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Zaragoza vs Espanyol preview - Ponzio tired of excuses

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Real Zaragoza midfielder Leo Ponzio says his side cannot continue to use a lack of familiarity to excuse poor performances. Zaragoza have made a poor start to the season after a tumultuous summer which saw the club first go into administration and then 11 new players arrive at La Romereda. But Ponzio said ahead of Sunday's visit of Espanyol: "Obviously with every passing day we get to know eac...Full Story »

Sunderland vs Stoke City preview - Bendtner relishing fresh start

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Nicklas Bendtner admits that life in Sunderland is a world away from the bright lights of London but insisted that he needed to move from Arsenal to pursue his ambitions. The Danish striker has moved to Wearside on a year-long loan - and made it clear he will not return to the Gunners afterwards if it is merely to warm the bench. Bendtner says he has hardly watched Arsenal on television this s...Full Story »

Tottenham vs Liverpool preview - Walker: Adebayor is a `soft giant'

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has hailed the impact of "soft giant" Emmanuel Adebayor. Spurs' search for a goalscoring target man came to an end earlier this month when they signed Adebayor on loan from Manchester City. The 27-year-old was a controversial signing, and not just because of his previous three seasons at Spurs' bitter north London rivals Tottenham. Adebayor also arrived at White...Full Story »

Fulham vs Manchester City preview - Jol vows to attack City

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Fulham manager Martin Jol has pledged to fight fire with fire when high-flying Manchester City visit Craven Cottage on Sunday. The west Londoners have struggled so far this season in the Barclays Premier League, whereas opponents City have started in scintillating form. Fulham only have two points on the board after four matches and Jol admitted earlier this week his side need to start turning...Full Story »

Manchester United vs Chelsea preview - Carrick: City are not the only threat

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Michael Carrick has dismissed the notion that the Premier League is already a two-horse race. With the two Manchester clubs both recording 100% starts from their opening four games, scoring 33 goals between them in the process, some pundits have already written off the chasing pack. Ahead of Sunday's Old Trafford showdown with Chelsea, Carrick does not believe that is the smartest move. Und...Full Story »

Getafe vs Rayo Vallecano preview - Trio set for Getafe bow

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Getafe could hand first starts to three of their star summer signings as they go in search of their first victory of the season at home to Rayo Vallecano. Diego Castro, Dani Guiza and Pedro Leon have all been kept out through injury - and, in the latter's case, as part of his loan agreement from Real Madrid - in recent weeks but look set to make their bow in the Madrid derby tomorrow lunchtime...Full Story »

Athletic Bilbao vs Slovan Bratislava preview - Bielsa wants more

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Marcelo Bielsa is not yet happy with his Athletic Bilbao side despite their first win of the season on Thursday night. A 2-1 Europa League success against Slovan Bratislava followed an opening pair of Primera Division matches, against Rayo Vallecano and Espanyol, from which Athletic took just one point. They also drew 0-0 with Trabzonspor in the first leg of their play-off round in Europe, bef...Full Story »

Ross County vs Livingston preview - Miller gets green light

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Ross County defender Gary Miller has been cleared to play against his former club Livingston. The SFA has down-graded the red card Miller received for handling the ball against Partick last weekend to a yellow card. Summer signing Sam Morrow could feature for the first time after being named in manager Derek Adams' matchday squad but Scott Morrison remains out with a stomach strain. "Livingst...Full Story »

Queen of South vs Greenock Morton preview - Morton missing McCann

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Queen of the South manager Gus McPherson will pick from an unchanged squad for the visit of league leaders Morton. Striker Marc McCusker is still not ready to make his debut and, like last weekend against Hamilton, he will miss out. McPherson is looking for his team to attack the Greenock men from kick-off, he said: "We were very positive last week and played three up front against Hamilton. ...Full Story »

Partick Thistle vs Ayr Utd. preview - Reid waiting on Robertson

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011 by PA

Partick striker Tommy Stewart looks set to miss the visit of Ayr. Stewart is nursing a thigh strain and is likely to join defender Willie Kinniburgh (hip) on the sidelines as the Jags look to make it four games in a row without defeat. Manager Jackie McNamara has warned his side to be wary of an Ayr coming out all guns blazing. He said: "Ayr gave themselves a mountain to climb last week at Mo...Full Story »

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