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Preview: Shrewsbury Town vs. Bolton Wanderers – prediction, team news, lineups



Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s League One clash between Shrewsbury Town and Bolton Wanderers, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Shrewsbury Town welcome Bolton Wanderers to the New Meadow for a rearranged League One clash on Tuesday.
Both sides won their respective FA Cup first round ties over the weekend and now return to league action with the visitors looking to close the gap on the sides at the top....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

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While already well in contention near the top, Bolton have the advantage of games in hand, having one over most sides and two on Stevenage and Blackpool.

Ahead of this clash, Ian Evatt’s side are six points adrift of leaders Portsmouth, but a win will move them level on points with second-placed Oxford United.
Saturday’s cup tie was not too taxing on the legs either, as Bolton were given a kind draw, facing non-league Solihull Moors, a clash they went on to win 4-0.
That result was a seventh win in eight for Wanderers, with the five prior to the weekend all coming in League One, moving them into third, as well as an 8-1 win over Manchester United’s Under-21s, sealing their place in the EFL Trophy knockouts.
Bolton also now face an opponent against whom they have enjoyed plenty of success against in recent times, winning five of the previous eight meetings.
Their only two defeats to Shrewsbury both came here at the New Meadow though, so manager Matty Taylor will hope they can take advantage of familiar surroundings again.
Defender Chey Dunkley was the late hero as Shrewsbury came from behind to win 3-2 in last season’s league meeting here.
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Shrewsbury had been going well, but have hit a stumbling block, losing their last two league games, with Dunkley’s red card at Wigan Athletic proving decisive as they lost 2-0 just days after a 3-0 loss at Oakwell versus Barnsley.

Those two defeats came after a run of three games which saw Taylor’s side pick up seven points which initially moved them away from trouble.
However, recent results mean they have been sucked back into the relegation battle and are only three points clear of the bottom four.
Attacking woes is the clear problem for Taylor to rectify, as only Cheltenham Town have scored fewer across all of England’s professional leagues this season.
A woeful tally of just seven goals in their 15 league games so far is remarkably low, and they have gone almost four hours without a League One goal.
They are still some way short of matching the unwanted record they put together from late August to early October though, when Shrewsbury went an incredible 13 hours without finding the net.
Despite their lack of goals, Shrewsbury have been efficient with the goals they have managed, as those seven goals have translated into 17 points, including four wins.
There were no issues in attack at the weekend either as Taylor led his side into the second round of the FA Cup by beating Colchester United 3-2.

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Dunkley should return to the Shrewsbury side after serving a one-match ban following his sending off at Wigan.
Kieran Phillips is set to be out for an extended period due to a knee injury, joining Morgan Feeney, Ryan Finnigan and George Nurse on the sidelines.
Bolton will be without both backup goalkeeper Joel Coleman and defender George Johnston due to injury, while Zac Ashworth is a doubt with a calf strain.
Northern Ireland international Dion Charles has been in excellent goalscoring form, netting 11 goals in 16 appearances so far this season.
Charles could be joined in attack by Carlos Mendes Gomes, who made his return after two months out as second-half substitute against Solihull.Shrewsbury Town possible starting lineup:Marosi; Winchester, Flanagan, Dunkley, Sraha, Benning; Perry, Bennett, Bayliss; Udoh, Bowman
Bolton Wanderers possible starting lineup:Baxter; Jones, Ricardo Santos, Toal; Cogley, Sheehan, Thomason, Morley, Williams; Charles, Adeboyejo

We say: Shrewsbury Town 0-2 Bolton Wanderers
Shrewsbury’s lack of goals is extremely concerning, and they may struggle against one of the league’s strongest outfits.
An excellent run of form will see Evatt’s side take to the field full of confidence, and they should have enough to move level on points with Oxford in second here with a win.For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Arsenal considering Viktor Gyokeres signing, scouted him more than once




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Arsenal have been closely monitoring Sporting Lisbon striker Viktor Gyokeres ahead of a possible approach, according to Portuguese publication Record (page 14).

The Sweden international had a good stint in the Championship with Coventry City last term. He registered 22 goals and 12 assists from 50 appearances.

He was linked with a potential switch to the Premier League over the summer, but Sporting eventually won the race to sign him for €20 million plus add-ons.

It is now reported that the Gunners have scouted him more than once this campaign and they are now considering the possibility of landing his signature.

However, Sporting are quite clear that they don’t want to lose him in January unless any club is willing to trigger the hefty €100m release clause in his contract.

Arsenal linked with surprise move for Gyokeres

The 25-year-old was linked with a Premier League switch last summer after Coventry missed out on top-flight promotion to Luton Town via the play-offs.

West Ham United were the most interested English club in the Swede, but he chose to make the move to Sporting, who are currently top of the Primeira Liga.

Gyokeres has been pivotal for the club with 15 goals and seven assists from just 17 appearances and we are not surprised that Arsenal are monitoring him.

The Gunners already hold an interest in his teammate Ousmane Diomande, but any deal could be delayed until the summer with Sporting unwilling to negotiate in January.

A move for Diomande seems justifiable with his huge potential as a 19-year-old centre-back, but we believe there are better strikers that Arsenal could pursue over Gyokeres.

Gyokeres would be a good acquisition for a mid-table Premier League side, but the Gunners should aim higher and recruit someone like Victor Osimhen if they want to win titles.

