To start against

to act as a rival candidate against.

See also: start

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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TEEN midfielder Dean Campbell insists he is ready to start against ROPS Rovaniemi and make an impact if Craig Bryson loses his fitness battle.
Aguero came down with illness after the Premier League victory over Liverpool eight days ago, but returned to training on Thursday and is set to start against Wolves at the Etihad.
TOMORROW'S friendly against Costa Rica will be the final opportunity for England players to impress manager Gareth Southgate before their opening World Cup Group G game and bookmakers believe Gary Cahill has probably done enough to start against Tunisia on June 18, writes Ian Wilkerson.
ARSENE WENGER has surprised his Arsenal players by picking David Ospina to start against Atletico Madrid.
"They have shown, all together, they deserve to start against Swansea and they will show in the next weeks that they deserve to start in the other games.
Linking up with the squad from his home in Dubai, the 35-year-old was originally brought in to provide cover from the bench, but he is now going to have to start against the Cheetahs in a match that will be played at altitude on the Highveld.
Substitutes Emre Can and Roberto Firmino improved the Reds in the second half and they are both in contention to start against the newly-promoted Cherries.
ALAN PARDEW says Remy Cabella is poised to start against Chelsea on Saturday.
MACK MY J DAY Jamie Mackie wants to start against Macedonia
Ryan Nelsen and William Gallas, who have a combined age of 68, look set to start against the Blues after Younes Kaboul was ruled out with a knee injury he suffered against Norwich on Monday.
Ebanks-Blake is set to be available for selection, but he is unlikely to start against Hull.
Goalkeeper Peter Enckelman is set to start against a President's Select team at Alcochete (kick-off 11am).