Germany 3, Erfurt – VfL Osnabruck Osnabruck ah0 @ 1,87 SBO

I write yesterday on site pick against Erfurt because of their problems. They are 17th and they will have hard half season to stay in league. Tom Bertram (df 9/0), Smail Morabit (att 12/5, topscorer), Patrick Göbel (mf 4/1), Mario Fillinger, Bernd Rauw (df 12/0), Marius Strangl (mf 9/0) and Maik Baumgarten (mf 4/0) was all out for last game yesterday and for two days is new one. But that are not all problems for coach Schwartz, Kevin Möhwald (mf 22/2) and Marko Kopilas (df 6/0) get red card on that game and they are out for this one. In transfer window club left Marcus Rickert (gk 12/0) and Igor Jovanovic (3/0) and they brong Manuel Salz (Freiburg II, gk 7/0)

Osnabruck loose against Karlsruher 2-3 but still keep 1st place (they play with 10 players from 24 minute when goalkeeper Rickerts get red card, exactly same gk who come from Erfurt). He will be banned two games. All other players available and there are manny good players..

England » League One » Portsmouth – Colchester 2 @ 2,2

Portsmouth in big problems. They loose last 6 games, 15 games they didnt win, there are big financial problems, they have no nmoney, players are leaving..Pompey, who are in administration, lost six players earlier this month and most of the squad are on short-term deals.Brian Howard (mf 23/0), Lee Williamson (mf 22/0), Mustapha Dumbya (df 24/0), Lubomir Michalik (df 18/1), Paul Benson (att 7/2) and Jon Harley (df 23/1) are names which left club and last one is Darel Russell (mf 17/0). If we know situation from before it would be all clear for us no matter on opponents..

On 14th february they will know their future..

Colcester loose 9 games in a row but finally announce better days with win over Walsall. Now have greath oportunuty to win in important game with directly opponents for relegation. New signings Jabo Ibehre and Sam Walker played in winning game, Ibehre scored. Anthony Wordsworth (mf 24/3) is back after ban and winger Jack Compton after sickness (2/0).

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The ultimate guide to ALL of this weekend’s FA Cup third round fixtures

It may only be the start of January but the weekend of the FA Cup third round remains one of the most famous occasions in the football calendar.

The world’s oldest football competition often offers lowly minnows a chance to fight with some of the biggest teams in the game and this weekend is no different with a number of eye-catching ties.

With 32 matches to be played, Sportsmail has teamed up with statistic giants Opta to bring you the ultimate guide to all of this weekend’s fixtures.

FA Cup » Macclesfield – Cardiff 

pick: Macclesfield +1 @ 2,05 

Macclesfield Town v Cardiff City: Bluebirds set to rest entire first-team

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay is set to rest every single one of his front-line stars for Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Macclesfield Town.

None of the Bluebirds’ first-team squad is expected to travel to their non-league opponents, with a host of youngsters and fringe players ready to be drafted in.

True, Macclesfield is from Conference but they dont have problems, just is Ryan Jackson (df 18/1) out. They will play with best posible squad. I will give chance to them, Cardiff has much more quality but when they play with best team. This are all youngsters adn players which didnt played so i dont see why hosts wouldnt make suprise. Remember Arsenal before few weeks, they are eliminated from league Cup by Bradford which is also 3 league above them (like in this game). And there is one difference, Arsenal played with best squad..

Likely line-upsMacclesfield Town: Cronin, Martin, Brown (capt), Diagne, Braham-Barrett, Mackreth, Murtagh, Wedgbury, Kissock, arnes-Homer, Holroyd

Subs: Amari Morgan-Smith, Peter Winn, Pablo Mills, Waide Fairhurst.

Cardiff City: Lewis (0/0), Coulson, Nugent (3/1), Oshilaja (0/0), John (0/0), Harris (0/0), Kiss (3/1), McPhail  (0/0), Ralls (4/0), Velikonja (2/0), Jarvis

Subs: Elliot Parish (gk, 0/0), Ronnie Hawkins (0/0), Anthony Bell (0/0), Tommy O’Sullivan (0/0), Theo Wharton (0/0), Jaye Bowen (0/0), Jesse Darko (0/0)

Road to Wembley: The FA Cup third round sees teams from the Premier League and the Championship enter the competitionRoad to Wembley: The FA Cup third round sees teams from the Premier League and the Championship enter the competition

Brighton v Newcastle (Saturday 12.30pm – live on ITV1)
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be without Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini for tomorrow’s clash with Brighton after both picked up slight knocks.

Midfielder Cheick Tiote is also unavailable, as the Ivory Coast international left for the African Nations Cup after Wednesday night’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Everton. Potential replacement Gael Bigirimana is battling a dead leg.

Striker Demba Ba’s transfer to Chelsea has left a vacancy in attack, and while central defender Steven Taylor (hamstring) and midfielder Yohan Cabaye (groin) are back in training, they remain unavailable.

Full-back Ryan Taylor (knee) and midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Jonas Gutierrez, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic (all knee) are also out.

Brighton may be tempted to start Kazenga Lua Lua for the third consecutive game against his former club.

The winger spent five years at St James’ Park before leaving in November 2011 having made 15 appearances.

Will Buckley’s deflected strike helped the Seagulls to a win against Newcastle last season in the FA Cup, but the winger is likely to be ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Full-back Bruno is likely to miss out with an achilles injury, while winger Vicente is also out with a thigh injury.

Will history repeat? Will Buckley celebrates Mike Williamson's own goal that helped Brighton defeat Newcastle 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round last seasonWill history repeat? Will Buckley celebrates Mike Williamson’s own goal that helped Brighton defeat Newcastle 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round last season

Brighton and Newcastle have met four times before in the FA Cup; the Magpies progressed in the first meeting in 1930, but the Seagulls have since won the last three ties including in Round 4 last season.

Brighton have won three of their last five FA Cup games against higher-ranked sides, including that victory over the Magpies last term. 

The Seagulls have only lost one of their last 12 FA Cup games on home soil, and have not been eliminated from the competition at home since 2008.

Newcastle have not won an away game in the FA Cup since January 2006, when they won 2-0 at fourth tier Cheltenham Town.

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Harper, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, Williamson, Perch, Streete, Bigirimana, Anita, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Obertan, Abeid, Shola Ameobi, Ranger.

Aldershot v Rotherham (Saturday, 3pm)
Aldershot captain Ben Herd is set to return for the clash against Rotherham after serving a three-game ban.

Loan signings Danny Rose, Michael Hector and Sonny Bradley are likely to feature with Danny Hylton also passed fit.

Striker Adam Morgan is expected to make his Rotherham debut after completing a loan switch from Liverpool on Thursday.

Lionel Ainsworth, David Noble and Dale Tonge could be on the bench and goalkeeper Scott Shearer is passed fit.

Aldershot Town have met Rotherham once before in the FA Cup since their reformation in 1992, winning 3-0 away from home in a replay after a 1-1 draw in Round 1 of the 2009 competition.

Rotherham have not made the fourth round of the FA Cup since 2002, when they eliminated top-flight Southampton at this stage before losing to Crewe.

This is Aldershot’s first appearance in Round 3 since 2007; the Shots have not made the fourth round since 1987, when they lost to Barnsley.

Aldershot have won their last three home games in this competition, and have only lost one of their last eight.

Aston Villa v Ipswich (Saturday, 3pm)
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hoping to have a trio of players – including Darren Bent – back in contention for tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round clash with Ipswich.

Bent (hamstring), fellow striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh) and winger Charles N’Zogbia (knee) are all poised to return to training today and will then be assessed by Lambert.

Midfielder Ashley Westwood has been ruled out after suffering an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw at Swansea. Defenders Ron Vlaar (calf), Nathan Baker (hamstring) and Richard Dunne (knee) remain sidelined.

Back in business: Villa striker Darren Bent could return to face his former side, Ipswich at Villa ParkBack in business: Villa striker Darren Bent could return to face his former side, Ipswich at Villa Park

Mick McCarthy has just 16 players with significant Championship experience to call upon tomorrow when his side travel to Villa.

The likes of Stephen Henderson, Bradley Orr (ineligible due to loans), Tyrone Mings (cup-tied) and Andy Drury (illness) are unavailable, while Danny Higginbotham and DJ Campbell have seen their loan deals expire.

In addition, McCarthy wants to rest a number of his players who have featured during a spell of four games in 11 over the Christmas period.

Patrick Kisnorbo is available for the Tractor Boys though, with the defender having completed his one-month loan deal from Leeds on Thursday.

Villa and Ipswich have met four times before in the FA Cup, winning two ties apiece with the Villans winning the last clash back in 1996.

Aston Villa have won their last five FA Cup games at Villa Park, scoring exactly three times in each one.

The Midlands side have progressed through each of their last nine ties against lower ranked sides, with Sheffield United the last to eliminated them back in 2005.

Ipswich have lost their last 10 FA Cup games against teams from a higher division, and have only won one of their last 25 (23 ties).

Aston Villa squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Herd, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Bennett, Ireland, N’Zogbia, Bannan, Delph, Albrighton, Holman, Benteke, Bent, Agbonlahor, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers.

Barnsley v Burnley (Saturday, 3pm)
Managerless Barnsley have no new concerns as Reuben Noble-Lazarus and Marlon Harewood push for recalls

The Tykes are without Jonathan Greening after the midfielder returned to Nottingham Forest following a loan spell.

Burnley will have to make do without top scorer Charlie Austin (hamstring).

New signing Dane Richards may be involved providing international clearance comes through following his move from the Vancouver Whitecaps.

This will be the first FA Cup meeting between Barnsley and Burnley since 1911, when the Clarets won a Round 2 match 2-0 on home soil.

Barnsley have lost their last four FA Cup round 3 games and haven’t picked up a victory since their run to the semi-finals back in 2008.

Burnley have only won one of their last 11 away FA Cup games, conceding nine in total in their last two.

The Clarets have only mustered one clean sheet in their last 15 outings in the FA Cup (conceding 30 in total).

Macclesfield v Cardiff (Saturday, 3pm)
Macclesfield will be without defender Ryan Jackson, who starts a three-game ban after being picking up a red card in the 2-2 draw against Southport on New Year’s Day.

Matthew Barnes-Homer is a doubt with Amari Morgan-Smith and Peter Winn vying to replace him in attack.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay looks set to make changes and could leave out goalkeeper David Marshall, striker Craig Bellamy and captain Mark Hudson.

Midfielder Stephen McPhail has not played since the opening day of the season and could return to the side.

Rested? Craig Bellamy (left) may sit out of the FA Cup tieRested? Craig Bellamy (left) may sit out of the FA Cup tie

This will be the first meeting between these sides in the FA Cup, though their most recent meeting came in the League Cup in 2005, when the Welsh side prevailed 2-1. 

Cardiff have won 11 and drawn three of their last of their last 14 FA Cup games against lower ranked sides, and have not lost against a team from a lower league since 1995, when they eliminated by Enfield.

After three away wins on the way to the final in 2008, Cardiff have failed to win any of their ensuing five on the road in the FA Cup, drawing two and losing three.

The Silkmen have only lost one of their last 11 on home soil in the FA Cup proper, and that was against Everton in 2009.

Blackburn v Bristol City (Saturday, 3pm)
Youngsters Hugo Fernandez and Tim Payne could feature in the Blackburn starting XI as Rovers remain under the guidance of 
Caretaker manager, Gary Bowyer.

David Dunn will miss out through a recurrence of a calf problem, but Simon Vukcevic could feature having recovered from a leg injury.

Bristol City boss Derek McInnes will be without Neil Danns, loanee Stephen McManus and Albert Adomah.

Stephen Pearson is also out so Marvin Elliott, Neil Kilkenny and Bobby Reid are all pushing for starts.

This will only be the second FA Cup meeting between Blackburn and Bristol City; the Robins won the first back at this stage of the 1951 competition (2-1).

