Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United


Manchester City responded to last weekend’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Newcastle with an emphatic 4-1 win away to Burnley on Tuesday. They start the weekend in third place.

Manchester United turned in their best performance of the season in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham, as Jose Mourinho endured a return to Old Trafford to forget.

This week could have proved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last one in charge of United had the Red Devils lost to Tottenham and City but they have got off to a good start.

United are unbeaten against top-six opposition this season (W4, D2) but are not expected to get the better of Pep Guardiola’s side in Saturday’s derby.

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Manchester City-Raheem Sterling avoided a yellow card against Burnley on Tuesday night that would have ruled him out of this weekend’s Manchester derby. Pep Guardiola can also welcome back Ilkay Gundogan from a ban on Saturday. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Look for John Stones and Benjamin Mendy to return to City’s back four but Kyle Walker could keep his place at right-back ahead of Joao Cancelo.

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PSG searching for best form with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe back together

With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe finally both fit and playing in the same team, the pressure is on Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel to get his all-star attack firing on all cylinders going into the second half of the season.

Injuries and off-field issues had prevented the two most expensive players on the planet from starting a game together this season until PSG’s 2-0 midweek win over Nantes which kept the reigning champions five points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

Both players duly scored, with Mbappe’s back-heel opener being followed by a Neymar penalty, but PSG were sluggish, and not for the first time in recent weeks.

In fact, the capital side – who go to Montpellier on Saturday – have not impressed since beating Marseille 4-0 at the end of October.

“Maybe it’s just in our heads – because we are afraid of losing the ball, we end up losing the ball,” admitted Tuchel. Various betting options are available on site for this weekend games on

“We need to think about winning, about building attacks, creating chances. It is clear that we need to improve, get our intensity back.”

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Lazio threaten Juventus unbeaten record this weekend

Maurizio Sarri is still unbeaten after 19 matches in his new role as coach of Juventus but that proud record faces a severe test when the Serie A champions visit free-scoring Lazio on Saturday.

Sarri’s numbers have been impressive with 15 wins and four draws, yet the chain-smoking coach does not seem to have quite imposed his distinctive footballing philosophy on his team.

A 2-2 draw at home to Sassuolo on Sunday meant they lost top spot and left them one point behind Inter Milan, who host AS Roma on Friday.

Led by Ciro Immobile, Serie A’s topscorer with 17 goals, Lazio have climbed to third after a run of six successive league wins and have already blasted 33 goals in 14 games.

Juventus, who are chasing their ninth successive title, had hoped that Sarri’s arrival would change the rather dour image the side had acquired under his predecessor Massimiliano Allegri. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on

Yet, despite several players saying that they are having more fun under Sarri, Juventus have continued their habit of sneaking narrow wins.

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The team attitude is to blame for Man United defeat, says Alli

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli says it may have been a combination of “arrogance and over-confidence” that caused his side’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Spurs came into the game on a three-match winning streak under new manager Jose Mourinho but failed to build on that momentum at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford put United ahead but a piece of technical brilliance from Alli brought Spurs level, only for a 49th-minute Rashford penalty to secure the three points for the hosts. Place bet on Virtual games 24/7 on NaijaBet

“We had to match their energy. We lost the game not by them outplaying us – just attitude,” Alli told reporters. “We weren’t hungry enough and we were slow to every second ball, losing 50-50s.

“Maybe it was a little bit of arrogance and over-confidence. We’ve been playing well.

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Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Tottenham

Manchester United struggled to a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday and now face Tottenham and Manchester City in the space of three days. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be in deep trouble come the end of the weekend.

Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford to face his former employers for the first time since being sacked as Manchester United manager nearly 12 months ago. He has won his first three matches in charge of Tottenham but the north London outfit have conceded exactly two goals in each match.

Tottenham certainly have the momentum heading into Wednesday’s match and Mourinho will be desperate to get a victory against his old club, which would surely push Solskjaer closer to the sack.

