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Bundesliga Result 09/28/2012

 

Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-2 Schalke… Schahin 2 // Huntelaar, Matip

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Match Preview: Inter vs Fiorentina

Inter will look to follow up their Wednesday night victory over Chievo by securing their first home win of the season.  Following their shock defeat to Siena, Andrea Stramaccioni altered his team’s formation, opting to field a three-man central defence en route to a 2-0 victory. Buoyed by this success, he will now deploy it against a more accomplished outfit.

Stramaccioni is unlikely to rotate his team and although the absence of Wesley Sneijder will undoubtedly be a huge blow, they have Antonio Cassano, who scored as a substitute against the Flying Donkeys, to partner Diego Milito upfront.

McDonald Mariga, Dejan Stankovic and Rodrigo Palacio are unavailable due to injury, although Christian Chivu is fit again, having just failed to recover in time for the Nerazzurri’sprevious fixture.  In last season’s corresponding fixture, Inter beat Fiorentina 2-0. Antonio Cassano leads Inter’s scoring charts with 3 goals in 5 appearances. With two of these appearances coming from the bench, resulting in an average of a goal every 97 minutes.

After a highly accomplished performance against Juventus, the Viola will look to cause trouble for another of Serie A’s giants. So impressive were Vincenzo Montella’s side against the reigning champions that a draw could be seen as two points lost rather than one gained.

On the back of this performance – and with Alberto Aquilani and Mounir El Hamdaoui still unavailable due to injury – the Italian coach will name an unchanged side as he looks to gain all three points against an Inter team which has been anything but convincing at home.

Fiorentina currently lie sixth in Serie A, having only lost once this season. Of Fiorentina’s 26 senior players, 17 of them only joined the club this summer.

 

 

Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Deportivo

Real Madrid have a fully fit squad for Sunday’s Primera Division encounter with Deportivo La Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Left-back Fabio Coentrao is available after completing his four-match ban and may start, while out-of-favour midfielder Kaka could feature after netting a hat-trick against Millonarios in the Santiago Bernabeu trophy on Wednesday. Real Madrid are on a 14-match unbeaten run at home in La Liga. The Castilian side are languishing in seventh place in the Primera Division, just one point above Deportivo La Coruna.

 

Deportivo boss Jose Luis Oltra has no fresh injury concerns, with defender Aythami expected to start despite suffering an injury scare in training.

On-loan striker Nelson Oliveira may make his first start for the club in place of Riki, who has been hampered by a nasal fracture. Deportivo La Coruna are on a four-match winless run in La Liga (D3, L1). Deportivo’s last victory at the Bernabeu was a 1-0 success in October 2004.

Match Preview: Norwich vs Liverpool

Liverpool are going to be without Daniel Agger (knee), Fabio Borini (foot), Joe Cole (hamstring), Martin Kelly (knee) and Lucas (thigh), whilst Jonjo Shelvey is suspended after being sent off in the defeat by Manchester United last Sunday. Only Norwich (3.6 per cent) have a worse chance conversion rate than Liverpool (6%). Liverpool have failed to win any of their opening five league games for the first time since the 1911-12 season. Luis Suarez (pictured, right) has managed to hit 27 of his Premier League shots off target – 52 per cent of them. Liverpool continue to look for their first clean sheet in the Premier League this season. They have scored only once away this season – Suarez’s strike against Sunderland earning them a point. Liverpool have earned just 20 points from 24 Premier League games in 2012.

Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong lasted just eight minutes of the fixture against Newcastle, pulling up with a tight hamstring and will be assessed closer to the game, but Simon Lappin, Steve Whittaker and Harry Kane (all ankle) remain sidelined.

Manager Chris Hughton brought Elliott Bennett back to the fold in the League Cup game midweek after a long lay-off and he could force his way back into the side. Norwich picked up their first yellow card of the season in their previous Premier League fixture, the first in over 447 minutes of play. Chris Hughton’s side ran a collective 66.64 miles in their game against Newcastle, which is the biggest distance covered by a team in a single game this season.

Match Preview: Dortmund vs Mochengladbach

The big news from Borussia Dortmund’s perspective ahead of Saturday’s clash is that Marco Reus will be forced to start on the bench as his old club visit Signal Iduna Park.

