Chelsea has now lost two of their last three in the Premier League and have dropped down to fourth in the Premier League as a result. They could finish the weekend outside the top-four and 13 points adrift of Manchester City.
There is a good chance City will be second by the time their match with Chelsea starts on Saturday evening. City are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have only dropped points on two occasions.
City have won the last three meetings between the two sides without conceding. Pep Guardiola has also won all three of his previous meetings against sides managed by Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea- Maurizio Sarri rested some key players in midweek and Chelsea paid a heavy price, losing 2-1 away to strugglers Wolves. Latest Odds
The likes of David Luiz, Jorginho, Olivier Giroud and Pedro will almost certainly return to the starting XI when Chelsea host Manchester City on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester City”
Manchester United twice came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal on Wednesday night. The Red Devils start the weekend in eighth and eight points adrift of the top four.
Claudio Ranieri’s record after three matches in charge of Fulham is one win, one defeat and one draw. They are still bottom of the Premier League but only a point adrift of safety.
This is the first Premier League meeting between the two sides at Old Trafford in four years. Fulham haven’t beaten United since 2009 and you have to go back to 2003 to find the last time they won at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United- Ashley Young served his one-game ban in midweek and will surely return to the starting XI to provide Jose Mourinho with some fresh legs.
Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba were only named as substitutes against Arsenal on Wednesday and could also star here. Place bet on LIVE MATCHES 24/7 ON Naijabet
Anthony Martial picked up a knock in the second half of Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal but Mourinho believes the Frenchman has avoided a serious injury. He may not be risked here, nonetheless. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Fulham”
Liverpool could finish the weekend top of the Premier League, as current leaders Manchester City are away to Chelsea on Saturday evening.
Bournemouth’s four-game losing streak came to an end in midweek, although they were forced to survive a second-half onslaught against Huddersfield. Fatigue could be an issue for Eddie Howe’s side this weekend.
Bournemouth- Lewis Cook has been ruled out for six-nine months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Huddersfield on Tuesday.
With Dan Gosling also ruled out for Bournemouth, Andrew Surman will start in central midfield alongside Jefferson Lerma.
Eddie Howe will have to assess the fitness of his players after surviving a second half onslaught against Huddersfield in midweek. Various betting options are available on site for this weekend games.
Liverpool- Joseph Gomez suffered a fracture to his lower left leg in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley on Wednesday and is sidelined for up to six weeks. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Bournemouth vs Liverpool”
Schalke 04 plot to become the first Bundesliga side to beat Borussia Dortmund this season and extend the German league leaders’ recent misery in Gelsenkirchen in Saturday’s Ruhr derby.
This is the first time in six years Dortmund go into the derby top of the table, but they last won at the Veltins Arena half a decade ago.
A gulf of 19 points and 12 places in the table separates the clubs, who are only 33kms (20miles) apart, but Schalke are itching to get one over their high-flying neighbours and bitter rivals.
“Since Monday, the pulse of the derby beats in the region. Everyone is talking about it,” Manuel Neukirchner, director of the German Football museum in Dortmund, said.
“Here, you can’t be neutral. Various Betting options are available on Site
“It reminds me a bit of the Beatles and Rolling Stones in the 1960s – you have to support one or the other.” Continue reading “Schalke are ready to add more to Dortmund’s recent derby misery”
Juventus have only dropped two of the 42 points available in Serie A so far this season. It is in their DNA to win every single match.
Inter have dropped points in two of their last three league matches but are still five points clear of fifth.
Inter Milan may have one eye on their final Champions League group game next week, but the idea of being the first side to beat Juventus in Serie A this season should really motivate them on Friday night.
Juventus- Alex Sandro is still carrying a minor injury and may not be risked on Friday night ahead of Juventus’ busy December schedule.