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Manchester United- manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Paul Pogba will miss out in midweek but Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic are ‘touch and go’.

Anthony Martial has reportedly been ruled out of Wednesday’s match due to a muscle injury and supporters will hope to see teen sensation Mason Greenwood deputise. Bet on tonight Premier League Games

Jesse Lingard could take Andreas Pereira’s place in the team against Tottenham, while Luke Shaw may replace Brandon Williams at left-back.

Tottenham- will be without four players for Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford.

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Hammers turn to Martin to continue as keeper until Fabianski return

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini says third-choice goalkeeper David Martin will retain his spot in the starting line-up against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday after his impressive Premier League debut against Chelsea.

Martin kept a clean sheet in West Ham’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which marked the club’s first league win since September, after Pellegrini dropped Spanish keeper Roberto Jimenez.

“Of course, it was a difficult decision because the goalkeeper is a special position,” Pellegrini said.

“I think, in some moments, the team needs a reaction and, unfortunately for Roberto, he was not doing well. Martin did well but I think the performance was not down just to one player.” Bet Now

West Ham have struggled in the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has been sidelined since September with a hip injury.

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Ljungberg turn to Wenger for advice on Arsenal revival

Freddie Ljungberg intends to tap into the knowledge of Arsene Wenger and Sven-Goran Eriksson as he prepares for his second game in charge of Arsenal.

The 42-year-old interim manager took over from Unai Emery at the Emirates last week after the Spaniard was sacked, with Arsenal languishing in mid-table in the Premier League.

Ljungberg said Wenger, who brought the Swede to Arsenal as a player back in 1998, and Eriksson could offer valuable experience as he looks to build his own career.

Asked if he had spoken to former Arsenal boss Wenger, he replied: “No (not yet).

“I would really like to speak to him. I’m in contact with him but I haven’t spoke to him because it’s been a bit hectic, but it’s on my list to do so. Various betting options are available on for today Premier League and Ligue1 games

“He was here for 22 years as the coach so he has a lot of experience. And he probably has some things that he thinks are important that he can share with me and make me a better coach. That’s what I wanted to ask.”

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Premier League Match Preview: Burnley vs Manchester City

Burnley’s winning streak lasted two matches after losing 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Clarets have lost four of their last six games.

Manchester City are 11 points off top after only managing a 2-2 draw away to Newcastle on Saturday. City have only won two of their last four matches at Turf Moor.

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Burnley– Danny Drinkwater was an unused substitute for Burnley at the weekend and will hope to make his debut for the Clarets over the festive period.

Ashley Westwood returns from suspension, however, and is expected back in midfield.

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Manchester City– Aaron Lennon and Jay Rodriguez could also benefit from any rotation applied by Sean Dyche.

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Ballon d’Or showing can motivate Liverpool to more success

Virgil van Dijk said that seeing four Liverpool players finish in the top 10 in the ranking for this year’s Ballon d’Or can be an extra source of motivation for the Anfield club in their quest for more on-field success this season.

“Obviously the season we had was outstanding. We had even more players than that on the total shortlist so everyone can be proud of the achievement,” said Van Dijk after coming second behind Lionel Messi at the awards ceremony in Paris on Monday.

Sadio Mane finished fourth, Mohamed Salah was fifth, and goalkeeper Alisson Becker came seventh in the voting by journalists from around the world for the prize organised by France Football magazine.

Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijanldum had also been nominated after starring as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the Champions League last season.

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“I think we could have even have had a couple more players in it, but we had a fantastic season last year and it should help motivate us to keep doing what we are doing, working even harder and try to achieve even more than we did last year,” added Van Dijk.

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Man United’s league position is not a Problem-Solskjaer

Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday left them ninth in the Premier League, and a massive 22 points behind leaders Liverpool, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not overly concerned about their current position.

United recovered from Jack Grealish’s 11th-minute opener to move in front courtesy an own goal by Tom Heaton and a header from Victor Lindelof, only to be pegged back by a Tyrone Mings volley.

