Likainen tusina: 1 Butt - 27 Castro, 4 Juan, 3 Roque Junior, 13 Athirson - 10 Freier, 25 B. Schneider, 28 Ramelow, 8 Krzynowek - 12 Voronin, 9 Berbatov - Trainer: Augenthaler
Tuurarit: 20 Starke (Tor), 22 R. Adler (Tor), 6 Rolfes, 7 Barnetta, 17 C. Fritz, 19 Babic, 23 Madouni, 26 Dum, 40 Röttger
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 5 Nowotny (Aufbautraining nach Kreuzbandriss), 14 J. Tadic (nicht spielberechtigt), 29 Callsen-Bracker (Ermüdungsbruch im Fuß)
Likainen tusina: 1 Kahn - 2 Sagnol, 3 Lucio, 6 Demichelis, 69 Lizarazu - 20 Salihamidzic, 23 Hargreaves, 13 Ballack, 8 Karimi - 10 Makaay, 24 Santa Cruz - Trainer: Magath
Tuurarit: 22 Rensing (Tor), 11 Zé Roberto, 14 Pizarro, 16 Jeremies, 26 Deisler, 31 Schweinsteiger, 33 Guerrero, 39 Ottl
Vempulat&kriminaalit: Schlösser (nicht berücksichtigt), 7 Scholl (Trainingsrückstand), 18 Görlitz (Magen- Darm-Infekt), 21 Lahm (Aufbautraining nach Kreuzbandriss), 25 Ismael (Gelb-Rote Karte), 29 Dreher (nicht berücksichtigt)
Likainen tusina: 26 Keller - 20 Bögelund, 13 Zé Antonio, 7 Strasser, 5 Jansen - 21 Oude Kamphuis - 29 Broich, 24 Kluge - 28 Heinz - 25 Sverkos, 27 Neuville - Trainer: Köppel
Tuurarit: 1 Kampa (Tor), 31 Melka (Tor), 3 Daems, 10 Elber, 14 El-Fakiri, 18 Fukal, 19 Polanski, 33 Compper
Vempulat&kriminaalit : Fleßers (nicht berücksichtigt), Spann (nicht berücksichtigt), 4 Helveg (Oberschenkelverhärtung), 6 Ziege (Sprunggelenk), 8 Ulich (am Donnerstag nach Japan zu Vissel Kobe gewechselt), 9 Sonck (Rippenbruch), 11 Böhme (Reha nach Knieoperation), 16 Thijs (Mittelfußbruch), 22 Kirch (Knieprobleme)
VfL WolfsburgLikainen tusina: 1 Jentzsch - 27 Karhan, 18 Quiroga, 29 Hofland, 7 Weiser - 31 Sarpei, 6 Thiam, 17 Tskitishvili - 10 d'Alessandro - 11 Hanke, 9 Klimowicz - Trainer: Fach
Tuurarit: 30 Lenz (Tor), 4 Langkamp, 5 Schnoor, 14 Topic, 15 Makiadi, 20 Hrgovic, 26 Fischer, 33 Franz, 36 Menseguez
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 3 van der Heyden (Innenbandanriss im Knie), 8 Hristov (Knieprobleme), 40 Platins (nicht berücksichtigt)
Hertha BSCLikainen tusina : 1 Tremmel - 3 A. Friedrich, 4 van Burik, 14 Simunic, 6 Gilberto - 5 N. Kovac - 22 O. Schröder, 20 Neuendorf - 10 Marcelinho - 18 Wichniarek, 24 Rafael - Trainer: Götz
Tuurarit : Stuhr-Ellegaard (Tor), 7 Bastürk, 8 Dardai, 11 Cairo, 16 Dejagah, 17 Madlung, 21 Okoronkwo, 27 Boateng, 28 Chahed, 29 Fathi, 32 T. Marx, 34 Salihovic, 35 Samba, 36 Bieler
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 12 Fiedler (Kapsel- und Bänderriss im Ellenbogengelenk), 25 Ludwig (Sprunggelenks-Probleme), 37 Chr. Müller (Reha-Training nach Schien- und Wadenbeinbruch)
Likainen tusina : 21 Pröll - 2 P. Ochs, 33 Rehmer, 5 Vasoski, 16 Spycher - 4 Preuß, 30 Huggel - 11 D.-R. Cha, 14 A. Meier, 13 Jones - 9 van Lent - Trainer: Funkel
Tuurarit : 1 Nikolov (Tor), Stroh-Engel, 3 Wiedener, 6 C. Lenze, 7 Köhler, 8 Lexa, 10 Weissenberger, 12 Husterer, 17 Cimen, 18 Amanatidis, 20 Copado, 25 A. Huber, 29 Chris, 31 Chaftar
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 15 Puljiz (nach Operation im Koordinationstraining), 22 Reinhard (Leistenoperation), 23 Russ (Bundeswehr), 24 Schur (Reha nach Kreuzbandriss), 27 Frommer (nach Operation im Koordinationstraining), 28 J. Zimmermann (nicht berücksichtigt)
Likainen tusina: 1 Weidenfeller - 23 P. Degen, 4 Wörns, 21 C. Metzelder, 17 Dede - 22 Kruska - 6 Kringe, 10 Rosicky - 14 Smolarek, 9 Koller, 7 Buckley - Trainer: Van Marwijk
Tuurarit : 30 Gentenaar (Tor), 3 Brzenska, 11 Odonkor, 18 Ricken, 19 Akgün, 27 Hünemeier, 29 Rammel, 33 Gambino
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 5 Kehl (Trainingsrückstand), 20 B. Meier (Kreuzbandriss), 24 Caliskan (Jochbeinbruch), 25 N. Sahin (Oberschenkelzerrung), 26 M. Heitmeier (nicht berücksichtigt), 28 Tyrala (Kreuzbandriss
FC Schalke 04
Likainen tusina: 1 F. Rost - 6 Hamit Altintop, 5 Bordon, 20 Krstajic, 3 Kobiashvili - 2 Poulsen - 19 Varela, 25 Bajramovic - 8 F. Ernst - 11 Sand, 22 Kuranyi - Trainer: Rangnick
Tuurarit: 29 Neuer (Tor), 9 Larsen, 14 Asamoah, 15 Waldoch, 16 Rodriguez, 23 Cziommer, 26 Bungert, 27 Hoogland
Vempulat&kriminaalit : 4 Kläsener (Syndesmoseverletzung), 7 Azaouagh (Reha), 10 Lincoln (Rotsperre), 12 van Hoogdalem (Hüfte), 13 Heimeroth (Knieverletzung), 21 Baumjohann (nicht berücksichtigt), 24 Pander (Reha)
1. FC KaiserslauternLikainen tusina : 1 Macho - 2 Lembi, 15 Pletsch, 32 Mettomo, 33 Blank - 20 Engelhardt, 13 Sforza - 7 Skela - 19 Halil Altintop, 18 Sanogo, 17 Seitz - Trainer: Henke
