FA Cup 06.01 info

Middlesbrough – Sunderland



Doubtful  Fabio da Silva ,M. Braithwaite


Given their fight to stay in the Championship, this weekend’s FA Cup trip to the Riverside is somewhat of an unnecessary distraction for Sunderland but even if Coleman wanted to rest key players, his mounting injury problems and lack of depth means that’s not really an option.

He said: “Boro next week, it’s not like we can rest four, five or six players – we have no-one else to come in.”

Coleman’s list of absent players is piling up.

Duncan Watmore is out for the season, Jonny Williams and Lee Cattermole are both missing, Darron Gibson has picked up a groin injury and Lamine Kone and Didier Ndong haven’t been fit.

Sunderland are also without top scorer Lewis Grabban, who is another currently sidelined.

Marc Wilson was missing with a tight calf suffered at Nottingham Forest, He will be assessed ahead of the FA Cup tie with Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Saturday. Coleman said: “His calf had tightened up, he couldn’t play. We can’t start him and then lose him for six weeks. He is too important.

Nottingham – Sheffield Wed 26.12.2017 info

Nottingham – Sheffield Wed



Nottingham Forest will assess defenders Danny Fox and Matt Mills ahead of the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.

Club captain Chris Cohen continues to work his way back to fitness following his knee problems while Jack Hobbs is doing likewise after his back issues.

Nottingham Forest have one of the country’s best Boxing Day records.

Forest have played 86 league games on December 26, winning 39 of them, drawing 21 and losing 26.

Sheffield Wed 

Carlos Carvalhal has left his position as Sheffield Wednesday head coach by mutual consent, the Championship club has confirmed.

Lee Bullen will take charge of Wednesday’s game at Forest and could be in charge for the entire festive period, taking in matches with Brentford and Burton.

Morgan Fox will ease an injury crisis by returning from a one-match ban but Wednesday’s absentee list remains lengthy. Kieren Westwood, Jack Hunt, Tom Lees, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan, George Boyd, Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri all missed out against Boro and remain missing.




Leeds – Hull City 23.12.2017.

local derby 

Leeds United XI (predicted): Wiedwald; Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Beradi; Vieira, Phillips; Cibicki, Saiz, Alioski; Roofe

Leeds United a victory which could see them move into the play-off places.

Three wins and a draw in their last four ensure Leeds arrive at Christmas in red-hot form.

Leeds United team news

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen could name an unchanged side for the visit of Hull City as he aims to celebrate Christmas with a third straight win.

One player sure to miss out is striker Caleb Ekuban.

Hull City:

Hull City XI (predicted): McGregor; Aina, Mazuch, Dawson, Tomori; Larsson, Stewart; Grosicki, Toral, Bowen; Dicko.

Hull City won’t let the club’s extensive injury list be an excuse this festive period.

In the weeks prior to and following Nigel Adkins’ arrival at the club, the Tigers squad has been decimated through injuries to key first-team players.

In his two opening games at the helm, Adkins has been without eleven key players on both occasions,

Who will play in midfield?
If injuries have hit one particular area of the field hardest, it’s the midfield. As mentioned above David Meyler, Markus Henriksen and Kevin Stewart are all struggling with short-term problems at the minute, not to mention the issues with Evandro, James Weir and of course Ryan Mason.









Champions League

Olympiakos Piraeus – Juventus


possible rottation. 

statement  coach  Olympiakos Piraeus

Στο σημείο αυτό ρωτήθηκε αν θα κάνει κάποιο ροτέισον κόντρα στη Γιουβέντους και απάντησε: «Είπα προηγουμένως ότι θα πρέπει να βάλουμε στη ζυγαριά και κάποια άλλα πράγματα, όπως είναι το πρωτάθλημα. Μέσω του πρωταθλήματος θα ξαναπάμε στο Champions League. Σίγουρα το σκέφτομαι κάπως έτσι».