Manchester United bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to Hudders-field with a 2-0 win over Swansea in midweek but this will be the real test of their credentials.
Jose Mourinho’s side should take confidence from the face they haven’t conceded a goal in four home league matches this season and have kept clean sheets in their last three home matches against Tottenham.
Spurs slipped to a shock 3-2 defeat at home to West Ham on Wednesday despite taking a 2-0 lead into half time. Now it’s the turn of Mauricio Pochettino’s team to respond from an unexpected setback. NaijaBet
Harry Kane’s absence is a real game changer for Tottenham on Saturday. United now have every chance of taking points from this fixture but would be foolish to underestimate Pochettino and the other Tottenham players.
Manchester United – Manchester United should be boosted by the return of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones this weekend.
Paul Pogba has returned to training but it will surely come too soon for him to feature, which means Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera will continue in central midfield.
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The 32 national teams competing at the 2018 World Cup will share $400 million (344 million euros) in prize money, a 12 percent increase from the 2014 tournament, Fifa said Friday.
The purse at the previous edition in Brazil was $358 million – $35 million of which was awarded to champions Germany, with runners-up Argentina pocketing $25 million.
By contrast, countries who failed to advance beyond the group stage received $8 million. NaijaBet.com
At a meeting of the Fifa council in Kolkata, world football’s governing body also approved a decision to enhance the bidding regulations for the 2026 World Cup and appointed members of the bid evaluation task force. Continue reading “32 Teams to share $400m in 2018 World Cup”
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday his high-flying side do not need to prove they can win without Harry Kane as they head to Manchester United without the injured forward.
Kane has already hit 13 goals for Spurs this season but was forced off late on in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Liverpool with a hamstring issue.
The 24-year-old will not feature against United as Tottenham look to address a recent poor record at Old Trafford and leapfrog Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League table.
Pochettino said he was not willing to take a risk by involving Kane, who hit a brace against Liverpool before his late injury, with other big games on the horizon. Bet on today’s matches on NaijaBet.com
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola recently labelled Tottenham as “the Harry Kane team” but Pochettino pointed to last term, when Spurs coped without Kane as he nursed an ankle injury, as proof they can be successful without their talisman. Continue reading “Spurs will perform well without Kane – Pochettino”
Zinedine Zidane has won almost everything in a stellar playing and coaching career but wants to put an end to his drought in domestic cup competitions this season.
Zidane picked up Fifa’s award for coach of the year on Monday having led Real Madrid to a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years.
He also won the World Cup, European Championship, Champions League and league titles in Italy and Spain as a player but failed to win a domestic cup.
“It’s not a personal thing,” Zidane said with a wry smile when asked if he had something against cup competitions. Naija and Bet
Real begin their Copa del Rey campaign on Thursday away at third-tier Fuenlabrada, whose ground is named after Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres. Continue reading “Zidane eyes Copa del Rey trophy”
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has told his team that they will lose to AC Milan in Saturday’s Serie A showdown at San Siro unless they improve from what he considered an untidy display in their last match.
Both teams enjoyed 4-1 wins on Wednesday with Juve beating SPAL at home and Milan winning away to Chievo, but there were very different reactions from the two coaches.
Milan’s Vincenzo Montella was a happy and relieved man after his big-spending side ended a four-match winless run in the league, lifting some of the pressure off his shoulders after talk that his job was on the line.
“It’s a victory that gives us belief and strength,” he said. “We had already seen significant improvements in the quality of football over recent games and I am very satisfied with this performance.”
There were no such sentiments from Allegri whose side rushed to a 2-0 lead in only 23 minutes but then let SPAL back into the game. The visitors pulled one goal back and had an equaliser disallowed before two quickfire goals got Juventus off the hook. Play Bet on Weekend’s games 👉 NaijaBet
“If we play like that again, we will come away from the match on Saturday beaten and worn out,” said Allegri. Continue reading “Allegri urges squad to step up their game against AC Milan”
Chelsea were a little fortunate to run out 4-2 winners against Watford on Saturday and Antonio Conte will hope that result will get the defending Premier League champions back on track. Bet Now NaijaBet.com
Everton have been abysmal this season and made the decision to sack Ronald Koeman on Monday. It remains to be seen what impact that decision will have on their performance on Wednesday.
The Merseysiders have already conceded three goals against Tottenham, four versus Manchester United and five against Arsenal this season – is another rout on the cards here?
Chelsea – Antonio Conte will make changes to his usual starting XI and could even hand some of the young players a chance to impress.
