video footage in detail," a club statement read. "Following a full internal investigation, the club will decide whether there is the need for further disciplinary action in addition to that already taken by the Football Association, or to appeal against the suspensions handed out."
Manager Steve Evans has already promised that 'people [who] have acted out of turn need to be dealt with,' and will no doubt be a major part in the investigation. Crawley moved back into the automatic promotion places as Gary Alexander and Leon Clarke scored to give them a 2-1 victory.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Oldham Athletic Vs Leyton Orient football match preview

Oldham Athletic have only performed averagely at home, winning 3 and losing 2 of their last six. The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period, 7 to 6. Oldham Athletic see themselves just below half way in the npower League One, showing a record of 48 points from their 37 games played so far,

Leyton Orient have an average recent record on the road, picking up two good wins, but losing three, from the last six. While the O's have hit 8 goals, 12 have hit the back of the wrong net. Leyton Orient find themselves struggling down in 18th position in the league having picked up 43 points from their 37 matches.

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Sunderland vs Everton football match preview

Everton have made it to the last eight of the FA Cup more often than any other side, appearing 41 times. Everton have gone 15 games unbeaten against the Black Cats, a run including 11 wins and four draws. Sunderland have progressed in nine of their last 13 FA Cup sixth-round ties. The hosts are 9/1 with Bet365 to beat Everton 2-1 in this match.

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Coyle confirms Cup changes

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has confirmed he will make changes to his side when the Trotters take on Tottenham in the FA Cup.

Wanderers must return to White Hart Lane and the scene of Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest on Tuesday night for the quarter-final clash and Coyle is planning changes.

Bolton boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 win over Blackburn on Saturday and with another crucial clash coming up this weekend, Coyle will make changes from the side that beat Rovers.Kevin Davies, Ivan Klasnic and Marcos Alonso will be among the players hoping to start and Coyle says he will check on everyone's physical and mental state before naming his starting eleven.

"Once again I will go around the players and ask if they are all ready to play the tie," Coyle told the club's website. "Once I have done that I will look to pick the team to play the game."In the original match there were five changes to the team from the one named against Queens Park Rangers and again there will be a number of changes if everybody is fit and ready." -

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Real Betis Sevilla Vs Real Racing Santander laliga match preview

Real Betis will attempt to put the disappointment of Thursday's 1-1 draw against Espanyol behind them and pick up a much-needed three points against fellow strugglers Racing Santander on Sunday. Betis had looked set to end a run of three successive losses with a home victory against Espanyol, but a Walter Pandiani equaliser deep into stoppage time earned the visitors a tie.

Racing's plight has not been helped by a spate of red cards, with the team having had a player sent off in three of the last four matches, while they have been reduced to 10 men six times already in competitive matches in 2012. Recently-installed Racing coach Alvaro Cervera said: "We are suffering too many blows. Some day our luck will change because it cannot be the same in every game. Every match we have players sent off, goals disallowed...enough already.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Real Sociedad vs Levante football match preview

Xabi Prieto is hoping that Real Sociedad will benefit from a bit more luck when they face Levante. The Basque side lost 1-0 at Getafe on Saturday thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Inigo Martinez, but Prieto believes their overall performance deserved more

Antoine Griezmann is suspended for the hosts so Imanol Agirretxe should return to lead the line with Carlos Vela dropping into a deeper role. Javi Venta has also acknowledged that Levante's achievements this season have been remarkable and believes that should they win at the Estadio Anoeta they can seriously start looking towards European qualification.

Predicted composition of Players

Real Sociedad : Claudio Bravo Mu?oz, Mikel González, Carlos Martínez Díez, Ion Ansotegui Gorostola, De La Bella, Mikel Aranburu Eizagirre, Jeffrey Sarpong, Xabi Prieto,Carlos Vela, Zurutuza, Joseba Llorente Etxarri.

Levante : Gustavo Adolfo Munúa, Nano, Ballesteros, Javier Rodríguez Venta, Juan García García, Iborra, Xavi Torres, Juan Gómez López, Xisco Nadal, Valdo, Arouna Kone.

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Kaiserslautern sack Kurz

Manager pays the price for 16-game winless run

Kaiserslautern have announced the sacking of manager Marco Kurz with immediate effect.

