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Sunderland vs West Brom preview - Bramble out of Baggies clash

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Sunderland defender Titus Bramble will miss the Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom. The 30-year-old defender is currently on police bail after being questioned over allegations of sexual assault and possession of a Class A drug. His club have suspended him as they conduct their own investigation into the matter, but boss Steve Bruce has expressed his anger over the fact that Bramble ...Full Story »

Manchester United vs Norwich preview - Trio return for United

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Jonny Evans will all be back from injury for Manchester United when Norwich visit. Chris Smalling (groin), Nemanja Vidic (ankle) and Tom Cleverly (foot) are still missing but could return after the international break. Paul Lambert maintains Norwich have to aim to upset United at Old Trafford, but knows any game plan can soon be "blown out of the water" by ...Full Story »

Wolves vs Newcastle preview - Stearman worry for Wolves

Posted Friday, September 30, 2011 by PA

Defender Richard Stearman is Wolves' major new fitness doubt for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle. Stearman suffered a toe injury during the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield and was substituted at half-time. If he is ruled out, 19-year-old Matt Doherty will start. Striker Steven Fletcher has recovered from the groin problem which restricted him to a second-half subs...Full Story »

Partick Thistle vs Greenock Morton preview - Jags without injured duo

Posted Thursday, September 29, 2011 by PA

Partick Thistle will be without the long-term injured pair of Scott Robertson and Willie Kinniburgh as they welcome First Division leaders Morton. Midfielder Iain Flannigan is a doubt with a back injury and striker Kris Doolan could miss out because of illness. Firhill manager Jackie McNamara said: "This is a great game for us to show what we can do against a good Morton side. "We may have lo...Full Story »

Valencia vs Chelsea FC preview - Emery does homework on Chelsea

Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by PA

Valencia boss Unai Emery has revealed how Chelsea's Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United had helped him plot their downfall in their Champions League clash. Valencia will try to become the second team to beat the Blues this season when the sides meet at the Mestalla. Emery has been studying how United went about doing just that at Old Trafford nine days ago and believes he can...Full Story »

Arsenal vs Olympiakos Piraeus preview - Mellberg wary of van Persie

Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by PA

Olof Mellberg hopes Olympiacos can shackle Arsenal captain Robin van Persie when the Greeks look to improve their appalling away Champions League record in England at Emirates Stadium. Veteran Sweden defender Mellberg, who headed to Athens from Juventus in 2009, knows all about the Dutchman from his seven seasons at Aston Villa. Van Persie chalked up his century for the Gunners in the Barclays...Full Story »

BATE Borisov vs Barcelona preview - Guardiola speaks of BATE respect

Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by PA

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insists he has "great respect" for BATE Borisov and is refusing to take three points for granted when the teams meet in Belarus. Barca were held to a 2-2 draw by AC Milan two weeks ago, Thiago Silva's stoppage-time equaliser denying the defending champions a winning start to their Group H campaign. A win will be the minimum expected of Guardiola's galaxy of stars,...Full Story »

Shakhtar Donetsk vs APOEL Nicosia preview - Lucescu not taking Nicosia lightly

Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by PA

Shakhtar Donetsk bid to get their Champions League campaign up and running with victory over Group G minnows APOEL Nicosia at the Donbass Arena. The Ukrainian giants, quarter-finalists last season, started this season's campaign with a 2-1 defeat away to Porto. And the fact the Nicosia side scored two goals in the space of three second-half minutes to see off Zenit St Petersburg in their own o...Full Story »

Bayer Leverkusen vs Genk preview - Win means everything for Leverkusen - Kadlec

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by PA

Bayer Leverkusen left-back Michal Kadlec believes Wednesday's Champions League clash with Genk could prove to be a turning point in the German club's season. Leverkusen have lost their last two Bundesliga matches to leave Robin Dutt's record since taking over from Jupp Heynckes in the summer reading three wins, one draw and five defeats. With the pressure mounting on Dutt, Kadlec has underline...Full Story »

Marseille vs Borussia Dortmund preview - Deschamps eyes Euro boost

Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by PA

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps is welcoming Wednesday's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund as a chance to forget his side's domestic problems for the time being. A 1-1 draw at Valenciennes at the weekend did little to lift the pressure which has been mounting on the former Monaco and Juventus coach after a start to the season which has brought just one win in eight Ligue 1 matches....Full Story »

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