Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Leicester

Both sides were involved in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals in midweek but only Chelsea progressed to the next round.

Chelsea are unbeaten in home league matches this season and have kept a clean sheet in their last five at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester are winless in their last four in all competitions and haven’t scored more than once in an away match since September.

Team News

Chelsea- Victor Moses, Gary Cahill and Alvaro Morata are all doubts for Chelsea, though none were expected to start. Place Bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

David Luiz, Marcos Alonso Pedro, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard did not start Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth and will return to the XI here.

Maurizio Sarri has to decide whether to play Hazard through the middle or start Giroud up front. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Leicester”

Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Burnley

Arsenal has suffered successive defeats in all competitions after falling up last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Southampton with a 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Burnley have only won one of their last 10 Premier League matches and they start the weekend in the bottom three on goal difference. The Clarets have lost four of their last five away league games.

Team News

Arsenal– Sokratis missed last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Southampton through suspension and will return here. Shkodran Mustafi has also served his suspension but is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin failed to recover from injury in time to feature in the midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham and remain doubts here. Granit Xhaka may be required as a third centre-back.

Mesut Ozil could leave Arsenal next month after Unai Emery’s latest snub and may have to settle for a place on the bench on Saturday. Bet Now

Burnley– Aaron Lennon has undergone knee surgery and is now out for a long period of time. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Burnley”

Hazard can be Chelsea’s all-time great player – Zola

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has urged Eden Hazard to reject a potential offer from Real Madrid and focus on becoming the Blues’ all-time greatest player.

Hazard has been strongly linked with Real for several months after the Belgium star refused to rule out a move to the Bernabeu and admitted playing for the Spanish giants would be a dream come true.

The 27-year-old’s current contract with Chelsea expires in June 2020 and he is yet to agree to an extension as he weighs up his future.

Chelsea have reportedly offered to make Hazard the highest paid player in the club’s history in a bid to keep him.

But, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Leicester, Zola made a persuasive argument that was aimed to appeal to Hazard’s ego rather than his bank balance. Various betting Options are available on site for today’s games

Zola was voted the best player in Chelsea’s history in 2003 after serving the club with distinction as a gifted playmaker with similar skills to Hazard.

The Italian, now back at Chelsea working for boss Maurizio Sarri, believes Hazard is capable of stealing that cherished title from him if he stays at Stamford Bridge. Continue reading “Hazard can be Chelsea’s all-time great player – Zola”

Premier League Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool

Wolves look to have found their groove again after three successive wins following a six-match winless run. On home turf, they aren’t to be underestimated having beaten Chelsea and Molineux and held Manchester City in front of their own fans this season.

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester United last time out and they remain the only unbeaten side in the league this season. The Reds have kept a clean sheet in their last three visits to Molineux, though this’ll be the first clash between the pair in the Midlands since 2012.

The Reds will be confident of spending Christmas day at the top of the table and should come away with another vital three points in Friday’s match.

Team News

Wolverhampton Wanderers- Diogo Jota is ruled out for the home side, so Helder Costa could start alongside Raul Jimenez in the attack.

Jonny made his return from injury in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth last week and looks likely to keep his spot on the left after coming through the full 90 minutes unscathed. Latest odd are available on site for this weekend games

Morgan Gibbs-White has impressed of late and is set to feature behind the front pair in a 3-4-1-2 setup. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool”

Tottemham to face Chelsea in EFLCup semis

Tottenham Hotspur must overcome another London rival to reach the League Cup final after being drawn against Chelsea in the last four on Wednesday, while third tier Burton Albion will take on holders Manchester City.

Tottenham, who beat fierce local foes Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to reach the semis, have also played London clubs Watford and West Ham in this year’s competition.

“A very difficult draw, another London derby,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

“We shall see, Chelsea are a great team but we are excited. To be in the semifinal is fantastic for us.” Bet Now

Chelsea booked their spot in the last four with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth thanks to Eden Hazard’s deflected winner. Continue reading “Tottemham to face Chelsea in EFLCup semis”

I am ‘proud’ of my career at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday he is “immensely proud” of his time at Manchester United but refused to delve into the issues that played a part in his Old Trafford exit.

