James on target as Bayern top Bundesliga

James Rodriguez scored his first Bundesliga goal on Tuesday to help Bayern Munich top the table for the first time this season following a 3-0 win at Schalke 04.

The Colombian was involved in all three goals after winning the penalty which Robert Lewandowski converted for the opening goal before his deft chip saw Arturo Vidal fire home.

After five games, the victory in Gelsenkirchen put defending champions Bayern top for the first time this season, but Borussia Dortmund can regain the lead if they win at Hamburg on Wednesday.

The away win was a boost for Bayern who confirmed Tuesday that goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer had undergone another operation on his left foot and is out until January. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti rotated the squad with James on the right wing as one of six changes from the side which beat Mainz 4-0 on Saturday. Continue reading “James on target as Bayern top Bundesliga”

Coutinho set to start for Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho is set to start his first Liverpool game since trying to engineer a move to Barcelona when the Reds take on Burnley on Saturday, according to his coach Jurgen Klopp.

The playmaker should be unleashed into the spot vacated by striker Sadio Mane, suspended after his sending off in their 5-0 drubbing by Man City last weekend, manager Klopp suggested on Friday.

The Senegal international took a three-match ban and Coutinho looks the ideal replacement, having operated in the same left-sided role for most of last season.

The Brazil international has been eased into the first-team picture after missing the start of the campaign with a back injury but made his comeback with a 15-minute cameo in the Champions League draw with Sevilla on Wednesday. Place Bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet.com

Coutinho submitted a transfer request on the eve of the season but Liverpool repeatedly rebuffed Barcelona’s attempts to lure him to the Camp Nou.

“He should be ready (to start),” Klopp said. “It was really nice how the crowd welcomed him – no one was 100 per cent sure about this but the Liverpool family was sensitive enough to do this and for him it was good.

Continue reading “Coutinho set to start for Liverpool”

I will not change my style due to ban – Mane

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane regrets injuring Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson but will not change his playing style despite being sent off for the challenge which also resulted in a three-match ban.

Mane was shown a straight red card for a high studs challenge on the Brazilian goalkeeper’s head last weekend during his team’s 5-0 defeat by Manchester City.

He misses Burnley’s visit to Anfield on Saturday and will also be out of two games against Leicester City, one in the league and one in the League Cup. Play Bet weekend games on NaijaBet

Both players were involved in Champions League action in midweek, with Ederson recovering well to be in goal as City beat Feyenoord 4-0 while Liverpool drew 2-2 with Sevilla.

“I think the next time I will get the ball before him, I will do my best,” Mane said on Thursday. Continue reading “I will not change my style due to ban – Mane”

Champions League is Back Tonight

Bayern Munich vs Anderlecht : Bayern Munich laboured to a 2-0 loss at Hoffenheim at the weekend and head coach Carlo Ancelotti needs to pick his side up if they are to make a winning start to their Champions League campaign. The German outfit lost the last time they faced Anderlecht in Munich, falling to a 2-1 loss in 2008.

Anderlecht have started the season poorly and sit 10th in the Jupiler League. They have also won just one of their last 16 Champions League matches and come into this tie as underdogs.

Indeed, Bayern should make home advantage count with a comfortable win on Tuesday night. Place Bet on NaijaBet.com

Celtic vs Paris Saint Germain : Celtic have made huge improvements under Brendan Rodgers but they open up their Champions League group stage campaign with the daunting task of hosting Paris Saint-Germain. The Scottish giants failed to win a single group stage match last season and that is where they will want to improve in this campaign. Continue reading “Champions League is Back Tonight”

Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern, as always, are heavy favourites to win the Bundesliga and have added significant depth to their already strong squad.

It remains to be seen though, if manager Carlo Ancelotti’s side are able to compensate for the losses of Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso, who both retired this summer, to make another strong Champions League run.

Leverkusen want to get back on track after a disappointing season. New manager Heiko Herrlich is expected to improve the talented team’s mentality together with new signing Sven Bender, but it remains to be seen if this is enough for the club to reach the desired top-six spot at the end of the campaign.

Expect Bayern to try to dominate this game from the outset and make a first statement at home. NaijaBet

TEAM NEWS

Bayern Munich – Sven Ulreich will start in goal as Carlo Ancelotti does not want to risk Manuel Neuer just yet.
New signing Niklas Süle should start at centre-back, with Jérôme Boateng and Javi Martínez both out.

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La Liga season resume Today

Spain’s La Liga returns on Friday under the shadow of terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that left 14 killed and more than a hundred injured.