Daniel Drinkwater, Victor Moses and N’Golo Kante are all sidelined for the home side on Wednesday.
Mauro Icardi scored a double as Inter Milan went top of Serie A on Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Sampdoria as victims of the Holocaust were remembered following anti-semitic acts by Lazio fans.
Inter captain Icardi and Sampdoria counterpart Fabio Quagliarella handed out copies of “The Diary of Anne Frank” and Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi’s memoir “If This Is A Man” to child mascots accompanying players onto the pitch at the San Siro. Today’s SerieA fixture odds on NaijaBet
The initiative followed the controversy ignited after Lazio fans defaced the Stadio Olimpico, which they share with rivals Roma, during Sunday’s league game against Cagliari with anti-semitic slogans and stickers showing images of Frank.
On the pitch the hosts led 3-0 after 54 minutes with Slovak Milan Skriniar opening after 18 minutes against his former club with another ex-Sampdoria man Icardi adding to his tally on 32 and 54 minutes for 11 league goals this season. Continue reading “Inter survive Sampdoria late fightback”
Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was the Premier League leaders’ hero as they beat Championship leaders Wolves in a penalty shootout to book their place in the quarterfinals of the English League Cup on Tuesday.
Despite chances at both ends, the Etihad Stadium clash was still scoreless after 30 minutes of extra time, sending the tie to spot-kicks.
Bravo, much criticised after some unconvincing displays last season and making just his third appearance of this campaign, saved successive penalties from Alfred N’Diaye and Conor Coady in a shootout where the kicks were taken using the ABBA formula.
Sergio Aguero, just one goal away from becoming City’s all-time leading goalscorer, sealed a 4-1 shootout success with a cheeky Panenka chipped penalty. Play Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com
But as the Argentina striker’s effort was scored in a shootout he remains level with Eric Brook’s City record of 177 goals for the Manchester club that has stood since 1939. Continue reading “Man City, Arsenal survive; United sink Swansea”
Russia has increased the budget for the 2018 World Cup by $600 million, according to a decree published on the government’s official site on Tuesday.
The decree says that the overall cost for the preparations for the tournament will rise by 5.4 percent – from 643.5 billion rubles to 678 billion rubles.
Russia’s federal budget will allocate 390 billion rubles, while 91.9 billion rubles will come from the regional budget. Naija and Bet
The rest will come from companies and sponsors named as “legal entities” in the decree.
Russia already increased the World Cup budget in May by 4.7 billion rubles after slashing it by 30 billion rubles in June 2015 in the wake of the economic crisis.
The competition will be played in 12 stadiums in 11 cities from June 14 to July 15 next year
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will have the full support from his players to help the Italian avoid suffering the same fate as Jose Mourinho two years back, the Premier League champions’ goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.
Chelsea ended a three-match winless streak with a league win over Watford last weekend but the build-up to that game was clouded by speculation about Conte’s future with media reports suggesting the players were unhappy with his training methods.
Courtois compared the situation to that of Mourinho, who won the league in 2014-15 but was sacked the following season after a poor run of results.
“We are ready to fight for the coach,” Courtois told Standard Sport. “I remember what happened two years ago under Jose Mourinho and things started to be said, there were stories about the dressing room without knowing what was happening. Place Bet on Tonight’s Carling Matches on NaijaBet.com
“We are happy to show that we are ready to fight. We all know what would have happened (more debate over Conte’s future)if we had lost against Watford.” Continue reading “Chelsea players are ready to fight for Conte”
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win Fifa’s ‘The Best’ award for 2017 despite his faltering La Liga form so far this season.
Ronaldo missed Real’s first four La Liga games through suspension, but has managed just one goal in the last five and was wasteful once more in front of goal as Madrid eased past Eibar 3-0 on Sunday.
“He is the best by a long way,” said Zidane when asked if Ronaldo was the best player of his generation.
The Portuguese is expected to edge out Barcelona rival Lionel Messi to the award thanks to his stunning end to last season. Play Bet on NaijaBet.com
Ronaldo scored 10 times from the quarterfinals of the Champions League on as Real won a first La Liga and European Cup double in 59 years.
However, Messi has already scored 15 times in all competitions for Barca this season and netted a stunning hat-trick to ensure Argentina didn’t miss out on next year’s World Cup against Ecuador earlier this month. Continue reading “Ronaldo still ‘The Best’ – Zidane”
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Jurgen Klopp unfairly shifted the blame for Liverpool’s defensive frailties onto Dejan Lovren by hauling him off in their 4-1 Premier League loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said.
