Federer, Djokovic, Del Potro win; Anderson Out

Novak Djokovic edged closer to a long-sought Cincinnati Masters title on Friday, beating Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the combined WTA and ATP event.

Five-time finalist Djokovic is dreaming of finally breaking through at the only one of the prestigious Masters 1000 events that he has never won.

It was his second match of the day after he polished off defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a rain-disrupted third-round match.

In the semi-finals, Djokovic will face Croatian seventh seed Marin Cilic, a 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 winner over Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. Cilic had earlier defeated young Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-4. Djokovic beat Raonic for the ninth time without a defeat, overcoming early breaks in the first and third sets. Various tennis betting options are available on site for today’s game

The Serb broke for 5-3 in the final set and connected on a passing shot to clinch victory after two and a half hours.

Roger Federer wasted no time in defeating Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 7-6 (8/6) as the rain-plagued event made up ground after two days of disruption. Continue reading “Federer, Djokovic, Del Potro win; Anderson Out”

EPL Match Preview: Brighton vs Manchester United

Brighton slipped to a 2-0 defeat away to Watford on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season and will be out to cause a shock against Manchester United for a second home encounter in a row.

United overcame Leicester 2-1 last weekend but generally struggled away to sides like Brighton and Huddersfield last season. Jose Mourinho’s side are still vulnerable in these early stages and will have to improve their performance from last weekend to come away with all three points here.

Brighton have conceded a staggering 23 league goals from set-pieces since the start of last season and the return of Ashley Young could prove key for the away side here. Only Watford have conceded more (24) from deadball positions in the Premier League during the same period. Bet Now

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Brighton- Yves Bissouma made a good impact off the bench in Brighton’s opening-weekend 2-0 defeat to Watford and will push for a full debut here.

Glenn Murray recovered from a knock to start against the Hornets, while Jurgen Locadia was only fit enough for a place on the bench.

Chris Hughton is hopeful Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone will be available next weekend, while James Tilley remains a doubt for the Seagulls. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Brighton vs Manchester United”

City confirms that Kevin De Bruyne will be out for three months

Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne, a pivotal figure in Manchester City‘s title-winning campaign, will be out of action for three months because of a knee injury, the club said Friday.

The 27-year-old midfielder – who scored eight goals and provided 16 assists as City romped to the title last season – will not have to undergo surgery on the injury which he suffered in training on Wednesday.

But his recovery will mean he misses the Premier League clash with the team many thinks will be City’s main title rivals, Liverpool, on October 7 and the Manchester Derby on November 11 as well as part of the Champions League group stage. Various Betting options are available on Site

Manchester City can confirm Kevin de Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee,” the club said in a statement.

“No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months.” Continue reading “City confirms that Kevin De Bruyne will be out for three months”

EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Huddersfield

Manchester City followed up their Community Shield victory over Chelsea with an opening-weekend 2-0 win away to Arsenal. Pep Guardiola’s side only managed a 0-0 draw in this fixture last season but did thump the Terriers 5-1 at home in the FA Cup last year. Expect a result closer to the latter than the former here.

Huddersfield were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Chelsea on the opening-weekend and things will be more difficult on Sunday when they travel to the Etihad to face defending Premier League champions City. The Terriers only won three of their 19 Premier League away matches last season, failing to score in 13 of those.

Team News

Manchester City- Danilo and Eliaquim Mangala are still sidelined for the home side, while they have now been joined by star man Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian could reportedly be out for as long as three months with a serious knee injury.

Ilkay Gündogan should keep his place in midfield as a result of De Bruyne’s injury, as David Silva still hasn’t featured for Pep Guardiola’s side and will lack match fitness. Premier League, La Liga, SerieA, and Ligue1 Betting options are available on NaijaBet

Gabriel Jesus will hope to replace Sergio Aguero up front, while Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez compete for starting berths on the flanks.

John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have started both of City’s games so far this season and should continue at the heart of their defence here. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Huddersfield”

Rangers advance to Europa League playoff

Manager Steven Gerrard said Rangers had knocked a quality side out of the Europa League on Thursday after the Scottish club drew 0-0 in Slovenia to beat Maribor 3-1 on aggregate.