Rovers have won 12 and lost just one of their last 16 FA Cup games at Ewood Park, scoring at least once in each of their last 14.

The Robins have only made it past the third round once in the last 10 years, reaching Round 4 back in 2007.

City have only scored one goal in their last six FA Cup games combined.

Bolton v Sunderland (Saturday, 3pm)
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill will make changes to his side for the third-round tie at Bolton.

O’Neill felt Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield was a ‘game too far’ for his small squad and is looking to add players in the transfer window.

The likes of David Vaughan, Fraizer Campbell, Connor Wickham and Titus Bramble are all in contention tomorrow but John O’Shea (hamstring) skipper Lee Cattermole and central defender Wes Brown (both knee) remain sidelined and striker Ji Dong-won joined Augsburg on loan for the rest of the season this week.

 

Familiar foes: Sunderland and Bolton last met in the FA Cup in a 2009 third round clash, where Djibril Cisse (left) helped secure a 2-1 for the Black CatsFamiliar foes: Sunderland and Bolton last met in the FA Cup in a 2009 third round clash, where Djibril Cisse (left) helped secure a 2-1 for the Black Cats

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has close to a fully fit squad with only Josh Vela (knee) unavailable.

Midfielder Jacob Butterfield has returned to parent club Barnsley following a loan spell.

Bolton have won just one of their six previous FA Cup ties against Sunderland, with that win coming at this stage of the 1980 competition.

Interestingly, five of the previous six FA Cup ties between the Trotters and the Black Cats have come in Round 3, with Sunderland winning the last 2-1 in 2009.

This will be Bolton’s first FA Cup game against a team from a higher division since the 2000 Final against Aston Villa, where they lost on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

The Black Cats are unbeaten in three FA Cup away games after a run of five consecutive defeats on the road between 2005 and 2010.

Sunderland squad: Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Bramble, Gardner, Colback, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Saha, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Fletcher.

Charlton v Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm)
Charlton defender Leon Cort (hamstring) and full-back Lawrie Wilson (broken nose) are major doubts for the clash against Huddersfield.

The Addicks are also without loanees Dan Seabourne, Rob Hulse and Emmanuel Frimpong who have returned to their clubs.

Jermaine Beckford is available again for Huddersfield after the striker was ineligible for the 6-1 loss at parent club Leicester.

Beckford has scored six goals in his last four FA Cup appearances.

Winger Adam Hammill has not been given permission to play by his club Wolves, but James Vaughan is available.

Charlton and Huddersfield have an equal head-to-head record in the FA Cup; Huddersfield eliminated Charlton from the 1926 competition before the Addicks got revenge in 1958 after a replay.

The Addicks have only lost one of their last 12 FA Cup games at the Valley, winning seven and drawing four.

Huddersfield have scored exactly once in 14 of their last 19 FA Cup away games, though they have netted more than once on only one occasion in this run.

The Terriers are without a win in 10 games in all competitions, drawing five and losing five.

Crawley v Reading (Saturday, 3pm)
Reading manager Brian McDermott has indicated that new signing Daniel Carrico is unlikely to make his debut in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Crawley.

Jason Roberts has returned to training after recovering from a hip problem while Nicky Shorey has overcome a virus.

McDermott is likely to make several changes after playing three Barclays Premier League matches in a week.

On the mend: Jason Roberts (left) is pushing for his first Reading appearance in over a month ahead of the Royal's trip to CrawleyOn the mend: Jason Roberts (left) is pushing for his first Reading appearance in over a month ahead of the Royal’s trip to Crawley

Crawley manager Richie Barker could include Lateef Elford-Alliyu in his squad after he joined from Bury.

Claude Davis (knee) is set to miss out while fellow defender Kyle McFadzean (virus) remains absent.

This will be the first competitive meeting between Crawley and Reading.

Crawley Town have lost both of their previous FA Cup meetings with top flight opponents.

Reading have won four of their last five FA Cup ties against sides from lower divisions. However, they were eliminated in the third round last season by third-tier Stevenage.

The Red Devils have won four and lost just one of their last six home games in the FA Cup.

Reading squad: Federici, Taylor, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Harte, McAnuff, Tabb, Karacan, Kebe, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Hunt, Roberts, Pogrebnyak.

Crystal Palace v Stoke (Saturday, 3pm)
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will make changes for tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round clash with Crystal Palace, which could include a first start in the club’s colours for Michael Owen.

The former England striker has made four substitute appearances since joining the Potters in September, the last coming in October before he suffered a hamstring injury.

Midfielder Steven Nzonzi is available after the red card he received in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Southampton was rescinded while full-back Marc Wilson could return in a fortnight from a broken leg.

False start: Michael Owen's Stoke career has been ravaged by injuryFalse start: Michael Owen’s Stoke career has been ravaged by injury

Crystal Palace have Damien Delaney available after the defender completed a three-game ban, and he could come in for Danny Gabbidon who has a hamstring complaint.

Kagisho Dikgacoi is away at the Africa Cup of Nations, but Jonathan Williams and Jermaine Easter may start.

The one previous FA Cup clash between the Eagles and the Potters saw Stoke claim a 1-0 home win in Round 3 in 1989.

Crystal Palace have won just one of their last six FA Cup games, including suffering defeat in each of the last three.

After progressing beyond the third round just once from 1995-2005, Stoke City have gone beyond this stage five times in the last seven years.

The Potters have conceded just three goals in their last six away matches in the FA Cup, keeping four clean sheets in that time.

Stoke squad: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Cameron, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Sorensen, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen.

Derby v Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm)
Derby will hand fitness tests to Craig Bryson (knee), Gareth Roberts (calf) and Jamie Ward (hamstring).

Nathan Tyson, Theo Robinson, Conor Doyle and defender James O’Connor are options for the Rams should they wish to make changes to the starting XI.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore has no new concerns with James Wallace (knee) still unavailable.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (broken metatarsal) and Abdulai Bell-Baggie (knee) remain out.

The last nine meetings between Derby and Tranmere, all in the Football League, have seen 44 goals scored – an average of 4.89 per game.

Derby County have managed just nine goals in their last nine home games in the FA Cup, scoring exactly one goal on seven occasions.

Rovers have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight FA Cup clashes with opponents from higher divisions.

The Rams have won just one of their last seven FA Cup matches (W1 D4 L2) against teams from lower divisions.

Fulham v Blackpool (Saturday, 3pm)
Martin Jol plans to name a strong Fulham line-up in tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie with Blackpool, but will have to do without several key players.

Mladen Petric, Damien Duff and Mahamadou Diarra are still injured so will be unable to feature for the west Londoners.

Mark Schwarzer is also sidelined due to a neck problem, while Stephen Kelly (knee) and John Arne Riise (shin) are also missing.

Hitman: Fulham boss, Martin Jol hinted he plans to unleash top scorer Dimitar Berbatov against Championship side BlackpoolHitman: Fulham boss, Martin Jol hinted he plans to unleash top scorer Dimitar Berbatov against Championship side Blackpool

Blackpool will hope to include Tom Ince and Alex Baptiste in their squad despite both being linked with moves away from Bloomfield Road.

Striker Nouha Dicko and Wes Thomas have returned to their parent clubs after finishing their loan spells.

After winning their first ever FA Cup tie against Blackpool in 1936, the Whites have lost their ensuing three against the Tangerines, with the latest coming back in 1957.

Fulham have lost just three of one last 15 matches in the FA Cup third round (W9 D5 L1). They have won their last four in a row.

Blackpool have progressed past the third round just twice in their last 13 appearances at this stage of the FA Cup.

The Whites have kept five clean sheets in their last seven home games in the FA Cup.

Fulham squad: Stockdale, Somogyi, Etheridge, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Briggs, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Frei, Richardson, Kasami, Ruiz, Rodallega, Berbatov.

Hull v Leyton Orient (Saturday, 3pm)
Hull will be without full-back Ahmed Elmohamady who has a calf injury, while centre-back Alex Bruce is pushing for a recall.

Jay Simpson and Nick Proschwitz are in contention to start with manager Steve Bruce poised to rest Sone Aluko.

Leyton Orient will hand Kevin Lisbie a late fitness test after the striker missed the 3-0 defeat at Yeovil with a shoulder injury.

Goalkeeper Ryan Allsop has turned down a new contract and is likely to be dropped from the side again.

Hull and Leyton Orient have met once before in the FA Cup, at this stage of the 1963 competition; The O’s progressed after a replay thanks to a 2-0 away win.

Hull City have won five and lost one of their last six FA Cup ties with lower-league opposition.

Leyton Orient have won seven and lost just two of their last 12 games in the FA Cup. 

The O’s have progressed on three of the last four occasions they have reached the FA Cup third round.

Leeds United v Birmingham (Saturday, 3pm)
Leeds will have defender Aidy White available after the defender missed their New Year’s Day win over Bolton through suspension.

Jerome Thomas has returned to West Brom following his loan spell but Tom Lees and Adam Drury are fit again.

Magic moments: But Leeds have failed to win an FA Cup game since Jermaine Beckford's strike handed them a famous 1-0 over Manchester United in 2010Magic moments: But Leeds have failed to win an FA Cup game since Jermaine Beckford’s strike handed them a famous 1-0 over Manchester United in 2010

Birmingham will be without Robert Hall after the on-loan winger was denied permission by West Ham to feature.

Boss Lee Clark also has a spate of casualties to contend with after Marlon King (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (calf), Akwasi Asante (hamstring) and Nikola Zigic were ruled out.

This will be the fifth FA Cup meeting between Leeds and Birmingham; Leeds have won three of the previous four, including the 1972 semi-final, but did lose the last clash (0-3 in 2005).

Birmingham have already won at Elland Road this season in the league. Leroy Lita scored the only game of the game back in October.

Birmingham have lost five and won just one of their last six FA Cup clashes with sides in the same division.

Since beating Manchester United 1-0 at this stage of the competition in 2010, Leeds have won none of their FA Cup games (D2 L3).

Leicester v Burton Albion (Saturday, 3pm)
Leicester will give a late check to  Ben Marshall after the winger picked up a knock from a heavy challenge in the 6-1 win over Huddersfield.

Defender Zak Whitbread (calf) and striker Jamie Vardy (heel) face fitness tests ahead of the game.

Burton’s Anthony O’Connor is a doubt with the defender feeling the affects of a hamstring injury.

Captain Zander Diamond recovers from illness and Nathan Stanton returns after serving a ban.

Both previous clashes (all competitions) between these midlands rivals have been won by the away team, with the Foxes winning the one FA Cup clash 1-0 in 1985.

The Brewers have already eliminated Leicester from the Capital One Cup this term, winning 4-2 at the King Power Stadium back in August.

Burton Albion have won two and lost five of their last nine FA Cup clashes with teams from higher divisions.

The Foxes have progressed in each of their last five FA Cup ties against lower league opposition, conceding just four goals in six games.

Luton v Wolves (Saturday, 3pm)
Luton are without defender Simon Ainge and winger Scott Neilson who are cup-tied .

Jonathan Smith and Lathaniel Rowe-Turner are likely to come into the side to deputise for the missing duo.

Wolves winger Bakary Sako looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury. midfielders Tongo Doumbia (hamstring) and Bjorn Sigurdarson (thigh) face late fitness tests while winger Slawomir Peszko is close to returning after three months out.

Wolves have won both of their previous two FA Cup ties against Luton, winning 2-1 in Round 3 in 1932 and 4-1 in Round 5 in 1960.

Wolves have won both of their FA Cup matches against non-league opponents since November 1986 when they were eliminated by Chorley thanks to a second replay.

Luton have won just three of their last 14 games against teams from a higher division in the FA Cup (W3 D4 L7).

Both teams have scored in six of Luton’s last eight home FA Cup games; with 31 goals being scored in those eight matches.

Manchester City v Watford (Saturday, 3pm)
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring) will miss this weekend’s FA Cup third-round tie against Watford but controversial forward Mario Balotelli is available after recovering from a virus.

