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Granada vs Racing Santander preview - Strugglers set for vital clash

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Granada and Racing Santander both head into Sunday's Primera Division match on a high having brought themselves back towards the pack with important wins in the past week. Granada won for only the second time since returning to the Primera Division with an incredible 2-1 victory at Andalucian neighbours Sevilla on Monday night. Goalkeeper Roberto was the hero at the Sanchez Pizjuan as he pulle...Full Story »

Napoli vs Juventus preview - Marchisio hoping Juve can march on

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Juventus have already shown an ability to win big games on the road this season so they are full of confidence heading into the trip to Napoli. The league leaders won 2-1 at Inter Milan last weekend and are one point clear of Udinese and Lazio. Napoli, like Inter, are competing in this season's Champions League. "The season is long," Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio said. "We have a big ...Full Story »

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona preview - Best is yet to come - Messi

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Lionel Messi has warned Barcelona's opponents there is more to come from him after an exceptional start to the season. Messi bagged his second hat-trick in as many games as he single-handedly demolished Viktoria Plzen in midweek after scoring three against Real Mallorca at the weekend, with the latest goal glut taking him past 200 in his Barca career. Messi has 22 goals in 17 games this season...Full Story »

Udinese vs Siena preview - Boss backs Bianconeri to bounce back

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin believes his players will be able to put Thursday's below-par performance at Atletico Madrid behind them when they host Siena. The Friuli outfit was beaten 4-0 in Spain and that result left Udinese level on seven points with Atletico Madrid at the top of Group I of the Europa League, but Celtic are now just two points behind them. "We showed our inexperience an...Full Story »

Zaragoza vs Sporting Gijon preview - Roberto ready for tough tasks

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Real Zaragoza goalkeeper Roberto believes his team must remain calm ahead of a difficult run of matches. Zaragoza have lost their past three games to slip to the brink of the Primera Liga relegation zone and their task hardly gets easier in the coming weeks. After hosting Sporting Gijon at La Romareda on Sunday the Aragon club travel to champions Barcelona before fifth-placed Sevilla visit. T...Full Story »

Chievo vs Fiorentina preview - Viola look to end away-day blues

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Fiorentina travel to Verona for the game against Chievo looking to claim their first victory on the road this season. Seven months have passed since the Viola last celebrated a win on their travels. With just two points taken in four games away from home this season, Fiorentina have had to rely on their results at the Artemio Franchi stadium to remain above the relegation zone. Last Sunday's ...Full Story »

Atalanta vs Cagliari preview - Cellino puts faith in Ficcadenti

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has handed coach Massimo Ficcadenti a vote of confidence ahead of the game at Atalanta. The Sardinians have won just once in their past seven games and reports in Italy suggest the club are considering potential replacements for under-fire Ficcadenti. However, Cellino rubbished the rumours and insisted Ficcadenti will remain in charge. He said: "I have no in...Full Story »

Real Madrid vs Osasuna preview - Ronaldo eyes the power and the glory

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to put aside personal accolades and help his side to "a year of glory". Madrid improved significantly under Jose Mourinho last year but still ended the season with just the Copa del Rey trophy to show for their efforts as Barcelona won La Liga and the Champions League. They have shown signs of pushing Barca even closer this term and currently to...Full Story »

Getafe vs Atletico de Madrid preview - Plaza primed for improvement

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Getafe coach Luis Garcia Plaza is hoping to find Atletico Madrid's soft spot as he looks to guide Getafe off the foot of the Primera Division. Atletico go into Sunday's meeting in the Madrid suburbs having won their last two games, but that was after a run of seven matches without a victory. "We need to win," said Plaza. "There is no other way. It is a weird time, and it will be a long fight. ...Full Story »

Bolton Wanderers vs Stoke City preview - Bolton without suspended Gardner

Posted Saturday, November 05, 2011 by PA

Ricardo Gardner joins the list of absentees for Bolton's Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday. Gardner is serving a one-match ban after being sent off in last week's 3-1 defeat at Swansea for collecting two yellow cards, and is likely to be replaced by Paul Robinson, who was benched for the game at the Liberty Stadium. Boss Owen Coyle is still without long-t...Full Story »

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