Liverpool could well be one point behind Manchester City by the time this match kicks off, but the Reds will be confident of moving back to the Premier League’s summit on Sunday.
Liverpool haven’t lost a league game at Anfield to Tottenham since 2011, where goals from Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric compounded the Merseyside outfit to a 2-0 loss.
Tottenham, though, have lost their last three away league games and are in the midst of a four-match winless run, losing three. They have lost ground in the race for a top four finish and need a positive result here in order to stave off Arsenal and Manchester United in fourth and fifth, respectively.
However, Liverpool have dropped points just twice at Anfield this season and are unbeaten in 36 home league matches and should continue that run with victory here.
Liverpool- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will give Trent Alexander-Arnold every opportunity to be fit in time for Sunday’s clash, with the right-back a doubt for the Reds.
Joe Gomez is back in training, but this game will come too soon for the youngster, so Joel Matip should continue alongside Virgil van Dijk in defence. Various Betting Options are available on NaijaBet
Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita will both be assessed ahead of kick off, but Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is expected to be miss out here as he steps up his recovery from a knee problem. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Tottenham”
Fulham are in the midst of a seven-match losing streak and their difficult run continues with the welcome of Manchester City. The meeting with the champions will be their fourth game against the Premier League’s Big Six in their last seven league matches, and fourth successive welcome of the top six.
Manchester City will look to move top of the table with a win over the Cottagers. They have won 10 of their last 11 league matches, though away from home, they have lost three of their last seven.
That being said, this should be a routine win for City at Craven Cottage.
Fulham- Scott Parker has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the welcome of Manchester City.
However, the Fulham boss remains without Alfie Mawson and Marcus Bettinelli here, while Andre Schurrle will be assessed ahead of this one.
Ryan Sessegnon could come into the side as Parker aims to correct a seven-match losing streak.
Manchester City- Manchester City boss has Pep Guardiola has a injury crisis at the back, with Aymeric Laporte his only fully fit centre-back coming into Saturday’s visit to Fulham.
Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph will all be assessed ahead of their trip to Craven Cottage. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Fulham vs Manchester City”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence through injury could give Moise Kean the chance to shine with Juventus after the teenager’s stunning breakthrough with Italy during the international break.
Ronaldo looks set to miss the champions’ next three Serie A games, against Empoli on Saturday, Cagliari on April 2, and AC Milan four days later after picking up a right thigh injury playing for Portugal.
The 34-year-old was rested by Juventus in their last Serie A game, after his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid sealed a place in the Champions League quarterfinals against Ajax.
And without the Portuguese star Massimiliano Allegri’s side suffered their first league defeat this season. 2-0 against Genoa.
Juventus are still closing in on an eighth consecutive Scudetto with a 15-point gap on second-placed Napoli. Start forecasting your weekend games Now
And Kean will be hoping to get a chance to showcase his talents for their first game at home against Empoli since their dramatic victory over Atletico in the Allianz Stadium. Continue reading “Ronaldo absence gives Kean chance to shine at Juventus”
When you try to think of the world’s wealthiest footballers, it’s natural to have your mind immediately flit to the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar or Cristiano Ronaldo – or perhaps simply a formidable player playing for a top-class European club.
Alexis Sanchez earns £350,000 per week at Old Trafford and is the highest-paid player in the Premier League, while Aaron Ramsey will be paid a handsome £400,000 per week at Juventus.
In reality, the world’s richest footballer just so happens to be 20-year-old Leicester reserve player Faiq Bolkiah. The nephew of the Sultan of Brunei, the enigmatic youngster is worth an estimated £15 billion ($20bn) – blowing Ronaldo’s estimated net worth of between £200m and £250m out of the water.
Bolkiah has been plying his trade with the Foxes academy, having first signed a three-year professional contract in March 2016. He has yet to make a first-team appearance with Leicester, however, and little is known about his involvement with the reserves set-up.