A win would have lifted United to fifth, though Solskjaer said his team did not show enough quality to get the three points. Bet Now on today’s games on NaijaBet

“I wouldn’t have sat here and talked about us being fifth if we had got that one goal extra, so the league table at this point is not the biggest concern because it is so tight,” Solskjaer said.

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Iheanacho shines as Leicester chase on Liverpool

Kelechi Iheanacho struck deep into stoppage time as Leicester beat Everton 2-1 to close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League to eight points.

Richarlison had given the visitors a shock lead at the King Power as Everton produced a performance that may do enough to save manager Marco Silva’s job ahead of the Merseyside derby on Wednesday.

But the introduction of Iheanacho just after the hour mark changed the game as the Nigerian set up Jamie Vardy to equalise and then dramatically scored the winner, which was initially ruled out for offside before a VAR review overturned the decision.

A sixth straight Premier League win sends Brendan Rodgers’s men three points clear of defending champions Manchester City in second.

Silva was reportedly on the verge of losing his job earlier in the week after a run of just two wins in 10 league games that has left the Toffees hovering just above the relegation zone. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on Naijabet

The Portuguese responded with a change of formation and his switch to a 3-5-2 worked to perfection for the opening goal.

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Champions League Match Preview: Barcelona vs Borussia Dortmund

Barcelona will qualify for the knockout stage with a win on Wednesday. They will top the group if they beat Borussia Dortmund and Inter drop points to Slavia Prague for a second time. Borussia Dortmund will only qualify if they better Inter’s result.

Barcelona will be pleased this game is at Camp Nou, as they have not been impressive on the road of late. At home, the Spanish giants are unbeaten this season and have only failed to win one game.

Borussia Dortmund will be pleased with the way they came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Paderborn at the weekend but it’s concerning they were in that position in the first place, especially after losing 4-0 to Bayern Munich in the match before.

Dortmund have only won one of their last six away matches and have failed to score in the last three. Even though Barcelona are missing key defenders, Dortmund arrive into this match at a bad moment.

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Unless Barcelona stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation used at the weekend, former Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele looks set for a place on the bench here.

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Hazard might miss El Clasico due to ankle injury

Zinedine Zidane confirmed Eden Hazard twisted his ankle during Real Madrid’s draw against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, with the Clasico against Barcelona only three weeks away.

Hazard limped off in the second half of Madrid’s 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, where PSG scored twice in two minutes late on to secure first place in Group A. Place bet on Virtual and Live Games 24/7 on NaijaBet

But an impressive performance overall from Madrid, and Hazard, was tarnished by the Belgian’s injury, which threatens to prevent him from playing in his first Clasico at the Camp Nou on December 18.

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Troubled Napoli visit Liverpool as Ancelotti’s future in spotlight.

Napoli head for Liverpool on Wednesday for a Champions League which could prove crucial to coach Carlo Ancelotti’s future at the troubled Italian club.

The three-time Champions League winning coach’s second season at the Stadio San Paolo has proved to be a complicated one, after leading them to second in Serie A in his first year.

His team’s fortunes have waned after the high of opening their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over reigning European champions Liverpool, with dressing room unrest amid friction between the players and club management.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis ordered the team to be confined to a week-long training camp earlier this month after a 2-1 league defeat to rivals Roma saw them slip to seventh in Serie A.

But as Ancelotti voiced his disagreement with the lockdown, the players all returned home after a 1-1 draw against Salzburg three days later, which stalled their bid to reach the Champions League last 16. For high odds, Bet now on NaijaBet

“The relationship between the president and I is excellent and nothing changes,” Ancelotti had insisted after saying he disagreed with the ‘ritiro’ or training camp.

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Champions League Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain

In order to stay in the hunt for top spot in Group A, Real Madrid have to beat leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. Zinedine Zidane’s side trail PSG by five points heading into the last two matches.

PSG will secure top spot in the group by avoiding defeat in midweek. Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Madrid 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in September and that remains their standout performance of 2019/20.

