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Catania vs Napoli preview - Maggio focused on Catania clash

Posted Friday, October 28, 2011 by PA

Napoli defender Christian Maggio insists his side will not be distracted by their Champions League game with Bayern Munich when they visit Catania. The Naples team travel to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to face the Bundesliga giants, with top spot in Group A up for grabs. Despite the obvious attraction of next week's clash, Maggio believes his side's only focus right now is on the domestic f...Full Story »

Palermo vs Lecce preview - Mangia confident of upturn in fortunes

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by PA

Palermo coach Devis Mangia admits his team are "hungry" to halt their slide down the Serie A table when they take on Lecce. The Sicilians have taken just one win in their last four games, and Sunday's 1-0 loss at Roma saw Palermo drop to eighth place. Moreover, they have failed to score in their last two league matches and Mangia is aware it is a downward spiral they need to get out of quick...Full Story »

Espanyol vs Real Betis preview - Pochettino aware of Betis threat

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by PA

Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned his players to be wary of a "wounded" Real Betis as the teams prepare to meet in the Primera Division. Espanyol and Real Betis both sit in mid-table with 12 points from eight matches, but they head into their meeting on very different runs of form. The hosts have ended their poor run away from home with victories at Rayo Vallecano and Racing Sant...Full Story »

Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico de Madrid preview - Diego offers Manzano backing

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by PA

Atletico Madrid playmaker Diego has jumped to the defence of coach Gregorio Manzano by insisting everyone must take responsibility for their difficult start to the season. The capital side ended a three-match scoreless run at the weekend but still failed to record a much-needed victory as they drew 1-1 at home to lowly Mallorca, leaving them still with just two wins from eight Primera Division ...Full Story »

Mallorca vs Sporting de Gijon preview - Flores focused on three points

Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by PA

Real Mallorca defender Jose Manuel Flores is targeting a three-point haul from their clash with Sporting Gijon after seeing his side claim creditable draws against Valencia and Atletico Madrid in their first two matches under new coach Joaquin Caparros. Caparros replaced Michael Laudrup just before the international break and picking up points against two of La Liga big guns represents a...Full Story »

Levante vs Real Sociedad preview - Levante hoping to continue dream start

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Levante have undoubtedly been the story of the Primera Division season so far and the current league leaders will look to extend their winning run to seven games when Real Sociedad visit the Ciudad de Valencia. Los Granotes' 3-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday was arguably their best performance of a remarkable run and manager Juan Ignacio Martinez will almost certainly name the same starting lin...Full Story »

Getafe vs Osasuna preview - Garcia looking for "vital" win

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Getafe manager Luis Garcia believes the visit of Osasuna will be crucial as his side look to pull away from the Primera Division relegation zone. Garcia's side drew 0-0 at Real Sociedad on Sunday to pick up their first point on the road all season but they still sit precariously just one point and one position above the drop zone. The manager told a press conference broadcast on the club's web...Full Story »

Zaragoza vs Valencia preveiw - Los Che looking to bounce back

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Valencia may be feeling just a little trepidation ahead of their trip to Real Zaragoza having suffered heavy defeats in their last two visits to La Romareda. In the season before last Valencia lost the corresponding fixture 3-0 and last term they were thumped 4-0, their heaviest defeat since 2008. Valencia coach Unai Emery today described those results as "humiliating and painful" as well as a...Full Story »

Atalanta vs Inter Milan preview - Ranieri ready for Orobici examination

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri is expecting a tough examination for his side against Atalanta in Bergamo on Wednesday. The Nerazzurri bounced back from defeats to Napoli and Catania with a 1-0 triumph over Chievo on Sunday. The result saw Inter keep a clean sheet for only the second time this season and lifted the Nerazzurri to 16th place, eight points adrift of league leaders Udinese. Int...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Villarreal preview - Garrido rallies Yellow Submarine

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido has urged his team to be brave as the struggling Yellow Submarine make the daunting trip to Real Madrid looking to turn their season around. Villarreal finished fourth last season but have had a miserable start to the current campaign, picking up just one win and seven points from their opening eight Primera Division games, while they have also lost all thre...Full Story »

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