Everton’s coach targets striker in transfer window

Everton manager Sam Allardyce says he is in the market for a striker in the January transfer window.

The Merseyside outfit sold Romelu Lukaku over the summer and have struggled recently to score this season with their last two games ending 0-0.

Reports this week suggested the club is interested in Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.

And when asked on Friday about being linked with the 26-year-old Turkey international, Allardyce said: “Him and many others, because we need a frontman if we can find one.Place bet on today’s NaijaBet.com

“We would be actively looking for a frontman in this window because I need more goals in the side than we have at the moment if we are to just maintain our position.

“As we can all see, we’ve started to struggle to create chances and score goals in recent matches, so it’s still one of the major problems we have at the club. Continue reading “Everton’s coach targets striker in transfer window”

PL Match Preview : Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

Crystal Palace’s unbeaten run extended to eight games at the weekend but Roy Hodgson would have been disappointed only to have got a point at home to bottom side Swansea. The Eagles could be back in the bottom three by the time this match starts.

Arsenal did well to come back from 2-0 down against Liverpool to draw 3-3 on Friday but questions must be asked why they went 2-0 down at home in the first place.

Defensive mistakes continue to stifle progress for Arsene Wenger’s side. They could be four points adrift of the top four by the time this game starts.

Arsenal have struggled at Selhurst Park in recent games and were thrashed 3-0 on their last visit. This is by no means an easy game for Arsenal despite what the league table might suggest. Latest Odds on Site NaijaBet.com

Everyone else would have played by this match and that will bring additional pressures to both teams. An entertaining game should be in the offing.

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Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke returns from suspension for the home side and should slot in up front, but Roy Hodgson looks set to be without five injured players on Thursday night. Continue reading “PL Match Preview : Crystal Palace vs Arsenal”

Inter focus on tough Lazio test after Cup defeat

Inter Milan turn their focus back to their flagging Serie A campaign after their Italian Cup derby flop hosting Lazio on Saturday looking to keep pace with leading duo Napoli and Juventus who are jostling to end 2017 on top.

Luciano Spalletti’s side – third in Serie A five points behind leaders Napoli – have now suffered three consecutive losses and face a tough task against fifth-placed Lazio to keep their Scudetto ambitions on track.

A defeat to the Romans would see Inter drop further behind the leaders as Napoli look set to end 2017 top of the Italian football league table for the second time in three years at third-from-bottom Crotone on Friday. Naija and Bet

Napoli have 45 points from 18 games ahead of their trip further south to Calabria, just one ahead of Juventus, who saw off title-rivals AS Roma 1-0 last weekend, and travel to second-from-bottom Verona on Saturday.

Inter are third two points ahead of Roma with Lazio a further two points back in fifth with the two teams from the capital both having a game in hand.

Spalletti was scathing of his players, including leading Serie A scorer Mauro Icardi and winger Ivan Perisic after a 1-0 extra-time defeat to Milan which ended their Italian Cup ambitions. Continue reading “Inter focus on tough Lazio test after Cup defeat”

New recruit players can boost Swansea – Britton

Swansea City need to recruit players in the January transfer window to provide a much-needed boost to both morale and performance at the Premier League’s bottom side, caretaker manager Leon Britton has said.

Swansea’s 5-0 defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday marked their ninth defeat in 12 games, leaving the Welsh side five points adrift of safety, having won just three of 20 matches so far.

The Swans escaped relegation last season after recruiting Martin Olsson, Tom Carroll, Luciano Narsingh and Jordan Ayew in January and Britton is hopeful that a raft of new signings would have a similar impact this time around. Naija and Bet

“We have January coming up,” Britton said “I am sure there will be some fresh faces coming in and we need that.

“Last January, the club brought some players in who gave us a big boost in the second half of last season, and doing something similar will be important this year. Continue reading “New recruit players can boost Swansea – Britton”

Sterling shine as City claim successive 18th win

Manchester City surged 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League as Raheem Sterling fired the runaway leaders to a 1-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s side look certain to lift the title after extending their Premier League record winning streak to 18 matches.

Sterling’s 31st minute goal ensured City took advantage of second placed Manchester United’s costly draw with Burnley on Tuesday.

The only club in Europe’s five biggest leagues to have had a longer winning run is Bayern Munich, who earned 19 consecutive victories under Guardiola in 2013-14. Place on Today’s game on NaijaBet

City can equal Bayern’s mark in their next match at Crystal Palace on December 31.

