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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid preview - Villa - Best is yet to come

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Barcelona striker David Villa insists the Catalan club can still get better and believes Pep Guardiola's side will go on to mark an era in world football. Barca have already won back-to-back Primera Division titles under Guardiola and completed an unprecedented - for a Spanish side - treble of league, Champions League and Copa del Rey titles in the coach's first season in charge. And that coul...Full Story »

Cagliari vs Juventus - Del Neri wants respect

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri goes into the match at Cagliari lamenting the treatment of his team by referees in midweek. In Wednesday's clash at Palermo, the Bianconeri believed referee Emidio Morganti should have awarded them two penalties. Palermo went on to win 2-1 to leapfrog Juve in the Serie A standings. "We want to be respected," Del Neri said. "We don't expect every penalty to be giv...Full Story »

Udinese vs Sampdoria preview - Garrone in plea to fans

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone has urged the fans to get behind the struggling team ahead of the match at Udinese. Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Cagliari was Samp's third consecutive defeat and dropped the Grifoni to 12th in the standings. Samp have won just once in their last seven Serie A games and not scored in their last four. Their poor run of form has left coach Domenico Di Carlo feelin...Full Story »

Villarreal vs Levante preview - Valero wary of Levante

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Villarreal playmaker Borja Valero has warned his team-mates not to expect an easy time of it against struggling Levante despite all signs pointing to a comfortable home victory. Third-placed Villarreal are a massive 27 points above third-bottom Levante, and also boast the second-best home record in the division behind Real Madrid, with 10 wins and a draw from their 11 games at El Madrigal. As ...Full Story »

Osasuna vs Mallorca preview - Monreal: Real result a turning point

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Osasuna will look to build on last weekend's shock victory over Real Madrid when they welcome Real Mallorca to the Reyno de Navarra stadium. Jose Antonio Camacho's side became only the second club to defeat Madrid in the league this season after Javier Camunas' second-half strike earned Osasuna a 1-0 win. That was the Pamplona club's first victory since November and helped them move up to 16th...Full Story »

Getafe vs Deportivo La Coruna preview - Sanchez wants reaction

Posted Friday, February 04, 2011 by PA

Getafe midfielder Victor Sanchez admits another defeat for Michel's struggling side against Deportivo La Coruna this weekend will leave them looking nervously over their shoulders. Getafe ended 2010 in fine form with six wins and two draws from their final eight league and cup games, but since the turn of the year they have not managed a single victory and have lost five of their six fixtures. ...Full Story »

Bari vs Inter Milan preview: Sneijder back against Bari

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 by PA

Inter Milan welcome back playmaker Wesley Sneijder for the clash at the San Nicola stadium against rock-bottom Bari. The Dutch midfielder has been sidelined since December after sustaining a thigh injury in the World Club Cup but has recovered and could see some action against the Galletti. "Sneijder has been out of action for 50 days," said Inter coach Leonardo. "He has, nevertheless, been in...Full Story »

Fulham vs Newcastle preview - Fulham duo set for debuts

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 by PA

New loan signings Eidur Gudjohnsen and Gael Kakuta could make their first appearances for Fulham in Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle. Gudjohnsen has been registered for the Cottagers after completing his loan move from Stoke late last night while Kakuta missed Sunday's 4-0 win over Tottenham as he was cup-tied. David Stockdale is likely to continue in goal as Mark Sc...Full Story »

Blackburn vs Tottenham preview - Santa misses Spurs clash

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 by PA

Roque Santa Cruz will be out for a couple of weeks with a groin strain and miss Blackburn's match against Tottenham. Ryan Nelsen and Gael Givet will have late fitness tests and manager Steve Kean will not throw transfer deadline day signings Mauro Formica and Ruben Rochina into the fray. El-Hadji Diouf moved to Rangers and is not included and there could be a start in attack for Nikola Kalinic...Full Story »

Bolton Wander vs Wolves preview - Sturridge set for Bolton bow

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 by PA

Daniel Sturridge is set to make his Bolton debut in the Barclays Premier League clash with Wolves after signing on loan from Chelsea. The striker will provide competition for Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander, while fellow January signing David Wheater could make his Premier League bow for the club after playing in the FA Cup draw with Wigan at the weekend. Lee Chung-yong also comes into contgen...Full Story »

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