Paulo Dybala isn’t scoring as much this season but is still an integral part of Massimiliano Allegri’s plans. The Argentine will find space in the starting XI against Inter. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Rodrigo Bentancur is arguably Juventus’ most in-form player at the moment. He is guarenteed a starting berth, though Emre Can has been tipped with a return to the matchday squad here. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Inter Milan”
Two more Ligue 1 games scheduled for this weekend, including the clash between Thierry Henry’s Monaco and local rivals Nice, have been postponed, the French league (LFP) said Thursday, amid fears of more violent “yellow vest” protests in France over rising living costs.
The LFP said Friday evening’s game at the Stade Louis II had been called off following a request by the government in the Mediterranean principality, “in collaboration” with authorities in the neighbouring French Alpes-Maritimes prefecture, which includes Nice.
Sunday night’s encounter between Saint-Etienne and Marseille has also been postponed on the request of local authorities.
The latest postponements come after Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Montpellier and Lyon’s trip to Toulouse – scheduled for Saturday – were both called off due to security concerns, and the possibility remains that all other French top-flight games could be postponed too. Place on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Paris has been the scene of violent protests for three weekends running from “yellow vest” demonstrators unhappy at planned fuel tax rises.
Demonstrations turned particularly violent last Saturday, with 412 people arrested after the worst clashes in central Paris for decades. Continue reading “Henry, Vieira clash has been postpone due to security concerns”
Manchester United are 16 points off first and eight behind Arsenal in fourth ahead of the midweek Premier League fixtures. Jose Mourinho’s side are already out of the title race and a defeat here would surelt end their hopes of a top-four finish before Christmas.
Arsenal will be high on confidence after crushing Tottenham 4-2 in Unai Emery’s first north London derby. The Gunners are unbeaten in all competitions since August and Emery has done a fantastic job since replacing Arsene Wenger in the summer.
Arsenal haven’t won a Premier League match at Old Trafford since September 2006 but have a golden chance to change that here. United are in disarray and Mourinho’s time at the club appears to be coming to an end.
Manchester United- Manchester United are in terrible shape ahead of Wednesday’s welcome of Arsenal, particularly in defence. Jose Mourinho was forced to play Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay at the back against Southampton at the weekend after being left with just one fully fit centre-back.
Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both missed out at the weekend through injury and Mourinho will be desperate to recover at least one of them here, particularly as Phil Jones could now also be sidelined. Today’s games Latest Odds
Marcos Rojo made the bench against Southampton but only returned to training at the end of last week and has not featured for United at all this season. Mourinho may have no choice but to risk him in midweek. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Arsenal”
Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard must make up his mind whether he wishes to commit to Chelsea and extend his contract worth a rumoured £350 000 a week, the club’s manager Maurizio Sarri said.
The 27-year-old – whose present deal runs till June 2020 – was linked with a move to Real Madrid after a stunning World Cup in which he inspired Belgium to their best ever finish of third.
However, Sarri said Chelsea’s offer was on the table and now the ball lay in Hazard’s court.
Hazard, who joined Chelsea for £32 million from Ligue 1 outfit Lille in 2012, has spoken often about the dilemma he faces in re-signing for the Blues or taking his chances at Real.
“The club is available to sign a new contract immediately, but it’s up to him if he wants to renew or not,” said Sarri. Bet Virtual games 24/7 on NaijaBet
“I want Eden here, of course, but I want him here if he wants to stay here.” Continue reading “Hazard must make up his mind over new contract – Sarri”
Tottenham threw away a 2-1 lead to lose the North London Derby 4-2 on Sunday and Mauricio Pochettino will be demanding a return to winning ways after they slipped below Arsenal in the table. They couldn’t have been handed a more affordable opponent either in Southampton, who they have beaten in five of their last six home meetings with.
Southampton raced into a two-goal lead against Manchester United on Saturday, but capitulated to draw 2-2. The result, coupled with Cardiff’s win over Wolves, saw them drop into the relegation zone and having failed to win their last five away matches, losing four, few are giving them a chance of coming away from Wembley with a positive result.