Manager Roberto Mancini, who has been pictured grappling with Balotelli in a training-ground bust-up, has said the 22-year-old could be on the bench but forward Samir Nasri is suspended and Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak are on international duty.

Defenders Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon (both knee) are not yet ready to return while right-back Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are longer-term casualties.

Water under the bridge: Despite being involved in a training ground bust-up on Thursday, Mario Balotelli is set to be included in the Manchester City squadWater under the bridge: Despite being involved in a training ground bust-up on Thursday, Mario Balotelli is set to be included in the Manchester City squad

Watford are likely to be without key players ahead of their trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Defender Fitz Hall, Manuel Almunia (both hamstring) and Almen Abdi (pelvic) are all doubts.

The Citizens and the Hornets have met twice before in the FA Cup; Watford progressed after two replays in 1986 while City won a fourth round game 4-1 at home back in 1997.

Manchester City have won 13 and lost just two of their last 19 FA Cup clashes with sides from the second tier of English football.

Matej Vydra has scored four goals in his last two starts for Watford in all competitions.

Yaya Toure has scored three goals in his last four FA Cup appearances, including the winner in 2011 FA Cup final.

Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Rekik, Milner, Sinclair, Barry, Garcia, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Evans, Suarez.

Middlesbrough v Hastings Utd (Saturday, 3pm)
Middlesbrough are without eight players ahead of their third round clash with Hastings, including Jonathan Woodgate (calf) and striker Scott McDonald (hamstring.)

Strikers Emmanuel Ledesma (knee) and Marvin Emnes (hamstring) and defenders Justin Hoyte (hip), Seb Hines, Andre Bikey and George Friend (all hamstring) are also ruled out.

Hastings keeper Matt Armstrong-Ford, who has been struggling with a persistent knee problem, is a doubt.

Player-manager, Sean Ray has turned his attention to bringing in Jak Alnwick on loan from Newcastle as a possible replacement.

Otherwise, Ray has no other fitness concerns heading into the game.

No show: Jonathan Woodgate (left) is out of Middlesbrough's FA Cup clash against HastingsNo show: Jonathan Woodgate (left) is out of Middlesbrough’s FA Cup clash against Hastings

Hastings United are making their third appearance in the FA Cup third round but are yet to make it to the next stage; they lost 0-3 to Norwich in a replay in 1954 and 1-2 against Sheffield Wednesday in 1955.

Hastings have never kept a clean sheet against a league side in the FA Cup.

Middlesbrough have not lost to non-league opposition in the FA Cup since February 1912 when they were beaten by West Ham United. In that time, they have won 12 matches and drawn six.

Boro have won three and lost three of their last six home games in the FA Cup.

Millwall v Preston (Saturday, 3pm)
Danny Shittu and Adam Smith are set to return for Millwall ahead of their FA Cup clash against Preston.

Midfielder Tamika Mkandawire has returned from loan but striker Andy Keogh (broken toe) and winger Chris Taylor (knee) are out.

Preston could be without a trio of key players who will undergo late fitness tests before the game.

Nicky Wroe (knee) is expected to return, with Bailey Wright (head) and Jack King also hoping to make the squad.

Milwall and Preston have met twice before in the FA Cup, but not since 1948. Preston won that third round tie 2-1 after the Lions had won in Round 2 in the 1903 competition.

The Lions have won their last 12 clashes against opponents from lower divisions, although the last two have gone to replays. 

Preston have won three of their last four away games in the FA Cup.
Darius Henderson has struck four times in his last three FA Cup games for Millwall.

Nottingham Forest v Oldham (Saturday, 3pm)
Nottingham Forest midfielder Jonathan Greening is available after returning to the City Ground following a loan spell with Barnsley.

Striker Matt Derbyshire is ineligible to play while forward Marcus Tudgay is out with a broken collarbone.

Oldham are without James Wesolowski, who begins a three game ban, and winger Cristian Montano who has been ruled out for the long term with a torn thigh muscle.

Midfielder Robbie Simpson is available after returning from a ban.

Oldham won their one previous FA Cup clash with Forest 5-1 back in 1913, only in four different FA Cup games have the Latics scored more goals.

Nottingham Forest haven’t scored against Oldham in any of their last five meetings in all competitions.

Oldham have won four and lost just one of their last six FA Cup matches.

Three of Forest’s last five FA Cup ties have gone to replays, winning one and losing one of the other two.

Oxford Utd v Sheff Utd (Saturday, 3pm)
Oxford United are without striker James Constable who is out with a three-game ban following his sending off in the 3-0 win at Wimbledon.

Loanees Jake Forster-Caskey and Lee Cox have returned to their clubs while Michael Raynes is back from illness.

Sheffield United could give a debut to new signing Jamie Murphy and defender Harry Maguire is available after returning from suspension.

However, Neill Collins is out with a fractured cheekbone and goalkeeper Mark Howard (thigh) is doubtful.

Oxford United and Sheffield United are meeting for the second successive FA Cup competition; last season, the Blades won 3-0 on home soil in Round 1.

Oxford have won just one of their last seven FA Cup clashes against teams from higher divisions (W1 D1 L5).

Sheffield United have won their last six games in the FA Cup when the higher ranked team.

The Blades have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 FA Cup matches.

Back between the sticks: Declan Rudd is poised to make just his second Norwich appearance this seasonBack between the sticks: Declan Rudd is poised to make just his second Norwich appearance this season

Peterborough v Norwich (Saturday, 3pm)
Declan Rudd is set to get his chance in goal as Norwich manager Chris Hughton prepares to ring the changes in the FA Cup third-round tie with Peterborough.

Norwich are without injured strikers Grant Holt (hamstring) and Steve Morison (thigh), plus defender Steven Whittaker (hip).

Midfielder Andrew Surman (knee) is back training but unlikely to feature, while Jonny Howson has recovered from a knock suffered against West Ham.

Elliott Ward, Simon Lappin and Jacob Butterfield have all returned from loan spells.

Peterborough are without cup-tied striker Dwight Gayle, while Kgosi Ntlhe and Peter Grant are out.

Forward Lee Tomlin starts a three game ban while defender Gabriel Zakuani has left for the Africa Cup of Nations.

These sides have only met in the League Cup in 1986, when the Canaries advanced in a tight two-legged tie. 

Posh have won two and lost four of their last eight FA Cup games.
The Canaries have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 FA Cup games.

Norwich squad: Rudd, R Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Garrido, Howson, Snodgrass, Johnson, E Bennett, Kane, Bunn, Turner, Jackson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Fox, Tierney, Tettey, R Bennett, Ward, Lappin, Smith, Butterfield, Steer.

QPR v West Brom (Saturday, 3pm)
QPR striker DJ Campbell has returned from his loan spell at Ipswich and will feature in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against West Brom.

Midfielder Samba Diakite has departed for African Nations Cup duty with Mali and forward Junior Hoilett is out with a hamstring problem.

Strikers Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are sidelined with long-term injuries.

Rare sight: DJ Campbell has scored just one goal since joining QPR from Blackpool in the summer of 2011Rare sight: DJ Campbell has scored just one goal since joining QPR from Blackpool in the summer of 2011

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke will check on the fitness of five players ahead of the Loftus Road trip.

Clarke confirmed defenders Jonas Olsson (groin), Steven Reid (ankle) and Goran Popov (hamstring) plus midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) are again ruled out.

But he said five other unnamed players were rated doubtful. Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will play his final game before linking up with DR Congo for the African Nations Cup.

QPR and West Brom have an even head-to-head in the FA Cup; the R’s won a semi-final clash in 1982 before the Baggies won a third round game a year later.

QPR have won none of their last 13 matches in the FA Cup third round (excluding replays) (W0 D8 L5).

When drawn against teams from the same division in the FA Cup, QPR have been eliminated on each of the last nine occasions.

West Brom have won six and lost just two of their last 11 away matches in the FA Cup.

QPR squad: Green, Cesar, Murphy, Cerny, Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Mbia, Park, Fabio, Traore, Derry, Granero, Taarabt, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips, Ephraim, Mackie, Cisse, Campbell.

West Brom squad: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Jara Reyes, McAuley, Tamas, Dawson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thorne, Brunt, Morrison, Gera, Odemwingie, Fortune, Long, Lukaku, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy.

Sheff Wed v MK Dons (Saturday, 3pm)
Sheffield Wednesday will be without on-loan midfielder Jeremy Helan who is serving a one-game ban.

Instead, manager Dave Jones may include Jermaine Johnson, Paul Corry or Chris Lines.

MK Dons striker Dean Bowditch is unavailable after picking up a groin strain.

Right-back Jon Otsemobor (groin), and midfielders Stephen Gleeson (broken foot) and Luke Chadwick (knee) are out.

Both sides have found the net in all six previous clashes between Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.

MK Dons have never beaten Sheffield Wednesday in all competitions (D4 L2).

Sheffield Wednesday have won their last five FA Cup matches against lower league opposition, scoring 15 goals along the way.

The Owls have reached the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in the last two years, after failing to get beyond the Third Round at any time from 2002-2010.

Southampton v Chelsea (Saturday, 3pm)
Demba Ba is poised to make his Chelsea debut in tomorrow’s third-round tie at Southampton after completing his move from Newcastle.

Ba could replace Fernando Torres up front, with interim manager Rafael Benitez keen to rest his fellow Spaniard at times during the second half of the season.

Nigeria stars John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will be available before jetting off to Portugal for a pre-African Nations Cup training camp, but John Terry (knee) and Petr Cech (groin) remain out.

Set for a rest? Fernando Torres may make way in attack for new Chelsea signing, Demba BaSet for a rest? Fernando Torres may make way in attack for new Chelsea signing, Demba Ba

Adam Lallana will again miss out for Southampton. The Saints captain is unavailable with a knee injury, although right-back Nathaniel Clyne could feature at St Mary’s after a knee complaint of his own.

Gaston Ramirez is available to feature despite sustaining a dead leg against Arsenal on New Year’s Day.

Zambia international Emmanuel Mayuka leaves for the African Nations Cup after the game.

Three of the four previous FA Cup clashes between the Saints and the Blues have gone to a replay, with Southampton winning all four ties including a Round 3 victory in 1981.

Southampton have lost 14 of their last 18 FA Cup matches against sides in the top flight.

Juan Mata scored four and assisted four goals for Chelsea in the FA Cup last year (from seven appearances).

Frank Lampard has been involved in nine goals (scored five, assisted four) in his last eight FA Cup appearances for Chelsea. 

Southampton squad: K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Richardson, Stephens, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Reeves, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Cork, Chaplow, De Ridder, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Puncheon, Lee, Lambert, Rodriguez, Mayuka.

Chelsea squad: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ferreira, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Ba, Hilario.

Southend v Brentford (Saturday, 3pm)
Southend hope to extend midfielder Marc Laird’s loan spell but are waiting for new terms to be agreed with parent club Leyton Orient.

Mark Phillips (knee) is hoping for a recall but striker Neil Harris (knee) is not expected to return to the side.

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler will be without defender Rob Kiernan who has returned to Wigan after a loan spell.

Fellow loanees Marcello Trotta, Jake Bidwell and Tom Adeyemi are available but Kevin O’Connor (ankle) is ruled out.

The one previous FA Cup clash between the Shrimpers and the Bees came back in 1929, when Southend won a first round game 1-0 on home soil.

Southend have already eliminated Brentford from the JP Trophy this season; winning 2-1 on December 4th 2012.

Five of Southend’s last seven FA Cup ties have gone to a replay.
Brentford have conceded just two goals in their last three FA Cup games away from home.

Long time coming: Benoit Assou-Ekotto hasn't featured for Tottenham since the start of SeptemberLong time coming: Benoit Assou-Ekotto hasn’t featured for Tottenham since the start of September

Tottenham v Coventry (Saturday, 3pm)
Left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has overcome his knee injury and looks set to make his first Tottenham appearance in four months tomorrow against Coventry in the FA Cup.

