• PREMIER LEAGUE  

 Arsenal – Newcastle  

pick: 1 / -1AH (probably -1,5) / and i would take over 2,5

Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky have recovered from illness and are in contention to feature for Arsenal against Newcastle on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has revealed.

The Problems Mount Up For Newcastle – Now Williamson Out 

More Bad News For Newcastle On Injury Front link

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Aston Villa 

Paul Lambert admits his considerable injury list is frustrating heading into the Wigan clash.

Lambert could be without nine senior players on Saturday, with the treatment rooms filling up these past few weeks.

Ron Vlaar [calf], Gabby Agbonlahor [hip], Darren Bent [hamstring], Charles N’Zogbia [knee], Richard Dunne [groin], Andreas Weimann [calf], Gary Gardner [knee] and Nathan Baker [hamstring] are all set to miss the Latics game.

Fabian Delph will be absent through suspension, after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Tottenham on Boxing Day.

Manchester United without Rooney (14/7)

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Swansea will miss topscorer Michu (att 19/13)

  • OTHER LEAGUES  

Cheltenham – Bristol Rovers  

(no bet for me because of suspicious h2h)

Injury problems mount for Ward on his Whaddon Road return

Ward is without long-term injury absentee goalkeeper Scott Bevan (wrist), club captain Matt Gill (knee) and last season’s top scorer Matt Harrold (knee).

Defender Adam Virgo and midfielder Matt Lund are also out, while forward David Clarkson picked up an ankle injury at Aldershot and will also miss the short trip up the M5.

That is likely to mean a recall for Oliver Norburn in an attacking midfield role ahead of the deeper Seanan Clucas and Tom Parkes.

Joe Anyinsah and Fabian Broghammer will be on the flanks, supplying lone front man Tom Eaves, who will return to parent club Bolton Wanderers after tomorrow’s match.

Chelsea loanee Sam Walker will line up in goal, behind a back four of Michael Smith, Cian Bolger, acting skipper Garry Kenneth and left-back Lee Brown.

Irishman Bolger, on loan from Leicester City, made his comeback from an injury against Aldershot giving Ward a welcome defensive boost. more

Guiseley – Colwyn Bay  – Off due to waterlogged pitch.

 

pick: -1,5 ah guiseley @ 1,94 @ 188bet

big quality difference on home side, in great form (9-1-1), strong at home and away team in problems.

Injury crisis for Guiseley trip  Continue reading

Newcastle United – Manchester City

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Vukovar – Rijeka 2 @ 2,1 bwin 1-3

vukovar was with just 6 players before few days in osijek, not have roster, 52-old men playing..

St Johnstone – Hearts

St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas will ask David McCracken if he is ready to return early from his fractured cheekbone against Hearts as Saints face an injury crisis in defence.

Defenders Steven Anderson, Frazer Wright and skipper Dave Mackay are out suspended while midfielder Chris Millar is also banned after being red carded in the 1-1 draw against St Mirren last week.

McCracken had to have surgery after picking up the injury when he clashed heads with Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama during the 1-1 draw at Parkhead on November 11. Craig Beattie, Jamie Adams and David Robertson are all injured.

Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson is unlikely to travel St Johnstone and faces a meeting over his future on Monday after his refusal to participate against Aberdeen.

Medhi Taouil (groin) is out of the trip to Perth, joining Danny Grainger (knee), Jason Holt (ankle) and Jamie Hamill (knee) in being absent.

Arvydas Novikovas (ankle) could return after missing the Dons win, Dylan McGowan is available again following a hip problem, while Ryan Stevenson is fit after coming off at half-time against Aberdeen following a head knock.

Lazio – Inter

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Chernomorets Burgas – Lok. Sofia

SOFIA (Reuters) – Police arrested six players from Bulgarian first division club Chernomorets Burgas and five from their city rivals Neftochimik on Thursday for questioning in an investigation into alleged match-fixing.

“I can confirm that 11 players were arrested for match-fixing,” a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said. “All of them are Bulgarians.”

