Spain international Isco will look to leave Real Madrid in the summer after growing tired of a lack of first team opportunities with the European cha- mpions, Spanish media reported on Tuesday.
Spanish sports daily Marca reported that the midfielder, who cast doubt on his future at the club on Saturday, is unhappy with his role in the team this campaign, citing information coming from the player’s representatives.
Isco has started 11 of 21 games in La Liga and only one in the Champions League. NaijaBet.com
Marca reported the 24-year-old was also unhappy with Real Madrid’s offer of an improved salary in negotiations to renew his contract and that he wants to move to the Premier League, with Manchester City his number one choice.
Isco scored a crucial goal in Real’s 3-1 at Osasuna on Feb. 11 but was left out of the team in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Napoli in Europe’s elite competition. Continue reading “Isco ready to walk out on Real Madrid”
Bayer Leverkusen bounced back from successive league defeats with back-to-back wins and will look to carry this momentum into the welcome of Atletico Madrid. They are unbeaten in the Champions League this term, though drew two of their three home group games earlier in the season.
Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last seven games away from home, though four of those have been draws.
A 4-1 win at the weekend ended a run of successive stalemates on the road as they returned to winning ways on their travels at just the right time.
Neither side will want to give too much away in the first leg with a draw on the cards in Germany. Naija and Bet
Bayer Leverkusen – Hakan Calhanoglu is suspended for the remainder of the season. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid”
The Chile international made a surprise appearance late on in the second half and his manager has defended his decision to bring him on.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied introducing Alexis Sanchez off the bench against Sutton United was a risk.
The Frenchman made the seemingly strange decision to bring on the Chile international in the 74th minute, with his side leading 2-0 in the FA Cup.
Wenger’s side closed out their two-goal victory on Monday to set up a quarter-final clash with Lincoln City. Predict Tonight UCL matches on NaijaBet.com
The 67-year-old later said he was always confident Sanchez could deal with game time off the bench. Continue reading “Wenger denies using Sanchez against Sutton was risky”
Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney could miss Sunday’s League Cup final against Southampton at Wembley after manager Jose Mourinho revealed that the striker was still struggling with a muscle injury.
Rooney, United’s all-time top scorer, has not played since the start of February and missed Sunday’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Blackburn Rovers.
“I don’t know,” Mourinho told reporters when asked if Rooney would be fit to face Southampton in the final. Place Bet on NaijaBet.com
Mourinho also ruled Rooney and defender Phil Jones out of United’s Europa League last-32 match at St Etienne on Wednesday. United have a 3-0 lead from the first leg of the tie.
“Rooney is injured. Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover,” the manager added. “Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday.” Continue reading “Rooney might miss League Cup final – Mourinho”
Theo Walcott scored his 100th Arsenal goal as Arsene Wenger’s side ended non-league minnows Sutton United’s FA Cup fairytale with a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup on Monday.
The England forward added to Lucas Perez’s opener as Arsenal returned to winning ways following their 5-1 drubbing by Bayern Munich last week and set up a home quarterfinal with another non-league team, Lincoln City.
But the narrow margin of victory belied the 105 places that separate the two teams in England’s football pyramid, with Sutton currently 17th in the fifth-tier National League. NaijaBet.com
The south London club had hoped to emulate their famous 1989 win over Coventry City, FA Cup winners 19 months previously, but there was no disgrace in defeat in their first ever fifth-round game.
Arsenal were given several uncomfortable moments on the 3G pitch at Sutton’s 5 000-capacity Gander Green Lane ground, which was full to bursting with fans in yellow Sutton T-shirts, hats and scarves. Continue reading “Walcott goal ends Sutton’s FA Cup dream”
The Super Eagles will play the two tune-up games to assess their readiness for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers
Nigeria will face Senegal and Burkina Faso in international friendlies billed for March, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed.
The Super Eagles did not feature in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations played in Gabon, and they will use the games against the west Africans to step up preparations for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers. Naija and Bet
Gernot Rohr’s men will take on Senegal on March 23 in London, and will face Burkina Faso four days later.
Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye disclosed that coach Rohr will announce his squad for the ties in few days time. Continue reading “Eagles to face Senegal, Burkina Faso in friendlies Match”
Manchester City will look to bounce back from their 0-0 draw with Huddersfield in the FA Cup last time out. On home turf, however, City have impressed and are unbeaten in their last six, winning four.
Free scoring Monaco were held to a 1-1 draw with Bastia on Friday evening, yet maintained their three-point lead at the summit of Ligue 1 as PSG dropped points. Away from home, they are unbeaten in seven, winning five, including a 1-1 draw with domestic rivals PSG.
