Conte hail Chelsea unity spirit against Hull City

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side had put on a united front after Diego Costa marked his return with a goal in a 2-0 victory over Hull City.

Absent from Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Leicester City amid reports he had been unsettled by an offer from China, Costa celebrated his opener on Sunday with a hand gesture suggestive of media chatter.

Conte claimed not to have seen the gesture, but with Chelsea having opened up an eight-point advantage at the top of the Premier League, he expressed confidence the matter had been put to bed.

“Honestly, I didn’t see because I was celebrating on the bench,” Conte told reporters at Stamford Bridge. Place your bet on NaijaBet.com

“When we score goals, sometimes my celebrations are very dangerous for my staff! It’s important to score the goal and to celebrate in any way. Continue reading “Conte hail Chelsea unity spirit against Hull City”

Gabon knocked out of 2017 AFCON

Gabon were knocked out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after drawing 0-0 with Cameroon at the Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville on Sunday night.

The draw saw Cameroon finish behind Burkina Faso in second place in the Group A standings, while the tournament hosts exit the competition in position three. Guinea-Bissau prop up the table with one point from their allotted matches.

The Panthers should have taken the lead just four minutes into the game when Denis Bouanga’s attempted shot found his teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the back post. Naija and Bet

However, somehow the Gabon captain, who plays for German side Borussia Dortmund, directed the ball wide of the far post from close range with Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa beaten. Continue reading “Gabon knocked out of 2017 AFCON”

Maybe I’m not good enough for City – Pep

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola revealed on Friday that he fears he may not match up to the players in his expensively-assembled squad which is struggling to maintain a Premier League title push.

Guardiola conceded defeat in the title race after last weekend’s 4-0 loss at Everton left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

The defeat was in stark contrast to the beginning of the season when his team racked-up 10 successive wins. NaijaBet.com

“They are good players. I have respect for the guys, so why would I say the guys are not good?,” said Guardiola. Continue reading “Maybe I’m not good enough for City – Pep”

Match Preview : Manchester City vs Tottenham

Manchester City were thumped 4-0 at Goodison Park at the weekend, a loss that saw Pep Guardiola admit his side are out of the title race. However, their recent home form has been commendable, with three successive league wins at the Etihad Stadium.

Tottenham trounced West Brom 4-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday and have won their last six top-flight outings. Spurs have won their last three league meetings with City, though have won just one of their last six at the Etihad Stadium, that coming in this fixture last season.

City are still struggling to ahdere to Guardiola’s demands and Spurs have what it takes to secure a club-record seventh successive league victory at the hosts’ expense. Place your Bet on Naijabet.com

Team News

Manchester City – Gabriel Jesus has received international clearance and is in line to make his Manchester City debut. Continue reading “Match Preview : Manchester City vs Tottenham”

Match Preview: Stoke City vs Manchester United

Stoke have only lost one of their last eight home league matches and have recorded back-to-back league wins ahead of the reception of Manchester United.

Manchester United were disappointing in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool last time out but Jose Mourinho’s side are still 16 matches unbeaten in all competitions.

Mourinho’s side were made to rue missed chances in their draw with Stoke in the reverse fixture this season and they still need to improve their efficiency in front of goal.

The Potters are unbeaten in three home matches against United and they could serve the decisive blow in their hopes of finishing in the top four this season. Place your bet on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Stoke City – Mame Biram Diouf, Wilfried Bony and Ramadan Sobhi are all away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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West Ham ready to offer Antonio new deal

The 26-year-old has been a key man for the Hammers this season, eclipsing the efforts of want away Dimitri Payet, and will be rewarded with fresh terms.

Chelsea are among those to have been linked with Michail Antonio of late, but West Ham are planning to hand the in-form midfielder a new contract. Place your bet on Naijabet.com

The 26-year-old has been in dazzling form for the Hammers this season, having a hand in more goals than any other player in Slaven Bilic’s squad.

He was particularly inspired in his most recent outing, with three assists seeing him play a leading role in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

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Coman ready for Bayern return – Ancelotti

The France international winger is poised to come back into contention for the away game against Freiburg, while Arturo Vidal could also play.

Kingsley Coman is ready to make his comeback for Bayern in Friday’s Bundesliga trip to Freiburg after a two-and-a-half-month spell on the sidelines, with Arturo Vidal also receiving the green light despite a minor knock.

The France winger has been out of action since damaging his left knee and ankle on international duty, having last featured for Bayern in their 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim on November 5. Naija and Bet

Coman resumed regular training during the mid-season break and is now ready to make his return to the first-team fold.

