Manchester United – Real Madrid
Olympiacos – Arsenal
Paris Saint-Germain – FC Porto
Montpellier HSC – Schalke 04
Montepellier probably will rotate some players
In goal the coach faces a major headache as Geoffrey Jourdren continues to be troubled with muscular issues in his stomach, while Laurent Pionnier missed out at the weekend with a minor problem that renders him a doubt for this clash. Jonathan Ligali from the youth side is in line to start instead.
Malaga – Anderlecht
AC Milan – Zenit St-Petersburg
Unavailable: Didac Vila, Adrià Carmona Perez, Ignazio Abate, Sulley Ali Muntari, Daniele Bonera, Alexandre Pato, Luca Antonini, Bakaye Traore, Mbaye Niang, Rodney Strasser
Rested: Kevin Constant, Riccardo Montolivo
Suspended: Vladimir Bystrov
Unavailable: Domenico Criscito, Renat Yanbaev, Aleksandar Lukovic, Alexandr Bukharov, Danko Lazovic, Yuri Zhevnov, Alexandr Kerzhakov
Doubtful: Aleksandr Anyukov, Viktor Fayzulin
Denmark » AL-Bank Ligaen » EfB Ishockey – Copenhagen 1
Copenhagen worst team and they have problems today:
At Copenhagen Hockey we look forward to Tuesday’s away game in Esbjerg, and towards the showdown has squad big challenges especially on the back side.
Marco Illemann and Christopher Lindhøj is both the U20 national team in Germany as a prelude to next week’s B-vm. Furthermore, Magnus Povlsen been sick and Anton Tough expected not ready after his injury. This means that the already slim squad has been reduced to four backer, including Mads Carlsen who has only played a few matches this year. In addition, also Matthias Asperup away with U20 national team, making it a somewhat depleted squad to fight through rain and sleet to Esbjerg.
There are several other teams also do without U20 players for the World Cup, but for a team like Copenhagen makes it extra painful, because in the case of players who all have full-time in the league.
In addition, there are a few players who have been running around with minor injuries, so there is a serious risk that we can not put up with three full chains, which of course will make a difficult task even harder.
Hockey » Switzerland » NLA » Kloten – Tigers 1
Kloten has much nmore quality, they won them in last 9 games. Important missing s are Du Bois and Von Gunten but it should be not problem if you look Tigers missings: Ennis, Alessandro Moggi, Popovic, Spurgeon, Brunner, Tom Gerber – important their players + both NHL stars
Hockey » Switzerland » NLB » Sierre-Anniviers – GCK Lions 2
Sierre in big fianncial problems so probably they will not even finish this competition. Youngsters stayed in club, they have also some players injured (Cormier (20gp, 3g, 10ass), Furrer (10gp, 4g, 0ass), Baruchet (16gp, 2g, 1 ass). Lions finaly wake up and won 4 of last 5 games (two of last 6 loose on extra time). they also bring hreat Alexandre Tremblay (come from Visp where had 27 team points in 25 games, 15g, 14 ass), here debute on last game and scored a goal and made assist in his first game
Handball, European Championship Women » Croatia W – Hungary W 2
Croatia much weeker than usual, 8 players are not here (injuries and fight with coach). They are important players and Hungary will have 5000 their fans. Other fans will support Hungary also (every team who play against croatia). Hungary has solid squad and should won this easy
Sevilla – Real Betis
København – Midtjylland 1
Best team vs mid-table team, best home team vs worst away team. Fc without goalie Wiland (11/0) but Christensen (5/0) recived just 2 goals just in Euro game vs Stuttgart. Bolanos (mf 13/1) is also out. Middtjylland without Afryie (df 9/0), Olsen (mf 14/1) and Sly (att 13/4)
Fyn – Viborg 2
Best player Rasmussen (mf 15/5) and Kongsted (mf 8/0) are suspended, Jatta (mf 5/0), Knudsen (mf 13/1) and Larsen (att 8/2) are injured. They loose last 5, didnt win last 8. Viborg is fightng for title, just is Sarr (,f 11/4) out. Thomas Dalgaard is in great form (17/17)
Mirandés – Real Madrid B
Real have today back tree important players, Jese (att 11/6), Cheryshev (aatt 10/4) and Casado (df 12/1)
CD Numancia – UD Almería
Numancia out: Nieto (mf 10/2) and Del Pino (mf 12/1). Juanma (df 11/1) is back
Almeria without: Fernandez (df 10/2), Soriano (mf 13/4), Corona (md 10/0) and Charles (att 12/6). Ulloa (att 12/4) is back
Anzhi Makhachkala – Rostov 1
Striker Smolov is new missing in Anzhi but there are Samuel Eto’o (7 goals) and Lacina Traore (8 goals). They invest lot in team and they must beat opponents like Rostov. In Rostov Croatia goalkeeper Pletikosa is best player, he is best league keeper if you look just first half but when come 2nd half, team stop to play (maybe good for live bet if Anzhi not lead in first half). Gatcan (mf 15/0) and Kirichenko (att 9/2) are suspended for them and Sinama-Pongolle (att 8/1) is injured..
Scotland, Inverness – Motherwell
While is Inverness in great form (4-2-0) Motherwell won just once in last 7 games.
Motherwell’s preparations for the trip north have been hit by illness, with several players suffering from flu. link
Bolivia, La Paz – The Strongest
Both from La Paz
It was Barcelona who won the first El Clasico of the season as they recorded a 3-2 win in the Super Cup first leg at Camp Nou, but the goal Angel Di Maria scored in the dying moments of the match can give los Blancos reason for optimism before the return leg.
It’s been a while since Real Madrid last failed to win any of their first three games, and during pre-season nothing could suggest such a scenario.
If we disregard the 5-2 defeat to Benfica, los Blancos were pretty convincing in all other pre-season friendlies and they were certainly expected to start the league campaign with a bang.
However, Real Madrid could only muster a goalless draw against Valencia in the season opener, while they had to settle for a 3-2 defeat to Barcelona in the Super Cup first leg despite taking the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo.
To make matters worse, los Merengues were beaten by Getafe at the weekend, so they clearly face a mountain to climb in the Super Cup return leg.
New signing Luka Modric could be in contention, while Pepe is set to start after recovering from a concussion.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Casillas – Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao – Alonso, Khedira – Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo – Higuain.
Unlike their fierce rivals, Barcelona have enjoyed a bright start to the season, and their five-point advantage over Real in La Liga is likely to put an extra pressure on their opponents.
The Catalans needed some time to hit the ground running in the Super Cup first leg and they even allowed Real to take the lead, but three quick second-half goalsproved enough for the win.
Victor Valdes’ mistake gave los Blancos a lifeline before the match at Santiago Bernabeu..
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol could be in contention for this high-profile match despite fracturing his cheekbone at the weekend, while David Villa will probably have to wait for his chance on the bench.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Valdes – Dabi Alves, Pique, Puyol, Jordi Alba – Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta – Pedro, Messi, Sanchez.
The Arsenal striker finally gets his wish as he looks set to join Wayne Rooney and Co. at Old Trafford
Arsenal has confirmed that terms have been agreed with Premier League rival Manchester United for Dutch striker Robin Van Persie.
Last season’s top goalscorer fired an incredible 30 goals in the top-flight last season and will travel to Manchester on Thursday to agree personal terms and complete a medical ahead of the proposed move.
“Arsenal Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Robin van Persie to Manchester United,” the team said in a statement.
Van Persie, who has expressed his desire to leave the Emirates Stadium, looks set to sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford for a fee approaching 30 million euros, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
The Netherlands international is likely to spearhead a formidable attack for the Red Devils, as Wayne Rooney finished behind the 29-year-old with 27 strikes last season. The Red Devils also have youngsters Danny Welbeck and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez up front.
Sir Alex Ferguson has finally got his marquee signing of the summer, beating neighbor Manchester City and Italian giant Juventus to the signature of the wantaway hitman after the acquisition of Crewe youngster Nick Powell and Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa.
A breakthrough has finally been reached as the Liga champions aim to complete a deal for the Spurs midfielder
Luka Modric is poised to fly to Spain on Thursday to finalize a deal worth 30 million pounds to move from Tottenham to Real Madrid.
The Croatian will jet into the Spanish capital after appearing for Croatia in its friendly against Switzerland on Wednesday night.
Sources have told Goal.com that Real has agreed a fee worth 30 million pounds with Spurs for Modric to finally bring an end to the long-running transfer saga.
Modric is expected to have a medical with the Spanish champions in the next 48 hours before putting pen to paper on a deal.
The 26-year-old has been in limbo since demanding a transfer to Real earlier in the summer.
He failed to report on time for pre-season training and refused to go on the north Londoners’ preseason tour to the United States.
This came 12 months after he asked for a move from White Hart Lane to Chelsea, which Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refused to sanction despite a £40m bid from the European champions days before the end of the August 2011 window.
The Athletic Bilbao midfielder has long been linked with a move away from San Mames, and will become the most expensive signing in the history of the Bundesliga.
Javi Martinez is set to complete a 40 million euro move to Bayern Munich, Goal.com can confirm.
The Spain international has long been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena, with the Bavarians looking to bolster their midfield options ahead of the start of the new season.
The transfer was triggered after Bayern activated a 40 million euro buy-out clause in Martinez’s contract, despite Die Roten apparently being reluctant to meet the fee – a German transfer record.
It appears that Martinez was keen on the move being finalized however, as under the terms of the deal he will allegedly give up two million euros of his annual salary.
The versatile 23 year-old, who can play either as a central midfielder or defender, will sign a five-year contract, meaning he stands to lose 10 million euros overall.
Bayern has already added Claudio Pizarro, Mario Mandzukic and Xherdan Shaqiri to its ranks this summer, as it looks to wrestle the Bundesliga title from Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern was also hoping to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfieler Lars Bender during the summer transfer window, only for both player and club to rebuff its advances.