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AS Roma vs Atalanta preview - Enrique eyes back-to-back wins

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Roma coach Luis Enrique has called on his team to build on last weekend's first victory of the season when they host in-form Atalanta. The Giallorossi go into the Stadio Olimpico encounter in high spirits after a 1-0 triumph at Parma last time out. Luis Enrique's joy was understandable as his side had picked up only two points from their previous three games, and he now wants them to gain some...Full Story »

Racing Santander vs Rayo Vallecano preview - Bernardo targets win

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Racing Santander defender Bernardo has urged his side to step up their steady start to the Primera Division campaign with victory over Rayo Vallecano. Hector Cuper's side have made a solid if unspectacular start to the campaign, with three 0-0 draws and two defeats from five games. The Argentinian coach was well known during his time at Valencia for building teams that were defensively well or...Full Story »

Blackburn vs Manchester City preview - Dzeko makes peace with Mancini

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Edin Dzeko could start against Blackburn after confirming he has been forgiven by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini for his furious reaction to being substituted in Munich this week. Mancini vowed that no City player would behave in such a manner again whilst he remained in charge. Dzeko vented his frustrations as he was making his way to the dugout after being replaced by Nigel de Jong ...Full Story »

Queen of South vs Dundee preview - Absentees mither McPherson

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Queen of the South defender Craig Reid has been ruled out of his side's home fixture with Dundee due to a groin injury. Manager Gus McPherson will also be without the suspended Kevin Smith and fellow striker Marc McCusker, who is struggling with a groin injury. Midfielder Scott McLaughlin is rated as having a 50/50 chance of featuring due to an unspecified injury. McPherson said: "We have a f...Full Story »

Airdrie vs Stenhousemuir preview - Lovering missing for Airdrie

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Experienced Airdrie defender Paul Lovering has been ruled out of the home clash with Stenhousemuir. Lovering has a hip problem and, subsequently, will join fellow full-back Graeme Goodhall and winger Ally Woodburn - who are suffering from knocks - on the sidelines. Diamonds manager Jimmy Boyle has challenged his players to grab their third home win of the season and move towards the play-off p...Full Story »

Stirling vs Brechin City preview - Late Langfield bid fails

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Stirling have failed in a bid to bring in Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield ahead of the clash with Brechin City. Jocky Scott swooped for the Dons stopper as cover for the injured Callum Reidford, only for Langfield to opt to remain at Pittodrie to fight for his place. Scott will be without Daly McSorley, who injured himself at work last week, but Shaun Dillon will return after a hamstring p...Full Story »

Ross County vs Ayr preview - Craig absence softened by McMenamin

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Ross County will be without suspended striker Steven Craig again for their home clash with Ayr. Craig sits out game three of his eight-match ban and has been joined on the sidelines by Michael Gardyne, who has a thigh injury. But Dingwall boss Derek Adams has been boosted by the news that striker Colin McMenamin has off the knock that saw him substituted early on in last Saturday's 1-0 win at ...Full Story »

Aston Villa vs Wigan preview - Jenas set for Villa bow

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

On-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas is in contention to make his Aston Villa debut in the Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan after recovering from a thigh problem. Record signing Darren Bent has shaken off a groin injury while fellow striker Emile Heskey is also in the frame after a recent hamstring setback. Villa boss Alex McLeish will give a late fitness test to defender James ...Full Story »

East Fife vs Forfar preview - McQuade adds to Fife problems

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Bottom-of-the-table East Fife face Forfar without striker Paul McQuade. McQuade is suffering from a thigh strain and his absence provides a headache for manager John Robertson, who is already sweating over the fitness of Craig Johnstone and Lloyd Young. Robertson has urged his players to find a ruthless streak as they look to move from the foot of the Division Two table. He said: "We have sim...Full Story »

Hamilton vs Falkirk preview - Currie hot to trot

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Hamilton's recent signing Paul Currie is hoping to make his first start for the club against Falkirk. Currie scored a hat-trick for the reserves in midweek and manager Billy Reid could be tempted to hand the midfielder his full debut after promising to make changes. Hamilton will be without winger Willie McLaren again due to continued illness, while midfielder Alex Neil is sidelined through in...Full Story »

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