Vidal, meanwhile, suffered a rib injury during last week’s Telekom Cup, but is expected to be fit enough to feature versus Freiburg. Continue reading “Coman ready for Bayern return – Ancelotti”

AFCON Match Preview : Senegal vs Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe surprised Algeria with a 2-2 draw in their AFCON opener, and Aliou Cisse has warned Senegal against underestimating them.

Senegal will look to defend their status as one of the favourites for Africa Cup of Nations glory when they take on Zimbabwe in Franceville on Thursday.

After beginning their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Group B rivals Tunisia, Aliou Cisse’s side know that another win will send them into the quarter-finals. NaijaBet 

Zimbabwe Coach Callisto Pasuwa will be sweating on the fitness of exciting midfielder Knowledge Musona who limped off in the game against Algeria.

Khama Billiat was brilliant against Algeria and will hope to continue in that form against a strong Senegalese side while skipper and midfield enforcer Willard Katsande will hope to lead by example again after scoring against Algeria. Continue reading “AFCON Match Preview : Senegal vs Zimbabwe”

Mertesacker signs new contract with Arsenal

The World Cup-winning defender is yet to feature for the Gunners this season due to injury but will remain with the club until June 2018.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed defender Per Mertesacker has signed a one-year contract extension with the Gunners.

The former Germany international’s current deal was due to come to an end in June, but the north London outfit have taken up an option to keep hold of him for an extra season. NaijaBet.com

Mertesacker is yet to feature this season due to an injury, though Wenger is hopeful he will be back in action in the coming weeks.

“It’s an option we’ve taken on Per Mertesacker. He’s back in training, not with the squad, but he’s maybe two weeks away now,” Wenger revealed. Continue reading “Mertesacker signs new contract with Arsenal”

There’s no danger of Messi leaving Barca – Jorge

Speculation persists over the Argentine’s future at Camp Nou, with no contract extension agreed, but his father and agent says he will not seek a move.

Lionel Messi’s father and agent says there is “no danger” of him leaving Barcelona despite continued speculation over his future.

The Argentina star’s contract expires at the end of next season and conflicting reports over a lack of talks with the club about a renewal have cast doubt over whether he will stay at Camp Nou.

Messi was quoted as telling Coach magazine that he would stay at Barca for “as long as they want me”, only for the publication to remove the interview after the 29-year-old’s management team claimed that it had never taken place. Naija and Bet

The incident took place only a week after Pere Gratacos was removed from his position as director of institutional relations at Barca, following comments in which he suggested that Messi would not be as effective without certain team-mates. Continue reading “There’s no danger of Messi leaving Barca – Jorge”

Arsenal don’t need Payet,We are very strong – Wenger

The West Ham midfielder is refusing to play for the Irons but the Gunners boss insists he already has enough creative players at his disposal.

Arsenal do not need to sign Dimitri Payet and are unlikely to make any major moves in the remaining days of the transfer window, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

The France international has refused to play as he attempts to engineer a departure from West Ham, with former club Marseille the favourites to sign him this month. Place your bet with the champions and win big like the champions on Naijabet.com

Wenger has plenty of admiration for the player but insists that, with Danny Welbeck returning from injury, Arsenal have no real need for reinforcements in attack before the window closes.

“I expect it to be a very quiet period because we have Welbeck coming back now. We are very strong, we have many players [in the squad] who can come in,” he said ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Burnley. Continue reading “Arsenal don’t need Payet,We are very strong – Wenger”

AFCON Match Preview : Algeria v Tunisia

Goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi and striker Hilal Soudani are both out of the Stade de Franceville clash, while Leicester forward Islam Slimani is a doubt.

The Desert Foxes need the likes of Leicester star Riyad Mahrez to secure a win after drawing their opening CAN fixture 2-2 against Zimbabwe, while Tunisia’s 2-0 defeat against Senegal means there the Eagles of Carthage have no room for error this time around.

The point means Algeria’s fate remains in their hands, but they will be eager to take all three against a Tunisia side who were beaten 2-0 by Senegal on match day one and will be out if they lose again.

Team News

Algeria – Mahrez will undoubtedly have Tunisia’s defence worried, but the impact of Slimani could be key. Place your bet on NaijaBet.com 

The Leicester City striker set up his team-mate for the opening goal against Zimbabwe and his aerial threat will likely prove a problem for a defence who conceded their second goal against Senegal from a corner. Continue reading “AFCON Match Preview : Algeria v Tunisia”

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My only problem in China is the food – Renato Augusto

The Brazil midfielder has no regrets over his decision to join the CSL and says he urged both Hulk and Oscar to make the move.

Brazil international Renato Augusto revealed how he urged countrymen Oscar and Hulk to head to China, and joked that the only issue he has is the local cuisine.

Augusto, 28, joined Beijing Guoan at the start of last year, making 23 appearances during the 2016 Chinese Super League (CSL) season.

Bigger players moving have followed, including star attacker Oscar joining Shanghai SIPG from Chelsea. Naija and Bet

He joins former Porto and Zenit striker Hulk, who signed last year, at the club. Continue reading “My only problem in China is the food – Renato Augusto”

Celta Viga inflict shock defeat on Real Madrid

After surrendering a record 40-game unbeaten run, Real Madrid suffered a second defeat in four days on Wednesday as Celta Vigo took a 2-1 first leg lead from their Copa del Rey quarterfinal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

All three goals came in a six-minute spell midway through the second-half as strikes from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas and Jonny either side of Marcelo’s reply for Madrid handed Celta a famous win.

Real can still salvage their quest for a first ever treble of Cup, La Liga and Champions League, but now need to score at least twice when the visit Balaidos for the second leg on January 25. NaijaBet.com

“I am not worried,” insisted Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

“It is not a good moment for us, two defeats (in a row), but we can overcome this. We still have the return leg to go. Continue reading “Celta Viga inflict shock defeat on Real Madrid”

El Shenewy out of Afcon 2017 due to injury

Goalkeeper Ahmed El Shenewy has been ruled out of Afcon 2017, according to Egypt media officer Inas Mazhar.

The Zamalek custodian suffered a serious right hamstring injury on Tuesday when he tried to save Lassana Coulibaly’s header. NaijaBet

“The doctor examined him this morning and diagnosed him with a right hamstring tear which causes him a lot of pain and he needs at least up to three or four weeks which means he is out of the competition,” she said.

This leaves Egypt coach Hector Cuper with just one option of Essam El Hadary after Sherif Ekramy also suffered a left hamstring over the weekend.

Egypt team doctor Mohamed Abu El Elaa will continue to monitor Ekramy’s situation.

Growing up Okocha was my idol – Mario Gomez

The Germany international has revealed the impact of the iconic number 10 on his career, saying he was a delight to watch in his playing days.

Wolfsburg ’s Mario Gomez has revealed that he wanted to play like  Austin Okocha after watching him dazzle in the colours of Eintracht Frankfurt.

The former Nigeria international played in Germany for over seven years turning out for Borussia Neunkirchen and the Eagles. Naija and Bet

And the former Bayern Munich star, who is always bored by games shown on the screen, said his fascination for football matches grew when he watched the midfield maestro discomfit an opposing team’s defence.

“I didn’t like watching football on TV. It was always so boring to me,” Gomez said. Continue reading “Growing up Okocha was my idol – Mario Gomez”

Xabi Alonso set to end his career in June

Spanish World Cup winner and double European champion Xabi Alonso is set to retire at the end of the season when his Bayern Munich contract expires, a report in Germany said.

Leaders Bayern kick off the second half of the Bundesliga season at Freiburg on Friday in their bid for a fifth straight German league title with the 35-year-old Alonso poised to end his playing career in June.

It would mean the German giants could lose significant experience for next season with club captain and ex-Germany skipper Philipp Lahm also reportedly considering retiring in June to take over as Bayern’s team manager. Naija and Bet

According to Sport Bild, Alonso has already told club bosses he does not want to sign a contract extension.

Having joined Bayern for the 2014/15 season, Alonso is bidding to finish with a third straight German league title with Munich currently three points clear in the table. Continue reading “Xabi Alonso set to end his career in June”

Moyes frustrated by lack of squad options

Sunderland manager David Moyes is frustrated by the size of the squad but would not use it as an excuse to hide behind after their early FA Cup exit at Burnley on Tuesday.

The Scot’s plans to reinforce the squad in January have been foiled after chief executive Martin Bain revealed the manager would have limited funds to invest in players.

“I’ve not wanted to use it as an excuse and I’ve genuinely tried not to, and I’m not using it here,” Moyes said. Naija and Bet

“The players that are out there I expect to play better, I don’t expect them to make a couple of mistakes, but if I had other players, maybe I could take some players out and put somebody else in.