Indeed, Tottenham should bounce back with a win here.
Tottenham- Jan Vertonghen is suspended after his sending off in the 4-2 loss to Arsenal, with Toby Alderweireld set to come in.
Kieran Trippier has recovered from injury and may start in place of Serge Aurier, but Erik Lamela is sidelined with a thigh problem that forced him to miss the North London Derby. Live Bet on NaijaBet.com
Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen, Mousa Dembele and Davinson Sanchez are all ruled out, while Danny Rose, Harry Winks and Lucas Moura could all start should Mauricio Pochettino look to shuffle his pack. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Southampton”
AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao scored two penalties to secure a 2-0 win at Amiens on Tuesday as they moved out of the Ligue 1 relegation zone to ease the pressure on manager Thierry Henry.
It was Monaco’s second win in three league games and saw them leapfrog Amiens and Dijon into 17th in the 20-team table.
Lille moved into second spot with a 1-0 win at Montpellier, who began the day two points above them. They are 13 points adrift of Paris St Germain who visits Strasbourg on Wednesday.
Nicolas Pepe got the only goal after seven minutes when he slotted home after good work on the left by Jonathan Ikone.
Both sides had chances to score in an end-to-end encounter but Lille showed slightly more guile and deserved the points. Continue reading “Falcao’s double gives Monaco win over Amiens”
Burnley are winless in their last seven matches (D2, L5). Turf Moor was once a fortress for the Clarets but they have only won one Premier League home match all season.
Liverpool could be five points behind Manchester City by the time they play on Wednesday. They kept pace over the weekend with a 1-0 win over Everton but the performance was not overly impressive.
Liverpool should certainly beat Burnley but there will be added pressure if City win on Tuesday. Recent encounters between the two sides have produced hard fought, close matches.
Burnley– Robbie Brady suffered an ankle injury late on against Crystal Palace on Saturday and is a doubt here. Steven Defour is also rated a huge doubt and may have to miss out. Bet Now
James Tarkowski was fit enough to make the bench against Palace and Sean Dyche may use the England international from the start here.
Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes will push for starts if Dyche opts to freshen things up ahead of Wednesday’s welcome of Liverpool. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool”
Manchester City were forced to defend deep in the final stages at Watford on Tuesday but ensured their title-chasing juggernaut kept rolling on with a 2-1 victory that extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to five points.
The defending champions, who are unbeaten in the league, were again without Argentine striker Sergio Aguero but close-season signing Riyad Mahrez showed his worth by setting up Leroy Sane for the first goal before scoring himself.
Bournemouth moved up to sixth with a 2-1 home win over lowly Huddersfield Town, while there were comfortable wins for West Ham United and 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion.
City were having trouble finding a way past Watford keeper Ben Foster at Vicarage Road but the Englishman will not want to see the replay of him being beaten by the chest of Sane five minutes before the break after a Mahrez cross.
Algerian Mahrez then fired home himself shortly after halftime to set Pep Guardiola’s marauding side on the way to what looked like an easy victory. Latest odds are available on site for today’s games on NaijaBet
Watford did not give up though and Abdoulaye Doucoure fired in from close range five minutes from time. The hosts, without a win since October, pushed City deep into their half but could not stop them claiming a 13th win in 15 league games this term. Continue reading “Man City sinks Watford to extend EPL lead, Bournemouth up to sixth”
After their 100% start to the season, the wheels look to have really come off for Watford, who now have just two wins to their name from their last 10. Things don’t get any easier for the Hornets here either as they welcome a Manchester City side unbeaten since September to Vicarage Road.
What’s more, City has won their last eight meetings with Watford, and have scored 11 goals in their last two visits to Vicarage Road. Watford may have been solid at the back under Gracia, but few will give them a fighting chance of keeping City out.
Indeed, this should be a routine win for the visitors.
Watford- Etienne Capoue is suspended after his red card in the 2-0 loss at Leicester on Saturday, with Nathaniel Chalobah in line to deputise for the Frenchman.
