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Everton vs Blackpool preview - Moyes hits back at Wenger

Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 by PA

Everton manager David Moyes has hit back at Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in a row over the conduct of Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas. Wenger said "it is wrong for Moyes to come out on what he pretends to have heard in the tunnel" after the Everton boss claimed Fabregas made "disgusting" comments towards officials this week. The Spaniard was alleged to have approached the fourth official at...Full Story »

Aston Villa vs Fulham preview - McAllister hails bargain Bent

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Gary McAllister believes Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent was a bargain capture for an initial £18million in comparison to the other big-name moves during the January transfer window. Bent has made a fine start to his Villa career with two goals in his opening three games to start living up to his price tag. But Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister claims Bent's capture represe...Full Story »

Athletic Bilbao vs Sporting Gijon preview - Caparros warns Bilbao against complacency

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Athletic Bilbao coach Joaquin Caparros has warned his side against relaxation ahead of Saturday's Primera Division clash at home to a revitalised Sporting Gijon. Athletic have won their last three league matches and are now flying high in sixth place, just six points behind the Champions League spots after 21 rounds of matches. But Caparros is concerned complacency could be a factor on Saturda...Full Story »

Wigan vs Blackburn preview - Watson highlights need to win

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Ben Watson has conceded Wigan are in serious trouble of relegation from the Barclays Premier League and must win nearly half of the remaining fixtures to be safe. With 13 matches left, the Latics are 19th and just two points ahead of bottom club Wolves, who have a game in hand. It is a perilous situation and Watson admits a drastic upturn in form is required. They have won just four matches t...Full Story »

Almeria vs Espanyol preview - Pochettino predicts Espanyol success

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino believes his side could finish as high as third in the Primera Division this season. Espanyol are currently in fifth place, eight points behind third-placed Villarreal, having lost at home by a single goal to the Yellow Submarine last weekend. But while Pochettino believes it is impossible to catch either Barcelona or Real Madrid at the top of the table, the ...Full Story »

Newcastle vs Arsenal preview - Pardew draws line under Carroll saga

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is confident his players will put the furore surrounding Andy Carroll's £35million move to Liverpool to one side at they attempt to secure their top-flight status. Fans have reacted angrily to the 22-year-old's departure for Anfield during the final hours of the January transfer window, with some blaming the club for allowing him to leave and others venting their...Full Story »

Stoke vs Sunderland preview - Pulis pleased with Potters options

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has emphasised the importance of being able to freshen up his side when the Potters take on Sunderland in their third match in six days. With Ryan Shawcross available after a two-match ban, Pulis may also call on midfielder Matthew Etherington and former Black Cats striker Kenwyne Jones, both of whom sat out the midweek defeat at Liverpool. However, while the trio can ...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid preview - Villa - Best is yet to come

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Barcelona striker David Villa insists the Catalan club can still get better and believes Pep Guardiola's side will go on to mark an era in world football. Barca have already won back-to-back Primera Division titles under Guardiola and completed an unprecedented - for a Spanish side - treble of league, Champions League and Copa del Rey titles in the coach's first season in charge. And that coul...Full Story »

Cagliari vs Juventus - Del Neri wants respect

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri goes into the match at Cagliari lamenting the treatment of his team by referees in midweek. In Wednesday's clash at Palermo, the Bianconeri believed referee Emidio Morganti should have awarded them two penalties. Palermo went on to win 2-1 to leapfrog Juve in the Serie A standings. "We want to be respected," Del Neri said. "We don't expect every penalty to be giv...Full Story »

Udinese vs Sampdoria preview - Garrone in plea to fans

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone has urged the fans to get behind the struggling team ahead of the match at Udinese. Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Cagliari was Samp's third consecutive defeat and dropped the Grifoni to 12th in the standings. Samp have won just once in their last seven Serie A games and not scored in their last four. Their poor run of form has left coach Domenico Di Carlo feelin...Full Story »

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