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Middlesbrough vs Brentford preview - Abella blow for Boro

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka will be without defender Damia Abella for the Sky Bet Championship clash with Brentford. The Spaniard was carried from the field on a stretcher after suffering a knee injury during Tuesday night's 1-0 win at Cardiff, and scans have indicated he will be sidelined for months rather than weeks. He will be joined on the sidelines by compatriot Daniel Ayala, who col...Full Story »

Fulham vs Blackburn Rovers preview - Symons leads new Fulham era

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Kit Symons will take charge of Fulham when they host Blackburn after Felix Magath was sacked on Thursday. The Cottagers remain bottom of the Championship with just one point from their first seven matches following Magath's final game in charge, Wednesday night's 5-3 defeat at leaders Nottingham Forest. Magath's side did at least score more than once for the first first time this season, with ...Full Story »

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Blackpool preview - Hyypia to tinker again

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Sami Hyypia is set to rotate his squad again for the visit of struggling Blackpool. The Seagulls chief made five changes to his starting line-up at Ipswich in midweek but his side slumped to a 2-0 defeat. Andrew Crofts, Gary Gardner, Joao Teixeira and Adrian Colunga will be among those pushing for recalls. Solly March and Dale Stephens are the only injury absentees. March has yet to figure th...Full Story »

Cesena vs Empoli preview - Maccarone fit and raring to go

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Empoli striker Massimo Maccarone is ready to play his first game of the season when his team visits Cesena on Saturday. The Italian forward missed his side's opening two games of the new campaign with a muscle injury but is expected to start this weekend. The Tuscan outfit head into the encounter at the Dino Manuzzi stadium confident they can claim their first win of the season. Empoli, who l...Full Story »

Colchester United vs Bradford AFC preview - Colchester's loan interest growing

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Colchester boss Tony Humes is playing a waiting game on loan signings before the visit of Bradford. He confirmed the club were close to signing striker Rhys Healy from Cardiff before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer quit the Bluebirds. Freddie Sears is hopeful he will overcome a back problem after sitting out training on Thursday. Defender Josh Thompson is set to go out on loan after a nightmare spell ...Full Story »

Watford vs AFC Bournemouth preview - Hornets must cope without Deeney

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Watford will be without their skipper Troy Deeney when they host Bournemouth in the lunchtime kick-off. Deeney, who has scored three goals this season, suffered a hamstring injury at Blackpool on Tuesday night and faces a few weeks on the sidelines. He could be replaced by fellow striker Fernando Forestieri, who has made a timely recovery from the hamstring problem which has kept him out of th...Full Story »

Sheffield Wed. vs Reading preview - Same again for Owls?

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray could name an unchanged starting line-up against Reading. Gray, who has no new selection issues, made just one change for the midweek win at Birmingham as skipper Glenn Loovens returned to the side following suspension. On-loan winger Royston Drenthe has stepped off the bench in Wednesday's last two matches, but will play no part against his parent club....Full Story »

Leeds United vs Huddersfield Town preview - Mowatt could make it

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Leeds teenager Alex Mowatt has an outside chance of returning for the West Yorkshire derby clash with Huddersfield. Mowatt missed the midweek win at Bournemouth with a bruised toe, but caretaker boss Neil Redfearn has not ruled the midfielder out of his plans. Redfearn, expected to take charge of his fourth game following the sacking of David Hockaday, has no new injury or suspension worries. ...Full Story »

VfB Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim preview - Veh: Win is vital for Stuttgart

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Stuttgart coach Armin Veh has warned his side must beat local rivals Hoffenheim on Saturday if they want to win back some of the self-confidence lost during a difficult start to the season. The Swabians have picked up just a single point from their first three games of the season, going down to defeat at Bayern Munich last weekend and leaving them only one option at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena this...Full Story »

Augsburg vs Werder Bremen preview - Dutt spoilt for choice

Posted Saturday, September 20, 2014 by PA

Werder Bremen coach Robin Dutt admits it is becoming increasingly difficult to name the 11 players to send into action each weekend, such is the fierce competition for places in his squad. So far, his choices appear to have been correct with the northern Germany side heading to Augsburg on Saturday on the back of an unbeaten start to the season. That does not necessarily mean that the 11 playe...Full Story »

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