Racing Genk vs FC Luzern
Genk out: Jeroen Simaeys(r)(def), Elianiv Barda(r)(mid), Ayub Masika(sp)(att), Torben Joneleit(sp)(def), David Hubert(r)(mid), Christian Benteke(r)(att), Fabien Camus(sp)(mid), Derik Tshimanga(r)(def)
Luzern out: Dejan Sorgic(att), Michel Renggli(r)(mid), Kayode Olarenwaju(att)
Videoton vs Trabzonspor
Trabzon out: Tayfun Cora(sp)(def), Marek Cech(r)(def), Baris Atas(sp)(mid), Emre Gural(sp)(att), Remzi Giray Kacar(r)(def), Gustavo Colman(r)(mid), Olcan Adin(r)(mid), Marek Sapara(r)(mid)
Internazionale vs Vaslui
Inter out: Cristian Chivu(sp)(def), Gaby Mudingayi(r)(mid), Samir Handanovic(k)(gk), Dejan Stankovic(sp)(mid), Joel Chukwuma Obi(sp)(mid), Ricardo Gabriel Álvarez(sp)(att), McDonald Mariga(sp)(mid), Alvaro Pereira(r)(def), Walter Gargano(r)(mid), Douglas Maicon(k)(def)
Vaslui out: Richard Annang(sp)(mid)
Levante vs Motherwell
Levante out: Nikolaos Karabelas(r)(def), Pedro Rios(r)(mid)
Motherwell out: Shaun Hutchinson(r)(def), Steven Saunders(sp)(def), Simon Ramsden(r)(def), Nicky Law(r)(mid), Tom Hately(r)(def)
Doubtful: Omar Daley(sp)(mid), Steven Hammell(r)(def), Michael Higdon(r)(att)
Lazio vs ND Mura
Lazio out: Ederson(r)(mid), Cristian Brocchi(r)(mid), Marius Stankevicius(sp)(def), Modibo Diakite(sp)(def), Michael Ciani(sp)(def)
Doubtful: Stefan Radu(r)(def), Lorik Cana(sp)(mid)
Mura out: Fabijan Cipot(r)(def), Dragan Jelic(r)(att)
Sporting CP vs AC Horsens
Sporting out: Oguchi Onyewu(sp)(def), Danijel Pranjic(sp)(mid), Valentin Viola(sp)(att)
Doubtful: Stijn Schaars(r)(mid)
Horsens out: Alexander Juel Andersen(r)(def), Mads Agesen(r)(def), Soren Jensen(sp)(def), Lasse Jorgensen(r)(mid), Jeppe Mehl(sp)(mid)
Doubtful: Martin Spelmann(r)(att)
Mura – Arsenal Kijev preview
Mura lost the first match in Kiev 3:0, but Uefa decided a result 3:0 for them, because Eric Matoukoua (Arsenal’s palyer which scored 3rd goal) couldnt play that game becouse of suspension..
..now Arsenal wanna convincigly won and come into next round. Rich chairman said he will give 100 000 dolars for each scored goal. Mura with full squad (very young), they are without Florescu, Khomin, Rafael, Lampi, Matoukou
Drakovič, Majer, Kramar, Cipot, E. Janža, Bohar, Maruško, Horvat, Kouter, Jelič, Fajić
Pankiv, Leandro, Simonenko, Gitchenko, Polevoy, Maksimov, Shakhov, Kovpak, Kobakhidze, Shatskikh, Mazilu
Slaven Belupo v Athletic Bilbao preview
The Croats missed a good chance to keep this tie alive as they were beaten 3-1 by what looked like Athletic’s second string side, so they clearly face an uphill task in the return leg.
Slaven Belupo finished last league campaign in 3rd place, just two points behind Hajduk Split and with the Croatian giants now much weaker than last term, it is team from Koprivnica that are now considered the best side in the top flight after Dinamo Zagreb.
Coach Roy Ferencina has managed to create a very homogenous unit that enjoyed a really good start to the season, with 6-0 and 4-2 Europa Leaguevictories over Portadown followed by two league wins.
The Pharmacists were beaten by Split at the weekend, and with Mario Gregurina still sidelined through injury, the hosts don’t have much to hope for before the clash with Athletic. Only good new is they will full their small stadium and Davor Vugrinec, key players (but in years now) is back for this game, he is league topscorer of all time.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Rodic – Puric, Grgic, Bubnjic, Pilipovic – Canadjija, Kokalovic – Glavica, Rak, Delic – Busic.
Athletic Bilbao enjoyed a very promising season last term, although defeats in Europa League and Copa del Rey finals left a bad taste in the mouth.
The club chiefs somehow managed to persuade El Loco Bielsa to remain at the helm, while all key players stayed at San Mames despite heavy interest from abroad.
