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Athletic Bilbao vs Malaga preview - Pellegrini pleased with end-of-season riposte

Posted Sunday, May 15, 2011 by PA

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini says he would have paid a lot of money a month ago to have 45 points at this stage of the Primera Division season. Back then, the Andalusians looked unlikely to avoid relegation in what has been a difficult season for the Costa del Sol outfit, but five wins in a row have seen the club secure survival with two rounds of the championship still left to play. "We're ...Full Story »

Zaragoza vs Espanyol preview - Aguirre confident of survival

Posted Sunday, May 15, 2011 by PA

Real Zaragoza coach Javier Aguirre says he is certain his side will stay up, despite their precarious position in the Primera Division with just two games remaining. Zaragoza had looked certain to wrap up survival after a recent win at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the Aragonese outfit are in 18th place following back-to-back defeats and must return to winning ways to avoid the drop. Aguirre rema...Full Story »

Sevilla vs Real Sociedad preview - Sevilla looking for response

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by PA

Sevilla will look to bounce back from two painful setbacks in the last week when they take on Real Sociedad, knowing that if results go their way they will be celebrating a Europa League spot. The Andalusian club looked to be comfortably on course for a top-seven berth when they recorded back-to-back wins over Villarreal and Almeria recently, but they have been knocked back on their heels by su...Full Story »

Atletico Madrid vs Hercules preview - Flores bids farewell

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by PA

Atletico Madrid coach Quique Sanchez Flores will say goodbye to the club's fans in theirPrimera Division clash at home to relegated Hercules. Sanchez Flores has revealed he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, a move which had been widely anticipated after a disappointing campaign. The capital club lie in seventh place heading into the penultimate round of league fixtures, althou...Full Story »

Wigan vs West Ham preview - Diame doubt for Wigan

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by PA

Mohamed Diame is rated 50-50 to return for Wigan when they host West Ham in a crucial Barclays Premier League clash at the DW Stadium on Sunday. The midfielder missed the Latics' 1-1 draw at Aston Villa last time out with a groin injury but he will be given time to prove his fitness. Otherwise, Roberto Martinez has an unchanged squad to choose from as his second-bottom side look for three poin...Full Story »

Chelsea vs Newcastle preview - Tiote to miss Chelsea game

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by PA

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote will not be risked against Chelsea on Sunday to prevent him starting the new season with a suspension. The Ivory Coast international is unlikely to figure in the final game against West Brom either after picking up his 14th booking last weekend, although manager Alan Pardew has admitted his is unlikely to use Alan Smith as a direct replacement following his ret...Full Story »

Getafe vs Osasuna preview - Mendilibar - Let`s sort it ourselves

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by PA

Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar wants his side to take control of their own destiny against fellow strugglers Getafe and secure Primera Division survival themselves rather than depend on other results. Osasuna are within touching distance of safety thanks to their stunning second-half fightback against Sevilla in midweek, when they recovered from a 2-0 half-time deficit to win 3-2, netting t...Full Story »

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur preview - Reds have Carroll in contention

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by PA

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll could return to the squad to face Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday. The £35million record signing has missed two of the last three matches with a knee injury sustained at Arsenal in mid-April but trained this week and may take his place on the bench. Midfielder Raul Meireles was forced off with a minor injury in Monday's 5-2 demolition of Fulham but has also...Full Story »

Birmingham vs Fulham preview - Blues without suspended pair

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by PA

Birmingham will be without leading scorer Craig Gardner and defender Liam Ridgewell through suspension for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham at St Andrew's. Nine-goal Gardner will complete a two-game ban while Ridgewell will serve a one-match suspension for his red card in last weekend's 2-1 reverse at at Newcastle. Stuart Parnaby and David Murphy will be in contention to repl...Full Story »

Arsenal vs Aston Villa preview - Vermaelen poised for comeback

Posted Saturday, May 14, 2011 by PA

Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is set to return for Arsenal after nine months out with a niggling Achilles problem in the Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa. Captain Cesc Fabregas (thigh) and midfielder Samir Nasri (hamstring) face late fitness tests. Abou Diaby (calf) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) are also out. However, full-back Gael Clichy is available again after missing the defeat a...Full Story »

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