She said that the initial investigation was triggered two months ago by signals of illegal betting but refused to reveal more details.

Local media reported that Chernomorets’s Rumen Trifonov and his team mate Preslav Yordanov were taken in handcuffs from the police station in Burgas and driven to an undisclosed destination.

Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that four of the footballers would probably be charged.

“Our coach Dimitar Dimitrov told me that a few players had been arrested,” Chernomorets owner Mitko Sabev said. “We’re sure that they didn’t manipulate Chernomorets games.”

Neftochimik coach Dimcho Nenov said he was not aware that any players had been questioned and confirmed that all players took part in Thursday’s training session.

Chernomorets are sixth in the Bulgarian league with 27 points from 15 games. Neftochimik are top in the second division with 28 points from 13 matches.

Media reports of widespread match-fixing and corruption have been rife in the Balkan county for years but no one has been brought to trial and the European Commission has criticised the authorities for doing little to fight the problem.

In September, Bulgaria’s prosecutor opened an investigation into claims of match-fixing in four domestic games this season.

The first documented manipulated game in Bulgaria took place in 1949, when Levski Sofia and city neighbours Akademik drew 1-1 in order that CSKA, Levski’s bitter rivals, would be relegated to the second division.

Bayer Leverkusen – Hamburger SV

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monday

England » Blue Square South » Boreham Wood – Sutton   over 2,5 @ 1,72  // dnb 2 @ 2,12 

Hosts get tree red cards in last round (it was before two days). That was 3 defenders, Nunne (df 5/0), Garrard (df 5/0) and O’Loughlin (df 5/1).

Wood Manager Ian Allinson did well to temper his fury after the final whistle.    “Two individuals have let us down badly this afternoon with their poor reactions.    We will miss three key defenders for three matches including our first F.A. Challenge Cup tie, which is of our own making and that is disappointing.    We were competing well even after going a goal down and for the first twenty-five minutes of the second half even with nine men we had chances to equalise.    The second goal we gave away cheaply and that left us with a mountain to climb.    I would like to heap praise on the players that remained on the pitch for me today, they did not let me down. We will dust ourselves down and be up and ready to go again on Monday night against Sutton United.”

Suttonm scored on all 5 games this season. They was better than their today’s opponents last season (they played promotion playoff, they had 74 pts while Borenham has 61

Sutton have a good record at Boreham Wood under Paul Doswell, unbeaten in the last three visits although it needed an injury-time equaliser by Romone McCrae to preserve that record in last season’s game on Boxing Day. On Monday morning Paul was still hopeful of adding a central defender to his squad in time for him to feature in tonight’s game, with Simon Downer still on the sidelines.

Norway » Division 2 – Group 1 » Stromsgodset 2 – Tonsberg  1 @ 1,75

Stromsgodset will have few expirience first team players, most important are Kim André Madsen (df 18/0) og Peter Kovacs (att 19/8, 2nd scorer). Tonsberg very bad away

We set including the two who had to sit out the match against Sogndal, Kim André Madsen and Peter Kovacs in tonight’s squad, which by the way looks like this:

Borger Thomas, Ole Lauritzen, Mads Westlie Gundersen, Ole Amund Sveen, Behajdin Celina, Kim André Madsen, Kinni Grewal, Krister Aunan, Nana, Enock Kwakwa, Martin Rønning Ovenstad, Tokmac Nguen, Gustav Mendonca Wikheim, Peter Kovacs

Aalesund II – Skeid

Aalesund squad: Rasmussen, Nystøl, Rekdal, Bjørdal, Wooton, Lindseth, Fredriksen, Fjørtoft, Orry Larsen, Carlsen, Skagestad, Hoff, Dahlberg, Martinussen, Krøvel, Sætre, Grytten og Hollingsæter.