The league’s authorities still plan for all 10 La Liga fixtures to take place, including Barcelona’s match at home to Real Betis on Sunday.

All games across the top two divisions will be preceded by a minute’s silence. Predict and Stake on Weekend Matches on NaijaBet

“LaLiga has asked the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) to hold a minute’s silence in all matches of the first day of the competition in LaLiga Santander and LaLiga 1l2l3,” La Liga said in a statement.

Barca’s players held a minute’s silence before training on Friday, while the club published a picture of the players and coaching staff with the hashtag “TotsSomBarcelona” (“We are all Barcelona”) on its social media channels. Continue reading “La Liga season resume Today”

Man City are ready to show why they’re PL favourites

After a first week in the Premier League that saw the champions Chelsea toppled and 31 goals flying in, the victories by Manchester’s clubs on the opening weekend suggested they could be the teams to chase this term.

The rivals are book-ending week two, with United at Swansea City in Saturday’s lunchtime game and City testing Everton’s new big-spending resolve on Monday. That should provide an even better feel for their credentials.

Jose Mourinho’s United put four past West Ham United and Romelu Lukaku quickly demonstrated his intent to be crowned the league’s top scorer, after just missing out last year, with an accomplished double.

Just as impressive was the performance of Pep Guardiola’s City, who broke down the newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion with the pairing of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus promising much. NaijaBet

German international Ilkay Gundogan is back in the frame for them, too, after a long-term injury as the summer’s 200 million-pound big spenders face an Everton side who have been splashing out again themselves by signing Gylfi Sigurdsson. Continue reading “Man City are ready to show why they’re PL favourites”

Liverpool aim high as Premier League Resume

Having qualified for the Champions League in May, Liverpool’s next challenge is to win their first major trophy under Jurgen Klopp, but whether they are equipped to fulfil that aim is the source of much debate at Anfield.

Many Liverpool fans are worried their club have done relatively little in the transfer market, signing only three players, and so far failing to land their two most significant targets — RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk may yet join Liverpool, having submitted a transfer request on Monday, but the club have acknowledged they will not be signing Keita in this transfer window. Bet Now on NaijaBet.com

The gloomier elements of Liverpool’s support have hardly been cheered by the pre-season thigh injury that will keep England midfielder Adam Lallana out until November.

Yet there are grounds for optimism too as Klopp’s side begin their Premier League season at Watford on Saturday. Continue reading “Liverpool aim high as Premier League Resume”

Ronaldo wants to return back to England

Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Saturday.

The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax on his image rights via a complicated web of shell companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland.

However, Ronaldo has insisted he did not create a “special structure” to manage his image rights when he moved to Real in 2009 but simply maintained the one set up in 2004 while he was at Manchester United.

That structure had been recommended to the Portuguese captain by United via their specialist sports lawyer Chris Farnell. Play Bet on Today’s Match on NaijaBet

“Chris told me it was what all the footballers did and I didn’t want to be an exception,” Ronaldo added in court. Continue reading “Ronaldo wants to return back to England”

Mourinho target first Super Cup win against Real Madrid

Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho can collect the one European trophy he lacks when his side face Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday in his first competitive meeting with the Spanish giants since an acrimonious split in 2013.

Mourinho, whose team won the Europa League last season to salvage an otherwise disappointing first campaign under the Portuguese, led Real to the Liga title with a record 100 points and won a King’s Cup in an eventful stay between 2010 and 2013.

His achievements at the Santiago Bernabeu were overshadowed, however, by his falling out with key dressing room figures such as Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas as well as confrontations with referees and opponents plus a failure to win the Champions League, as Real lost in the semifinals each year.

Mourinho’s legacy has been upstaged by the Spanish club’s three Champions League triumphs in the four years since his departure, although in a recent interview the Portuguese claimed he had “to beg” Real’s board to let him leave for Chelsea.

Champions League holders Real will be without talisman and former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo in Skopje, Macedonia, as the Portugal international was allowed to report late for pre-season training after he played in the Confederations Cup. Continue reading “Mourinho target first Super Cup win against Real Madrid”

Sanchez returns to training with Arsenal

The Chilean has been linked with a Gunners exit but Arsene Wenger is confident he will be able to keep his star man despite his contract situation.

Alexis Sanchez has returned to Arsenal training with uncertainty continuing to surround his long-term future.

The 28-year-old, whose contract with the Gunners expires in 2018, has been linked with a big-money move to both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. NaijaBet

PSG had held talks with the Chilean over a €50 million transfer , with City also retaining a strong interest despite being aware of Arsenal’s reluctance to sell.