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AC Milan ‘intensify efforts to sign Arsenal defender Jakub Kiwior’




AC Milan are reportedly set to step up their efforts to sign Arsenal’s Jakub Kiwior and are ready to open discussions over a possible move for the player in January....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

AC Milan are reportedly set to step up their efforts to sign defender Jakub Kiwior and are ready to open discussions with Arsenal over a possible move for the player in the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old arrived from Italian outfit Spezia in the last window but has not been able to nail down a regular starting role under Mikel Arteta during his time in North London.
Kiwior has made only five starts in all competitions over the last 11 months, with two of those coming in the Carabao Cup.

According to 90min, Kiwior is keen to play more regularly, and The Gunners are open to granting the defender a loan to move away from the Emirates Stadium in January.
The report adds that with the possibility of the defender becoming available in the New Year, AC Milan have emerged as one of the frontrunners to secure the 23-year-old’s services and are preparing to open discussion with Arsenal over a potential move.

It is understood that the Rossoneri are keen on a loan move for Kiwior, with the option to purchase him outright next summer.
The Serie A giants are also believed to be happy to agree with an obligation to buy the player next summer if it will help get the deal done.
AC Milan are expected to be active in the upcoming transfer market as they try to bolster their defensive line, with the likes of centre-backs Malick Thiaw and Pierre Kalulu currently sidelined through injury.
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Preview: Inter Milan vs. Udinese – prediction, team news, lineups




Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Serie A clash between Inter Milan and Udinese, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
After disposing of last season’s Scudetto winners, Inter Milan will continue their quest for this term’s Serie A title on Saturday, when they host Udinese.
Having crushed Napoli down south, Inter return to their San Siro stronghold topping the table by two points from old foes Juventus; meanwhile, the visitors are Italy’s draw specialists....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

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Already most pundits’ favourites for the Scudetto, Inter rubber-stamped their status as the team to beat last weekend, as they dismantled reigning champions Napoli in their own backyard, with a little help from Hakan Calhanoglu’s stunning opener just before half time.

After the Turkey international struck sweetly to become the first Inter midfielder with more than five goals at this stage of a Serie A season since Lothar Matthaus in 1990, Simone Inzaghi’s side seized the momentum, and further finishes from Nicolo Barella and Marcus Thuram secured a superb 3-0 success at Stadio Maradona.
As a result, they moved back to the top of the Serie A standings, leaving Napoli 11 points behind – arch-rivals Milan trail by six.
Now boasting a goal difference of +26 (33 scored and just seven conceded) – equalling the club’s best record after 14 games, set some 90 years ago – the Nerazzurri have proved themselves a well-oiled machine that could take some stopping in Italy and beyond.
Indeed, Inter captain Lautaro Martinez (13 goals) has scored more times in Serie A this season than Saturday’s opponents Udinese (12), and his side have still lost just once in all competitions, having also confirmed their place in the Champions League’s last 16.
With a win this weekend, the second-city club would reach 38 points after their first 15 matches for just the fourth time this century, and recent history suggests that victory is theirs for the taking: Inter have lost only one of their last 11 league meetings with Udinese, winning each of the last five at San Siro.
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Udinese’s lone win during that sequence did come as recently as last season, when they triumphed 3-1 on home turf, but the Fruilani are up against the odds on this occasion – not only due to their hosts’ might, but also because of their own failings.

Last week, Gabriele Cioffi’s side let victory slip through their fingers, as they led 2-0 and then 3-2 against lowly Hellas Verona but still contrived to miss out on maximum points once again.
Substitute striker Lorenzo Lucca left the bench after seven minutes and bagged a brace for the Bianconeri, but conceding deep into stoppage time left them with just one Serie A win all season.
A meagre total of 12 points from their first 14 games means Udinese have recorded their lowest tally at this stage of a season since 1994, and a relegation battle could be in prospect if they cannot hold on to such leads more frequently.
Since Cioffi replaced Andrea Sottil in the dugout, his team have at least edged their way out of the drop zone, but they still await a first league victory in Udine this season, having also drawn no fewer than nine times home and away.

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Inter’s fitness woes deepened last time out, as injuries to Dutch duo Stefan de Vrij and Denzel Dumfries left Simone Inzaghi somewhat short-handed at the back.
Carlos Augusto was required to deputise in the back three at Stadio Maradona, as Benjamin Pavard (knee) is still out of action. The latter’s defensive colleague Alessandro Bastoni (calf) should return to the squad, though, after missing each of Inter’s three games since last month’s international break.
Starting up front, summer signing Marcus Thuram has been directly involved in 11 Serie A strikes already this season (five goals and six assists) – the most of any new Nerazzurri player since Champions League hero Diego Milito recorded 13 in his first 15 appearances back in 2009.
A brace against Verona last Sunday took Lorenzo Lucca on to four league goals this term, so the ex-Ajax striker is set to start for Udinese in Milan; fellow forwards Florian Thauvin and Isaac Success should overcome minor injuries to feature on the bench.
Slovenian centre-back Jaka Bijol has been ruled out until January after having surgery on a foot fracture, while long-term absentees Gerard Deulofeu, Enzo Ebosse and Brenner remain unavailable too.
Meanwhile, in midfield, captain Roberto Pereyra plays a more advanced role, and Serbia international Lazar Samardzic comes up against the club he was within a whisker of joining earlier this year.
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:Sommer; Darmian, Acerbi, Augusto; Cuadrado, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Thuram, Martinez
Udinese possible starting lineup:Silvestri; Ferreira, Kabasele, Perez; Ebosele, Samardzic, Walace, Payero, Zemura; Pereyra; Lucca

We say: Inter Milan 2-0 Udinese
With defensive injuries mounting up, Inter boss Simone Inzaghi will be keen to take care of business against Serie A strugglers Udinese without taking too much of a toll on his squad. The Nerazzurri can take a stranglehold of the game by scoring at least once in the first half, then cruise towards win number 12 of their league campaign.For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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