Mandalskameratene – Brann 2

Dette er Brann 2-troppen:

Øystein Øvretveit
Ståle Tveit
Andreas Vindheim
Hans-Christian Nysæther
Henrik Gjesdal
Fredrik Heggeland
Joachim Soltvedt
Kjetil Kalve
Kasper Skaanes
Eirik Birkelund
Kristoffer Barmen
Kristoffer K. Larsen
Morten Kvist
Per Christian Pedersen
Steffen Lie Skålevik
Kristoffer Larsen

Denmark » 1st Division » Koge – Lyngby 2 @ 2,15

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Last season this would be 1st league game bbut both relegate. Lyngby was 11th with 28 points, Koge last, 12th with 19

Koge in awfull form. true, they won last one 7-1 away but that was cup game with lower league club. Koge won just 4 points, still didnt won and they have some injuries:

Fabinho usually still a groin injury, while both Marcel Romer and top scorer Anders Kaagh struggling with knee problems. Also Bo Storm is out – he’s still going to be quite ready after his long injury break.

On the other hand defender Andreas Sorensen back in the squad. The experienced defender has been out for over a month with a hamstring, but now it thus appears that the back is getting ready for a comeback.

Three U/19-spillere has found its way into the squad. It is about Sylvester Seeger-Hansen, debutede in the middle of the week trophy victory over AB Tårnby. He’s in the squad for Monday’s game against Lyngby been joined by the two U/18-landsholdsspillere Daniel Arrocha and Oliver Jorgensen.

Also important midfielder Martin Christensen left club.

Lyngby loose some players before season started (Emil Larsen, Anders Christiansen og Rajko Lekic) but they started great. They are stronger this game for Lasse Fosgaard, midfielder from Brønshøj.

FAI CUP THIRD ROUND PREVIEW 03/09/2012

Waterford United -v- Mervue United

Johnny Glynn’s Mervue United take a break from league action this evening as they make the long trip to the south east to finally face Waterford Utd in this third round FAI Ford Cup game.

There is a cup quarter-final place on offer with a tough away tie against Derry City in the Brandywell the reward for this evening’s winners. Twice postponed, the tie should finally take place with no sign of rain forecast for the day in Waterford.

Glynn side haven’t won in their last four games and will be looking to try for a good cup run after some poor league form.

Last weekend they did pick up a good point in a 1-1 draw at home to Finn Harps, with Cian McBrien scoring his first goal for the club to equalise for the home side. That point leaves Mervue second from bottom in the league table, two points ahead of Galway rivals SD Galway.

Mervue progressed to the Third Round after a 2-0 win against local rivals SD Galway courtesy of second half goals from Pat Hoban and Etanda Nkololo back in May.

Martin Conneely (ankle ligaments), Kenny Farrell (ankle), Alan Murphy (ankle) all missed Friday’s draw with Finn Harps and may not recover in time. Captain Mike Elwood and Cian McBrien will not travel due to work committments, while Shane Keogh should return having missed Fridays draw with Finn Harps.

Paul O’Brien’s Waterford United come into this tie on the back of a superb 1-0 win away to First Division league leaders Limerick on Friday night.

David Breen’s single goal late in the game secured their fourth win over Limerick this season and get the Blues back to winning ways ahead of this cup tie.

League form has dipped of late with no win in their last three home games; a defeat to Wexford Youths, scoreless draw against Athlone Town and a 1-1 draw against Finn Harps. Friday’s win should instil confidence in the Blues for Monday’s match.

Gary Dunphy and Daragh Walshe continue to miss out long term. Seamus Long and Willie John Kiely both return from suspension and may both come straight into the team. Paul Phelan and Craig Burns were both not fit enough for Friday’s match but may recover in time. Stephen Mulcahy and John Frost both were substituted on Friday with injuries and may need more treatment.

Sean Maguire will also miss the game as he links up with Paul Doolin’s Republic of Ireland Under-19 team for a training camp and friendly match in Latvia this week.

Referee: Kevin O’Regan

MATCH STATS

This is the third attempt for this cup game to be played with both previous attempts being postponed due to heavy rain making the RSC pitch unplayable.

Mervue United have lost twice this season to Waterford United already this season with the third match ending in a scoreless draw.

Mervue have lost all six previous trips to the RSC in league encounters.

BETTING

Waterford United 3/10; Draw 7/2; Mervue United 9/1