• PREMIER LEAGUE  

 Arsenal – Newcastle  

pick: 1 / -1AH (probably -1,5) / and i would take over 2,5

Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky have recovered from illness and are in contention to feature for Arsenal against Newcastle on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has revealed.

The Problems Mount Up For Newcastle – Now Williamson Out 

More Bad News For Newcastle On Injury Front link

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Aston Villa 

Paul Lambert admits his considerable injury list is frustrating heading into the Wigan clash.

Lambert could be without nine senior players on Saturday, with the treatment rooms filling up these past few weeks.

Ron Vlaar [calf], Gabby Agbonlahor [hip], Darren Bent [hamstring], Charles N’Zogbia [knee], Richard Dunne [groin], Andreas Weimann [calf], Gary Gardner [knee] and Nathan Baker [hamstring] are all set to miss the Latics game.

Fabian Delph will be absent through suspension, after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Tottenham on Boxing Day.

Manchester United without Rooney (14/7)

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Swansea will miss topscorer Michu (att 19/13)

  • OTHER LEAGUES  

Cheltenham – Bristol Rovers  

(no bet for me because of suspicious h2h)

Injury problems mount for Ward on his Whaddon Road return

Ward is without long-term injury absentee goalkeeper Scott Bevan (wrist), club captain Matt Gill (knee) and last season’s top scorer Matt Harrold (knee).

Defender Adam Virgo and midfielder Matt Lund are also out, while forward David Clarkson picked up an ankle injury at Aldershot and will also miss the short trip up the M5.

That is likely to mean a recall for Oliver Norburn in an attacking midfield role ahead of the deeper Seanan Clucas and Tom Parkes.

Joe Anyinsah and Fabian Broghammer will be on the flanks, supplying lone front man Tom Eaves, who will return to parent club Bolton Wanderers after tomorrow’s match.

Chelsea loanee Sam Walker will line up in goal, behind a back four of Michael Smith, Cian Bolger, acting skipper Garry Kenneth and left-back Lee Brown.

Irishman Bolger, on loan from Leicester City, made his comeback from an injury against Aldershot giving Ward a welcome defensive boost. more

Guiseley – Colwyn Bay  – Off due to waterlogged pitch.

 

pick: -1,5 ah guiseley @ 1,94 @ 188bet

big quality difference on home side, in great form (9-1-1), strong at home and away team in problems.

Injury crisis for Guiseley trip  Continue reading

Newcastle United – Manchester City

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Vukovar – Rijeka 2 @ 2,1 bwin 1-3

vukovar was with just 6 players before few days in osijek, not have roster, 52-old men playing..

St Johnstone – Hearts

St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas will ask David McCracken if he is ready to return early from his fractured cheekbone against Hearts as Saints face an injury crisis in defence.

Defenders Steven Anderson, Frazer Wright and skipper Dave Mackay are out suspended while midfielder Chris Millar is also banned after being red carded in the 1-1 draw against St Mirren last week.

McCracken had to have surgery after picking up the injury when he clashed heads with Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama during the 1-1 draw at Parkhead on November 11. Craig Beattie, Jamie Adams and David Robertson are all injured.

Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson is unlikely to travel St Johnstone and faces a meeting over his future on Monday after his refusal to participate against Aberdeen.

Medhi Taouil (groin) is out of the trip to Perth, joining Danny Grainger (knee), Jason Holt (ankle) and Jamie Hamill (knee) in being absent.

Arvydas Novikovas (ankle) could return after missing the Dons win, Dylan McGowan is available again following a hip problem, while Ryan Stevenson is fit after coming off at half-time against Aberdeen following a head knock.

Lazio – Inter

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Chernomorets Burgas – Lok. Sofia

SOFIA (Reuters) – Police arrested six players from Bulgarian first division club Chernomorets Burgas and five from their city rivals Neftochimik on Thursday for questioning in an investigation into alleged match-fixing.

“I can confirm that 11 players were arrested for match-fixing,” a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said. “All of them are Bulgarians.”

She said that the initial investigation was triggered two months ago by signals of illegal betting but refused to reveal more details.

Local media reported that Chernomorets’s Rumen Trifonov and his team mate Preslav Yordanov were taken in handcuffs from the police station in Burgas and driven to an undisclosed destination.

Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that four of the footballers would probably be charged.

“Our coach Dimitar Dimitrov told me that a few players had been arrested,” Chernomorets owner Mitko Sabev said. “We’re sure that they didn’t manipulate Chernomorets games.”

Neftochimik coach Dimcho Nenov said he was not aware that any players had been questioned and confirmed that all players took part in Thursday’s training session.

Chernomorets are sixth in the Bulgarian league with 27 points from 15 games. Neftochimik are top in the second division with 28 points from 13 matches.

Media reports of widespread match-fixing and corruption have been rife in the Balkan county for years but no one has been brought to trial and the European Commission has criticised the authorities for doing little to fight the problem.

In September, Bulgaria’s prosecutor opened an investigation into claims of match-fixing in four domestic games this season.

The first documented manipulated game in Bulgaria took place in 1949, when Levski Sofia and city neighbours Akademik drew 1-1 in order that CSKA, Levski’s bitter rivals, would be relegated to the second division.

Bayer Leverkusen – Hamburger SV

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