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Griffiths makes difference for Smith

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 by PA

Dundee manager Barry Smith has been boosted by the return to fitness of striker Leigh Griffiths for the visit of Ross County.Griffiths has shaken off the knock he sustained in the Dens Park side's last match against Stirling Albion, but midfielder Nicky Reilly remains sidelined due to a back injury.Smith said: "Leigh came back to training on Wednesday and showed no ill effects on Thursday, so h...Full Story »

McManus misses out again

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 by PA

Falkirk manager Steven Pressley will be without striker Tam McManus for the home clash with Stirling Albion. Pressley has several players nursing bumps and bruises following their return to action in midweek after a near seven-week lay-off, but is expected to list the same squad that drew with Raith, with only McManus unavailable. Pressley said: "We did the dirty side of the game well against ...Full Story »

Tottenham vs Fulham preivew - Gallas back for Fulham clash

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 by PA

William Gallas is set to make a timely return to the Tottenham side for the Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham. The defender, who had been skippering the side, has missed the last three and a half weeks with a hamstring strain and should replace Younes Kaboul, who starts a three-match ban. Jermain Defoe is also suspended, Robbie Keane (hamstring) is doubtful and Carlo Cudicini is out wi...Full Story »

Sunderland vs Blackburn preview - Gyan and Cattermole facing fitness battle

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 by PA

Skipper Lee Cattermole and record signing Asamoah Gyan are major doubts for Sunderland's Barclays Premier League clash with Blackburn. Midfielder Cattermole is struggling once again with a back-related hamstring problem which hampered last season, while Gyan suffered a hamstring injury during Tuesday's 2-0 home defeat by Blackpool. Defender Nedum Onuoha is likely to miss out with a similar pro...Full Story »

Stoke vs Everton preivew - Moyes pins goal hopes on Cahill

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 by PA

Everton boss David Moyes is prepared to face Stoke without a recognised striker - but is anxious to see his first-choice defence restored. Frustrated by his forwards' lack of goals this season, Moyes started with midfield talisman Tim Cahill up front in Tuesday's Barclays Premier League draw at West Ham. Cahill has scored nine of Everton's 21 league goals this term, three times as many as Loui...Full Story »

Birmingham vs Arsenal preview - Same again for Blues

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 by PA

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is poised to field an unchanged team in Saturday evening's home Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal. McLeish looks set to keep faith with the line-up which earned an impressive 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United in mid-week thanks to Lee Bowyer's late goal. Blues have no fresh injury worries as they strive to maintain an impressive home record - just one ...Full Story »

Liverpool vs Bolton preview - Cole set for fitness test

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 by PA

Midfielder Joe Cole will have a fitness test on an ankle injury ahead of the Barclays Premier League visit of Bolton. The England international aggravated the problem in training on Thursday but even if he is passed fit he may be restricted to a place on the bench again. Central defender Daniel Agger and left-back Fabio Aurelio are pushing for recalls to the starting line-up having both been s...Full Story »

Emperor's Cup Final Preview: Kashima Antlers - Shimizu S-Pulse

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010 by Goal.com

History repeats itself as Kashima Antlers and Shimizu S-Pulse meet in the Emperor’s Cup final, just as they did exactly ten years ago. On January 1st, 2001, the Antlers prevailed 3-2 in a dramatic game that lasted 120 minutes, traditionally the last act of the Japanese football season. Since 1992, the year marking the beginning of professional football in Japan, Kashima have been in five...Full Story »

Chelsea vs Bolton preview - Cech at a loss to explain Chelsea Blues

Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010 by PA

Petr Cech refuses to concede the Barclays Premier League title race even though he admits Chelsea's judgement on the pitch has deserted them. The champions' slump has now descended into a full-blown crisis after embarking on their worst run since 1998 by dropping 18 points in their last eight games. On November 6 they sat five points clear at the summit of the table, yet by the end of Wednesda...Full Story »

Liverpool vs Wolverhampton preview - Hodgson eyes Reds revival in 2011

Posted Tuesday, December 28, 2010 by PA

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson hopes to sign off a disappointing 2010 on a high note as he looks to a prosperous new year. The last 12 months have been eventful both on and off the field for the Merseysiders. Results have been on the slide ever since the Reds began 2010 with a third round FA Cup exit to Championship side Reading. Having finished a disappointing seventh in the Barclays Premier ...Full Story »

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