This promises to be one of the ties of the round, with a high scoring affair a possibility.
Manchester City – Vincent Kompany and Gabriel Jesus are both sidelined for Pep Guardiola’s side, while Gael Clichy will face a late fitness test with the left-back suffering with a back problem. NaijaBet.com
Yaya Toure has been recalled to City’s Champions League squad and is expected to start alongside Fernandinho, with one of Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sane set to start from the bench.
Sergio Aguero is likely to lead the attack here, while Willy Caballero could keep his place between the sticks. Continue reading “CL Match Preview : Manchester City vs Monaco”
Embattled Leicester City turn their attentions to the one competition they have had success in during a nightmarish season for the English champions when they visit high-flying Sevilla on Wednesday for their Champions League last 16 first leg.
Europe’s elite competition has been a welcome distraction for Claudio Ranieri’s side, which has come crashing back down to earth after last year’s logic-defying title win but keeps defying the odds in Europe.
Leicester finished top of their group and conceded just one goal in their first five games, and a brief escape is just what they need as their domestic woes show no sign of easing.
A winless start to 2017 in the league has left the club one point and a single place above the drop zone, and in danger of becoming the first team since Manchester City in 1938 to be relegated the season after winning the English championship. Naija and Bet
On Saturday they endured an embarrassing exit from the FA Cup at the hands of League One side Millwall despite playing most of the second half with an extra man. Continue reading “Sevilla offer little respite to struggling Leicester”
The forward has stated his motive for dumping the English Premier League side for the Championship outfit.
Nigeria international, Sone Aluko has disclosed that he joined English Championship side, Fulham football club to get more playing time.
The 28-year-old forward joined the Craven Cottage Stadium outfit in 2016, after his four-year reign with Hull City – scoring 13 goals from 90 appearances. Naija and Bet
According to him, he had to move in order to get regulr playing chances.
“It was massive to leave and get game time,” Aluko told. Continue reading “Aluko reveals reasons why he left Hull City”
Sutton have lost both matches since booking their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup but they have only lost one of their last 14 matches at home soil in all competitions.
Arsenal have endured an awful few weeks and defeat here would really ramp up the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger. He is expected to field a strong side here in order to avoid further embarassment.
Sutton have a real chance to create history here and should try and get at Arsenal as early as possible. The Gunners have lost three of their last four in all competitions but should manage to overcome some hairy moments to come through this tie. Naija and Bet
Sutton United – Sutton have four former Arsenal players on their books and each of them will be looking to make a statement on Monday night. Craig Eastmond is free to play against his former club after completing his three-game ban in midweek. Continue reading “FA Cup Match Preview : Sutton United vs Arsenal”
The Brazilian won 23 titles across eight seasons at the Camp Nou but the manner of his departure left a bitter taste for the Juventus full-back.
Former Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has strongly criticised the Liga champions for treating him disrespectfully before his move to Juventus last year.
The Brazil international won a remarkable 23 trophies across eight seasons at Camp Nou but left on a free transfer to join the Serie A giants in 2016. Predict tonight’s Champions League on NaijaBet.com
And in an interview with S, Alves accused Barcelona’s board of failing to discuss the prospect of a new contract with him until the club were hit by a player registration ban for breaking FIFA rules related to signing young players.
“I like being loved and if they do not want me, I’m leaving,” the 33-year-old said.”During my last three seasons I always heard that Alves was leaving but the management never said anything to me. Continue reading “Barca have no idea how to treat players – Dani Alves”
The Reds boss expects to face a desperate Foxes side when his team visit the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on February 27.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his team that they could be the first to face the “new” Leicester City in the Premier League.
Claudio Ranieri’s men, last season’s champions, have yet to score a league goal in 2017 and sit just a point above the relegation zone.
But Klopp is wary of the team his side will face at King Power Stadium on February 27, even though Leicester have a Champions League meeting with Sevilla before then.Predict,Place Bet and Win Big on NaijaBet.com
“Of course, Leicester, it’s a difficult situation for them,” the German told the club’s website.
“They’re fighting for the league 100 per cent now and maybe this is the moment they recognise there’s really nothing else to do in this season other than to stay in the league and be really concentrated so we, if you want, could be the first team to face this ‘new’ Leicester. But it’s possible [to win]. Continue reading “Liverpool could face desperate Leicester – Klopp”
Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley hailed his giantkillers for bringing the “magic” back to the FA Cup on Saturday but, 24 hours later, Tottenham and Manchester United restored order to the competition.