Regarded as a talented midfielder, Bolkiah – who was born in the Los Angeles and could have chosen to represent the U.S. national team but opted to play for Brunei – started his youth career at AFC Newbury. Start forecasting your weekend games Now
In 2009, he joined Southampton’s esteemed youth set-up and stayed there for four years before making the move to Arsenal after the Gunners offered him a trial in 2013. Continue reading “Meet the Latest World Richest Footballer, Not Messi & Not Ronaldo”
Manchester United’s confirmation of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their next permanent manager caps a remarkable rise over the past three months for the Norwegian.
Solskjaer was seen as a stop-gap option when recruited as a caretaker in December, with United scrambling for a solution following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
However, a United legend as a player, Solskjaer has re-energised the English giants, leading them to the Champions League quarterfinals with an incredible victory over free-spending Paris Saint-Germain and hauling the Red Devils back into the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
AFP Sports looks how Solskjaer has transformed United’s fortunes to win the job on a permanent basis.
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“To win games you need to pass it forward and run forward.” The basics under Solskjaer may seem simple but they contrast sharply with Mourinho’s conservative approach that left a host of expensively assembled stars paralysed by fear of making mistakes. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
The former striker spent more than a decade as a United player learning from Alex Ferguson and is trying to replicate the same aggressive, attacking approach ingrained in him by the Scot, who won 13 league titles in charge at Old Trafford. Continue reading “How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer transformed Man United’s fortunes”
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr hailed his side’s friendly victory over Africa Cup of Nations hosts and favorites Egypt, but admitted they still need to improve before the tournament starts in June.
A stunning goal by Paul Onuachu inside a minute proved to be the winner for Nigeria inside a packed Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
“This was not a good match, it was a great match for us against one of the top favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations,” Rohr told reporters after Tuesday’s game.
“We still have to improve, but we’re about 69-percent ready for the Africa Cup.” Various games for weekend matches are available on Site
Three-time African champions Nigeria will play two more friendlies to prepare for the event, which they last qualified for in 2013, when they lifted the title. Continue reading “Super Eagles ‘confident’ for Afcon after Egypt win”
Alvaro Morata’s remarkable revival continued on Tuesday as he scored twice for Spain in a 2-0 victory over Malta.
After edging past Norway 2-1 on Saturday, Morata’s double at the Ta’Qali stadium gives Spain two wins from two in Euro 2020 qualifying and the perfect start in Group F.
Luis Enrique‘s side again showed the inability to convert possession into chances that clouded their early exit from last year’s World Cup.
But Morata’s brace offers room for encouragement, the striker extending his return to form since he joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea in January.
He has five goals in six games, his best return since September 2017, and has strengthened his case for a position that has proved so troublesome for Spain in recent years. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
“The boss knows how happy I am to be here and I am grateful to him,” Morata said. “We want to qualify as soon as possible for the Euros so it was important to win today.” Continue reading “Morata two goals gave Spain victory over Malta”
Kylian Mbappe answered his critics with a sterling performance as France thrashed Iceland 4-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday, showing no signs of irritation this time to continue his meteoric rise.
The striker, whose nerves had been pointed out in the 4-1 win against Moldova last Friday, kept his cool throughout to find the back of the net after the break and set up Samuel Umtiti and Antoine Griezmann for the first and fourth goals.
In Chisinau, the Paris St Germain forward often sought individual solutions and was booked for diving, appearing less threatening than usual.
Coach Didier Deschamps, however, was never worried by a player who has now scored 12 and delivered seven assists in 30 games for France.
“There’s no problem with Kylian. He’s in the game like all the others. If you had been a football player you would understand,” Deschamps said at the Stade de France. Continue reading “Mbappe continues his rise as France down Iceland”
Cristiano Ronaldo does not think the injury which forced him out of Portugal’s match against Serbia on Monday is overly serious and he told reporters he expects to return to action in one or two weeks.
Ronaldo went off in the first half of the Euro 2020 qualifier with an apparent hamstring injury. The match ended 1-1.
“I’ll know more in 24 or 48 hours,” he told reporters.
“It happens, it’s football. If you go out in the rain you get wet … I’m calm, I’ll be back in one or two weeks.” Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
A long absence would be a blow to his club Juventus, who signed Ronaldo last year to boost their chances of winning the Champions League. Juventus travel to face Ajax Amsterdam in their quarterfinal first leg on 10 April with the return six days later. Continue reading “Cristiano Ronaldo expects to return in one or two weeks”
Germany coach Joachim Loew was lavished with praise on Monday morning after his team snatched a late win over the Netherlands in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday.
