PL Match Preview : Swansea vs Liverpool

Carlos Carvalhal has only lost one of his first five matches as Swansea manager and has picked up four points from a possible nine in the Premier League. The Swans are still bottom of the league but now only four points adrift of safety.

Liverpool are high on confidence at the moment after becoming the first side to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season and now they face Swansea who they thumped 5-0 on Boxing Day. Latest Odds on NaijaBet

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 18 competitive matches and they have won 13 of those. It would be a huge shock if they didn’t get all three points on Monday night.

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Swansea – Kyle Naughton returns from suspension and will slot in at right-back with Angel Rangel still injured.

Leon Britton is an option againafter returning to the matchday squad for Wednesday’s FA Cup win over Wolves.

Tammy Abraham, Renato Sanches and Mike van der Hoorn are still doubts for Swansea. Continue reading “PL Match Preview : Swansea vs Liverpool”

Pochettino dismissed talk on Kane Real Madrid link

Mauricio Pochettino dismissed talk of a potential £200 million Real Madrid bid for Harry Kane after the England striker scored his 99th Premier League goal in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

“I’m not going to speak about rumours because if I give information about one rumour I have to do it at all press conferences. It’s not my problem to talk about rumours,” he said.

Pochettino did say he doesn’t expect to sign any new players this month after seeing his team miss the chance to move back into the top four as they were denied by a spirited Southampton. Place bet on today’s game on Naijabet

“I am not concerned about that. I know very well it will be difficult to add quality to the team in this period. If something happens and all the conditions are right to sign a player then perhaps. I am relaxed, calm.”

Spurs’ buildup was hampered by a flu virus that saw Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen miss the game.

Pochettino said that other players were also affected with illness but refused to say who.

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End of an era : Ronaldinho retires from football

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has formally confirmed his retirement from football, more than two years since his last appearance as a professional, reports in Brazil said Tuesday.

The 37-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star, a key member of the Brazil side which won the World Cup in 2002, last played in 2015 during a brief stint with Fluminense.

However his brother and agent Roberto Assis said he would not play again and would now concentrate on tribute events.

“He stopped, we’re going to do something really big, nice, after the World Cup in Russia, probably in August, we’ll do several events in Brazil, Europe and Asia, and of course, we’re watching a game with the Brazilian team,” Assis said. Place bet on today’s game on NaijaBet

Ronaldinho’s career began with Gremio in Porto Alegre, his hometown, before he emerged as a star with French giants PSG. Continue reading “End of an era : Ronaldinho retires from football”

PL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Stoke

Manchester United’s injury woes have eased since the turn of the year and that should enable Jose Mourinho’s side to rediscover the form they showed at the start of the season.

The Reds have won back-to-back matches after a run of four games without a win and have not conceded in their last 323 minutes of action in all competitions.

Stoke were dumped out of the FA Cup third round by League Two outfit Coventry last weekend and that prompted Mark Hughes’ dismissal. The Potters have lost nine of their last 11 competitive matches and could be three points adrift of safety by the time this Monday night fixture rolls around.

Stoke have only lost five of 18 Premier League matches they have played on a Monday night, but a trip to Old Trafford may be beyond their reach, especially when you consider their current circumstances. They’ve drawn their last three against the Red Devils, but haven’t win away to United since April 1976.

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Manchester United – Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini all returned to first-team action in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Derby in the FA Cup last time out. Continue reading “PL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Stoke”

Ryan Giggs set to be named as Wales new manager

Manchester United great Ryan Giggs is set to be named Wales boss on Monday – his first permanent job as a manager.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said it would announce the identity of Chris Coleman’s replacement..

Giggs, 44, has been the clear favourite for the Wales job since he declared his interest last month, saying: “I’ve played for Wales and I’ve said that I want to go back into coaching. Latest odds on Site NaijaBet

“Obviously that is one of the top jobs.”

Giggs was interviewed for the Wales job last week along with former international teammate Craig Bellamy and Osian Roberts, Coleman’s former assistant who is also the FAW’s technical director. Continue reading “Ryan Giggs set to be named as Wales new manager”

Premier League Title race is not over – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted the Premier League title race is not over after his side slipped to a dramatic 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early strike was cancelled out by Leroy Sane’s goal shortly before half-time but three goals in nine scintillating minutes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah stunned City.