Tuurarit : 21 T. Ernst (Tor), 4 Wenzel, 5 Hertzsch, 14 Mikic, 16 Bellinghausen, 22 T. Reuter, 23 T. Riedl, 24 Henn, 26 Damm, 34 Schönheim
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 6 Nerlinger (Trainingsrückstand), 9 Jancker (Rückenprobleme), 10 Zandi (Trainingsrückstand), 25 M. Lehmann (Sprunggelenkblessur), 27 Fromlowitz (nicht berücksichtigt), 30 Kosowski (nicht im Kader)
Likainen tusina: 1 G. Koch - 11 Wolters, 4 Möhrle, 3 Baelum, 7 Bugera - 29 Willi, 20 Grlic, 6 Hausweiler, 22 Michalke - 18 Kurth, 15 Ahanfouf - Trainer: Meier Duisburg
Tuurarit: 26 Beuckert (Tor), 9 Rietpietsch, 10 Lavric, 13 Bodzek, 14 El-Kasmi, 17 A. Meyer, 27 Anfang, 30 Lottner
Vempulat&kriminaalit: Poggenborg (nicht berücksichtigt), 2 Tjikuzu (Prellung am Sprunggelenk), 5 Biliskov (Rückstand nach Syndesmoseriss), 8 Voss (Aufbautraining nach Meniskus-Einriss), 21 van Houdt (Grippe), 23 Ivanovic (Kreuzbandriss
1. FC Nürnberg
Likainen tusina: 1 R. Schäfer - 2 B. Lense, 13 Cantaluppi, 7 Nikl, 17 L. Müller - 26 Wagefeld, 8 Polak - 11 Mintal, 10 S. Müller - 33 Vittek, 27 Kießling - Trainer: Wolf
Tuurarit: 18 Klewer (Tor), 5 A. Wolf, 9 Daun, 10 Banovic, 20 Bosacki, 21 Schroth, 23 Saenko, 25 Pinola, 28 D. Reinhardt, 31 T. Paulus, 34 Slovak, 36 Mnari
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 3 Wiblishauser (nicht berücksichtigt), 14 Chedli (schwere Prellung am rechten Fuß), 30 Tschauner (nicht berücksichtigt), 35 Pagenburg (nicht berücksichtigt)
Likainen tusina : 1 Enke - 14 Balitsch, 29 Mertesacker, 3 Zuraw, 18 Tarnat - 8 Lala, 5 Dabrowski - 23 Yankov - 16 Hashemian, 13 Brdaric, 24 Stajner - Trainer: Lienen
Tuurarit: 25 Juric (Tor), 2 Vinicius, 22 Schulz, 28 Hahne, 35 Halfar, 36 Dietwald, 40 Großöhmichen
Vempulat&kriminaalit : 6 Cherundolo (Trainingsrückstand nach Innenbandriss im Knie), 7 Delura (Syndesmosebandriss), 9 Christiansen (Ermüdungsbruch am Wadenbein), 10 Ricardo Sousa (Reha nach Muskelbündelriss), 11 Stendel (Entzündung nach Meniskus-OP), 21 Idrissou (Trainingsrückstand nach Knie-OP), 26 Rosenthal (Kreuzbandriss), 27 Schröter (Wadenbeinverletzung), 30 M. Jensen (nicht berücksichtigt), 32 Marheineke (Schulter-OPetwald, 40 Großöhmichen
Likainen tusina: 1 Hain - 19 Korzynietz, 16 Westermann, 3 Borges, 8 Rau - 13 Fink, 6 Dammeier - 22 Zuma, 7 Krupnikovic, 14 Küntzel - 10 Vata - Trainer: von Heesen
Tuurarit : 23 Eilhoff (Tor), 26 Formann (Tor), 2 Schuler, 9 Boakye, 17 Schwegler, 20 Dalovic, 21 Porcello, 24 Leon, 25 Backhaus, 27 C. Wieczorek, 30 Pinto
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 4 Gabriel (Lauftraining nach Meniskusoperation), 5 Kauf (Kreuzbandriss), 8 Trajanov (freigestellt), 11 D. Kobylik (Reha nach Innenbanddehnung im Knie)
Likainen tusina: 1 Wächter - 20 Demel, 21 Boulahrouz, 5 van Buyten, 3 Atouba - 6 Wicky - 14 Jarolim, 15 Trochowski - 10 van der Vaart - 25 Mpenza, 10 Barbarez - Trainer: Doll
Tuurarit : 12 Kirschstein (Tor), 4 B. Reinhardt, 7 Mahdavikia, 8 Karl, 11 Lauth, 16 Klingbeil, 17 Ziebig, 27 Laas, 31 Takyi, 32 Takahara
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 13 Fillinger (nicht berücksichtigt), 18 Hampel (nicht berücksichtigt), 19 Kucukovic (Knieprobleme), 22 Beinlich (Muskelfaserriss), 28 Benjamin (Knieverletzung)
Likainen tusina : 1 Hildebrand - 2 Hinkel, 6 Fernando Meira, 5 Babbel, 3 Stranzl - 22 Grönkjaer, 7 Meißner, 20 Soldo, 11 Hitzlsperger - 9 Streller, 10 Tomasson - Trainer: Trapattoni
Tuurarit: 23 Heinen (Tor), 4 Zivkovic, 12 H. Gerber, 13 Tiffert, 14 Carevic, 16 Heldt, 21 Magnin, 27 Rathgeb, 33 Gomez, 40 Gentner
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 8 Bierofka (Knöchelbruch), 15 Elson (Knochenmarksödem im Knie), 17 Delpierre (Bänderriss im Sprunggelenk), 18 Cacau (Rotsperre), 24 Schuon (), 26 Caligiuri (bei 2. Mannschaft)
1. FC Köln
Likainen tusina : 33 Wessels - 30 Lell, 20 Sinkiewicz, 25 Matip, 15 Springer - 18 Grammozis, 6 Sinkala - 7 A. Streit, 10 Podolski, 23 Feulner - 11 P. Madsen - Trainer: Rapolder
Tuurarit : 16 Bade (Tor), Guié-Mien, 4 Benschneider, 8 Scherz, 9 Tököli, 13 Lurling, 17 HelVempulat&kriminaalit : 2 Cullmann (Leistenprobleme), 3 Rahn (Wadenprellung), 5 Konstantinidis (Trainingsrückstand), 19 Szabics (Leistenoperation), 21 Schindzielorz (Fußprobleme), 22 Schlicke (Muskelfaserriss), 27 Alpay (Nagelbettentzündung)mes, 26 Nickenig
FSV Mainz 05
Likainen tusina: 1 Wache - 28 Abel, 10 M. Friedrich, 4 Noveski, 24 Weigelt - 8 F. Gerber, 19 Babatz, 25 da Silva - 11 Ruman, 27 Thurk - 7 Auer - Trainer: Klopp
