Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern, as always, are heavy favourites to win the Bundesliga and have added significant depth to their already strong squad.

It remains to be seen though, if manager Carlo Ancelotti’s side are able to compensate for the losses of Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso, who both retired this summer, to make another strong Champions League run.

Leverkusen want to get back on track after a disappointing season. New manager Heiko Herrlich is expected to improve the talented team’s mentality together with new signing Sven Bender, but it remains to be seen if this is enough for the club to reach the desired top-six spot at the end of the campaign.

Expect Bayern to try to dominate this game from the outset and make a first statement at home. NaijaBet

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Bayern Munich – Sven Ulreich will start in goal as Carlo Ancelotti does not want to risk Manuel Neuer just yet.
New signing Niklas Süle should start at centre-back, with Jérôme Boateng and Javi Martínez both out.

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La Liga season resume Today

Spain’s La Liga returns on Friday under the shadow of terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that left 14 killed and more than a hundred injured.

The league’s authorities still plan for all 10 La Liga fixtures to take place, including Barcelona’s match at home to Real Betis on Sunday.

All games across the top two divisions will be preceded by a minute’s silence. Predict and Stake on Weekend Matches on NaijaBet

“LaLiga has asked the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) to hold a minute’s silence in all matches of the first day of the competition in LaLiga Santander and LaLiga 1l2l3,” La Liga said in a statement.

Barca’s players held a minute’s silence before training on Friday, while the club published a picture of the players and coaching staff with the hashtag “TotsSomBarcelona” (“We are all Barcelona”) on its social media channels. Continue reading “La Liga season resume Today”

Man City are ready to show why they’re PL favourites

After a first week in the Premier League that saw the champions Chelsea toppled and 31 goals flying in, the victories by Manchester’s clubs on the opening weekend suggested they could be the teams to chase this term.

The rivals are book-ending week two, with United at Swansea City in Saturday’s lunchtime game and City testing Everton’s new big-spending resolve on Monday. That should provide an even better feel for their credentials.

Jose Mourinho’s United put four past West Ham United and Romelu Lukaku quickly demonstrated his intent to be crowned the league’s top scorer, after just missing out last year, with an accomplished double.

Just as impressive was the performance of Pep Guardiola’s City, who broke down the newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion with the pairing of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus promising much. NaijaBet

German international Ilkay Gundogan is back in the frame for them, too, after a long-term injury as the summer’s 200 million-pound big spenders face an Everton side who have been splashing out again themselves by signing Gylfi Sigurdsson. Continue reading “Man City are ready to show why they’re PL favourites”

Liverpool aim high as Premier League Resume

Having qualified for the Champions League in May, Liverpool’s next challenge is to win their first major trophy under Jurgen Klopp, but whether they are equipped to fulfil that aim is the source of much debate at Anfield.

Many Liverpool fans are worried their club have done relatively little in the transfer market, signing only three players, and so far failing to land their two most significant targets — RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk may yet join Liverpool, having submitted a transfer request on Monday, but the club have acknowledged they will not be signing Keita in this transfer window. Bet Now on NaijaBet.com

The gloomier elements of Liverpool’s support have hardly been cheered by the pre-season thigh injury that will keep England midfielder Adam Lallana out until November.

Yet there are grounds for optimism too as Klopp’s side begin their Premier League season at Watford on Saturday. Continue reading “Liverpool aim high as Premier League Resume”

Ronaldo wants to return back to England

Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Saturday.

The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax on his image rights via a complicated web of shell companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland.

However, Ronaldo has insisted he did not create a “special structure” to manage his image rights when he moved to Real in 2009 but simply maintained the one set up in 2004 while he was at Manchester United.

That structure had been recommended to the Portuguese captain by United via their specialist sports lawyer Chris Farnell. Play Bet on Today’s Match on NaijaBet

“Chris told me it was what all the footballers did and I didn’t want to be an exception,” Ronaldo added in court. Continue reading “Ronaldo wants to return back to England”

Mourinho target first Super Cup win against Real Madrid

Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho can collect the one European trophy he lacks when his side face Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup on Tuesday in his first competitive meeting with the Spanish giants since an acrimonious split in 2013.

Mourinho, whose team won the Europa League last season to salvage an otherwise disappointing first campaign under the Portuguese, led Real to the Liga title with a record 100 points and won a King’s Cup in an eventful stay between 2010 and 2013.

His achievements at the Santiago Bernabeu were overshadowed, however, by his falling out with key dressing room figures such as Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas as well as confrontations with referees and opponents plus a failure to win the Champions League, as Real lost in the semifinals each year.

Mourinho’s legacy has been upstaged by the Spanish club’s three Champions League triumphs in the four years since his departure, although in a recent interview the Portuguese claimed he had “to beg” Real’s board to let him leave for Chelsea.

Champions League holders Real will be without talisman and former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo in Skopje, Macedonia, as the Portugal international was allowed to report late for pre-season training after he played in the Confederations Cup. Continue reading “Mourinho target first Super Cup win against Real Madrid”

Sanchez returns to training with Arsenal

The Chilean has been linked with a Gunners exit but Arsene Wenger is confident he will be able to keep his star man despite his contract situation.

Alexis Sanchez has returned to Arsenal training with uncertainty continuing to surround his long-term future.

The 28-year-old, whose contract with the Gunners expires in 2018, has been linked with a big-money move to both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. NaijaBet

PSG had held talks with the Chilean over a €50 million transfer , with City also retaining a strong interest despite being aware of Arsenal’s reluctance to sell.

The north Londoners remain convinced that the player will be staying at Emirates Stadium, despite Alexis having openly admitted he wants to be playing in the Champions League. Continue reading “Sanchez returns to training with Arsenal”

Jesus Navas return to Sevilla from Man City

The Spain international winger is back where it all began for him after four seasons in England which delivered Premier League and League Cup wins.

Jesus Navas has linked up with Sevilla for a second spell following his release by Manchester City, penning a four-year contract with the Liga club.

The Spain international winger has returned to his roots as a free agent, four years after leaving for England. To place Bet on today’s game Click

Sevilla pulled in close to £15 million when offloading Navas to City, but have brought him back without having to pay a fee. Continue reading “Jesus Navas return to Sevilla from Man City”