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Chelsea vs Swans preview - Villas-Boas surprised by criticism

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at the pundits who branded his team "naive and stupid" in their Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United. Almost a week has gone by since the Blues' controversial 3-1 loss at Old Trafford, but Villas-Boas was still smarting over the fallout from the game. The former Porto boss, who had not lost a league match as manager for 17 months pri...Full Story »

Arsenal vs Bolton preview - Wenger still gunning for title glory

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the race for the Barclays Premier League title is far from over despite the Gunners trailing Manchester United by 11 points already. The north Londoners have endured their worst start to a campaign under Wenger's guidance, having lost three of their five league games including an 8-2 mauling by United at Old Trafford. By contrast, the defending champions h...Full Story »

West Brom vs Fulham preview - Results needed fast, warns Brunt

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

West Brom captain Chris Brunt has told his team-mates it is time to start turning performances into results. The Baggies head into the match with Fulham bottom of the Barclays Premier League table having claimed three points from their five games. Those came courtesy of a win at Norwich, but they are yet to claim even a draw at home. Saturday`s opponents sit two places above them in the table...Full Story »

Newcastle vs Blackburn Rovers preview - Ameobi: Confidence the key to best form

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has put team-mate Leon Best's fine start to the season down to nothing more than confidence. Best has contributed three goals to the Magpies' fine unbeaten start to the season, which was extended to seven games in all competitions by Tuesday night's 4-3 extra-time victory at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, although his form did not win him an international r...Full Story »

Liverpool vs Wolves preview - Dalglish: Club is bigger than an individual

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's return from injury briefly deflected the spotlight away from striker Andy Carroll but manager Kenny Dalglish knows it is bound to return. The club's £35million record signing has yet to score in five Barclays Premier League appearances - three of which have been starts - with his only goal so far coming against League One Exeter in the Carling Cup. Carro...Full Story »

Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal preview - Llorente issues rallying call

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has issued a rallying call to his side's supporters as the Basque outfit look to put their miserable start to the season behind them against Villarreal. Athletic find themselves stuck in the bottom three ahead of this weekend's fixtures after taking just one point from their first four Primera Division matches under new coach Marcelo Bielsa. That solit...Full Story »

Bologna vs Inter Milan preview - Ranieri ready for battle

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

New Inter Milan boss Claudio Ranieri has asked his players to go into battle for him in his first match in charge at Bologna. The Nerazzurri are in the Serie A relegation zone with just one point to their name from their three opening league matches. Tuesday's 3-1 defeat at Novara, Inter's fourth loss in five official games, led to the dismissal of Gian Piero Gasperini. Ranieri, who is Inter'...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Vallecano preview - Callejon: Three points is vital

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

Real Madrid will look to end a disappointing week on a high note when they welcome promoted neighbours Rayo Vallecano to the Bernabeu, with midfielder Jose Callejon insisting a three-point haul is paramount. Madrid started the season with big-scoring wins over Real Zaragoza and Getafe but they have surprisingly slipped up twice since then, losing 1-0 at Levante last weekend and then being held ...Full Story »

AC Milan vs Cesena preview - Injuries are to blame - Galliani

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has blamed the absence of a string of first-team players for his club's slow start to the season. The defending champions host Cesena having taken just two points from their opening three Serie A games. "It's not down to being lucky or unlucky," Galliani said. "The fact is that we have 12 players injured and right now it's tough but this moment will pas...Full Story »

Manchester City vs Everton preview

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 by PA

Last season: Everton 2 Man City 1, Man City 1 Everton 2 Manchester City were left smarting when dropping two points in a 2-2 draw at Fulham after a brace from Sergio Aguero had put them on course for a fifth straight Premier League success. Everton have recovered well from an opening loss to QPR and again showed plenty of spirit to come from behind and beat Wigan 3-1, while in midweek they rea...Full Story »

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