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Arsenal vs Wolves preview - Wenger puts Wolves clash first

Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 by PA

Arsene Wenger insists the match against Wolves is his priority ahead of Arsenal's clash against Barcelona in the Champions League next week. The Arsenal manager is not tempted to rest any of his players against a side who ended Manchester United's unbeaten Premier League run at Molineux last weekend. Abou Diaby is suspended after being sent off against Newcastle last weekend but Johan Djouro...Full Story »

Birmingham vs Stoke preview - Martins cleared for action

Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 by PA

Birmingham newcomer Obafemi Martins is included in the squad for the first time for Saturday's home Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke after the Nigerian obtained a visa this week. Blues boss Alex McLeish has to decide whether to start Martins or put him on the substitutes' bench, with the former Newcastle forward having not played competitively for two months. McLeish has a full squad t...Full Story »

Manchester United vs Manchester City preview - United duo to miss derby

Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 by PA

Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans will both miss the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Ferdinand has not recovered from the calf injury he sustained in the warm-up ahead of Manchester United's shock defeat at Wolves last week. Evans played in that game but missed Northern Ireland's hammering by Scotland on Wednesday with an ankle injury and is still sidelined. "Rio Ferdinand got a calf injury las...Full Story »

Blackburn vs Newcastle preview - Roque boost for Rovers

Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 by PA

Striker Roque Santa Cruz returns to Blackburn's squad for the visit of Newcastle. The Paraguay international has missed the last two matches with a groin injury but has now fully recovered. Defender Gael Givet (groin) is still not fit, although utility player Phil Jones' rehabilitation from a knee operation is ahead of schedule and he is set for a possible return in April. January signings Ma...Full Story »

Inter Milan vs AS Roma Preview: Roma still strong - Materazzi

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 by PA

Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi believes opponents Roma remain a formidable side despite their inactivity in the winter transfer window. Defending champions Inter are in third place, seven points behind Serie A leaders and city rivals, AC Milan, but two ahead of their fifth-placed opponents. "They didn't sign anyone but Roma is a great team," said the veteran defender. "We have played ag...Full Story »

Brescia vs Bari Preview: Iachini sees the light

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 by PA

Brescia have endured a season-long struggle in Serie A, but coach Giuseppe Iachini believes the club may have turned the corner with their battling performance at Roma. The Rondinelle go into their home game against bottom-side Bari on the back of a 1-1 midweek draw against the Romans. "My team played a fantastic game at the Stadio Olimpico," Iachini said. "We showed no fear against Roma. "We...Full Story »

Genoa vs AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri blank irks Allegri

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 by PA

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has called on his players to make up for their midweek goalless draw with Lazio by getting their scudetto challenge back on track at Genoa. The Rossoneri's lead at the Serie A summit remains a healthy five points but Allegri is still irritated by their inability to beat Lazio last time out. "Lazio played a defensive game," Allegri said. "We were unlucky. "W...Full Story »

Parma vs Fiorentina Preview: Mutu poised for comeback

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 by PA

Adrian Mutu is set to make his first appearance for Fiorentina in 2011 at Parma. The Viola announced on Friday that the Romanian striker had been reinstated to Sinisa Mihajlovic's team after being dropped last month as punishment for walking out of training. Several clubs had been keen to sign Mutu and he wanted a move in the hope of securing a bigger pay packet. He stormed out of a training ...Full Story »

Lazio vs Chievo Preview: Reja keeps Biancoceleste on boil

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 by PA

Lazio host Chievo looking to strengthen their Champions League qualifying ambitions. Biancoceleste coach Edy Reja was delighted after his team held league leaders AC Milan to a goalless draw at the San Siro on Tuesday. The result followed their 2-0 triumph over Fiorentina and took Lazio up to fourth in Serie A, level on 41 points with Inter Milan, who are third. "We knew the strength of Milan...Full Story »

Napoli vs Cesena Preview: Mazzarri rallies his troops

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 by PA

Napoli are looking to get back on track in the Serie A title chase when they host Cesena. The club's four-match unbeaten run came to an end on Wednesday in a 2-0 defeat at Chievo. Napoli remained in second place but fell five points behind league leaders AC Milan. Walter Mazzarri, the Napoli coach, is confident the team will bounce back. "It was an ugly game from our part," said Mazzarri. "...Full Story »

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