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first_imgA 17-year-old Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown resident was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a robbery under arms charge at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The unrepresented Joshua Austin, who told the Court that he worked at a ‘Blocks yard’, pleaded not guilty to the charge. It is alleged that on June 6, 2016 at Mandela Avenue, being armed with a knife he robbed Julius Patterson of one cosmetic silver ring, US00, Cdn, 20 pounds, 40 euros and G00.The young man’s mother had to be called to the courtroom to verify his age as he first told the Magistrate he was 16 years old.However, a copy of his birth certificate was given to the Magistrate which verified that he was 17 years old.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the Court the defendant was positively identified by Patterson and none of the stolen money was recovered.Jeffers objected to bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the fact that a knife was used to carry out the act.He further told the Court that the teen was not a first-time offender and had a pending matter at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.Austin was remanded to prison until June 17. The case was transferred to the Providence Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Atletico manager Diego Simeone called it “a good result” as they finished a goalless match against Real Madrid © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Sep 30 – Barcelona slipped up for the third time in a week but stay top of La Liga after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid cancelled each other out at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.Real and Atletico began a pulsating derby less than three hours after Barca had scrambled to a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao, but goalkeepers reigned supreme in the capital to ensure the grudge match finished goalless. It means Real second, level on points with Barcelona, while Atletico are just two behind in fourth. Sevilla are third.Gareth Bale had to be substituted at half-time with what the club confirmed was a thigh strain and is a doubt for the European champions ahead of their visit to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. Bale will be assessed on Sunday.It was a scenario Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde tried to avoid before his side’s visit to Tottenham on Wednesday by resting Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou.But the Argentine was needed in the second half after Oscar de Marcos gave Bilbao a deserved lead. Munir El Haddadi snatched Barca a point, diverting in Messi’s shot with six minutes left.After drawing at home to Girona and being beaten by Leganes, Barcelona head to Wembley to face Spurs short of rhythm and lacking confidence.Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale (L) had to be substituted at half-time against Atletico Madrid with what the club confirmed was a thigh strain © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOBarcelona will be without Sergi Roberto for the Champions League Group B clash after it was confirmed he had picked up a thigh strain.The last time Bilbao took a point at the Camp Nou in 2004, Valverde was sitting in the away team’s dugout during his first spell as Bilbao coach.He faced questions after his bold decision to rest Messi with Tottenham in mind, along with Sergio Busquets.“Leaving Messi on the bench is absolutely my responsibility,” Valverde said. “He has four games in 10 days and I think it’s good for Leo to rest, like Busquets, thinking of the Champions League.“I know it was the right decision. It was a risk and on this occasion, it didn’t come off.”– ‘Intense’ match –Lack of rotation was chief among the criticisms levelled at Valverde after Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League quarter-finals last season, with Luis Suarez admitting he regretted playing 90 minutes three days before the collapse against Roma.Rested at the start, Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) was needed in the second half of a 1-1 scramble against Athletic Bilbao © AFP / Pau BARRENA CAPILLAValverde has certainly acted. Of the preferred 11 that started a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven two weeks ago, eight started at least one of the three games since on the bench. Seven of those were required to come on as substitutes.