Saturday, 3 December 2011

UEFA Euro 2012 LIVE Draw, EPL News and Tomorrow's EPL Previews:


UEFA Euro 2012 LIVE Draw:

Group A:
Poland
Czech Republic
Russia
Greece

Group B:
Netherlands
Denmark
Germany
Portugal

Group C:
Spain
Italy
Republic of Ireland
Croatia

Group D:
Ukraine
Sweden
France
England

Interesting groups for the Euros... unfortunately there is only 16 teams which is short....
Group D is a fiesty one with Portugal, Germany and Netherlands.... three good teams but only two spaces for qualification into the Last 8...



EPL News:

Former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is on the brink of being appointed as the new Sunderland manager. The Northern Irishman met club owner Ellis Short in London on Thursday night. Wow.... Steve Bruce has been replaced in an instant.... which proves how quick the EPL is....

Tottenham's Harry Redknapp and Scott Parker have won Barclays awards for November.
Manager Harry Redknapp won Manager of the Month and Scott Parker won Player of the Month with exceptional performances throughout the month.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will not rule out a swoop for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. 
Chelsea and Tottenham are both rivals, they will not let him go on the cheap and he is ageing quickly.... Three years max.... I don't see this happening....

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has told City he could demand to leave the club in the next transfer window if he does not win back a first-team place. PSG here we come!


Fulham are leading the chase for Spain's all-time leading scorer Raul, whose contract at Schalke is up at the end of the season.



Newcastle United vs Chelsea: LIVE from 12:45pm


This match comes from St James Park as 4th placed Newcastle face 5th placed Chelsea in a big battle with only 2 points between them.
Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote will be missing as he has not shaking off a knee problem.
Winger Jonas Gutierrez is suspended after being sent-off last Saturday but striker Leon Best (groin) has returned to training and is available.
Chelsea will be without Josh McEachran who injured his left ankle during midweek against Liverpool.
Long-term knee injury victim Michael Essien is the Blues' only other absentee.
Chelsea will expect and hope to win as they will want to start a positive run of form in the EPL but it may be hard against a tough Newcastle defence.
Newcastle will feel that they can at least take a point, especially at home after the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last week and will look to Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa for creativity.


Blackburn Rovers vs Swansea City: LIVE from 15:00pm
This match comes from Ewood Park as strugglers Blackburn host middle table placed Swansea.
Striker Danny Graham is a major doubt for tomorrow's match as he is struggling with an Achilles injury he suffered last weekend. Leroy Lita is likely to replace him.
Right-back Angel Rangel is facing a month out after picking up an ankle problem so Wales Under-21 captain Jazz Richards is set for a first Premier League start.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean hopes to have defenders Christopher Samba, Martin Olsson and Michel Salgado back from hamstring problems and available again.
Forward Junior Hoilett is doubtful due to the virus which ruled him out in midweek in the Carling Cup while midfielder Steven Nzonzi serves the second game of his three-match suspension.
Blackburn will hope to get out of their poor run of form at home against fair opposition and Swansea will want at least a point to boost their morale and move up in the EPL table.


Manchester City vs Norwich City: LIVE from 15:00pm
This match comes from the Eithad Stadium as EPL leaders City face 10th placed Norwich City.
Manchester City are set to have a more regular line-up following their 1-0 win against Arsenal in the Carling Cup in midweek.
Striker Sergio Aguero played an important part of that match and could be rested with the Champions League match Bayern Munich next week in mind.
Defender Aleksandar Kolarov suffered a knock last week and will be asssessed while midfielder Gareth Barry and striker Mario Balotelli return from suspension.

Norwich defender Ritchie de Laet is doubtful with a back problem.
Centre-half Zak Whitbread may return to the squad following a hamstring injury although Dani Ayala is still recovering from a knee injury.
Defender Elliott Ward is unavailable as he is still recovering from a knee ligament problem suffered in pre-season and striker James Vaughan (knee) is still out.

City will want to keep their 5 point lead at the top of the table with a comfortable lead especially as they have a stronger squad. Norwich will want to grab a point away from home against tough opposition but it will be tough for them as Manchester City have a rock solid defence.QPR vs West Bromwich Albion: LIVE from 15:00pm
This match will come from Loftus Road as 11th placed QPR face 14th placed West Brom.
Midfielder Zoltan Gera will be sidelined for the rest of the season with a ruptured anterior ligament suffered against Tottenham last weekend. Simox Cox will be his immediate replacement. Shane Long is a doubt as he has yet to shake off a groin injury. Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie is ready to replace him.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is a doubt for QPR as he damaged his foot last week.
Third-choice goalkeeper Radnek Cerny looks set to start in goal for QPR after injuries to first choice duo Paddy Kenny (buttocks injury-gluteus maximus) and Brian Murphy (calf).
QPR skipper Joey Barton returns from suspension, but strikers Kieron Dyer and DJ Campbell (both foot) are out.

QPR will be hoping to win at home against West Brom who have a leaky defence and out of form strike partnership. They have a strong midfield with Barton and Faurlin and a good striking threat of Helguson, Taarabt and Bothroyd.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Bolton Wanderers: LIVE from 15:00pm
This match comes from White Hart Lane as inform Spurs face 18th placed Bolton.
Rafael van der Vaart has recovered from a hamstring injury and is available for Tottenham's match against Bolton.
Midfielder Sandro is struggling with a groin problem, but Roman Pavlyuchenko (knee) and Giovani Dos Santos (groin) are fit after recovering from their injuries.
Long-term absentees Michael Dawson (Achilles), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Niko Kranjcar (thigh) remain out.

Defender Dedryck Boyata (ankle) and striker David Ngog (knee) both return to Bolton's squad.
Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is a major doubt after injuring a hamstring last weekend while centre-back David Wheater is suspended after his sending-off against Everton.

Tottenham will want to bounce back from their 2-1 loss against PAOK Salonka in midweek and put pressure on Manchester United in 2nd place. They can do this with strikers Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and Van Der Vaart along with in-form midfielders Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Scott Parker.
Bolton will want to move out of the bottom three this weekend with a shock win against a Tottenham side that has only lost twice this season.

FACT: Bolton have conceded 31 goals this season so far.

Wigan Athletic vs Arsenal: LIVE from 15:00pm
This match will come from the DW Stadium as 19th placed Wigan host 7th placed Arsenal.
Arsenal will be without midfielders Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) against Wigan.
Striker Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) is also still out, along with defenders Carl Jenkinson (back) and Bacary Sagna (ankle).
Midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) and full-back Kieran Gibbs (hernia) are both long-term absentees.


Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has no fresh injury concerns.
Defender Emmerson Boyce has not reached full match fitness and fellow defender Antolin Alcaraz misses out again as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension for spitting at Wolves defender Richard Stearman.


Wigan will hope to scrape out a win at home with Franco Di Santo and Hugo Rodallega but it will not be easy for them against Arsenal's solid defence of Per Mertesacker, Alex Song and Thomas Vermaelen.
Arsenal will look to win to put pressure on Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle. They have an in-form striker and captain with the name of Robin Van Persie who has scored 17 goals this season. They also have dangerous attackers and midfielders including Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott, Gervinho.


Aston Villa vs Manchester United: LIVE from 17:30pm
This match comes from Villa Park in the evening kick-off as 8th placed Aston Villa face defending EPL champions United in 2nd place.
Striker Dimitar Berbatov will not feature for United against Aston Villa tomorrow as he picked up an ankle injury in midweek in the Carling Cup.
Brazilian defending twins Rafael and Fabio da Silva both picked up knocks against Palace and will miss out.
Young striker Danny Welbeck is a doubt with a muscle strain while Anderson (knee), Michael Owen (thigh) and Tom Cleverley (ankle) are longer-term absentees.
Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov is back.
The Bulgarian international missed Sunday's goalless draw at Swansea with a hamstring problem but has resumed training.
Fellow midfielder Stephen Ireland is also in contention after missing the trip to Wales with a foot injury suffered in training. Defender Eric Lichaj (hip) remains the only long-term casualty.

Manchester United will want to win as they want to keep the pressure on rivals City in 1st place and Villa will hope for at least a point so they can stay in the top half of the table. They have attackers, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Darren Bent, Marc Albrighton and Charles N'Zogbia who can pose a real threat to United's defence.

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See you tomorrow.