Midfielder Scott Parker is likely to make his first start of the season and goalkeeper Brad Friedel could play as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to rotate his squad following a tiring festive period.

Winger Gareth Bale is available following his one-match suspension but defender William Gallas (calf) is unlikely to feature and Younes Kaboul is out until mid-to-late February with his knee problem.

Coventry City have lost 18-goal top scorer David McGoldrick, who has moved on to Ipswich Town for the rest of the campaign following his successful half-season loan from Nottingham Forest.

The Sky Blues hope loan signing Leon Clarke is cleared to come in up front.

This will only be the second FA Cup meeting between Tottenham and Coventry since the famous 1987 Final, when Gary Mabbutt’s own goal earned the Sky Blues a dramatic extra-time win.

Spurs have won both of the other FA Cup ties between these sides, winning 3-1 in 1981 and 2-0 in 2002.

Coventry City have lost eight and won just two of their 13 clashes with top flight sides in the FA Cup.

Jermain Defoe has scored five times in his last six starts in the FA Cup.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Caulker, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Falque, Townsend, Livermore, Carroll, Mason, Huddlestone, Parker, Sandro, Dembele, Bale, Defoe, Adebayor.

Wigan v Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)
Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henriquez are both expected to make their Wigan debuts in tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie with Bournemouth at the DW Stadium.

Espinoza completed his move from American Major League Soccer this lunchtime whilst Henriquez has joined on loan from Manchester United for the remainder of the campaign.

Manager Roberto Martinez is expected to make a number of changes, with Callum McManaman amongst those tipped for a rare start, while Arouna Kone is available before heading off on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast.

Set to depart: Arouna Kone (left) is posied to depart for the African Nations CupSet to depart: Arouna Kone (left) is posied to depart for the African Nations Cup

Bournemouth have little to worry about on the injury front ahead of their trip to Wigan.

The only real selection dilemma for boss Eddie Howe is which goalkeeper he will select.

Former Peterborough keeper Shwan Jalal played in their victories over Dagenham and Carlisle in the earlier rounds, but has played second fiddle to the Cherries’ current number one David James in the League.

The one previous FA Cup game between Wigan and Bournemouth was at this stage of the 1986 competition and ended 3-0 to the Latics.

Bournemouth have qualified for the fourth round on three of the last four occasions that they have reached this stage of the competition. However, this is their first appearance in the Third Round since 2005.

Wigan haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last six games against lower league opposition in the FA Cup.

Matt Tubbs has scored five goals in his last three FA Cup appearances.

Wigan squad: Al Habsi, Pollitt, Boyce, Caldwell, Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, Jones, Maloney, Espinoza, McCarthy, McArthur, Stam, McManaman, Di Santo, Henriquez, Boselli, Fyvie, Redmond, Mustoe, Orsula, Morris.

West Ham v Man Utd (Saturday, 5.15pm – live on ITV1)
Sam Allardyce could be tempted to start Joe Cole 
for tomorrow’s FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United at Upton Park after the midfielder rejoined West Ham from Liverpool on a free transfer on Friday.

Captain Kevin Nolan and defender James Collins are back from a one-match suspension.

Defender Joey O’Brien is a doubt with a hamstring problem while striker Andy Carroll (knee) and midfielder Mohamed Diame (hamstring) continue their rehabilitation.

Running riot: Ruud van Nistelrooy scores Manchester United's fifth goal in a 6-0 win over West Ham when the sides last met in the FA Cup 10 years agoRunning riot: Ruud van Nistelrooy scores Manchester United’s fifth goal in a 6-0 win over West Ham when the sides last met in the FA Cup 10 years ago

Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic are set to bolster Manchester United’s defence.

Jones has missed three games with a minor injury while Vidic was rested for the New Year’s Day trip to Wigan.

Wayne Rooney (knee) has been ruled out for a further two weeks while Nani (hamstring) will not be considered despite returning to training this morning.

This will be the eighth FA Cup tie between West Ham United and Manchester United, who met in the 1964 semi-finals. West Ham lead the head-to-head 4-3.

The last FA Cup clash between these sides in 2003, however, saw the Red Devils win 6-0 at Old Trafford.

West Ham have won eight and lost just two of their last 13 home games in the FA Cup.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have won four of their last six matches in the FA Cup when away to fellow Premier League teams.

West Ham squad: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O’Brien, O’Neil, Reid, Tomkins, Vaz Te, Maiga, Noble, Jarvis, Spence, Joe Cole, Taylor, Collison, Carlton Cole, Lletget, Diarra, Spiegel, Lee.

Manchester United squad: Lindegaard, De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck, Van Persie.

Swansea v Arsenal (Sunday, 1.30pm – live on ESPN)
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has a fully-fit squad to select from for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round clash with Arsenal.

Top scorer Michu played 90 minutes as he returned from an ankle injury against Aston Villa, while Angel Rangel has also recently returned from a calf problem.

But Laudrup may opt to make changes against the Gunners, with the Swans facing the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Arsenal reported no fresh injury problems. Reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been struggling with a virus, as has midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, back from his loan spell at Charlton.

Midfielder Abou Diaby (thigh) and defender Andre Santos (stomach muscle) are back in training, but not yet match fit.

Form man: Danny Graham (left) has scored in his last two games for SwanseaForm man: Danny Graham (left) has scored in his last two games for Swansea

This will be the fourth FA Cup tie between Swansea and Arsenal, but the first since 1968.

Swansea won the first meeting between the sides in 1926 but have since lost the last two.

The Jacks have won their last two Premier League matches against Arsenal, 2-0 at the Emirates in December and 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium last January. 

In 19 previous FA Cup ties with teams from the same division, Swansea have progressed just four times and on neither occasion in the last three years.

Arsenal haven’t failed to make the Fourth Round of the FA Cup since 1996.

Swansea squad: Vorm, Bartley, Flores, Williams, Britton, Lita, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.

Arsenal Squad: Szczesny, Gibbs, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Sagna, Podolski, Cazorla, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arteta, Walcott, Mannone, Giroud, Ramsey, Gervinho, Koscielny, Rosicky, Coquelin, Martinez, Arshavin, Jenkinson.

Mansfield v Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm – live on ESPN)
Striker Luis Suarez looks like getting a rest as Liverpool head to Mansfield in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

New signing Daniel Sturridge will be included in the visitors’ squad but may not be match-fit enough to start.

Defender Jose Enrique has been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring problem so Glen Johnson may have to continue to fill in at left-back.

New kid on the block: Daniel Sturridge could make his Liverpool debutNew kid on the block: Daniel Sturridge could make his Liverpool debut

Stags manager Paul Cox is expected to name a strong side as he bids to cause a huge upset, and he will be able to call on the services of top scorers Jake Speight and Matt Green. Both have scored eight goals this season.

This is only the second time Liverpool and Mansfield have been drawn together in any competition; Liverpool eliminated Mansfield from the 1970/71 League Cup in the other.

Liverpool last faced non-league opposition in this tournament in 2008, when the Reds were forced to come from behind twice in a 5-2 defeat of Havant & Waterlooville. 

The Stags have lost just one game in their last 12 in all competitions, winning five and drawing six.  

In Daniel Sturridge’s last seven starts in the FA Cup for Chelsea, the forward bagged himself seven goals.

Liverpool squad: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Johnson, Henderson, Allen, Lucas, Downing, Shelvey, Suso, Reina, Skrtel, Gerrard, Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling, Sahin, Robinson, Coady.

The future: Young Everton prospect, Ross Barkley may be given a chance to impress at CheltenhamThe future: Young Everton prospect, Ross Barkley may be given a chance to impress at Cheltenham

Cheltenham v Everton
(Monday, 7.45pm – live on ESPN)
Everton manager David Moyes will try to freshen up his side for Monday’s FA Cup third-round tie at npower League Two club Cheltenham.

Left-back Leighton Baines could be in line for a rest as Bryan Oviedo may be given a run out while midfielders Thomas Hitzlsperger and Ross Barkley may come into contention for a start.

Forward Kevin Mirallas and defender Seamus Coleman (both hamstring) are still sidelined, as are Tony Hibbert (calf) and Darron Gibson (thigh).

Cheltenham will be without Chris Zebroski after the club terminated his contract following the striker’s absence in a match against Oxford.

The Robins have though extended the loan spell of midfielder Jake Taylor for a further month.

This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Cheltenham and Everton.

Everton have won three and lost none of their last five FA Cup games on the road.

Cheltenham have progressed just once in their last eight draws against teams from higher divisions; and never against a top flight side (from three ties).

Only once since 1912 have Everton been eliminated by a team from the fourth tier or below. It was by Shrewsbury in 2003 at this stage of the competition.

Everton squad: Howard, Jagielka, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Mucha, Duffy, Barkley, Neville, Anichebe, Vellios, Francisco.

Heracles – Sparta Rotterdam

Heracles playing good and scoring much. they will field best posible line up

Sparta is 2nd league and will make some rotations in team

Bulgarian cup, Lokomotiv Plovdiv – Litex Lovech  2 @ 2,1

Loko with manny reserve team players and youngsters (must bet but be carefull with this because it is Bulgaria and it will be public bet)

Стефано Кунчев, Йордан Господинов, Кирил Котев, Мартин Кавдански, Павел Ковачев, Стелиос Димитриу, Христо Стамов, Христо Златински, Даниел Георгиев, Николай Дюлгеров, Димо Атанасов, Станислав Маламов, Николай Станков, Марин Петров, Константин Мирчев, Рангел Абушев, Атанас Курдов и Серафим Михайлов.

Parma v Roma

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Chelsea v Manchester United

Chelsea out: John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole
Ross Turnbull(sp)(gk), Cesar Azpilicueta(sp)(def), David Luiz(k)(def), Gary Cahill(sp)(def), Ryan Bertrand(sp)(def), John Obi Mikel(r)(mid), Lucas Piazon(mid), Ramires(r)(mid), Marko Marin(sp)(att), Daniel Sturridge(sp)(att), Victor Moses(sp)

Man U out: Nemanja Vidic, Shinji Kagawa, Phil Jones
Anders Lindegaard, Marnick Vermij, Michael Keane, Scott Wootto, Alexander Buttner, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez

Liverpool v Swansea City

Liverpool with mixed team: Donieber Alexander Marangon, Andre Wisdom, Jamie Carragher, Sebastian Coates, Jose Enrique Sanchez, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Jonjo Shelvey, Stewart Downing, Suso, Oussama Assaidi

Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Fortuna in injury problems: Leon-Aderemi Balogun, Temu Furuholm, Bruno Menezes Soares, Nikos Papadopoulos, Stelios Malezas, Stefan Reisinger

Gladbach without Luuk de Jong. Janschke is fit. Probably line up:
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Tony Jantschke, Martin Stranzl, Alvaro Dominguez, Filip Daems, Thorben Marx, Lukas Rupp, Havard Nordtveit, Juan Arango, Patrick Herrmann, Igor de Camargo

Wolfsburg vs FSV Frankfurt

Wolfsburg probably line up: Diego Benaglio, Fagner, Naldo, Thomas Kahlenberg, Marcel Schafer, Jan Polak, Josue Anunciado, Diego Ribas, Ivica Olic, Makoto Hasebe, Bas Dost

Bayern Munchen vs Kaiserslautern

Tom Starke, Rafinha, Dante Bonfim, Daniel van Buyten, Diego Contento, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Javier Martinez, Arjen Robben, Xherdan Shaquiri, David Alaba, Claudio Pizarro

K’lautern out: Chadli Amri, Pierre de Wit, Rodnei, Enis Alushi, Willi Orban, Anthar Yahia, Mimoun Azaouagh, Hendrick Zuck, Julian-Maurice Derstroff, Albert Bunjaku, Ilian Micanski

Cacereno – Malaga

Malaga line up: Kameni, Weligton, Seba, Willy, Iturra, Duda, Eliseu, Buonanotte, Onyewu, Santa Cruz, Juanmi, Recio, Fabrice, Jurado , Álex Portillo and Diego Rodríguez

Alcoyano – Real Madrid

Goalkeepers: Adán, Jesús, and Rubén Yáñez.
Defenders: Varane, Albiol, Carvalho, and Nacho.
Midfielders: Essien, Callejón, Kaká, Modric, Di María, Álex, and José Rodríguez.
Forwards: Higuaín, Benzema, and Morata.