Unbeaten City have also won a record-equalling 11 successive away matches in the English top-flight, a total matched only by Chelsea in 2008. Continue reading “Sterling shine as City claim successive 18th win”

Celtic sink Dundee to go 11 points clear

Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to a gaping 11 points with a comfortable 2-0 win over Dundee at Dens Park on Tuesday.

James Forrest handed the Hoops an eighth-minute lead as he fired home his 50th goal for the Glasgow giants. NaijaBet

Leigh Griffiths then staked his claim for a starting slot in the Old Firm derby as he grabbed a second for Celtic in the 43rd minute.

The win means the Hoops have opened a 14-point gap over rivals Rangers, who host Motherwell on Wednesday, ahead of their second meeting of the season at Celtic Park on Saturday.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised the desire his side showed as they won their third game in a row for the first time since September.

“This was the type of game that you need to have a hunger to go and win in the midst of a very busy schedule,” the Northern Irishman said.

“You saw from the goals we scored that hunger was there.” Continue reading “Celtic sink Dundee to go 11 points clear”

PL Match Preview : Newcastle vs Manchester City

Newcastle moved out of the bottom three courtesy of a 3-2 win away to West Ham on Saturday. Before that, they had lost eight of their last nine. That should give Rafa Benitez’s side some confidence ahead of this daunting fixture.

Manchester City are storming their way to the title and have now won their last 17 Premier League matches in a row. They have kept clean sheets in four of their last six visits to St. James’ Park, to increase their chances of winning even further.  Place bet on Ice Hockey,Politics, Boxing, Volleyball, Handball, Darts and Virtual game on NaijaBet.com

With changes expected from both managers, it’s hard to predict outcomes during the hectic festive period, but it would be a shock if City didn’t pick up all three points and close in on Bayern Munich’s record of 19 straight wins in Europe’s top five league history.

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Newcastle United – Jonjo Shelvey returns from suspension but may have to settle for a place on the bench here.

Paul Dummett was an unused substitute against West Ham on Saturday but will lack match fitness to start here. Continue reading “PL Match Preview : Newcastle vs Manchester City”

Carvajal not giving up on LaLiga title race

Defender Dani Carvajal insists Real Madrid can still win the Spanish league, despite the 3-0 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona that left them 14 points adrift in the LaLiga title race.

“We have not lost it nor has Barcelona won it. It is a lot of points. But we are going to try to win the matches that remain and see if we can lift the title.

“La Liga is not won or lost in December,” he said in an interview published Wednesday in Spanish sports daily AS.

“It was a hard loss, but we are Real Madrid. We have had a fantastic year and there are still six months left in the season,” the 25-year-old added when asked about Real’s loss at home to Barcelona. Naija and Bet

The Spanish giants completed a double of Champions League and La Liga titles last season and have since added the Club World Cup trophy and the European and Spanish Super Cups. Continue reading “Carvajal not giving up on LaLiga title race”

Kompany warns City to focus on the title

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has used Manchester United’s late title meltdown during the 2011/12 season as a cautionary example to remind his teammates that there is no room for complacency in the Premier League title race.

United held an eight-point lead atop the table in 2012, before losing two and drawing one of their final six league games to allow City to get back into the race and eventually, seal the title on the final day of the campaign.

Kompany, who was instrumental to City’s dramatic comeback six seasons ago, is wary of a similar collapse from the league leaders this campaign and is eager to keep his teammates grounded despite their 12-point lead atop the table. Place bet on today’s game on NaijaBet

“I don’t know if everyone will remember but it was six games left and we were eight points behind, so that’s why I am always the first to come in and say, ‘No guys, we can’t really take the foot off the gas’,” Kompany said.

“I really don’t want that.

“We push, we push, we push, and no one has the right to let their performance down or their guard down.” Continue reading “Kompany warns City to focus on the title”

PL Match Preview : Arsenal vs Liverpool

Arsenal progressed into the League Cup semi finals in midweek and did so without needing any of their regular starters, meaning they should have a fresh team to face Liverpool on Friday. However, things do not look good for Arsene Wenger’s side. Weekend games on Naija and Bet

Liverpool are in devastating form at the moment. They’ve won their last four Premier League away matches and scored at least three goals in each of those wins. Jurgen Klopp’s side have also scored at least three goals in each of their last four meetings with Arsenal.

