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Espanyol vs Real Madrid preview - Fast start key for Madrid

Posted Saturday, October 01, 2011 by PA

Real Madrid take their title challenge to Espanyol's Cornella-El Prat stadium on Sunday night knowing they need to improve their starts to games. Jose Mourinho's men cast aside their see-saw domestic form to crush Ajax in the Champions League in midweek, but return to the Primera Division with work to do. While they sit fifth with 10 points to their name and an impressive 16 goals to their cre...Full Story »

Sporting de Gijon vs Barcelona preview - Messi compared to legend Kubala

Posted Saturday, October 01, 2011 by PA

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has likened Lionel Messi's impact at the club to that of legendary forward Ladislao Kubala after he matched the Hungarian's goal tally this week. Messi scored his 194th goal for the club in Barca's 5-0 destruction of BATE Borisov in the Champions League in Minsk on Wednesday. While the feat is just the latest in a long line of landmarks for the Argentinian, the mi...Full Story »

Real Betis vs Levante preview - Mel wary of Levante threat

Posted Saturday, October 01, 2011 by PA

Real Betis coach Pepe Mel believes if his side want to know how dangerous Levante will be tomorrow they need only look at the Primera Division table. Betis suffered their first defeat of the season at Getafe on Monday night but still top the table after a wonderful start to the season and entertain another surprise package on Sunday afternoon. Mel is expected to make widespread changes from th...Full Story »

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao preview - Montanier gearing up for derby clash

Posted Saturday, October 01, 2011 by PA

Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier cannot wait for his first taste of a Basque derby against Athletic Bilbao. The Frenchman took charge of the San Sebastian club in the summer and has made a steady start to the Primera Division season, with seven points from five game. But Montanier expects the passion of this weekend to be different to anything he has seen in his short time in Spanish foo...Full Story »

Atletico de Madrid vs Sevilla preview - Negredo worry for Sevilla

Posted Saturday, October 01, 2011 by PA

Sevilla top scorer Alvaro Negredo is a major doubt for Sunday's Primera Division trip to fellow Champions League hopefuls Atletico Madrid. It had been feared that the 26-year-old Spain striker had torn his hamstring but, although the injury is less serious than first feared, he looks unlikely to be risked for the highly-anticipated clash at the Vicente Calderon. "He is going to be a doubt unti...Full Story »

Malaga vs Getafe preview - Joris backs Ruud to come good

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Malaga defender Joris Mathijsen is confident fellow Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy will not have to wait too much longer to open his goalscoring account with the Andalusian club. Summer signing Van Nistelrooy has started all five of Malaga's Primera Division matches this season but has yet to find the back of the net, with his fellow new arrivals Santi Cazorla and Joaquin Sanchez netting six of t...Full Story »

Valencia vs Granada preview - Goncalves - Goals will come

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Valencia attacker Jonas Goncalves is not worried about his lack of goals this season and believes he and his fellow forwards will soon start easing the scoring burden on Roberto Soldado. Soldado has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign, netting six times in seven La Liga and Champions League matches, but aside from him Valencia's only other goals have come from winger Pablo Hernandez, defender ...Full Story »

Villarreal vs Zaragoza preview - Valero looks on bright side

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero is confident the club are on an upward curve despite the midweek Champions League defeat to Napoli. The Yellow Submarine went down 2-0 in Italy on Tuesday night but have improved in the Primera Division of late after a poor start. An opening-weekend thrashing at Barcelona was followed by a home draw with Sevilla and a 1-0 loss at Granada. A first win was fina...Full Story »

Osasuna vs Mallorca preview - Mallorca back to work

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Mallorca have had an eventful week off the field following the resignation of manager Michael Laudrup on Tuesday. The Danish coach and director of football Lorenzo Serra Ferrer were known to have a difficult relationship which according to Laudrup stretched back to the transfer window in January of this year with the former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder describing his position as `untena...Full Story »

Inter Milan vs Napoli preview - Cavani crocked for Napoli

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis believes his side can overcome the absence of scoring machine Edinson Cavani in the clash with Inter Milan. The Naples outfit travel north without Cavani, who was last season's top scorer in Serie A. The Uruguay forward hurt his ankle during Tuesday's 2-0 triumph over Villarreal in the Champions League and has been ruled out of Saturday's game. "I am sad...Full Story »

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