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Croatia  CROATIA – SCOTLAND  

Modric, Corluka and Lovren suspended

Scotland without 13 players: Brown, Forrest, Fox, Wallace, Caldwell, Bridcutt, Greer, D. Fletcher, S. Fletcher, Commons, Mulgrew, Adam, Miller

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PARAGUAY-CHILE

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Argentina-Colombia

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One definite absence for Argentina is Fernando Gago, who will be unable to resume his partnership with Javier Mascherano in the middle.

Lionel Messi’s presence, meanwhile, is still in doubt. The Barcelona star was included in the squad and reports from training suggest that he will be fit to take the captain’s armband against Colombia. With questions remaining over whether he is ready to play, however, coach Alejandro Sabella has refused to confirm his place in the first XI – Erik Lamela or Ezequiel Lavezzi are prime candidates to step in should he be unavailable.
Jose Pekerman is expected to make several changes from the team that was defeated last time round by Venezuela. In an attacking line-up, Cruz Azul striker Teo Gutierrez will enter for Macnelly Torres to partner Radamel Falcao up front, while Carlos Sanchez could also enter for Edwin Valencia in the middle.

Portugal – Russia

With Pepe suspended for the game at Estadio da Luz, Paulo Bento’s main concern is picking a replacement to partner Bruno Alves in the heart of the Portuguese defense, with Valencia’s Ricardo Costa expected to get the nod.

After an injury-plagued campaign which saw him miss Portugal’s last two Group F matches against Israel and Azerbaijan, winger Nani has re-joined the squad for the upcoming qualifier.

Captain Igor Denisov is expected to make his return to the Russian XI after sitting out the team’s last game against Brazil with illness, with Viktor Faizulin vying with Roman Shirokov for the other central midfield berth in Fabio Capello’s 4-2-3-1 formation.

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Jamaica – USA

Manager Theodore Whitmore’s side boasts four MLS players, including captain and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, midfielder JeVaughn Watson and forwards Ryan Johnson and Darren Mattocks.

he USA, playing without the likes of first-team regulars Landon Donovan, Steve Cherundolo, Timmy Chandler and Carlos Bocanegra, begins a stretch of three World Cup qualifiers in 11 days. The team’s next two matches against Panama and Honduras will be played in Seattle and Salt Lake City, respectively. Forward Herculez Gomez (knee) is an injury doubt to play Friday. Fabian Johnson (hamstring) was subbed off at halftime against Germany as a precautionary measure but is expected to be ready.

Jamaica (4-1-4-1): Ricketts; Powell, Mariappa, Woodbine, Gordon; Austin, Hue, McCleary, Elliott, Watson; Johnson

USA (4-2-3-1): Howard; Evans, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Bradley, Jones; Zusi,Dempsey, F. Johnson; Altidore.

Czech Republic-Italy

Michal Bilek has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the qualifier and could field the same XI which comfortably saw off the challenge of Armenia with a 3-0 away win back in March.

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Cesare Prandelli can welcome back Andrea Barzagli and Stephan El Shaarawy after the pair missed the 4-0 friendly victory over San Marino last week and both are expected to go straight into the starting line-up.

Albania – Norway 

Norway with full squad, Albania without important defenders Cana, Curri, Lila, Vangjeli and midfielder Meha

Line ups

Albania: Berisha, Dalku, Agolli, Mavraj, Osmani, Basha, Bulku, Llullaku, Rama, Gjasula, Cani (Salihi)

Norway: Jarstein, Høgli, Wæhler, Hangeland, Ruud, Braaten, Henriksen, Nordtveit, Jenssen, Elyounoussi, Søderlund

Costa Rica – Honduras

line ups

Costa Rica: Navas, Gamboa, G. González, Acosta, J. Diaz, Barrantes, Bolanos, A. Rodriguez, Campbell, B. Ruiz, V. Nunez/Saborio

Honduras: Valladares, A. Peralta, V. Bernardez, O. Chavez, J. Garcia, B. Garcia, Espinoza, Garrido, Palacios, Costly, Bengtson

Panama – Mexico

Panama with strong home record – didnt loose at home almost 8 years

line ups

Panama: Penedo, Chen, R. Torres, Baloy, L. Henríquez, G. Gómez, A. Henríquez, Godoy, Escobar, Tejada/G. Torres, B. Pérez