Nice vs Olympique Lyonnais

Nice out: Lloyd Palun(sp)(mid), Diacko Fofana(def), Cyril Hennion(mid), Moussa Mbow(def), Kevin Anin(r)(mid), Fabien Dao Castellana(mid), Xavier Pentecote(att), Stephane Bahoken(att), Nemanja Pejcinovic(r)(def)

Lyon out: Michel Bastos(k)(mid), Clement Grenier(sp)(mid), Anthony Reveillere(r)(def), Maxime Gonalons(r)(mid)

Montpellier HSC vs Girondins de Bordeaux

Montepellier out: Mapou Yangambiwa(k)(def), Garry Bocaly(r)(def), Jamel Saihi(r)(mid), Bryan Dabo(mid), Karim Ait Fana(sp)(att), Benjamin Stambouli(sp)(mid)

Bordeaux out: Andre Biyogo Poko(mid), Abdou Traore(sp)(mid), Cheikh Diabate(sp)(att), Jaroslav Plasil(k)(mid), Ludovic Obraniak(r)(mid), Mariano F.F.(r)(def), Kevin Olimpa(sp)(gk)

Paris St Germain vs Olympique Marseille

Ligue 1 : Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Javier Pastore (Paris SG vs Toulouse FC)

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is boosted by the return of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Clement Chantome to training on Monday morning, though the latter could well be in the starting line-up.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not train at Camp des Loges, and may not even be risked by Ancelotti in this Coupe de la Ligue tie, with Kevin Gameiro and Guillaume Hoarau in line for playing time at the Parc des Princes.

Diego Lugano and Thiago Motta are still sidelined, with Wednesday’s hosts expected to rotate a little in the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-0 win over AS Nancy. Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, Alex, Marco Verratti, as well as Sylvain Armand are left out of the group.

Olympique de Marseille have no significant injury problems, having enjoyed a weekend off after their Ligue 1 clash against Olympique Lyonnais was postponed due to extreme weather conditions.

Striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is out for six weeks with a fractured foot, with Souleymane Diawara is still a few matches away from full fitness. Midfielder Joey Barton remains suspended.

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Porto
Douchez
Jallet, Thiago Silva, Camara, Maxwell
Bodmer, Chantome, Sissoko
Menez, Pastore
Gameiro
OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
Olympique de Marseille
Mandanda
Abdallah, N’Koulou, Fanni, Morel
Cheyrou, Kabore
Amalfitano, Valbuena, A.Ayew
Remy

Premier league season preview

ArsenalIn:
Olivier Giroud (forward)(Montpellier); Lukas Podoloski (midfielder)(Cologne); Santi Cazorla (midfielder)(Malaga)

Out:
Manuel Almunia(Goalkeeper) (released), Gavin Hoyte(defender) (released), Jeffrey Monakana (Preston, free), Joel Campbell (Forward)(Real Betis, loan), Denilson (Midfielder)(Sao Paulo, loan)

Arsenal have just gone through another frustrating season, without a trophy yet again after 6 barren years. They had a dreadful start last summer and, in spite of a spirited run midway through their campaign, they left themselves with way too much to do to catch up in the title race, though they managed to secure third place, thereby hanging on to their Champions League status. They return still under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger this summer with question marks over the involvement of their star player Robin Van Persie, who is in the final year of his contract. He is understandably in the compass of most top clubs in Europe as a result although he might just let his current deal run out till the end of the season. Fans will want this issue clarifiied as soon as possible to avoid the same kind of situation that led to the acrimonious departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last August and Wenger having to panic buy on deadline day. The Gunners do have some new faces in already with last season’s French League top striker Olivier Giroud, seasoned German international Lukas Podolski and versatile Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla. All three look like quality signings and should complement Gervinho and Theo Walcott in the offensive roles. It remains that a Van Persie departure would be a major blow to Arsenal’s aspirations this season. The Dutchman finally had an injury-free campaign last term and really came into his own, rising to the top of the scoring charts, which earned him a well deserved PFA Player of the season award. Injury has been the curse of the Gunners over the past few years and it remained a problem last season, with Jack Wilshere pretty much missing the whole of the campaign. The England rising star should return from the start in midfield along with Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey, with Alex Song also back in a holding role he made his own last season. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, who showed great promise last term, will look to confirm that this season while Sanchez Watt, who has been handed the number 10 jersey, will look to follow in his footsteps after a number of loan spells at lower level. At the back, Thomas Vermalen should return in central defence with Laurent Koscielny for company. A couple of quality signings should be needed in defence since right back Bakary Sagna will need some time to fully recover from a leg fracture while Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos didn’t exactly convice last term. Young full backs Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs remain on board, along with Wojiech Szczesny, who should easily retain the number one goalkeeper spot. 

Target:
Fans will hope that lessons have been learned from past campaigns and that the Gunners will come out this season with a squad enabling them to go the distance. The title is once again the avowed target but with other clubs strengthening, the top four remains a more reasonable objective.

Aston VillaIn:
Brett Holman (midfielder) (AZ Alkmaar), Ron Vlaar (defender )(Feyenoord); Karim El-Ahmadi (midfielder)(Feyenoord), Matthew Lowton (defender)(Sheff Utd).Jean Makoun (midfielder)(return of loan from Olympiakos)

Out:
Carlos Cuellar(defender)(Sunderland), Emile Heskey(forward) (released). James Collins (defender)(West Ham)

To say that last season was a dreadful one for Villa would be an understatement since pretty much everything that could go wrong did after the ill-advised appointment of Alex McLeish. The Midlanders nearly got drawn into a relegation battle at the back end of the campaign that saw main striker Darren Bent sidelined midway through with serious injury and captain Stilyan Petrov diagnosed with acute leukemia. Besides, a number of first team players also got injured or vastly underperformed under McLeish, which meant Villa had their worse camnpaign for many a year, playing soporific football and finishing in 16th place. McLeish was logically sacked at the end, making way for boss Paul Lambert. The former Norwich boss is a much more adventurous type than McLeish, which should cheer up the fans, who have been longing for a more attractive brand of play and a return of their side to the top tier of the league since the departure of Martin O’Neill in 2010. Lambert can take heart in a well balanced squad with a good mix of young talent, such as the likes Barry Bannan, Mark Albrighton, Ciaran Clark and players with unquestionable Premiership pedigree such as Darren Bent, Charles N’Zogbia, Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Gabby Agbonlahor. The Villans will start the season without Dunne and Agbonlahor who will need to recover from injury, along with Albrigthton, and of course Petrov who is still undergoing treatment. Paul Lambert will therefore undoubtedly look to add to the signings of Brett Holmann, Karim El Ahmadi and Matthew Lowton to put his stamp on Villa’s game early on. The Villa boss has also signed Ron Vlaar to fill the void left by the departures of James Collins to West Ham and fans favoutite Carlos Cuellar to Sunderland. Left back Matthew Lowton is already on the roster but the defence should require more staff as both full backs Hutton and Warnock came up short last season and Dunne is out injured till October. Vlaar should easily impose himself in central defence while youngsters Chris Herd, Ciaran Clark and Barry Bannan could well claim regular roles in midfield. The once highly rated Fabian Delph returns hoping to make his mark this season and finally find his best position. In the attack, Darren Bent, having recovered from serious injury, should be the focal point of the attack while winger Brett Holman and Charles N’Zogbia should bring width to the play. Paul Lambert will obvioulsy expect his signings to have an impact but also players like Agbonlahor, Makoun or N’Zogbia to perform better than they did last season. 

Target:
After two hugely disappointing seasons, Villa will look to start on a clean slate and return to the top half of the table, this time under a highly rated young manager.

ChelseaIn:
Marko Marin (midfielder)(Werder Bremen,) Eden Hazard (forward)(Lille), Thorgan Hazard (midfielder)(Lens); Oscar (midfielder)(Internacional); Yossi Benayoun (midfielder)(return of loan from Arsenal)

Out:
Didier Drogba (forward)(Shanghai Shenhua), Salomon Kalou (forward)(released), Romelu Lukaku (forward)(West Bromwich Albion); Jacob Mellis (Barnsley), Jose Bosingwa (defender)(released)

Chelsea have had a rollercoaster of a season last time out, finally reaching their promised land in the Champions League Final in Munich in May after a rather erratic first few months of the campaign. The flamboyant Andre Villas-Boas only survived till the start of the year, when he was unceremoniously sacked by owner Roman Abrahamovich, who handed the reins to his assistant Roberto Di Matteo on a interim basis. The Italian had a blinder in charge, which earned him a permanent role, with the brief to bring the Premiership title back to Stamford Bridge and defend the Champions League crown this season. As usual with Chelsea, it is a case of out with the old and in with the new this summer. The Blues have let go Didier Drogba after eight seasons at the club, along with Jose Bosingwa and Salomon Kalou. Florent Malouda is highly likely to move on as well while the hugely promising Eden Hazard is making his way to West London. The diminutive Belgian is, for now, Di Matteo’s main signing, along with Marko Marin, who is also on board from Werder Bremen. Another exciting arrival is that of new Brazilian international Oscar, who shows all the hallmarks of the creative Brazilian midfielder. Chelsea being Chelsea, more new signings will inevitably follow suit to ensure the Blues remain a force to be reckoned with in England and on the continent. They do have a strong base to build on, with England internationals John Terry and Ashley Cole still going strong at the back, competently seconded by the useful Branko Ivanovic and the hugely talented David Luiz. The futures of midfielders Michael Essien and Raul Meireles remain to be clarified but Jon Obi Mikel should return in defensive midfield after appearing to finally blossom in this role under Di Matteo this year. In the more offensive roles, Frank Lampard should be back as the menace from midfield, with Ramires expected to confirm his rise to preeminence from last season. Last but not least, Fernando Torres, who seemed enfolded in some kind of bad curse for the past year, will hope to recapture the powers that seemed to have deserted him. With the departure of Drogba, the Spaniard should take the main striker role. Hazard being more of a wing type player Di Matteo is working hard to bring in another striker to complement El Nino. 

Target:
Chelsea will definitely go for the title this year after getting lost in the way last season. Di Matteo’s results as Chelsea interim coach should mean a significant line of credit should be handed to him to build a squad able to compete on all fronts.

EvertonIn:
Steven Naismith (mid), Rangers), Steven Pienaar (mid), Tottenham),

Out:
Marcus Hahnemann (gk), James McFadden (mid), Tim Cahill (mid), NY Red Bulls), Joseph Yobo (def), Fenerbahce), Royston Drenthe (def), Real Madrid – end of loan), Denis Stracqualursi (att), Tigre – end of loan), Jack Rodwell (mid), Manchester City)

Everton approach the new season with the biggest amount of optimism in at least five seasons. There is no clear reason for that apart from the fact that David Moyes really created a strong group of players at the end of last season and has managed to retained the most important of them during close season. Moreover, there is real buzz around Goodison Park about the free signing of Steven Naismith who is the man expected to fill the boots of departed Tim Cahill who joined NY Red Bulls after eight glorious seasons at Goodison Park. Everton still had to sell big in order to keep their head above the water and the departure of Jack Rodwell a week before the season is a blow but still not as big as losing Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines. Rodwell has undoubted potential and is a fine player when free of injuries but he has been injured almost non-stop since last November and getting £15m up front plus additional fees from Manchester City seems a fair deal. Moyes would expect another product of the academy, Ross Barkley, to make the step up having offered glimpses of quality last season and fill the gap left by Rodwell. Nikica Jelavic will aim to maintain his fantastic form since joining in January and in the Croatian the Toffees possess one of most lethal poachers in the division. Overall, the squad has a balanced look and if they avoid too many injuries, the Merseysiders may actually have a decent start of a season for a first time in ages. They are still quite unlikely to break the glass ceiling of top six but it is also difficult to see them dropping outside the top ten. 

