Featured Matches
Previous
Kansas City
Philadelphia Union
0
0
LIVE 26'
Game Details
Queretaro
Pachuca
0
0
LIVE 18'
Game Details
Tijuana
U.A.N.L
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
KV Oostende
Anderlecht
0
2
FT
Game Details
Fortuna Düsseldorf
TSV Eintracht Braunschweig
2
2
FT
Game Details
Fortuna Düsseldorf
TSV Eintracht Braunschweig
2
2
FT
Game Details
AJ Auxerre
Le Havre AC
2
0
FT
Game Details
Ajaccio GFCO
Valenciennes
2
0
FT
Game Details
Arles
AC Ajaccio
0
0
FT
Game Details
AS Nancy Lorraine
Dijon FCO
1
1
FT
Game Details
Chateauroux
Troyes
0
1
FT
Game Details
Nimes
Angers
3
2
FT
Game Details
Stade Laval
Niort
1
1
FT
Game Details
Tours
Créteil
4
2
FT
Game Details
FK Rubin Kazan
Spartak Moscow
0
4
FT
Game Details
KV Oostende
Anderlecht
0
2
FT
Game Details
Silkeborg IF
Sonderjyske
0
2
FT
Game Details
Lillestrom
SK Brann
4
3
FT
Game Details
Bray
Athlone Town FC
1
1
FT
Game Details
Cork
Dundalk
1
2
FT
Game Details
Derry City
Bohemians
4
0
FT
Game Details
Drogheda Utd
UCD
4
0
FT
Game Details
Limerick FC
Shamrock
4
1
FT
Game Details
St Patricks
Sligo
1
0
FT
Game Details
Kansas City
Philadelphia Union
0
0
LIVE 26'
Game Details
Queretaro
Pachuca
0
0
LIVE 18'
Game Details
Tijuana
U.A.N.L
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Lobos BUAP
Mineros de Zacatecas
0
1
FT
Game Details
Coras Tepic
Correcaminos
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Avaí
Luverdense
0
1
LIVE 45' +1'
Game Details
Vila Nova-GO
Goianiense
0
2
LIVE HT
Game Details
Unión La Calera
Antofagasta
2
1
LIVE 45' +3'
Game Details
Real Espana
Parrillas One
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
May 8, 2009

Reds rule Alonso out of Hammers clash

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Xabi Alonso will be missing for the Premier League title chasers' crucial trip to West Ham United on Saturday.

The Spanish midfielder suffered severe bruising in the tackle that landed Newcastle United's Joey Barton a red card - and subsequently banishment from the club by his manager Alan Shearer - in last weekend's 3-0 win at Anfield.

But the injury blow has been softened by the news that fellow midfielder Javier Mascherano has recovered from an ankle injury and hamstrung striker Fernando Torres have both been passed fit to travel with squad.

"Xabi is not fit and cannot play," Benitez said. "We think maybe in the next week he will be okay. We had an idea that he could be fit for this game but in the end it was impossible.

"Javier was training and is in the squad, and so is Fernando."

Benitez will be hoping to call upon both stars against one of the meanest defences outside of the 'big four'. With the Hammers closing in on seventh spot and a place in the Europa League next season no quarter will be given at Upton Park.

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola thinks his side still need a win and a draw from their last three games to book their place in Europe and is aiming to pick up valuable points against the Reds.

"It is another opportunity for us to beat a top team and also it has got double the value that if we win this game we have a great chance to get into Europe," Zola said.

"We are just saying we need four points but we are going to try to get nine - that is the approach we have."

Zola is determined to earn his first win against one of the league's top-four clubs as a manager, although he is wary of Liverpool's style away from home.

"In my opinion they are a team you'd rather play at their home than away as if you look at their record away it must be one of the best in the Premier League," the Italian said.

"So it is a really tough match for us but my players are determined to beat one of the really top sides.

"We played Manchester United at home and Chelsea at home and we went very close and were unlucky. We keep trying as we lost against those teams but we learnt a lot from them and we are confident that Saturday is going to be a different game."

Striker Carlton Cole is approaching a return from his groin injury but the Liverpool clash may come too soon.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.