Club bosses sacked the Portuguese manager on Tuesday following a 3-1 defeat at Anfield that left the 20-time champions an embarrassing 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after just 17 matches.

Former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was announced as Mourinho’s temporary replacement on Wednesday as the club begins its search for a permanent replacement.

Mourinho lifted the Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield in his first year at the club before finishing runners-up in both the league and FA Cup, but things have unravelled since the start of his third campaign at the helm.

The United boss has made his frustrations about players and some of the club’s decisions clear over recent months but kept his feelings on such matters to himself in a statement released the day after his sacking. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day I arrived, and I believe all United supporters recognise this,” Mourinho said in a statement released to Britain’s Press Association. Continue reading “I am ‘proud’ of my career at Manchester United”

EFLCup Match Preview: Arsenal vs Tottenham

Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run came to an end at Southampton on Sunday, with the Gunners falling to a 3-2 loss on the south coast. Having already overcome Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium this month, they’ll be confident of doing so again in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash.

Following that 4-2 loss at Arsenal, Spurs have won their last three league games and successfully secured their spot in the next round of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona and they’ll be looking to progress to the next round of a second cup competition in the space of a week in north London.

Mauricio Pochettino will hope to maintain the club’s unbeaten run and in their desperate hope for silverware, will be looking to secure their semi-final spot at Arsenal’s expense. However, Unai Emery has proven himself to be an astute cup manager in the past and we could see a second classic encounter between these two in the space of a couple of weeks that may go all the way at the Emirates.

Team News

Arsenal- Hector Bellerin sustained a knock in the 3-2 loss at Southampton on Sunday and could miss out, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac will be assessed. Bet Now 

Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith-Rowe are all ruled out, however. Continue reading “EFLCup Match Preview: Arsenal vs Tottenham”

Gunnar Solskjaer to take charge as United caretaker manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on Wednesday named as Manchester United’s caretaker manager until the end of the current season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The former United striker will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and will remain in place while the club looks for a new full-time manager.

Mourinho was axed on Tuesday after just two-and-half years in charge at Old Trafford, with the 20-times English champions languishing in sixth place in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Solskjaer, 45, will be joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, working alongside Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.

“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club,” said the Norwegian. Various betting options are available on Site for today’s games

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles. Continue reading “Gunnar Solskjaer to take charge as United caretaker manager”

EFL Cup Match Preview: Chelsea vs Bournemouth

 

Chelsea are unbeaten at Stamford Bridge this season and have already beaten Bournemouth on home soil.

Bournemouth has lost six of their last seven matches and their last away win was back in October.

Chelsea has kept clean sheets in their last four home matches in all competitions. They are favourites to advance here.

Team News

Chelsea- Victor Moses, Gary Cahill, Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard are all injury concerns for Chelsea ahead of Wednesday’s League Cup clash With Bournemouth. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7

Maurizio Sarri should name a similar XI to the teams he sets out in the Europa League. Ethan Ampadu will hope to start if Cahill fails to recover from injury in time. Continue reading “EFL Cup Match Preview: Chelsea vs Bournemouth”

Still in the business of Breaking Record,Messi claims 5th Golden Shoe

Lionel Messi collected a record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for finishing last season as the top goalscorer in Europe.

The striker scored 34 goals in 68 games for Barcelona, putting him ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award four times, hit 26 goals in 52 matches for Real Madrid.

After being presented with his latest prize in Barcelona, Messi said: “The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started. I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much.

“I enjoy the work, the effort, I’m at the best team in the world and play with the best teammates in the world, so everything is easier.”

The ceremony was attended by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, as well as fellow players like Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto. Continue reading “Still in the business of Breaking Record,Messi claims 5th Golden Shoe”

Man City will not sacrifice EFL Cup for Premier League title race – Pep

Holders Manchester City will take Tuesday’s League Cup quarterfinal with Leicester City seriously, says manager Pep Guardiola, even though they are in a tight duel with Liverpool for the Premier League title.

Guardiola – whose Premier League champions trail Liverpool by a point – says it is only by winning trophies the club can get better, even if the League Cup is viewed as the third most important domestic trophy in English football.