While Liverpool have scored for fun of late, Arsenal have been oddly wasteful in front of goal. The Gunners have not scored more than one goal in any of their last four league matches and that could prove a real problem against this freescoring Liverpool side.

Team News

Arsenal – Shkodran Mustafi was not risked in midweek but is expected to return to first-team action on Friday night against Liverpool.

With Aaron Ramsey still injured, Arsenal may persist with a four-man defence and that could push Nacho Monreal out to left-back. Continue reading “PL Match Preview : Arsenal vs Liverpool”

Ronaldo back in training ahead Saturday’s of El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to full training on Friday with his Real Madrid teammates to quash fears he could miss Saturday’s huge El Clasico clash with Barcelona at Real’s Santiago Bernabeu.

The world player of the year received rough treatment as he scored the winner in the Club World Cup final over Brazilians Gremio last weekend, but Ronaldo had insisted he would be fit for the lunchtime visit of league leaders Barca. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet

Ronaldo didn’t train with the rest of the Madrid squad on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday as a precaution.

Madrid will need Ronaldo in the form he has shown of late, having scored five goals in his last four games as the European champions look to claw their way back into the title race. Continue reading “Ronaldo back in training ahead Saturday’s of El Clasico”

Laliga Match Preview : Espanyol vs Atletico Madrida

Espanyol are winless in their last three games, with the Catalan club hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone with only a five-point cushion to spare them for now.

Gerard Moreno has scored over 50% of their league goals this campaign, with the Spanish striker absolutely vital to their attempts to clamber into the top half of the table. Today games latest odds on NaijaBet

Atleti have kept two consecutive clean sheets in the league, with Diego Simeone’s men continuing to scrape narrow results and maintain their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

Team News

Espanyol – Changing system last time out seemed to improve some aspects of Espanyol’s play, so few changes are expected here.

Victor Sanchez is suspended for the hosts, so Javi Lopez could return at right-back after injury.

Sergio Garcia and Leo Baptistao should continue in close support of Gerard Moreno.

Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview : Espanyol vs Atletico Madrida”

Wanyama close to return knee injury

Tottenham Hotspur have missed Victor Wanyama’s presence in midfield but the 26-year-old is nearing a first-team return after recovering from a serious knee injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino has said.

The Kenya international, who missed just two Premier League games last season, has been sidelined for four months after aggravating a knee injury ahead of Tottenham’s home match against Burnley in August.

“We will see when he can be involved again. Last season, he was such an important player for us,” Pochettino said. NaijaBet.com

“And this season, it’s true. In a position that you need to be strong, we have missed a player like him.

“It will be fantastic if, as soon as possible, he can be again involved and available to be selected because he is a very good player – a very important player for us.”

Wanyama will miss the trip to Burnley on Saturday but could return during Tottenham’s packed festive season schedule that includes league games against Southampton, Swansea City and West Ham United in the space of 10 days.

Neymar wants ‘history’ by sinking Real in UCL

Neymar believes Paris Saint-Germain can “make history” by eliminating holders and record 12-time winners Real Madrid when the two clubs meet in the last 16 of the Champions League.

French league leaders PSG were paired with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real in the tie of the round, and big-spending PSG are looking for a rapid return on their massive summer investment.

“We know it will be a difficult match against a team that has been playing together for years and also wants to win, but we can beat them,” Neymar said on Thursday as PSG arrived in Doha for their winter training camp.

“We can make history. We’re here to do just that, to play football, and we’re going to do everything to win,” added the Brazilian, who cost PSG a world record €222 million in August when he joined from Barcelona. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet.com

PSG have never advanced beyond the quarterfinals of the Champions League since the club’s takeover by its Qatari owners in 2011, throwing away a 4-0 first leg lead to spectacularly crash out in the last 16 to Barcelona last season after four straight quarterfinal exits.

They will travel to Madrid for the first leg on February, with the return meeting at the Parc des Princes on March 6. Continue reading “Neymar wants ‘history’ by sinking Real in UCL”

Mou escapes FA sanctions for Manchester derby comments

The English Football Association said on Thursday that Jose Mourinho will face no sanctions following an investigation of comments he made before the recent Manchester derby.

The FA said it has decided to take “no formal action” after reviewing evidence provided by Mourinho’s club Manchester United, understood to be relating to suggestions that Manchester City players make “tactical fouls” to break up opponents’ attacks.

However it “reminded Jose Mourinho any further public comments about match officials may result in disciplinary action”.

