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Bulgaria v England preview

Posted Friday, September 02, 2011 by teamtalk.com

Bent: Looks likely to miss out Darren Bent is a major doubt for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia after again missing training on Thursday afternoon. Bent had missed the previous two days' sessions with a groin problem and he again failed to participate in the final session 24 hours before the game. The Aston Villa player also missed last month's friendly international a...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Villarreal preview - Barca set for title defence

Posted Monday, August 29, 2011 by PA

Barcelona begin the defence of their Primera Division title against Villarreal on Monday night in buoyant mood after adding two more crowns to their increasingly overcrowded trophy room in the last fortnight - but coach Pep Guardiola is remaining grounded. After winning the Champions League and La Liga double last season, Barca defeated arch rivals Real Madrid to win the Spanish Supercopa 5-4...Full Story »

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City preview - Redknapp: Don't write off Spurs this season

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011 by PA

Harry Redknapp insists Tottenham can win the Barclays Premier League title this season. Spurs seemed genuine contenders for the title last term until a dip in form during the second half of the campaign saw them fall away before they ended the year in fifth position, 18 points behind winners Manchester United. While Spurs have struggled in the transfer market this summer, United, neighbours ...Full Story »

Newcastle vs Fulham preview - Pardew happy with captaincy decision

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011 by PA

Alan Pardew could hardly be more delighted with the way his decision to appoint Fabricio Coloccini as Newcastle captain has paid off. The 29-year-old Argentina international was perhaps a surprise choice to take over the armband when Kevin Nolan left the club for West Ham, but has led his side to an encouraging start to the season despite the madness that has gone on around the squad during yet...Full Story »

West Bromwich(WBA) vs Stoke City preview - Hodgson keen to open account

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011 by PA

Roy Hodgson has urged West Brom to put aside early season frustration and repeat their performances against Manchester United and Chelsea in Sunday's home Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke. The Baggies impressed against last season's champions and runners-up but were edged out in both encounters to leave them searching for their first points of the campaign. Hodgson is looking to end th...Full Story »

Manchester United vs Arsenal preview - Jones showing presence beyond his years

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011 by PA

Jonny Evans looked across at his central defensive partner on Monday night and struggled to remind himself he was a teenager. Phil Jones has made such an impression at Manchester United since his £18million summer move from Blackburn that he is already being touted as a possible member of England's Euro 2012 squad. Making his first Premier League start earlier this week, Jones performed l...Full Story »

Swansea City vs Sunderland preview - Rodgers: Pressure exists in every game

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011 by PA

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers finds it hard to believe that Steve Bruce is a man under pressure, but hopes the Sunderland boss will find little solace at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. The Black Cats and the Swans have identical records having drawn one and lost one of their two Premier League games to date, while both clubs made embarrassing Carling Cup exits at the hands of Brighton and...Full Story »

Liverpool vs Bolton Wanderers preview - Dalglish bids Aquilani farewell

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011 by PA

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish could make no space for Alberto Aquilani in his first-team plans this year, despite the Italy midfielder's performances for the Reds in pre-season. Aquilani has returned to his homeland to join AC Milan on loan for the remainder of the 2011-12 campaign in a deal which includes an option to make the move permanent. The 27-year-old arrived at Anfield from Roma in 20...Full Story »

Wigan Athletic vs Queens Park Rangers preview - Martinez welcomes new deals for players

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011 by PA

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez may not have been a busy man in the transfer market, but he is delighted to have three of his key players tied down to new deals ahead of their match against QPR. James McCarthy, Ben Watson and Emmerson Boyce have all penned new contracts at the DW Stadium as Martinez looks to give stability to the side that just avoided relegation last season. The game at home t...Full Story »

Hamilton FC vs Livingston preview - Spence in at deep end

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Hamilton Academicals' new teenage signing Greig Spence could go straight into the starting line-up against Livingston. The 19-year-old striker has completed a season-long loan move and is expected to be handed a debut by manager Billy Reid. Reid said: "I was disappointed with our performance against Ross County in midweek, but we have the chance to bounce back straight away. "Livingston will ...Full Story »

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