The 47-year-old Spaniard concedes Liverpool may benefit from no longer being involved in the League Cup – their next match is against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday – and if City progress they will face a two-legged semi-final in January.

“We could say yes,” said Guardiola, answering a question at his press conference over whether Liverpool had an advantage in having a lighter fixture list.

“But I’d prefer to be in the League Cup than not. Place bet on live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

“I cannot imagine going into a game thinking, ‘Oh, it will be better to lose because then we’ll have more time to rest’. I have never thought in that way. Continue reading “Man City will not sacrifice EFL Cup for Premier League title race – Pep”

PL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Liverpool replaced Manchester City at the top of the Premier League last weekend but could well be back down to second by the time they host Manchester United on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be full of confidence after booking their name in the knockout phase of the Champions League in midweek.

United supporters must be watching Liverpool’s season with envy. Things have largely been poor under Jose Mourinho this season and they head to Anfield 16 points behind Liverpool. United are unbeaten in their last five matches against Liverpool, though four have been draws.

Liverpool haven’t won a Premier League game at home to United since September 2013 but it’s hard to look beyond a Liverpool win on Sunday. Klopp’s side are superior in almost every department and should really have a field day up against United’s leaky defence.

Team News

Liverpool- Liverpool won their crucial Champions League group game in midweek but it came at a cost. Joel Matip is now out for six weeks and Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to miss out for a few weeks.

Nathaniel Clyne did return to training on Thursday but James Milner could get the nod at right-back for the second game in succession. Bet Now

Naby Keita and Fabinho did not start against Napoli but only the former may come into consideration for a starting berth against Manchester United. Continue reading “PL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester United”

SerieA Match Preview: Torino vs Juventus

Torino are unbeaten in their last three games and they head into the weekend’s action only four points off fourth place.

Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Young Boys in the Champions League in midweek but still managed to secure top spot as Manchester United also lost. Max Allegri will demand a response from his players.

Torino can be happy with their season so far but they will need to be even better if they are to get a positive result against Juventus. The Old Lady have only dropped points in the league once this season and should return to winning ways here.

Team News- Torino- Cristian Ansaldi is finally back at full fitness and might keep Ola Aina on the bench.

Daniele Baselli is reportedly a doubt, which means Roberto Soriano could start instead. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

Former Juventus duo Simone Zaza and Tomas Rincon will have to settle for places on the bench. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Torino vs Juventus”

Aguero, De Bruyne close to Man City return – Guardiola

Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are both on the verge of a return to action for Manchester City as a busy December programme gathers pace, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.

Aguero, City’s leading scorer, has missed their past four matches with a groin problem but has been able to train without discomfort and could face Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Belgium midfielder De Bruyne suffered ligament damage to his right knee in August and although he returned in October, he then injured his left knee during the League Cup win over Fulham on November 1.

He too has resumed full training and Guardiola will assess both players in the hope that his lengthy casualty list might be about to ease.

The City boss said he was down to 15 fit senior players for Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Hoffenheim, and remains without a significant chunk of his squad. Bet Now

Playmaker David Silva, full-back Benjamin Mendy and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo are longer-term absentees, while defenders John Stones and Danilo, plus midfielder Fernandinho, will have late fitness checks before Guardiola makes a decision on whether to include them. Continue reading “Aguero, De Bruyne close to Man City return – Guardiola”

Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Everton

Manchester City lost top spot in the Premier League last weekend following a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea and they will aim to recapture first here before Liverpool host Manchester United on Sunday.

City has a 100 per cent record in their eight home league matches this season and have scored 30 goals and conceded just five in that time.

Everton has only won one of their last five league matches and have dropped down to seventh in the league, two points behind United. Marco Silva’s side has only won one of their opening seven away league matches this season, though they have travelled to United, Chelsea and Liverpool in their last three matches away from Goodison Park.

For all of Everton’s struggles on the road this term they have never conceded more than twice in a single match and have already drawn at Stamford Bridge and Anfield in recent weeks. This fixture has been drawn on three of the last four occasions but City are favourites despite a depleted squad at the moment.

Team News

Manchester City- John Stones is expected to miss out against his former club after being forced off against Hoffenheim with a knee injury. Vincent Kompany or Nicolas Otamendi will deputise. Bet Now

David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne are still sidelined for Manchester City leaving Pep Guardiola short of options in central midfield. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Everton”

Liverpool face Man United test, City look to get back into winning

Jose Mourinho faces a quandary as he prepares Manchester United for a trip to Premier League leaders Liverpool while Manchester City will be keen to show that last week’s Chelsea defeat was just a blip.

United have an impressive recent record against Liverpool, unbeaten in eight league games, but away fans will travel with a sense of trepidation to Anfield.

Unai Emery takes his Arsenal side, unbeaten in 21 matches in all competitions, to face struggling Southampton while Chelsea also travels to the south coast to take on Brighton.

Manchester City host seventh-placed Everton while Tottenham, fresh from reaching the Champions League knockout phase, face Burnley at Wembley.

These are some of the main talking points ahead of the weekend fixtures in the Premier League. Start forecasting your weekend games now

Jose Mourinho came under fire last year for failing to attack Liverpool’s then leaky defence, settling for a 0-0 draw that cost his side momentum after a fine start to the season. Continue reading “Liverpool face Man United test, City look to get back into winning”

Europa League Match Preview: Vidi FC vs Chelsea

Chelsea has won their opening five group games by an aggregate scoreline of 10-1. They have already secured top spot heading into the final match.

Vidi FC are currently third in Group L and in order to join Chelsea through to the knockout stage of the competition they will need to better BATE Borisov’s result on Tonight.

Defeat to Chelsea eliminates Vidi FC and that should be expected even if Chelsea take their foot off the gas.

Team News

Vidi FC- Vidi FC will go with their strongest XI available as they still have a chance to join Chelsea through to the next round.

The home side have four players one booking away from missing their next Europa League match but risks have to be taken on Thursday. Place bet on LIVE Matches 24/7 online

Chelsea- Chelsea are already through to the next round and have secured top spot in Group L. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Vidi FC vs Chelsea”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Qarabag FK

Arsenal will top Group E regardless of what happens on Thursday due to their superior head-to-head record over Sporting. The Gunners haven’t lost at home since August.

Qarabag has scored 11 goals in their last two matches but have lost four of their first five Europa League group games.

Team News

Arsenal- Laurent Koscielny is in contention to make his first Arsenal appearance of the season after recovering from a long-term injury in the last few weeks.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have both resumed full training and will be part of Arsenal’s matchday squad, though it remains to be seen whether they will start. Bet Now 

Nacho Monreal made his comeback from a two-month injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield and he will continue to build his match fitness on Thursday, although potentially as a substitute. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Qarabag FK”

Mourinho disappointed by fringe players after Valencia defeat

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has demanded more from his fringe players after he was forced to bring on regular starters in an attempt to stage a late rally in the 2-1 Champions League defeat at Valencia on Wednesday.

United went into the final Group H match having already qualified for the last 16 of the competition, a luxury that allowed Mourinho to rotate his squad, but the manager found little comfort in a performance that lacked energy and drives.

“I expect more from my players,” Mourinho, who made eight changes to the side that beat Fulham 4-1 in the league last weekend, told reporters.

“Especially players that week in, week out, they ask why they don’t play, why they don’t start… it was a good match to play, without any kind of pressure, in a competition that everyone likes to play in.”

Paul Pogba returned to the starting side after being benched for the last two Premier League games but the French international midfielder failed to seize his opportunity. Various Betting options are available on site for today’s Europa League games

United then introduced striker Marcus Rashford, and midfielders Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young as they chased the game after falling 2-0 behind. Continue reading “Mourinho disappointed by fringe players after Valencia defeat”

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UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Manchester United

Manchester United scored a dramatic late winner against Young Boys last time out in the Champions League to secure a top-two finish. Jose Mourinho’s side can still finish top but that would require Young Boys beating Juventus to have any chance of leapfrogging the Old Lady.

Valencia cannot improve on a third-place finish and are also four point clear of bottom side Young Boys. They held United to a draw at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture and will hope to do at least the same here against an experimental United XI.

Valencia have only lost twice at home all season, though there have been five 1-1 draws in 11 games.