His absence will allow Mario Gotze to step into the No.10 role, with Jakub ‘Kuba’ Blaszczykowski and Kevin Grosskreutz either side of him, with Ivan Perisic also dropping to the bench. Elsewhere, Sven Bender is expected to step into the midfield alongside Sebastian Kehl, at the expense of Moritz Leitner.

Patrick Owomoyela remains a long-term absentee, but is slowly regaining fitness. Borussia Dortmund have conceded six goals in their last two Bundesliga games, and have kept one just clean sheet in Germany’s top flight all season. Jurgen Klopp’s side sealed their Bundesliga title when they entertained Borussia Monchengladbach on matchday 32 last term.

Meanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach will be without the services of Martin Stranzl, who receives a straight red card for a professional foul during the match against Hamburg on Wednesday. Roel Brouwers will come into the defence for the Austrian.

Elsewhere, Patrick Herrmann limped out of the draw with Thorsten Fink’s side after a heavy challenge, but will be fit to take his place on the right wing. Luuk de Jong will continue up front, despite a difficult start to his task of replacing Marco Reus. Borussia Monchengladbach have managed just one Bundesliga win so far this season. However, they have also lost just once. Alvaro Dominguez, who was signed on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid this summer, scored his first goal in a Gladbach shirt to equalise against HSV on Wednesday. Record signing, striker Luuk de Jong has the same tally this summer.

Match Preview: Juventus vs Roma

It is 44 not out for Juventus as they look to continue their incredible unbeaten run when they host Roma on Saturday. Antonio Conte and Massimo Carrera’s men fought out a 0-0 draw with Fiorentina midweek as the Viola made them work hard for a point in Florence and perhaps Vincenzo Montella’s side will feel aggrieved they did not gain all three.

Zdenek Zeman’s team meanwhile have been stuttering for form of late and despite beating Inter 3-1 a couple of weeks ago at San Siro, they have since recently lost 3-2 to Bologna, after taking a two-goal lead, and drew 1-1 at home to 10-man Sampdoria on Wednesday.

The games between the two are usually an enticing encounter – the last match in April finished 4-0 to the Bianconeri – but perhaps this fixture holds more importance and intrigue than normal with Zeman visiting Juventus Stadium for the first time, the man who led accusations of a doping scandal against the Turin outfit in the 90s. Since then, there has been a hostile relationship between him and the club and how he would love to be the one to prevent Juve’s unbeaten run from continuing.

The Serie A champions will be without Simone Pepe and Simone Padoin while Claudio Marchisio is set to be re-instated along with Mirko Vucinic and Alessandro Matri.

The visitors Roma are without duo Miralem Pjanic and Dodo. Meanwhile Pablo Osvaldo is expected to replace young Italian striker Mattia Destro. Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo (pictured right) will face Roma for the 21st time on Saturday. His record so far against the Giallorossi is won eight, drawn six and lost six. Roma have only been able to secure one victory in their last 14 Serie A encounters against Juventus which stretches back to February 2004.

Match Preview: PSG vs Sochaux

Paris Saint-Germain will be without Thiago Motta for the clash against Sochaux on Saturday afternoon, with the Italy international ruled out due to a back injury.

Joining him on the sidelines is Ezequiel Lavezzi who remains a major doubt, though he will likely be rested ahead of the Champions League clash against Porto on Wednesday.

A number of players trained individually on Thursday, including the likes of Salvatore Sirigu, Jeremy Menez and Mohamed Sissoko, but all three should be fit to be named among the squad members at the weekend, though Mathieu Bodmer or Adrien Rabiot will be on standby should Sissoko fail to prove his fitness. Paris Saint-Germain have won their last three Ligue 1 games in a row to move into third place, only Marseille have a better record. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been drawn against their arch-enemies OM in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16, with the tie to be played at home on October 30 or 31.

Sochaux meanwhile will be hoping to avenge their heavy 6-1 defeat in this fixture back in April, though les Lionceaux are unlikely to change, with two consecutive victories in their last two league games.

Ryad Boudebouz could well return to the starting line-up, having featured in the Coupe de la Ligue in midweek, with Cedric Bakambu holding off Sloan Privat for the attacking berth. Sochaux have catapulted to 14th position having initially lost all four of their opening games, before beating Saint-Etienne and Evian in the last two weeks. Eric Hely’s men lost this fixture 6-1 earlier this year, as Nene (twice), Jeremy Menez, Thiago Motta, Sylvain Armand and Javier Pastore ran riot.