Adalberto Penaranda and Tom Cleverley are both sidelined due to a lack of fitness, while Daryl Janmaat is a doubt. Bet Now
Javi Gracia could make a couple of changes to the side that lost at the weekend, with Troy Deeney, Christian Kabasele and Adam Masina among those who could come in. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester City”
Inter Milan’s Argentina striker Mauro Icardi won the Serie A Footballer of the Year award at the Gran Gala del Calcio ceremony in Milan on Monday night.
The 25-year-old becomes the first player outside Juventus to win the Italian Players’ Association award, voted for by his peers, since Zlatan Ibrahimovic with AC Milan in 2011.
Icardi was joint top scorer with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in Serie A last season with 29 goals.
The Argentine also won the best goal award for his spectacular backheel during a four-goal haul against Sampdoria last March.
Icardi disagreed with the choice, insisting his “one (goal) at AC Milan was more beautiful”. Start forecasting your midweek fixtures Now
Juventus were voted top team with Massimiliano Allegri winning coach of the year after the Turin side won a league and Cup double for the fourth consecutive year. Continue reading “Mauro Icardi wins Serie A footballer of year award”
Arsenal’s record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was compared to the club’s all-time great striker Thierry Henry after his double set the stage for his side’s pulsating 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby on Sunday.
The Gabonese, who signed from Borussia Dortmund in January for £56 million, put Arsenal ahead with a 10th-minute penalty and in the second half pulled them level with a dazzling strike after they had gone 2-1 behind.
Aubemayang’s performance, which made him the Premier League’s leading marksman for the season with 10 goals, prompted the highest of praise from his teammate Aaron Ramsey, who was reminded of Arsenal’s all-time record scorer Henry.
“It was unbelievable but he does that in training all the time,” said Ramsey of the first-time strike that made it 2-2.
“He just eases the ball into the corners but with pace as well. It reminds me of Thierry Henry’s finishes,” Ramsey added on Arsenal’s official website. Place bet on today’s game on NaijaBet
“After the first goal we conceded, we had a moment where we were a bit down. At halftime we were confident. We spoke and we knew that we could do it in the second half, to come back,” Aubameyang himself noted. Continue reading “Aubameyang compared to Henry after scoring twice against Tottenham”
Paris Saint-Germain are again sweating on Neymar’s fitness on Sunday after the superstar attacker left the field at Bordeaux clutching his groin before Andreas Cornelius’ late header ended the French champions perfect start to the Ligue 1 season.
Brazilian Neymar was substituted 57 minutes into the hugely entertaining 2-2 draw the Matmut Atlantique stadium, in which he had opened the scoring and had looked in great form before having to head to the dressing room with what looks to be an injury to the same adductor muscle that nearly stopped him from scoring the decisive goal in Wednesday’s huge 2-1 win over Liverpool.
“I don’t know at all (what his injury is). We have to be careful, he said it was not a problem to play tonight but the pitch was hard and I hope he will be in good shape after Strasbourg,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, referring to his side’s must-win final Champions League group game at Red Star Belgrade in nine days’ time.
The Ligue 1 leaders, who had won all 14 of their league matches going into Sunday’s pulsating clash, had to wait until the last minute to see if Neymar and strike partner Kylian Mbappe would be ready for the win over the Reds, who now face an uphill battle for qualification to the Champions League last 16 thanks to Neymar’s first-half winner last week. Place bet on LIVE EVENTS 24/7 on NaijaBet
The pair twice put PSG in front on Sunday, but Jimmy Briand and Cornelius ensured that Bordeaux became the first French team to stop the runaway leaders this season. Continue reading “Neymar injury concern after Bordeaux end PSG winning run”
A 3-0 win over Vorskla on Thursday night saw Arenal extend their unbeaten run to 18 matches, though they have won only three of their last seven. The Gunners are also unbeaten in their last six home meetings with Tottenham, winning three.