Tuurarit : 29 Wetklo (Tor), 5 Demirtas, 6 O. Addo, 9 D. Weiland, 13 Pekovic, 17 Rose, 20 Jovanovic, 22 N. Weiland, 26 Bodog, 31 Geißler, 33 Vrancic
Vempulat&kriminaalit : 3 Lichte (nicht berücksichtigt), 16 Markolf (nicht berücksichtigt), 18 Banouas (nicht berücksichtigt), 21 Casey (Kreuzbandriss), 23 Sela (nicht berücksichtigt
Vempulat&kriminaalit: 18 Wiese (Kreuzbandoperation), 20 D. Jensen (Muskelverletzung)
Auxerre - Bordeaux
There ought to be fireworks as two of this season's early form sides clash at the Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps.
Ricardo's Bordeaux will be keen to preserve their 100% record after seeing off Nancy 1-0 last weekend, and spirits are high in the Girondins camp. Vladimir Smicer has returned to training after being forced off with a knock in the first-half of the Nancy game, but striker Jean-Claude Darcheville is a doubt as he recovers from a thigh injury.
Auxerre have injury problems of their own, having added Bakari Sagna and Younes Kaboul to their treatment list during their excellent 2-0 victory away to Monaco on Saturday. Both suffered knee injuries and France U-19 skipper Kaboul is expected to be sidelined for up to six months.
Le Mans - Rennes
Newly-promoted Le Mans will be hoping to make the most of Rennes' awful away form to record their first win of the season.
Frédéric Hantz's side picked up a useful goalless draw away to Metz last weekend after losing 2-1 to champions Lyon on the opening day, and they will be eager to register a few more points as the table begins to take shape.
They ought to be wary of a fierce reaction from their opponents, however, as Laszlo Boloni's Brittany outfit will be desperate to lift themselves off the bottom of the standings. Two straight defeats have been a shock to the system for the UEFA Cup contenders, and it will be fascinating to see how they react to last week's humiliating 3-0 home loss to local rivals Nantes.
Having managed just two away successes in 2004-05, though, they will need striker Alexander Frei to recover the form that has so far eluded him this term
Lille - Troyes
Lille may have finished last season as runners-up, but Ligue 1 new boys Troyes will have been encouraged to see their normally-reliable defence ship three goals against Ajaccio last time out.
A late strike from Mathieu Debuchy earned Claude Puel's men an unlikely draw, suggesting that their combative spirit is still there, but problems have crept in at the back and the visitors will be hoping that Sébastien Grax and Gaël Danic can take advantage.
Troyes remain unbeaten after picking up draws against Nice and Saint-Etienne, however Lille will be looking for another home win to go with their opening day success over Rennes. Jean Makoun hit the winner in that game, and the Cameroonian midfielder seems to be on fire at the moment after also finding the target against Ajaccio.
Marseille - Lyon
Equal bottom of Ligue 1, Marseille welcome champions Lyon to the Stade Vélodrome on Sunday knowing another loss will plunge their season into crisis.
Marseille fans have excused their side’s disastrous start to the Ligue 1 season thanks to their qualification to the Intertoto Cup Final against Deportivo La Coruna. But for how much longer? Rooted to the bottom of the table after consecutive 2-0 defeats, Coach Jean Fernandez was quick to point the finger at his five-man defence.
The club tried to sign out-of-favour Celtic Glasgow stopper Dianbobo Baldé during midweek, however the Guinean international snubbed the offer.
The return of suspended captain Frédéric Dehu to the heart of the defence should help matters but it’s at the other end of the field where Marseille will hope to shine.
Summer signing Mamadou Niang has impressed in the Intertoto campaign and Sunday’s match will be his first League outing since after being suspended for the two opening games. Two other new faces missed the Lens debacle – Wilson Oruma (suspended) and Franck Ribéry (sore throat) – and, on their day, both are capable of creating problems for the champions.
Lyon may be sitting on top of the table after two single goals victories over Le Mans (2-1) and Strasbourg (1-0), but the side is little more than a pale imitation of the one which charged relentlessly to last season’s crown.
President Jean-Michel Aulas has perhaps finally drawn a close to the long-running Michael Essien saga – stating once and for all that the Ghanaian will remain at Lyon.