The Europa League clash against Slaven came at a bad time as Athletic were without several important players, but the back-ups did a great job to record a 3-1 win and make their job easier in the return leg.
Ander Herrera and Iker Muniain have since resumed training after returning from the 2012 Olympics, but Javi Martinez was allowed few more days to rest and he is out of contention for this game. Munian is doubtful for starting line up
New signing Aritz Aduriz has recovered from a hamstring injury and he could start, but Ion Aurtenetxe and Fernando Amorebieta remain sidelined. Fernando Llorente is likely to be left on the bench after expressing his desire to leave the club.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Iraizoz – Iraola, Ekiza, San Jose, De Marcos – Herrera, Iturraspe, Inigo Perez – Ibai Gomez, Aduriz, Muniain.
Aalesund – APOEL Nicozija
Marseille v Eskisehirspor preview
Marseille gained the upper hand of the tie by holding the Turkish side to1-1 draw in the first leg, but Eskisehirspor will give their best to make life difficult for their opponents in the return leg.
The French giants are coming on the back of one of the most disappointing seasons in their recent history, given that the team that had been tipped to fight for the title finished the league campaign in 10th place, 34 points behind champions Montpellier.
OM qualified for Europa League by winning the Coupe de la Ligue, but they were far from impressive in the first leg against Eskisehirspor, although they did miss several important players.
The squad have suffered virtually no changes apart from the fact that Elie Baup replaced Didier Deschamps, but the big problem is that a number of high-profile players is expected to leave this summer.
Loic Remy, Souleyman Diawara and Leyti N’Diaye remain sidelined, but Alou Diarra and Cesar Azpilicueta are back in contention.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Mandanda – Azpilicueta, M’Bia, N’Kulou, Morel – Valbuena, Diarra, Cheyrou – Amalfitano, Gignac, A. Ayew.
Following the 12-year absence from Turkey’s top flight, Eskisehirspor gained promotion to the Super Lig in 2008 and they have been on the constant uptrend ever since.
The team finished last league campaign in 5th place to ensure their first ever European qualification, but were very unfortunate to be drawn alongside Marseille.
The Turks, nonetheless, played well against their more illustrious opponents and earned a 1-1 draw that leaves them some hope before the return leg in France.
Former Borussia Dortmund full-back Dede, former Fulham striker Diomansy Kamara and experienced defender Servet Cetin are expected to help their younger teammates in this high-profile clash that will be played at Stade Parsemain in Fos sur Mer since Velodrome is undergoing reconstruction work.
Sezgin Coskun misses out through injury, whereas striker Batuhan Karadeniz is out of contention after clashing with coach Ersun Yanal.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-2-1): Boffin – Veysel, Servet Cetin, Diego, Dede – Tello, Hurriyet, Alper – Erkan, Malecki – Kamara.
PAOK – Bnei Yehuda preview
PAOK miss: Stafyllidis, Garcia, Jacobo, Reginaldo
Glykos, Etto, Khumalo, Katsikas, Lino, Fotakis, Lazar, Robert, Georgiadis, Giannou, Athanasiadis
Aiyenugba, Azoz, Hadad, G. Cohen, Ivaškevičius, Edri, Nachum, Menashe, Marinković, Galvan, Ndlovu
Vitesse v Anzhi
Vitesse miss: Van der Struijk (?), Büttner
Line up: Velthuizen, Yasuda, Kašija, Kalas, Van Aanholt, Van Ginkel, Van der Heijden, Cziommer, Ibarra, Bony, Reis
Anzhi miss: Traore, Žirkov
Line up: V. Gabulov – Logashov, Samba, Tagirbekov, Gadzhibekov – Boussoufa, Jucilei, G. Gabulov, Shatov – Eto’o, Smolov
Inter v Hajduk
Handanović, Jonathan, Samuel, Ranocchia, Silvestre, Zanetti, Mudingayi, Guarin, Sneijder, Milito, Palacio
Blažević, Vršajević, Milović, Maloča, Jozinović, Andrijašević, Radošević, Caktaš, Oremuš, Luštica, Vukušić
AIK Stocholm without:
Stefan Larsson (DF, 9 Ap/0 Gl)
Skuli Jon Fridgeirsson (DF, 4 Ap/0 Gl)
Martin Andersson (DF, 0 Ap/0 Gl)
Marcus Rohdén (MF, 10 Ap/0 Gl)
Amadou Jawo (FW, 12 Ap/2 Gl)