Madrid are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season (W6, D3), while PSG have won seven of their last eight away from home.

This is a difficult match to call, as both teams have been difficult to read throughout the campaign. Home soil and history would favour Madrid but PSG defeated Madrid in emphatic fashion earlier this season.

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Real Madrid-Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid to victory over Real Sociedad from the bench on Saturday but his arrival to the pitch was met by boos and whistles. Bet Now

The Wales international will hope to start such an important game like this one but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case.

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Smalling shines for Roma as Lazio remain third in Serie A

Felipe Caicedo snatched a late winner to keep Lazio third in Serie A with a 2-1 victory over Sassuolo on Sunday, as England defender Chris Smalling scored and set up two other goals for city rivals Roma in a win against Brescia to move fourth.

Champions Juventus maintained their grip on the top of Serie A with a 3-1 win at Atalanta on Saturday, to stay one point ahead of Inter Milan who eased past Torino 3-0 under the rain in Turin.

The two Roman outfits are now third and fourth respectively before Cagliari, a point behind in fifth, play at lowly Lecce on Monday after their game Sunday was washed out.

“It’s an important success,” said Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi.

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Serie A top-scorer Ciro Immobile struck to put Lazio ahead on 34 minutes with his 15th league goal this season.

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It’s a Fresh Start under Mourinho to end title drought – Kane

Tottenham Hotspur have found a “proven winner” in new manager Jose Mourinho and must target the FA Cup and Champions League as they bid to end an 11-year title drought, striker Harry Kane has said.

Mourinho, who replaced the sacked Mauricio Pochettino last week, guided Spurs to a 3-2 Premier League victory at West Ham United on Saturday in his first match in charge.

“The gaffer has won at every club he’s gone to – there’s no hiding away from that,” Kane told reporters.

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Former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United boss Mourinho has claimed 25 major honours but that record will be put to the test at Spurs, who have not won a title since the 2008 League Cup.

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Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea

Manchester City are winless in two matches in all competitions, their worst run this season. They could be as many as 12 points behind Liverpool by the time they host Chelsea and dropping points here is simply not an option for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Chelsea have won their last six matches in the Premier League and have won five in a row away from home in the competition since losing 4-0 at Manchester United on the opening weekend. They are the league’s top scorers on the road this season (18 goals).

City ran out 6-0 winners the last time they hosted Chelsea in the league, though expect a much more difficult game for the home side on Saturday. Frank Lampard’s side have their tails up at the moment but City remain favourites.

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Manchester City-Pep Guardiola has plenty to ponder after Manchester City moved nine points behind Liverpool before the international break after a 3-1 defeat to their rivals. The gap could even be 12 if Liverpool beat Crystal Palace before this match.

Rodrigo and David Silva made remarkable recoveries to make the matchday squad against Liverpool and are both expected to start here, while Guardiola will also hope to have Ederson available. Bet Now

Bernardo Silva serves a one-match ban this weekend after admitting a breach of FA rules. His absence should ensure both Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez start against Chelsea.

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Juventus take on Atalanta as Ronaldo ready to make amends

Cristiano Ronaldo conceded he is not ‘100 percent’ despite his goal spree for Portugal but always ready to play as injury-hit Juventus head to Atalanta on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten run this season to stay top of Serie A.

Juventus visit fifth-placed Atalanta before hosting Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are just one point ahead of Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan after 12 matches, with Lazio and Cagliari eight points adrift of the leaders in joint third.

Atalanta have gone three league games without a win and will be eager to get back into the Champions League berths, as they sit two points off fourth place, before next week’s trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Atalanta’s fortunes have slipped following the thigh injury suffered to Colombian star Duvan Zapata, who scored six goals in six Serie A matches before being sidelined for their last five league games. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet

As Atalanta sweat on Zapata’s return, Juventus will be without full-back Alex Sandro, who picked up a thigh problem playing for Brazil, with Blaise Matuidi recovering from a rib injury.