The Bundesliga's bottom club took the decision in the wake of Sunday's 4-1 defeat at Schalke and the 42-year-old was relieved of his duties on Tuesday morning.Kurz's assistant manager, Gunther Gorenzel, has also left Fritz-Walter-Stadion to mean goalkeeper coach Gerald Ehrmann and fitness coach Oliver Schafer took first-team training on Tuesday.Kurz had taken charge of Kaiserslautern at the beginning of the 2009/10 season and led the club back to the Bundesliga before finishing seventh in the top flight in the last campaign. -

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pescara Vs Brescia football liga match preview

Zeman without special training problems, absent only Brosco and Capararo. Classic 4-3-3: Sansovini in attack, and Distinguished Building; in midfield can rely on the median director Verratti, escorted from the lungs of Nielsen and Cascione; defense guy with the quartet-Romagnoli Zanon-Campbell-Balzano.

The white and blue have to deal with some lack: outside Budel, Accardi, and Kamalu Mandorlini. Heat takes a team to counter attack football at full speed to Zeman. The 3-5-2, then, is a conservative form on paper: in attack-Jonathas Piovaccari, there will be the fantasy of El Kaddouri in midfield. Martinez, Davis and Caldirola up the defensive trio.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

AC Milan's Gattuso relieved that 'ordeal' is over

The combative midfielder is glad to have returned to the pitch after putting an eye problem behind him and is determined to work hard with the squad once again

AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has expressed his relief at returning to action after a long period on the sidelines.

The 34-year-old had not featured for the Rossoneri since the opening Serie A match against Lazio after being diagnosed with an eye problem following a collision with team-mate Alessandro Nesta.He came on in injury-time in Milan's 2-0 victory against Parma on Saturday, and he admitted after the game that he is eager to return to work after more than six months on the sidelines."An ordeal is over," Gattuso told Radio DeeJay. "With all the cortisone shots I got I look like a boxer, but I am so eager to train."Milan remains four points clear at the top of the Serie A standings, with Juventus coming in second after its 5-0 demolition job of Fiorentina on Saturday. -

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hamburger SV Vs SC Freiburg match preview

Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink will not care if his side play one of their ugliest games of the season, just as long as they emerge with all three points against Freiburg tomorrow. Fink has warned that, after going four games without a win, his side are now back in the midst of a relegation battle, and he is therefore adapting his side for a fight.

Captain Heiko Westermann and forward Paolo Guerrero are suspended, though, while Germany international Dennis Aogo has a calf strain. Freiburg's injury worries have reduced somewhat with Pavel Krmas now back in training along with Beg Ferati and Oliver Barth. Although the latter two may still not be ready for the trip to Hamburg, Krmas could tag along.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Arnesen keen on Bruma stay

Hamburg general manager eager to extend Dutch defender's loan

Hamburg general manager Frank Arnesen has expressed his desire to have Chelsea youngster Jeffrey Bruma at the club next season.

The Holland international has made 15 appearances in the Bundesliga since his loan move from Chelsea, and Arnesen is keen for the 20 year-old to stay. Arnesen was a sporting director at Chelsea until joining Hamburgin 2011, and the former Denmark international has brought a host of his former youth players to Germany, including Bruma and Michael Mancienne.

He told German newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost: "We have had some good conversations with Chelsea, it was mainly about Jeffrey Bruma and his future within the game. They are pleased with his development."Chelsea FC is positive about the loan arrangement and its continuation, although they are not 100% certain about this."

Bruma's deal at Hamburg is set to run until the end of the 2012/13 campaign, but Chelsea have the option to recall him at the close of this season if they wish.Arnesen added: "At this point in time, they are concentrating on finding a new manager. They are biding their time, we have to keep waiting for their final response." -

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Grygera blow for Fulham

Fulham defender Zdenek Grygera has confirmed he will not play again this season, but is optimistic on his chances of recovery.

Fulham defender Zdenek Grygera has confirmed he will not play again this season, but is optimistic on his chances of recovery.Grygera has undergone two operations after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament rupture during November's Premier League game against Tottenham.The summer signing from Juventus was initially ruled out for six months, but has revealed he is still at least three and a half months away from making his comeback.

"I'm feeling really positive about my knee and my recovery from injury," the 31-year-old told his club's official website."I had two surgeries with Dr Richard Steadman, one before Christmas and one in February. Dr Steadman told me after the second surgery the recovery should be five or six months.

"With how I feel right now, I think the maximum will be five months but we will see later on when I start to run."On Thursday it will be six weeks since my surgery and I'll start to do more in terms of my recovery now."I'll be doing more on the bike and working on the upper body in the gym, but I feel very good." -

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