Loew has been under enormous pressure since Germany crashed out of the World Cup and suffered relegation in the Nations League last year.
In recent weeks, he has faced growing criticism for his decision to drop veteran stars Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng from the national team.
Yet after Sunday’s dramatic victory in Amsterdam, the 59-year-old appears to have got the German media back onside.
“Loew delivered in the first truly important game since the World Cup, and showed up everyone who said he is no longer the right man for the job,” wrote Bild on Monday. Place bet on Live Bet 24/7 on NaijaBet
“A victory for the coach!” read the headline in Kicker magazine.
“Loew has managed to unite this young team behind him,” he said. Continue reading “Euro2020: Loew trash Pressure after Netherlands win”
Poland made it two wins out of two at the start of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign after second-half goals by Robert Lewandowski and Kamil Glik gave them a 2-0 home win over Latvia in Group G on Sunday.
In the group’s other games, an Eran Zahavi hat-trick steered Israel to a 4-2 home win over Austria while Slovenia were held to a 1-1 home draw by fellow former Yugoslavs North Macedonia.
Poland, who beat Austria 1-0 away in their opening match, lead the way with six points from two games. Israel and North Macedonia have four each and Slovenia have two while Austria and Latvia are pointless.
Lewandowski hit the post with a deft shot in the first half and missed three other chances as Latvia keeper Pavels Steinbors pulled off a string of superb saves before he was finally undone by a pair of headers. Bet Now
Left-back Arkadiusz Reca produced a fine run and cross for Lewandowski to break the deadlock with a thumping header from six metres in the 76th minute before Glik netted with almost a carbon copy in the 84th. Continue reading “Euro2020 Update: Poland beat stubborn Latvia as Israel sink Austria”
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Already qualified Nigeria will be aiming to end their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign on a high with victory over Seychelles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Friday afternoon, Kick-off is at 4 pm.
The Super Eagles have already booked their spot at this year’s showpiece in Egypt, following a 1-1 draw away to South Africa in Johannesburg last year.
Nigeria lost their opening game of the qualifiers 2-0 at home to Bafana Bafana, but followed the result with three wins in succession. The sequence included back-to-back victories over Libya and a 3-0 win over Seychelles in Victoria.
This fired the Super Eagles to the top of Group E and they will remain in the position with victory over the Island nation this weekend. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Nigeria will be without the injured duo of Ola Aina and Samuel Kalu for the clash, but welcome back top-scorer Odion Ighalo who missed the clash in South Africa.
Continue reading “Super Eagles out to build on World Cup momentum against Seychelles”
Serena and Venus Williams usually get top billing at the Miami Open but this year there is another sister act vying for the spotlight with world No 1 Naomi Osaka showing older sibling Mari the ropes.
The Williams sisters have hoisted the Miami trophy 11 times between them and all those victories were celebrated at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.
But this year the tournament has moved to the suburbs and Hard Rock Stadium is Osaka country with Naomi and Mari growing up three miles away and learning to play tennis almost in the shadow of the Hard Rock home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, who are part-owned by the Williams sisters.
Naomi will be joined in the draw by her 338th-ranked sibling who needed a wildcard to get a place in the tournament. Bet Now
“It is a bit weird that I have to give her advice and she is my older sister,” Naomi told reporters on Wednesday. “But she has been doing like newbie mistakes. Continue reading “Osaka sister act primed for Miami Open spotlight”
It’s a new dawn for Germany, with coach Joachim Low looking to use this tricky friendly as a means of finalising his tactical plan for what promises to be a challenging qualifying group, potentially utilising a 4-3-3 formation to take some focus off of a lack of depth in the central striking department.
Serbia have enviable attacking options but should they start, the ageing full-backs could be in for a long evening against the hosts rapid wide players.
This should be an entertaining affair with plenty of in-form players on either side, but the hosts should just have the edge.