Harry Kane scored a brace while Son Heung-min and Dele Alli also got on the scoresheet to hand Liverpool their second league loss after the 5-0 hammering by Manchester City last month.
Defender Lovren was responsible for Tottenham’s second when he failed to cut out Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris’ long throw that allowed Kane to find Son. Liverpool manager Klopp responded by replacing Lovren with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on 31 minutes.
“What he’s done now is put all of the responsibility on to Lovren. He will now be in the headlines for this, and that’s really unfair. It should be the manager,” Schmeichel said. NaijaBet.com Continue reading “Klopp must take blame for Liverpool’s poor defeat”
Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has described his side’s international friendly match against Argentina as a positive development for Nigeria.
The three-time African champions will confront the former world champions in an international friendly match on Tuesday, 14 November at the Krasnodar Arena Stadium in Krasnodar, Russia.
Ezenwa said no other friendly will be as high profile as the clash against the South American giants as a build-up for the upcoming 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.Play Bet on Today’s game on NaijaBet.com
“It’s a good development playing the former world champions and South American giants, Argentina in a top grade international friendly match in Russia, where next year’s World Cup will be holding.
“The friendly match will help us greatly in preparing for the upcoming 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. Continue reading “Super Eagles friendly against Argentine excites Ezenwa”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is the best coach Nemanja Matic has worked with, the midfielder has said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Huddersfield Town.
Matic played under the Portuguese coach at Chelsea when the London side won the league title in 2015 and the duo were reunited when the defensive midfielder joined United in July.
The 29-year-old, who won the league with Chelsea last season, has been pivotal in United’s current campaign as they sit second in the league and lead their Champions League group with Matic crediting Mourinho for his strong performances. Place Bet on Weekend’s Games on NaijaBet.com
“Mourinho is a brand, and the best coach I’ve ever worked with,” Matic told Serbian magazine Elevate. “Sometimes it isn’t easy to work with him, because he always demands more.
“Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match. Continue reading “Matic hail Mourinho as the best coach he has worked with”
The former England international has hailed the impact of the 25-year-old and says the Reds made an excellent decision to bring him to Anfield.
Michael Owen has lauded Mohamed Salah as a ‘brilliant signing’ for Liverpool.
The Egypt international, the Reds’ record signing after his summer move from Italian outfit Roma, has enjoyed an exceptional start to life at the club. Naija and Bet
Salah has scored eight goals and provided two assists in 13 games across all competition and the former Liverpool forward has hailed his overall impact.
“It’s been a brilliant start,” Said.
“Liverpool are so well blessed.
Continue reading “Salah will add more value to Liverpool – MICHAEL OWEN”
Jupp Heynckes said he enjoyed seeing Thomas Mueller return to form as Bayern Munich got their Champions League campaign back on track with a 3-0 home win against Celtic.
Bayern captain Mueller put the hosts ahead after 17 minutes before goals by Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels sealed the victory on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena.
The result leaves Bayern second in Group B on six points, three behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain and three clear of third-placed Celtic.
It was an important result for Bayern in the wake of their 3-0 drubbing in Paris three weeks ago, which led to Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal.
Heynckes, 72, came out of a four-year retirement for his fourth stint as Bayern coach to replace Ancelotti. Latest Europa League Odds NaijaBet
He restored Mueller to his preferred attacking midfield role, allowing him to happily roam just behind Robert Lewandowski, with Thiago Alcantara dropping into a deeper position. Continue reading “Heynckes happy with Mueller current form”
Group E is completely open at this stage after just one win between all four teams. Lyon have drawn both of their matches, while Everton are bottom of the group on one point.
Everton have only won two of their last 11 matches in all competitions and are really struggling to get out of their current funk.
Lyon will be high on confidence after beating Monaco 3-2 on Friday, but that was only their second win in nine competitive matches. Naija and Bet
Not only that, Lyon are winless in four away matches in Europe and have lost five of their previous eight matches away to English sides.
Everton –Ronald Koeman is expected to make some changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Brighton at the weekend.
Oumar Niasse is ineligible for the home side, while the Everton manager will be without at least five players because of injury.
Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka may rotate in the starting XI here, with the former coming into the team against Lyon.
With their Champions League days already numbered, Borussia Dortmund will be keen to return to domestic duties and seek to protect their lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Dortmund had taken the Bundesliga by storm with six wins from their first seven matches before suffering their first loss of the season, to RB Leipzig, last week.
