Neymar might end up in prison over Barca move – Spanish magistrate

A Spanish magistrate leading an investigation into alleged irregularities in Neymar’s move to Barcelona in 2013 said on Wednesday the Brazilian superstar could face up to six years in prison.

“The term imposed, in principle, could be between four and six years,” said a decree issued by judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia, a copy of which was seen by AFP.

Neymar, his parents, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell are all awaiting trial over alleged corruption concerning Neymar’s move to the Spanish La Liga giants in 2013.

The Brazilian international forward is now with Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Ligue 1.

The case, which follows a complaint by DIS, a Brazilian group which part-owned the rights to Neymar, surrounds allegations of “corruption” and “fraud” in the player’s move to Barcelona. Bet Now

Neymar moved to the Spanish La Liga giants in May 2013 for a reported fee of 57.1m euros. Although no financial details of the deal were revealed by either Barcelona or his Brazilian club FC Santos, Neymar’s parents were said to have received receive 40m euros and FC Santos 17.1m. Continue reading “Neymar might end up in prison over Barca move – Spanish magistrate”

Rooney urges Man United falling stars to show respect

Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United’s underachieving stars to show more respect for their troubled club.

United are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League and have made a slow start to their Champions League campaign.

Sunday’s 2-1 win over Everton did little to lift the gloom around Old Trafford, with United manager Jose Mourinho under scrutiny following a spluttering run which has seen key players fail to produce consistent performances. Live Bet

Mourinho has clashed with United stars including Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial.

And Rooney, who became United’s record goalscorer before leaving in 2017, believes it is down to the team’s highly paid stars to play with more pride and passion regardless of their issues with Mourinho. Continue reading “Rooney urges Man United falling stars to show respect”

Petr Cech will start against Blackpool in League Cup

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will start Wednesday’s League Cup tie against Blackpool after overcoming a hamstring injury, manager Unai Emery has confirmed.

The 36-year-old Cech had kept close-season signing Bernd Leno out of the first team at the start of the campaign before he sustained the injury against Watford in September, but was on the bench for the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend.

“We are looking for the confidence in each goalkeeper, but now at the moment, Cech will start the Blackpool match after coming back from his injury,” Emery said. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Emery said he was likely to make a number of changes for the fourth-round clash against the third tier side at the Emirates Stadium. Continue reading “Petr Cech will start against Blackpool in League Cup”

Mikel Obi out of Afcon qualifier clash against South Africa

Nigeria has again left out captain Mikel John Obi from next month’s crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa after they named a 23-man squad.

China-based Mikel Obi, who made his Nigeria debut in 2005, has not played for the country since he captained the team to the World Cup in Russia in June.

Officials have said the former Chelsea star was previously left out of the squad to allow him time to recover from niggling injuries.

But he has since fully recovered and is now playing regularly for his Chinese club, Tianjin Teda.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has recalled Sporting Charleroi striker Victor Osimhen and midfielder Mikel Agu, who is based in Portugal.

Villarreal young forward Samuel Chukwueze has been handed his first call-up. Continue reading “Mikel Obi out of Afcon qualifier clash against South Africa”

Former Leicester manager, Ranieri ‘shaken’ by death of the club’s Thai boss

Claudio Ranieri revealed on Monday he had been “terribly shaken” by the death of Leicester City boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Ranieri, 66, was hired by Vichai in 2015 and led Leicester to their historic Premier League title success the following year.

Billionaire Vichai, 60, died along with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a car park outside the King Power stadium shortly after his side’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.

“I was terribly shaken by the news,” Ranieri said in his first public reaction since the tragedy.

“He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see. He came into the locker room only to dispense kind words, never to reproach you.

“One time soon after my birthday, he arrived in the locker room with a huge cake and made everyone sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

“He was an illuminated man and everything he touched became better.” Continue reading “Former Leicester manager, Ranieri ‘shaken’ by death of the club’s Thai boss”

Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Manchester City

Tottenham’s hopes of progressing to the next round of the Champions League hang in the balance after they were held to a 2-2 draw with PSV in midweek. In the Premier League, they have won seven of nine games and are enjoying their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.

Manchester City top the table having too won seven of nine league matches so far, but are one of three teams yet to lose. Confidence will be high for Pep Guardiola’s side after their comfortable 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.

Like with Spurs, the fixtures are starting to pile up for City, but with an extra day’s rest, they should capitalise with a repeat of last season’s 3-1 win at Wembley on the cards.

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Tottenham- Jan Vertonghen is our until December with a hamstring issue, while Vincent Janssen is a long-term absentee for the home side.

Dele Alli and Danny Rose are closing in on a return to fitness, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll feature here.

Mauricio Pochettino could rotate as Spurs gear up to play two games in the space of three days, however, will likely save his fringe players for the Carabao Cup meeting with West Ham in midweek. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Manchester City”

Ronaldo shines as Juventus sinks Empoli

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice, including a thunderous 25-yard drive, as Italian champions Juventus surged seven points clear in Serie A on Saturday following a battling 2-1 victory at Empoli.

Empoli, without a win since the opening weekend of the season, grabbed a 28th-minute lead at the Stadio Carlo Castellani as Francesco Caputo curled home following a lung-busting run by Afriyie Acquah.

But Juventus turned to their €100-million man Ronaldo in the second half, as the Portugal forward equalised from the spot before blasting home a magnificent second to secure a ninth win in 10 Serie A matches for Massimiliano Allegri’s team.

“It was a very complicated game. We knew it would be difficult, especially after a Champions League tie and we were a bit tired,” Ronaldo said.

“We stayed in the game, increased our possession, created more chances after the break and in the end deserved the victory. Bet Now

“I don’t remember the goal very well, I’ll have to watch it again! It all happened very quickly, but I felt confident and I went for the goal.”

After Caputo’s opener, the hosts appealed for a penalty when Miha Zajc’s shot glanced the arm of Leonardo Bonucci as he attempted to charge down the attempt, but the referee opted against punishing the Italy defender after reviewing the incident on video. Continue reading “Ronaldo shines as Juventus sinks Empoli”

Ramos says players are in the dark about the future of Lopetegui

Sergio Ramos insists Real Madrid’s players have been told nothing about a change of coach after their 5-1 defeat to Barcelona on Sunday left Julen Lopetegui on the brink of the sack.

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Madrid were ripped apart at Camp Nou and familiar failings in defence were exposed again.

Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal scored either side of Suarez’s treble while a Marcelo goal briefly threatened a comeback early in the second half.

The European champions have now managed only one victory from their last six matches and reports in the Spanish press on Sunday night indicated Lopetegui could be removed as soon as Monday, with Antonio Conte ready to take charge.

“We have to wait, they have not told us anything,” Ramos said after the match. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“These are decisions not made by us so we have to keep a cool head, look at ourselves and try to change things to get better results.

“We will see what happens in the coming hours and tomorrow but the players are always with the coach to the death.” Continue reading “Ramos says players are in the dark about the future of Lopetegui”

SerieA Match Preview: Empoli vs Juventus

Empoli are without a win in eight games but did at least draw with relegation rivals Frosinone last time out.

Juventus have started the season with 11 wins from 12, drawing to Genoa last weekend.

Juventus were fantastic away to Manchester United in midweek and will be full of confidence on Saturday.

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Empoli- Luca Antonelli and Manuel Pasqual will keep rotating at left-back, with the latter expected to sit out here. Bet Now 

Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli is contemplating two systems: a 4-3-1-2 with Antonino La Gumina up front or a 4-3-2-1 with Rade Krunic pushed forward. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Empoli vs Juventus”

Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Cardiff

Jurgen Klopp will hope Liverpool have rediscovered their best form after beating FK Crvena Zvezda 4-0 on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the league this season and have a good chance to take the outright lead in the Premier League with Manchester City playing away to Tottenham on Monday night.

