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Espanyol vs Sanchez - Real win would be boost

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Espanyol midfielder Victor Sanchez believes a good result against Real Madrid on Sunday could prove a turning point for his team. The Barcelona-based side enter the weekend looking nervously over their shoulders in the Primera Division after defeat to Osasuna last time out left them just six points above the relegation zone. That gap to the bottom three could shrink even further this weekend i...Full Story »

Getafe vs Rayo Vallecano preview - Garcia aware of Rayo threat

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Getafe coach Luis Garcia believes Rayo Vallecano will be more dangerous than ever when they arrive at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Sunday, as they seek to make amends for a run of three straight league defeats. A 5-2 loss at home to Villarreal last Monday was followed by a vitriolic press conference from Paco Jemez, who was no kinder to his players following a goalless draw with Levante in the...Full Story »

Torino vs Fiorentina preview - Viola search for Rossi replacement

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Fiorentina are on the lookout for a new striker to sign in the winter transfer market heading into Sunday's match at Torino. The Viola suffered a blow with star striker Giuseppe Rossi suffering a right knee injury in last weekend's 1-0 triumph over Livorno. Rossi, who is Serie A's top scorer with 14 goals, could be sidelined for at least three months. With German forward Mario Gomez also out ...Full Story »

US Sassuolo Calcio vs AC Milan preview - Honda available for Milan bow

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Keisuke Honda will be on the AC Milan bench for Sunday's match at Sassuolo. The 27-year-old forward joined Milan on a three-and-a-half-year contract last week from CSKA Moscow and could make his Serie A debut this weekend. "I can't wait to play," Honda said. "Ever since I was a young boy I dreamed of making my Serie A debut with Milan wearing the number 10 jersey. "I know the fans expect a lo...Full Story »

AS Roma vs Genoa preview - Nainggolan to keep place

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Radja Nainggolan will again start for Roma in Sunday's Serie A game against Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico. The Belgian midfielder made his debut with the Giallorossi in Thursday's 1-0 triumph over Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia. "I have immediately felt good," said Nainggolan, who joined Roma on loan from Cagliari this week. "It's not easy to join a team that are doing great things. "I still h...Full Story »

Hellas Verona vs Napoli preview - We must stay focuced - Mandorlini

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Hellas Verona are in fine fettle going into Sunday's home clash with Napoli - but coach Andrea Mandorlini has warned them the hard work is only just beginning. The Verona club got off to a great start to 2014 by beating Udinese 3-1 in Udine on Monday. The outcome followed their 4-1 triumph over Lazio and moved the promoted outfit to fifth place in the standings - 18 points clear of the drop zo...Full Story »

Cagliari vs Juventus preview - Barzagli urges caution

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli is warning his team-mates not to be dazzled by their impressive run as they prepare to visit Cagliari on Sunday. The Turin giants are eight points clear of Roma at the top of Serie A heading into the halfway point of the season. They travel to Sardinia having won their last 10 league games, including a 3-0 triumph over Roma in their first game of 2014. "It wa...Full Story »

Atalanta vs Catania preview - Colantuono wants 'fury'

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono has called for his side to be more ruthless ahead of Sunday's match against lowly Catania. The Bergamo outfit, currently 15th in Serie A, have not won a league game since November 10. Atalanta fell 3-0 at AC Milan in their first game of 2014 to see their winless run extended to six games and Colantuono is desperate for his side to return to winning ways. "We ...Full Story »

Stoke City vs Liverpool preview - Butland set to retain Stoke place

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Goalkeeper Jack Butland could make his first Barclays Premier League start for Stoke against Liverpool on Sunday, though Thomas Sorensen is back in training. With Asmir Begovic having broken a finger, Butland came off the bench to replace Sorensen (Achilles) against Everton and started the FA Cup third-round win over Leicester. Robert Huth (knee) also trained with the first team this week but ...Full Story »

Newcastle vs Manchester City preview - Krul and Cabaye in contention

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014 by PA

Goalkeeper Tim Krul and midfielder Yohan Cabaye could both return to the Newcastle squad for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City. Krul (shoulder) and Cabaye (Achilles) both missed the FA Cup third-round defeat by Cardiff last weekend, but are back in training and may figure. However, full-back Davide Santon is a doubt with a thigh problem and is set to join fellow defen...Full Story »

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