“We can’t expect Messi just to come on and fix things,” Suarez said. “We should have won the game before he came on, that’s why we are Barca.”Real and Atletico face midweek Champions League matches away to CSKA Moscow and home to Club Brugge respectively, but there was no letting up on their part.Thibaut Courtois came back to haunt his former club and Jan Oblak showed why he is considered arguably the finest goalkeeper in the world.Courtois spent three seasons at Atletico on loan from Chelsea but this was his first Madrid derby for Real. He made the most of it, saving when both Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa had only the Belgian to beat.Bale could have won it for Real too but he sidefooted wide from close range towards the end of the first half and then had to be replaced.Barcelona will be without Sergi Roberto for the Champions League Group B clash after it was confirmed he had picked up a thigh strain © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOBarca might feel spared but Real and Atletico seemed satisfied at the final whistle. Atleti maintained their resurgence after a miserable start to the season while Real steadied the ship following their hammering at Sevilla on Wednesday.“We have not won because we didn’t score but overall we have been very superior,” Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui said.“The match was intense,” added Atletico manager Diego Simeone. “We had chances through Griezmann and Costa but they were saved by Courtois. It’s a pity because we wanted to win but we leave with a good result.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgA 55 year old West Donegal man is to face trial on 84 sex charges against young boys.The man, who cannot be named, is accused of the rape and the sexual assault of four boys aged between 12 and 14 between 1999 and 2004.Garda James Canning told Glenties District Court that he served the book of evidence in the case on the defendant yesterday morning in Glenties. Inspector Sylvie Henry said the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to all charges being sent to the Central Criminal Court.The man is also charged with illegally having a revolver on July 29th last year.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher applied for bail in the case but it was objected to by the Gardai.Judge Seamus Hughes said he was refusing bail because of the seriousness and the number of alleged offences.He said he would be recommending an early trial and ordered the accused be remanded on bail at Castlerea Prison to appear at the current sitting of the Central Criminal Court.EndsWEST DONEGAL MAN SENT FOR TRIAL ON LITANY OF SEX ABUSE CHARGES AGAINST BOYS was last modified: February 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgONE of Donegal’s most respected politicians and business leaders will go to court next month in a defamation case against a woman, he claims, wrote a defamatory letter about him.Bundoran Town Council chair and county councillor Sean McEniff claims ex-car park attendant Patricia McCafferty wrongly accused him of being a corrupt councillor influencing planning decisions in the seaside town.The claims were made in a letter written by Ms McCafferty in January 2009 which was sent to Bundoran Town Council. Yesterday Ms McCafferty applied for an adjournment at Donegal Circuit Court saying she wasn’t ready to proceed with a defence as the case was listed for hearing a fortnight ago.Peter Nolan, counsel for Mr McEniff, said Ms McCafferty had admitted that she had sent the letter in which she claimed that Mr. McEniff was ‘a corrupt Co. Councillor’. He said the case should go ahead.Judge Leonie Reynolds told Ms McCafferty that she had been given adequate time to prepare for the case and she had no doctor’s certificate.The judge added that she was going to “indulge” Ms McCafferty and grant her an adjournment to Letterkenny Circuit Court in the third week of July when the case would be first on the list for hearing.SEAN McENIFF BEGINS DEFAMATION COURT ACTION was last modified: June 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:defamation casesean mceniffelast_img read more

first_imgGaeil Fhanáda GAA NewsIntermediate Championship Quarter FinalsSeniors v Aodh Rua in Convoy this Saturday 25th at 4pm. Reserves v N. Columba in Convoy this Saturday 25th at 2.30pm.Ádh mór Cookie agus John Phaidí, Seamus agus na buachaillí go léir.Come out and support our boys, all support greatly appreciated.Yearbook Could all managers please get their reports and photo into Margaretta ASAP please.Lotto results to followGAA NEWS: GAEIL FHANÁDA FACE AODH RUADH IN QUARTER-FINAL OF INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSportlast_img read more

