Previews

Saturday, 4 October 2014

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The champions have drawn four of their last six top-flight matches, while Leonardo Jardim's side have been in wretched form away from the bright lights of the Champions League

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The Red Devils have endured a stuttering start to the season, winning just two of their opening six games, and face a tricky test when they host Roberto Martinez's men

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The Portuguese Ballon d'Or continues to struggle with an Achilles problem and could miss out as Carlo Ancelotti's side prepare to face a side in woeful form at the Bernabeu

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Concerns over Rodrigo Palacio, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Mauro Icardi leave Sunday's trip to Stadio Artemio Franchi an especially tough one for the Nerazzurri

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The Hammers are looking to bounce back after last weekend's defeat at Manchester United, while the visitors are without a win in the league since August 30

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The Gunners boss is keen to "put right" last season's 6-0 defeat, while Jose Mourinho has played down his unbeaten record against the Frenchman

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Ronald Koeman's side have soared to second in the early stages of the new Premier League season and the Argentine admits that it will be "emotional" when they visit north London

Friday, 3 October 2014

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Alan Pardew's position at St James' Park has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks after a string of poor results and the club are keen to register their maiden victory

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Last year's Championship winners have already secured some memorable results in the top flight but Sean Dyche's side visit the King Power Stadium still chasing their first win

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The Bavarian giants have not been clinical so far this term and the captain hopes they can regain the form which saw them march to the title in record time last season

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The Rossoneri have conceded more goals than any other Serie A team after five weeks and the striker believes they must "improve as a team" if they are to climb up the table

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The goalkeeper believes the Liga holders pose a severe threat at set-pieces and has stressed that his side must be perfect when they come up against them

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Before Saturday's Premier League encounter, the two sides met in the League Cup on September 23 and the Potters boss may field some of the same players who won that night

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BVB were beaten 2-1 by their fierce rivals in the Revierderby and are looking to recover from the defeat with a win over Josef Zinnbauer's struggling side

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Barca remain unbeaten in the league but have a hard task in coming up against a side which defeated Athletic Bilbao and Levante in the last two games

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Reds manager Brendan Rodgers says that the departure of Luis Suarez continues to disrupt his side after they went a month of Premier League action without a victory

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The Villans boss is keen to call on the recovering Belgian as he attempts to spring an upset on the reigning Premier League champions, who arrive only one point ahead of the hosts

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The Eagles' improvement since the 65-year-old returned to Selhurst Park has been in marked contrast to the Tigers' recent struggles but the hosts intend to take the game seriously

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

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A 4-1 home defeat at the weekend leaves the Nerazzurri desperate to return to winning ways in the Europa League

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Roberto Martinez will be without Kevin Mirallas with a hamstring injury while Seamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin and Steven Pienaar are still unavailable as the squad battle illness