Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

December 22, 2006

No Real Return For Woodgate, Say Boro

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The News Review:

* Prem Preview: Chelsea–Wigan Athletic
* Prem Preview: Newcastle United-Tottenham Hotspur
* Prem Preview: Arsenal-Blackburn Rovers
* No Real Return For Woodgate, Say Boro
* Prem Preview: Reading-Everton
* United’s Dong In Top Form
* Serie A Preview: Catania-Sampdoria
* Serie A Preview: Parma-Lazio
* Serie A Preview: Inter-Atalanta
* Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific

Prem Preview: Chelsea–Wigan Athletic – Dec 22, 2006
Wigan went on to have a really good season and prove all their critics who said they were bound to go back down wrong. This season is much different though. Yes they are not fighting for their Premiership lives but they are just not playing good football. Consistency in performances is something they have lacked this season, something they will miss Chimbonda providing. FORM GUIDE
ChelseaDec 5 v Levski Sofia (H) WON 2-0 (CL)Dec 10 v Arsenal (H) DREW 1-1 (Prem)Dec 13 v Newcastle (H) WON 1-0 (Prem)Dec 17 v Everton (A) WON 3-2 (Prem)Dec 20 v Newcastle (A) WON 1-0 (CC)
WiganDec 2 v Liverpool (H) LOST 0-4 (Prem)Dec 6 v West Ham (A) WON 2-0 (Prem)Dec 9 v Middlesbrough (A) DREW 1-1 (Prem)Dec 13 v Arsenal (H) LOST 0-1 (Prem)Dec 16 v Sheff Utd (H) LOST 0-1 (Prem)
Chelsea: Injured skipper, John Terry is highly doubtful and is set to miss his third game on the trot. This should mean another chance for Khalid “the cannibal” Boulahrouz to prove his worth at the heart of the defence. Hilario should continue at goal as Cudicini is still out with his muscle injury, and Cech is still far from ready to return in goal.

Prem Preview: Newcastle United-Tottenham Hotspur – Dec 22, 2006
But ever since the 0-1 loss to Sheffield United – which touched off fans unrest calling for chairman Freddy Shepherd’s head – Newcastle have looked a diferent proposition. Though it clearly hasn’t helped that at any stage of the season they seem to have at least half a dozen players or more on the injury table, Newcastle’s players have coped well with it and produced the results. Though they still lie at a not-so-distinguishable 13 place in the league, the Magpies are only 8 points away from a top four spot. They’ll be intending to move further up the table and their minimum target will be to reach a place which guarantees European football next season – which is 7th, and the place Tottenham lie in at the moment. Things Are Falling In Place
Tottenham promised much after last season’s exploits. Pundits said that they looked all set to move further up a notch from their 5th place finish – to the lucrative Champions League places. Indeed, Tottenham looked the part.

Prem Preview: Arsenal-Blackburn Rovers – Dec 22, 2006
They are also on a run of unbeaten in 4 without Henry. In fact the French maestro last appeared in their last defeat. Coincidence? Who knows , but they are adapting well , but I am sure Wenger will not make the same mistake as last week and start without the man in form: Adebayour. Aliadiere didn’t look comfortable to me against a quite physical defence , which is what they will face here. Walcott again showed his talent and brilliant potential out wide with 2 quality assists and even though he had Freddie’s injury to thank for the opportunity, I hope he is given the start this time. Van Persie was his usual dangerous self, with great vision and touch around the 18yd box. He still strikes me as one who tries too hard , rather than just letting it flow , and with Henry’s absence it may be that he sees this as a big chance to make his mark on all proceedings.

No Real Return For Woodgate, Say Boro – Dec 22, 2006
He signed for us on a season-long loan and that is it. “He is enjoying his football with us, we are delighted with what he has been doing and obviously we are hoping we can take the deal beyond this season. “But there has never been any suggestion he would not be here for the remainder of the season. “You need experience and you need quality, and he has both of those attributes. “He has had a big impact on the team and on the club since he has been here and we missed his experience and his quality the other night at Fulham, no question.

Prem Preview: Reading-Everton – Dec 22, 2006
Reading have been good at home this season, apart from the Blackburn loss, they have only lost to Arsenal and Chelsea. Everton haven’t scored in three of their last four away games. Everton have good patches but are not known for consistency, I doubt a back to back win will occur here.

United’s Dong In Top Form – Dec 22, 2006
“Probably in the last six months he has come on better and better. He is a great talent who never misses a chance and has terrific pace, can head and shoot. “He’s an explosive striker in terms of the fact that you might not see him in a game for 20,30 minutes and then completely out of nothing he will do something special and score a goal. “He certainly knows how to score goals.

Serie A Preview: Catania-Sampdoria – Dec 22, 2006
However, the Sicilian club have the added advantage of having a game in hand against Empoli, but this will count to nothing if they fail to win points against the Doriani. Catania have done extremely well in recent weeks, winning all their direct clashes against teams of their own level (including Udinese) and losing against teams who on paper are too much stronger than they are (Milan and Roma). The fans must surely be enjoying their long-awaited return to Serie A, and European qualification would definitely be an unexpected reward for this team. Excellent FormSampdoria started out their league campaign on a bad note, with negative results being at the order of the day.

Serie A Preview: Parma-Lazio – Dec 22, 2006
Probable Formation: Bucci, Ferronetti, Paci, Contini, Castellini, Dessena, Cigarini, Grella, Muslimovic, Gasbarroni, BudanLazioNo injury worries for Rossi, but Mudingayi and Cribari are both suspended. Probable Formation: Peruzzi, Oddo, Siviglia, Stendardo, Zauri, Mudingayi, Ledesma, Mutarelli, Mauri, Rocchi, PandevPLAYERS TO WATCHBudan (Parma)Has been in tremendous form, but in recent weeks the finishing has not always been up to par. Still, he’s the Gialloblu most dangerous player and Parma will have to take full advantage of his capabilities. Rocchi (Lazio)His absence against Inter was a very big one, as Makinwa was unable to substitute properly the former Empoli player and in attack things did not go too well. PREDICTIONParma seem to be subscribed to draws lately and against Lazio, who are still under shock following their defeat against Inter, the X looks like the most outcome between these two fallen giants. Parma 1 – 1 Lazio.

Serie A Preview: Inter-Atalanta – Dec 22, 2006
One of the finest, most complete strikers in Europe. Nicola Ventola (Atalanta)
After scoring against Milan, he “promised” to score also against Inter later in the season, as he has played for them from 2001 to 2004. He did not make many appearences during that time as he was frequently injured or overshadowed by stars like Vieri, Ronaldo, and – yes – Crespo. PREDICTION
The absence of fundamental players like Ibrahimovic and Materazzi might make it tougher than usual for Inter, but they should win out at the end as usual. Inter-Atalanta 2-1
Danilo Pochini.

Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific – Dec 22, 2006
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