The timing of that decision couldn’t have been better for Coach Gérard Houllier after it was revealed Malian midfielder Mahamadou Diarra damaged knee cartilage during the Strasbourg clash.
Houllier’s only other recognisable midfield options are Benoït Pedretti and Juninho Pernambucano. While the Brazilian has only played 25 minutes of competitive football this season, Pedretti can expect a less than flattering welcome from the fans he abandoned after a difficult 2004-05 season on the Mediterranean Coas
Nancy - Lens
Last year's Ligue 2 champions Nancy have the worst record of the promoted teams so far, having suffered two straight 1-0 defeats, and they must be fearing the worst after seeing Lens record an impressive 2-0 win over Marseille last weekend.
Les Sang et Or appear to mean business this season, and Brazilian defender Vitorino Hilton is proving to be a rock at the heart of their back line. He even popped up to net Lens' second goal against Marseille, and Francis Gillot's men followed up that result with a useful 1-1 draw away to Romanian outfit Cluj in the first leg of their Intertoto Cup final.
They were the only French side to enjoy any kind of success in Europe this week, but Troyes Coach Pablo Correa can at least take comfort from having an almost complete squad to choose from. Only new signing Geoffrey Doumeng is still unavailable for action.
Nantes - Ajaccio
Both Nantes and Ajaccio scored three goals last time out, but the crucial difference is that the Corsicans also conceded three in their match with Lille.
In contrast, Les Canaris powered to a convincing 3-0 victory over local rivals Rennes that took them top of the table. After last season's brush with relegation, it makes a refreshing change for Serge Le Dizet's side, but club President Rudi Roussillon insists the turnaround in fortunes owes everything to hard work and nothing to luck.
Equally ominous for Rolland Courbis's visitors is the fact that Ajaccio have never won at the Stade de la Beaujoire. In fact, their goalless draw last season was one of only two stalemates they have achieved there, with the result in 2003-04 a heavy 4-0 drubbing.
Nice - Sochaux
Two games, two defeats and no goals scored – such is the sorry record of Sochaux's campaign so far.
Les Lionceaux still look to be in shock after the late departure of Coach Guy Lacombe before the season began, and his replacement Dominique Bijotat needs a morale-boosting result more than most. The summer exits of Sylvain Monsoreau, Santos, Jérémy Mathieu and Wilson Oruma have also hit the team hard, but on the plus side striker Araujo Ilan has recovered from a groin strain.
Their hosts are enjoying a much more positive start to the year, and Nice fans will have been encouraged to see new signing Bakary Koné score in last weekend's 2-0 win away to Toulouse. Last season's top scorer in Ligue 2 looks to be making a smooth transition to the elite, and the Côte d'Azur outfit will be keen to add to their four points.
PSG - Toulouse
Paris Saint-Germain will be confident of extending their perfect start to the campaign with a third victory against Toulouse at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
If the performance in last weekend’s 1-0 win at Sochaux was not as spectacular as that against Metz in Week 1, Laurent Fournier’s side proved they have fighting qualities as well as talented forwards. While Bonaventure Kalou and Vikash Dhorasoo have added technical excellence to the team, Czech defender David Rozehnal has added solidity alongside Mario Yepes at centre-back.
The new signings seem to have instilled fresh belief into the side, while new skipper Pedro Pauleta is commanding the respect of his teammates – something his predecessor Jose-Pierre Fanfan did not always manage.
“I’m honoured to be captain of PSG,” Pauleta said this week. “I have taken on the same responsibility at international level, and I was skipper when I was at Bordeaux. I have no problems with the role, even if my job is relatively easy when the team is winning.”
Pauleta has not yet got on the scoresheet, with midfielder Edouard Cissé surprisingly the club’s top scorer after netting in both matches so far. Cissé brilliantly rounded the last Sochaux defender before scoring on Saturday, and he admits he even surprised himself. “When I saw my goal against Sochaux I said ‘that’s too much, it can’t be me.’ It looks like I beat the defender by accident,” the 27-year-old smiled.
Toulouse began the season full of optimism after some shrewd summer acquisitions, but last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat by Nice has somewhat dented their confidence. Nevertheless, TFC Coach Erik Mombaerts knows that a shock win in the capital would see his side draw level with PSG on six points and could be the perfect way to get back on track.
Mombaerts may hand a first start to Bryan Bergougnoux, the former Lyon forward who was the subject of interest from PSG last season. The France Under-21 star looked lively after coming off the bench in the second half against Nice, and could provide support to strike-pair Santos and Daniel Moriera.
St Etienne - Metz
After two goalless draws, Saint-Etienne will be raring to get their 'goals for' column going at home to Metz.
Given that this fixture itself ended in a goalless draw last season, perhaps the signs are not encouraging, but Les Verts have nonetheless won 32 of the 44 matches between these two sides at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Metz managed to recover from their 4-1 opening day defeat by Paris Saint-Germain to record a 0-0 draw at home to Le Mans, but their defence still looks fragile and they created very few chances against the Ligue 1 new boys.
Strasbourg - Monaco
Neither Strasbourg nor Monaco have hit the ground running as the new season gets underway, and both will be keen to register morale-boosting wins.
Strasbourg have failed to hit the target in their two matches so far, but having faced perennial powerhouses Auxerre and Lyon, it is hardly time to panic yet. The arrival of Didier Deschamps' Monaco pits them against yet another Ligue 1 giant, but the Alsace club's Coach Jacky Duguépéroux has plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
His team performed well away to Lyon last weekend, before succumbing to a John Carew strike, and, with their Ivory Coast livewire Amara Diané in splendid form, they caused their illustrious opponents plenty of problems. Perhaps the only ingredient missing was their finishing, but, having been forced to use midfielder Alexander Farnerud as a makeshift striker in that game, Duguépéroux welcomes Mickaël Pagis back from suspension.