Their midweek 1-1 draw at Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League felt like another defeat and the 2013 finalists have now taken just one point from their first three group matches, leaving them staring at an early exit.
Dortmund’s exciting brand of attacking football has created something of a feel-good atmosphere at the club but another slip-up in Frankfurt might see that evaporate completely. Naija and Bet
“We have to show a reaction now and instantly focus on the Bundesliga,” defender Marcel Schmelzer told reporters. “We are in a good position there and apart from the Leipzig game we have been getting results.” Continue reading “Dortmund eyes quick rebound from UCL woes”
Chelsea were grateful to Eden Hazard for grabbing a 3-3 draw in a Champions League thriller against Roma on Wednesday, while Manchester United, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus all won.
Hazard headed in his second goal of the night from a Pedro Rodriguez cross with quarter of an hour left at Stamford Bridge to rescue Chelsea after they had earlier blown a two-goal lead against the Italians.
With Carlo Ancelotti, former Chelsea coach and Roma player, watching from the stands, David Luiz curled the English champions into an early lead and Hazard increased their advantage.
But Aleksandar Kolarov pulled one back for Roma before the interval and Edin Dzeko equalised with a stunning volley on 64 minutes before his header put the visitors ahead to the disbelief of the home fans in west London. Play on Today’s Europa League Matches 👉 NaijaBet
Hazard’s leveller allowed Chelsea to hold onto top spot in Group C with seven points, two points clear of Roma and five better off than Atletico Madrid.
“It was a difficult game against a good team. We suffered in possession and it wasn’t easy in the first half, despite scoring two goals,” said Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. Continue reading “Chelsea see draw; United, Barca, PSG Shine”
Chelsea have a 100% record in Group C and hold the advantage in the quest to finish top. Roma are their nearest rivals and a win over the Italian side would all but put their name in the next round of the competition.
Roma are in second on four points but now have two tricky fixtures against Chelsea. Assuming Atletico Madrid can beat minnows Qarabag twice, the Serie A side will do well to hold onto second place by matchday 5.
Roma have won only one of their 15 away games in England, losing nine. Chelsea slipped to a shock defeat against Crystal Palace at the weekend and Antonio Conte will demand a reaction here.
Chelsea – Victor Moses and N’Golo Kante are ruled out with hamstring injuries, but Alvaro Morata is in contention to return after missing their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace with the same injury. Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater is still sidelined for the home side.
The Uruguayan striker insists any rift between the duo is in the past and suggests that manager Unai Emery had not yet decided who will take penalties.
Edinson Cavani has claimed that he does not have to be friends with Neymar for the duo to perform well in tandem with each other at Paris Saint-Germain.
There were murmurs of discontent between the team-mates at the start of the season, with the pair having clashed on the pitch over the taking of a penalty during a game against Lyon.
There was also a disagreement over a free-kick during the same match, with Dani Alves refusing to give the ball to Cavani to take the set-piece, handing it to Neymar instead. Naija and Bet
The Uruguayan striker insists those issues are in the past but says that he does not need to be friends with his team-mate for them both to deliver in a PSG shirt.
Continue reading “We don’t have to be friends to perrform well : CAVANI”
Liverpool must replicate their Champions League finishing to revive their Premier League campaign, winger Mohamed Salah has said.
Salah and striker Roberto Firmino grabbed a brace each as Liverpool pounded Maribor 7-0 on Tuesday night to record their biggest away European win.
The victory has given Liverpool, who managed one win in their last five league games, the confidence to be more clinical in front of goal, said Salah.
“I think it’s an important result for us so we have to keep looking forward and we have to win the next games,” said. NaijaBet.com
“In the last three or four games we missed many chances… and we had bad luck. Continue reading “Liverpool must extend scoring form – Salah”
Jupp Heynckes returned to the Allianz Arena helm during the international break and kicked off his reign with a comfortable victory over Freiburg. He’ll now hope to get Bayern’s Champions League campaign back on track with the welcome of Celtic.
The Scottish giants are unbeaten in their last six in all competitions following the 5-0 home defeat to PSG. A 3-0 win over Anderlecht boosted morale, but they can expect to be up against it in Germany on Wednesday night.
Indeed, Bayern should win this with relative ease. Latest Odds NaijaBet
Bayern Munich – Jupp Heynckes is without injured duo Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer for the welcome of Celtic. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Celtic”