Guardiola’s team threatened an astonishing comeback with late goals for Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan but Liverpool held on for a famous win.

“Congratulations to Liverpool for the victory,” said Guardiola. “The game was in our hands at 1-1 but our finishing was not good and then it went suddenly to 4-1. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet.com

“You have to be stable when you concede a goal and we were not solid enough. You have to live this kind of situation in the season.

“The reality is we lose the game, we have a week to recover and prepare for the Newcastle game. All credit to the opponent, we know how difficult it is against a Jurgen Klopp team, so aggressive, at Anfield too. We did a good performance apart from a few minutes. Continue reading “Premier League Title race is not over – Pep Guardiola”

Weekend Match Preview : Premier League,Laliga & SerieA

Chelsea  1.29   vs   Leicester  11.30

A 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night means Chelsea have won only two of their last six competitive matches. However, on home turf, the Blues have been in fine form, failing to win only three of their last 12 in all competitions at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester have lost back-to-back away league matches and have lost six of their last seven competitive meetings with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

They recently ended a four-match winless run in the Premier League with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Huddersfield, though, and will look to use that as a platform to spring an upset here.

Leicester may trouble this Blues backline, but Chelsea have the means to wrap up all three points. Latest Odds on NaijaBet

*Chelsea have won their last 7 home Premier League matches.

*Chelsea have won 6 of their last 7 home matches against Leicester in all competitions.

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‘Conte, Mourinho out of their minds’ – Fabio Capello

Former England manager Fabio Capello branded feuding managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte as “totally out of their minds” for letting their public spat get out of control.

Chelsea manager Conte and Manchester United’s Mourinho have been engaged in a war of words in the build up to next month’s clash between the two sides in Old Trafford.

But Capello believes both men have lost control and that fellow Italian Conte may have underestimated how well Portuguese Mourinho handles the press. Weekend matches latest odds on NaijaBet

“I think Conte didn’t realise who he was up against,” Capello said.

“It’s the Chelsea shirt which makes managers nervous. Remember how wound up Mourinho got when he was Chelsea manager? Conte’s just doing what Mourinho used to do.”We all remember Mourinho on his knees in the middle of the field, running wild after his side won.”

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Nigeria’s Rohr excited with England friendly

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes England will give his players the ideal test of their readiness for the World Cup when they meet in a friendly in June. excited

The Super Eagles take on the Three Lions at Wembley Stadium on June 2 in preparation for the tournament in Russia that kicks off on June 14.

Rohr described the fixture as “good news for myself and the entire team” and said Gareth Southgate’s side were “very strong presently and… will give us a very good match”. Place bet on today’s matches on NaijaBet.com

“We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley,” he added.

England on Wednesday also announced a second warm-up game against Costa Rica on June 7 and Southgate said both matches would help his players adapt to different styles of play. Continue reading “Nigeria’s Rohr excited with England friendly”

Zidane sign new Real Madrid deal until 2020

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Wednesday confirmed that he has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the European champions until 2020.

“It’s signed,” said the French star after his side drew 2-2 with Numancia to progress to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey 5-2 on aggregate.

After a dream start at Real, with eight trophies out of a possible 10, Zidane has endured a tough season with his side 16 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race.

And the 45-year-old cautioned: “I’m enjoying what I do every day, because that’s the way it is. I can’t imagine myself as a coach in two, three years, because things are not like that. Naija and Bet

“I know how it goes, nothing more, even with this contract it does not change anything.”

On Wednesday, Real fielded an almost unrecognisable team and struggled into the Copa del Rey last-eight. Continue reading “Zidane sign new Real Madrid deal until 2020”

Carling Cup Match Preview : Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea will look to take advantage of home advantage in the first leg and seize the initiative in this League Cup semi final. The Blues haven’t beaten Arsenal in their last four encounters but haven’t lost at home to the Gunners since October 2011.

Arsene Wenger has only lost more games against Manchester United (26) than he has versus Chelsea (19) in his career and Arsenal are the underdogs in this semi final tie.