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Ibrahimovic get six-month offer from AC Milan

Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered a six-month deal to come to the aid of struggling former Italian giants AC Milan, according to reports in Italy on Thursday.

The 38-year-old striker confirmed his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy last week following the club’s elimination from the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Reported that the former seven-time European champions have now made contact with the player’s agent Mino Raiola.

The US-owned club want the former Swedish international for six months and are prepared to pay him six million euros ($6.6 million) if he remains for 18 months in total, Gazzetta claimed.

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They have had a poor start to this campaign and are 14th after 12 games before they host last year’s runners-up Napoli on Saturday in the San Siro.

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Bale’s latest act of rebellion poses new problem for Real coach

Zinedine Zidane faces another crossroads in his handling of Gareth Bale, who appeared to mock Real Madrid after Wales’ 2-0 victory over Hungary on Tuesday.

After sealing qualification for Euro 2020 with a wild win in Cardiff, an ecstatic Bale celebrated next to his teammates behind a flag that read “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order”.

The flag was taken from the crowd after Welsh fans made a slogan out of comments made by former Real Madrid player Predrag Mijatovic during an interview with the Spanish radio station Cadena Ser last month.

“Bale thinks first about the Wales national team, then about golf and then about Madrid,” said Mijatovic. “I have not talked to him but that is the impression I get.”

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Bale is due to return to Madrid on Wednesday before joining up with the team again on Thursday at Valdebebas, ahead of Real Madrid’s La Liga game at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday.

In between, Zidane will appear in a pre-match press conference on Friday before naming his squad for the fixture later in the afternoon.

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Tottenham name Jose Mourinho as manager to replace sacked Pochettino

Jose Mourinho was on Wednesday appointed Tottenham’s new manager to replace the sacked Mauricio Pochettino, with the club languishing 14th in the Premier League.

The Portuguese former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager signed a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season, the north London club said in a statement.

Pochettino, 47, transformed Spurs’ fortunes after arriving from Southampton in 2014 and although he failed to win a trophy he took the club to the Champions League final for the first time in their history just six months ago.

But the Argentine was sacked on Tuesday, with Tottenham struggling in the league after picking up just three wins from their opening 12 games.

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“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” said Mourinho, who has won domestic titles in a record four different countries.

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Ireland forced to settle for play-offs, Wales target Euro 2020 spot

Wales are hoping to snatch the final automatic qualifying berth for Euro 2020 as they take on Hungary on Tuesday, after the Republic of Ireland were left to settle for a crack at reaching the finals via the play-offs.

Ryan Giggs’s Wales side, who have already qualified for the play-offs should things not go their way, face Hungary in Cardiff knowing a victory will guarantee them a place at next year’s 24-team tournament and a chance to repeat their fairytale run to the semifinals in France in 2016.

Despite the presence of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey in their ranks, Wales have not often convinced in this qualifying campaign but a 2-0 victory away in Azerbaijan on Saturday set up this winner-takes-all showdown.

“We have got that momentum. I think we’ll have to be better than we were the other night if we are going to win,” warned Giggs.

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Wales are currently third in Group E, a point behind second-placed Hungary, while 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia have already secured top spot.

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Kenya get surprise draw in Egypt as Algeria sink Zambia with five-goals

Kenya held Mohamed Salah-less Egypt 1-1 and defending champions Algeria buried Zambia under a five-goal avalanche on Thursday as 2021 Africa Cup of Nations matchday one qualifying continued.

Debutant Mohammed Kudus clinched victory for Ghana over South Africa while Mali and Guinea ended 2-2 after four goals in 19 minutes.

In other matches, Comoros upset Togo, a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired Gabon held the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique were too strong for Rwanda.

Even without injured Liverpool goal poacher Salah, Egypt were expected to overcome traditional poor travellers Kenya at the vast 87 000-capacity Borg el Arab Stadium near Alexandria.

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A back pass from Erick Ouma in the centre circle to goalkeeper Ian Otieno was too weak and Mahmoud Kahraba took advantage to tap into the net.

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