Also due to make his debut is exciting Tunisian forward Haykel Guémandia, brought in as a replacement for the departed Mamadou Niang, and having just received clearance to play from the authorities. "We've got quality in our squad so I think we can be ambitious," says Duguépéroux. "We're going to play the same way as we did last week, and we're going to attack the game with a winning mentality."
Monaco would do well to approach the match in the same fashion, but the psychological impact of their last-gasp loss to Betis in a Champions' League qualifier on Tuesday cannot be under-estimated. Their prospects of another lucrative European adventure looks to be in serious doubt, and Deschamps' new-look line-up has failed to click this season.
They laboured to a slender 1-0 win over newly-promoted Nancy on the opening day, thanks to a controversial Olivier Kapo goal, and slumped to an ignominious defeat at home to Auxerre last weekend. There were recriminations after the strange dismissal of left-back Patrice Evra – shown a straight red after being booked initially – but the only real upshot is that the France international is suspended.
Olivier Kapo is back after missing the Auxerre match with a groin complaint, but it looks unlikely that former Barcelona midfielder Gerard will be fit in time. Up front, Deschamps is forced to continue with misfiring duo Ernesto Chevanto and Emmanuel Adebayor as he strives to bring in Liverpool's Milan Baros behind the scenes.
AGF - OB
AGF got 1-1 in Parken against FC København in last round. Incredible lucky because AGF was 10 men the last 45 minutes and didn’t deserve the point they got. But that’s what football is all about. This could also be the “new start of the season” that AGF needed. After some disappointing matches and 0 point they finally got on the scoreboard.
OB started “okay” but has in the last two games not managed to score. OB should have won last weekends match against FC Nordsjælland but draw 0-0. OB hasn’t lost a match yet and has proved that their defense really is okay.
AGF with better morale and OB hungry for a goal my bet will be over 2.5 goals. These teams use to play some entertaining matches against each other and last season they scored 11 goals in their 3 matches (2/3 over 2.5 goals). The last match in Aarhus ended 3-3! What makes over 2.5 goals even better is that AGF will be without both Jesper Sørensen and Naved Dayyani (both defenders) because of suspension.
Roger Risholt, AGF
Peter Foldgast, AGF
Thomas Lindrup, AGF
Navid Dayyani, AGF
Jesper Sørensen, AGF
Nicolai Stokholm, OB
B93 (Copenhagen) - Hvidovre IF
Okay, I cant really see which team in this division who should be apple to beat this Hvidovre team (Mayby Bif and FCK´s reserves)...
B93 will NOT beat Hvidovre IF this saturday if the Hvidovre players continue to play so well as they did when they promoted and as they did when they defeated Stenløse 4-1 last sunday..!
B93 have almost no fans and therefore it will be like playing home for the Hvidovre team as the fanclub have arranged a bustrip and I guess that there will be 200-300 % more Hvidovre fans than B93 fans (:
B93 have their best player banned for this match and Hvidovre have their new super striker Tayfun Cevic banned...
There are no important injuries...
Hvidovre is a very hard team to get point(s) against as all players have a good technique, are in very good form, are extremely dangerous in all standard situations (special corner kicks) and they do simply not allow the other team to play football..!
As I cant see how B93 shall keep a clean sheet, and how they schall score on the Hvidovre keeper I make this bet with 9/10 units..!
AaB vs. Esbjerg fb
This may be the best bet in the Danish Superleague this weekend. AaB is placed in the relegation zone in the table. But if you look at the matches AaB has played so far they have had a really terriable and unlucky start. First of all in the 4 matches AaB has played they have meet number 1, 2 and 3 from last season. Two of the games (against FCK and FCM) they should have won but lost to FCK and draw to FCM. AaB also played without Wurtz the first games and he has proved to be an important player for AaB.
Esbjerg on the other hand disappointed me huge yesterday by losing 0-1 at home against Tromsø in the UEFAcup. Maybe Esbjerg just isn’t better. This means that Esbjerg only has 3 days from the match in the UEFAcup till the have to play against AaB in Aalborg – that’s a hard program.
I think that AaB will get all three points against Esbjerg and the odds is actually really good 2.15 @ Sportingbet. 5 Units.
Marco Reda, AaB
Søren Barslund, Esbjerg
FC Nordsjælland vs. FC Midtjylland
Really hard match to predict. Nobody knows how FCN will act on the poker scandal in the club (one player has cheated some other players in the club in poker game more than €2000).
FCM did manage to beat Horsens one a late goal last weekened but didn’t play well and actually Horsens did deserve one point in Herning. FCM played UEFAcup at home against B36 and managed only to win by one goal 2-1.
Beside that both teams has some injuries. I’ll stay away from this match. FCN must be very unstable after the scandal and FCM doesn’t seem to have the form right now.
Søren Krogh, FCN
Thomas Andreasen, FCN
Anders Due (doubtful), FCN
Anders Alding, FCN
Ulrik Lindkvist, FCM
Claus Madsen, FCM
Søren Skriver, FCM
Klaus Kærgård, FCM
Kristian Bak Nielsen, FCM
Silkeborg vs. Viborg
Really hard match again. Viborg the currently number one in the division (what!?!?) against Silkeborg with a lot of injuries.
Silkeborg got beat 4-0 in Esbjerg last week. I played Esbjerg with handicap so that was part of the plan but Silkeborg managed the weedend before that to beat SønderjyskE 3-2 at home, also with a lot of injuries.
Viborg scores and scores. 3 goals in all 4 matches. If they score 3 goals against Silkeborg they’ll win. It is worth mention that Viborg has played against the teams counted in the relegation fight.
Last season Silkeborg won 3-2 at home and draw 1-1 two times in Viborg, so it looks like that Silkeborg like playing against Viborg. I’ll stay away!
Kim Olsen, SIF
Iddi Alkhag, SIF
Morten Søndergaard, SIF
Peter Degn, SIF
Henrik Ipsen, SIF
Christian Magleby, Viborg
SønderjyskE vs. FC Kbh.