The north Londoners remain convinced that the player will be staying at Emirates Stadium, despite Alexis having openly admitted he wants to be playing in the Champions League. Continue reading “Sanchez returns to training with Arsenal”

Jesus Navas return to Sevilla from Man City

The Spain international winger is back where it all began for him after four seasons in England which delivered Premier League and League Cup wins.

Jesus Navas has linked up with Sevilla for a second spell following his release by Manchester City, penning a four-year contract with the Liga club.

The Spain international winger has returned to his roots as a free agent, four years after leaving for England. To place Bet on today’s game Click

Sevilla pulled in close to £15 million when offloading Navas to City, but have brought him back without having to pay a fee. Continue reading “Jesus Navas return to Sevilla from Man City”

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Chelsea host Burnley in 2017/18 PL opener

Chelsea will open the defence of their Premier League title at home to Burnley when the season kicks off on the weekend of August12-13.

The full list of fixtures was released on Wednesday with Antonio Conte’s side also slated for a follow-up game at Tottenham Hotspur, who will play all their home fixtures at Wembley while White Hart Lane is being redeveloped.

Manchester City travel to newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening weekend, while Manchester United play West Ham United at Old Trafford.

Liverpool take on Watford, under the new management of Marco Silva, at Vicarage Road, while Spurs travel to Championship (second tier) champions Newcastle United. Play Bet on today’s match on NaijaBet.com

The other Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town will play their first top-flight game in 45 years at Crystal Palace as Arsenal open at home to Leicester City . Continue reading “Chelsea host Burnley in 2017/18 PL opener”

Ronaldo top Forbes list of world richest athletes

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine’s list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players.

The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between his football salary of $58 million and $35 million in endorsement income. Place Bet on today’s match on NaijaBet.com

It’s the second straight year Ronaldo has topped the list, released Wednesday just days after he spearheaded a 4-1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the Uefa Champions League title.

James, with estimated earnings of $86.2 million, was one of 32 NBA players who made the top 100 — up from 18 last year.

He took over second place from the Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, now third with $80 million. Continue reading “Ronaldo top Forbes list of world richest athletes”

Toure will stay with City for another one-year

Midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a new one-year contract with Manchester City, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

Toure joined City from Barcelona in 2010 and has made 299 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 81 goals, but missed a chunk of the season after a public spat between his agent, Dimitri Seluk, and manager Pep Guardiola.

Seluk criticised Guardiola for leaving his client out of City’s Champions League squad, resulting in Toure being frozen out by City at the start of September, only to be welcomed back a month later after issuing a public apology. Place Bet on UCL Final Match on NaijaBet.com

“I’m delighted. I told myself the journey at City is not done,” the 34-year-old Ivorian said in a statement on City’s website on Thursday. (www.mancity.com) Continue reading “Toure will stay with City for another one-year”

Wenger set to extend Arsenal contract

Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke he will accept the Premier League club’s offer of a new two-year contract, according to reports on Tuesday.

Wenger met Gunners majority shareholder Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Monday to discuss his future before his contract expires next month.

The 67-year-old has been heavily criticised this season, with Arsenal fans calling for his resignation after their team failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Suggestions that Arsenal may insist on hiring a director of football to work with Wenger had sparked claims the Frenchman was considering ending his 21-year reign. NaijaBet

But after leading Arsenal to an impressive 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Premier League champions Chelsea with Kroenke watching from the stands on Saturday, Wenger had hinted he was willing to stay. Continue reading “Wenger set to extend Arsenal contract”

Carrick delighted with his new One-Year United contract

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has said he is delighted to be given a new one-year contract that will take him into a 12th season with the club.

Carrick, 35, signed from Tottenham in June 2006, winning one Champions League and five Premier League titles.

He was part of the squad that won the Europa League last week and the trophy will be shown off at his testimonial match next Sunday.

“I am delighted that my journey with this great club is going to continue,” Carrick told the club’s website.

Valverde hired as new Barcelona new Coach

Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona’s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants’ new boss on a two-year deal on Monday.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference.

Valverde, whose contract will include an option for a third season in charge, will be officially unveiled on Thursday.

Valverde, 53, a former Barca player who left Athletic Bilbao after four years in charge last week, replaces Luis Enrique with the task of getting the most out of a star-studded squad containing Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Naija and Bet

Luis Enrique signed off his three seasons in charge with a ninth trophy of his reign in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves. Continue reading “Valverde hired as new Barcelona new Coach”

Rooney left out of England WC qualifier squad

All-time top-scorer Wayne Rooney was Thursday left out of the England squad for next month’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly against France.