first_imgStory Links Preview Tulsa (13-8) capitalized on an error by Becca Barnett (Moline, Ill.) at the start of its at bat in the final inning. Chenise Delce reached on the miscue by Barnett in right field. Delce then advanced to second after Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) walked the next batter. Newman though retired the next two batters, but the last out was a groundout that moved Delce to third. The next batter, Julia Hollingswort, took a first pitch strike, but on the next pitch singled through the left side to drive in the winning run. Newman pitched 6.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Her record fell to 5-6 with the loss. Newman added two hits at the plate. Full Schedule Roster at SIU 3/16/2019 – 1 p.m. Drake starts Missouri Valley Conference play Saturday at SIU. First pitch of game one of the doubleheader will be 12 p.m. The teams will play one game Sunday at 11 a.m. All three games against the Salukis will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Drake (12-12) trailed 2-0 after four innings after Tulsa strung together three-straight one-out singles off Newman that led to two runs in the fourth. The Bulldogs tied the game in their next at-bat after Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) drove in Hannah Pals (Des Moines, Iowa) and Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.). Pals hit a leadoff double and Buie reached on an error.center_img Next Game: Live Stats PDF Box Score Watch Live TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa edged the Drake University softball team, 3-2, Sunday afternoon with a two-out walkoff single in the seventh inning. ESPN+last_img read more

first_imgIt’s the Glen against the Gaels in what promises to be an action-packed night of right hooks and right laughs at the Silver Tassie.The match-ups have yet to be finalised but this night of white-colar boxing promises plenty of ding-dong battles.They might not meet that often on the pitch, but there’ll be no shirking when it comes to bouts between Glenswilly GAA Cub and Letterkenny Gaels on October 26th next. Danny Ryan is again putting the boys and girls through their paces promising a great night’s entertainment.You have been warned!SECONDS OUT FOR ROUND TWO OF THE BATTLE OF THE SWILLY! was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Battle of the Swilly 2boxingdonegalglenswillyLetterkenny Gaelslast_img read more

first_imgSt Michael’s have set-up a semi-final clash with St Eunan’s after their Donegal SFC quarter-final victory over Dungloe.St Michael’s have booked their place in the Donegal SFC semi-final after defeating Dungloe at Mac Cumhaill Park this evening.Tony Wilkinson’s side have now set-up a mouth-watering clash with St Eunan’s in the last four of the Donegal SFC.Maxi Curran’s St Eunan’s side booked their semi-final place following a comfortable victory over Four Masters last night. St.Michael’s employed the ultra defensive strategy they’ve used all year, and again, like it did against Kilcar a fortnight ago, it worked to great effect.Dungloe struggled to break down the St Michael’s defence, who flooded their own half-back line with players, regularly getting thirteen men behind the ball.That defensive formation is ultimately implemented to frustrate their opponents, and that’s what it did to Dungloe, who were forced to attempt scores from distance.Dungloe also played a number of diagonal balls inside to forwards Conor Greene and Adrian Sweeney, but they couldn’t hold on to possession as they were simply outnumbered by the mass St Michael’s defence. Dungloe faced an uphill battle right from the start, after the concession of a goal in the first minute of the match.Good play from Christy Toye released Andrew Kelly who then set up Brian McLaughlin who fisted home past Ciaran Sharkey.Christy Toye then added a good score from play to extend St Michael’s lead.Adrian Sweeney opened Dungloe’s account with a fine free, before Colm McFadden scored his first point.Adrian Hanlon then fired over two great scores within a minute, both coming from play which brought Dungloe back into the game. However, a brace of points from Colm McFadden, Michael McGinley, and a great 45 from goalkeeper Marc Anthony McGinley put St Michael’s in a commanding position.Dungloe fought back again though, and hit back with two good points from Shaun Sharkey, before McFadden added another score just before half-time.Half-time score St Michael’s 1-06 Dungloe 0-05 St Michael’s continued to frustrate Dungloe in the second-half, and turned them over in possession on numerous occasions. Then they counter attacked at great pace, and reeled off three points in the opening ten minutes to put them seven ahead.Dungloe refused to give in and Adrian Hanlon kept them in touch with a couple of well-taken frees.Dungloe then had a great goal opportunity, when a free from Adrian Sweeney dropped short and Noel McBride was on hand to punch it towards goal, it beat goalkeeper Marc Anthony McGinley but it was then cleared off the line.Dungloe really needed a goal to get back in the game, and that was there opportunity, but unfortunately for Tony Boyle’s side they weren’t able to convert it.St Michael’s were clever and economic in possession in the last fifteen minutes, and added a couple of points to put real daylight between the sides.Adrian Hanlon and Barry Curran scored late-on for Dungloe to bring it back to six, and that’s how it ended.Final score St Michael’s 1-13 Dungloe 0-10Next up for St Michael’s is an enthralling semi-final clash with St Eunan’s next weekend.Glenswilly will face the winners of Ardara and Naomh Conaill who meet in a replay on Wednesday night.DONEGAL SFC: ST MICHAEL’S DEFEAT DUNGLOE TO SET-UP MOUTH-WATERING SEMI-FINAL CLASH WITH ST EUNAN’S was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal SFCDonegal SFC quarter-finaldungloeGAAnewsSportSt Michaelslast_img read more

first_imgGay Byrne makes his way through Glenveagh gardens to launch the Donegal Tourism brochure.Browsing through the Donegal Tourism app.Paul Byrne of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny at the launch.Gay Byrne parts some words of wisdom.Having a good laugh at Glenveagh Castle today.County councillor and businessman Ciaran Brogan looking through the brochure at the launch.Chief executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely along with Gay Byrne and his wife Kathleen Watkins.Grace-Ann McGarvey, who designed and produced the new Donegal Tourism brochure in deep conversation at today’s launch.Musicians including Ted Ponsonby and Paul Harrigan entertain the guests at today’s launch.An Irish institution: Gay Byrne caught in typical pose at today’s launch.‘UNCLE GAYBO’ LAUNCHES DONEGAL TOURISM BROCHURE – PICTURE SPECIAL! was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Tourism BrochureGay ByrneGlenveagh Castlelast_img read more

first_img Tags: Serie A Fiorentina vs NapoliStade Artemio Franchi, FlorenceSaturday, 09-02-2019 @8pmFiorentina are missing some key players, but hope to build on recent momentum as they host a Napoli side out for revenge. Although the Viola have had their struggles this season and come into this game having failed to pick up all three points during a 1-1 draw with Udinese, they notably produced one of the most surprising results of this season’s Coppa Italia when smashing Roma 7-1 to set up a semi-final against Atalanta. Stefano Pioli is forced to readjust, as Nikola Milenkovic and Marco Benassi are both suspended, so Federico Ceccherini and Gerson are expected to step into the breach. Kevin Mirallas and Giovanni Simeone continue to battle for a starting spot in the trident attack along with Federico Chiesa and Luis Muriel.Napoli were shocked as they ended up being dumped out of the Coppa following a 2-0 loss to Milan. Nonetheless, the Partenopei have been given a lifeline perhaps in the Scudetto race. Previously, they were double-digits behind Juventus, who seemed largely unstoppable. However, The Old Lady have looked hardly infallible recently – first succumbing to a shocking 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and then fumbling a 3-1 advantage to scrape a 3-3 draw against Parma. The stalemate with the Crociati, combined with Napoli’s resounding 3-0 victory over Sampdoria, has reduced this gap to nine points. And with the Partenopei enjoying success in all but one of their last 11 meetings against Fiorentina across all competition, plus a solid away record (they have lost just four times on the road in Serie A this season), they certainly will be fancying their chances. However, they’ll just hope that the distraction of captain Marek Hamsik’s “likely departure” to China won’t prove to be another factor against a Fiorentina side determined to use their home form to aid them in making a late push for a Europa League spot.This fixture also brings back painful memories, as last season a 3-0 defeat here with Kalidou Koulibaly sent off in the opening minutes effectively ended Maurizio Sarri’s Scudetto dreams.Although Napoli have won just 15 times at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Serie A (D17, L36), current Fiorentina boss Stefano Pioli has lost all three previous meetings with Carlo Ancelotti.Parma vs Inter MilanStade Ennio Tardini, ParmaSaturday, 09-02-2019 @10:30pmParma host struggling Inter this weekend in what is turning into an unlikely battle for European places. The Ducali pegged Juventus back for an impressive 3-3 draw after trailing 3-1 with 20 minutes to go. Former Roma man Gervinho yet again struck against the Bianconeri with a brilliant brace inside the final 16 minutes, including a last-minute thunderbolt to salvage the point. The draw, along with other results last weekend, moved them into 12th place in the table. However, they sit just six points adrift of Lazio, Atalanta and Roma in joint fifth and incredibly only seven points behind the Champions League berth.There is some real belief that Roberto D’Aversa’s men can mount a serious challenge for a Europa League spot, due to the inconsistent seasons thus far of other more prestigious clubs such as Lazio, Sampdoria and Fiorentina. D’Aversa has a near-full squad to choose from for this match, with Alberto Grassi and Francisco Sierralta the only players unavailable for the clash due to long-term injury.Meanwhile, pressure is seriously beginning to mount on Luciano Spalletti. After a brilliant start to the season they were widely tipped as one of the three teams that would definitely qualify for next season’s Champions League, but after a few shaky results they are now just five points clear of Atalanta in fifth place. They are in serious danger of dropping out of the top four with tricky games following the Parma clash in Sampdoria and Fiorentina. Last week, they were sunk by Federico Santander’s 33rd-minute Bologna header. It was the culmination of a horror week for the Nerazzurri after they were defeated 1-0 by Torino and eliminated by Lazio in the Coppa Italia following a penalty shootout.Inter are winless in their last four games in all competitions, have failed to score in their last three Serie A matches, and Spalletti will certainly be hoping for a positive result in this match amid rumours of Jose Mourinho meeting with director Beppe Marotta for a possible role on the Inter bench. Borja Valero and Sime Vrsaljko are injured for La Beneamata, while Matteo Politano continues his two-match ban after the red card for dissent against Torino a fortnight ago.Parma will enter this match full of momentum and every belief that they can take this game to their opponents, but Spalletti will undoubtedly be using a cautious approach.Parma haven’t beaten Inter twice in a single Serie A season since 1998-99.Bologna vs GenoaStadio Renato Dall’Ara, BolognaSunday, 10-02-2019 @2:30pmSinisa Mihajlovic could not have had a better Bologna debut and after beating Inter he has to pick up points against Antonio Sanabria’s Genoa. This Sunday’s lunch time match sees the Rossoblu host the Grifone in what should be an entertaining clash at the Stadio Dall’Ara. Both clubs have plenty to play for with the home team after having made major changes during January looking to scrap their way out of the relegation zone, while the Ligurians want to make sure they don’t get sucked back into the dogfight.Bologna re-hired former Coach Mihajlovic last month for a second spell after having been at the Emilia-Romagna club a full decade ago. His impact was immediate and impressive with a 1-0 victory away to Inter. Watching the match, one would be confused as to which club was in the Champions League place and which in the bottom three. Bologna’s tactics in this match were in stark contrast to the team under former boss Pippo Inzaghi, as they pressed high up the field, moved the ball very quickly when they attacked and were organised in defence.Genoa have also had a significant change, as with star striker Krzysztof Piatek moving to Milan, they have found an able replacement in Antonio Sanabria. The Paraguayan was signed on loan from Real Betis, via Roma, and he has taken to the club like a duck to water, scoring in each of his first two games to help earn four vital points against Empoli & Sassuolo. Cesare Prandelli’s Genoa are weakened for this game, as centre-back Cristian Romero is suspended, with Oscar Hiljemark, Luca Mazzitelli and Andrea Favilli still out of action, so Koray Gunter should get the nod in defence.Both teams have a proud history, and outside of the teams from the traditionally strong cities of Milan, Rome and Turin, these two teams have the most Scudetti, with I Veltri having won seven (tied with Pro Vercelli) and Genoa claiming nine. With new players, especially in the attack, two Coaches who have a penchant for pro-active football and with a win being able to take both teams closer to their targets, this lunch time kick-off should have viewers glued.Both teams have picked up 57 yellow cards each, with Bologna having received three red cards and Genoa having five players sent off so far this season.Sampdoria vs FrosinoneStadio Communale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaSunday, 10-02-2019 @5pmSampdoria are expected to give Manolo Gabbiadini his first start as they host a revitalised Frosinone outfit fighting for Serie A safety.There is plenty at stake for both teams going into Marassi on Sunday afternoon. The Blucerchiati are only three points adrift of Milan and therefore in the thick of the race for a Europa League spot. As for the Canarini, they are still in penultimate place, but within five points of safety, as Empoli, Udinese and Cagliari continue to slide.Nicola Murru is suspended for Samp, while Gianluca Caprari is a long-term absentee with a fractured fibula, joined by Jacopo Sala and Edgar Barreto. Fabio Quagliarella’s record scoring run came to an end with last week’s 3-0 defeat to Napoli, but he still managed to equal Gabriel Batistuta’s tally from 1994.It’s likely Quagliagol will be partnered by Gabbiadini, given his first start since the January transfer from Southampton. Gaston Ramirez is the favourite rather than Riccardo Saponara to take the trequartista role behind the strikers, while Junior Tavares and Alex Ferrari compete to replace Murru at left-back. Tavares is on loan from Sao Paulo, but has made only one 13-minute Serie A appearance since his arrival over the summer.Frosinone have injury concerns for Federico Dionisi, Paolo Ghiglione, Lorenzo Ariaudo, Nicolò Brighenti, Lorenco Simic and striker Andrea Pinamonti. Daniel Ciofani should therefore partner their top scorer Camillo Ciano, although Marcello Trotta is in with a shout too.The 4-0 victory over Bologna was a huge boost and they only suffered a very tight 1-0 defeat to Lazio last week.Samp have kept three consecutive Serie A home clean sheets and a fourth would be their best run since six in October 2007.Atalanta vs SPALStadio Atleti Azzuri d’Italia, BergamoSunday, 10-02-2019 @5pmAtalanta hope to continue their incredible recent run and surge towards the top four with a home victory against a SPAL side who hover above the drop zone. In past seasons the men from Bergamo may have found themselves dropping points away to teams such as Cagliari, however they managed to hang on in the Monday night clash when the Sardinians hit the bar in injury time to set up a thrilling final Champions League spot bottleneck scenario involving Roma, Lazio and current fourth placed Milan, all crammed within a point.The Biancazzurri will be disappointed that they couldn’t make their numerical advantage count in the previous round, with Torino going down to 10 men, despite having the better of the chances in a goalless stalemate. Andrea Petagna returns from suspension, so will likely replace another former Milan youth product Alberto Paloschi in attack and will be desperate to add to his tally against his former employers after his brace against them in the reverse fixture from September. However, winger Mohamed Fares and centre-back Dias Felipe are suspended, so Francesco Vicari should get the nod rather than January buy Vasco Regini.SPAL’s form has improved in recent weeks and Manuel Lazzari will need to follow his Coach Leonardo Semplici’s advice and get used to the added attention he has been receiving in Serie A if the Emilia Romagna side are to escape with any points. He should be able to count on Mirko Valdifiori to ease the burden, who is expected to start in a switch back to a 3-5-2 formation.Josip Ilicic having recovered will likely replace Mario Pasalic to provide support for the ever-dangerous duo of Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata.SPAL are unbeaten against Atalanta since a 1-0 Serie B result here in January 1977, picking up three wins and seven 1-1 draws in all competition.Torino vs UdineseStadio Olimpico Grande Torino, TorinoSunday, 10-02-2019 @5pmTorino and Udinese have both struggled to score goals recently and need their forwards to pick up the pace.The Granata’s draw away to SPAL last weekend means they have recorded just one win in their last five games. Owing to the congestion in the middle of the table, Torino are perched in 10th position with 31 points, five below the top four.Despite beating Inter in their last home game, Toro’s form in Turin is quite patchy, as they’ve recorded defeats against the likes of Parma, Roma, Napoli and Juventus, whilst drawing with Fiorentina.Udinese are having a wobble this season. Davide Nicola’s side are 16th after managing only 19 points, two above the drop zone. More worryingly for visitors and perhaps comforting for the home side, is that the Zebrette have failed to register a win in their last 10 away fixtures. But Udinese will take courage from their 1-1 draw against Fiorentina and hope to produce a good performance in Turin.Not a lot is expected in terms of goals, as Torino have found the net six times in their last five home matches with Udinese the third lowest average scoring team in the league. Torino miss Vittorio Parigini, but above all have both Simone Zaza and defender Nicolas N’Koulou suspended.Meanwhile Udinese will be without Sandro, Samir, Antonin Barak and Emanuel Agyeman Badu as a result of injuries.Toro could keep three consecutive Serie A clean sheets for the first time since January 2014.Sassoulo vs JuventusMAPEI Stadium, Reggio nell’EmilliaSunday, 10-02-2019 @8pmJuventus have been stuttering of late and face a very difficult trip to Europa League chasing Sassuolo.Considering how good Massimiliano Allegri’s side have been this season, they’ve been on concerning form by their standards recently.Since the turn of the New Year, there’s been the slim victory over Milan in the Supercoppa, an incredibly late and arguably undeserved victory against Lazio, a 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and a 3-3 draw at home to Parma.For a club who are currently unbeaten in the league and have serious aspirations in Europe, this has been something of a meltdown.Their opponents this weekend are more than capable of providing a shock result against big sides. Roberto De Zerbi’s Sassuolo are