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Saints looking at McFadden
September 29, 2014 (21:15) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
St Johnstone could turn to James McFadden to solve their striker shortage after the former Scotland forward joined them for training. More...
Carragher questions Mignolet
September 29, 2014 (21:10) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool may need to look for another goalkeeper if Simon Mignolet fails to improve. More...
Benteke scores on comeback
September 29, 2014 (21:05) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke made a scoring comeback on Monday following nearly six months out injured. More...
Premier League: Cristian Benteke scores on comeback in Aston Villa U21 match
September 29, 2014 (21:05) [ Indexed from TEAMtalk ]
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke made a scoring comeback on Monday following nearly six months out injured. More...
Premier League: Benteke scores on comeback after lengthy lay-off
September 29, 2014 (21:00) [ Indexed from TEAMtalk ]
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke made a scoring comeback on Monday following nearly six months out injured. More...
Benteke scores on comeback
September 29, 2014 (20:50) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke made a scoring comeback on Monday following nearly six months out injured. More...
Malmo v Olympiacos: Roberto insists no hangover for visitors
September 29, 2014 (20:50) [ Indexed from Soccerway.com ]
Roberto is confident Olympiacos will have no hangover from their weekend loss to Atromitos as they visit Malmo in the UEFA Champions League. More...
Roma vs Manchester City: Champions League Match Preview
September 29, 2014 (20:45) [ Indexed from Roma Blog ]
England has not been historically kind to Roma, so in their first test against Manchester City, can Roma make waves in Group E? This is it, the big one, the one we've been anticipating/dreading since the Champions League draw, Roma's first ever trip to the City of Manchester Stadium, where England's reigning champions await Rudi Garcia and the Giallorossi. Had this matchup occurred ten years ago, it'd be gravy, City was a mere afterthought on the English landscape, but, just in case you hadn't noticed, the Citizens are now wet with oil revenue. And with five trophies in the past three seasons, we can safely call it money well spent. Roma v.Manchester City:September 30 20:45 CET, 14:45 EDT City of Manchester Stadium Manchester, England Through six weeks of Premiership play, Manuel Pelligrini's side is in the thick of the hunt, five points behind table toppers Chelsea, so they may very well add to that title haul. As we've so often seen, in a matchup with no precedent, sometimes simple bounces and twists of fate matter more than tactics, so we're about to find out if Roma's momentum can survive the trip to Manchester. Polling the Citizenry There's no way, nor is there really a need, to sugar coat this. Manchester City is absolutely stacked with world class players at nearly every position. Led by Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic, Eden Dzeko and English legend come short term loanee, Frank Lampard, City has scored 12 times in league play while conceding only seven, both top three marks in the Premiership. Overall, Pelligrini's side is a top three to five team in nearly every major statistical category in league play. So, if you're looking for any cracks in their armor, keep searching, you won't find any; Sheikh Mansour has built a nearly unstoppable footballing machine. But how exactly does this machine work, you ask? Pelligrini has run out a variety of formations this year, but has generally relied upon a variant of the base 4-4-2, often times shifting it ever so slightly into a 4-4-1-1, using Jovetic as an otherworldly second striker with Dzeko serving as the nominal center forward. And...umm...yeah, they're only supported by Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, Fernando, David Silva and Jesus Navas, among others. So, you know, no big deal. City's absurd collection of talent produced an equally absurd +65 goal differential in the Premiership last season and has outscored their opponents this month 14 to 6. Taking even a single point tomorrow will require a herculean effort from Garcia's men, particularly with the amount of walking wounded still among their horde. Strangers in a Foreign Land To say that Roma have struggled on English soil would be putting in kindly. In 14 trips to the land of fish and chips, Roma has managed only one victory. Not one in the past three years, or one in Manchester. One. Total--a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the 2000-2001 UEFA Cup fourth round, which they still lost on aggregate anyway. With such an impressive array of attacking talent, particularly when they're so adept at moving, switching places, and picking defenses apart through the middle of the park, Roma's still congealing defense will be pushed to the limit by Manchester City. While we don't know exactly which formation Pelligrini will opt for, to say nothing of who he'll actually start, Roma's fullbacks will be under extreme duress dealing with Navas, Silva and James Millner, so we'll have to hope that Ashely Cole's familiarity with those names