Match Preview : Tottenham vs Manchester United

The Tottenham squad has been hit by illness of late and Mauricio Poche-  ttino is hoping to recover some key men in time for Wednesday’s welcome of Manchester United. The north London side have drawn their last two competitive matches, but in turn have lost only one of their last 13.

Manchester United have won their last five competitive outings and are unbeaten in eight. Jose Mourinho’s side seem to be back to their best after a festive blip, though haven’t won a league match at Tottenham since 2012.

The home side has won the last six meetings between these two sides, with the away team scoring just the once in that run. Mourinho will likely set his side up to counter Spurs, while the hosts have struggled to break down opp- onents that sit deep at Wembley this season. Indeed, a draw is on the cards. Latest odds on NaijaBet 

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Tottenham- Mauricio Pochettino is sweating on the fitness of Serge Aurier, who is struggling with a calf problem.

However, better news saw Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris take part in first team training, though the former pair may not be fit in time to feature.

Harry Winks, though, is struggling with an ankle issue and is not expected to be available. Continue reading “Match Preview : Tottenham vs Manchester United”

Guardiola won’t rule out Mahrez move

Pep Guardiola has refused to deny Manchester City are considering a deadline day move for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

City broke their club record transfer on Tuesday with the £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) signing of centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.

In order to sign Algeria international Mahrez they would likely have to break the record again, with Leicester unlikely to let the 26-year-old leave for less than £90 million. Place bet on various sport on NaijaBet

It is understood City have enquired about the availability of Mahrez, but the two clubs are currently some way apart on their valuation of the player.

Mahrez is reported to have handed in a transfer request, but Foxes manager Claude Puel recently said he would not let him leave the King Power Stadium in January.

City have lost influential Germany winger Leroy Sane for up to seven weeks with an ankle injury and with the club competing on four fronts Guardiola suggested he may require a replacement.

When asked directly about Mahrez, City manager Guardiola said: “Right now, it’s the same as (Alexis) Sanchez, it’s not the place to talk about it. It’s so difficult. Continue reading “Guardiola won’t rule out Mahrez move”

Benitez hopes to strengthen Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is frustrated that the club have been unable to bring in the transfer targets they identified months ago but still hopes to do some business before the window closes later on Wednesday.

Newcastle are 15th in the Premier League, above the relegation zone on goal difference, and have won only two of their last 15 league games.

Benitez has said it was important to add reinforcements in January to keep them clear of the danger zone but the club have so far brought in only Chelsea midfielder Kenedy on loan. Place bet on today’s premier league matches odds on NaijaBet

“It’s not ideal to go to Jan. 31 when you’ve been working for months preparing names and analysing players,” he said. “We can’t change what has been going on here for a while but I’m confident we can do something.”

Benitez said he had spoken to owner Mike Ashley about potential targets and added that he intended to stay in charge even if new signings did not materialise. Continue reading “Benitez hopes to strengthen Newcastle”

Match Preview : Swansea vs Arsenal

Swansea are now unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions and are now just three points adrift of safety.

Arsenal are five points off the top four but have only won three of 12 away league matches this season.

The Gunners have scored at least two goals in five of their last six matches at the Liberty Stadium and have won the last two matches by an aggregate score of 7-0.

Arsenal are favourites but Swansea have showed greater resolve in recent weeks, even beating Liverpool at home in their last league match. Latest Odds NaijaBet

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s arrival should give Arsenal another boost in midweek and help guide them to three points.

Team News

Swansea – Renato Sanchez broke down with injury once again during Swansea’s 1-1 draw with Notts County at the weekend and won’t be available to feature on Tuesday.

Angel Rangel was an unused substitute during Saturday’s FA Cup draw and is in contention to make his first appearance in almost a month here. Continue reading “Match Preview : Swansea vs Arsenal”

Pique extends Barcelona contract

Barcelona’s Spain defender Gerard Pique has signed a contract extension until 2022 which will take him beyond his 35th birthday, the Liga club said on Monday.

“I am really happy to be celebrating my extension because this is my home and since my return, my desire has been to end my career here,” said Pique, who will have served 14 years with the first team as a professional by the time the contract ends.

Pique started out in Barca’s youth ranks before joining Manchester United in 2004 but returned to the Nou Camp four years later and has since played over 250 league games. Play bet on today’s game on NaijaBet.com

“It’s a special day, Gerard Pique is an experienced player, a Barca fan from birth and let’s hope we can continue to keep winning trophies. The deal was an easy one,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told a news conference.

