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Brechin v Livingston - Livi boss prepares for Glebe Park return

Posted Friday, September 17, 2010 by PA

Brechin will be without suspended top striker Rory McAllister for the visit of leaders Livingston while they also have doubts over experienced duo Barry Smith and Kevin Byers. Glebe Park manager Jim Weir is desperate for the game to start after being left frustrated against Airdrie United last Saturday. He said: "At half-time last weekend we were top of the league but at full-time we had slipp...Full Story »

Alloa v Dumbarton - Maitland boasts wealth of players for Sons clash

Posted Friday, September 17, 2010 by PA

Alloa manager Allan Maitland is in the happy position of having over 20 players available to pick from for the visit of Dumbarton. Fit-again goalkeeper Jamie Ewings is one of the players added to Maitland's selection thoughts, along with midfielder Jason Thomson and the attacking threat of Dougie Wilson and Andy Scott. Maitland, however, is not expected to make many changes after seeing his si...Full Story »

Airdrie United v Peterhead - Stevenson set for debut

Posted Friday, September 17, 2010 by PA

The craft of Jamie Stevenson is expected to be on show at the Excelsior Stadium when Peterhead visit Airdrie United with midfielder poised for his debut. Stevenson signed for the Diamonds this week from East Stirling, but defender Scott Gibson will play no part as he is suspended. Airdrie boss Jimmy Boyle has goalkeeper Mark Ridgers available after injury as well as the attacking duo of Gary M...Full Story »

Gunners need Euro focus

Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by PA

Arsene Wenger feels maintaining mental focus is all which stands in between Arsenal and Champions League glory this season. The Gunners, finalists in 2006, open their quest to reach Wembley against Portuguese outfit Braga at Emirates Stadium. With Shakhtar Donetsk and Partizan Belgrade making up the other opposition in Group H, Arsenal are expected to negotiate safe passage into the knockout s...Full Story »

MSK Zilina v Chelsea - Zhirkov going nowhere - Ancelotti

Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by PA

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has told unsettled Yury Zhirkov that he will not be allowed to quit Stamford Bridge. The Russia international defender will make his first start for Chelsea this season against MSK Zilina in the Champions League after claiming he is set to consider his future in the January transfer window. Zhirkov, signed for #18.2 million from CSKA Moscow last year, was hampered...Full Story »

CFR Cluj v Basle - Cartu has tough act to follow

Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by PA

New Cluj boss Sorin Cartu knows he has a tough act to follow as he prepares to take charge of his first match in the Champions League Group E opener against Basle. The former Romania Under-21 coach was appointed on Monday following the surprise sacking of Andrea Mandorlini, who led the club to the league and cup double last season. Cartu said: "For me it is a pretty difficult position to come ...Full Story »

Bayern Munich v Roma - Butt still feels `hangover'

Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by PA

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt admits he has still not got over losing the Champions League final to Inter Milan in May as the Bavarians prepare to start their next challenge for the title. The German champions host Roma in Group E as they begin their quest to reach the final in Wembley next May, but Butt says memories of the defeat in Madrid still linger. "It is meant to be forgotten...Full Story »

AC Milan v Auxerre - Allegri ready for "emotional" night

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is looking forward to making his Champions League coaching debut in the Group G opener against Auxerre. Allegri, who replaced Leonardo at the helm of the Rossoneri this summer, has had a shaky start in his new role after falling to promoted Cesena 2-0 on Saturday. But the 43-year-old is fully concentrated on his first game in Europe's premier club competition...Full Story »

Shakhtar Donetsk v Partizan Belgrade - Partizan seek Shakhtar revenge

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

Partizan Belgrade will be looking to avoid a repeat of last season's heavy defeat at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk when they kick off their Champions League Group H campaign at the Donbass Arena. The two sides met in the group stages of the Europa League last term and Shakhtar ran out comfortable 4-1 winners when the sides met in the Ukraine. Marko Lomic's own goal gave the Donetsk side the le...Full Story »

Shakhtar Donetsk v Partizan Belgrade - Partizan seek perfect start

Posted Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by PA

Partizan Belgrade will be looking to get their Champions League Group H campaign off to a winning start when they face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Serbian capital. The two sides met in the group stages of the Europa League last season and Shakhtar ran out comfortable 4-1 winners when the sides met in the Ukraine. Marko Lomic's own goal gave the Donetsk side the lead with Luiz Adriano, Jadson and Y...Full Story »

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