still a work in progress, but the Italian is certainly laying down the framework for the club to build something beyond this season.Recent form is a massive cause for concern, though. There’s been one win in their last six games and only three victories dating back to late September, all against relegation competition. Yet it’s still enough for them to be knocking on the door of Europa League football next season, which doesn’t say much for the rest of the league.The Neroverdi’s home form is hardly the most stellar in Serie A, with 17 points from 11 games, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a potential pitfall. However, the Bianconeri’s mind boggling way of winning every away game except one, which they drew at Atalanta, means Sassuolo’s home form can be somewhat overwritten.You can likely expect the game to be a slow starter, with Juventus being understandably cautious given their recent performances. However, that classic Allegri mentality will steady the ship as Juventus look to dominate the game.In terms of team news, Sassuolo head into the game with a relatively clean bill of health, as Filip Djuricic and Khouma Babacar are expected to start the game despite fitness concerns. Alfred Duncan is suspended in midfield, with Marlon out for several weeks.For Juventus, Joao Cancelo, Rodrigo Bentancur and Miralem Pjanic should all start, but Sami Khedira and Mattia De Sciglio are relegated to the bench due to injury worries. The treatment table remains packed, with defenders Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli all out of action, joined by Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado.This would be the time for squad rotation ahead of the Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid, but can Allegri afford the risk?Juventus have kept only one clean sheet in their five Serie A trips to Sassuolo, conceding precisely one goal in each of the other four. They emerged with three wins, a draw and 1-0 defeat in October 2015.AC Milan vs CagliariStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanWednesday, 10-02-2018 @10:30pmMilan are in a four-way battle for the last Champions League spot and host a Cagliari side sliding towards the relegation zone. The Diavolo came back from behind to claim a point in a 1-1 draw courtesy of the now departed Gonzalo Higuain in last September’s reverse encounter in Sardinia. There’s a lot more at stake going into this encounter, Milan’s main objective is to finish in the top four and make their long overdue return to the Champions League. Inter’s recent struggle has reduced the gap to now just four points, so now Milan’s sights must be set even higher by capitalising on their city rivals’ bad run of results and leapfrogging them in the table.Rolando Maran’s Cagliari currently sit 15th in the table and are only four points above the relegation zone, so they must improve on their current league win count. To date they have just four wins in 22 games, but it’ll be an almighty task to add to that at San Siro. Last time out Milan grabbed a point in the capital against Roma with KrzysztofPiatek making more headlines by registering another goal, the biggest hero proved to be Gianluigi Donnarumma who pulled off a string of great saves to prevent a Roma victory. Despite giving a good account of themselves Cagliari were defeated by a goal to nil at home in the last round of fixtures against the peninsulas most in form side Atalanta.No changes are expected to the Milan starting line-up. The front line will be led by Piatek so Patrick Cutrone will start from the bench, with Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu flanking him in attack. The Pole has three in three so far and has definitely got the fans dreaming his spell in Milan colours will be more akin to that of club legends Marco van Basten and Andriy Shevchenko rather than the more forgettable spells of Javi Moreno and even Higuain. Giacomo Bonaventura remains a long term injury doubt, while Mattia Caldara and Lucas Biglia are not too far away from a return to the action.Cagliari will likely stick to the 3-5-2 formation used against Atalanta, January loanee Luca Pellegrini came off the bench in that game in place of Simone Padoin and could get the nod to play from start. Filip Bradaric could come into midfield to add some extra bite and allow star man Nicolò Barella more freedom to roam into creative positions. Top scorer Leonardo Pavoletti should start in attack with Joao Pedro and Alberto Cerri competing for the other attacking role.Valter Birsa and Cyril Thereau join long term absentees Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Castro on the treatment table. We could see the debut of January signing Kiril Despodov, recently named Bulgarian Player of the Year.Cagliari haven’t won away at Milan since May 1997 and lost each of the last 13 Serie A visits.Comments last_img read more