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Leicester City vs Arsenal preview - Cam on down

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Esteban Cambiasso could make his Leicester debut against Arsenal if he receives international clearance in time. The Foxes pulled off a surprise transfer coup this week in attracting former Argentina international Cambiasso to the King Power Stadium. Manager Nigel Pearson is confident the big-name signing will not upset the team harmony he has worked hard to nurture during his time at the club...Full Story »

Borussia Dortmund vs SC Freiburg preview - Gladbach focused on league - Sommer

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Borussia Monchengladbach arrive in Freiburg on the crest of a wave following their 7-0 win over Sarajevo in the Europa League on Thursday, but aware that their bread and butter is the Bundesliga. That emphatic second-leg victory sealed a 10-2 aggregate win and earned the Foals their place in the group stage, where they will face Villarreal, Zurich and Apollon Limassol. It did not secure them a...Full Story »

Mainz vs Hannover 96 preview - Hjulmand upbeat despite slow start

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Mainz coach Kasper Hjulmand remains "very proud" of his team despite the fact they head into Sunday's Bundesliga clash with Hannover still searching for their first win of the season. Hjulmand's side go into their second league match having already been eliminated from the Europa League and the DFB-Pokal, and after salvaging a 2-2 draw at Paderborn thanks to a stoppage-time penalty last weekend...Full Story »

Udinese vs Empoli preview - Empoli battling odds in Serie A

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Empoli travel to the Friuli stadium to face Udinese on Sunday determined to enjoy their first Serie A game in six years. The Tuscan outfit finished runners-up to Palermo in the second division last season and will feature for the 10th time in the club's history in Italy's top flight. Empoli coach Maurizio Sarri, who guided the team to promotion in May, will make his Serie A coaching debut this...Full Story »

Palermo vs Sampdoria preview - Palermo prepare for Serie A return

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Palermo are looking to make amends for their recent humiliating exit from the Coppa Italia by beating Sampdoria on Sunday in their first game back in Serie A. The Serie B champions crashed out of the Coppa following a 3-0 home defeat to second-tier Modena last weekend. Palermo coach Giuseppe Iacchini voiced his disappointment at the result,but believes this will give his side the chance to foc...Full Story »

Deportivo La Coruna vs Rayo Vallecano preview - Jemez sets fresh challenge

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jemez is refusing to rest on his laurels following his side's impressive draw with Atletico Madrid last week and has urged his players to rise to the challenge of winning at Deportivo La Coruna. Rayo took the plaudits for unexpectedly holding the Primera Division champions to a goalless draw in Vallecas last week and even had chances to win the game, but Jemez insists ...Full Story »

Metz vs Lyonnais preview - Fournier keeping a cool head

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Lyon travel to Metz on Sunday with coach Hubert Fournier refusing to panic following their Europa League exit in midweek. OL won 1-0 in Romania but exited the competition on away goals after Astra had claimed a 2-1 victory at the Stade de Gerland a week earlier. Despite the early European exit, the victory ended a three-game losing streak and Fournier managed to find some positives as his team...Full Story »

Torino vs Inter Milan preview - Ventura expects tough Inter clash

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Torino go into Sunday's match against Inter Milan in buoyant mood after confirming their place in the Europa League group stages. The Granata edged Croatian side RNK Split 1-0 on Thursday, courtesy of Omar El Kaddouri's penalty, to return to the European competition for the first time in 20 years. "This is a huge achievement ," Torino coach Giampiero Ventura said. "We are very proud because we...Full Story »

US Sassuolo Calcio vs Cagliari preview - Sassuolo target winning start

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Sassuolo will be looking to avoid a repeat of last year's dismal start to the season when they host Cagliari on Sunday. The Regio Emilia-based club lost their opening four league games, giving away 15 goals and scoring just once in the process. Sassuolo went on to win nine of their 38 games and finished 17th in the standings, one place and two points clear of the drop zone. "We must learn fro...Full Story »

Genoa vs Napoli preview - Benitez hopes for Napoli response

Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014 by PA

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has urged his players to leave their Champions League elimination behind them and focus on winning their Serie A opener at Genoa on Sunday. The Italians failed to reach the group stages of the Champions League after losing 3-1 at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday having been held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their qualifier in Naples. The Azzurri are hugely disappoi...Full Story »

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