Team News

Valencia- Jose Gaya is suspended for Valencia, while Daniel Parejo, Carlos Soler and Geoffrey Kondogbia are one booking away from a one-match ban in the Champions League.

Gabriel Paulista was forced off with an injury in Valencia’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla at the weekend and is unlikely to feature against Manchester United on Wednesday. Live Bet are available on NaijaBet 24/7

Mouctar Diakhaby came off the bench to replace Gabriel and scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Los Che. He should start in Gabriel’s place in midweek. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Manchester United”

Inter Milan knocked out of UCL after being held by PSV

Inter Milan were knocked out of the Champions League after they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Group B’s bottom club PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday to finish third behind Tottenham Hotspur.

Inter would have qualified with a win but, on a fraught night at San Siro, finished level on eight points with Tottenham who squeezed through on their head-to-head record with the Italians after drawing 1-1 away to Barcelona.

PSV, with only one point from their first five games, took a shock lead in the 13th minute when Hirving Lozano headed home after Kwadwo Asamoah lost possession in defence.

The visitors then survived incessant Inter pressure until Mauro Icardi headed in from Matteo Politano’s cross in the 73rd minute.

Inter were twice close to snatching a win in stoppage time, first when Icardi had the ball taken off his toe by a brilliant last-ditch tackle and then when substitute Lautaro Martinez headed over Ivan Perisic’s cross from an unmarked position. Bet Now 

Inter made a whirlwind start and, after Perisic saw his header pushed onto the post by Jeroen Zoet, got a huge boost when Barca took an early lead in the other game. Continue reading “Inter Milan knocked out of UCL after being held by PSV”

UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Juventus

Young Boys cannot improve on a fourth-place finish in Group H no matter what happens on Wednesday. Juventus, meanwhile, only need to match Manchester United’s result against Valencia to secure top spot.

Juventus have won five games in a row without conceding since losing to United over a month ago.

Juventus have a 100 per cent record away from home in all competitions and have kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches on the road.

Team News

BSC Young Boys- Sekou Sanogo is suspended for Young Boys, while Loris Benito and Kevin Mbabu are one booking away from a one-match ban. Steve Von Bergen, Gregory Wüthrich and Jordan Lotomba are doubts for the home side. Bet Now 

Juventus– Alex Sandro has resumed training with a view to making Wednesday’s match against Young Boys. However, he is one booking away from a one-match ban in the Champions League and may not be risked unless required. Blaise Matuidi is in the same boat. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Juventus”

Pogba should lead by example against Valencia- Mourinho

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba must rediscover his best form and lead by example in Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Valencia, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Record signing Pogba, who has been on the bench for United’s last two Premier League games, is likely to start the final Group H encounter alongside fringe players as the side have already qualified for the last 16.

Since winning the World Cup with France earlier this year, Pogba has struggled to replicate that form at club level amid media speculation of a rift with the manager. Various options are available on site for today’s games

“I am looking for him (Pogba) to play well and to have a good impact in the game and in the team… a team with many players who don’t have many miles in their legs and some players who are not playing a lot,” Mourinho told reporters. Continue reading “Pogba should lead by example against Valencia- Mourinho”

UCL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Napoli

Liverpool sit three points behind Napoli in group C and need to win here to harbour any hopes of progression to the next round of the Champions League. Two points behind second-placed PSG, anything less than three points will see them settle for a Europa League spot.

Napoli needs only to avoid defeat to secure their place in the next round of the Champions League and come into this clash in the midst of a 12-match unbeaten run. They’ve won three of their last four away matches and won the reverse fixture courtesy of a late Lorenzo Insigne strike.

This promises to be a hugely entertaining encounter at Anfield, but it may be a bridge too far for Liverpool, with the absence of Joe Gomez a huge blow for the home side.

Team News

Liverpool- Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Joe Gomez are Jurgen Klopp’s only injury concerns ahead of the welcome of Napoli.

Joel Matip could again start alongside Virgil van Dijk here, though Dejan Lovren is an option to deputise for the injured Gomez. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

Klopp has a selection headache in midfield, with Fabinho and Naby Keita pushing for starts, though the Reds boss could continue with James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georgino Wijnaldum. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Napoli”