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AC Milan vs Parma preview - Valdes urging vast improvement from Ducali

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Parma midfielder Jaime Valdes knows his side face the daunting task of trying to tame defending champions AC Milan at the San Siro on Wednesday. Milan remain unbeaten at home this season and have won three of their last four games, including Sunday's 4-3 triumph at Lecce. Given their current form, this run looks unlikely to be broken and Valdes is aware his side will have to be at their best i...Full Story »

Genoa vs AS Roma preview - Enrique rallies resurgent Roma

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Roma coach Luis Enrique has called on his players to build on last weekend's victory over Palermo and keep climbing the Serie A table with a win at Genoa on Wednesday. The Giallorossi failed to taste success in their opening three games this season but have since picked up three wins in four matches, and Luis Enrique wants his side to continue their momentum. "We have overcome a difficult time...Full Story »

Rayo Vallecano vs Malaga preview - Gamez and Isco backing Malaga recovery

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Malaga duo Jesus Gamez and Isco Alarcon are viewing the clash with promoted Rayo Vallecano as the ideal opportunity to get their Primera Division campaign back on track following recent setbacks. New-look Malaga had taken 13 points from a possible 15 in the wake of their opening-day defeat to Sevilla, but in their last two matches Manuel Pellegrini's men have been beaten 3-0 at Levante and then...Full Story »

Lazio vs Catania preview - Reja keen to keep up momentum

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Lazio coach Edy Reja has urged his players to maintain their winning momentum as they prepare to host Catania. The Romans head into Wednesday's encounter at the Stadio Olimpico one point behind Serie A leaders Udinese and on the back of last weekend's 2-0 triumph at Bologna that marked their third consecutive win. "We have not set ourselves any targets this season," Reja said. "We want to cont...Full Story »

Sevilla vs Racing de Santander preview - Marcelino not content to rest on laurels

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Sevilla coach Marcelino Garcia Toral wants his team to forget about their impressive draw against Barcelona and instead focus solely on their clash with Racing Santander in the Primera Division. Sevilla claimed a point at the Nou Camp on Saturday in a match with an explosive ending which saw Lionel Messi miss a penalty and Frederic Kanoute and Fernando Navarro sent off in injury-time, both of...Full Story »

Granada CF vs Barcelona preview - Barca gunning for top spot

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011 by PA

Barcelona will attempt to reclaim top spot in the Primera Division when they take on lowly Granada, but coach Pep Guardiola is not expecting it to be easy against the top-flight newcomers. Barca slipped to third place in the table after dropping their first home points of the season on Saturday when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Sevilla at the Nou Camp. That result left Barca two points behi...Full Story »

Juventus vs Fiorentina preview - Vote of confidence for Mihajlovic

Posted Monday, October 24, 2011 by PA

Fiorentina coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has been given the full backing of club owner Andrea Della Valle ahead of the Serie A trip to Juventus. Last weekend's 2-2 home draw against Catania extended Fiorentina's winless run to four games and dropped the Viola to 10th in the standings. Defeats at Juve and against Genoa on Sunday could prove costly for Mihajlovic, according to reports in Italy. Howev...Full Story »

Queens Park Rangers vs Chelsea FC preview - AVB always prepared for defeat

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by PA

Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he is a "very negative person", despite the unprecedented success he has enjoyed since becoming a manager. Villas-Boas has made a prodigious impact in the game in the past two years, emerging from the shadow of former mentor Jose Mourinho to transform the fortunes of Academica and win a remarkable quadruple with Porto before being headhunted by Chelsea this summ...Full Story »

Manchester United vs Manchester City preview - Jones relishing derby atmosphere

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by PA

Phil Jones is expecting the white-hot heat of a Manchester derby to eclipse the notoriously fractious rivalry between Burnley and Blackburn. Those seething all-Lancashire tussles are the only real experience Jones has of a derby atmosphere. The spite and venom on show in those contests came as a shock to the Premier League. Yet even Chorley-born Jones feels that intensity will be surpassed at...Full Story »

Fulham vs Everton preview - Jol backs retrospective action for play acting

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 by PA

Fulham manager Martin Jol would back retrospective action for simulation after seeing Moussa Dembele controversially sent off in Poland on Thursday night. The Belgium international was handed a straight red card 29 minutes into the Cottagers' 1-0 defeat to Wisla Krakow in Europa League Group K. The incident occurred when an innocuous passage of play flared up, with Dembele pushing over Gervasi...Full Story »

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