Cardiff climbed out of the bottom three last weekend after picking up their first win of the season, a hugely impressive 4-2 victory over Fulham.

This is the first meeting between the two teams since March 2014 when Liverpool ran out 6-3 winners, featuring a Luis Suarez hat-trick. Liverpool has not conceded a home league goal this season and that is unlikely to change here. Start forecasting your weekend games Now

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Liverpool- Jordan Henderson will miss out once again for Liverpool, while Naby Keita remains a doubt after missing Wednesday’s Champions League action.

Fabinho excelled in their absence on his first big game and looks primed to cement a place in midfield on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Cardiff”


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Tsitsipas sets up Medvedev clash; Federer winning powers on

Roger Federer won his 17th consecutive match at the Swiss Indoors on Thursday, dispatching Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals.

The top seed, unbeaten in Basle since 2013, is an eight-time winner of his home event and will next play Frenchman Gilles Simon, who defeated Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/0).

Federer admitted he was not satisfied with his slow start, going down a break in the third game.

“I didn’t really get into the game. It’s been a long time since I’ve played a match a match without being broken.

“I have to improve in the next round.”

The 37-year-old, ranked third in the world, trailed to the early break but soon recovered for 3-all in the opening set.

He then broke for 5-3 before closing out the opener in 27 minutes.

The second set stayed on serve until a fifth double-fault from Struff, which opened the door for Federer to move 6-5 ahead.

Continue reading “Tsitsipas sets up Medvedev clash; Federer winning powers on”

Guardiola ready to manage Man City for life

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola says it would be impossible for him to ever coach another team in England and says he is now a Mancunian for life.

Guardiola, who led City to the Premier League title last season with a record points tally of 100, signed a contract extension with the champions earlier this year that will take him to the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

One of the most successful managers in world football, Guardiola has been known to keep his coaching stints brief, spending four years at Barcelona and three at Bayern Munich.

However, even if he ended his stay at City after five years in 2021, he said he could not envisage one day managing a Premier League rival.

“I will be Mancunian for rest of my life. I will (always) be a Manchester City fan, it would not be possible to train another team in England like Manchester City,” Guardiola said in an interview. Start forecasting your weekend games Now

“I feel beloved from the people here… I want to make a better club to make them believe we are strong enough to do better things.” Continue reading “Guardiola ready to manage Man City for life”

Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs BATE Borisov

Chelsea are unbeaten in all competitions this season but required a stoppage-time equaliser at home to Manchester United on Saturday to preserve that run.

Maurizio Sarri’s side has won their first two Europa League games, albeit both by 1-0 scorelines.

BATE Borisov followed up their 2-0 win over Vidi FC with a 4-1 defeat against PAOK.

Chelsea has not lost a European group game at Stamford Bridge since September 2013, unbeaten in 12 matches since then. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

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Chelsea- Eden Hazard had a back injury against Manchester United on Saturday and is ruled out on Thursday. Youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Isaiah Brown and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also sidelined. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs BATE Borisov”

Europa League Match Preview: Sporting CP vs Arsenal

Sporting has only failed to win three of their first 11 matches in all competitions this season but two of those have fallen in their last five.

The Portuguese giants have a 100 per cent win record at home this season (5/5) and have only conceded two goals.

Arsenal has won 10 matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2007.

Unai Emery’s side has momentum but this will be their toughest test during that period.

Team News

Sporting CP- Sporting has injury concerns involving a number of key players ahead of Thursday’s tough Europa League contest with Arsenal.

Jeremy Mathieu has missed Sporting’s last five matches but reported for first-team training at the start of the week, suggesting he will be ready for Thursday. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Sporting CP vs Arsenal”

Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Lazio

Marseille have won their last two matches without conceding. They are yet to win in the Europa League this season (D1, L1).

Lazio has also won their last two matches without conceding. They slipped to a shock 4-1 defeat at Frankfurt last time out in the Europa League.

This is the first competitive meeting between the two teams since 2000, when Lazio triumphed 5-1 courtesy of four goals from current Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi.

Team News

Marseille- Luiz Gustavo and Lucas Ocampos were both suspended against Nice at the weekend and could get some playing time here as a result. Rolando and Clinton N’Jie are the only injury concerns for Marseille. Naija and Bet

Lazio- Riza Durmisi is the only player expected to miss out for Lazio when they face Marseille on Thursday. Jordan Lukaku is yet to feature this season but is an option at left wing-back. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Lazio”

Europa League Match Preview: RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Celtic

RB Leipzig are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions (W4,D2).

Celtic have won four of their last five in all competitions, but lost in the Europa League during that run.

RB Leipzig has kept successive clean sheets at home and are expected to beat Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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RasenBallsport Leipzig- RB Leipzig has a clean bill of health ahead of Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Celtic.

20-year-old Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha has started RB Leipzig’s first two Europa League group games and is expected to lead the line again here.

Celtic- James Forrest is suspended after being sent off in Celtic’s 3-1 defeat away to Salzburg last time out in the Europa League. Bet Now

Scott Brown was forced off midway through the first half of Celtic’s 4-2 win over Hibernian on Saturday and is unlikely to feature here as a result. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Celtic”

Messi less Barca shine, Dortmund sinks Atletico Madrid

Barcelona overcame the absence of an injured Lionel Messi to defeat Inter Milan 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Borussia Dortmund signalled their intent with a 4-0 demolition of Atletico Madrid.

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool strolled past Red Star Belgrade, but Paris Saint-Germain needed a superb stoppage-time equaliser from Angel Di Maria to rescue a point at home to Napoli.

Barca collected a third win from three Group B outings as Rafinha, filling in for Messi after the Argentine star fractured his arm at the weekend, volleyed in the opener on 32 minutes at Camp Nou.

Philippe Coutinho rattled the crossbar in the second half before Jordi Alba sealed the points seven minutes from time to leave Barca on the brink of a spot in the last 16. Place bet on today’s Europa League Matches on NaijaBet

“We needed to step up given the absence of Leo,” Ernesto Valverde said. “It was in the head of us all.”

“We have a certain style, then Messi gives us a touch of brilliance that is extraordinary. When he is not there we have to supply it in some other way,” he added. Continue reading “Messi less Barca shine, Dortmund sinks Atletico Madrid”

Champions League Match Preview: Barcelona vs Inter Milan

Barcelona are in the middle of an incredibly tough run of fixtures. They have already faced Tottenham, Valencia and Sevilla and now host Inter before playing Real Madrid at the weekend.

They will be without star man Lionel Messi for both matches after the Argentine broke his arm at the weekend.

Inter have won seven matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since January 2017 but look set to be without Radja Nainggolan, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic on Wednesday night.

Losing all three would be a huge blow to their chances of getting a positive result at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona has won all three of their home matches against Inter without conceding. The outcome of this match could well depend on what XI Inter are able to field.

Team News

Barcelona- Lionel Messi fractured his arm against Sevilla at the weekend and will miss out for Barcelona on Wednesday. Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele could flank Suarez here as a result. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Barcelona vs Inter Milan”

UCL Match Preview: Paris Saint Germain vs Napoli

Paris Saint-Germain has won six matches in a row in all competitions and has scored at least five goals in each of their last three outings.

Napoli has won three in a row since losing 3-1 to Juventus at the end of September and have not conceded a goal in that time.

Thomas Tuchel is now the PSG manager tasked with taking them to Champions League glory. Tuchel and Ancelotti have faced each other four times in the past, both winning two matches each.

Team News

Paris Saint Germain –Gianluigi Buffon is free to make his Champions League debut for Paris Saint-Germain after completing a two-match ban.