Mourinho’s escape from disciplinary action comes after the FA announced that no formal action would be taken against United or City following ugly scenes that overshadowed the derby at Old Trafford earlier this month.

City beat United 2-1 to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League on 10 December. Naija and Bet

The visitors’ celebrations after the match are alleged to have sparked a row involving several players and staff from both teams in the corridor outside the dressing rooms. Continue reading “Mou escapes FA sanctions for Manchester derby comments”

“My aim is to return to a big club”- Balotelli

Italian striker Mario Balotelli has revealed he would return to play for former club Manchester City for free.

The 27-year-old has scored 16 goals in 21 games in his second season at Ligue 1 side Nice, but hankers for big trophies again.

“My aim is to return to a big club to win something important again,” Balotelli said.

“I’d like to get back to having a strong squad behind me. I want to play in the Champions League and win something.” NaijaBet

Balotelli won six trophies with Inter Milan including the Champions League before moving to Manchester City in 2010, followed by two spells at AC Milan either side of an unsuccessful stint at Liverpool.

He insisted he has put his wilder days behind him and surrounded by his family was enjoying football as never before. Continue reading ““My aim is to return to a big club”- Balotelli”

Laliga Match Preview : Eibar vs Girona

Eibar have taken 13 points from their last available 15 in La Liga, with the return of Ivan Alejo ushering in a spell of much-improved form.

Recent victories against the likes of Espanyol and Valencia at Ipurua demonstrate that the hosts can break down an organised opponent.

Girona have lost just one of their last five league matches, with two recent 1-0 wins over Getafe and Espanyol boosting their confidence even further.

Team News

Eibar – Joan Jordan should continue in central midfield ahead of Gonzalo Escalante for the home side.

Anaitz Arbilla will continue at centre-back, with Ivan Ramis set to miss another few weeks due to injury.

Charles should be preferred to Kike Garcia up front once again.

Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview : Eibar vs Girona”

Nigeria drop to ninth in New FIFA ranking

A ‘boardroom’ defeat led Nigeria to drop one place to ninth in the FIFA Africa rankings for December released on Thursday.

Nigeria had a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Algeria last month changed to a 3-0 defeat by FIFA officials after they fielded suspended Abdullahi Shehu. Place bet on Africa League on NaijaBet

The result did not affect on the final standings with Nigeria finishing five points ahead of Zambia with Cameroon third and Algeria last.

Ghana moved above Nigeria to eighth and Algeria rose to 10th with 2015 Africa Cup of Nations title-holders the Ivory Coast falling out of a top 10 headed by Senegal.

Africa Top 10

1. Senegal (world ranking 23),
2. Tunisia (27),
3. Egypt (31),
4. Democratic Republic of Congo (39),
5. Morocco (40),
6. Burkina Faso (44),
7. Cameroon (45),
8. Ghana (50),
9. Nigeria (51),
10. Algeria (58)

Bristol City now target Guardiola’s man city

After fashioning the sensation of the English football season with a League Cup triumph over Manchester United, Bristol City manager Lee Johnson knows there could only be one way to top a win over Jose Mourinho — and that is by beating Pep Guardiola.

The cheering was still reverberating at the Ashton Gate home of the second tier Championship club on Wednesday after their last-gasp 2-1 quarterfinal win over the Premier League giants when the semi-final draw offered them an even giddier follow-up.

For the Robins’ reward on one of the finest nights in their 123-year history was to set up the prospect of another when Guardiola’s Manchester City, Europe’s team of the moment, visit them in a last four, second leg tie in January. Place bet on today’s matches on NaijaBet.com

Johnson was asked how it felt to be presented with the hardest task in English football against a side unbeaten in domestic matches this term.

“It’s brilliant,” he enthused.

“We move on now. We didn’t show United too much respect. Now it’s on to Manchester City over two legs and there’s another chance for the players to test themselves against another elite group,” he said. “City are a beast of an organisation.” Continue reading “Bristol City now target Guardiola’s man city”

‘Everton can change everything’ – Sigurdsson

Everton can completely transform their season by getting positive results during a packed Christmas period, midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has said.

The resurgent Merseyside club have climbed out of the bottom half of the Premier League and into ninth position with three wins and a draw in four games since Sam Allardyce’s appointment as manager earlier this month.