Mexico: Corona, Meza, Rodriguez, Reyes, Salcido, Zavala, Guardado, Torrado, Barrera, De Nigris/Dos Santos, J. Hernandez

soccer international

  Sweden – Argentina 

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Azerbaijan – Liechtenstein 
two week teams where is Azerbaijan bog favorite but i thing we can see some suprise here. Liechtenstein will be without Büchel brothers (goalkeeper and midfielder), other are available. They are 154th ranked team.
Azerbaijan is 118th ranked but in this game some players which was standard long time in National Team will not be include: goalkeeper Kamran Ağayev (38 caps), captein Sadygov (df 80/5), Malikov (df 40/0), Abishov (df 30/3), Allahverdiyev (df 27/0), Budak (df 10/0), Şükürov (mf 62/3), Chertoganov (mf 54/0), Ismayilov (mf 13/1) and Subašić (att 38/7). One of called up players is playing in Kaiserslautern II (Germany regional league), one in Moldavian  side Milsami, third in Adana Demirspor (Turkey 1. lig which is 2nd class) and other 20 players from local league
Romania – Australia  under 2,5
lot of offensive power miss for this game
Romania without strikers Mutu (75/34), Marica (60/18) and M. Niculae (43/15) and D. Niculae (39/9)
For Australia there is no Brett Emerton (95/20), Tim Cahill (60/26), Harry Kewečč (58/17), Archie Thompson (46/28), Joshua Kennedy (29/15), Carney (46/6)..
  

 England – Brazil 

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Spain – Uruguay over 2,5

both attacking oriented teams, Spain very strong always (no matter there is no Soldado, Torres) while Uruguay attack Suarez-Forlan-Cavani

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Netherlands – Italy

New-look Netherlands could be in for a difficult task when they take on Italy at Amsterdam ArenA, with the Azzurri arriving at full strength.

Following the he disappointment that was the Euro2012, Louis van Gaal take over the reigns and immediately introduced a plethora of talented, but pretty inexperienced players.

Such an approach produced instant results as Oranje won their first four2014 World Cup qualifiers, although they were pretty fortunate to win their only high-profile encounter, at home against Turkey.

Having rode their luck for much of the friendly draw against Germany, Netherlands will attempt to show some improvement in their next warm-up match, although that might prove to be a problem with some star players against missing.

Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Rafael van der Vaart and Maarten Stekelenburg have all been overlooked, whereas Michel Vorm was forced to withdraw because of injury.

Daley Blind, Ola John and Jonathan De Guzman are hoping to make their international debuts against one of world’s top sides.

In spite of the important missings

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Krul – Van Rhijn, Martins Indi, Mathijsen, Blind – Strootman, Clasie – Kuyt, De Guzman, Lens – Van Persie.

Italy needed just one major tournament to return to old glory days, with team’s showings at the Euro 2012 doing their country proud.

While the Azzurri defied all odds to reach the final, it was their outstanding attacking displays that earned them praise from pundits all over the world.

Italy have since continued where they left off, picking up ten points from first four 2014 World Cup qualifiers, although they did lose their last friendly game to France.

Juventus duo Giorgio Chiellini and Claudio Marchsio miss out through injury, whereas their teammate Leonardo Bonucci has been dropped due to the lack of discipline.

Sebastian Giovinco has withdrawn because of a thigh problem, leaving Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy as the most likely attacking pairing.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-1-2): Buffon – Abate, Barzagli, Ranocchia, Santon – De Rossi, Pirlo, Florenzi – Montolivo – Balotelli, El Shaarawy.

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France – Germany

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singapore v pakistan

Singapore    Pakistan

SINGAPORE, 18 NOVEMBER 2012: The pre-match press conference for the upcoming International friendly match between Singapore and Pakistan was held today at Amara Hotel, with both teams’ head coaches and captains in attendance.

Returning from a training tour in Japan and an international friendly match in Cebu, Philippines, the Singapore National team move into the final stages of their preparation for the region’s premier football tournament, the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Speaking to the members of the media at the press conference, Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic said, “We have improved over the matches we have played during our preparation period in terms of team shape, passing and movement. We need to be more clinical in our finishing as we managed to have 19 shots on goal in the match against Philippines. And we have players like Khairul Amri who has so much potential and the stage is right for him to show his potential after recovering from long-term injury. He can help the team by scoring goals in the AFF Suzuki Cup campaign.”

The Lions’ captain, Shahril Ishak also echoed coach Raddy’s thoughts when he mentioned, “Yes, we are looking to win this match as it will motivate the team and also set the right tone for us as we move closer to our opening match against Malaysia in the AFF Suzuki Cup.”

Pakistan’s coach, Zaviša Milosavljević was at his charming best when asked of his thoughts on the upcoming match as he said, “We have a few players joining us after their international club duties and together with them, we have players from our local league, so we will have a good squad for tomorrow’s match. It is also good exposure for my players. And I am sure Singapore will give us a good match too.”

Good news for Pakistan is that their key foreign-based players Zeeshan Rehman and Shabir Khan have joined the team after missing the game against the Singapore Olympic side on Friday which the hosts won by 1-0 after a tough fight.

Zesh, a former Fulham defender and now playing for Hong Kong’s Kitchee FC, has been playing for Pakistan for the last few years, while left-back Shabir Khan, who plays for Worcester City FC, has come back after remaining out for three years due to a ligament injury. He last played for Pakistan in the 2009 Dhaka SAFF Championship.

Both Zesh and Shabbir underwent a practice session on Sunday.

However, England-based midfielder Adnan Ahmed, who pulled his left-leg muscles, is doubtful for today’s meeting. “Yes, Adnan has muscles problem in his left leg which he developed during our first game against Singapore Olympic side the other day and he will be tested tomorrow during the warm-up before the match and then his fate will be decided,” Pakistan coach Zavisa Milosavljevic told ‘The News’ from Singapore on Sunday.

friendly

 Benfica v Betis  x2 @ 2,05 betvictor  

value odds on Betis if we look there are all important players available (just defender Javier Chica is out). Game is friendly and they can make at last draw. This are called up players:
Casto, Mario, Dorado, Álex, Ángel, Rubén Pérez, Pereira, Beñat, Pozuelo, Paulao, Adrián, Salva Sevilla, Juan Carlos, Agra, Molina, Nosa, Cañas, Nelson, Nacho, Rubén Castro y Nono.

Benfica will miss Paulo Lopes: and Carlos Martins

usa v jamaica

WCQ Preview: US look to stave off disaster vs. Jamaica

After compiling a 10-0-8 record against Jamaica, the US men’s national team picked perhaps the worst time to snap their unbeaten streak against the Reggae Boyz when they lost 2-1 at Independence Park in last Friday’s World Cup qualifier.

The upshot? They won’t have to wait long to make amends. The Yanks will take the field at Crew Stadium on Tuesday (8 pm ET, ESPN2/ESPN3, Galavision, live chat on MLSsoccer.com) for another round with Jamaica, and with a win they can make up the ground lost in their setback at the Office.

READ: Full USMNT coverage

History says they should be able to get the job done. The US are 5-0-3 all time in Columbus – with just one goal conceded across those eight matches – and are still unbeaten against Jamaica on American soil with a 8-0-3 record.

History would also suggest that the scheduling should play into the USMNT’s favor. The Jamaicans were the first team to face the US after the events of 9/11, and the Oct. 7, 2001, date put the match on the same date as the start of the war in Afghanistan. Needing a victory on the final fixture date of the 2002 World Cup qualifying cycle, the US delivered by notching a 2-1 win in Foxborough, Mass., both goals courtesy of Joe-Max Moore. It may be that the US once again rise to the moment.

But of their nine meetings in World Cup qualifying, the US and Jamaica have drawn six times. And if Friday proved anything, it’s that history is no guarantee.

It also proved that the Americans have some serious work to do to nail down this result.

Studio 90: Back to Columbus

USA

Eyebrows were raised around the US soccer community when the Yanks lined up on Friday without their usual captain, Carlos Bocanegra, instead pairing Clarence Goodson with Geoff Cameron at center back. With Goodson suspended for Tuesday’s game due to yellow-card accumulation, US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has confirmed that Bocanegra will be back in the starting XI, and will be wearing the captain’s armband.

Defense, however, is probably the least of Klinsmann’s concerns coming out of Friday’s game in Kingston. Starting the match with three defensive-minded players in the center of the park – Kyle Beckerman, Maurice Edu, and Jermaine Jones – the midfield struggled mightily. Jamaica patched together long spells of possession, and the US seemed ill-equipped to cope with the Reggae Boyz’ speed. Jamaica earned seven set-piece free kicks on the night. The result? Two goals off direct free kicks in the 23rd and 62nd minutes after fouls by Beckerman and Edu, respectively.

Altidore: US need to be more “free-flowing”

The US experienced hiccups on their offensive end, as well. Apart from the play to set up Dempsey’s first-minute goal, they scraped together six shots, four of which were outside the box, and of the two that were on target, one was blocked. While Clint Dempsey was his normal, dangerous self, Jozy Altidore never quite got into the game while Herculez Gomez drifted wide in an attempt to stretch the field.