Target:
Pushing for a European place and might just succeed if they have a good start of the season

FulhamIn:
Hugo Rodallega (att), Wigan), Mladen Petric (att), HSV), Sascha Riether (def), Koln – loan)

Out:
Andy Johnson (att), QPR), Pavel Pogrebnyak (att), Stuttgart – end of loan), Orlando Sá (att), AEL Limassol), Björn Helge Riise (mid), Lillestrom), Danny Murphy (mid), Blackburn), Marcel Gecov (mid), Gent), Dickson Etuhu (mid), Blackburn)

Fulham start their second season under Martin Jol looking to maintain their easy-on-the-eye fluid attacking football and try to be more consistent and solid when they are under pressure. At times last season the Cottagers really looked mesmerising too see but the fact that they lacked real character and desire to go on a long run meant that their season lacked real substance. They never threatened to go near the European places and now the Dutchman will hope to see his team more of a factor in the league. The main story of the summer for the South London club was Clint Dempsey and whether he is staying on. The apparent desire of the American to join Liverpool has not softened the stance by the club and now it looks almost certain that the free-scoring forward will stay on. Jol signed more attacking players in Hugo Rodallega and Mladen Petric who can forge a pretty exciting attacking duo. The former was a hot properly 12 months ago but loss of form meant that he was let go by Wigan and joins on free transfer. He look to rejuvenate his career and Craven Cottage may prove a good place to do so. The other interesting bit of the close season was the release of Danny Murphy who has kept Fulham together in midfield for the past few seasons but was deemed too old to continue. It may prove a mistake by the Fulham management but it signifes the belief in Moussa Dembele who was turned into a central midfielder in the second half of last season and looked pretty impressive. Bryan Ruiz, the club’s record transfer, struggled in his first season and will look to kick on players like Alex Kacaniklic an Marcelo Trotta could play an important part too. 

Target:
Claiming a safe mid-table spot looks on the cards again but something more could be in store if the attacking players enjoy a good start of the season

LiverpoolIn:
Fabio Borini (forward)(Roma); Joe Allen (midfielder)(Swansea City); Joe Cole (midfielder)(return of loan from Lille)

Out:
Dirk Kuyt (midfielder)(Fenerbhace); Maxi Rodriguez(midfielder) (Newell’s Old Boys); Craig Bellamy (forward)(Cardiff City)

Liverpool fans are still reeling following their worse season in many years. Although they did somehow win the Carling Cup last season, which affords them a passage to European football this term, the Reds have a lot to prove this season. The dire 2011-2012 campaign was made even more bitter as expectations where sky-high after club legend Kenny Dalglish had taken the reins. Liverpool’s season never got off the ground, with their home form in particular letting them down all season, meaning an eighth place finish behind sworn rivals Everton. Dalglish was logically sacked in the summer to make way for Brendan Rodgers, who comes in with a big capital of sympathy and goodwill. The former Swansea boss has been treading carefully so far in his Liverpool carrer with only Fabio Borini on board yet. The Reds do recover players like Lucas, who was injured for most of last season, and Joe Cole, who is back from a good loan spell at Lille. There remain question marks over the involvement of a number of players this season, such as Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, who are in the visor of major clubs, and Andy Carroll, who has struggled to make a mark since his sensational move from Newcastle. Rodgers is likely to embrace an offensive style of play, possibly in a 4-3-3 formation, with at his disposal talented wingers like Stewart Downing, Joe Cole and Borini to feed striker Luis Suarez. The midfield will be an area that Rodgers will need to pay particular attention to. The return of Lucas will be welcomed by fans since Jordan Henderson didn’t exactly convince last season in the holding role while Charlie Adam was at times disappointing. Jonjo Shelvey has showed promise last season while Jay Spearing, for all his industry, lacks quality at this level. Besides, the long term fitness of Steven Gerrard remains a worry after a couple of seasons in and out of the treatment room so more signings could intervene following the capture of Joe Allen from Swansea City, if only to make up for the departures of Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez. Craig Bellamy has also departed for Cardiff City. In defence, Glenn Johnson and Jose Enrique look set to occupy the full back roles again while Agger and Skrtel have been a solid central defensive unit last term and should easily ward off competition from the ageing Jamie Carragher and up and coming youngsters such as Sebastian Coates, Jack Robinson and John Flanagan.

Target:
The Reds still see themselves as a major force in English football so expectations will be high of Rodgers. Realistically, considering the opposition, a top four finish would be a major achievement.

Manchester CityIn:
Emanuel Adebayor (att), Tottenham – loan), Roque Santa Cruz (att), Betis – return from loan), Jack Rodwell (mid), Everton)

Out:
Owen Hargreaves (mid), Stuart Taylor (gk), Wayne Bridge (def), Brighton), Vladimír Weiss (mid), Pescara), Greg Cunningham (def), Bristol City)

Manchester City start the season as defending champions and now the big challenge ahead of Roberto Mancini and his men is to show that they have the character and consistency to claim the title again now that the drought was ended in the most dramatic of ways in the last seconds of the previous campaign. The City fans should never have gone through that sort of ordeal against QPR but that only made the success sweeter and they are certainly hungrier for more in the coming season. Mancini is setting his sights on a better Champions League campaign this time around and it remains to be seen whether he has the squad to really go the distance on two fronts. It has been a very quiet summer on the transfer front so far with the previously lavish spending nowhere to be seen this time around due to the fear within the board that City will not manage to comply with the financial fair play rules. Mancini has made his anger plain at the lack of signings and after the deal for Daniel Agger stalled, they moved in to agree a fee for Jack Rodwell from Everton who is to complete a move next week. He is not the superstar expected to arrive but is a talented player and could realise his potential if given the chance. Still, there are areas where the is not enough cover and this must be a worry for Mancini. That said, if the likes of Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Joe Hart stay fit for most of the campaign, City will take some stopping and are definitely the team to beat in the Premiership. As for Europe, the lack of a deep-lying playmaker who can find holes in the opposition defence is a big hindrance and that is why they are unlikely to make too much of a mark there. 

Target:
Winning the title seems the main objective again and with the experience of having done that already, City are the main favourites for a reason.

Manchester UnitedIn:
Shinji Kagawa (mid), Borussia Dortmund), Nick Powell (mid), Crewe)

Out:
Fabio da Silva (def), QPR – loan), Ji-Sung Park (mid), QPR), Michael Owen (att), Tomasz Kuszczak (gk), Brighton), Ben Amos (gk), Hull – loan), Matty James (mid), Leicester), Richie de Laet (def), Leicester), Paul Pogba (mid), Juventus)

Manchester United suffered the cruel fate of being champions for a couple of minutes before seeing the trophy snatched literally under their noses at the end of last season when their local rivals City scored twice in added time to claim the title that they ultimately deserved. It was to Alex Ferguson’s credit that his team ran their rivals so close until the end and it will be once again exercise of maximising resources through know-how and experience in order to keep the Red Devils in the hunt for the title once again. The highlight of summer was off the pitch as the owner continue to find new ways to hang the club dry. They launched an IPO with the initial proclamation that the funds raised will make United more competitive in the transfer market and use the proceeds to lower the debts but then in the last moment changed it and it became clear that they will be personally be the biggest benefactors. The fact that Ferguson leapt in their defence once again and claimed that the fans critisizing them are not real ones only made a difficult situation more poisonous. Despite the promise of serious strengthening during the summer, Shinji Kagawa is the only senior signing so far. Ferguson admitted that Robin van Persie is a target too but it is a difficult transfer to complete and the most problematic area, central midfield, has been neglected again. Nevertheless, the squad still possess real quality and if they avoid the raft of injuries from last season, along with the return of Nemanja Vidic from a serious injury, there is little reason for them not to be among the top candidates for the title again. United disgraced themselves in Europe last season but the manager would expect the young players to show more maturity at that stage this season and progress into the latter stages in the Champions League. However, it takes a serious leap of imagination to see the current team challenging for the trophy itself. Therefore, the lack of really special, game-changing talent, except for Wayne Rooney, makes the team unlikely to make the big defining step on either front and another trophy-less may lie in store again for Ferguson and his men. 

Target:
Re-claiming the title is as usual the main ain but the squad still looks inferior to that of Chelsea and Manchester City and a lot of players will need to have great seasons to bridge the difference

Newcastle UnitedIn:
Gaël Bigirimana (mid), Coventry), Romain Amalfitano (mid), Reims), Curtis Good (def), Melbourne Heart), Vurnon Anita (mid), Ajax)

Out:
Peter Lövenkrands (mid), Birmingham), Tamás Kádár (def), Roda), Alan Smith (mid), MK Dons), Danny Guthrie (mid), Reading), Leon Best (att), Blackburn), Fraser Forster (gk), Celtic),

Newcastle were one of the great stories last season as they pushed for a Champions League spot all the way to the last day of the season and only the fact that they had to face the actual champions Manchester City on the penultimate game of the season undid them. Alan Pardew deservedly got the award for manager of the season having shown superb management of resources and ability to make the team peak at the key moments. It is exciting times ahead for the Magpies who kept all their stars during the summer and now have a European campaign to look forward too. The squad now boasts some of the best midfield and attacking talent in the country while the return of Steven Taylor from a serious achilles injury will ensure a more solid and dependable Magpies side. Moreover, the Tynesiders are finally to make a breakthrough in their transfer campaign as Ajax’s utility man Vurnon Anita is poised to complete a move after the two clubs finally agreed on a fee. Mathieu Debuchy remains a possibility too but time is running out to bridge the difference in valuation. Even without the Frenchman in the squad, the Tynesiders are still a very capable side and another Champions League places challenge is not beyond them. The big worry is how they will juggle the league campaign with the gruelling Europa League schedule with games on Thursday. Pardew will hope that the squad stays free of injuries and make a solid start of the season to maintain the momentum from the closing stage of the previous campaign. 

Target:
The Magpies have the qualities to claim a European place and the goal is very much attainable again.

Norwich CityIn:
Michael Turner (def), Sunderland), Robert Snodgrass (mid), Leeds), Jacob Butterfield (mid), Barnsley), Steven Whittaker (def), Rangers)

Out:
Kyle Naughton (def), Tottenham – end of loan), Adam Drury (def), Leeds), Zak Whitbread (def), Leicester), Aaron Wilbraham (att), Crystal Palace), Andrew Crofts (mid), Brighton), Daniel Ayala (def), Nottingham Forest)

Norwich City endured a difficult summer as the inevitable exit of manager Paul Lambert took place in acrimonious circumstances. It was clear during last season that the former Champions League winner with Borussia Dortmund has outgrown the Suffolk club, with his cunning management and clever use of modest resources, landing the newcomers a place in mid-table, comfortably beating the drop. The board were determined to keep them and even rejected his resignation but eventually Lambert got his wish and took charge of Aston Villa. At least the Norwich chiefs reacted quickly to the blow and took up Chris Hughton who has done wonders at Birmingham in the previous season. The Irishman is a very good appointment, given how well he did at Newcastle two years ago when in the Premiership. Nevertheless, one would worry about the second-season syndrome that is inevitable for a side that overachieved wildly on their first season since promotion. Grant Holt has stayed on, having initially asked for a transfer, and this is a big boost while the signings of Robert Snodgrass, Michael Turner and Steven Whittaker are shrewd bits of business. Therefore, Norwich seems equipped to beat the drop but the big question is whether a relatively limited group of players could summon the same levels of dedication and commitment as last season. Given that the manager that helped them from League One to Premiership is now gone, this is a very debatable and the Canaries may indeed endure a difficult season that could well end in relegation. 

Target:
Securing safety is once again the target but it promises to be a more difficult task than last season

QPRIn:
David Hoilett (forward)(Blackburn Rovers); Ji-Sung Park (midfielder)(Manchester United); Fabio (defender)( loan from Manchester United); Robert Green (Goalkeeper)(West Ham); Andy Johnson (forward)(Fulham);Ryan Nelsen(defender) (Tottenham); Samba Diakite (midfieder)(Nancy)

Out:
Taye Taiwo (defender)(Dynamo Kyv); Paddy Kenny (goalkeeper)(Leeds United); Heidar Helguson (forward)(Cardiff City); Akos Suzsaky, Danny Gabbidon, Fitz Hall (released)

QPR just about managed to come home and dry last season on their return to top flight football. It was an eventful campaign that saw Neil Warnock depart in the mid-season after a worrying run of results, to be replaced by Mark Hughes. The former Man Utd and Barcelona striker bought big in January and managed to steady the ship in the end with 17th place secured in the final furlong. He has been busy in the summer transfer market with the arrivals of strikers David Hoillett and Andy Johnson, midfielder Ji Sung Park and Fabio, defender Ryan Nelsen and goalkeeper Robert Green. Midfield hardman Samba Diakite has also been permanently added to the books on permanent basis after a good loan spell in the second half of last season. The situation of Joey Barton, whose antics in QPR’s final game against Man City last season mean he faces a lengthy 12-game ban to start with, remains to be sorted out with a loan deal likely till the turn of the year. In any case, the Hoops looks well staffed to try and preserve their Premiership status for a second season, with quality signings in all lines. Hughes installed a strong defensive set up from the start of the year and should continue with Anton Ferdinand and Clint Hill in central defence and Fabio likely to take over from the departed Taye Taiwo at left back. Nedum Onuoha should be back on the right side. Diakite and Derry formed a strong defensive midfield unit since the start of the year and will be difficult to leave out, even though Alejandro Faurlin should return from long term injury to try and reclaim his starting spot. With Paddy Kenny rejoining Neil Warnock at Leeds United, Robert Green should quickly claim the number one goalkeeper spot. The experience of Ji Sung Park in midfield should do the Hoops a world of good to temperate the otherwise impulsive nature of players like Taraabt, Mackie or Cisse in the attack. Hughes will have options upfront, with Bobby Zamora and Jay Bothroyd competing with new arrivals Johnson and Hoillett.

Target:
After a eventful return to the top flight last season, the Hoops will look to settle back in the Premiership landscape, with a finish in midtable a reasonable objective.

ReadingIn:
Chris Gunter (defender)( Nottingham Forest); Adrian Mariappa (defender)(Watford); Nicky Shorey (Defender)(West Brom);Pierce Sweeney(midfielder)(Bray Wanderers); Garath McCleary(Midfielder (Nottingham Forest); Danny Guthrie(Midfielder)(Newcastle United) Pavel Pogrebnyak(forward)(Stuttgart)

Out:
Brett Williams (Forward )( St Jonhstone, loan); Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday), Brian Howard (released), Tomasz Cywka (released), Andy Griffin (released), Jack Mills (released), Joseph Mills (Burnley, loan)

Reading are back in the big time after last going down on the final day of the 2007-2008 season. The Royals had a great come-from-behind campaign last season, which saw them not only attain promotion but also win the Championship trophy. Boss Brian McDermott, as usual when a club moves up, has been one of the busiest managers on the summer transfer market, rescuing Nicky Shorey from West Brom and bringing in Premiership caliber players such as Danny Guthrie from Newcastle and Pavel Pogrebniak, who had an impressive loan spell at Fulham last season. Other additions of note to the roster are Chris Gunther and Garath McCleary from Nottingham Forest as well as Jamaica defender Adrian Mariappa. More signings will be needed to help settle Reading back in the higher echelon of English football since most of the squad remains unproven at the top level. Jason Roberts was instrumental in the Royals’ revival last term and should form a good striking partnership with Pogrebniak while the likes of McAnuff, Kebe and Le Fondre will need to raise their game to get consistent game time. McLeary and Leigertwood are the other contenders for a regular midfield starting spots. The main area of concern for McDermott will certainly be his defence since pace, of lack therof, might be an issue. In this perspective, the addition of the promising Marriappa to the central defensive options looks a wise move to offer an alternative to Gorkss or Pearce, who formed the central defensive unit last term. Veteran left back Ian Harte will compete with Nicky Shorey while on the right sided Chris Gunther will look to impose himself over Shaun Cummings.The solid Adam Federici will return in goal. 

Target:
Most obviously, survival in the top flight wil be the name of the game for Brian McDermott. The Reading boss will expect the players who did so well in the Championship last season to raise their game while new signings should bring Premiership quality to Reading play. Still, the Royals will need to improve their defensive options, which look limited at the start of the season.

SouthamptonIn:
Jay Rodriguez (forward)(Burnley), Paulo Gazzaniga (goalkeeper)(Gillingham), Steven Davis (midfielder)(Rangers), Nathaniel Clyne (defender)(Crystal Palace)

Out:
Dan Harding (forward)(Nottingham Forest), Bartosz Bialkowski (goalkeeper)(Notts County), Lee Holmes (forward)(Preston North End), Ryan Doble (forward)(Shrewsbury), David Connolly (forward)(released); Radhi Jaidi (defender)(retired), Aaron Martin (defender)

Southampton return to the top flight this season for the first time since 2005. With inventive manager Neil Adkins at the helm, they have gone up two divisions iin the past two seasons and look forward to continued success, this time at the higher level. The Saints looked to be running away with the Championship title last season, only to be pipped to the post by Reading but it was enough to secure a return to the higher echelon of English football. Nigel Adkins has managed for now to retain most of his key players this summer while buying wisely on the transfer market. He has brought in striker Jay Rodriguez, who will aim to prove himself at the top level after inflicting some serious damage on Championship defences last term at Burnley. Rodriguez should form a useful partnership with last season’s top scorer in the Championship Rickie Lambert. Adam Lallana and Guly Do Prado look favourite to occupy the offensive midfield roles while former Rangers captain Steven Davis will bring his experience to the midfied order to marshall the up and coming Jack Cork, Richard Chaplow and Steve De Ridder. James Ward-Prowse is also an exciting prospect in midfield. While the forward roles look well staffed, the defence will be an area of concern since it features no player yet proven at this level. Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzinaga comes in for Bartosz Bialkowski while England Under 21 right back Nathaniel Clyde is also in from Crystal Palace but a couple of signings wouldn’t go amiss to provide alternatives for Jose Fonte and Jos Hooivelt at center backs. Danny Fox should remain first choice on the left hand side of defence. 

Target:
The Saints return to the top flight full of confidence after back to back promotions but will need a stronger defence to make the grade. They will certainly cause most clubs problems with their attacking intent. A finish between 10th and 15th place would be a good achievement before settling back in the top flight.

StokeIn:
Jamie Ness (mid), Rangers, Geoff Cameron (def), Houston Dynamo), Michael Kightly (mid), Wolverhampton), Goran Popov (def), Dynamo Kyiv – loan)

Out:
Andrew Davies (def), Bradford), Ricardo Fuller (att), Salif Diao (mid), Jonathan Woodgate (def), Middlesbrough), Tom Soares (mid), Danny Collins (def), Nottingham Forest)

Stoke City prepare for their fifth consecutive Premiership season hoping to this manage to make the quantum leap from being a safe mid-table side to one challenging for the top six. This is the projection of managers Tony Pulis who wants his men not just to settle for being safe but leave more of a mark in the league. The previous two seasons were dominated by Cup competitions but this time the Potters do not play in Europe and could really focus all their effort and commitment to getting as many points as possible. There will be no change in style as Stoke will once again rely on brute force, hard work and commitment until the last drop of sweat in order to make up for the deficiency in talent. Pulis has not really upgraded the squad significantly since last season and instead focused on players who could develop in the future. There will be major changes in the regular starting 11 with the possible exception of Dynamo Kyiv left-back Goran Popov pushing Marc Wilson having joined on loan a week before the season. Whether Stoke can actually become more of a significant factor in the league is very much debatable but if they get some momentum and focus all their attention on the league, they are a formidable force for any opponent. Still, anything other than a place above top eight will be a major surprise in the coming season. 

Target:
The target is securing a place in the top ten and challenging for Europe but it is difficult to see it happening with the current squad

SunderlandIn:
Carlos Cuéllar (def), Aston Villa)

Out:
Nicklas Bendtner (att), Arsenal – end of loan), Wayne Bridge (def), Manchester City – end of loan), Sotiris Kyrgiakos (def), Wolfsburg – end of loan), Cristian Riveros (mid), Kayserispor), Asamoah Gyan (att), Al-Ain), George McCartney (def), West Ham),

Sunderland are hoping for less tumultuous season then the previous one when they were flirting with relegation in the first half of the season before the arrival of Martin O’Neill sparked a revival before the season ended on a bit of a whimper as the Black Cats failed to win any of their last eight games and scored just once in the last seven. O’Neil now had the chance to really review the squad and push on after a good pre-season but it remains to be seen whether his men can become something more than just mid-table warriors. The lack of quality centre forward is glaring after the departures of Asamoah Gyan and Nicklas Bendtner and the prospects of signing someone to fill their boots is dwindling with just a week of the season left. The only signing so far is Carlos Cuellar who is a solid defender but will not make up for the lack of imagination and quality in midfield. That is reason why the mood is pretty sombre at Wearside ahead of the new campaign. The hopes derives from the fact that O’Neill can make average players perform superbly for long periods thanks to his motivational skills. Moreover, James McLean is expected to become an even better winger after a storming breakthrough season while Fraizer Campbell may finally fulfil his potential now that he is injury-free. Still, Sunderland seem way short of what is required for top-ten finish and may struggle in the lower regions of the table for big stages of the season but relegation is still highly unlikely.

Target:
Finishing safely in mid-table is achievable but the lack of depth in the squad is worrisome and they may be sucked into the lower regions

Swansea CityIn:
Michu (midfielder)(Rayo Vallecano); Chico Flores (defender)(Genoa) Jonathan de Guzman (midfielder)( loan from Villarreal). Curtis Obeng (defender)(Wrexham)

Out:
Gylfi Sigursson (midfielder) (Tottenham); Joe Allen (midfielder)(Liverpool); Steven Caulker (defender)(return of loan to Tottenham Hotspur)

The Swans had a great first campaign in the Premiership last season, ending up in 11th place with a vibrant style of play that earned them many plaudits.This achievement didn’t go by unnoticed and opened the way for manager Brendan Rodgers to get the Liverpool job. Former Danish midfield maestro Michael Laudrup has been brought in in his place this summer to build on the success of the past campaign.The former Real Madrid and Barcelona man has made some interesting signings so far with defender Chico coming in from Genoa and Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on loan from Villareal. Young defender Curtis Obeng is also on the books following his move from Wrexham. Laudrup’s main catch so far is attacking midfielder Michu from Rayo Vallecano to make up for the departure of Gylfi Sigurdson, who has been snapped up by Tottenham. The Icelander was intrumental in Swansea’s good run of results this year but Michu, with 15 goals from midfield in La Liga last season, looks more than an able replacement. Laudrup will try to hang on to the highly rated Neil Taylor but Joe Allen has already departed for LIverpool. That means Laudrup should look to bring in more talent to beef up his squad, particulary in midfield and in defence. With players like Leroy Lita and Luke Moore not exactly Premiership level, the Dane will also try to add a proven striker to his roster to compete with Danny Graham, who had a great season last term. Attacking midfielders Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair should return on the wings with Britton and Agustien in the deeper midfield roles. In defence, with Steven Caulker back at Tottenham, some reinforcement will also be needed. Ashley Williams should return to marshall the defence with club captain Gary Monk and old faces Angel Rangel and Neil Taylor. Last season’s player of the year Michel Vorm should be back in goal. 