Everton will play four league games and an FA Cup fixture against Liverpool over the next two weeks and Iceland international Sigurdsson has backed the team to continue their revival during a tough period. Naija and Bet

“It was a very tough and slow start to the season but at the moment things are looking a lot better. We still need to improve on a few things to keep the momentum going heading into this busy Christmas period,” Sigurdsson told the club’s website.

“A few good results change everything in this league and now we’re looking forward to a lot of games over Christmas and we can turn this season completely around.” Continue reading “‘Everton can change everything’ – Sigurdsson”

Scottish champions Celtic bounce back with win over Partick

Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to five points as they got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle on Wednesday.

Stuart Armstrong opened the scoring with a stunning strike in the 35th minute before Kieran Tierney settled any nerves as he fired home a second in the 67th minute.

It was the perfect response from the Scottish champions after their 69-match domestic unbeaten run came to an end with a 4-0 thrashing by Hearts on Sunday. Today’s odds on NaijaBet

Victory in the rearranged fixture means the Hoops have now gone two calendar years without defeat at Celtic Park and guarantees them top spot at Christmas ahead of Aberdeen, who they host on Saturday.

“I thought tonight the players reacted very, very well. We had to be patient as Alan sets up his team very well and very organised so there wasn’t a lot of space,” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said.

“We needed that wee bit of magic from Stuart and it was an absolute brilliant goal.” Continue reading “Scottish champions Celtic bounce back with win over Partick”

Carling Cup Match Preview : Bristol City vs Manchester United

Bristol City knocked out Premier League opposition on three occasions (Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace) to set up this glamour home tie with holders Manchester United.

Lee Johnson’s side are third in the Championship and have only lost three games all season. Up against a United side that haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last five away games, Bristol City cannot be underestimated on Wednesday night. Latest odds on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Bristol City – Bristol City will be without Gary O’Neil, Jens Hegeler, Famara Diedhiou and Eros Pisano for the reception of Manchester United.

Callum O’Dowda has missed the last three matches for Bristol City and remains a doubt on Wednesday.

Lee Johnson has to decide between going for a huge cup upset of rotating his squad with promotion from the Championship in mind.

Continue reading “Carling Cup Match Preview : Bristol City vs Manchester United”

Rosicky retired professional career

Former Arsenal midfielder and Czech national side playmaker Tomas Rosicky ended his professional career on Wednesday after years of injuries often kept him off the pitch.

Rosicky, 37, came through at Sparta Prague, where he is now also finishing his playing days, before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2001 and to Arsenal in 2006 where he played for a decade.

Rosicky, dubbed “Little Mozart” for his playmaking abilities, started 105 games for the national team, making him the third most-capped player in the country’s history.

His career, though, has often been plagued by injury, limiting his playing time especially in recent years. Today’s games are available on NaijaBet

“My body was telling me for a long time that it does not want (to do it) any more,” he told a news conference. “I would probably have nothing to offer my teammates and Sparta.” Continue reading “Rosicky retired professional career”

Carling Cup Match Preview : Chelsea vs Bournemouth

Chelsea are unbeaten at home since a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at the end of September. Antonio Conte’s side have won six of the following eight games at Stamford Bridge since then.

Bournemouth are winless in six matches after their 4-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday. Things aren’t going well for Eddie Howe this season and now they face a tough trip to Stamford Bridge. Bet Now on NaijaBet

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Chelsea – Antonio Conte will shuffle his pack for Wednesday’s meeting with Bournemouth.

David Luiz and Charly Musonda are the only players sidelined for the hosts, while Alvaro Morata will not be risked.

Kenedy, Willy Caballero, Michy Batshuayi, Ethan Ampadu, Danny Drinkwater and Antonio Rudiger will push for game time here. Continue reading “Carling Cup Match Preview : Chelsea vs Bournemouth”

Atletico report Barca to Fifa over Griezmann move

Atletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to Fifa for an illegal transfer approach for Antoine Griezmann.

The French forward has been linked with the Catalan club in the Spanish media and Barcelona director Guillermo Amor told Movistar on Sunday that president Josep Maria Bartomeu may have made contact with Griezmann’s family, who are also his representatives, over a potential move. NaijaBet

“Atletico Madrid have presented a complaint about Barcelona for repeated contact between Barcelona, the player and his people,” Atletico said

“Griezmann has a long contract and this cannot be permitted, while the club also considers it could affect the competition [La Liga] in which Barcelona are currently top and Atletico are second.” Continue reading “Atletico report Barca to Fifa over Griezmann move”