Champions League

 Lille – FC Copenhagen 

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Lille doubtful: Marko Basa(r)(def), Mathieu Debuchy(k)(def), Salomon Kalou(r)(att)

Fc Copenhagen unavailable: Christian Grindheim(r)(mid)

 Fenerbahce SK – Spartak Moscow 

Fenerbahce unavailable: Serdar Kesimal(sp)(def)
Doubtful: Volkan Demirel(r)(gk), Alex de Souza(k)(mid)

Spartak unavailable: Soslan Gatogov(sp)(def), Serguey Parshivlyuk(sp)(def), Kim Kallstrom(sp)(mid), Vladimir Obukhov(att), Sergei Bryzgalov(def), Nicolas Pareja(r)(def), Welliton(sp)(att)
Doubtful: Aiden McGeady(r)(mid), Romulo B.M.(r)(mid)

 Dynamo Kyiv – Borussia M’gladbach 

Dinamo Kiev unavailable: Olexandr Shovkovskiy(r)(gk)

Borussia unavailable: Peniel Mlapa(sp)(att)

 CFR Cluj – Basel 

Cluj suspended: Vasile Maftei(sp)(def)
Unavailable: Ciprean Deac(r)(mid), Ronny C.S.(sp)(att), Adam Vass(sp)(mid)

Basel suspended: Valentin Stocker(r)(mid)
Unavailable: Arlind Ajeti(sp)(def), Mohamed Salah(r)(mid), Gilles Yapi Yapo(r)(mid)

 Celtic Glasgow – Helsingborgs IF 

Celtic unavailable: Dylan McGeouch(mid), Anthony Stokes(sp)(att), Daryl Murphy(sp)(att), Rabiu Ibrahim(mid), Beram Kayal(r)(mid), Joe Ledley(r)(mid)

Doubtful: Thomas Rogne(sp)(def), Scott Brown(r)(mid), Kris Commons(sp)(mid), Giorgios Samaras(r)(att)

Helsingborg unavailable: Erlend Hanstveit(r)(def)
Doubtful: Mattias Lindstrom(r)(mid), Erik Edman(r)(def), Erik Wahlstedt(sp)(def)

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 Chelsea – Reading 

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Starting with a win in the league, European Champions Chelsea will be in search for another 3 points when they play against the newly promoted site Reading at Stamford Bridge. After a 2-0 win with two early strike from Ivanovic and Lampard on penalty, Chelsea were able to find a clean sheet to gain some confidence in the pursuit.

With new Signing Hazard quickly adapting to the Premier league and Oscar starting from a Bench, RDM is probable to start with similar line up as Ramires still is out due to injury. While for the newly promoted side, Jason Roberts will be out serving his last match of ban and midfielder Jimmy Kebe probable to miss some starting fixtures of the league.

Chelsea out: Marko Marin

Reading out: Jason Roberts, Jimmy Kebe, Jem Karacan

 SPORTING BRAGA VS UDINESE PREVIEW 

The 2010/2011 Europa League semi-finalists face an uphill task in their attempt to reach Champions Leaguegroup stages, with Serie A giants Udinese on the other side.

Sporting Braga have really raised the club’s profile over the last decade, having not only closed the gap behind Porto, Benfica and Sporting on domestic level, but also showed a lot of promise in European competitions.

The Minhotos did well to beat very good Sporting Lisbon side to the final Champions League berth, but were very unfortunate to be drawn alongside Udinese in the play-offs.

The club have stayed without important players Ewerton, Ukra and Miguel Lopesin the summer, while signing a number of unproven players from smaller Primeira Liga clubs.

Even so, Braga impressed at the start of the league campaign, having held Benfica to a 2-2 draw at Estadio da Luz..

Boss Jose Peseiro faces some selection problems before the clash against Zebrette, with Paulo Cesar, Yazalde, Eder and Maximilian Haas all sidelined through injury.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Beto – Leandro, Douglao, Paulo Vinicius, Ismaily – Custodio, Amorim – Alan, Viana, Mossoro – Lima.

Despite selling their key players season after season, Udinese somehow manage to remain in contention for a top 3 finish and they have got to be congratulated for piping Lazio, Napoli, Inter and Roma to the 3rd place in Serie A last term.

Once again, the club chiefs decided to cash in on their star players, as a result of which Samir Handanovic, Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla have left the club, while their players were taken by completely unknown players, who, I am sure, will be worth just as much money in a few years’ time.

The Friulani’s 4-0 victory over Southampton in the final warm-up game proved that their fans have reason for optimism before the clash with Braga

Having been very unfortunate to be eliminated by Arsenal at this stage last term, the Zebrette will give their best to avoid a similar scenario.

Star striker Luis Muriel misses out with a muscle strain, while Joel Ekstrand doesn’t travel with the squad as he lacks match fitness.

Probable starting line-up (3-5-1-1): Brkic -Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi – Basta, Pinzi, Willians, Pereyra, Armero – Maicosuel – Di Natale.

 MALAGA VS PANATHINAIKOS PREVIEW 

Cash-strapped Malaga are in a position tofight for their lives and no wonder they desperately need to reach Champions League group stages.

Panathinaikos may be in much better financial position than their opponents, but that doesn’t mean the Greeks will not be just as motivated to win this tie.

Boosted by the heavy summer spending, los Boquerones achieved their goal and finished the La Liga campaign in 4th place, but little did they know that they would soon find themselves in huge problems.

After the owners lost interest in club, key players Santo Cazorla, Joris Mathijsen, Salomon Rondon and Apono decided to leave, while few other high-profile players expressed their desire to abandon the sinking ship.

As a result, Malaga were completely outclassed by newly promoted Celta in their opening La Liga game, but they somehow managed to record a valuable win thanks to 16-year-old Fabrice Olinga, who had been extended his Visa just few days before the game.

Los Boquerones now face a tough task against experienced Panathinaikos side..

With no fresh injury worries to report, boss Manuel Pellegrini is likely to stick to the side that beat Celta at the weekend.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Caballero – Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Monreal – Toulalan, Camacho – Joaquin, Isco, Portillo – Fernandez.

Panathinaikos were very fortunate to be drawn alongside Motherwell, a team that replaced Rangers, in the third qualifying round, so nobody was surprised to see the Greeks record a 5-0 aggregate win over the Scottish side.

PAO can have no complaints on the play-off draw either having been pitted against out of sorts Malaga that have stayed without several very important players this summer.

It really appears that Lady Luck has been smiling on the Greek side this summer, and with that in mind..

It is important to point out that Panathinaikos are now coached by Jesualdo Ferreira, a man who was sacked by Malaga not long ago, and he will now have an extra motive to do well against his former side.

The squad have seen some changes this summer, with Quincy, Fornaroli, Sissoko, Velazquez and Sow arriving to the side, and Ninis, Plessis, Cleyton and Kante leaving the club.

As far as the Malaga game is concerned, key midfielder Sebastian Leto is unavailable, as are new signings Quincy and Pape Sow.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Karnezis – Vyntra, Velazquez, Boumsong, Spyropoulos – Katsouranis, Vitolo – Zeca, Christodoulos, Sissoko – Toche.

 Dinamo Zagreb v NK Maribor 

Dinamo without: Ivan Tomecak, Ivan Krstanovic, Mateo Kovacic

Maribor without: Mitja Viler

probably line ups:

Dinamo: Ivan Kelava, Josip Pivaric, Domagoj Vida, Tonel, Josip Simunic, Milan Badelj, Arijan Ademi, Jerko Leko, Sammir, Mehmed Alispahic, Fatos Beqiraj

Maribor: Jasmin Handanovic, Nejc Potokar, Alexander Rajcevic, Arghus, Ales Mejac, Dejan Mezga, Goran Cvijanovic, Ales Mertelj, Agim Ibraimi, Robert Beric, Marcos Tavares

 Stuttgart – Dinamo Moscow 

Stuttgart out: Johan Audel, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Gotaku Sakai

Stuttgart 11: Sven Ulreich, Tim Hoogland, Serdar Tasci, Georg Niedermeier, Arthur Boka, William Kvist, Christian Gentner, Tamas Hajnal, Ibrahima Traore, Martin Harnik, Vedad Ibisevic

Dinamo M doubtful: Luke Wilkshire

Dinamo M 11: Anton Shunin, Igor Shitov, Gordon Schildenfeld, Leandro Fernandez, Marko Lomic, Balazs Dzsudzsak, Artur Yusupov, Igor Semshov, Christian Noboah, Zvjezdan Misimovic, Kevin Kuranyi

 Blackburn Rovers – Hull City 

Blackburn boss Steve Kean will have Ruben Rochina at his disposal again for the visit of Hull.

The striker missed the 1-1 draw at Ipswich on the opening day because of a hamstring injury.

It was thought the clash with the Tigers may be too soon for him too, but the Spaniard has recovered in time to give Kean a boost.

Captain Danny Murphy will also be available despite complaining of tightness in his calf earlier in the week.

Full-back Martin Olsson is yet to return to training from his groin injury so the Sweden international misses out, as does back-up goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who is sidelined following a hip operation.

Midfielder Steven Nzonzi will again be left out in the cold after declaring his desire to leave while summer signing Leon Best is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.

Hull manager Steve Bruce has hinted he will shuffle his pack to cope with the physical presence of Blackburn at Ewood Park.

The Tigers boss enjoyed a winning start in his first npower Championship match in charge, as they beat Brighton 1-0 thanks to a goal from substitute Jay Simpson.

The performance of Simpson and the other replacements, coupled with a lack of match-fitness for a number of his players, has given Bruce food for thought ahead of their clash with Rovers.

Forward Matty Fryatt (Achilles) remains Hull’s only injury absentee, but Corry Evans, Paul McShane and Alex Bruce will be hoping to force their way into the manager’s thoughts.

“In terms of Wednesday, I think we will need to change slightly in terms of personnel,” Bruce told Hull’s official website.

“Going to Blackburn on a Wednesday night, we need to be physically ready for the challenge that they’re going to throw at us.”

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  VASLUI V FENERBAHCE  1-1

Romanian side Vaslui did great to hold Fenerbahce to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but that does not necessarily makes them favourites to go through.

The Turkish champions have invested a lot of money this summer and they desperately need to reach the Champions League group stages in order to justify the heavy spending.

Vaslui have really raised their profile over the last few years and they are becoming regular in top European competitions.

The team reached Europa League group stagelast term, where they proved a worthy opponent to Lazio, Sporting Lisbon and Zurich, while finishing the league campaign just one point behind CFR Cluj.

That, nonetheless, proved enough for a place in the Champions League qualifying stages, where they have been pitted against very good Fenerbahce side.

Despite their squad undergoing major changes in the summer, Valsui played a great game in Turkey, but they had to settle for 1-1 draw after Liviu Antal’s opener was canceled by Bekir Irtegun in the dying moments of the game.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Coman – Milanov, Varela, Charalambous, Salageanu – Antal, Caue, N’Doye, Sanmartean – Stanciu – Niculae.

After they were denied a place in the Champions League group stages because of their involvement in the match-fixing scandal last term, Fenerbahce are determined to make things right this season.

Just like their next opponents, Fenerbahce missed out on the league title, but the second-place finish saw them make it to the Champions League qualifying round.

The Turkish giants have heavily reinforced the squad this summer, bringing Dirk Kuyt, Mehmet Topal, Egemen Korkmaz, Milos Krasic and Joseph Yobo, while Issar Dia and Emre Belezoglu were the only notable departures.

With the start of their domestic season still a couple of weeks away, Fenerbahce somewhat struggled in the first leg against Vaslui and they were fortunate to avoid defeat having scored in the closing stages of the game.

New signings Milos Krasic and Joseph Yobo are unavailable, while Korkmaz, Topal and Sow should start despite carrying minor knocks.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Demirel – Gonul, Irtegun, Korkmaz, Kaldirim – Topal, Cristian – Kuy, Alex, Stoch – Sow.

  PARTIZAN VS AEL LIMASOL  0-1

Serbian champions may have been the favourites before the first leg, but that is no longer the case after they were completely outclassed andbeaten 1-0 by AEL Limasol.

Partizan Belgrade have long ago established total domination on domestic stage and their run of five successive league titles is pretty impressive, but the fans are hoping for some European success as well.

The Serbian giants have made it to Champions League and Europa League group stages on several occasions over the last decade, but haven’t had a lot of success of late.

The squad have been reinforced over the summer, with Goran Lovre, Branko Pauljevic and Stefan Scepovic all arriving, while several talented youngsters were promoted from Teleoptik, their B side.

As a result, Partizan looked really good against Valletta from Malta, but they were completely outplayed by AEL Limasol in the third qualifying round.

Coach Vladimir Vermezovic is expected to make a couple of changes to the starting line-up, with Lazar Markovic likely to come in for Goran Lovre.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Stojkovic – Aksentijevic, Ostojic, Ivanov, Volkov – S. Markovic, Babovic – Tomic, Ilic, L. Markovic – S. Scepovic.

AEL Limasol shocked everyone by beating APOEL and Omonia to the league title last season, but the Cypriot side didn’t need a lot of time they fully deserve to be playing at this level.

With no major arrivals or departures in the summer, boss Pambos Christodoulou didn’t need extra time to prepare his squad for the Champions League qualifying rounds and his side eased off to a 3-0 aggregate win over Linfield.

AEL were then pitted against very good Partizan side, but the Cypriots largely impressed in the first leg and deserved to win the game by a bigger margin.

The team that conceded just 10 goals in 32 league games last term kept their third successive clean sheet in the Champions League, meaning that Djilli Vouho’s early goal proved enough for a valuable victory.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Degra – Marco Airosa, Dossa Junior, Ouon, Carlitos – Dede, Bebe – Monteiro, Nikolaou, Gilberto – Dickson.

 Ekranas Panevezys – Anderlecht 0-5  

Ekrenas missing: Fofana, Kymantas

Anderlecht missing: Vargas, Cyriac, Kouyate, Juhasz, Suarez, Wasilewski, Reynaldo, Jovanović, Mbokani

Anderlecht 11: Proto, Odoi, Mbenza, Deschacht, Safari, Gillet, Biglia, Kanu, Praet, Iakovenko, De Sutter

  HJK – Celtic Glasgow  1-2  

HJK was resting some players in league game. They are playing on artificial turf. HJK will miss Makela, Celtic probably  without Brown and Forrest

  F91 Dudelange – Maribor  1-4  

Maribor was resting almost all key players in league game

  • Jaubert, Melisse, Tournut, Caillet, Prempeh, Payal, Legros, Steinmetz, Idazza, Da Mota, Joachim
  • Handanović; Trajkovski, Arghus, Rajčević, Potokar, Mertelj, Cvijanović, Mezga, Ibraimi, Tavares, Berić.

  Neftchi – Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona  0-4  

ARTIFICIAL TURF

Israel club had Toto cup game after that but was resting some players

  Helsingborgs IF – Slask Wroclaw 3-0  

Slask showed their weakneses in defence in first game. Helsingborg didnt played league game after that but they arrange friendly with England premier league team Sunderland, coach was rotating players (while Sunderland played with almost best squad) and they beat them. So players get extra selfconfidence. Slask had cup game with KS Polkowice, also rotate but won minimally. Hosts without Hanstveit, Slask will mis important midfielder Rok Elsner and Socha

  Panathinaikos – Motherwell  2-0  

PAo won first game in Scottland and now will have support of  crazy fans

PAO hools at football factory video

  Dinamo Zagreb – Sheriff Tiraspol  

Fact is that Dinamo not playing good. They played awfull in Razgrad (Bulgaria) and somehow saved game with goal for 1-1 in 93th minute. Than they played home draw (0-0) with poor Inter. After that come 2nd game with Bulgarian champs, they didnt palyed well, they was loosing 1-0 and 2-1 on half time but than Brazilian player from Ludogorec get red card and dinamo was attacking. They scored goal but after that bulgarians was defending good, closed all entrances to their goal. Bulgarians was shame simulating fauls, was lying on field for few minutes, sometimes even two players in same moment..than when was out one player come to throw in and than he throw bal down and than other player (who was not close) come that he would throw..than goalkeeper had goal kick and put ball on 5 meters but than he decide slowly to take ball on other side of ‘5 meter’..there was cards but  it’s seems that dinamo will relegate from Champions league while come last corner kick in 97th minute and Vida scored in 98th for 3-2 and dinamo come in nextr round. Yes it was 8 minutes extra time (referee showed 5) but as i spoke what bulgarians was doint, it should be 10+…so i am speaking abouth bad games of dinamo..that’s not everithing. they played after it vs Cibalia home, won 2-1, also wihtout some inmpresive game. Than come this first game of this round in Moldavia (they are from Transnistria, they want own republic, they are on border with Ukraine and there are Ukraine and Russians)..So Dinamo won 1-0 there, didnt played good but was controling game mostly. Sheriff disanpointed me, i thouth they are stronger, i thouth they will try to do something more but seems they have no quality…4 days ago dinamo played one more game, vs Istra in Pula and had two penaltyes but again won tight, 1*0.

Dinamo had problems with Sammir. When manny good clubs was asking abouth him before 2-3 seasons Miminho didnt want sell him for that proce, he was waiting more. After that Sammir start to party and every few months something happened (balotelli). So he was few days ago in night hours on party and club suspend him. Also other midfielder, defensive one – Pokrivac, was driving his car drunk and club suspend him too. Both played first squad in Modova (pokrivac usually reserve played but it was coach’s tactic). Third midfielder Ademi was also suspended (because he was not happy with low minutes playing) but his suspension is over (because now are other two mf banned). Striker Krstanovic is long term injured, two more midfielders are out: most talented ofensive midfielder Kovacic is injured, just like defensive mf Callelo. 

So what to said, Dinamo has quality but they are not playing good. Even in domestic league where they always scored few goals with half of strenght they are not convincigly. But, Sheriff is weaker than last season (2010 they eliminated Dinamo) and Dinamo should promote into next round. Odds are very low and i would NO BET on thiS one, no bet on dinamo while they are not playing good..

today

SalPa – LoPa

LoPa with juniors

Corinthians – Boca Juniors

first game was 1-1. there is no ‘away goal rule’ here

Corinthians: Cassio, Alessandro, Chicao, Leandro Castan, Fabio Santos, Ralf, Paulinho, Danilo, Alex, Jorge Henrique, Emerson

Boca: Orion, Sosa, Schiavi, Caruzzo, C. Rodriguez, Ledesma, Somoza, Erviti, Riquelme, Mouche, Silva

Ventspils – Rubin Kazan II  dnb1 @ 1,9 bet365

This are Rubin reserves which are nothing special in reserve league (4-3-5)

Ventspils solid team in Latvia, in mid of season while Rubin in pre season

Rijeka – ND Gorica 1st half Rijeka @ 1,95 bet365

Rijeka will be very strong this season, rich Italy businessman buyed them (Volpi, owns Pro Recco, Spezia..) and bring players: Knežević,Neretljak,Marić,Vannucci,Brezovec,Gabrić,Weitzer,Benko,Mutombo,Vranješ, Siva..Few days ago they beat russian club Tom Tomsk (2-0) and now play with Gorica which is much veaker than last season. Club left: Goran Galešić, William Franklin Vicente, Aris Zarifović, Boris Mijatović, Dalibor Stojanović, Andrej Komac, Rok Buzeti, Nebojša Kovačević and Danjel Rakušček

I expect rotations in 2nd half so i will take 1st half Rijeka

Maribor – Lokomotiv Moscow

Lokomotiv has new coach, ex Croatia National Team coach Slaven Bilic. He bring Vedran Corluka. He didnt have much time and i expect rotations to see ‘all’ players

Traeff – Skeid

Skeid have struggled greatly with injuries to several established players this season, and it will probably be a young squad that makes a new attempt to come to Molde on Wednesday evening.

Kuusysi – Mikkeli

field is 108 x 74m

Sporting Kristina – Narpes

The Narpes begins absence list be rather long. Alnes Salic is turned off after four yellow cards. Kevin Linton and Vladan Zlatkovic are long-term injuries. Marten Grandell also missing due to work trip while Jesper Prince has glandular fever. Mika Koskinen has been feverish for a long time and it is currently unclear, and he’s in the squad.