Arsenal have struggled for consistency on their travels this season, winning just three of 12 domestic away matches thus far. They were also eliminated from the FA Cup third round by Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Arsenal played well in patches in the 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea last week, but should really had lost that match after Alvaro Morata spurned three great goalscoring chances.

A trip to Stamford Bridge is always difficult and the objective for Arsenal will be to ensure they are still in the contest when they take the game back to the Emirates. Continue reading “Carling Cup Match Preview : Chelsea vs Arsenal”

Zidane hope for better Real squad

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended his players and dismissed talk of a crisis at the reigning Spanish and European champions after seeing them fall further behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Madrid ended an outstanding 2017 with a 3-0 defeat at home to their bitter rivals in the Clasico and their first La Liga outing of 2018 saw them draw 2-2 at Celta Vigo on Sunday.

That means they lie fourth in the table, 16 points behind Barca, the unbeaten leaders, as the halfway stage in the season approaches. They have a game in hand, but their hopes of a successful title defence already appear in tatters. Naija and Bet

“When things go wrong, I am not someone to throw two or three players into the shit. We are all in the same boat, all responsible, me the first as coach,” said the Frenchman as he refused to blame any individual members of his squad for their slump in form.

“We had two spectacular years and people should not forget that. I know the next game is the most important. We will not live in the past, but will not throw away what has been done either.” Continue reading “Zidane hope for better Real squad”

Aguero stoppage time goal helps City secure Bristol win

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp header secured a 2-1 victory over Bristol City in their League Cup semifinal first leg on Tuesday after the second-tier side had frustrated the Premier League leaders.

City, who have dished out a string of maulings in a stellar league campaign, found the Championship side a tough nut to crack and had to wait until the 92nd minute to grab the winner when Argentine substitute Aguero darted in to head home.

The visitors had opened the scoring with a penalty just before halftime after central defender John Stones had fouled Bobby Reid, who dispatched the spot kick with aplomb. Today’s latest odds on an NaijaBet

Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser soon after the break turned the tide and City then laid siege to their opponents’ defence in the closing stages before Aguero’s goal gave them a vital advantage ahead of the return leg in two weeks’ time.

With Manchester City unbeaten domestically all season and streaking clear in the Premier League it was hard to imagine them facing much of a test at home to Lee Johnson’s side, who are 14 points off the pace in the second division. Continue reading “Aguero stoppage time goal helps City secure Bristol win”

Carling Cup Match Preview : Manchester City vs Bristol City

Manchester City have scored 4+ goals in 38% of their home matches this season, which does not bode well for Bristol City.

Since eliminating Manchester United, Bristol City have only won one of the resulting five matches and have lost each of their last three.

Lee Johnson’s side have failed to score in their last two and have shipped eight goals in that time. They are not in great shape ahead of this daunting fixture. Latest odds on Naija and Bet

The aim for Bristol City will be to at least stay in the tie to have something to fight for in the second leg. Whether they can manage that, is another question.

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Manchester City – David Silva flew back to Spain on Saturday evening for family reasons and it’s uncertain whether he will return to play in Tuesday’s League Cup semi final.

Sergio Aguero appeared to pick up a knee problem in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup but is expected to recover in time to feature here. Continue reading “Carling Cup Match Preview : Manchester City vs Bristol City”

Arsene Wenger eyes new signing

Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal flops that new recruits are on the way as the furious Gunners boss prepares for Wednesday’s League Cup semifinal against Chelsea.

Wenger’s side suffered one of the most chastening defeats of his increasingly tarnished reign on Sunday as second tier Nottingham Forest won 4-2 in the FA Cup third round.

It was the first time Wenger had crashed out at that stage of the competition since arriving at the north London club in 1996.

Wenger’s decision to make nine changes backfired, with the understudies delivering a listless display at the City Ground. Today’s game on NaijaBet

The Frenchman prioritised the League Cup showdown with Chelsea by keeping his main men fresh for the first leg clash at Stamford Bridge means he can ill-afford a damaging defeat against Antonio Conte’s men. Continue reading “Arsene Wenger eyes new signing”

Monaco will face Lyon in French Cup round 32

Monaco and Lyon will play each other in the standout tie in the round of 32 of the French Cup, the draw for which was made on Monday evening.