Altidore, for his part, has already gone on record saying that the US should forget trying to maintain possession for Tuesday’s match, and instead resort to a more “free-flowing” style. It remains to be seen whether Klinsmann agrees with his young striker, but it seems unlikely that the coach will stick with the Beckerman-Edu-Jones set-up.

To reach the final “Hexagonal” round of qualifying, the US will have to finish in the top two of CONCACAF Group A. The Yanks are currently tied for second place with Guatemala, both on four points with a plus-one goal differential. The Guatemalans face off against group cellar-dwellers Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday, days after putting up a 3-1 win on the tiny island nation.

Klinsmann: No more cheap free kicks

A win would draw the Yanks back on level terms with Jamaica – and possibly Guatemala – with seven points apiece; if not, they face the prospect of looking up at the top two spots in the group with just one more round of matches to play.

It may not yet be absolute must-win for the US, but it’s about as close as it gets. Look for Klinsmann to play more positively on Tuesday, possibly bringing in Jose Torres, Graham Zusi or habitual go-to Brek Shea. If Altidore gets isolated again, Klinsmann can also switch in Terrence Boyd to provide energy to what was a fairly lackluster US side on Tuesday.

Jamaica

While the US are reeling, Jamaica are exultant following the Reggae Boyz’ historic win. But head coach Theodore Whitmore isn’t ready to stop just yet.

“Well yes, definitely,” he said when asked if Jamaica could win again. “It’s 11 v. 11 and with the help of the Almighty – we can leave out God in nothing we do – with the help of the Almighty, the players, they’re confident, the support, we can do it.”

The players are similarly confident, despite the travel, the history and the prospect of a sold-out Crew Stadium.

Jamaica revel in historic win, look for repeat in Columbus

And why not? Between Friday night and their Aug. 15 friendly win over El Salvador at RFK Stadium, the Reggae Boyz have notched four goals in two games. Three of those strikes came courtesy of Luton Shelton, who laced in a stunning free-kick goal against the US. Besides the Karabükspor striker, however, Jamaica bring plenty of attacking talent to the table, including Vancouver Whitecaps rookie Darren Mattocks, Colorado Rapids striker Omar Cummings and Toronto FC’s Ryan Johnson.

It’s clearly enough skill to undo the Yanks. Whether or not the midfield and backline can withstand a more attacking US side is up for debate, and, having flown to Ohio on Sunday – in coach class, no less – it remains to be seen how the travel will affect the Boyz.

Even if Jamaica don’t manage to pull off another historic win, a tie would still see them pushed into sole possession of first place in Group A with just two games to play. Look for them to play to their strengths – speed and athleticism – to try to win the free kicks that proved so lethal on Friday, and to stay compact to frustrate the US attack.

Key Players

United States: Brek Shea

It’s been an off year for the FC Dallas star, but the US need offense from the midfield, and Shea has proven in his last two games that he can give it to them. Klinsmann has put faith in the young winger in the past, and he may do so again on Tuesday.

Jamaica: Luton Shelton

You don’t bet against the hot hand, and Shelton’s hand is absolutely smoldering right now. With three goals in his last two games, the US’ first priority should be stopping Jamaica’s No. 21.

Rosters

USA

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/England), Tim Howard (Everton/England), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander/Spain), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover/Germany), Maurice Edu (Stoke City/England), Clarence Goodson (Brondby/Denmark), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis/Mexico), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland/Denmark), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City/England)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/Germany), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca/Mexico), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim/Germany), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur/England), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna/Mexico)

JAMAICA

GOALKEEPERS (3): Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/Sweden), Duwayne Kerr (Strommen/Norway), Jacomeno Barrett (Montego Bay United/Jamaica)

DEFENDERS (8): Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo), Adrian Mariappa (Reading/England), Dicoy Williams (Toronto FC), Andre Campbell (Waterhouse/Jamaica), Nyron Nosworthy (Watford/England), Shavar Thomas (Montreal Impact), Lovel Palmer (Portland Timbers), O’Brian Woodbine (VPS Vaasa/Finland)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Rodolph Austin (Leeds United/England), Je-Vaughn Watson (Houston Dynamo), Errol Stevens (Arnett Gardens/Jamaica), Jason Morrison (Aalesund/Norway), Ewan Grandison (Portmore United/Jamaica), Joel Senior (Harbour View/Jamaica)

FORWARDS (7): Luton Shelton (Karabukspor/Turkey), Ryan Johnson (Toronto FC), Kavin Bryan (Vicem Hai Phong/Vietnam), Dane Richards (Vancouver Whitecaps), Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids), Tramaine Stewart (Aalesund/Norway), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps)