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Preview: Chiclana vs. Villarreal – prediction, team news, lineups




Sports Mole previews Thursday’s Copa del Rey clash between Chiclana and Villarreal, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Villarreal will look to avoid a cup upset when they travel to Cadiz for Thursday’s Copa del Rey tie against sixth-tier Chiclana.
The hosts, meanwhile, are competing in the main draw after they successfully negotiated their way past Mijas-Las Lagunas in the preliminary round....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

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In the year they celebrate their 75th anniversary, Chiclana are looking forward to facing top-flight opposition in the first round of the Copa del Rey.

They had to battle their way through a cagey tie against Mijas-Las Lagunas earlier this month to set up Thursday’s memorable contest.
After taking the lead courtesy of an own goal, Chiclana required a crucial penalty save from Fran Sanchez to claim a 1-0 victory over Mijas-Las Lagunas.
Not only have they enjoyed success in the cup, but Chiclana have also performed impressively in their league campaign, picking up 15 points from seven matches to leave them.
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Impressively, they have kept six consecutive clean sheets in the league, and they will need all that defensive resilience if they are to trouble Villarreal on Thursday.
Villarreal have failed to live up to their own high expectations in the opening stages of the new season, having won just four of their 13 matches across all competitions.
Pacheta has been in charge for nine of those matches after being appointed Villarreal boss in early September following the sacking of Quique Setien.

The Villarreal boss would have been relieved to see his side end a five-game winless league run in Sunday’s away meeting with struggling Granada.
The Yellow Submarine threatened to throw away a comfortable lead after a Gerard Moreno brace and an Alexander Sorloth strike had put their side in the driving, but while Granada managed to pull two goals back before half time, Villarreal held firm to secure their third league victory of the season, leaving them in 12th place with 12 points to their name.

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Team News
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Sanchez’s penalty save made him one of Chiclana’s heroes in the preliminary round, and he will need to be on his very best form on Thursday if his side are to make it competitive against Villarreal.
Chiclana boss Jose Maria Sauzo could opt to select the same side that started the win over Mijas-Las Lagunas in the previous round.
As for Villarreal, Yeremy Pino, Denis Suarez, Francis Coquelin and Juan Foyth remain sidelined, while Alfonso Pedraza is a doubt after missing Monday’s win over Granada with a knock.
With Pacheta set to make wholesale changes, the experienced Pepe Reina is expected to start in goal, while Kiko Femenia, Aissa Mandi, Jorge Cuenca and Carlos Romero are likely to feature in defence.
There could also be starting places for the likes of Ramon Terrats, Santi Comesana, Ben Brereton Diaz and Jose Luis Morales.
Chiclana possible starting lineup:Sanchez; Fernandez, Montero, Ramos, Leon; Alba, Juanito, Chust, Reyes, Butron; Guerrero
Villarreal possible starting lineup:Reina; Femenia, Mandi, Cuenca, Romero; Terrats, Comesana; Akhomach, Trigueros, Brereton Diaz; Morales

We say: Chiclana 0-5 Villarreal
Chiclana will undoubtedly enjoy Wednesday’s outing no matter the result, but while it is a historic occasion for the host, Villarreal will focus on remaining professional and claiming what should be a comfortable victory.For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Saturday’s Transfer Talk Update: Joao Palhinha, Javi Guerra, Ryan Gravenberch




Sports Mole rounds up the latest confirmed transfer news and speculation from across the footballing world.
The January transfer window is almost here and clubs around the UK and Europe are lining up moves as they look to take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen.
Saturday morning’s headlines:...Click Here To Continue Reading>>

Manchester United and Liverpool reportedly enter the race to sign Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha, who is also attracting interest from Arsenal. Read more.

Chelsea are reportedly willing to do whatever it takes to secure the services of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen. Read more.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp plays down speculation suggesting the club will look to sign a new centre-back to replace the injured Joel Matip. Read more.

Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen is reportedly in advanced talks with Colorado Rapids over a deal to return to Major League Soccer. Read more.

Premier League duo Chelsea and West Ham United reportedly receive a boost in their pursuit of Lyon’s 20-year-old attacker Rayan Cherki. Read more.

Valencia are allegedly willing to sell midfielder Javi Guerra for a fee in the region of £34.2m amid interest from Manchester United. Read more.

Pep Guardiola apologises to Kalvin Phillips for not selecting him in the Manchester City team this season, but the Citizens boss admits that he “struggles to see” the midfielder in his plans. Read more.

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United, will reportedly sign a new deal in Turin. Read more.

Sporting director Matt Hobbs reveals that defender Jonny will not train with the first team until February at the earliest after a training-ground incident last week. Read more.

Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund meet to discuss a possible swap deal involving Jadon Sancho and Donyell Malen, according to a report. Read more.

RB Leipzig head coach Marco Rose plays down claims that Timo Werner has been given the green light to leave the club during the January transfer window. Read more.

Real Madrid are reportedly keeping a close eye on the uncertain contract situation of Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies, whose deal expires in 2025. Read more.

Barcelona reportedly rekindle their interest in Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and are considering offering Raphinha in exchange for the Englishman. Read more.

Ferran Torres allegedly tells Xavi that he is prepared to remain at Barcelona for at least the remainder of the season. Read more.

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Team News: Alisson Becker returns for Liverpool, Jarell Quansah starts




Alisson Becker returns in goal for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, while Jarell Quansah starts in defence.
Alisson Becker has returned in goal for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Brazil international has been out with a thigh issue since November’s 1-1 draw with champions Manchester City but has made a quick recovery to demote Caoimhin Kelleher back down to the bench.
Crystal Palace: Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Clyne; Richards, Lerma; Ayew, Hughes, Schlupp; EdouardSubs: Matthews, Tomkins, Riedewald, Ozoh, Ahamada, Olise, Franca, Ebiowei, Mateta
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Gravenberch, Endo, Szoboszlai; Salah, Nunez, DiazSubs: Kelleher, Gomez, Konate, Jones, Gakpo, Elliott, Doak, McConnell, Bradley
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