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Roy Carroll Gets Dream Return

Roy Carroll returns to England tonight for the first time since his £80,000 move to  Greek Superleague champions Olympiacos. Carroll whose previous clubs include Man Utd, West Ham, and Derby spoke of his dream to play in the Europa league and Champions League after his move in January. “I’m really looking forward to the Europa League games and my own comeback to European competition.

” “I’m hoping that next year we will be playing in the Champions League, because everybody wants to play at the top-level. In order to be able to do so, however, we must first win the championship.”

Olympiacos lost their opener at home to Schalke and Wenger knows tonight’s clash at the Emirates provides a chance to take a stranglehold on the group.

Olympiacos will be hoping to turn around lasts years Champions league game against the Gunners which saw Oxlade-Chamberlain on the score sheet in a 2-0 win. Arsenal will meet the greek side again on December the 4th. Carroll who will be hoping for a clean sheet tonight got his career off to a great start at the Greek champions.

His first appearance was against Rubin Kazanin Moscow in the first match for the round of 32, in the Europa League, coming on as a late substitute after Balázs Megyeri conceded a penalty and was given a red card. Carroll saved the penalty with the first touch of his Olympiacos career and his team went on to win 0–1. He then proceeded to legendary status among the fans, after producing a string of saves in the return leg whilst carrying a visible hamstring injury.

Arsenal should have no problems overcoming the Greek champions tonight with Olympiacos having to do without key players through injury including talisman Rafik Djebbour.

The Algeria international was rested for Saturday’s 1-0 league win at Atromitos but has failed to recover from a thigh injury in time for the match.

Djebbour is joined on the sidelines by Ljubomir Fejsa, Vassilis Torossidis and Tassos Papazoglou, while Francois Modesto faces a late fitness test.


Europa League Preview Match-day Two 4/10/2012

Liverpool , Newcastle & Tottenham are all in midweek action as the Europa league returns. Tottenham have the difficult trip away to Panathinaikos while Liverpool and Newcastle have the benefit of playing on home soil against Udinese & Bordeaux respectively. 

Udinese who play Genoa today currently sit 14th in Serie A and reports from italy confirmed today that the Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin dropped Antonio Di Natale due to a disagreement which has now been resolved. Liverpool will again look to the squad for changes with the visit of Stoke to Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool who are 4/7 to win the game will be looking to make it a difficult night for Udinese who will no doubt be going all out for the victory in celebration of their 50th UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League fixture. This will be the first time the sides have met in UEFA competition and Liverpool’s record against italian teams is W8 D5 L10. Liverpool go into the game unbeaten in 6 games in the competition 5 under new boss Brendan Rodgers. In 100 UEFA cup games Liverpool’s record stands at 56 wins and 18 defeats.

Newcastle play hosts to Bordeaux for the first time in UEFA club competition .Newcastle will look to condemn FC Girondins de Bordeaux to a fifth straight defeat in England in UEFA Europa League Group D.

Bordeaux’s record in eight games against English sides does not make happy reading: W0 D2 L6 (W0 D2 L2 at home – W0 D0 L4 in England). Their results have been getting progressively worse on English soil, where they have yet to score.

Newcastle are on a six-game winning streak at home in Europe, and have not lost at home in eight games in this competion.The only concern for Pardew may be reports in the press surrounding Demba Ba who if its to believed reports could be may be on his way to Anfield in January in a move that may involve the return of Andy Carroll. Latest odds Newcastle 6/5 to Bordeaux 2/1.

Tottenham have the tough task of travelling to Panathinaikos and meeting for the first time. Panathinaikos’s record against English teams is not great with 1 win and 10 defeats. Panathinaikos have not scored in three UEFA fixtures, losing two and drawing one although they are yet to concede any goals at home this season in Europe and record 1 win and a goalless draw. Spurs record against greek sides is not great with only 1 win and 2 losses. Spurs currently 11/10 to win away from home.

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