“I’ve tried not to use it in any way as an excuse but it’s a fact, we’re short, we’re finding it a struggle, we’re putting near enough the same players out.” Continue reading “Moyes frustrated by lack of squad options”

FA CUP Match Preview : Plymouth vs Liverpool

Liverpool are winless in four matches in all competitions for the first time since April 2016. Jurgen Klopp would rather do without this match and is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that battled to a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

Plymouth have only lost one of their last nine matches in all competitions, while they have only lost three home games all season. They have scored at least two goals in each of their last four home matches.

The Green Army should fancy their chances of causing another upset here, especially with Klopp set to make wholesale changes to his usual starting XI. It’s going to be a tough game for Liverpool and a tight match should be expected at Home Park. Place your bet on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Plymouth – Plymouth may reward most of the team that earned a replay with another chance to upset Liverpool.

David Goodwillie has been ruled out of action for Plymouth after being found guilty of rape. Continue reading “FA CUP Match Preview : Plymouth vs Liverpool”

Pep will turn City’s fortunes around – David Villa

Former Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa has backed Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola to overcome teething troubles and turn around the fortunes of the Premier League club.

Having enjoyed great success with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola was brought in by City to take the club into the European elite but so far the Spaniard is struggling to compete on the domestic front.

City were hammered 4-0 by Everton on Sunday and have slipped to fifth in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea. Naija and Bet

Villa, who now plays in Major League Soccer with New York City FC, kept faith with the manager under whom he won the Spanish league twice and the 2011 Champions League with Barca.”He has a difficult period right now but I believe he will change the situation,” Villa told said television in an interview. Continue reading “Pep will turn City’s fortunes around – David Villa”

I will stay If Barca still want me – Messi

Speculation continues to swirl around the Argentine’s future but he insists that he wishes to remain at Camp Nou for the foreseeable future.

Lionel Messi insists that he will stay at Barcelona for as long as he is wanted, despite reported interest from the Premier League.

The Argentina star’s future remains the subject of debate given the confusion surrounding talks over a new contract at Camp Nou.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu said last week that he is not concerned about the prospect of failing to agree an extension to Messi’s deal, which expires at the end of next season, although some reports in Spain have suggested that the 29-year-old is becoming frustrated with a lack of concrete discussions between the club and his representatives. NaijaBet

Such rumours have led to speculation that Messi could be sold at the end of the season, with clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea reportedly monitoring his situation. Continue reading “I will stay If Barca still want me – Messi”

Neymar will become world’s best – Cafu

The two-time World Cup champion and Champions League winner believes the Barcelona star will surpass Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo before long.

With continuity, Barcelona star Neymar will become the best player in the world, claims former Brazil international Cafu.

Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo have set the standard in football, going head-to-head for club and individual honours season after season.

Ronaldo beat Messi to The Best FIFA Men’s Player, having regained the Ballon d’Or from his rival, but Cafu believes 24-year-old Neymar will surpass the star duo. NaijaBet.com

“A little bit of continuity,” two-time World champion and Champions League winner Cafu said at the Florida Cup when asked what is missing from Neymar’s game.
Continue reading “Neymar will become world’s best – Cafu”

AFCON : Ghana sink Uganda,Egypt draw

Runners-up in 2015, Ghana started their latest Africa Cup of Nations bid with victory over Uganda thanks to Andre Ayew’s penalty on Tuesday, while Egypt drew 0-0 with Mali on their long-awaited return to the tournament.

A terrible playing surface in Port-Gentil contributed to making it a disappointing day of football, without a goal from open play, that completed the first round of fixtures in the group stage of this year’s competition in Gabon.

Ghana are now in control of Group D and are one of only three teams to have won a match so far along with Senegal and DR Congo. NaijaBet.com

West Ham United star Ayew converted from the spot just after the half-hour mark in the day’s first game after Isaac Isinde had fouled Asamoah Gyan inside the area.

Ghana then withstood Ugandan pressure in the second half to win 1-0 and end their poor recent record against the Cranes that had seen them fail to win in three encounters in qualifying for the 2015 Cup of Nations and 2018 World Cup. Continue reading “AFCON : Ghana sink Uganda,Egypt draw”

Ranieri support Chelsea to win title

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is hoping fellow Italian Antonio Conte wins the English Premier League title with current leaders Chelsea.

Ranieri led Leicester to a shock triumph in the competition last year but they are languishing 15th in the 20-team standings, 31 points adrift of his former club. Naija and Bet

“As former Chelsea coach and as an Italian supporter, I hope that Conte can achieve the goal,” Ranieri told reporters in Florence on Tuesday ahead of the Italian Hall of Fame.

“(Conte) came without uproar but demonstrated that the Italian school of coaches is valid more than ever,” he added.

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