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Udinese vs Juventus preview - Conte hails table-topping Juve

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by PA

Juventus coach Antonio Conte has showered his team with praise ahead of the showdown at Udinese where the Turin giants will look to ensure themselves of top spot in Serie A heading into 2012. Juve go into their final game of the year boasting a two-point lead over AC Milan and Udinese at the top of the standings following last weekend's 2-0 triumph over Novara. Another victory would therefore ...Full Story »

Newcastle vs West Bromwich(WBA) preview - Pardew looks to banish bad memories against Baggies

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by PA

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is desperate to make West Brom pay for ruining his summer on Wednesday night. The Baggies will arrive on Tyneside to revisit the scene of a remarkable fightback on the final day of the last Barclays Premier League season. With both promoted teams already comfortably safe, the Magpies raced into a 3-0 lead by half-time and were odds-on to claim a creditable 10th-place...Full Story »

Wigan Athletic vs Liverpool preview - Martinez wants win against Liverpool

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by PA

Wigan cannot afford to approach Wednesday`s clash with Liverpool looking for anything other than a victory, according to manager Roberto Martinez. Athletic's form has improved over recent weeks, with a 2-1 win at West Brom followed up by an impressive 1-1 home draw with Chelsea on Saturday. Martinez`s side remain in the drop zone, though, with a poor start to the season proving difficult to re...Full Story »

Bologna vs Roma preview - Gillet desperate for Christmas success

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by PA

Bologna goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet hopes to give his side's fans an early Christmas present with victory over Roma. The Romans arrive to the Renato Dall' Ara stadium in seventh place and trailing Udinese, who hold the last Champions League qualifying spot, by 10 points. Bologna, meanwhile, have different priorities, and talk within the camp is of avoiding relegation. Last weekend's 2-1 d...Full Story »

Inter Milan vs Lecce preview - Inter aim to continue resurgence

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by PA

Inter Milan host strugglers Lecce eager to go into the Christmas break on a high and keep Juventus in their sights. The Nerazzurri endured a dismal start to the campaign but are now fifth in Serie A, 10 points behind the seemingly unstoppable Juve. "Little by little we are recovering," Inter coach Claudio Ranieri said. "But we are still far off from the Inter I have in mind. "We want to retur...Full Story »

Lazio vs Chievo preview - Lazio want Merry Christmas

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by PA

The month of December has offered plenty of successful moments for Lazio and the Romans will be looking to end it on a high note when they host Chievo on Wednesday night. Lazio followed their wins against Novara and Lecce with a 2-2 draw against Udinese on Sunday to climb to fourth in the standings. They lie four points behind Serie A leaders Juventus after 15 games played. Lazio also qualifi...Full Story »

Napoli vs Genoa preview - Mazzarri targets Napoli riposte

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by PA

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri is confident his side can overcome the loss of Ezequiel Lavezzi and halt their slide down the table with a victory over Genoa. Mazzarri's men take on Genoa at the San Paolo stadium without the influential Argentina striker, who sustained a groin injury at the weekend and will be out for five weeks. "We could have done without Lavezzi's injury," Mazzarri said."He is...Full Story »

Atalanta vs Cesena preview - Colantuono targets strong finish to 2011

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by PA

Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono is hoping his side can end a difficult year on a high note by beating strugglers Cesena on Wednesday. Had Atalanta not been handed a six-point penalty at the start of the season for alleged match-fixing, they would be fifth in Serie A, having taken 23 points in 15 games. As it is, the promoted outfit is languishing in 14th place in Serie A. Last weekend's 2-2...Full Story »

Parma vs Catania preview - Lopez prepared for potential farewell

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by PA

Argentina striker Maxi Lopez is aware Wednesday's Serie A game at Parma could be his last with Catania. Italian champions AC Milan confirmed this week that they have spoken to Catania with a view to acquiring Lopez should they fail in their attempt to lure Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez to the San Siro next month. Lopez, who scored his third goal of the campaign in Sunday's 2-0 triumph o...Full Story »

Wolves vs Norwich preview - McCarthy: Jarvis back on song

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by PA

Mick McCarthy believes Wolves winger Matt Jarvis has regained the form which won him an England cap ahead of their home Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich. Jarvis made his international debut last season against Ghana at Wembley after a string of fine performances, only for his standard of play to dip during the early part of the current campaign. But he impressed McCarthy during the...Full Story »

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