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Stoke City vs Wolves preview - Pulis: League takes priority over cup final

Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by PA

Tony Pulis insists Stoke becoming established as a Premier League club is more important than possible FA Cup glory next month. Pulis is full of pride at the Potters' achievement in clinching a Wembley meeting with Manchester City in three weeks. But he knows it is only the icing on the cake compared to Stoke staying part of the top flight and becoming a force at that level. Pulis, whose side...Full Story »

Zaragoza vs Almeria preview - Juanito won`t give up

Posted Sunday, April 24, 2011 by PA

Midfielder Juanito has not given up hope Almeria can still avoid the drop, although he admits it is going to be "difficult". Roberto Olabe's side started the weekend propping up the Primera Division standings, four points behind second-bottom Hercules and seven adrift of 17th-placed Malaga and safety. They are also seven points behind 18th-placed Real Zaragoza, their opponents on Monday night....Full Story »

Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester City preview - Olsson wants Rovers to win ugly

Posted Sunday, April 24, 2011 by PA

Blackburn have to put their new style of football to one side and play ugly to ensure the top-flight survival, according to their Swedish star Martin Olsson. Rovers have abandoned their renowned direct approach since Sam Allardyce was sacked and replaced by Steve Kean, but have also found themselves dragged into the relegation fight. Manchester City are the visitors to Ewood Park needing a v...Full Story »

Racing Santander vs Malaga preview - Pellegrini urges focus

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2011 by PA

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini believes concentration is the key for his side in the Primera Division clash at Racing Santander. Malaga have spent most of the season in the bottom three, but recent results have improved under the Chilean coach and the Andalusians are up to 17th place after picking up seven points from their last four matches. "It was a relief to move out of the relegation zone...Full Story »

Atletico Madrid vs Levante preview - Garcia: Atletico clash is pivotal

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2011 by PA

Levante coach Luis Garcia believes this weekend's clash with Atletico Madrid will determine whether his in-form side can challenge for a Europa League place over the final weeks of the campaign. In what has been one of the success stories of the Primera Division season, Levante have gone from being relegation probables to European possibles in less than three months. The promoted side were pro...Full Story »

Bolton vs Arsenal preview - Coyle leaps to Wenger`s defence

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2011 by PA

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has launched a strong defence of Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger and believes the Gunners head to the Reebok Stadium on Sunday still very much in the Barclays Premier League title race. Four draws from their last five games have hurt Arsenal's hopes of surpassing Manchester United and some supporters have expressed their frustration with Wenger as they near the end...Full Story »

Hercules vs Deportivo La Coruna preview - Calatayud seeks repeat performance

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2011 by PA

Hercules goalkeeper Juan Calatayud has urged his side to draw on last season's successful promotion campaign as they look to avoid an immediate return to the Segunda Division. Heading into the home clash with Deportivo La Coruna, Hercules are 19th in the standings with 30 points, three adrift of Real Zaragoza and safety. With only six games to go and just eight points from their last 14 matche...Full Story »

Sevilla vs Villarreal preview - Catala: Victory is vital

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2011 by PA

Villarreal defender Jose Manuel Catala believes his side can all but secure a Champions League berth with a victory over fellow high-flyers Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. Fourth-placed Villarreal currently boast a nine-point lead over Athletic Bilbao in fifth and, with only five games left after this weekend, Catalan feels they would be virtually uncatchable if they return from A...Full Story »

Sporting de Gijon vs Espanyol preview - Pochettino targets European berth

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2011 by PA

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino remains optimistic his side can qualify for Europe despite his side's recent poor form. Espanyol have picked up just eight points from the last 12 games, having won just two and lost eight of those matches. That dismal run has seen the Barcelona-based side drop out of the top six, but the Catalans sit just a point behind sixth-placed Sevilla and a win at Spor...Full Story »

Mallorca vs Getafe preview - Getafe put focus on on-field matters

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2011 by PA

Getafe will need to put any off-field distractions aside this weekend as they look to pick up more much-needed points in their fight to avoid relegation. Getafe have had an interesting week both on and off the pitch. Last Saturday Michel`s men beat high-flying Sevilla 1-0 to record only their second win in 16 league matches in 2011 and keep themselves four points above the relegation zone. The...Full Story »

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