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Rangers' Saints trip off

Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 by PA

Rangers' match at St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League has fallen victim to the weather. Areas of the pitch at McDiarmid Park are frozen, forcing the referee to make the call after a pitch inspection on Saturday morning. The postponement will give Celtic the opportunity to take a chunk out of Rangers' 10-point lead at the top of the table when they face Dundee United on Saturd...Full Story »

Ballack wary of facing old boss Mourinho

Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 by PA

Michael Ballack is looking forward to meeting up with Jose Mourinho again next week, but recognises the perils of taking on the Inter Milan coach. Chelsea travel to face their former manager's team at the San Siro on Wednesday having been drawn against what Ballack insists was the worst possible opponent in the Champions League. Mourinho knows the Blues all too well havi...Full Story »

Mancini dismisses play-off plan

Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 by PA

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants to win a Champions League place on merit - and not via any play-off. The Italian has railed against the possibility of a play-off system between the fourth and seventh-placed clubs in the Barclays Premier League ahead of City's clash with Liverpool on Sunday at Eastlands. He said: "I do not like this idea. The players have so many games in one ye...Full Story »

Phalanx Prophecy: Forget The Milan Clubs, Italy Needs To Worry About 'Lesser' European Ties

Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 by Goal.com

The glamor ties might say less than the runs of the less fancied in Europe for the Serie A. Zac Lee Rigg explains before previewing the weekend's upcoming action. It says here Internazionale will win a double this year. Fiorentina (Inter's opponent in the Coppa Italia) fans better cross their little violet hearts that Jose Mourinho overcomes his former employer, Cheslea, in the Champions Lea...Full Story »

Jornada 7 Preview: Hits Keep On Coming

Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 by Goal.com

Chivas will look to try and keep their red-hot winning streak alive at home while a pair of the season's best teams meet in Monterrey. The weeks are seemingly flying by during the Bicentenario 2010 season. Before last weekend's games, each team had played just four games but now the teams will have seven under their belt soon enough. Wednesday's Jornada 6 games provided some drama and set up ...Full Story »

Pavlyuchenko to get rare start

Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 by PA

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is set to give Roman Pavlyuchenko a rare start over the next week despite a rift with the Russia striker over a potential move to Lokomotiv Moscow. With Lokomotiv claiming Redknapp blocked their move for Pavlyuchenko, the 28-year-old was then quoted accusing his manager of having a laugh at his expense. But Redknapp said; "He's fit again after a groin injury. We...Full Story »

Vieira set for ban

Posted Friday, February 19, 2010 by PA

Manchester City are resigned to losing Patrick Vieira for three key games after he decided to accept a Football Association charge of violent conduct on Thursday night. The City midfielder was charged on Wednesday after appearing to kick Glenn Whelan between the legs during Tuesday's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Stoke. A club statement read: "Patrick Vieira has reluctantly decided n...Full Story »

More to come from Zamora - Hodgson

Posted Friday, February 19, 2010 by PA

Roy Hodgson has challenged Bobby Zamora to smash through the 20-goal barrier after the Fulham striker sealed a 2-1 Europa League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. Zamora headlined a commanding display against last year's UEFA Cup winners by firing a spectacular 63rd-minute winner that saw the ball smash onto the crossbar and cannon into the net. "It was a wonder strike from Bobby. He's got two ...Full Story »

Man Utd provide acid test for Leonardo

Posted Tuesday, February 16, 2010 by BBC.com

As a general rule, I prefer to make my predictions after the event - I find it does wonders for their accuracy. But if you're going to put yourself on the line and make a forecast, there's one situation where getting it wrong is a pleasure - when someone turns out to be better than you expected. For me, Leonardo's performance as Milan coach is in that category. He might be under pressure and it...Full Story »

United defender in Club v Country Dilemma

Posted Tuesday, February 16, 2010 by NOTW.co.uk

JONNY EVANS is facing a club versus country dilemma ahead of the Carling Cup Final. Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington is compiling his squad for the March 3 friendly against Albania in Tirana and the release of players by clubs could prove quite a stumbling block. Worthington this week will have talks with several players including Manchester United defender Evans, normally a certain N...Full Story »

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