Joachim Jörgensen (MF, 15 Ap/0 Gl)
Christopher Mfuyi (DF, 3 Ap/0 Gl, 225 Min)
Patrik Baumann (DF, 0 Ap/0 Gl, 0 Min)
Issaga Diallo (DF, 0 Ap/0 Gl, 0 Min)
Christian Schlauri (DF, 0 Ap/0 Gl, 0 Min)
Genserix Kusunga (DF, 0 Ap/0 Gl, 0 Min)
Kevin Mbabu (DF, 0 Ap/0 Gl, 0 Min)
Geoffrey Tréand (MF, 1 Ap/0 Gl, 90 Min)
Silva Eudi (FW, 1 Ap/0 Gl, 73 Min)
Julian Esteban (FW, 0 Ap/0 Gl, 0 Min)
Samir Ramizi (FW, 0 Ap/0 Gl, 0 Min)
Christopher Routis (DF, 1 Ap/0 Gl, 90 Min)
Efrem (mf 28/6)
Crvena Zvezda without:
Marko Dmitrović (GK)
Aleksandar Kirovski (GK, 1/0)
Veljko Simić (MF)
Marko Vešović (MF, 23/1)
Vukan Savićević (MF)
Stefan Čikić (MF)
Eduardo de Fiori Mendes Cadu (MF, 23/11)
Eli Babalj (FW)
KRC Genk without:
Grzegorz Sandomierski (GK)
Torben Joneleit (DF)
Jeroen Simaeys (DF, 29/2 last seson)
Abel Masquero (DF)
Ajub Masika (MF, 1/0, 6/0 last sea)
David Hubert (MF, 14/1 last sea)
Stef Peeters (MF)
Bennard Kumordzi (MF)
Siebe Schrijvers (FW)
Leandro Trossard (FW)
Bright Edomwonyi (FW)
Sander Boschker (GK, 8 Ap/0 Gl)
Rasmus Bengtsson (DF, 13 Ap/0 Gl)
Nils Röseler (DF, 8 Ap/0 Gl)
Nicky Kuiper (DF, 6 Ap/0 Gl)
Tim Breukers (DF)
Denny Landzaat (MF, 16 Ap/0 Gl)
Andrej Rendla (FW, 2 Ap/0 Gl)
Luc Castaignos (FW)
Apoel Nicozia without:
World Cup match between Nigeria and Greece ‘fixed’, says former FIFA man
A former FIFA security expert sparked new fears that match-fixing and corruption are rife in international football last night by claiming at least one World Cup match has been investigated.
In an interview with Channel 4 News, Chris Eaton, FIFA’s former head of security, also claimed a player from the Championship had reported concerns to the corruption unit.
The World Cup game under scrutiny, according to Eaton, was a Group B fixture between Nigeria and Greece at South Africa 2010.
Nigeria midfielder Sani Kaita was sent off in the 33rd minute after kicking out at an opponent. His side were 1-0 up at the time but Greece won 2-1.
FIFA deny investigating any games from the tournament and Channel 4 News were unable to get a comment from Kaita or his agent.
UEFA are investigating evidence that suggests a Europa League match was fixed last month. They say their betting fraud monitoring system ‘detected suspicious betting patterns’ in Albanian club Tirana’s 5-0 defeat by Aalesund of Norway.
FIFA have refuted claims made by one of their former corruption experts that they are investigating match-fixing allegations at the 2010 World Cup.
Chris Eaton, a former head of security with FIFA, told Channel 4 last night the organisation were looking into a specific incident in the clash between Nigeria and Greece.
However, a FIFA spokesperson said: ‘We are not conducting any match fixing investigation for 2010 FIFA World Cup matches.
‘Ralf Mutschke is the head of FIFA’s new security division. The fight against match fixing is only one of their duties, in addition to stadium security and general event security for all FIFA events including the FIFA World Cup.
‘In relation to match fixing, investigations can be launched by the security division in case there is a suspicion a match or a competition could be fixed.
‘Any such issues are then reported to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (in order to sanction members of the football family) as well as to the disciplinary bodies of national Football Associations and/or to law enforcement organisations.’
Altamira – Cruz Azul
Cruz Azul will play with their u20 players
Altamira will rest some main players:
El grupo que convocó el profesor Guillermo Vázquez para este enfrentamiento es con: Guillermo Allison, Alejandro Castro, Fausto Pinto, Héctor Gutiérrez, Julio César Domínguez, Francinilson Santos, Francisco Flores, Martín Galván, Juan Carlos García, Raúl Vidal, Gibrán Lajud, Javier Orozco, Marco Angulo, Adrián Cortés, Alan Vidal, Jesús Lara, Iñaki Domínguez, Rogelio Chávez y Héctor Acevedo.
Olympiakos Piraeus (Gre) – Malaga (Esp)
Malaga come into financial problems, they sold Cazorla to Arsenal, Rondon and Apono leave before, Toulalan is leaving, coach Manuel Pellegrini too..
Both ha same president, Claudio Lotito
Debreceni – BATE Borisov