Neymar and Thomas Meunier were given the weekend off and will start against Napoli on Wednesday night. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Paris Saint Germain vs Napoli”

UCL Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Atletico Madrid

A fourth successive league win sees Borussia Dortmund sit at the top of the Bundesliga and they’ll look to maintain their good European form in the welcome of Atletico Madrid.

Level on points with their Spanish counterparts, they’ll need to make home advantage count before their trip to Madrid next month.

After a slight hiccup at the start of the season, Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last eight. However, they have won only two of their last six away matches, but are unbeaten in their last six Champions League outings.

We can expect to see a vintage resolute Atletico Madrid showing here, but the hosts should have enough to secure all three points. Various betting options are available on site

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Borussia Dortmund- Jeremy Toljan and Marcel Schmelzer will both be assessed ahead of the welcome of Atletico Madrid, with Raphael Guerreiro in line to make his first Champions League start of the season.

Manuel Akanji is sidelined for the home side, which means Dan-Axel Zagadou should get the nod ahead of Omer Toprak to start in defence. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Atletico Madrid”

Goals will come back for Lukaku – Mourinho

Romelu Lukaku extended his scoring drought to eight games as Manchester United lost to Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday but while manager Jose Mourinho admits the Belgian is not firing on all cylinders he is confident the goals will come.

Mourinho said the 25-year-old is struggling with all aspects of his game but could not fault his effort.

“Not just with the goals he is not scoring but also in his confidence, in his movement, his touch,” Mourinho told reporters after the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

“He is not linking the game well with the team.

“But he is our striker and he is a good striker we believe in. Continue reading “Goals will come back for Lukaku – Mourinho”

Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Juventus

Manchester United have only won one of their last six in all competitions, drawing four times in that span.

Juventus’ perfect start to the season came to an end at the weekend after only managing a 1-1 draw with Genoa.

This is the first meeting between the two sides since 2003, when United won 3-0 away to Juventus.

Overall, both sides have won five matches each against other. Expect a hard fought match.

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Manchester United- Jose Mourinho would have taken huge positives from Manchester United’s 2-2 draw away to Chelsea on Saturday despite conceding a dramatic late equaliser. Various betting options are available on site 

Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out by Jose Mourinho, while Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard were all absent from training on Monday. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Juventus”

Messi injury will give Dembele chance to prove their worth at Barca

Barcelona’s lowest ebbs are invariably followed by questions about Lionel Messi but the issue of over-reliance may become clearer over the coming weeks.

The sight of Messi on the ground, grasping his right arm, during Barca’s win over Sevilla on Saturday prompted reactions inside Camp Nou normally reserved for the conceding of goals.

Hands behind heads, fingers over mouths, the concern became real shortly after the final whistle when the club confirmed Messi had fractured his radial bone.

His absence leaves Barca vulnerable when they need him most, for a run of fixtures that includes Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Clasico against Real Madrid on Sunday, before a return match against Inter in Italy at the start of next month.

If he takes longer than expected to recover, he could miss tricky games against Real Betis and Atletico Madrid in La Liga too. Place bet on LIVE EVENTS 24/7 on NaijaBet

Barcelona has grown used to accusations of dependence, not least when results have taken a turn for the worse.

When Ernesto Valverde left Messi on the bench for the 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao last month, the argument was given added weight by him coming on and making the assist for their equaliser.

“This is Barcelona,” Messi afterwards. “We have a strong team and we have enough not to have to depend on one player.” Continue reading “Messi injury will give Dembele chance to prove their worth at Barca”

UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen

Real Madrid are in crisis. The reigning European champions are winless in five matches and have lost four times in that span, including each of the last three.

Julen Lopetegui’s side has staggeringly only scored once in that time and the Spaniard is on the verge of being sacked.

Viktoria Plzen were thrashed 5-0 by Roma in their last Champions League outing and should represent the perfect opponent for Lopetegui to get a much-needed win.

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Real Madrid- Julen Lopetegui is on the verge of being sacked as Real Madrid head coach after losing for the third game in a row this weekend. Bet Now

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos were on the bench against Levante on Saturday and will start here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen”