Caen – Lens 1
Quality, motivation and Lens in financial problems
Caen: Livio Nabab (att 28/4), Laurent Agouazi (mf 16/2), Branko Lazarevic (0/0), Ibrahima Tandia (0/0).Kim (att 8/0), Kebano and (mf 9/1) are back in squad.
Lens: Pierre Ducasse (mf 12/0), Lalaina Nomenjanahary (mf 28/1), Rudy Riou (gk 31/0), Yoann Touzghar (att 24/11) and Pierrick Valdivia (mf 28/11)
Preview: Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar (semi finals)
after regular season Wester Sydney Wanderers was first (57pts), Brisbane Roar finished 5th (35pts)
hosts won all tree h2h games and they have tre important players back, roar has two players fit (which was doubtful)..
Despite being up-and-down for most of the season, Brisbane aren’t about to give their title up without a fight and are just one game away from a third straight decider. Mike Mulvey has got his side firing at the right time, with last Sunday’s 2-1 win over Adelaide their third in a row. But if the Roar are to play for another championship they will need to knock off the in-form premiers.
Western Sydney are on a remarkable 12-game unbeaten run, have had the benefit of a week’s break and will play in front of their hostile and parochial home fans.
The busiest men at both clubs this week have been the medical staff with a host of key players from the respective sides racing the clock to be fit. Shinji Ono (groin), Aaron Mooy (knee) and Jerome Polenz (calf) all missed the title-winning clash with Newcastle a fortnight ago but are expected to line-up on Friday night.
Brisbane defender Jack Hingert is out for the season with an ankle injury picked up against Adelaide but skipper Thomas Broich (Achilles) and midfielder Luke Brattan (calf) are likely to play despite failing to finish the match against the Reds.
The big issue:
Wanderers – They took out the Premiers’ Plate in their debut season but there will be no second chances for Tony Popovic’s side from now on. This is sudden death football. While Brisbane have been there and done it over the last couple of years, for many of the Wanderers squad this will be a new experience. Just how they handle the pressure could determine if they move through to the decider.
Roar – Brisbane may have some momentum heading into this clash but the short turnaround and injury clouds over a couple of key players could prove pivotal. While the Wanderers will be fresh from a week off and had the opportunity to get a few of their stars over niggling injuries, the Roar head into this one just five days after a bruising win over Adelaide and that could take its toll late in this encounter.
Volyn Lutsk – Mariupol ah 0 Mariupol
In “Volyn” ongoing personnel problems. Anatoly Demyanenko can not count on suspended Vanc Sikov (df 19/0), Petar Zanyeva (df 19/0) and Valentin Iliev (df 18/0), several players are in hospital or just starting to recover from injuries.
MISSING INFO FOR 12.4. (friday)
Real Betis – Sevilla
Betis: Vilarchao and Mario Alvarez are out, Nacho Santamaria doubtful. Benat, Amaya and Campbell return from suspension
Sevilla: Fernando Navarro, Piotr Trochowski and Jose Gomez Campana. Doubtful are Federico Fazio, Ivan Rakitic and Geoffrey Kondogbia. Navas is back
Valenciennes vs Saint Etienne
Valenciennes: Nicolas Isimat, Mody Traore, Pape Abdou Camara, Francis Massampu, Dusan Djuric and Marco Da Silva. Doubtful are Anthony Le Tallec, Gregory Pujol and Vincent Aboubakar
St Etienne: Brandao, Alejandro Alonso, Jeremy Clement, Max Gradel, Andreas Laudrup
FC Ingolstadt – Hertha BSC
Ingolstadt: Roger de Oliveira, Malte Metzelder, Ramazan Ozcan. Schaeffler is back
Hertha: Roman Hubnik, Marcel Ndjeng, Peter Niemeyer. Doubtful are Sandro Wagner, Maik Franz, Felix Bastians
SV Sandhausen – Eintracht Braunschweig
Sandhausen: Regis Dorn, Ole Kittner, Kristjan Glibo, Simon Tüting, David Blacha, Fabio Morena, Sören Halfar
Braunschweig: Deniz Dogan, Björn Kluft, Dennis Kruppke, Ken Reichel
Sivasspor – Genclerbirligi
Sivass: Jan Rajnoch, Milan Cerny, Nihat Sahin, Murat Akca, Sercan Yildirim. Doubtful are Michael Eneramo, Hayrettin Yerlikaya, Kamil Grosicki, Erman Kilic, Erhan Guven
G’birligi: Ante Kulusic, Bjorn Vleminckx, Jimmy Durmaz and Serkan Kurtulus. Doubtful is Kerim Zengin
Trabzonspor – Orduspor
Trabzon: Emerson Conceicao, Marc Janko
Orduspor: Selcuk Sahin, Yigit Ismail Gokoglan. Doubtful are Ibrahim Kas and Muslum Yelken
Grosseto – Empoli
Grosetto: Federico Piovaccari, Vedran Celjak, Samuele Olivi, Giovanni Formiconi, Michele Rigione(sp)(def), Daniele Quadrini, Simone Esposito, Marco Giovio. Doubtful is Angelo Iorio
Empoli: Davide Moro, Francesco Pratali, Vincent Laurini, Jose Araujo Ferreira and Cristiano Camillucci
Doubtful are Renato Dossena, Daniele Mori and Bationo Benoit
Cesena – Hellas Verona
Cesena: Alessandro Favalli, Simone Dallamano, Andrea Gessa, Derlis Meza Colli, Louise Parfait. Back is Alejandro Rodriguez
Verona: Vangelis Moras. Doubtful are Emanuel Benito Rivas, Giuseppe Pugliese, Raphael Martinho, Simon Laner and Alessandro Carrozza. Back is Fabrizio Cacciatore
other infos (2nd France and 2. Netherlands later or tomorow here or on fb site http://www.facebook.com/castrof.eu.insiders