It’s been a case of out with the old and in with the new for Joachim Low, who told Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller that they would no longer come into consideration, though the long-standing coach has reaffirmed that Manuel Neuer remains his first choice keeper, despite a disappointing season so far.
That said, Marc-Andre ter Stegen may well start this friendly, while Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann, Hertha Berlin’s Niklas Stark and Werder Bremen’s Maximilian Eggestein are all hoping to make their debuts. Bet Now on NaijaBet.com
The likes of Leon Goretzka (minor injury) and Timo Werner (illness) may not be risked ahead of what already looks like a crucial qualifier against Netherlands at the weekend, though the latter is the only natural striker in the squad, and Serge Gnabry is out of Wednesday’s game through injury. Continue reading “International Friendly Match Preview: Germany vs Serbia”
England’s team spirit under manager Gareth Southgate has helped players from competing clubs to set aside their rivalries when they report for national duty, according to captain Harry Kane. affect
England begins their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Czech Republic on Friday at Wembley Stadium and visit Montenegro three days later, with several of Southgate’s players competing for trophies at club level.
Club rivalries have contributed to England’s failure to perform at major tournaments in the past, with former players Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard revealing how factions had formed when players reported for England duty.
“We’ve heard about things happening in the past – people sitting on different tables and teams being divided,” Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane told reporters. Start forecasting your Euro 2020 qualifications Matches Now
“We put that to one side and even with Liverpool and (Manchester) City boys when we are here it is 100 percent England. That has been part of our success.”
Continue reading “Club rivalries will not affect our national duty call- Kane”
Cristiano Ronaldo rejoined his Portugal teammates on Tuesday ahead of the start of Euro 2020 qualifying this week following a nine-month absence from the national team.
The 34-year-old Juventus forward was recalled by Portugal coach Fernando Santos for games at home to Ukraine and Serbia, having not played for his country since the 2018 World Cup.
Ronaldo was rested for the last six Portugal games while he settled at his new club following his departure from Real Madrid last July. Start forecasting your games Now
The reigning European champions, who are through to the Uefa Nations League final in June, kick off their Group B campaign in Lisbon on Friday against Ukraine before facing Serbia on March 25. Continue reading “Ronaldo returns to Portugal camp ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers”
Germany coach Joachim Loew hopes to prove his critics wrong and open 2019 with a win when his new-look team host Serbia in a friendly in Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
Loew, who arrived in Wolfsburg later than expected due to a dental operation this week, is hoping to bounce back from a painful 2018, in which Germany suffered an early World Cup exit and were relegated from the top tier of the Uefa Nations League.
The friendly against Serbia is a warm-up for Sunday’s prestigious opening Euro 2020 qualifier away to the Netherlands with the Germans hunting revenge after a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of the Oranje last October at the Amsterdam Arena.
Amid fears that German football is in decline, the 59-year-old Loew is under pressure to show that he can build a new era of success around a younger generation of players.
Yet he has also faced fierce criticism for his decision to strike veteran World Cup winners Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller from the national team set-up, falling offside with their club Bayern Munich in the process. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
The controversial call has been seen as a gamble, which has heightened the pressure ahead of Wednesday’s game. Continue reading “Germany boss Loew ready to face Serbia with New Team”
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is facing disciplinary action for his celebration after one of the three goals he scored in last week’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Uefa said the Portuguese would face a hearing on Thursday for “improper conduct” during the last-16 second leg match, where Juventus completed a 3-2 aggregate win.
Ronaldo made a similar gesture to Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who celebrated his team’s opening goal in the first leg by turning to the crowd and putting his hands on his trousers. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Simeone was fined 20 000 euros ($22 708) for the incident but escaped a touchline ban for the return match. Juventus face Ajax Amsterdam in their quarterfinal.
Cristiano Ronaldo was rested and Juventus crashed to their first Serie A defeat of the season at Genoa on Sunday following their Champions League heroics, as Inter won a fiery Milan derby clash 3-2 to move into third ahead of city rivals AC Milan.
Ronaldo had fired Juventus into the European quarterfinals with a comeback victory over Atletico Madrid last Tuesday.
Without him the team slumped to a 2-0 defeat but still remain comfortably on track for an eighth consecutive league title.