Pique also said on the club’s website (www.fcbarcelona.com) that there was never any question of him playing anywhere else. Continue reading “Pique extends Barcelona contract”

Valverde defend Coutinho quiet La Liga debut

Record signing Philippe Coutinho will need time to settle into the Barcelona side after he made a quiet La Liga debut in a 2-1 win against Alaves on Sunday, coach Ernesto Valverde said.

All eyes were on the 142-million-pound playmaker but he was substituted in the second half for striker Paco Alcacer as Barca chased the game after falling behind to John Guidetti’s 23rd minute opener, eventually mounting a comeback with goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Play bet on Live matches 24/7 online on NaijaBet

Coutinho, playing on the right of midfield, linked up well with his new teammates but failed to make a significant impact on his full debut at the Nou Camp after making his first appearance as a substitute in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Espanyol in the King’s Cup.

“Players aren’t machines that you can just put in a factory and start to work right away,” Valverde told reporters in defence of Coutinho. Continue reading “Valverde defend Coutinho quiet La Liga debut”

Weekend Fixtures: Buffon set for return, Lazio prepare for Milan

Gianluigi Buffon is set to make his long-awaited return for Juventus as in-form Lazio travel to AC Milan for the first of their double header in Serie A action this weekend.

Veteran goalkeeper Buffon returns against Chievo on the weekend he turns 40 after struggling with a calf injury since the 1-0 win over Napoli on December 1.

In his absence Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has impressed, conceding just one goal in seven Serie A games as the Turin side continue their push for a seventh straight Serie A title. Weekend’s games latest odds are available on NaijaBet

Juventus are just one point behind leaders Napoli after 21 games with Maurizio Sarri’s side hosting Bologna on Sunday.

Massimiliano Allegri will be counting on bringing home all three points against Chievo, in 13th, and without a win in two months.

“Playing these kinds of games is always difficult,” said Juventus’ Moroccan defender Medhi Benatia. Continue reading “Weekend Fixtures: Buffon set for return, Lazio prepare for Milan”

Emery demand more respect from PSG fans to Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has called on fans to show Neymar more “affection”, despite the Brazilian’s excellent form since joining the Ligue 1 leaders.

The world’s most expensive player has struggled with injury since the winter break and was booed for taking a penalty on his only league appearance of 2018 so far against Dijon, which denied Edinson Cavani a chance to break the PSG goalscoring record.

But Neymar scored four times in an 8-0 rout that day and has been a key figure for the capital club this season with 24 goals, and Emery wants the PSG fans to get behind their star player. Naija and Bet

“We need to give Neymar affection, he’s a player we need to make the most of,” the Spaniard said after Wednesday’s 4-2 French Cup win over Guingamp.

“He is here, in Paris, and he’s a great player.” Continue reading “Emery demand more respect from PSG fans to Neymar”

Barca sink Espanyol to book Cup semifinal spot

Barcelona reached the King’s Cup semifinals with a 2-0 win over Espanyol on Thursday to overcome a first-leg deficit on a night when new signing Philippe Coutinho made his debut.

Early goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi calmed the nerves at the Nou Camp after Barca’s great rivals Real Madrid, as well as Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, had been knocked out of this season’s competition by unfancied opponents.

Facing city rivals Espanyol was a potential banana skin for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who lost last week’s first leg 1-0, but Barcelona were rarely troubled in front of a vibrant Nou Camp.

Barca’s new Brazilian attacking midfielder Coutinho, who arrived from Liverpool this month for a club record fee of 142 million pounds ($200.65 million), was given a standing ovation when he came on to take his bow in the second-half. Place bet on today’s game on NaijaBet

His every touch was loudly cheered on a night when Barca bade farewell to their versatile Argentine Javier Mascherano who is joining Chinese Super League side Heibei China Fortune.

Mascherano was given a guard of honour before the game in recognition of his seven-and-a-half years at the Nou Camp. Continue reading “Barca sink Espanyol to book Cup semifinal spot”

Carling Cup Match Preview : Arsenal vs Chelsea

Arsenal held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw in the first leg, but their failure to score an away goal leaves them vulnerable here.

The last four matches between the two teams have ended in a draw and Arsenal will need to break that trend to guarentee their place in the final.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 matches and ended a run of five draws in a row with a 4-0 win over Brighton on Saturday. Latest Odds on NaijaBet

Arsenal, meanwhile, stopped a five-game run without a win after emphatically beating Crystal Palace 4-1 on Saturday.

