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Parma vs Lecce preview - Lecce boss has confidence in players

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Lecce coach Serse Cosmi has faith in his beleaguered side ahead of Sunday's clash at Parma, despite their precarious position in the Serie A table. The Salentini sit at the foot of the standings, six points adrift of safety. Lecce have won just two of their 14 league games and their 3-2 defeat to Lazio last time out was their 10th reverse of the campaign. That game was Cosmi's first in charge...Full Story »

Napoli vs AS Roma preview - Hamsik turns attention to Serie A

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Napoli striker Marek Hamsik insists he and his team-mates will not be distracted by their Champions League draw which saw them paired with Chelsea when they host Roma in Serie A on Sunday. Walter Mazzarri's men were drawn against the Premier League side in one of the stand-out ties in the last 16. Napoli qualified for the first time to the knockout round of Europe's elite club competition afte...Full Story »

Racing de Santander vs Real Sociedad preview - Montanier keeps an iron grip

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier is demanding no let-up from his side as they look to continue their climb up the Primera Division with victory over lowly Racing Santander. Sociedad had propped up the standings following a 4-0 loss at Rayo Vallecano last month and Montanier's short tenure in the hotseat looked to be under serious threat. However, since that defeat Sociedad have picked up...Full Story »

Granada CF vs Levante preview - Levante defying the odds

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Granada manager Fabri Gonzalez has lauded Levante as an example to his own team after the Valencia side's great start to the season. Despite having one of the lowest budgets in the league Levante currently sit in fourth place, five points clear of their closest challengers Sevilla and Malaga. Fabri told Efe: "Levante are like a perfect machine. Their success is based in their defence, they kno...Full Story »

Lazio vs Udinese preview - Bizzarri calls for support from Lazio faithful

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Lazio goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri has urged the club`s fans to throw their full support behind the team as they look to beat in-form Udinese on Sunday. With Federico Marchetti sidelined until the new year through injury, Bizzarri will play from the start and the Argentinian expects a busy day against the Friuli outfit. "Udinese have great players up front and it's going to be a difficult game,"...Full Story »

Juventus vs Novara Calcio preview - Juve focused on Novara - Giaccherini

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini insists his team will not be distracted by Wednesday's game at Udinese when they host Novara on Sunday. The Turin giants end the year with a midweek match in Udine which could prove to be a battle for top spot in Serie A. Antonio Conte's side head into this weekend top of the standings but level on 30 points with Udinese, who face Lazio in Rome on Sunda...Full Story »

Genoa vs Bologna preview - Malesani receives Genoa backing

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has given coach Alberto Malesani a vote of confidence ahead of Sunday's game against Bologna, despite his team's poor run of form. Malesani's side go into this weekend's match at the Luigi Ferraris stadium on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan, their third loss in four games. The result dropped Genoa to eighth in the standings. "Malesani will continue in c...Full Story »

Parma vs Lecce preview - Mangia targets long-awaited away win

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Palermo coach Devis Mangia believes there is no better time for his side to end their eight-month winless run on the road than in Sunday's match at Catania. Mangia's men go into the all-Sicilian showdown desperate to put a dismal week firmly behind them. Palermo saw their perfect record at home end in a 1-0 defeat to Cesena and were then eliminated from the Coppa Italia on penalties by Siena i...Full Story »

Cesena vs Inter Milan preview - Nagatomo focused ahead of Cesena return

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo admits he will have to put emotions to one side when he faces his former club Cesena on Sunday. The Japan international will return to Cesena for the first time since leaving the Dino Manuzzi stadium in January to join Inter. "It's going to be a very special game for me as I am emotionally tied to the club and to Cesena fans," Nagatomo said. "But I will have...Full Story »

Aston Villa vs Liverpool preview - Aston Villa (WLDLW) v Liverpool (DWDLW)

Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011 by PA

Last season: Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 0, Liverpool 3 Aston Villa 0 Aston Villa ended a goal drought which had seen them go three games without scoring when Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov earned a 2-1 win at Bolton, their first away victory of the season, but have key frontman Gabriel Agbonlahor suspended this weekend. Liverpool have suffered some frustrating results against teams in the bo...Full Story »

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