Target:
The Swans should look to build on the success of last season but cannot rely on the surprise effect this time round. A midtable finish would be a likely outcome this season.

Tottenham HotspurIn:
Kyle Naughton (def), Norwich – return from loan), Steven Caulker (def), Swansea – return from loan), Gylfi Sigurdsson (mid), Hoffenheim), Jan Vertonghen (def), Ajax)

Out:
Ledley King (def), retired), Louis Saha (att), Steven Pienaar (mid), Everton), Bongani Khumalo (def), PAOK – loan), Vedran Corluka (def), Lokomotiv Moscow), Ryan Nelsen (def), QPR), Niko Kranjcar (mid), Dynamo Kyiv), Ben Alnwick (gk), Barnsley)

Tottenham embark on an exciting new era in the coming season after chairman Daniel Levy decided to dispense with Harry Redknapp at the end of the season despite Spurs finishing in the top four. Chelsea’s improbable Champions League victory meant that Tottenham will have to do with the Europa League rather than the glamorous games in Europe’s elite competition. It was a significant financial blow and Levy used the opportunity to dispense with a manager who he was not getting on with. He decided that a modern continental approach was the way forward and the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as a new manager may just turn out to be a very inspired one. The Portuguese had torrid time at Chelsea but the dressing room at White Hart Lane is much less intimidating place and he will feel that his progressive methods will be taken more eagerly there. Gareth Bale is staying on but Luka Modric has once again openly instigated for a move with Real Madrid the suitors this time. Villas-Boas is playing hard ball though and Modric may just stay on for another season against the odds, just like last season. Despite the setbacks in the attempts to sign Emanuel Adebayor permanently, along with the rejections of Oscar and Santi Cazorla to join, the North London club still signed some very good players like Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson. The big issue a week before the start of the season is the lack of real quality striker except Jermain Defoe. Villas-Boas also does not seem to trust his keepers too much as well but deals for Hugo Loris and Julio Cesar are yet to materialise. There are still a lot of question marks surrounding the team with just a week left but one feels that there is a lot of potential at Spurs and they may put themselves in the race for top places, just like last season. A lot will depend on the acquisition of new striker and how quick the players will take on the progressive tactics of the new coach. 

Target:
Securing a Champions League spot but the competition will be fierce and the lack of genuine striker is very worrisome.

West Bromwich AlbionIn:
Claudio Yacob (midfielder)( Racing Club); Markus Rosenberg (forward)(Werder Bremen); Yassine El Ghanassy (midfielder)(loan from Gent); Romelu Lukaku(forward)(loan from Chelsea); Ben Foster (goalkeeper)(permanent signing from Birmingham City)

Out:
Nicky Shorey (defender)(Reading); Keith Andrews (midfielder)(Bolton Wanderers); Joe Mattock (defender)(Sheffield Wednesday)

The Baggies had a rather smooth ride in the Premiership last season under Roy Hodgson, who put them back into shape since taking the reins in January of the previous season. The new England boss did a great job and his successor Steve Clarke finds a side looking forward to another good season in the top flight. West Brom have developed the habit in seasons gone by of being promoted to the Premier League, only to go back down straight after but they seem to have found their range now. Steve Clark has been treading rather careful in the transfer market so far with only three signings, though each of them looks an inspired one to make up for the departures of Nicky Shorey, Joe Mattock and Keith Andrews. Indeed, Argentian deep midfielder Claudio Yacob looks a great addition to the squad while playmaker Yassine El Ghanassy, on loan from Gent, should provide a good alternative to Chris Brunt, who has had a number of injury problems recently, in offensive midfield. In the attack, Steve Clarke has secured the signing on a free of striker Markus Rosenberg. The Swede’s arrival could open the way for a move for Peter Odemwingie while Shane Long should remain at the Hawthorns. Besides with the barn-storming Romelu Lukaku signing on loan from Chelsea, the Baggies now look well equipped upfront for the season. Elsewhere, most of the personel from last season should return, ensuring a certain degree of stability to the Baggies squad and their style of play. In defence, Jonas Olsonn and Gareth McAuley have proved a solid central defensive unit and should return with Liam Ridgewell and Billy Jones at full backs. The experienced Steven Reid, who missed most of the past season due to injury, should look to reclaim a starting spot on the right side. Meanwhile, the loan deal of keeper Ben Foster has been made permanent so he will return between the sticks, with Boaz Myhill and Luke Daniels for back up. In midfield, Yousuf Mulumbu should return this season along with James Morrison, Graham Dorrans and Jerome Thomas.

Target:
The Baggies would probably sign now for a repeat of their 11th place finish of last season.

West Ham UnitedIn:
Mohamed Diamé (mid), Wigan), Stephen Henderson (gk), Portsmouth), Jussi Jääskeläinen (gk), Bolton), George McCartney (def), Sunderland), Modibo Maïga (att), Sochaux), Raphael Spiegel (gk), Grasshoppers), James Collins (def), Aston Villa), Alou Diarra (mid), Marseille)

Out:
Ruud Boffin (gk), Eskisehirspor), Pablo Barrera (mid), Cruz Azul), Freddie Sears (att), Colchester), Marek Stech (gk), Yeovil), Frank Nouble (att), Wolverhampton), Robert Green (gk), QPR), Papa Bouba Diop (mid), Abdoulaye Fayé (def), Hull), John Carew (att), Julien Faubert (def), Elazigspor), Péter Kurucz (gk), Ravel Morrison (mid), Birmingham)

West Ham are back among the big boys after just one year in the Championship and are determined to avoid the gruelling relegation battle that has accompanied almost every of their Premiership campaigns in the last decade. Sam Allardyce will never win a popularity contest at Upton Park but he got the job done last season when steering the team through the war of attrition and endurance that the Championship is to an ultimately successful conclusion. The 2:1 win over Blackpool in the play-off final realised the dream of the fans of seeing their club back in business. The Hammers had lofty ambitions for their transfer business during the summer but the failed pursuit of Andy Carroll, who refused to join from Liverpool, epitomised the somewhat frustrating experience for Allardyce. He still signed some quality players with James Collins back at the club from Aston Villa. The biggest coup could prove to be Alou Diarra who was one of the more impressive performers for France in the Euros and played in a World Cup final too. Alladyce will expect his side to be solid in defence and take their chances up front where Carlton Cole will be the battering ram and Ricardo Vaz Te is expected to continue his remarkable reverse of fortunes having become one of the key players for the Hammers since joining in January. Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble and James Collins form a capable midfield for Premiership standards while Jussi Jaaskelainen has the class to make up for the exit of Rob Green. All in all, the team looks in decent position to beat the drop and given that a big number of the squad have experience at this level, plus the cunning leadership of the manager, should ensure a safe mid-table spot. 

Target:
Survival is of course the main objective but the Hammers are setting their sights a bit higher and will feel that they can finish safely in mid-table if the new signings gel in quickly

Wigan AthleticIn:
Ivan Ramis (defender)(Mallorca) ; Fraser Fyvie (midfielder)(Aberdeen):ryo Miyaichi (sp)(att)(Loan from Arsenal)

Out:
Hugo Rodallega (forward)(Fulham); Mohamed Diame (midfielder)(West Ham); Simon Cox (midfielder)(Nottingham Forrest): Hendry Thomas (midfielder)(released)

Wigan have once again survived last season for an eighth consecutive time in the top flight. The Latics looked doomed at one stage in the wake of a dreadful winless run round the turn of the year but a fantastic series of results in the final couple of months of the campaign propelled them past the safety line. Roberto Martinez returns at the helm this summer, probably hoping for a more consistent season this time round. The Spaniard will rely on the same core of players that did so well in the last stages of the past season, with the excellent Ali Habsi back in goal and a solid defensive unit formed by central defenders Gary Caldwell and Antolin Alcaraz and full backs Emerson Boyce and Maynor Figueroa. The defence improved throughout last season and should remain the same at least at the start of the campaign, although summer recruit Ivan Ramis from Mallorca will logically look to claim a starting spot in the centre. Midfielder Fraser Fyvie is also in from Aberdeen. One feels more signings will be needed to ensure Wigan are able to compete once again this season. With Mohamed Diame moving to West Ham in the summer, the Latics will need to beef up their midfield, although McCarthy and McArthur formed a good central unit last season. Roberto Martinez will obviously be on the lookout for reinforcement in the attack, which was a problem last season till Easter. Besides, Hugo Rodallega has now departed for Fulham, and Victor Moses is eagerly followed by suitors, which could leave Wigan with only the on-and-off Franco Di Santo and Mauro Boselli, who is back atthe club after two loan spells, in the attack. Shaun Maloney should return in the playmaker role, along with the likes of Jordi Gomes and Ben Watson, who will hope to return in contention after being dropped in the second half of last season.

Target:
Absent some serious reinforcement in midfield and upfront, it is difficult not to expect Wigan to struggle again at some stage this season, although they have accostumed us to doing wonders to escape relegation season in, season out for the past 8 years now.

31/7

Oldham (Eng) – Manchester City (Eng)

Premier League champions at Boundary Park

Paul Dickov is relishing the prospect of Latics taking on the best as Premier League champions Manchester City visit Boundary Park tonight.City have yet to confirm their side, but Latics’ manager expects some of their stars to feature.City are currently on tour in the Far East, but their Euro 2012 players were given extra time off.Dickov said: “This is the biggest test of our pre-season as they don’t come any bigger than the Premier League champions.

“I would expect some of their top players will feature so it will be a fantastic test for us, both fitness wise and tactically how we deal with them.”

This is the penultimate friendly before the competitive action kicks off against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup on Monday, August 13th.

And Dickov expects his players to up the ante as the competition for places intensifies.He said: “It is up to everyone to impress me as the team will be picked on merit.”There are two friendlies left for all the players to show me what they can do.”

..for city probably will play (maybe not frome begining) players from Euro (which didnt traveled in asia).. Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, James Milner, Gareth Barry and Emmanuel Adebayor  (maybe even David Silva, Edin Džeko and Gareth Barry)
They had longer rest because of Euro2012..

AFC Wimbledon (Eng) – Preston (Eng)

Terry Brown (Wimbledon)says that pre-season will step-up a gear for his first-teamers against Preston North End tomorrow night.

The Dons boss has experimented with youngsters during our friendlies so far, but he says that getting 90 minutes into those who will start the season at Stevenage in two weeks’ time is now crucial.

“I need to get to a situation where I am giving 90 minutes to the 11-14 players who will be regulars,” Terry said. “Preston will offer me a chance to do that. We have mixed younsters in with the seniors and at any given time during our friendlies we have had at least six or seven young players in the squads. They are players with no experience of men’s football whatsoever. Some of the yougsters have acquitted themselves well, but Preston offers us a chance to concentrate on the first-team.”

The Lilywhites (Preston) will head to the country’s capital in buoyant mood following their 1-0 win over Greek side AEK Athens last Saturday courtesy of winger Jeffery Monakana’s late strike.

It was arguably North End’s strongest pre-season performance, and the Dons will provide a different type of test for Graham Westley’s side.

Team News
Tough tackling midfielder Jack King looks likely to miss Preston’s trip down south due to an ankle injury sustained in the first half against AEK.

John Welsh and winger David Amoo will be hoping for a return to action, but striker Lee Trundle will definitely be out with a knee injury.

Campeonato Brasileiro B » America RN – Barueri -1ah AmericaRN @ 1,74

After great form America won just once in last 5. But theat’s because of away games, at home they are very strong (6-1-0). Two defenders are suspended, Cleber and Edson Rocha but they they strenght squad with defender Rodrigao and midfielder Nethino (both can play).
Gremio is one of worst teams in league, just one win in 13 rounds, just 6 points and just 9 goals scored. In last 15 games they won just once (and it was worst team Ipatinga). Important defender Leonardo injured, mf Dionisio suspended while Ronaldo Angelim, another important defender, left club.
2nd best home team vs poor team, por away and must go 3000 km for this game..home win will be, i belive with hendicep