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Annan Athletic vs Alloa preview - Cox ruled out

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by PA

Annan Athletic striker David Cox will miss out against Alloa in the first leg of the semi-final due to a foot injury but boss Harry Cairney has an otherwise full-strength squad. With both sides losing on the last league game of the season to drop a place in the table, it was not the tie that many fans were expecting. Yet Black and Gold manager Cairney said: "It was not the tie that many people...Full Story »

Brechin City vs Cowdenbeath preview - City pair in fitness race

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by PA

Brechin defenders Gerry McLauchlan and Ewan Moyes are both losing their fitness battles ahead of their sides first leg play-off semi-final against Cowdenbeath. But full-back Paul McLean is available after suspension and midfielder Jamie Redman has recovered from the injury that kept him out against Ayr at the weekend. Manager Jim Weir Weir said: "Gerry and Ewan had been out of the team with in...Full Story »

Forfar vs Ayr Utd. preview - Gallacher sits out first leg

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by PA

Forfar have a full squad of players available to manager Dick Campbell for their first-leg play-off semi-final against Ayr with the exception of goalkeeper Scott Gallacher. Gallacher is struggling with a thigh problem, but Chris Templeman is available after suspension and looks set to return to the starting line up for a tie that Forfar's assistant manager Ian Campbell believes is too close to ...Full Story »

Real Sociedad vs Real Zaragoza preview - Prieto hopes for home comforts

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by PA

Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto is hoping home advantage will be a deciding factor in the clash with fellow relegation candidates Real Zaragoza. Sociedad currently sit 15th in the table, two places and two points ahead of Zaragoza who are outside of the relegation zone only by virtue of a better head-to-head record than 18th-placed Deportivo La Coruna. Former Spain Under-21 internationa...Full Story »

Racing Santander vs Atletico Madrid preview - Flores: Replacements are up to the job

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by PA

Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores insists his team are strong enough to cope without four key players for Tuesday's Primera Division trip to Racing Santander. Defenders Luis Perea and Diego Godin miss out through injury, while striker Diego Costa is suspended and winger Juanfran Torres absent following the death of his father. "We have several players missing, but we will substitute t...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Getafe preview - Karanka mounts pressure on Madrid

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by PA

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka admits Jose Mourinho's side cannot afford to drop points to weaker teams in future. Karanka, speaking as Mourinho seeks an official explanation from UEFA for the five-match ban he was handed last week, claims Madrid will continue to fight for the Primera Division title until all hope is gone. Madrid are in action at home to Getafe on Tuesday, but with ...Full Story »

Deportivo La Coruna vs Athletic Bilbao preview - Barral reveals bizarre request

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by PA

Sporting Gijon striker David Barral has revealed that Deportivo La Coruna players asked him to deliberately miss the penalty he scored in added time to rescue a 2-2 draw for his side in the Primera Division on Saturday. Deportivo had looked set to secure a vital win and move clear of the relegation zone, but were pegged back by Barral's spot-kick and are now in the bottom three with just three ...Full Story »

Manchester City vs Tottenham preview - No rest for City as rivals Spurs visit

Posted Monday, May 09, 2011 by PA

Roberto Mancini is not convinced Manchester City's surprise defeat at Everton will have a major effect on their Champions League qualification hopes - but it has cost him a chance to rest players ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final. With a six-point advantage and just three games remaining, it is hard to see out-of-form Tottenham clawing back the deficit even if they manage to win their Premier Le...Full Story »

Juventus vs Chievo preview - Del Neri: It`s not over yet

Posted Monday, May 09, 2011 by PA

Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri has refused to write off his team's chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season. The Bianconeri host Del Neri's former club Chievo needing a win to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the top four. Victory would see Juve cut the gap to fourth-place Udinese to three points with two rounds remaining. Udinese beat Lazio 2-1 to hold onto the last Ch...Full Story »

Fulham vs Liverpool preview - Hughes sets record challenge for Fulham

Posted Sunday, May 08, 2011 by PA

Mark Hughes has sought to prevent Fulham slacking off in their final three games of the season by challenging them to secure their highest ever points tally in the Barclays Premier League. The Cottagers sealed their top-flight status last weekend when they romped to a 3-0 win at Sunderland and there could be a danger of them relaxing in their upcoming matches against Liverpool, Birmingham and...Full Story »

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