Juventus’s lead was cut to 15 points by Napoli who got back winning, prevailing 4-2 against Udinese after goalkeeper David Ospina collapsed on the pitch after suffering a head injury.
The on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper was later given the all clear following a CT scan at a Naples hospital. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
Juventus had won 24 of their 27 previous matches in Serie A this season with three draws, including a 1-1 stalemate against Genoa in Turin.
Continue reading “Juventus lose without Ronaldo, Inter go third with Milan derby win”
Arsenal are 3-1 down from the first leg but all is not lost as they did manage to score an away goal. The Gunners will be high on confidence after beating Manchester United 2-0 last time out.
Rennes have only lost two of their last 13 matches in all competitions, though both of those defeats were away from home.
Rennes are unbeaten in their last five Europa League matches and have scored exactly three goals in each of their last three in the competition.
Arsenal have won five in a row at home and had to come from a losing position in the last round of the Europa League. Can the Gunners do it again on Thursday?
Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette’s suspension has been reduced and he is now available to face Rennes on Thursday, having missed the first leg. Sokratis is suspended, however, after being sent off against Rennes last week.
Lucas Torreira is currently in the middle of a domestic ban and has a good chance to start here, with Unai Emery set to shuffle his pack slightly. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed the 2-0 win over former club Manchester United at the weekend through injury and remains a doubt here.
Mesut Ozil has surprisingly started Arsenal’s last two matches but could drop down to the bench on Thursday. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Rennes (Agg 1-3)”
Zinedine Zidane takes charge of his first game since making an astonishing return to Real Madrid on Saturday against Celta Vigo which is set to be a de facto audition for next season for many of the team’s underperforming players.
Having sacked Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari for a series of embarrassing results, Real have decided to turn again to the former midfield great who won an unprecedented three Champions League titles in a row before resigning last May.
But Zidane made it clear in his presentation that sweeping changes must be made for his second coming to be a success, meaning many in his squad will be playing for their futures against Celta and in the other 10 remaining league games.
With Real out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey and sitting third in La Liga, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona, the only purpose for the remainder of the season is for Zidane to assess which players he wants to keep as he plots the team’s comeback in the next campaign.
Veteran defender Marcelo and Wales forward Gareth Bale are the most high profile names whose futures look uncertain under Zidane, while Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos all have points to prove to their returning coach. Bet Now
One player who could benefit from Zidane’s comeback is Isco, who was outcast from the team by Solari, repeatedly left out of the Argentine’s squad for games even when the team was suffering from an injury crisis, as they will be against Celta. Continue reading “Zidane begins second coming with Real this Weekend”
Dynamo Kyiv are 3-0 down from the first leg and have left themselves too much to do here.
Chelsea hold all the cards from the first leg. Even with a rotated XI here they are expected to win again.
Dynamo Kyiv- Dynamo Kyiv welcome back Benjamin Verbic from suspension but the damage is already done after losing the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Vitaliy Buyalskiy is now banned for the Ukranian side after picking up a yellow card last Thursday.
Chelsea- Ross Barkley is one yellow card away from missing the next round of the Europa League and Maurizio Sarri may hold him back here. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
With a 3-0 lead from the first leg, Sarri will surely shuffle his pack on Thursday and hand rare starts to the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (0-3)”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revelled in his side’s growing maturity on the European stage after dumping Bayern Munich out of the Champions League on Wednesday.
A Sadio Mane double and Virgil van Dijk’s towering header secured a 3-1 win on the night in Munich and on aggregate to secure Liverpool’s place in Friday’s quarterfinal draw alongside three other English sides.
“The second half (was) very, very mature. First half we should have played a bit more football,” said Klopp.
“It’s absolutely deserved that’s the main news I would say, because it’s so difficult to play away here at Bayern. They didn’t lose a lot of games (here).
“It’s a really big one, I’m so proud of the boys and how they did it.” Various Europa League Betting options on NaijaBet
Defeat may signal the end of an era for a Bayern side that has reached the semifinals in six of the past seven seasons, including when they beat Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side to win the Champions League in 2012/13. Continue reading “Klopp hails maturing Liverpool after victory Bayern Munich”