After dominating the first leg at Ibrox, Rangers were given a stern test in Slovenia but maintained a clean sheet thanks to some solid defending and an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who saved a stoppage-time penalty.

Maribor have been a thorn in the side of Scottish teams recently, knocking Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen and Hibernian out of European competition over the last eight years, and reached the group stage of last year’s Champions League. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 NaijaBet

“We have knocked a Champions League team out of the qualifiers and they are devastated – they had confidence, they had ego coming into this game and they had no respect for us,” Gerrard said. Naija and Bet

“But, my players have proved over two legs we are better than Maribor, and that pleases me and that gives me great confidence going forward.”

Gerrard took over at Rangers in May and has brought in 11 players as he looks to end the dominance of Glasgow rivals Celtic, who have won the league for seven successive years. Continue reading “Rangers advance to Europa League playoff”

Rooney goals help DC United to sink Portland

Wayne Rooney scored twice as DC United, fighting for their Major League Soccer playoff lives, beat the Portland Timbers 4-1 on Wednesday.

With MLS still buzzing from the dazzling tackle and pass from Rooney that led to DC’s stoppage-time game-winner over Orlando on Sunday, former England and Manchester United star was again the difference maker.

After Portland took the lead on Samuel Armenteros’ 35th-minute strike, Rooney scored the equalizer shortly before halftime, finding open space to receive a through ball from Yamil Asad and firing a left-footed shot past an on-rushing Jeff Attinella. Naija and Bet

Jamaican defender Oniel Fisher put DC United ahead 2-1 in the 47th, and two minutes after bouncing a shot off the crossbar Rooney scored again, blasting a free kick past Attinella.

Darren Mattocks came on for Rooney in the 86th minute and rounded out the scoring in stoppage time. Continue reading “Rooney goals help DC United to sink Portland”

EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea got their season up and running with a comfortable 3-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday. The Blues are unbeaten in nine of their last 10 home meetings, winning seven, so will fancy their chances of putting another three points on the board here.

Arsenal were outplayed in their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City last Sunday and their start to the season doesn’t get any easier with their trip to Stamford Bridge. Unai Emery will hope his side are a little more defensively disciplined than they were against City last week.

However, while Emery will hope for an improvement, Chelsea should inflict further misery upon Arsenal in Saturday’s Premier League game of the weekend. Latest odd for Weekend Games are available on NaijaBet

Team News

Chelsea- Cesc Fabregas is carrying a knee injury and joins Izzy Brown and Marco van Ginkel on the sidelines.

It remains to be seen if Mateo Kovacic will feature having missed out on the 18-man squad at Huddersfield, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in line to start at Ross Barkley’s expense in midfield. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal”

Nigeria drop point in Latest FIFA Ranking

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped from 48th to 49th in the latest FIFA Rankin released after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles dropped by one place in the FIFA rankings released just before the start of the World Cup and continued in the same trend in the last released by the World football governing body on Thursday, August 16.

The Super Eagles drop can be traced to their performance at the football fiesta in Russia. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

The Super Eagles lost their first group game 2-0 to Croatia, then won their second group game against Iceland 2-0 thanks to heroics from Ahmed Musa.

In their last group game against Argentina, the Super Eagles narrowly lost 2-1 to a Lionel Messi inspired Argentina as they could not match their achievements of the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they progressed to the round of 16. Continue reading “Nigeria drop point in Latest FIFA Ranking”

Life without Ronaldo and Zidane starts badly for Real

Life without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane was already looking like a struggle for Real Madrid after the triple Champions League holders lost the UEFA Super Cup to local rivals Atletico Madrid 4-2 after extra time on Wednesday.

After falling behind to an early strike from Diego Costa, goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos put Real back into a familiar winning position against Atletico in European games but they uncharacteristically surrendered the lead.

Real, now led by former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui, looked stronger and slicker than Atletico for large parts of the game but failed to see it out, a marked contrast to many big matches under Zidane, when they would often snatch victory without playing particularly well. Latest Europa League Odds are available on NaijaBet.

Real lost stability in midfield when Casemiro was forced off due to injury and four minutes later Costa grabbed his second goal of the game to make it 2-2.

Saul Niguez and Koke struck in the first half of extra-time as Atletico finally get revenge on Real in Europe after losing the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals and being knocked out of the competition by their neighbours in 2015 and 2017. Continue reading “Life without Ronaldo and Zidane starts badly for Real”

Zaha signs new five-year deal at Palace until 2023

Wilfried Zaha has signed a new five-year contract with Crystal Palace to extend his stay at Selhurst Park until 2023, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Media reported that the 25-year-old forward agreed with a new deal worth 130 000 pounds ($165 360) per week, making him the highest-paid player at the club. Place on Virtual games 24/7 on NaijaBet

The Ivorian international netted a career-high nine league goals and made three assists to help Palace secure an 11th-place finish last season after a disastrous start.

Zaha, who had an unhappy season at Manchester United in 2013-14 before returning to Palace, had been linked with potential moves to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur during the transfer window but no deal materialized.

Wilf grew up a stone’s throw from Selhurst Park from the age of four and has been with the club since he was 12,” Palace chairman Steve Parish said in a statement.

“This agreement is yet another example of his lifelong commitment to the club and our commitment to him. This is an amazing day for everyone here at Palace, our supporters and of course Wilf – and is richly deserved.”

Real skipper Sergio Ramos hits back at Klopp

Madrid defender Sergio Ramos criticised Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp’s poor record in finals in the latest installment of their long-running war of words on Tuesday.

The German recently blasted Ramos for injuring Mohamed Salah and colliding with goalkeeper Loris Karius during Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat by Real in May.

Salah suffered shoulder ligament damage and left the pitch in tears with huge questions hanging over his participation at the World Cup in Russia. UEFA Super Cup various betting options are available on site, Bet Now.

It later emerged that Karius had suffered a concussion, and following the incident, he made a couple of blunders to concede two goals.

“It’s not the first final (Klopp) has lost, he should stick to his own business,” Ramos told reporters ahead of the UEFA Super Cup showdown with Europa League winners Atletico Madrid. Continue reading “Real skipper Sergio Ramos hits back at Klopp”

UEFA Super Cup Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

Julen Lopetegui’s side have gained some momentum recently in their friendly preparations, with Gareth Bale getting among the goals as Real Madrid try to quickly adjust to life without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Los Blancos have lifted the UEFA Super Cup in the last two seasons, beating Sevilla and Manchester United in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Atleti are unbeaten against Real Madrid in three of their last four competitive attempts, with Simeone’s side a tough adversary for Lopetegui to come up against so early in his reign.

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Real Madrid- Luka Modric shouldn’t be rushed back for Real Madrid after recently returning from his post-World Cup break. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Keylor Navas will continue in goal despite the recent signing of ex-Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Continue reading “UEFA Super Cup Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid”

Samuel Eto’o join Qatar league side from Turkey

Veteran Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o has signed for Qatar league side, Qatar Sports Club, it was announced Monday, just days after he ended a brief stay at Turkish side Konyaspor.

The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker will be unveiled on Tuesday, said Qatar Sports Club, the latest big-name edition to Qatar’s domestic league as it gears up to host the 2022 World Cup.

The club said on social media that it would “present the international star Samuel Eto’o” at a press conference.

It is understood he underwent a medical earlier in the day. Place bet on Live matches on NaijaBet 

The four-time African player of the year will join former colleagues in Qatar, including ex-Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez, who plays for Al Sadd, and Wesley Sneijder who was at Inter with Eto’o.

In 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi. Continue reading “Samuel Eto’o join Qatar league side from Turkey”

David Silva announce his retirement from Spain national team

Manchester City midfielder David Silva on Monday called time on his distinguished 12-year international career with Spain.

Selected for the first time in November 2006, the 32-year-old helped his country be crowned world champions in South Africa in 2010 and won two European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012.

“I leave proud and happy, bringing an end to a time full of emotions and memories, like of the figure of Luis Aragones, a maestro who will never be forgotten,” he said. Naija and Bet

“I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered.

“I’ve spent days and weeks considering this. The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person.” Continue reading “David Silva announce his retirement from Spain national team”

Willian embrace Chelsea’s new ‘Samba style’ under Sarri

Chelsea winger Willian believes manager Maurizio Sarri’s attack-focused tactics emulates Brazil’s ‘samba style’ and helps the Premier League club’s players flourish.

The 30-year-old Brazil international assisted N’Golo Kante’s opening goal as Chelsea recorded a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town in Sarri’s first league match in charge last Saturday.

“Is it fun to play this way? I think so. We have a lot of players with quality up front, like Eden Hazard and Pedro. Players like that want to play football,” Willian said. Various betting options are available on site for today’s games

“That’s why he (Sarri) talked about ‘fun’ football. This is what we will try to do this season. Is this like Brazil’s Samba style? Yes. This is what we do in Brazil and are trying to do here, playing with skill and movement.”

The winger is confident that Sarri’s tactics will help rectify Chelsea’s recent poor record against Arsenal, where they had just one win in eight matches under previous manager Antonio Conte, when they meet in Saturday’s league match. Continue reading “Willian embrace Chelsea’s new ‘Samba style’ under Sarri”

Guardiola ready to resolve Sterling’s future

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants Raheem Sterling to commit his long-term future to the club after the English striker played an influential role in their Premier League win over Arsenal.

The 23-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, scored his 50th league goal on Sunday as the defending champions started their campaign with a comfortable 2-0 away win.

“We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay,” Guardiola told reporters. “We’ll do our effort to make him feel we count on him. And we do count on him.” Various Betting Options are Available on Site

British media reported that Sterling’s agents are seeking a new contract in the region of 300 000 pounds ($382 530) a week, which would make him one of the club’s highest paid players. Continue reading “Guardiola ready to resolve Sterling’s future”

Neymar,Timothy Weah on target as PSG open with victory

Neymar scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain since February as the French champions kicked off the new Ligue 1 season with a 3-0 defeat of Caen on Sunday.

The Brazilian star, who scored 19 times in 20 league games before fracturing his foot last season, struck just 10 minutes into his first start for the club in almost six months.

Adrien Rabiot netted a second for PSG before halftime and Timothy Weah, the son of 1995 Ballon d’Or winner and Liberia president George Weah, rounded out the victory with his first league goal.

Gianluigi Buffon also produced a couple of sharp saves on his home bow in goal for PSG as coach Thomas Tuchel made a winning start at the Parc des Princes. Place bet on Live tennis games 24/7 online

German Tuchel, who replaced Unai Emery on a two-year deal, was without a host of first-team regulars as PSG’s trio of World Cup winners — Kylian Mbappe, Presnel Kimpembe and Alphonse Areola — showed off the trophy to fans before kick-off.

Edinson Cavani and Marco Verratti were also absent as Tuchel handed starts to youngsters Colin Dagba and Stanley N’Soki in defence, and fellow 19-year-old Antoine Bernede in midfield. Continue reading “Neymar,Timothy Weah on target as PSG open with victory”

Barcelona sink Sevilla to win Spanish Supercup

Barcelona battled back to defeat Sevilla 2-1 and win the Spanish Supercup on Sunday with French World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele hitting a sensational winner to help give Lionel Messi a winning start as captain.

It was Barcelona’s 13th Supercup and sixth in the last nine seasons.

However, Sevilla squandered a golden chance to send the match into extra-time when Wissam Ben Yedder missed a last-minute penalty.

Pablo Sarabia gave Sevilla the lead after just nine minutes on a counter-attack.

Gerard Pique, who announced his international retirement with Spain on Saturday, levelled three minutes before the interval for Barcelona after he was fastest to respond to a loose ball following a Messi free-kick. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

That set the stage for French star Dembele to take the headlines with a 78th minute screamer from 25 yards and again Messi played a crucial role with the key pass.

There was still time for late drama when Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen brought down Aleix Vidal in the area as the Sevilla youngster closed in on an equaliser. Continue reading “Barcelona sink Sevilla to win Spanish Supercup”

Red need to be more clinical for title – Klopp

Liverpool’s reinforced squad must build on their ruthless form from last season if they are to challenge defending Premier League champions Manchester City for the title, manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday.

Klopp has made four big money signings, adding goalkeeper Alisson, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and winger Xherdan Shaqiri, giving supporters genuine optimism ahead of the new campaign.

But the German insists they are still underdogs in the battle for the league crown, saying: “We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. Naija and Bet

“We have to be more consistent. More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments. We need to improve everything.

“We have to be in a championship mode. We jump into the water and we dive until we don’t have oxygen anymore. That’s the plan. A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will (challenge more) – but that’snot how it is.” Continue reading “Red need to be more clinical for title – Klopp”

EPL Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Tottenham

Newcastle may have left it late, but are beginning to strengthen in key areas of the squad. The Magpies ended the 2017/18 campaign on a high with a 3-0 win over Chelsea, but will be keen to avoid a similar start to last season where they lost 2-0 to Tottenham.

Spurs are paying the price for their players going so far in the World Cup as they boast a lengthy absentee list coming into their opening game of the season and are, at the time of writing, yet to do any business in the transfer market.

They won both league games against Newcastle last season, however, and have won three of their last four visits to St. James’ Park.

However, any hopes of a repeat of their 2-0 win over Newcastle last term will depend on what Magpies side turns up. The fans will be desperate for a positive result, with a draw on the cards. Bet Now NaijaBet

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Newcastle United – Martin Dubravka is a doubt with a knock, but should be fit to start for Newcastle here, while Mohamed Diame’s possible absence could pave the way for Ki Sung-yueng to make his debut. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Tottenham”

Nadal downs Wawrinka; Tsitsipas knockout Djokovic

A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal on Thursday at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarterfinals.

The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5.

When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance. Place bet on today’s tennis games 

The second set was a battle as the Swiss, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from an early break down, took a 2-1 lead, with the pair again trading breaks in the fifth and tenth games.

Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point. Continue reading “Nadal downs Wawrinka; Tsitsipas knockout Djokovic”

Ligue1 resumes: Focus on Neymar, Mbappe as PSG kick off title defence

Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain 12 months ago in a bid to move out of Lionel Messi’s shadow and confirm his status as one of the world’s best players, but the Brazilian may have to share the mantle of talisman with teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe this season.

The French champions start the defence of their Ligue 1 title against Caen at the Parc des Princes on Sunday, and all eyes will be on Neymar after he missed the final three months of last term with a foot injury.

The world’s most expensive player has been the subject of consistent speculation linking him with a move away from France, with reports usually suggesting he will sign for Real Madrid, but he insists that he’s not done with PSG yet.

“Yes, I will stay in Paris. I have a contract with PSG. The speculation? The majority of it is invented by the press,” Neymar told ESPN Brasil last month. Premier league, Ligue1 market options are available on site

“I have a contract and people know the objective, the reason why I went to PSG. I want to win with this club and I hope this season will be wonderful.”

Neymar returned in time for the World Cup, but failed to inspire Brazil to a record-extending sixth title as they suffered a 2-1 quarter-final loss to Belgium. Continue reading “Ligue1 resumes: Focus on Neymar, Mbappe as PSG kick off title defence”

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EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester City

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been handed a tough start to life in England with opening fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea. The Gunners have looked good in pre-season and will hope to catch their rivals off so early in the campaign.

Manchester City showed no hangover from last season’s Premier League triumph when they beat Chelsea 2-0 in last weekend’s Community Shield. Pep Guardiola’s side are still the team to beat and will hope to show that again this weekend.

City have scored three goals in each of their last three matches against Arsenal, while Emery has never beaten Guardiola in 10 attempts (D4, L6).

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Arsenal- With Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal both in danger of missing Sunday’s Premier League opener against Manchester City, Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks set to start at left-back. Various betting options are available on Site

New signings Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira could make their competitive debuts for the Gunners on Sunday. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester City”

Leicester signs Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb

Leicester City have signed Croatian defender Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

Leicester did not disclose the transfer fee but British media reports said the 21-year-old cost about £13 million.

Benkovic, a Croatian under-21 international, arrives at the King Power Stadium after an impressive 2017-18 campaign with Zagreb in which he made 30 appearances in all competitions and helped them clinch the Croatian league title. Naija and Bet

“Filip is an exciting young player who has the potential to develop even more at Leicester,” Leicester boss Claude Puel told the club website.

“He has made a big contribution to Dinamo Zagreb over the last three years and has also benefited from experiencing European football. Continue reading “Leicester signs Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb”