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West Brom vs Bolton preview - New deal not a priority for Hodgson

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by PA

West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson admits he is more focused on a crucial run of fixtures before Christmas than holding discussions over his own future. Hodgson's current deal runs out in the summer and the club's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth intimated this week that talks over a new contract will take place in the new year. But Hodgson is in no rush ahead of a month he admits wi...Full Story »

Stoke vs Queens Park Rangers preview - Pulis calls for unity to stop Stoke slump

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by PA

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has called on everyone connected with the club to pull together as the Potters look to come through their first really sticky patch of the season. The Staffordshire outfit's rapid rise over the last few years has reached a new level this term with their participation in the Europa League, which came as a result of their FA Cup final appearance in May. They had appeared to...Full Story »

Wigan vs Blackburn Rovers preview - Martinez looks to survival experience

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by PA

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is convinced his players' experience of last season's relegation battle will help them pull away from trouble again. Martinez's side are bottom of the Barclays Premier League with just five points after losing their last eight games. The Spaniard admits the situation is a concern but, ahead of Saturday`s vital clash against fellow strugglers Blackburn, he retains th...Full Story »

Barcelona vs Zaragoza preview - Aguirre expecting strong Barca side

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by PA

Real Zaragoza boss Javier Aguirre expects Barcelona to be at full-strength despite talk the Spanish champions may rest some of their international stars. Barcelona have been one of the hardest hit teams in the wake of the international break after a number of their key men returned to the Catalan capital at the last minute following long-haul flights. Barca's Spain stars were in action in Cost...Full Story »

Inter Milan vs Cagliari preview - Ranieri remaining upbeat

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by PA

Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri believes his team must remain positive heading into their game against Cagliari. The Nerazzurri go into their home encounter well aware that anything but a win could see them fall into the relegation zone. Inter are level on eight points with 18th-placed Lecce and have mustered just two victories in nine games so far. "We have worked well during the internati...Full Story »

Fiorentina vs AC Milan preview - Allegri wary of La Viola

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by PA

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has warned his players to be extra cautious of Fiorentina after their recent coaching change. The Rossoneri travel to Florence for tomorrow's game at the Artemio Franchi stadium riding a five-match winning streak. They are third in Serie A, one point behind league leaders Udinese but the Rossoneri do have a game in hand. However, Allegri believes the arriva...Full Story »

Napoli vs Lazio preview - Cavani - We're focused on league

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by PA

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani insists his side will not be distracted by their Champions League game with Manchester City when they host Lazio. The Naples outfit takes on City at a sold-out San Paolo stadium on Tuesday with both sides looking to take a giant step towards the knock-out stages of the competition. Despite the obvious attraction of next week's clash, Cavani believes his side's onl...Full Story »

Valencia vs Real Madrid preview - Soldado confident of success

Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 by PA

Valencia striker Roberto Soldado is confident his side can halt the Real Madrid juggernaut on Saturday night and erase the memory of April's mauling at the Mestalla. Madrid won the corresponding fixture 6-3 last season despite fielding a weakened team just three days after an energy-sapping Copa del Rey final defeat of Barcelona. The thrashing, and the ease with which Madrid achieved it, has b...Full Story »

Cowdenbeath vs Stenhousemuir preview - Makel back in the running

Posted Saturday, November 12, 2011 by PA

Cowdenbeath player/assistant manager Lee Makel looks set to return to the squad at Stenhousemuir after proving his fitness in a reserve-team game in midweek. Blue Brazil boss Colin Cameron has a full squad to pick from, with the exception of long-term absentee Danny Mackay. Former Scotland international Cameron said: "With having so many players available and on the back of a good result at Ea...Full Story »

Dumbarton vs East Fife preview - Nicholl sits it out

Posted Saturday, November 12, 2011 by PA

Dumbarton have a full-strength squad to pick from for their home game against East Fife with the exception of suspended midfielder Kevin Nicoll. Alan Adamson's side face an East Fife outfit gunning for revenge after losing 6-0 in the two sides' last meeting. Adamson, still smarting his own side's 4-3 defeat at Arbroath last week, said: "I don't usually complain about results, but the players a...Full Story »

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