Michael Nonbo, SønderjyskE
Michael Christensen (doubtful), SønderjyskE
Rasmus Johansen (doubtful), SønderjyskE
Peter Sand (doubtful), SønderjyskE
Martin Bergvold, FCK
Kaspar Dalgas, Brøndby
Ruben Bagger, Brøndby-
Jeffrey Aubynn och Pablo Pinones Arce (nära comeback) är skadade och missar Helsingborgs-matchen. Aubynn ersätts mest troligt som tidigare av Erkan Zengin. Dansken Hindsberg har drabbats av en följdskada av sina tidigare problem och är inte aktuell. Hindsberg fick annars göra några minuter i derbyt mot Djurgården.
I Helsingborg är Fredrik Björck sjuk. Halsont sätter stopp för backen. Andreas Granqvist eller David Ljung tar hans plats. Peter Graulund är avstängd och Olivier Karakezi skadad.
Jimmy Dixon har inte tränat sedan Elfsborgs-matchen och är inte säker på att medverka i derbyt. Småskadad som han är så har han också varit sjuk. Dixon ska testa i helgen.
Säkert däremot är att avstängde Dioh Williams missar mötet med Öis. Tom Ekliden försöker fylla tomrummet efter Williams.
- Med Tom blir det lite annorlunda, säger assisterande Häcken-tränaren Peter Friberg till Svenska Spel.
- Det blir mer tekniskt med Williams och lite tuffare med Ekliden som också är mer bollmottagare.
Örgryte har Magnus Källander avstängd. Boyd Mwila är i väg på landslagsuppdrag och ersätts av Erik Johannesson.
- Det är det troliga om vi ska spekulera, säger Öis Jukka Ikäläinen till Svenska Spel. Jag tror vi vinner, särskilt som inte Williams är med. Jag tror inte att Häcken klarar av att spräcka vår nolla utan Williams.
IFK Göteborg-Kalmar FF
I Blåvitt saknas namn som Dennis och Hans Jonsson samt virussjuke Martin Ulander. Håkan Mild är avstängd.
- Ulander provade på matchspel tidigare i veckan men mådde inte alls bra efteråt. Han ska i väg på en läkarundersökning inom kort. Det är ett virus som inte vill släppa, säger Göteborgs Stefan Landberg till Svenska Spel.
Kalmar FF är helt ordinarie.
Johan Andersson har börjat träna igen för Bois men spelar inte. Mattias Eklund är det sämre med. Han ser ut att bli borta hela säsongen, meddelar Landskronas ledning. Jörgen Pettersson har varit sjuk under veckan men ska kunna spela mot Elfsborg utan problem. Antti Okkonen är avstängd. Klart är att Landskrona låter nye afrikanen Bobo Bola debutera, även om han lär få börja på bänken.
Elfsborg har skador på Anders Svensson och troligen också Johan Sjöberg. Samuel Holmén är avstängd.
Arsenal v Newcastle
Arsenal are without the suspended Jose Antonio Reyes so Dennis Bergkamp will start up front with Thierry Henry.
Sol Campbell is still missing with a calf injury but Manuel Almunia is fit again after a broken finger.
Alan Shearer has shaken off a calf injury in time to play but Newcastle are without strikers Michael Chopra (knee) and Shola Ameobi (suspension).
New signings Scott Parker, Emre and Craig Moore are included but there is no place for Titus Bramble (elbow).
Arsenal (from): Lehmann, Almunia, Lauren, Hoyte, Cole, Clichy, Toure, Senderos, Cygan, Gilberto Silva, Fabregas, Flamini, Pires, Ljungberg, van Persie, Hleb, Bergkamp, Henry.
Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, Carr, Babayaro, Taylor, Elliott, Boumsong, Moore, Parker, Emre, Jenas, Bowyer, Faye, N'Zogbia, Shearer, Dyer, Milner.
Aston Villa v Bolton
Aston Villa will give a fitness test to midfielder Patrik Berger who has been struggling with a thigh strain.
Wales defender Mark Delaney (knee) misses out, but centre back Martin Laursen has recovered from a knee injury to partner Olof Mellberg.
Bolton defender Radhi Jaidi is set to start at Villa Park as Bruno N'Gotty begins a three-match suspension.
Kevin Davies is likely to play as the lone striker as new recruit Jared Borgetti is not yet ready to start.
Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Hunt, Ben Haim, Jaidi, Gardner, Okocha, Speed, Campo, Giannakopoulos, Davies, Diouf, Nolan, Walker, Faye, Pedersen, Vaz Te, Kaku.
Villa (from): Sorensen, Taylor, Hughes, Mellberg, Ridgewell, Laursen, Cahill, Samuel, Berger, Solano, McCann, Hendrie, Berson, Djemba-Djemba, Barry, Angel, Phillips, Moore.
Fulham v Birmingham
Tony Warner could make his Fulham debut after signing on loan from Cardiff.
Warner, 31, replaces Jaroslav Drobny and Mark Crossley (knee injuries), while midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is ruled out with a thigh strain.
Birmingham's Walter Pandiani is set to partner Emile Heskey, as Steve Bruce does not want to risk Mikael Forssell.
Nicky Butt will make his debut, Medhi Nafti is injured but Kenny Cunningham has recovered from a collapsed lung and will partner Matthew Upson at the back.
Fulham (from): Warner, Batista, Bocanegra, Rehman, Goma, Knight, Rosenior, N Jensen, Malbranque, C Jensen, Boa Morte, Legwinski, Elrich, Pembridge, Volz, Helguson, John, Radzinski, McBride.
Birmingham (from): Maik Taylor, Melchiot, Cunningham, Upson, Clapham, Pennant, Butt, Clemence, Gray, Pandiani, Heskey, Vaesen, Anderton, Tebily, Forssell, Morrison, Martin Taylor, Lazaridis, Izzet.
West Ham v Blackburn
West Ham are set to hand debuts to Roy Carroll, Paul Konchesky, Danny Gabbidon and Yossi Benayoun, while Christian Dailly is set to captain the side.
Manager Alan Pardew is missing centre-back James Collins (calf) and left-back Clive Clarke (ankle).
Blackburn's Craig Bellamy is winning his fitness fight after missing much of pre-season with an ankle injury.
Ryan Nelsen is a major doubt with a knee injury and Matt Jansen (leg) and Lorenzo Amoruso (knee) will miss out.
West Ham (from): Carroll, Repka, Konchesky, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Dailly, Reo-Coker, Etherington, Benayoun, Sheringham, Harewood, Zamora, Hislop, Ward, Noble, Fletcher, Newton, Mullins.
Blackburn (from): Friedel, Neill, Todd, Flitcroft, Nelsen, Emerton, Savage, Kuqi, Dickov, Bellamy, Pedersen, Reid, Mokoena, Tugay, Gresko, Thompson, Gallagher, Matteo, McEveley, Gray, Enckelman.
Sunderland v Charlton
Sunderland are expected to hand debuts to many of the 10 players they have bought since they won promotion.
But Mart Poom (knee), Ben Alnwick (thigh), Danny Collins (Achilles), Kevin Kyle (hip cartilage) and Colin Healy (knee) are all out injured.
Charlton have at least six players ruled out, including goalkeeper Dean Kiely who has a broken finger.
New boys Alexei Smertin, Darren Ambrose and Darren Bent are set to make their competitive debuts for the Addicks.
Sunderland (from): Davis, Murphy, Wright, McCartney, Nosworthy, Breen, Stubbs, Caldwell, Arca, Robinson, Lawrence, Whitehead, Miller, Piper, Le Tallec, Welsh, Woods, Gray, Stead, Elliott, Brown, Murphy.
Charlton (from): Andersen, Young, Hreidarsson, Perry, Kishishev, Bent, Jeffers, Murphy, Thomas, Bartlett, Ambrose, Rommedahl, Hughes, Johansson, Powell, Fortune, Smertin, Sam, Varney, Randolph, Myhre, Brandao.
Wigan v Chelsea
Wigan are set to start with Jason Roberts and Henri Camara up front with Nathan Ellington set to join West Brom.
Arjan de Zeeuw and fellow new arrivals Pascal Chimbonda, Damien Francis, Ryan Taylor and Stephane Henchoz could play while Mike Pollitt will start in goal.
Chelsea's Asier del Horno is set for his Premiership debut but Shaun Wright-Phillips will be on the bench.
Wayne Bridge is their only long-term absentee with an ankle injury but he has returned to first-team training.
Wigan (from): Pollitt, Walsh, Chimbonda, Taylor, McMillan, Baines, Jackson, De Zeeuw, Thome, Henchoz, Johansson, McCulloch, Francis, Kavanagh, Bullard, Mahon, Wright, Teale, Roberts, Camara, Frandsen.
Chelsea (from): Cech, Ferreira, Gallas, Terry, del Horno, Gudjohnsen, Lampard, Joe Cole, Makelele, Tiago, Duff, Drogba, Robben, Cudicini, Carlton Cole, Geremi, Carvalho, Crespo, Johnson, Wright-Phillips.
Everton v Man Utd
Everton will hand a debut to Phil Neville against his former club.
Toffees boss David Moyes is confident Duncan Ferguson and Tim Cahill have recovered from minor knocks suffered during the defeat against Villarreal.
Manchester United have just one injury absentee with Louis Saha (knee) out, but Quinton Fortune, Wes Brown and Ryan Giggs are all fit to feature.
Gabriel Heinze is still being eased back into action but Park Ji-Sung is pushing for a first Premiership start.
Everton (from): Martyn, Hibbert, Yobo, Weir, Pistone, Neville, McFadden, Cahill, Arteta, Kilbane, Ferguson, Beattie, Bent, Davies, Wright, Kroldrup, Vaughan, Osman, Li Tie.
Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Howard, G Neville, Ferdinand, Brown, Silvestre, Fortune, Heinze, O'Shea, Fletcher, Fortune, Ronaldo, Keane, Park, Scholes, Giggs, Miller, Van Nistelrooy, Smith, Rooney.
Middlesbrough v Liverpool
Yakubu is set to make his competitive debut for Middlesbrough but Mark Viduka (back and hamstring) and Gaizka Mendieta (knee) are in contention.
Ugo Ehiogu should shake off a groin injury, but Chris Riggott (knee) and Stuart Parnaby (knee) are both out.
Liverpool hope to have Bolo Zenden back to face his former club after having treatment for a thigh strain.
Josemi (thigh), Peter Crouch (hamstring), Djimi Traore (Thigh) and Jerzy Dudek (dislocated elbow) are out
Man City v West Brom
Manchester City captain Richard Dunne is set to play after recovering from a foot injury but Sylvain Distin misses out with a groin problem.
Sun Jihai is available despite being sent off in a friendly and full-back Ben Thatcher (groin) could return.
West Brom could hand Chris Kirkland a debut as Russell Hoult (groin) is out and Steve Watson should feature.
Junichi Inamoto and Kanu could also have parts to play after impressing during the Baggies' pre-season.
Man City (from): James, Mills, Dunne, Onuoha, Sommeil, Jordan, Thatcher, Sinclair, Barton, Reyna, Musampa, Cole, Vassell, De Vlieger, Sun Jihai, Wright-Phillips, Sibierski, Croft.
West Brom (from): Kirkland, Kuszczak, Watson, Gaardsoe, Clement, Robinson, Gera, Wallwork, Inamoto, Johnson, Greening, Campbell, Kanu, Kamara, Earnshaw, Horsfield, Scimeca, Albrechtsen, Carter.
Portsmouth v Tottenham
Portsmouth are without defenders Linvoy Primus and Aliou Cisse through injuries but Sander Westerveld looks set to get the nod in goal ahead of Jamie Ashdown.
Azar Karadas will partner Lomana LuaLua despite a knee injury in training.
Tottenham's new signing Edgar Davids has been ruled out with a minor knee injury but he should be fit in a week.
Ledley King (groin), Michael Brown (foot), Tom Huddlestone (knee) Mounir El Hamdaoui (ankle), Noe Pamarot (knee) and Sean Davis (knee) are also out.
