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Stenhousemuir vs Cowdenbeath preview - Blue Brazil wait on Armstrong

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Stenhousemuir will again be without Grant Plenderleith against league leaders Cowdenbeath. The midfielder completes a four-game suspension as the Warriors look to make it three wins in a row and jump above the visitors at the summit. Manager David Irons will finalise his side after checking on the players who are still nursing a few bumps and bruises picked up in the cup clash with Falkirk on ...Full Story »

Forfar Athletic vs Airdrie United preview - Keast winning fitness battle

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Forfar will be without Iain Campbell for the visit of Airdrie. Campbell has an ankle injury that will keep him on the sidelines but midfielder Martyn Fotheringham is expected to shake off a knock in time for the game. "Martyn should be fine and that gives us options," said assistant manager Ian Campbell, whose side are looking for their first league win. "This is a game were we need to get th...Full Story »

Ayr Utd. vs Raith Rovers preview - Campbell sits it out

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Ayr will be without suspended central defender Martyn Campbell for the home game against Raith. Rovers are hoping to build on their Scottish Communities Cup success over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in midweek, with manager Brian Reid warning his players to expect a backlash from their Kirkcaldy opponents. Reid, who will also be without midfielder Alan Trouten (groin), said: "I watched the Rai...Full Story »

East Fife vs Dumbarton preview - Muir the merrier for Robbo

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

East Fife defender David Muir will return to contention following suspension for the home clash with Dumbarton. Muir will be added to the squad of players that saw off Premier League side Dunfermline in the Scottish Communities Cup in midweek. Manager John Robertson said: "It was a great result for the players and the fans in midweek, but it's back to the bread and butter stuff now and we need...Full Story »

Arbroath vs Stirling Albion preview - Sheerin waits on Baxter

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Arbroath will be without injured trio Stuart Malcolm, Kieran McAnespie and Jordan Elfverson for their home game against Stirling. Defenders Malcolm and McAnespie and striker Elfverson are definite absentees, while full-back Mark Baxter is doubtful due to a knock. Manager Paul Sheerin, unable to decide on his line up until he knows if Baxter can play, said: "It's not ideal, but we'll just have ...Full Story »

Chelsea FC vs Norwich City preview - Villas-Boas set to delay Mata debut

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Andre Villas-Boas has warned Chelsea fans they may have to wait until after the international break to see Juan Mata in action for the club. Wednesday night saw the Blues complete the signing of World Cup winner Mata, who is expected to add some much-needed creativity to their midfield. Manager Villas-Boas has revealed the 23-year-old, for whom Chelsea reportedly paid Valencia around £24m...Full Story »

Albion Rovers FC vs Brechin City preview - Injury delays Gemmell return

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Albion striker John Gemmell has served his suspension but will miss the home game with Brechin through injury. Gemmell has been banned for Albion's league games so far this season and remains sidelined due to a back injury. Goalkeeper Derek Gaston trained for the first time in three weeks on Thursday and is included in manager Paul Martin's squad, but Allan Dempsie, Michael O'Byrne and Joseph ...Full Story »

Blackburn Rovers vs Everton preview - Kean hoping cup win provides lift

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is challenging his players to take their Carling Cup feel-good factor into the Barclays Premier League as they belatedly attempt to open their account. Rovers are yet to pick up a single point after successive defeats by Wolves at home on the opening day and Aston Villa in the Midlands last weekend, and head into Saturday's clash with Everton at Ewood Park determined t...Full Story »

Aston Villa vs Wolves preview - McLeish seeks replacement for Young

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is looking to bring in a quickfire replacement for QPR-bound Luke Young but has ruled out a move for the midfield duo of Scott Parker and Darron Gibson. Villa have accepted an undisclosed offer from Rangers for former England international Young, who is holding talks with Rangers. McLeish, whose side entertain Wolves on Saturday, has to adopt a 'sell to buy' po...Full Story »

Partick vs Queen of South preview - McNamara ponders Elliot role

Posted Friday, August 26, 2011 by PA

Partick Thistle manager Jackie McNamara will check on new signing Christie Elliot before finalising his side for the home clash with Queen of the South. Former Whitley bay winger Elliot appeared as a substitute on his debut against Hamilton Academicals last Saturday before heading back down south to complete his university exams. McNamara said: "Christie did well last week when he came on, but...Full Story »

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