Caracas – Zamora
Here ve can spoke abouth very big form difference. Caracas loose last game in Monagas but before that they won 5 games. So, they have now 20 points in clasura in 10 games and they are fighting for clasura championship. In apertura they was 2nd, greath at home, 7-0-1 (now in clasura 5-0-0). They cant count today on Camacho (df 16/0), Lucena (mf 15/0), Otero (mf 12/1) but pther are ready. It’s important that main palyer, topscorer Aristeguieta (att 24/10) is back (maybe he will not start from beggining but coach said he will play). So, this are called players:
PORTEROS: David González y Pedro Caraballo
DEFENSAS: Edwin Peraza, Antonio Da Silva, Gabriel Cichero, Leonardo Terán, Julio Machado y Rohel Briceño
MEDIOCAMPISTAS: Carlos Suárez, Edgar Jiménez,Luis González, Jesús Meza, Jesús Gómez, Angelo Peña
DELANTEROS: Fernando Aristeguieta, Anthony Uribe, Pierre Pluchino y Víctor Ferreira.
On the other Zamora played very week apertura last season (17th) but then played very good in clasura, won clasura and loose in ‘grande finale’. Because of that they are playing in Copa Libertadores. Maybe because of that they dont have good resaults, nothing speciall in apertura this season and than start clasura, in february also started Copa Libertadores and resaults are bad. They are loosing in national championship, loosing in Cl and they dont have such big roster for two strong competitions. So, they won just one point in libertadores (in first round home vs Boca J) and they are in midtable of clasura. But, they are in mid-table because they won points before copa, now they loose last 5 games. They will be today without Bustamante (df 7/1), Vargas (mf 9/0) y “Peluche” González (mf 10/1).
Caracas is always good, strong, specially at home and they must use this chance, they are in form, Zamora loose last 5 games, played hard copa game vs Flu 4 days ago (while Caracas rested)..
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- Didier Drogba is a doubt for Chelsea after he missed the trip to Aston Villa at the weekend with a foot injury. However, he was an unused substitute in the first leg, with Fernando Torres impressing and setting up Saloman Kalou’s crucial away goal, so Drogba may not have played anyway.
- David Luiz is also a doubt with an ankle injury that forced him off at Villa Park at the weekend.
- Roberto Di Matteo has suggested that he will rotate a few players in order to try and keep his squad fresh with a busy schedule ahead.
- Cole, Luiz and Meireles are all one yellow card away from suspension.
- Centre back Jardel looks likely to miss the game with an injury, so Miguel Vitor could come in.
- Argentine Ezequiel Garay and Yannick Djalo both remain absent due to injury.
- Benfica were without Pablo Aimar for the win over Braga at the weekend, but the playmaker could return to the starting XI, though young striker Rodrigo will also be pushing for a starting berth.
- Benfica have no suspensions but have 5 first team players one yellow card away from incurring one.
- Jose Mourinho is likely to rotate his squad with this tie all but over after the 3-0 in Cyprus in the first leg. He is without Khedira, Diarra, Carvalho and Coentrao due to injuries but has a big enough squad to rest some of his first team nonetheless.
- Nuri Sahin, Raul Albiol and Esteban Granero are amongst those who may get a rare start, with Real facing a key game against Valencia at the weekend.
- Xabi Alonso was suspended for the first leg but returned for the win over Osasuna, so he could play here, while Angel Di Maria could be involved in order to get his match fitness up.
- APOEL have Gustavo Manduca back after suspension and he may come back in on the left of the midfield in place of Solari.
- Otherwise, APOEL have no new injury concerns and although they have 6 first-teamers who are one yellow card away from a suspension, given the result from the first leg, they are unlikely to affect this season’s campaign.
Lausanne vs FC Basel
Lausanne out: Jocelyn Roux (att 18/3) and Aleksandar Prijovic (att 7/0)
Doubtful is Junior Negrao (att 15/2)
Basel out: Cabral (mf 12/1), Marco Streller (att 25/10), Scott Chipperfield (mf 5/0), Kay Voser (df 6/0)
In sum of this article, Shim Woo-Yeon, Lim Yu-Hwan, Cho Sung-Hwan, Lee Gang-Jin and Kim Jung-Woo(MF) are out of the squad because of injury AND Hugo Droguett(FW/4app 1g) and Jin Kyung-Sun(MF/1app) are also out of the squadbecause they are also injured. So, Jeonbuk will miss at least 7 players in this match. http://sports.media.daum.net/soccer/news/k_league/breaking/view.html?cateid=1171&newsid=20120404104121469&p=akn
Barca out: David Villa, Andreu Fontas, Eric Abidal, Ibrahim Afellay, Xavi
Milan out: Antonio Cassano, Rodney Strasser, Mathieu Flamini, Alexander Merkel, Filippo Inzaghi, Thiago Silva, Sulley Muntari, Mark van Bommel, Gennaro Gattuso
- Barcelona look set to be without their pass-master Xavi for the visit of AC Milan. He came off the bench in their last game but is reportedly struggling ahead of this one, so thiago Alcantara could play again.
- Carlos Puyol may return to the starting lineup after being rested for the win over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend. He is the only Barca player who has the worry of a yellow card incurring a suspension for the second leg.
- Adriano and Fabregas have both returned from injury and could start. If Adriano does, then the returning Puyol could play in the centre alongside Pique.
- AC Milan have Mark van Bommel to add to their absentee list. The dutchman was suspended for the first leg but has since picked up an injury in training and missed the draw at Catania at the weekend. He will not be back to face Barca.
- That injury adds to Milan’s defensive woes, as they are still without Thiago Silva at centre back, so Alessandro nesta should play once again.
- They do, though, have Alexandre Pato back to provide some competition up front. The Brazilian scored when these sides met at the Nou Camp earlier in the season and could play a part once again.
- Nesta, Nocerino and Ambrosini are all one yellow away from a suspension.
- Gattuso has returned to training and was on the bench at the weekend, but was not named in the Champions League squad for the second half of the season, as the club were not sure if he would return in time to feature.
- The goalless draw in the first leg will have suited AC Milan more than it will Barcelona. The Catalans failed to score an away goal, and a strike for Milan here may well prove crucial. The Italians managed a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp when the sides met in the group stage of this season’s Champions League, and a repeat of that result would be enough to see them through.
- However, Barcelona have only conceded in one of their last 6 matches, so Milan will have to be at their best if they are to score at all this time around. Barcelona have also only failed win 1 of their last 11 matches in all competitions and have won all but 3 of their 24 home matches this season. The home side are undoubtedly favourites to win.
- Meanwhile, Milan’s only loss in their last 12 matches was their last away match in the Champions League – a 3-0 loss at Arsenal in the second leg of the previous round. They will surely not make the same mistakes here, and will look to keep the game tight, stifling Barcelona’s attackers, as they did at the San Siro in the first leg. They will then hope to hit Barcelona on the break or at a set piece, and grab a vital away goal. However, stopping Barcelona from scoring twice whilst also trying to nick a goal is an incredibly difficult task and probably just too much for Milan to manage.
Marseille out: Alou Diarra, Billel Omrani, Souleymane Diawara
- Bayern are unlikely to make any changes from the side that won at Marseille in the first leg, with Alaba continuing at left back.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended after picking up his third yellow card of the campaign in the Champions League.
- Franck Ribery was among those rested at the weekend and should return to the starting XI.
- Boateng, Muller, Kroos and Gustavo all have to be careful, as they are all one yellow card away from incurring a one-match suspension.
- Alou Diarra misses out through suspension after picking up a yellow card in the first leg, but Marseille have both Souleymane Diawara and Steve Mandanda back after their suspensions.
- However, Diawara is not expected to recover from injury in time to feature, and he will probably not be risked.
- Morel, Mbia, Amalfitano and Andre Ayew are all one yellow card away from suspension, though it looks unlikely that that will affect this season’s campaign, after a disappointing home result in the first leg.
- Bayern Munich may have built up an unassailable lead over Marseille in the first leg. A 2-0 win away from home before returning home, especially for a team as good as Bayern are on home soil, is almost certainly going to be enough to see them through. Bayern have won their last 9 home games on the trot and have only failed to win 2 of their 20 home games all season.
- Marseille, could barely have more contrasting form. They have not won in 9 matches, losing 8 of those (though one loss came in extra time in the Coupe de France) and have only kept one clean sheet in their last 16 games. Bayern usually score for fun at home, and did exactly that in the last round of the Champions League when they beat Basel 7-0. They may well score a few once again.
- Marseille are completely out of sorts, while Bayern are flying high, still fighting in 3 competitions. After such a convincing win in the first leg, they will stick to the same tactics, going out to win and not settle for anything less. It could make for a long night for the French side.
Fulham (R) – Newcastle (R) 1 @ 1,8-1,9
Fulham’s Development Squad will look to continue their impressive run of form when they welcome Newcastle United to Motspur Park this afternoon (KO 2pm).Ray Lewington’s side built on promising showings against Chelsea and Swansea with six points from their last two games against Sunderland and Norwich City. The latter being a comfortable 5-1 victory with goals from Rafik Halliche, Alex Smith (2), Bjorn Helge Riise and Mesca Na Bangna securing maximum points.
With a host of injuries and a handful of players out on loan, Willie Donachie has a squad of just 14 – ten of whom are Academy players.
Burnley v Birmingham
Burnley out: Paterson (att 14/3), Jay Rodriguez (att 36/15), Ben Mee (df 12/0), Danny Lafferty (df 2/0)
Birmingham put: Keith Fahey (mf 32/3), Stephen Carr (df 20/0), Jonathan Spector (df 31/0) and Pablo Ibanez (df 10/0)
Brentford v Oldham
Brentford has Kevin O’Connor (mf 14/1) out
Myles Weston (mf 25/1) back
Oldham out Reece Brown (mf 8/0) and Alex Cisak (gk 38/0)
Filipe Morais (mf 29/4) is back
Leyton O v Huddersfield
Leyton out: Scott Cuthbert (df 33/1). Jamal Campbell-Ryce (mf 4/0) is douftful
Back are: Lee Butcher (gk 23/0) and Jamie Jones (gk 0/0) and Dickson (mf 5/0)
Hudd out: Gary Naysmith (df 22/0), Oscar Gobern (mf 20/2) and Damien Johnson (mf 16/0)
Calum Woods (df 19/0) is back
Barnet v Swindon
Barnet out: Danny Senda (df 19/0) and Steve Kabba (att 9/1)
Clovis Kamdjo (df 35/3), Darren Dennehy (df 19/0) and Paul Downing (df 20/0) could all return
Swindon out: Paul Caddis (df 34/3, captain)
MEPPEN VS. HOLSTEIN KIEL
Kiel without Florian Meyer (df 8/0) und Sofien Chahed (mf 22/1) but Marc Heider (att 20/10)
Croatia Cup, Osijek – Cibalia
Osijek out: Gavrić, Bubalo, Aleksić, Vidaković
Cibalia out: Šimunac, Lučić, Čuljak, Rugašević, Vitaić, Jonjić, Puljić, Kresinger
Vargić, Ibriks, Smoje, Vrgoč, Lukačević, Kurtović, Šorša, Jugović, Kvržić, Perošević, Maglica
Matković, Radotić, Tomić, Lučić, Mitrović, Jurić, Matoš, Bartolović, Pavličić, Prgomet, Koledić
WBA (R) – Blackburn (R)
ALBION (from): Ambalu, Atkinson, Birch, D Daniels, L Daniels, Edge, Gayle, Goldsmith, A Jones, Nabi, Roofe, Rose, Sawyers, Tunnicliffe, Turton, Wellington.
ROVERS Reserves are back in action this Tuesday lunchtime when they travel to the midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion.
Almost three weeks have passed since Gary Bowyer’s second string were last in action, recording yet another clean sheet with a goalless draw away at Newcastle United.
The squad is expected to be young once again, featuring many of the players who have reached the final of the FA Youth Cup.
Norwich (R) – Sunderland (R)
Reserve team boss Keith Bertschin (Sunderland) is looking forward to seeing more of James McClean after the winger penned a three-year deal with the club.
McClean has already amassed 23 appearances for the first team, having only made his debut in mid-December, notching five goals in those games.
Wolwes (R) – Chelsea (R)
Reserve team manager Dermot Drummy has warned his side that they will need to win the physical battle before they can let their football do the talking ahead of tonight’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A near full-strength side has made the trip to the Midlands for the match, which will be played at Telford United FC, and Drummy, who saw his team come from behind twice during last week’s 2-2 draw at Swansea, will be looking for a similar approach to the game from his young team.
‘It’s nice that we get a game within seven days of our last match; it was a good performance at Swansea,’ Drummy told the official Chelsea website. ‘We travel up to Wolves with almost the same team, bar Hutch [Sam Hutchinson] who has a slight niggle and Romelu Lukaku, who’s unavailable, and the pleasing thing is that a lot of the boys are now fighting for their places.