It appeared Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and United boss Jose Mourinho had learnt lessons from Lincoln’s shock 1-0 victory over Premier League Burnley and champions Leicester’s similar loss to 10-man Millwall of the third tier.
But Pochettino was keen to end a tough week with a win following defeats to Liverpool and Belgian side Gent in the Europa League so he fielded almost a full strength side and was rewarded by a Harry Kane hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Fulham.
Spurs will host Millwall in the quarterfinals but will be wary of the 2004 FA Cup finalists who have claimed three Premier League scalps this season already. NaijaBet.com
Mourinho, whose side beat St Etienne 3-0 in their Europa League clash last Thursday, made several changes to his line-up.
Unlike Leicester counterpart Claudio Ranieri, who made 10, it didn’t backfire as United came from 1-0 down to beat Blackburn 2-1 although Mourinho had to call on veteran Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come off the bench to seal victory. Continue reading “Spurs,United win restore order to FA Cup”
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique labelled harsh treatment dished out to his players by Barca fans nonsensical as the Spanish champions squeezed past Leganes 2-1 on Sunday.
Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, Barca needed a last minute Lionel Messi penalty to see off a Leganes side without a win since November and on their first ever league visit to the Camp Nou.
Messi had given Barca a fourth minute lead, but jeers rang around the Camp Nou when Unai Lopez levelled 19 minutes from time.
“As a fan, booing a player of your own team for me makes no sense,” said Enrique. Naija and Bet
Much-criticised midfielder Andre Gomes received the brunt of the boos as he was replaced 10 minutes from the end.
“What can clearly help the team and the players is the support that we saw from the majority of the fans throughout the game and especially in the final minutes,” added Enrique. Continue reading “Barca’s fans boos is unhelpful – Enrique”
Real Madrid have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven competitive outings, but have lost only one of their last 24 home games in La Liga.
Zinedine Zidane’s men have won their last seven consecutive league fixtures at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Espanyol with quite a task on their hands.
Espanyol’s impressive three-match winning run was ended away from home last time out, as Quique Sanchez Flores’ men sank to a 2-1 loss against Real Sociedad. NaijaBet.com
Real Madrid – Toni Kroos is available for league action once again after his ban, which will mean that Mateo Kovacic starts on the bench.
Lucas Vazquez should be preferred to James Rodriguez out on the right-hand side against his former club. Continue reading “Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Espanyol”
The two goalkeepers are set to face each other on Wednesday and the former Real Madrid star is full of awe for his opponent.
Iker Casillas labelled Gianluigi Buffon as one of the greatest of all time ahead of Porto’s Champions League clash against Juventus.
It will be a battle of the veteran goalkeepers when Porto welcome Italian champions Juventus to Estadio do Dragao for the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday. Predict today’s matches on 👉 NaijaBet.com
Italy international Buffon makes the trip to Portugal aged 39 and showing no signs of slowing down, with his Juventus contract not due to expire until next year. Continue reading “Casillas hails Buffon as one of the greatest”
Wolves’ form has tailed off since beating Liverpool in the last round of the FA Cup. Paul Lambert’s side have lost each of their last three, although their last two have only ended in 1-0 defeats.
Chelsea are unbeaten in seven matches since losing to Tottenham at the start of January and should have more than enough to overcome Wolves on Saturday despite the fact Antonio Conte is expected to make wholesale changes once again. NaijaBet.com
Chelsea won 6-0 the last time these two sides met back in 2012 and a repeat scoreline may not be far off this weekend.
Wolverhampton Wanderers – Wolves manager Paul Lambert could make changes to his normal XI here and reward some of the players that helped them beat Liverpool in the last round.
Continue reading “FA CUP Preview : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea”
The City boss says the youngster underwent a successful operation on Thursday but admits he does not know when he will be fit again.
Pep Guardiola says he is unsure if Gabriel Jesus will play for Manchester City again this season.
Jesus had surgery on a broken bone in his right foot on Thursday and is expected to be out of action for between two to three months, with some of that time spent back in Brazil. Place Bet 👉 NaijaBet.com
But Guardiola admitted he does not yet know if the 19-year-old will be able to contribute to the rest of the campaign.
“I don’t know, I don’t know,” he said. “People say between two to three months. Continue reading “Jesus may be out until the end of the season”
The Real Madrid boss has confirmed that the Welshman will feature in Saturday’s Liga clash after almost three months out with an ankle injury
Gareth Bale will make his long-awaited return to action against Espanyol, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed. Naija and Bet
The Wales international has not played since the Champions League win over Sporting CP on November 22, when he suffered an ankle injury.