The 31-year-old striker has lost his place at Manchester United and was similarly omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad announced in March, although he was carrying a knee injury at the time, but is now fit.

Rooney, who made a brief appearance in Manchester United’s Europa League final win over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday, had hoped to end his international career by captaining England at next year’s World Cup in Russia. NaijaBet

But this now looks an increasingly forlorn hope for Rooney, England’s record goalscorer with 53 goals and their most capped outfielder with 119 appearances for his country. Continue reading “Rooney left out of England WC qualifier squad”

Messi get Barcelona’full support’

La Liga club Barcelona have expressed their support for Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his father after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld their prison sentences over tax fraud charges, although neither are expected to go to jail.

Five-time World Player of the Year winner Messi, who has been at Barcelona since the age of 13, was handed a 21-month prison sentence and fined 2 million euros ($2.25 million) for three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009.

“The club reiterates, once again, its full support for Leo Messi, his father Jorge Messi, and his family,” a statement on the club’s official website read. Naija and Bet

“FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu contacted the player’s family to communicate this support. Continue reading “Messi get Barcelona’full support’”

Man United are Europa League Champions

Paul Pogba propelled Manchester United towards a 2-0 victory over Ajax on Wednesday in a Europa League final rendered heavy with emotion by this week’s terror attack in Manchester.

A night that began with a moment of silence, then applause, in memory of the 22 people who died at Manchester Arena on Monday ended with United completing their trophy collection through goals from Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Reminders of the attack were everywhere at Stockholm’s Friends Arena, from United’s black armbands to the chants of “Manchester!” from their fans, while Pogba, too, was grieving, following the recent death of his father. NaijaBet.com

Victory enabled United manager Jose Mourinho, who said prior to the game that he and his players were struggling not to think about the tragedy, to bring his maiden Old Trafford season to a successful conclusion.

He had already guided United to glory in the League Cup and despite a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, success in the Europa League means his side will return to the Champions League next season.

United became only the fifth club – after Juventus, Ajax, Bayern Munich and Chelsea – to have won the Champions League, the Europa League and the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup. Continue reading “Man United are Europa League Champions”

Messi loses appeal Spain tax fraud trial

Spain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi and stood by a Catalan regional court’s 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud, court documents showed.

The five-times World Player of the Year is unlikely to go to prison, however. Play Bet on tonight’s Europa League Final on NaijaBet.com

Messi and his father Jorge were found guilty by a Catalan court last July on three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009 to the tune of 4.1 million euros on image rights and were also fined 2 million euros ($2.24 million).

The court reduced Jorge Messi’s sentence from 21 months to 15, however, for returning the defrauded amount to Spain’s tax authority.

Neither Messi nor his father are expected to serve time in jail, as under Spanish law sentences under two years can be served under probation.

A court statement said Messi “unequivocally understood his obligation to pay tax on income obtained from exploiting his image rights…therefore it is not logical that he should ignore his duty to pay tax on them”. Continue reading “Messi loses appeal Spain tax fraud trial”

Welbeck hopes FA Cup victory will lift Arsenal

Arsenal are disappointed with their fifth-placed Premier League finish but focused on winning the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, striker Danny Welbeck has said.

Arsenal’s five-game winning streak at the end of the season was not enough to grab a Champions League spot as the club stuttered in the second half of the season, losing six and drawing one of the previous 11 games before the unbeaten run.

“As a club, with the way the season’s panned out, it’s not a (league) position we want to be in at all,” Welbeck told the club’s official website.

“We know that we’ve got the opportunity of playing in the FA Cup final and it’s something we really want to do our best in.” Naija and Bet

Welbeck missed the FA Cup final in 2015 through injury as Arsenal won the competition for the second time in as many years, but the England international is looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown against the newly crowned Premier League champions. Continue reading “Welbeck hopes FA Cup victory will lift Arsenal”

I am not considering leaving Madrid – Isco

Real Madrid’s magical midfielder Isco has finally found his place in Zinedine Zidane’s side as he tries to drive them towards a La Liga and Champions League double.

Isco set up Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-minute goal against Malaga on Sunday as Madrid won 2-0 to earn the Spanish title.

After months of uncertainty over his future and reports that he was considering leaving after failing to start on a regular basis, the tide has turned at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale’s injury problems prompted Zidane to shuffle his pack and Isco has been the winner of the situation, with the coach shifting to a 4-4-2 formation. Naija and Bet

Isco plays as an attacking midfielder at the tip of a central diamond, his ideal position. The new set-up has helped Madrid win their first title since 2012 and reach the Champions League final against Juventus. Continue reading “I am not considering leaving Madrid – Isco”