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Forfar vs East Fife preview - Bishop blow for Forfar

Posted Monday, December 19, 2011 by PA

Forfar defender Jamie Bishop will miss out against East Fife. The centre-back picked up a knock in training, with fit again defender Mark McCulloch ready to replace him after more than two months out with a groin injury. Manager Dick Campbell is hoping that his men get their boots on as he does not want to be playing catch up again this season. "We ended having two games a week last season in...Full Story »

Brechin City vs Stirling Albion preview - Brechin pair doubtful

Posted Monday, December 19, 2011 by PA

Brechin City duo Charlie King and Craig Molloy are doubts for the visit of Stirling Albion after picking up knocks in the 3-2 success over Airdrie at the weekend. Gary Fusco is expected to be available after illness, however Gerry McLachlan remains out after knee surgery as the Glebe Park men look to climb the table at the expense of the bottom-placed side. Manager Jim Weir has some positive p...Full Story »

Siena vs Fiorentina preview - Mezzarome issues rallying cry

Posted Monday, December 19, 2011 by PA

Siena president Massimo Mezzaroma had demanded both a win and a huge improvement from his players when they host Fiorentina. The Bianconeri go into the Tuscan derby knowing that a defeat could see them spend the holidays in the relegation zone. Giuseppe Sannino's side are two points clear of 18th-placed Cesena, who visit Atalanta on Wednesday. Mezzaroma watched his team slip to their fourth c...Full Story »

Osasuna vs Villarreal preview - Mendilibar wants more from Los Rojillos

Posted Sunday, December 18, 2011 by PA

Osasuna manager Jose Luis Mendilibar has praised his side's ability to pick up points even when they have not played well this season. However, despite a five-game unbeaten run that has seen Los Rojillos rise to seventh in the table, Mendilibar is still looking for more from his players when in possession. He told the club's website: "Our mentality is good and although our play could be better...Full Story »

Valencia vs Malaga preview - No `old pals act' for Sanchez

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Malaga winger Joaqumn Sanchez insists mixed feelings will give way to a thirst for victory when he returns to Valencia for the first time. Joaquin spent four years at the Mestalla before his #3.36million summer move to Malaga. "I still have great memories, friends, dressing room stories and a lot of sentiment from my time at Valencia," he said. "My return to the Mestalla with Malaga is one of...Full Story »

Manchester City vs Arsenal preview - Mancini wary of van Persie threat

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Roberto Mancini has warned his Manchester City players they must be on high alert to quell the threat of Robin van Persie when they face Arsenal on Sunday. The Gunners striker is in outstanding form having scored 14 goals in his last 11 appearances. That run has propelled the north London club up the Barclays Premier League table and they head to the Etihad Stadium to face the leaders having...Full Story »

Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis preview - Manzano still feels the heat

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano hopes his side's Europa League success will appease unhappy supporters following poor form on the domestic front. Atletico finished as group winners after dispatching Rennes in midweek, but return to Primera Division action against Real Betis knowing they must improve on the domestic front. Two successive La Liga defeats have seen them slide down the tabl...Full Story »

Tottenham vs Sunderland preview - Price tag put Redknapp off Wickham

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he would have signed Connor Wickham this summer had it not been for the hefty price tag Ipswich placed on him. Wickham was linked with Liverpool and Tottenham last season, but ended up moving to the Stadium of Light for a fee of £8million that could rise to £12million. The England Under-21 international struggled to break in to Steve...Full Story »

Aston Villa vs Liverpool preview - McLeish lays down challenge for Villa "underdogs"

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Alex McLeish has challenged his Aston Villa players to defy their "underdogs" tag and enhance their reputations in a series of forthcoming games against the Barclays Premier League's top clubs. Villa entertain Sunday's opponents Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in the next fortnight. McLeish is aware of the task of competing with the spending power of the likes of the Reds who splashed out £...Full Story »

Queens Park Rangers vs Manchester United preview - Warnock relishing United "magic"

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

QPR manager Neil Warnock admits he could only dream of facing Manchester United when he took the helm at Loftus Road less than two years ago. The 63-year-old became the west Londoners' fifth manager of the 2009/10 season when he moved from Crystal Palace in March last year. Warnock has been a stabilising force at QPR after 12 different managers in a four-year spell, leading them to the npower ...Full Story »

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