The sides are currently second and third respectively in Ligue 1, but both are nine points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain so the French Cup may offer a better chance of winning silverware.

PSG, who have won their last 34 domestic cup ties after a 6-1 victory at Rennes on Sunday, are looking to win the French Cup for the fourth year running this season. Naija and Bet

They were handed a home tie against Guingamp, who lifted the trophy in 2014.

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Laliga Match Preview : Malaga vs Espanyol

Malaga lost their last two La Liga games before the close of the year, with Michel still managing to get the backing of the club’s chiefs.

The home side have turned things around a little at La Rosaleda in recent weeks, but anything less than three points isn’t enough given the relegation battle that Los Boquerones find themselves in. Latest Odds on NaijaBet

Espanyol have won just one of their last five competitive games, with Quique Sanchez Flores under pressure to strike up some consistent form.

Team News

Malaga – Roberto Rosales returns from suspension for the home side and will slot straight back in at right-back.

Adrian is still serving the second game of his two-match ban, which means that Manuel Iturra may start in central midfield.

Diego Rolan has an Achilles problem, which should see Borja Baston lead the line with Adalberto Penaranda. Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview : Malaga vs Espanyol”

Coutinho Barcelona debut delay for three weeks

Philippe Coutinho will not be able to make his Barcelona debut for about three weeks because of a thigh injury he sustained while at Liverpool.

The Brazilian playmaker passed a medical on Monday during which Barcelona doctors analysed the injury that kept him out of Liverpool’s Premier League win over Burnley on January 1.

“Coutinho has an injury in his right thigh. He will be out for 20 days,” Barcelona said in a statement, meaning he is likely to make his debut in the Catalan derby against Espanyol on February 4. Naija and Bet

Barcelona agreed a 142 million-pound ($192 million) deal with Liverpool on Saturday to buy Coutinho, who became their record signing.

Kane can’t be forced to stay at Tottenham – Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has warned that Tottenham cannot force Harry Kane to stay at the club, saying Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona shows there can be no room for complacency.

Tottenham’s star striker underlined his value again on Sunday by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon as Pochettino’s side eased into the FA Cup fourth round.

But, asked afterwards if Kane might break the mould of players leaving for the world’s biggest teams, Pochettino delivered a note of caution.

“Harry is so special,” said Pochettino. “Because he loves Tottenham and he has always been at Tottenham. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“But we need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. Continue reading “Kane can’t be forced to stay at Tottenham – Pochettino”

FA Cup Match Preview : Manchester United vs Derby County

Manchester United ended a winless run of four matches with an impressive 2-0 win away to Everton on Monday, but they were recently knocked out of the League Cup by Championship side Bristol City.

Derby are unbeaten in seven matches and haven’t lost away from home since September. The Rams are going well under Gary Rowett and have more than a punchers chance on Friday night. Bet Now  on NaijaBet

United overcame Derby in the FA Cup in January last year and are favourites to do so again here. They have scored 11 goals in their last three matches against the Rams but should expect a more challenging game this time around.

Team News

Manchester United – Jose Mourinho has declared Romelu Lukaku fit to play against Derby on Friday, while Marouane Fellaini is also available following five weeks out injured.

Michael Carrick is also back in training but may not feature here, while Antonio Valencia will be fit to play the next game. Continue reading “FA Cup Match Preview : Manchester United vs Derby County”

Mohamed Salah: Rejected From Chelsea to African king

It took Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah just three years to transform from a Chelsea reject to being crowned African Player of the Year in Ghana on Thursday.

Salah failed to blossom after moving from Swiss outfit Basel to Stamford Bridge, leading to him being loaned to Serie A sides Fiorentina and AS Roma, then sold to the latter.

At Roma, his career took off as he scored 29 goals in two seasons and created 17 others to draw the attention of several English Premier League suitors. Predict tomorrow’s FA Cup matches to win Big NaijaBet

Liverpool made a successful £34.3 million bid and Salah has not looked back since, scoring 23 goals in 29 matches in all competitions.

He has made a habit of bagging braces with the most recent helping Liverpool come from behind at home to edge Leicester City 2-1 last month.

Seventeen of the goals have come in the Premier League, placing him second in the scorers’ charts, only one goal behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Continue reading “Mohamed Salah: Rejected From Chelsea to African king”

FA Cup Match Preview : Liverpool vs Everton

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 16 matches but have been forced to grind out two 2-1 wins in a row ahead of Friday’s Merseyside Derby. It’s a side that this Liverpool side are not usually known for and that stands them in good stead going forward.

Everton, meanwhile, are now winless in four and didn’t even manage a shot on target against Manchester United on Monday. The impact of Sam Allardyce’s arrival seems to have worn off now and this certainly isn’t an ideal time to travel to Anfield. Latest Odds on Naija and Bet

Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield against their closest rivals since September 1999 and should preserve that record on Friday night.

Team News

Liverpool – Mohamed Salah has a groin injury and will attend the African Footballer of the Year awards in Ghana on Thursday. He will be joined by Sadio Mane, who may also not be fit enough to start here.

Andrew Robertson, Joel Matip, James Milner and Roberto Firmino will all return to the starting XI after dropping to the bench on New Year’s Day.

Loris Karius may keep his place in goal for the FA Cup game on Friday, while January signing Virgil Van Dijk may have to make his Liverpool debut from the bench. Continue reading “FA Cup Match Preview : Liverpool vs Everton”

Spurs will battle for Premier League top four

Mauricio Pochettino insists he isn’t concerned about Tottenham missing out on a top four finish in the Premier League despite their damaging 1-1 draw against West Ham.

Pochettino’s side had to settle for a point in Thursday’s London derby at Wembley after missing a host of chances as they failed to turn their domination into goals.

Tottenham needed a superb long-range strike from South Korea’s Son Heung-Min with just six minutes remaining to avoid defeat after Pedro Obiang’s stunning 30-yard blast had given West Ham a shock second half lead. Latest Ice Hockey, Volleyball, Handball and Baseball odds on NaijaBet

The north Londoners are now three points behind fourth placed Liverpool in the race to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.

But Tottenham boss Pochettino is still confident his team will book a return to Europe’s elite club competition.

“I’m not worried, we are in the middle of the season. We missed an opportunity today but I think we are close,” he said. Continue reading “Spurs will battle for Premier League top four”

PL Match Preview : Tottenham vs West Ham

Tottenham have won five of their last six Premier League matches and are now fifth. However, they fell to a 3-2 loss to West Ham at Wembley earlier in the season as they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup.

A late 2-1 win over West Brom means West Ham have now lost just one of their last six league matches to move out of the relegation zone. The Hammers still sit just one point above the relegation zone, however are unbeaten in back-to-back away league matches.

Spurs, though, should inflict defeat upon West Ham on home turf, but this is likely to be a close encounter between two fatigued teams. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Tottenham- Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose are both ruled out for Tottenham as they play their second game in the space of three days.

Mousa Dembele is a doubt with a hip problem, but is not expected to be in time to face West Ham.

Mauricio Pochettino is set to bring Serge Aurier, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane into the starting XI. Continue reading “PL Match Preview : Tottenham vs West Ham”

Man City sit on top of financial firepower list

Premier League leaders Manchester City have more financial muscle than any other club in world football, according to a study that sees English clubs dominate the top 10.

The Soccerex Football Finance 100, which ranks the world’s top teams based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, owner potential investment and debt, was published on Wednesday.

City, who have dropped just four points in the league this season, lead the way ahead of Arsenal. Tottenham are fifth on the list ahead of seventh-placed Manchester United, with Chelsea in ninth. Naija and Bet

According to the study, Arsenal have £766 million ($1 billion) worth of fixed assets — following their move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium — more than any other club in world football, while only Manchester United have more money in the bank (£307 million) than Arsenal’s £300 million.

The annual report by event organiser Soccerex suggests that Arsenal have the monetary muscle to “invest significantly” in the transfer market. Continue reading “Man City sit on top of financial firepower list”