It had been hoped that Bale, who returned to first-team training last weekend, would be available for the clash with Napoli this week but Zidane opted to grant him extra time to prove his fitness.
And the former Tottenham star will be back on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, although it remains unlikely that he will start. Continue reading “Bale set to returns against Espanyol”
Huddersfield are in tremendous form having won each of their last six. In fact, David Wagner’s side have won 12 of their last 14 in all competitions.
Manchester City have won each of their last four but have been rocked by Gabriel Jesus’ long-term injury.
Depending on the strength of the two sides fielded by either manager there could be a real chance of a cup upset for Huddersfield this weekend.
Huddersfield – Huddersfield manager David Wagner has rotated his squad in the previous rounds of the FA Cup and could do so again here with the club only four points adrift of second place in the Championship. NaijaBet
Aaron Mooy is ineligible due to the terms in his loan agreement with his parent club Manchester City. Continue reading “FA CUP Match Preview : Huddersfield vs Manchester City”
The striker has been vocal in his disappointment due to a lack of game time, and his boss has promised him chances to shine in the near future.
Alvaro Morata will start Real Madrid’s match with Espanyol on Saturday as head coach Zinedine Zidane insists he is eager to keep him at the club.
The striker has been linked with a move away at the end of the season after reportedly growing frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities since his return from Juventus last June. Naija and Bet
Morata admitted this week that he missed the Juve dressing room and suggested he would have turned down the chance to return to the Santiago Bernabeu if there had not been a buy-back clause in his contract.
Zidane has confirmed that the Spain international will face Quique Sanch- ez Flores’ side from the start and has assured him it will not be his only chance to impress across 90 minutes for the remainder of the season. Continue reading “Zidane want Morata to stay with Real”
Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey has signed a three-year contract extension at Atletico Madrid, that will take him through to 2022.
The Ghana star has anchored himself as a key member of Diego Simeone’s squad after previously playing for Real Mallorca and Almeria, on loan.
But now he’s made 31 appearances for the capital club. “I am very happy with my new contract and grateful for the faith shown in me,” Partey said of the new contract. Naija and Bet
“I have always been very fond of this club and I want to keep on developing at Atletico. I will give everything for this club.”
The deal is certainly reward for his swashbuckling showings for his country at the recently-ended Afcon, too, as the 23-year-old was easily among Ghana’s top four players during the tournament.
Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has updated the status of two of his injured stars.
Franck Ribery could make his Bayern Munich comeback in next week’s Bundesliga match against Hamburg, but Jerome Boateng still needs three more weeks before potentially making his return.
Ribery missed Bayern’s past four games due to a thigh injury, while Boateng has not featured for the reigning German champions since November 2016. Naija and Bet
The duo recently returned to the training pitch, but Saturday’s match versus Hertha Berlin comes too soon for them.
“Ribery is still training individually, but I think he can resume squad training next week,” Ancelotti. Continue reading “Ribery close to Bayern comeback against Hamburg”
The manager of Sutton United will have no qualms about doing all he can to add to the burden of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when their teams meet in the last 16 of the FA Cup.
The tie of the fifth round, at least for those who still believe in the “romance of the Cup”, sees non-league Sutton at home to joint-record 12-times Arsenal on Monday.
Arsenal will make the trip from north to southwest London, for a match on the artificial pitch at Sutton’s Gander Green Lane ground, with Wenger under intense pressure following a humiliating 5-1 loss away to German giants Bayern Munich in the first leg of a last 16 Champions League tie.
That defeat came hot on the heels of a recent shock league loss to Watford and an ensuing, rather more predictable defeat by Chelsea that between them appeared to have scuppered he Gunners’ hopes of a first Premier League title since 2004. Predicts, Place Bet on FA Cup Matches & Win Big on NaijaBet.com
Even those once loyal to veteran manager Wenger, in charge at Arsenal since 1996, have started to question whether the 67-year-old Frenchman will seek a renewal of his contract when it expires at the end of the season. Continue reading “Sutton ready to add more woes to Wenger’s burden”
The Swedish forward was praised by the Manchester United boss after scoring his first hat-trick for the club.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his match-winning hat-trick against Saint-Etienne.
The veteran striker continued his excellent season with his first United hat-trick leading his team to a 3-0 win in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday.
While Mourinho was happy for the Swede, he was most pleased with the clean sheet his team kept at Old Trafford. NaijaBet.com
“He has scored so many hat-tricks in his career but this is a first for Manchester United,” he said.
“We know that it is more difficult in England, we know clearly that it is fantastic for him. Continue reading “Mourinho hails fantastic brahimovic”