EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Southampton

Liverpool secured a 3-2 win over PSG in midweek to get their Champions League campaign up and running. Jurgen Klopp will have been unhappy in the manner with which they threw away a two-goal lead, but they are unbeaten in their last four home league meetings with Southampton.

Saints, too, threw away a two-goal lead earlier this week as they were held 2-2 by Brighton. They won their last away league game, coming away 2-0 victors at Crystal Palace, yet will be up against it against a rampant Liverpool side.

Liverpool has looked a little shaky at the back of late but should extend their unbeaten home run and maintain their 100% start to the season here. Latest weekend game odds, Bet now on NaijaBet

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Liverpool- Dejan Lovren has returned to training, but he is unlikely to start for Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp unlikely to make wholesale changes, despite their Carabao Cup meeting with Chelsea next week.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are ruled out with knee and groin problems, respectively. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Southampton”

Grand Slam triumph justifies my No 1 ranking – Halep

Simona Halep believes this year’s French Open victory has helped justify her position as the women’s world No 1, with the Romanian saying she was now playing pressure-free tennis and motivated to add more Grand Slam titles to her resume.

Speaking to a small gathering of reporters in a phone interview on Friday, the 26-year-old also earmarked US Open champion Naomi Osaka as a huge prospect for the future after the Japanese player made her major breakthrough in New York.

“My dream was to become No 1 and I managed that last year and then my goal was to win a Grand Slam because some consider that a sign of being a true No 1,” Halep, who has topped the rankings for 46 weeks in total, explained.

“So my motivation was to win a major after I reached the top of the rankings and now I feel relaxed after achieving both. I am still motivated to win every match and now the pressure feels off, I can just feel the pleasure of playing.”

Halep knows all too well the pain of losing a Grand Slam final after suffering three failures in as many title matches before she rallied past American Sloane Stephens in Paris to prevail 3-6 6-4 6-1 on her favourite clay surface in June. Continue reading “Grand Slam triumph justifies my No 1 ranking – Halep”

Crying Ronaldo picks himself up for SerieA trip to Frosinone

Cristiano Ronaldo picks himself up and gets back to business in Serie A against promoted Frosinone on Sunday after his return to Spain in the Champions League ended in a tearful sending off against Valencia.

The former Real Madrid star collapsed dramatically on the pitch after being handed a controversial red card just days after his first goals for Juventus saw the champions keep their 100 percent record to pull three points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

Juventus beat Valencia anyway thanks to two Miralem Pjanic penalties.

And after securing a winning start to the European campaign which is their focus this season, the Turin giants look to keep their quest for an eighth straight domestic title on track with a trip to Frosinone. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident that Ronaldo, 33, will be back to business against a side from outside Rome who are second from bottom of the league with one point.

“He was upset and he needs time to calm down. He needs to rise above it and focus on Sunday, even if these things leave a bitter taste in the mouth,” said the coach. Continue reading “Crying Ronaldo picks himself up for SerieA trip to Frosinone”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Vorskla

Unai Emery is not going to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League and has a track record of winning the competition. The Gunners should be considered one of the favourites this season. After a difficult start to the season, they have won three in a row.

Vorskla are big underdogs heading into this fixture but the Ukranian side at least has some momentum heading into this clash with three wins in a row. In the Europa League, however, they have only won one of their last 10 matches.

Vorskla has failed to score in four of their last five away games in the Europa League and Arsenal should have their eyes on a comprehensive victory on Thursday evening.

Team News

Arsenal- Three-time Europa League winner Unai Emery has already revealed he wants to win the competition with Arsenal, suggesting they will they field fairly strong teams.

Lucas Torreira has been eased into life at Arsenal since joining over the summer and is expected to make his full debut for the club on Thursday. Bernd Leno could also debut for the Gunners. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Vorskla”

Europa League Match Preview: PAOK Thessaloniki FC vs Chelsea

PAOK have picked up some impressive results so far this season, eliminating FC Basel from Champions League qualification and even drawing away to Benfica before being humbled 4-1 at home to the Portuguese side. That remains their only defeat in nine competitive games this season.

Chelsea has made a 100 percent start to the season but expect a disjointed performance on Thursday if Maurizio Sarri goes down the route of making wholesale changes. There could be a lot of players picked that haven’t played a great deal this season but the Blues are favourites regardless.

Team News

PAOK Thessaloniki FC- Right-back Leo Matos is suspended after being sent off against Benfica in their last European game.

Former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom could line up against Chelsea on Thursday. Bet Now

Ex-CSKA Moscow midfielder Pontus Wernbloom is another Chelsea will have to keep an eye on.

Fernando Varela played both legs against Benfica at centre-back and could join former Aston Villa defender Jose Crespo at the heart of PAOK’s defence.

The Greek side also has former Wolfsburg defender Vieirinha in their ranks ahead of the Chelsea clash. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: PAOK Thessaloniki FC vs Chelsea”

Tunisian giants battle CAF CL quarterfinal clash

Etoile du Sahel and Esperance de Tunis will lock horns in an all-Tunisian 2018 Caf Champions League second-leg quarterfinal clash at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Friday.

The hosts will be eager to overturn a 2-1 deficit following defeat to their rivals in Radès this past weekend.

All the goals at the Olympic Stadium on the outskirts of Tunis came from defenders in a weekend were only four goals were scored in four Caf CL quarterfinal games across the African continent.

Chamseddine Dhaouadi fired Esperance ahead after only two minutes before Ammar Jemal equalised to make it all square at the break. Sameh Derbali snatched the 77th-minute winner for the two-time (1994 & 2011) champions. Place bet on today’s Europa league matches on NaijaBet

The narrow win leaves the tie in the balance heading into the match in Sousse with Jemal’s away goal in the first leg likely to have a say in the outcome of the match. Continue reading “Tunisian giants battle CAF CL quarterfinal clash”

UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Roma

Real Madrid and Roma were both held to draws at the weekend but Roma’s result was more of a shock as they were 2-0 up against Chievo.

Julen Lopetegui has made an unbeaten start to life as the manager and is expected to win his first Champions League game in charge of the reigning champions.

Roma, meanwhile, has struggled so far this season and throwing away a 2-0 lead would have impacted their confidence even more.

The Serie A side has only won one of their opening four competitive matches this season and lost 2-0 on their last visit to the Bernabeu.

Team News

Real Madrid- No surprises are expected from Real Madrid when they host Roma on Wednesday.

Isco and Casemiro made a difference off the bench against Athletic Club on Saturday night but only the latter is expected to start. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Roma”

UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Manchester United

Young Boys have won only two of their last 10 European games (D4, L4)

Manchester United have lost only three of their last 20 European matches (W13, D4).

United are the overwhelming favourites in this match and their quality should eventually show. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Team News

BSC Young Boys– Young Boys have four injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s welcome of European giants Manchester United: Pedro Teixeira, Jordan Lotomba, Gregory Wuthrich, and Sandro Lauper.

The home side were pushed all the way to extra-time on Saturday night in the Swiss Cup and fatigue could prove an issue here.

Wuthrich, usually at center-back, missed out through injury and would be a big loss for Gerardo Seoane’s side.

Manchester United– Luke Shaw was not risked against Watford on Sunday but Jose Mourinho afterward confirmed he would start against Young Boys on Wednesday. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Manchester United”

UCL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Lyon

 

Pep Guardiola was unhappy with Manchester City’s finishing in their 3-0 win over Fulham. City are unbeaten this season but are still searching for their best form.

Lyon has stuttered their way through the start of the season. The French side has only won two of their opening five matches but has lost only one of their last six matches against English clubs.

After going 13 Champions League home matches unbeaten, City have lost their last two at the Etihad (vs Basel and Liverpool). Nevertheless, they should come through this potentially tricky contest with three points.

Team News

Manchester City– Benjamin Mendy picked up a knee injury at the end of last week and is not expected to feature here.

Fabian Delph is expected to replace Mendy at left-back, but Aymeric Laporte can also play there.

Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany and John Stones compete for a starting berth at centre-back. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Lyon”

UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Juventus

Valencia has made a poor start to the season, winless in their first four league matches. They have drawn three of those games but will need to step it up to get anything from this match.

Juventus haven’t clicked into gear and are still trying to find the best formation to maximise Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence in the team. The Old Lady have, however, made a 100 percent start to the season.

Juventus’ record away to Spanish sides is not good. They have only won five of a possible 27 matches but have a great chance to change that here. Valencia has lost five of their last eight matches in the Champions League proper. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Team News

Valencia- Geoffrey Kondogbia came off after 14 minutes of Valencia’s 0-0 draw with Real Betis on Saturday and is not expected to feature here as a result, with Ezequiel Garay and Francis Coquelin also injury concerns.

Michy Batshuayi has been limited to just four substitute appearances since joining Valencia on loan from Chelsea in the summer and may have to settle for another place on the bench here. Santi Mina and Kevin Gameiro are battling to partner Rodrigo in attack.

Gonçalo Guedes came off the bench against Betis to make his first appearance since returning to Valencia this summer but he may not be ready to start just yet, which is a blow for the home side. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Juventus”

Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona sinks PSV

Lionel Messi pictures the Champions League ending with him hoisting the trophy and it began with him scoring a hat-trick on Tuesday as Barcelona put four goals past PSV Eindhoven.

An early kick-off at Camp Nou meant that before most of the tournament’s teams had even named their line-ups, Messi was up and running, his sumptuous free-kick from the edge of the area nestling in the top corner, exactly where it was intended.

Messi would have his second and third before the end, and a record eighth Champions League treble, but the game was up by then thanks to a superb strike from the excellent Ousmane Dembele.

Only when Barca were three ahead was Samuel Umtiti sent off for a second yellow card, meaning he will miss the trip to Wembley to face Tottenham next month. Even with 10 men, Messi completed his set for a 4-0 win.

Dembele’s goal was worthy of deciding any match but this was Messi’s night. After a miserable World Cup trying to retrieve the irretrievable Argentina, Barcelona’s now-captain proved his quality again to any doubters that are left.

Four goals already in La Liga, seven overall, neither age nor Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit from Spain appear to have taken the edge off. Continue reading “Messi scores hat-trick as Barcelona sinks PSV”

UCL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Paris Saint Germain

Liverpool has started a Premier League season with five straight wins for the first time in their history.

Paris Saint-Germain also has a 100 percent record this season but are yet to hit top gear under Thomas Tuchel.

PSG have scored in each of their last 16 Champions League games but have lost their last two away matches in the competition.

This is the game of the round and should be thoroughly entertaining, between two sides that love to attack. Various betting options are available for today’s matches on NaijaBet

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 Liverpool- Captain Jordan Henderson was on the bench against Tottenham at the weekend but will be considered by Jurgen Klopp here, in what will be Liverpool’s only change. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Paris Saint Germain”

UCL Match Preview: Monaco vs Atletico Madrid

Monaco has made a poor start to the season. The French side has only won one of their last six matches in all competitions.

Atletico Madrid has also underperformed this season. The Spanish side has only kept one clean sheet in five games, which is not like them.

Monaco are without a win in eight European games but have won their last three matches against La Liga opposition.

Atletico, however, has lost only one of their 13 fixtures against Ligue 1 sides and are unbeaten in their last five such fixtures (W3, D2).

Team News

Monaco- Monaco have injury problems ahead of Tuesday’s encounter with Atletico Madrid, notably still missing summer signing Aleksandr Golovin Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Monaco vs Atletico Madrid”

UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs PSV Eindhoven

Barcelona have won their Champions League group in each of the past 11 seasons. They have started the season with a 100 per cent record.

PSV have won seven games in a row and have scored 13 goals in their last two outings.

The Dutch giants, however, haven’t won away in the Champions League proper since November 2007, losing seven of their subsequent 10 matches.

Barcelona are unbeaten in 26 Champions League home matches and are expected to continue that streak on Tuesday. Predict, Stake and Win Big

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Barcelona-  Few surprises are expected from Barcelona when they host PSV in their first Champions League game of the season. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs PSV Eindhoven”

Five Tottenham players out of UCL clash against Inter

Tottenham Hotspur will be without five players for their Champions League opener at Inter Milan, with Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko injured plus Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier left at home for technical reasons.

Goalkeeper and captain Lloris has a thigh injury while midfielders Alli and Sissoko have hamstring problems that saw them miss Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League home loss to Liverpool.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters on Monday that defenders Alderweireld and Trippier had also stayed behind in London and added that he was being forced to rest players early in the season because of the World Cup. Place bet on today’s UCL matches on NaijaBet

“We still have out Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko. They are in London,” Pochettino said. “Then a technical decision in London – Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier.”

The absence of Alli and especially Lloris against Liverpool had an discernable impact, with errors from stand-in keeper Michel Vorm contributing to both Liverpool goals. Continue reading “Five Tottenham players out of UCL clash against Inter”

UCL Match Preview: Inter Milan vs Tottenham

After a hefty level of investment, Inter has started the season slowly, earning just four of 12 available points. They’re yet to win at San Siro this campaign and have failed to win their last four home games.

Tottenham are stuttering after back-to-back league defeats following a run of three successive victories to kick off the season and are yet to wholly convince this term. The Premier League side has lost their only two meetings with Inter at San Siro, conceding four goals in each of those two games.

Neither team will want to lose here, so we could see a cagey affair that may end in a low scoring draw. Various Champions Leagues betting options are available on site

Team News

Inter Milan– Dalbert, Roberto Gagliardini and Joao Mario have all been left out of Inter’s Champions League squad and are ineligible.

Luciano Spalletti faces a minor injury concern at right-back, with Sime Vrsaljko out and Danilo D’Ambrosio a doubt for the welcome of Tottenham, which may see Milan Skriniar deputise here and Miranda start alongside Stefan De Vrij at the heart of the defence. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Inter Milan vs Tottenham”

Real Madrid are more united without Ronaldo – Bale

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid work together more as a collective unit without former talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, after the Portuguese forward moved to Juventus in the close season.

The Welsh winger is thriving in the absence of Ronaldo and Madrid have three wins from four La Liga matches.

Bale is Madrid’s key weapon as the Champions League starts again this week, with Real facing Roma on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“It’s maybe a bit more relaxed (without Ronaldo),” Bale told the Daily Mail. “I suppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player.”

Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer Ronaldo was crucial to the club’s three consecutive Champions League wins under former coach Zinedine Zidane, although it was Bale who scored twice against Liverpool in the 3-1 triumph in May’s Kiev final. Continue reading “Real Madrid are more united without Ronaldo – Bale”

Sinking Everton is a perfect birthday gift, says Pellegrini

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini said the 3-1 victory at Everton on Sunday that moved his side off the foot of the Premier League table was the perfect way to celebrate his 65th birthday.

Pellegrini’s new side played some fine, flowing football as they picked up their first points of the season on Merseyside, on the same day Pellegrini turned pension age in the United Kingdom.

“I was not worried about my birthday today – I just wanted to win the game – it was the best gift my players could give me,” Pellegrini said.

“We believe in what we are doing and we are not going to change. I said last time after we lost I will accept advice but I was not going to change what we are doing.”

Andriy Yarmolenko put West Ham in command with two goals inside the first 31 minutes on his first Premier League start, with the Ukraine international taking time to settle in England prior to his double at Goodison Park.

“I know what the Premier League is and Andriy didn’t arrive here ready to play in the Premier League,” Pellegrini added. “He has a lot of quality, he has demonstrated that but he needs more work. Continue reading “Sinking Everton is a perfect birthday gift, says Pellegrini”

Ronaldo returns to Spain in UCL opener,Scored 400th League Goals

Fresh from scoring his first goals for Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo makes an eagerly-awaited return to Spain when the Italian champions play Valencia on Wednesday in their opening Champions League group game.

All eyes will be on the Portuguese forward, the all-time top scorer in Europe’s elite competition and a five-time winner of the trophy, when he makes his first public appearance in Spain since ending a trophy-filled nine-year stay at Real in July.

Ronaldo’s last act for Real was lifting the Champions League trophy in Kiev after beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final before he dropped the bombshell in a pitch-side interview that he had decided to leave Madrid.

Ronaldo can expect a hostile reception in Valencia, who had to suffer 15 of his goals for Real and are returning to the Champions League for the first time in three years, hoping to improve on their miserable start to the La Liga campaign.

Ronaldo, who plundered a staggering 451 goals in 438 games for Real, made a slow start by his usual standards to life at Juventus by failing to score in his first three games but broke his duck with two strikes in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo.

“I really wanted to score these first goals and I’m happy to have found the net,” Ronaldo said.  Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“Obviously, I was a little anxious with all the talk after my move from Real Madrid and not scoring and there was a lot of expectation on me, but I knew I was working hard and it was only a matter of time before I scored.” Continue reading “Ronaldo returns to Spain in UCL opener,Scored 400th League Goals”

SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo

Juventus have won their first three league games and are already two points clear at the top of Serie A.

Sassuolo start the weekend as Juventus’ closest challengers after making a surprise start to the season.

The Neroverdi have scored more goals than any other team in the division this season (8).

Juventus are favourites but Sassuolo will hope the Old Lady suffer from a lapse in concentration with the start of the Champions League a few days away.

Team News

Juventus- Massimiliano Allegri is expected to pick most of his team based on who featured the least during the international break or who had the shortest trip. Various SerieA Betting Options are available on Site

Cristiano Ronaldo skipped the break with Portugal to fine-tune his game with Juventus after a disappointing start to life in Italy.

Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa might all be rested this weekend with an eye on their Champions League opener against Valencia next week. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo”

Coric hands Croatia a flying start in Davis Cup semi

Borna Coric gave Croatia a flying start in their Davis Cup World Group semifinal against the United States, defeating Steve Johnson 6-4 7-6(4) 6-3 in the opening rubber in Zadar on Friday.

The 21-year-old Coric had lost his only previous encounter with the US No 3 at Roland Garros but on Zadar’s clay courts drew first blood for the hosts against Johnson, who was leading his country in the absence of John Isner and Jack Sock.

Coric’s emphatic win just underlined why the Croats, who had won all their four previous ties with the Davis Cup’s most successful nation, were overwhelming favourites to repeat the dose and reach the final of the last Davis Cup to be played in its traditional historic format before next year’s revamp. Place on Live tennis Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

Both Coric, the world number 18, and Marin Cilic, number six, are ranked significantly higher than their first day singles opponents with US debutant, 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe, facing the former US Open champion in the second rubber. Continue reading “Coric hands Croatia a flying start in Davis Cup semi”

Laliga Match Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid

Athletic are still unbeaten in La Liga under Eduardo Berizzo, but were robbed of the chance to extend their form when Rayo’s stadium was closed for match day three.

Los Leones have scraped their way to their first four points of the season, but already looked much improved in comparison to last season under Kuko Ziganda.

Real Madrid have cantered to victory in their first three league outings, with Lopetegui’s side definitely taking on his ideas well so far.

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Athletic Bilbao- Aritz Aduriz is back fit to lead the line for the home side this weekend. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Inigo Martinez is back fit and got some minutes for Spain recently, which could see Peru Nolaskoain drop to the bench.

Inaki Williams should return to the left wing, with Raul Garcia set to offer an edge in midfield. Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid”

Inform Liverpool eyes victory in Wembley

Liverpool will not have happy memories of their last visit to Wembley Stadium and will head south with a point to prove against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Eleven months ago Juergen Klopp’s side were swept aside 4-1 by a rampant Tottenham leading to a bout of navel-gazing that, as it transpired, helped transform Liverpool’s season.

The defensive lapses that undermined them that day were soon eradicated, the goals began to flow and with the addition of central defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January, Liverpool became a force to be reckoned with.

The damage had already been done though and, just like every other contender, they never got anywhere near a Manchester City side that strolled to the Premier League title. Naija and Bet

They did reach the Champions League final and have continued the momentum into the new campaign, topping the table with four wins from four, scoring nine goals and conceding one.

Tottenham began with three wins but slipped up in their last game before the international break, losing 2-1 at Watford who are surprise joint-leaders. Continue reading “Inform Liverpool eyes victory in Wembley”

EPL Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester United

Watford are one of only three sides with a 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season. The Hornets have incredibly won their opening four matches.

Manchester United have won two and lost two of their opening four and languish down in mid-table. It’s been a difficult start to the season for Jose Mourinho and it shows no sign of relenting here.

United have struggled at Vicrage Road of late. They have conceded on each of their last five visits and have shipped five goals in their last two. Did the international break come at the wrong time for Watford or can they inflict more misery on Mourinho’s side?

Team News

Watford- Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu and Miguel Britos are the only injury concerns for Watford this weekend.

Javi Gracia is not expected to make any changes from the side that started their 2-1 win over Tottenham before the international break.

Manchester United- Diogo Dalot insists he is ready to make his Manchester United derby but will likely be saved for their EFL Cup match with Derby later this month.

Marcus Rashford starts a three-match suspension this weekend after a straight red card against Burnley before the international break. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester United”

Simeone will love to coach Inter later says agent

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will “sooner or later” become coach of Serie A giants Inter Milan, his sister and agent claimed on Sunday.

“I think it’s only a matter of time. He loves the club, the atmosphere and living in Milan. Inter is a side he would really love to coach,” Natalia Simeone said in quotes in the Italian press.

Former Argentina international Simeone spent two years as a player with Inter, whom he joined from Atletico Madrid in 1997, winning a Serie A title and the Uefa Cup.

He then went on to play for four years with another Italian club, Lazio, before returning to Atletico Madrid. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7

“Diego said it too, sooner or later, he’ll end up at Inter,” said Natalia.

“Inter is a team that he would like to coach so much, but he has remained very close to Lazio, too.” Continue reading “Simeone will love to coach Inter later says agent”