Spurs, though, come into this off the back of a solid 1-0 win over Inter in midweek and have won their last five away league matches. If they play as they did in the 3-1 win over Chelsea last week, they should be confident of landing all three points.
Indeed, while Arsenal are in the midst of a lengthy unbeaten, Spurs could come away with all three points.
Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette is a doubt for the home side and will be hope to be fit enough to make the matchday squad, but will be assessed.
Laurent Koscielny is short on match fitness, so is unlikely to start here, while Konstantinos Mavropanos, Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal are all sidelined. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Unai Emery may continue with the three-man defensive setup we saw in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs Tottenham”
Southampton are winless in their last nine Premier League matches and Mark Hughes is running out of time to save his job.
Manchester United have been pretty poor themselves this season. Jose Mourinho’s side could be as low as ninth by the time this game starts.
United may only have lost one of their last six but they have performed poorly in that time.
United have only won by more than a one-goal margin on two occasions this season and both were in September. It’s getting desperate at the club.
There has only been one goal scored in the last three meetings between the two sides. Do not expect a thriller.
Southampton- Ryan Bertrand missed last weekend’s Premier League match due to suspension and is now a doubt with a back injury that has prevented him from training this week. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Southampton vs Manchester United”
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has urged his side to step on the gas in December to tighten their grip on an eighth successive Serie A title before they turn their focus back to their Champions League pursuit in February.
The Italian champions booked their ticket to the knockout rounds of the elite European competition with a game to spare this week with Cristiano Ronaldo setting up Mario Mandzukic to score the only goal against Valencia.
Next up will be a trip to Tuscany side Fiorentina on Saturday, the first of six league games before the end of 2018, which includes home games against European rivals Inter Milan and Roma in Turin.
“We have reached the first goal with Champions League qualification, now we must maintain the same energy throughout December,” said Allegri.
Juventus are eight points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who were held to a goalless draw against bottom club Chievo last weekend.
But Allegri said: “We still have lots of matches to play, by dropping three points you might lose the championships in the end. JOIN NOW
“We hope to bring all the trophies home.” Continue reading “Juventus ready to step up their games against Florence”
Liverpool faces a derby clash against Everton as they lick their Champions League wounds while Tottenham travels to Arsenal with a spring in their step on a weekend of big-city derbies.
Jurgen Klopp’s team lost 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, meaning their bid to reach the knockout stages in Europe will go to the last game against Napoli, while Spurs face the daunting task of beating Barcelona to progress.
But both clubs will have to put their continental ambitions to one side as they attempt to stay on the coat-tails of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Premier League.
Chelsea take on Fulham and one of their former managers in another London derby but Claudio Ranieri’s side will travel the short distance to Stamford Bridge with new-found confidence after arresting a run of six Premier League defeats.
Jose Mourinho’s misfiring Manchester United play Southampton away after edging past Swiss side Young Boys into the Champions League knockout phase. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet
Third-placed Spurs head to the Emirates stadium buoyed by last week’s 3-1 victory against Chelsea and their 1-0 win against Inter Milan in midweek, which keeps alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockouts. Continue reading “Liverpool face Everton this weeked as Spurs play Arsenal on derby day”
Neymar got what proved to be the winning goal as Paris Saint-Germain breathed life into their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Wednesday that leaves last season’s runners-up dangerously close to an early exit.
Juan Bernat and Neymar scored to put PSG in control in the first half in the French capital, but a James Milner penalty on the stroke of halftime ensured this pivotal game remained in the balance until the death.
PSG knew a defeat here coupled with an unfavourable result in the night’s other Group C game could see the ambitious Qatar-owned club eliminated already, which would amount to little short of a catastrophe for them.
But instead it is Liverpool – beaten in each of their last five games away from Anfield in the Champions League – who now seem the more likely to miss out on the last 16.