Team News

Arsenal – Arsene Wenger has confirmed Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud are still injured and won’t feature here, while new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is cup-tied. Continue reading “Carling Cup Match Preview : Arsenal vs Chelsea”

Barcelona confirm Mascherano Departure to china

Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano is to leave the club after seven-and-a-half years at the Nou Camp with the Spanish league leaders confirming on Wednesday that the player is joining Chinese Super League side Heibei China Fortune.

In China, the 33-year-old will link up with Argentine compatriot Ezequiel Lavezzi at a side coached by former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Mascherano made 334 appearances in a successful spell at the Catalan side, lifting 18 major honours, including two Champions League triumphs and four La Liga titles. Naija and Bet

“Javier Mascherano is leaving FC Barcelona after seven-and-a-half seasons. The Argentinian will be receiving an institutional farewell from the club on Wednesday,” Barcelona said in a statement.

“The club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the first team squad will be present. The player will say goodbye to the fans on the pitch ahead of the club’s King’s Cup tie against Espanyol on Thursday.” Continue reading “Barcelona confirm Mascherano Departure to china”

Saha support Lukaku to be more consistent

Romelu Lukaku has the ability to rip apart defences but the Belgian marksman may need a year under his belt at Manchester United to be more consistent, the Premier League club’s former striker Louis Saha said.

The 24-year-old joined United for £75 million on a five-year contract last July after scoring 25 league goals in 37 matches in the last campaign for Everton.

His prolific form garnered interest from several leading sides in Europe, including former club Chelsea, where he previously worked under United manager Jose Mourinho.

Lukaku made a stellar start to life at the Manchester club, scoring 11 times in his first 10 games but the goals have since dried up for the Belgian international. Stake on today’s game NaijaBet

“He started well, we can see that he has got more in him,” Saha, who scored 42 goals during his four-and-half year spell at United, said in an interview. “We want to see him rip apart some defenders because he can do it.

“Physically he’s so strong. I will say that he can do more but that’s easy to say. Sometimes Lukaku might not be helped with Mourinho’s style of play. Continue reading “Saha support Lukaku to be more consistent”

PL Match Preview : Swansea vs Liverpool

Carlos Carvalhal has only lost one of his first five matches as Swansea manager and has picked up four points from a possible nine in the Premier League. The Swans are still bottom of the league but now only four points adrift of safety.

Liverpool are high on confidence at the moment after becoming the first side to beat Manchester City in the Premier League this season and now they face Swansea who they thumped 5-0 on Boxing Day. Latest Odds on NaijaBet

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 18 competitive matches and they have won 13 of those. It would be a huge shock if they didn’t get all three points on Monday night.

Team News

Swansea – Kyle Naughton returns from suspension and will slot in at right-back with Angel Rangel still injured.

Leon Britton is an option againafter returning to the matchday squad for Wednesday’s FA Cup win over Wolves.

Tammy Abraham, Renato Sanches and Mike van der Hoorn are still doubts for Swansea. Continue reading “PL Match Preview : Swansea vs Liverpool”

Pochettino dismissed talk on Kane Real Madrid link

Mauricio Pochettino dismissed talk of a potential £200 million Real Madrid bid for Harry Kane after the England striker scored his 99th Premier League goal in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

“I’m not going to speak about rumours because if I give information about one rumour I have to do it at all press conferences. It’s not my problem to talk about rumours,” he said.

Pochettino did say he doesn’t expect to sign any new players this month after seeing his team miss the chance to move back into the top four as they were denied by a spirited Southampton. Place bet on today’s game on Naijabet

“I am not concerned about that. I know very well it will be difficult to add quality to the team in this period. If something happens and all the conditions are right to sign a player then perhaps. I am relaxed, calm.”

Spurs’ buildup was hampered by a flu virus that saw Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen miss the game.

Pochettino said that other players were also affected with illness but refused to say who.

Continue reading “Pochettino dismissed talk on Kane Real Madrid link”

End of an era : Ronaldinho retires from football

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has formally confirmed his retirement from football, more than two years since his last appearance as a professional, reports in Brazil said Tuesday.

The 37-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona star, a key member of the Brazil side which won the World Cup in 2002, last played in 2015 during a brief stint with Fluminense.

However his brother and agent Roberto Assis said he would not play again and would now concentrate on tribute events.

“He stopped, we’re going to do something really big, nice, after the World Cup in Russia, probably in August, we’ll do several events in Brazil, Europe and Asia, and of course, we’re watching a game with the Brazilian team,” Assis said. Place bet on today’s game on NaijaBet

Ronaldinho’s career began with Gremio in Porto Alegre, his hometown, before he emerged as a star with French giants PSG. Continue reading “End of an era : Ronaldinho retires from football”

PL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Stoke

Manchester United’s injury woes have eased since the turn of the year and that should enable Jose Mourinho’s side to rediscover the form they showed at the start of the season.

The Reds have won back-to-back matches after a run of four games without a win and have not conceded in their last 323 minutes of action in all competitions.

Stoke were dumped out of the FA Cup third round by League Two outfit Coventry last weekend and that prompted Mark Hughes’ dismissal. The Potters have lost nine of their last 11 competitive matches and could be three points adrift of safety by the time this Monday night fixture rolls around.

Stoke have only lost five of 18 Premier League matches they have played on a Monday night, but a trip to Old Trafford may be beyond their reach, especially when you consider their current circumstances. They’ve drawn their last three against the Red Devils, but haven’t win away to United since April 1976.

Team News

Manchester United – Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini all returned to first-team action in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Derby in the FA Cup last time out. Continue reading “PL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Stoke”

Ryan Giggs set to be named as Wales new manager

Manchester United great Ryan Giggs is set to be named Wales boss on Monday – his first permanent job as a manager.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said it would announce the identity of Chris Coleman’s replacement..

Giggs, 44, has been the clear favourite for the Wales job since he declared his interest last month, saying: “I’ve played for Wales and I’ve said that I want to go back into coaching. Latest odds on Site NaijaBet

“Obviously that is one of the top jobs.”

Giggs was interviewed for the Wales job last week along with former international teammate Craig Bellamy and Osian Roberts, Coleman’s former assistant who is also the FAW’s technical director. Continue reading “Ryan Giggs set to be named as Wales new manager”

Premier League Title race is not over – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted the Premier League title race is not over after his side slipped to a dramatic 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early strike was cancelled out by Leroy Sane’s goal shortly before half-time but three goals in nine scintillating minutes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah stunned City.

Guardiola’s team threatened an astonishing comeback with late goals for Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan but Liverpool held on for a famous win.

“Congratulations to Liverpool for the victory,” said Guardiola. “The game was in our hands at 1-1 but our finishing was not good and then it went suddenly to 4-1. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet.com

“You have to be stable when you concede a goal and we were not solid enough. You have to live this kind of situation in the season.

“The reality is we lose the game, we have a week to recover and prepare for the Newcastle game. All credit to the opponent, we know how difficult it is against a Jurgen Klopp team, so aggressive, at Anfield too. We did a good performance apart from a few minutes. Continue reading “Premier League Title race is not over – Pep Guardiola”

Weekend Match Preview : Premier League,Laliga & SerieA

Chelsea  1.29   vs   Leicester  11.30

A 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night means Chelsea have won only two of their last six competitive matches. However, on home turf, the Blues have been in fine form, failing to win only three of their last 12 in all competitions at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester have lost back-to-back away league matches and have lost six of their last seven competitive meetings with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

They recently ended a four-match winless run in the Premier League with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Huddersfield, though, and will look to use that as a platform to spring an upset here.

Leicester may trouble this Blues backline, but Chelsea have the means to wrap up all three points. Latest Odds on NaijaBet

*Chelsea have won their last 7 home Premier League matches.

*Chelsea have won 6 of their last 7 home matches against Leicester in all competitions.

Continue reading “Weekend Match Preview : Premier League,Laliga & SerieA”

‘Conte, Mourinho out of their minds’ – Fabio Capello

Former England manager Fabio Capello branded feuding managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte as “totally out of their minds” for letting their public spat get out of control.

Chelsea manager Conte and Manchester United’s Mourinho have been engaged in a war of words in the build up to next month’s clash between the two sides in Old Trafford.

But Capello believes both men have lost control and that fellow Italian Conte may have underestimated how well Portuguese Mourinho handles the press. Weekend matches latest odds on NaijaBet

“I think Conte didn’t realise who he was up against,” Capello said.

“It’s the Chelsea shirt which makes managers nervous. Remember how wound up Mourinho got when he was Chelsea manager? Conte’s just doing what Mourinho used to do.”We all remember Mourinho on his knees in the middle of the field, running wild after his side won.”

Continue reading “‘Conte, Mourinho out of their minds’ – Fabio Capello”

Nigeria’s Rohr excited with England friendly

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes England will give his players the ideal test of their readiness for the World Cup when they meet in a friendly in June. excited

The Super Eagles take on the Three Lions at Wembley Stadium on June 2 in preparation for the tournament in Russia that kicks off on June 14.

Rohr described the fixture as “good news for myself and the entire team” and said Gareth Southgate’s side were “very strong presently and… will give us a very good match”. Place bet on today’s matches on NaijaBet.com

“We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley,” he added.

England on Wednesday also announced a second warm-up game against Costa Rica on June 7 and Southgate said both matches would help his players adapt to different styles of play. Continue reading “Nigeria’s Rohr excited with England friendly”

Zidane sign new Real Madrid deal until 2020

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Wednesday confirmed that he has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the European champions until 2020.

“It’s signed,” said the French star after his side drew 2-2 with Numancia to progress to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey 5-2 on aggregate.

After a dream start at Real, with eight trophies out of a possible 10, Zidane has endured a tough season with his side 16 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race.

And the 45-year-old cautioned: “I’m enjoying what I do every day, because that’s the way it is. I can’t imagine myself as a coach in two, three years, because things are not like that. Naija and Bet

“I know how it goes, nothing more, even with this contract it does not change anything.”

On Wednesday, Real fielded an almost unrecognisable team and struggled into the Copa del Rey last-eight. Continue reading “Zidane sign new Real Madrid deal until 2020”

Carling Cup Match Preview : Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea will look to take advantage of home advantage in the first leg and seize the initiative in this League Cup semi final. The Blues haven’t beaten Arsenal in their last four encounters but haven’t lost at home to the Gunners since October 2011.

Arsene Wenger has only lost more games against Manchester United (26) than he has versus Chelsea (19) in his career and Arsenal are the underdogs in this semi final tie.

Arsenal have struggled for consistency on their travels this season, winning just three of 12 domestic away matches thus far. They were also eliminated from the FA Cup third round by Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Arsenal played well in patches in the 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea last week, but should really had lost that match after Alvaro Morata spurned three great goalscoring chances.

A trip to Stamford Bridge is always difficult and the objective for Arsenal will be to ensure they are still in the contest when they take the game back to the Emirates. Continue reading “Carling Cup Match Preview : Chelsea vs Arsenal”

Zidane hope for better Real squad

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended his players and dismissed talk of a crisis at the reigning Spanish and European champions after seeing them fall further behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Madrid ended an outstanding 2017 with a 3-0 defeat at home to their bitter rivals in the Clasico and their first La Liga outing of 2018 saw them draw 2-2 at Celta Vigo on Sunday.

That means they lie fourth in the table, 16 points behind Barca, the unbeaten leaders, as the halfway stage in the season approaches. They have a game in hand, but their hopes of a successful title defence already appear in tatters. Naija and Bet

“When things go wrong, I am not someone to throw two or three players into the shit. We are all in the same boat, all responsible, me the first as coach,” said the Frenchman as he refused to blame any individual members of his squad for their slump in form.

“We had two spectacular years and people should not forget that. I know the next game is the most important. We will not live in the past, but will not throw away what has been done either.” Continue reading “Zidane hope for better Real squad”

Aguero stoppage time goal helps City secure Bristol win

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp header secured a 2-1 victory over Bristol City in their League Cup semifinal first leg on Tuesday after the second-tier side had frustrated the Premier League leaders.

City, who have dished out a string of maulings in a stellar league campaign, found the Championship side a tough nut to crack and had to wait until the 92nd minute to grab the winner when Argentine substitute Aguero darted in to head home.

The visitors had opened the scoring with a penalty just before halftime after central defender John Stones had fouled Bobby Reid, who dispatched the spot kick with aplomb. Today’s latest odds on an NaijaBet

Kevin De Bruyne’s equaliser soon after the break turned the tide and City then laid siege to their opponents’ defence in the closing stages before Aguero’s goal gave them a vital advantage ahead of the return leg in two weeks’ time.

With Manchester City unbeaten domestically all season and streaking clear in the Premier League it was hard to imagine them facing much of a test at home to Lee Johnson’s side, who are 14 points off the pace in the second division. Continue reading “Aguero stoppage time goal helps City secure Bristol win”