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Granada vs Celta preview - Anquela eager to secure first triumph

Posted Sunday, September 30, 2012 by PA

Granada manager Juan Antonio Anquela has admitted that he is feeling the pressure to get off the mark after going without a win in his first five games in charge. The Andalusians currently sit third from bottom, but after a tough start, including trips to Real Madrid and Barcelona, Anquela has targeted the three points against newly-promoted Celta. He told Marca: "I don't like to speak of fina...Full Story »

Osasuna vs Levante preview - Bottom side aiming for first win

Posted Sunday, September 30, 2012 by PA

Osasuna defender Miguel Flano believes his side's unity and the support of the crowd at El Sadar will help the team secure their first Primera Division win of the season when they face Levante. Los Rojillos head into the weekend bottom of the table having collected just one point from five matches, but Flano is confident they can break their duck against a team that has been soundly beaten on t...Full Story »

Espanyol vs Atletico Madrid preview - No problems with `vertigo' for Atletico

Posted Sunday, September 30, 2012 by PA

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is refusing to get carried away by his side's superb start to the new Primera Liga season as they bid to make it five straight league wins at Espanyol. Wednesday night's 4-2 win at Real Betis moved Atletico into second place, two points behind Barcelona, and extended their run without defeat to 16 competitive matches. Simeone said: "We are improving all the ...Full Story »

Barca lose Adriano to injury

Posted Saturday, September 29, 2012 by Swns.com

Barcelona defender Adriano Correia was left out of Barcelona's squad to visit Sevilla on Saturday, after failing to recover from a muscle injury in time. Andres Iniesta has returned to training with the group but did not make the list, as the leaders look to make it six wins from six this season. With defenders Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol still injured, midfielders Javier Mascherano and Al...Full Story »

Hamas urges Barca-Real boycott

Posted Saturday, September 29, 2012 by Supersport.com

The Hamas rulers of Gaza called on Friday for a media boycott of next month's Barcelona-Real Madrid derby if the Catalan club goes ahead with plans to welcome Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to the game. The Palestinian Islamist group, which held Shalit captive for more than five years until his release in a prisoner exchange in October last year, said his attendance at the game on October 7 wou...Full Story »

Essien: Real Madrid will fight for the title

Posted Saturday, September 29, 2012 by Goal.com

The Ghana international is enjoying life in Spain and is confident Los Blancos can ressurect their poor start to the season and retain their Liga crown Michael Essien says Real Madrid are "the greatest club in the world" and believes they are still capable of lifting the league title for a second consecutive season, despite an underwhelming campaign to date. The Ghana midfielder has gone str...Full Story »

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao preview - Bergara hoping to kick-start season

Posted Saturday, September 29, 2012 by PA

Real Sociedad host Athletic Bilbao in the first Basque derby of the season at Anoeta and midfielder Markel Bergara believes a win against their rivals could launch Sociedad's season. Both sides have struggled with consistency so far this campaign with just one point separating them in mid-table but Bergara is all too aware of how important a win on Saturday would be. He told Marca: "We are hun...Full Story »

Valencia vs Zaragoza preview - Pellegrino wants results

Posted Saturday, September 29, 2012 by PA

Valencia manager Mauricio Pellegrino is plotting to jumpstart his team's disappointing season against Real Zaragoza. Pellegrino's team have taken just five points from the 15 on offer so far in the Primera Division and Los Che already trail leaders Barcelona by 10 points. They have also suffered defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League - so tomorrow's home encounter against Zaragoz...Full Story »

Malaga vs Real Betis preview - Malaga remaining focused

Posted Saturday, September 29, 2012 by PA

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini insists his players will not be distracted by their latest Champions League adventure against Anderlecht next midweek when they take on Andalusian rivals Real Betis at La Rosaleda. Malaga have started the Primera Division season in fine fashion with three wins and two draws propelling them into the top four and Pellegrini is intent on maintaining their current mom...Full Story »

Sevilla vs Barcelona preview

Posted Saturday, September 29, 2012 by PA

Barcelona will attempt to maintain their perfect start to the Primera Division season against Sevilla and keep the pressure on Real Madrid heading into next weekend's Clasico showdown against their arch rivals. Barca make the trip to Seville having won all five of their league matches and boasting a two-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid at the summit while they are four clear of the...Full Story »

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