Napoli beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 on Wednesday, and Liverpool have to win by two goals at home to the Italians in a fortnight if they are to progress. Continue reading “Neymar delivers as PSG sinks Liverpool; BVB, Atletico go through”
Liverpool will advance to the next round of the competition if they beat Paris Saint-Germain and Crvena Zvezda do not beat Napoli. PSG are eliminated if they lose and Napoli win.
Liverpool are the only team to beat PSG in any competition this season, winning the reverse fixture 3-2. PSG have only won one Champions League group match this season (W1, D2, L1).
It would be unfair to say PSG cannot beat Liverpool if neither Neymar nor Kylian Mbappe fail to recover in time but it would be a hammer blow for the French side not to have their two best players available.
With that in mind, it’s difficult to predict the outcome of Wednesday’s mouthwatering encounter. PSG need to win these games to prove they are elite in Europe and they would certainly fancy their chances more if Neymar and Mbappe play.
Paris Saint-Germain- Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are huge doubts for Wednesday’s must-win fixture against Liverpool, though PSG Thomas Tuchel has confirmed both will start. Latest Odds
Tuchel will reportedly do away with PSG’s back three against Liverpool and push Marquinhos into central midfield. Surprisingly, Thomas Meunier will be dropped for Thilo Kehrer at right-back. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs Liverpool”
Jose Mourinho once again stole the show from his players, smashing drinks crates to the ground after Marouane Fellaini’s late winner took Manchester United into the Champions League knockout stages and eliciting headlines on Wednesday such as “Bottle of Red”.
The volatile 55-year-old Portuguese — whose mood swings and barbed remarks about virtually all his players and the transfer policy of the board have cast a pall over the club this season — said the violence of his reaction was the product of several factors.
Fellaini’s winner against Young Boys and Valencia’s defeat by Juventus ensured the ‘Red Devils’ progress, though it is likely as runners-up which will pit them against a group winner in the last 16.
“Relief,” Mourinho said of his celebrations.
“Frustration before that and relief with the goal. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
“We didn’t play to be in trouble until the last minute, so frustration.”
Along with his team, Mourinho has been consistently criticised this season, largely for United’s turgid style of play. The late victory might have toned down the headlines on the British sports pages on Wednesday, but they were still far from positive. Continue reading “Mourinho hits back at critics after reaching UCL knockout stages”
Tottenham will hope to use the momentum gained from the 3-1 win over Chelsea to secure a much-needed win over Inter to improve their chances of progression to the next round of the Champions League. Victory will move them level with the Italian side on points in group B.
Inter have lost two of their last three away matches in all competitions, but bounced back from the disappointing 4-1 loss to Atalanta prior to the international break with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Frosinone at the weekend.
They secured a late 2-1 win over Tottenham in the reverse fixture and know that, if they can avoid defeat, they’ll secure their place in the next round of the competition due to their superior head-to-head record against the Premier League side.
However, Spurs have won their last five and have the means to secure victory at Wembley.
Tottenham- Captain Hugo Lloris returns from suspension for Tottenham and should come in for Paulo Gazzaniga between the sticks. Bet Now
Kieran Trippier won’t recover in time for the welcome of Inter, which means Serge Aurier is expected to continue at right-back, while Davinson Sanchez, Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are out. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Tottenham vs Inter Milan”
Barcelona will secure top spot in Group B with a win. They could even finish first by drawing on Wednesday, as long as Tottenham beat Inter in the group’s other match.
PSV cannot finish in the top-two but can finish third, although that would require bettering Tottenham’s result.
PSV are yet to win a group game this season but Barcelona are winless in three matches heading into Wednesday’s clash.
The only team Barcelona have kept a clean sheet against in their last six matches is Segunda B side Leonesa.
PSV Eindhoven- Ryan Thomas is PSV’s only injury concern ahead of the Wednesday’s welcome of Barcelona. Various betting options are available for today’s games on site
No shocks are expected when Mark van Bommel’s names his starting XI in midweek. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: PSV Eindhoven vs Barcelona”