Portsmouth (from): Westerveld, Griffin, O'Brien, Stefanovic, Vignal, O'Neil, Hughes, Viafara, Robert, Karadas, LuaLua, Taylor, Pericard, Todorov, Mornar, Rodic, Skopelitis, Unsworth, Ashdown.
Tottenham (from): Robinson, Cerny, Stalteri, Edman, Dawson, Gardner, Carrick, Tainio, Reid, Davids, Routledge, Keane, Defoe, Mido, Kanoute, Naybet, Kelly, Davenport, Bunjevcevic, Ziegler
Brighton v Crewe
New signings Sebastien Carole and Florent Chaigneau are set to be named in Brighton's squad if they receive international clearance in time.
Winger Carole and keeper Chaigneau will probably be on the bench and Brighton's only other decision looks to be whether to start with striker Fedrico Turienzo.
Crewe defender Chris McCready and striker Luke Rodgers are sidelined because of ankle problems.
Midfielder Kenny Lunt (bug) missed the draw at Norwich but should be fit.
Burnley v Coventry
Burnley captain Frank Sinclair is likely to overcome a hamstring problem.
However, Mike Duff (knee) and Danny Karbassiyoon (groin), who were both on the bench against Sheffield United in midweek, are not fit.
Coventry will be without defender Richard Shaw, who has an Achilles tendon injury, and midfielder Claus Jorgensen, who has a thigh problem.
Left-back Stuart Giddings is also likely to miss out once again because of an ankle problem.
Cardiff v Watford
Cardiff will be unchanged for the second successive game, with Jason Koumas remaining on the bench as he tries to get back to full fitness.
Midfielders Joe Ledley and Richard Langley are out with ankle problems and striker Andy Campbell has a rib injury.
Watford defender Lloyd Doyley is rated doubtful for the trip to Ninian Park after suffering a hip injury in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with Plymouth.
Manager Adrian Boothroyd has an otherwise fully-fit squad.
Norwich v Crystal Palace
Norwich's Youssef Safri may start after coming on as a substitute in the draw with Crewe after a hamstring injury.
Dean Marney shook off an injury to face Crewe and is set to keep his spot but Simon Charlton may stay on the bench.
Crystal Palace will be hoping that Danny Granville, Dougie Freedman and Aki Riihilahti can return to the side.
Freedman (hamstring) and Riihilahti (calf) were expected to face Wolves in midweek but were ruled out and Granville missed the first two games.
Plymouth v Derby
Plymouth have received international clearance to enable defender Taribo West to play against former club Derby.
Defender Nuno Mendes (strain) and midfielder Lee Hodges (back) also missed the opening two games.
Derby's Mo Konjic and Paul Thirlwell are set to play while wearing masks to protect broken cheekbones.
Jeff Kenna is set to miss out (hamstring) and Seth Johnson, who is training with the Rams, will go on the trip but has yet to agree terms
Wolves v Hull
Wolves are expected to recall Paul Ince, who was rested for the midweek win over Crystal Palace.
Mark Clyde remains sidelined (ankle), keeper Matt Murray is also not ready for a return (broken bone in foot) and striker Vio Ganea is not yet match fit.
Hull defender Leon Cort is rated at 50-50 to come up against his brother Carl because of a foot injury.
However, the Tigers will definitely be wihout Mark Lynch, Alton Thelwell and Robbie Stockdale.
Leicester v Ipswich
Leicester winger Momo Sylla has been ruled out (hamstring) and Stephen Hughes (ankle) is also sidelined.
Gareth Williams may be a doubt because of a toe injury, Danny Tiatto is available after a suspension and Dion Dublin is fit again.
Ipswich will still be without defender Jason De Vos (cracked ribs).
Mark Fish, who played at QPR in midweek after arriving on loan from Charlton, has returned to train with the Addicks in a bid to become match fit.
Luton v Leeds
Luton defenders Sol Davis and Chris Coyne are struggling with respective thigh and hamstring injuries.
But Luton have no fresh injury worries after Tuesday's win over Southampton so Markus Heikkinen and Curtis Davies should continue in central defence.
Leeds are hoping that skipper Paul Butler wins his fitness race after they received confirmation that he has not broken a bone in his foot.
And latest signing Rui Marques may come into contention
Millwall v Stoke
Midfielder David Livermore may return for Millwall after a thigh problem.
Adrian Serioux is suspended, Marvin Elliott has been suffering from mumps recently but winger Carlos Fangueiro is in line to make his full debut.
Stoke will be without midfield duo Darel Russell (hamstring) and Junior (three-match suspension).
Captain Michael Duberry played against Leicester on Tuesday following a thigh problem but Peter Sweeney (back) will miss out against his former club.
Preston v Reading
Preston will not risk defender Matt Hill, who is back in training after a hamstring injury but who is thought to be in need of a reserve run-out.
Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan is the club's only long-term absentee.
Reading are likely to opt for consistency and stick with the same squad that won at Brighton in midweek.
Coppell has no fresh injury worries but Brynjar Gunnarsson is still facing at least two more weeks on the sidelines with knee ligament damage.
QPR v Sheff Utd
QPR boss Ian Holloway may hand Aaron Brown his first start for the club.
Brown, who has been with Rangers since last summer but spent a year out with a broken leg, is in contention to replace injured winger Lee Cook.
Neil Shipperley looks set to start his second successive game for Sheffield United, despite not being fully match fit after arriving from Crystal Palace.
Defender Craig Short is available after suspension and will be vying with Chris Morgan and Phil Jagielka for a place.
Sheff Wed v Southampton
New signing David Graham is expected to go straight into Sheffield Wednesday's squad after signing from Wigan.
Strikers Adam Proudlock (infected toe) and Lee Peacock (ankle) will both have late fitness tests and winger Richie Partridge is in contention for a start.
Defender Claus Lundekvam is available for Southampton after suspension.
Brett Ormerod could give the Saints another option in attack after recovering from a virus but Neil McCann (Achilles tendon) is out
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