is enough to make up for his slow start to the season. There is some good news, however, the possible return of Daniele De Rossi. DDR, fresh off a suspension three years in the making, should give Roma the extra shot of grinta they'll need to disrupt City's attacking midfielders. Look for DDR and Radja Nainggolan to spend most of their energy holding Toure, Silva, and Milner et. al in check, hopefully carving out enough space for Miralem Pjanic and Francesco Totti to create a little havoc of their own. But, if De Rossi isn't able to overcome his calf injury, we're still in luck, as Seydou Keita is perhaps Roma's most in form midfielder at the moment and should provide a much needed calming influence in a hostile atmosphere. But, as we mentioned over the weekend, the key figure here is Gervinho. We quite rightly laud Roma for their ability to dominate the transition game, thanks in large part to Gervinho's pace, but they've yet to actually score on the counter this season. Something tells me, however, that they'll need to capitalize on that talent tomorrow evening. City is just too good in possession and their passing is so succinct and incisive, Roma won't be able to toy with them like they do with the Verona's of the world. So if Roma stand any chance at catching Manchester City off guard, you can bet your bottom dollar that Gervinho will be involved at some point. However, with the possible returns of De Rossi and Juan Iturbe, coupled with Seydou Keita's impressive form, Roma does have enough disruptive power to unchain City's attack, while Francesco Totti, Gervino and Iturbe are more than capable of changing this match in mere seconds. This is what you get when you mess with the Champions League; titanic, well-heeled clubs who love nothing more than to crush pretenders to the crown. However, from a pure fan perspective, this match is absolutely scintillating and dripping with talent. As Roma fans, though, we have to hope that the one area in which Roma is superior to City, the transition game, proves to be the deciding factor tomorrow evening. Even if it isn't and Roma can escape with one point, they'll be sitting pretty in Group E ahead of Matchday Three. More...
Shakhtar welcome European distraction
September 29, 2014 (20:40) [ Indexed from BBC Sport ]
Shakhtar Donetsk play their first home Champions League game of the season on Tuesday, 600 miles from home due to the conflict in Ukraine. More...
Manchester City v Roma, Champions League: team news and match preview
September 29, 2014 (20:40) [ Indexed from Telegraph.co.uk ]
Match preview and team news of the Champions League, Group E game between Manchester City and Roma at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, kick-off 19.45 (BST) More...
Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea, Champions League: team news and match preview
September 29, 2014 (20:40) [ Indexed from Telegraph.co.uk ]
Match preview and team news of the Champions League, Group E game between Manchester City and Roma at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday September 30, 2014, kick-off 19.45 (BST) More...
BATE Borisov v Athletic Bilbao preview
September 29, 2014 (20:35) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
BATE Borisov manager Aleksandr Yermakovich has set his sights on making amends for his side's Champions League thrashing at the hands of Porto. More...
Championship Preview: McKinlay in at Watford, Norwich host unbeaten Charlton
September 29, 2014 (20:25) [ Indexed from Soccerway.com ]
Watford will play under a third different head coach of the season when Billy McKinlay leads them against Brentford on Tuesday. More...
MNF: Stoke v Newcastle - live updates
September 29, 2014 (20:15) [ Indexed from TEAMtalk ]
Follow Monday's football via TEAMtalk's Live Centre, as Stoke host Newcastle in the Premier League & Rangers face Hibs in the Scottish Champ. More...
AUDIO: McKinlay 'shocked' by Garcia exit
September 29, 2014 (20:10) [ Indexed from BBC Sport ]
New Watford boss Billy McKinlay tells BBC Three Counties Radio that he was "100% shocked" by Oscar Garcia's decision to quit the club after suffering poor health. More...
Blackpool make double swoop
September 29, 2014 (20:00) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
Blackpool have brought in two much-needed reinforcements with the capture of Andre Blackman and Formose Mendy on free transfers. More...
Chiellini retains Juve desire
September 29, 2014 (20:00) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has underlined his wish to end his playing career with the Bianconeri. More...
Luis Enrique expecting stern PSG test
September 29, 2014 (19:55) [ Indexed from Soccerway.com ]
Luis Enrique feels his Barcelona team will need to be at their peak to continue their impressive start to the season at Paris Saint-Germain. More...
Apoel Nicosia v Ajax preview
September 29, 2014 (19:50) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
Ajax boss Frank de Boer has warned his side Apoel Nicosia will prove tough opponents in Tuesday's Champions League clash in Nicosia. More...
Goals! - 29th September
September 29, 2014 (19:50) [ Indexed from Sky Sports ]
We bring you some of our favourite goals from the last week of football from around the world. More...

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