Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United

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Manchester City responded to last weekend’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Newcastle with an emphatic 4-1 win away to Burnley on Tuesday. They start the weekend in third place.

Manchester United turned in their best performance of the season in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham, as Jose Mourinho endured a return to Old Trafford to forget.

This week could have proved Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last one in charge of United had the Red Devils lost to Tottenham and City but they have got off to a good start.

United are unbeaten against top-six opposition this season (W4, D2) but are not expected to get the better of Pep Guardiola’s side in Saturday’s derby.

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Manchester City-Raheem Sterling avoided a yellow card against Burnley on Tuesday night that would have ruled him out of this weekend’s Manchester derby. Pep Guardiola can also welcome back Ilkay Gundogan from a ban on Saturday. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Look for John Stones and Benjamin Mendy to return to City’s back four but Kyle Walker could keep his place at right-back ahead of Joao Cancelo.

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PSG searching for best form with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe back together

With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe finally both fit and playing in the same team, the pressure is on Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel to get his all-star attack firing on all cylinders going into the second half of the season.

Injuries and off-field issues had prevented the two most expensive players on the planet from starting a game together this season until PSG’s 2-0 midweek win over Nantes which kept the reigning champions five points clear at the top of Ligue 1.

Both players duly scored, with Mbappe’s back-heel opener being followed by a Neymar penalty, but PSG were sluggish, and not for the first time in recent weeks.

In fact, the capital side – who go to Montpellier on Saturday – have not impressed since beating Marseille 4-0 at the end of October.

“Maybe it’s just in our heads – because we are afraid of losing the ball, we end up losing the ball,” admitted Tuchel. Various betting options are available on site for this weekend games on NaijaBet.com

“We need to think about winning, about building attacks, creating chances. It is clear that we need to improve, get our intensity back.”

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Lazio threaten Juventus unbeaten record this weekend

Maurizio Sarri is still unbeaten after 19 matches in his new role as coach of Juventus but that proud record faces a severe test when the Serie A champions visit free-scoring Lazio on Saturday.

Sarri’s numbers have been impressive with 15 wins and four draws, yet the chain-smoking coach does not seem to have quite imposed his distinctive footballing philosophy on his team.

A 2-2 draw at home to Sassuolo on Sunday meant they lost top spot and left them one point behind Inter Milan, who host AS Roma on Friday.

Led by Ciro Immobile, Serie A’s topscorer with 17 goals, Lazio have climbed to third after a run of six successive league wins and have already blasted 33 goals in 14 games.

Juventus, who are chasing their ninth successive title, had hoped that Sarri’s arrival would change the rather dour image the side had acquired under his predecessor Massimiliano Allegri. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet.com

Yet, despite several players saying that they are having more fun under Sarri, Juventus have continued their habit of sneaking narrow wins.

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The team attitude is to blame for Man United defeat, says Alli

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli says it may have been a combination of “arrogance and over-confidence” that caused his side’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Spurs came into the game on a three-match winning streak under new manager Jose Mourinho but failed to build on that momentum at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford put United ahead but a piece of technical brilliance from Alli brought Spurs level, only for a 49th-minute Rashford penalty to secure the three points for the hosts. Place bet on Virtual games 24/7 on NaijaBet

“We had to match their energy. We lost the game not by them outplaying us – just attitude,” Alli told reporters. “We weren’t hungry enough and we were slow to every second ball, losing 50-50s.

“Maybe it was a little bit of arrogance and over-confidence. We’ve been playing well.

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Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Tottenham

Manchester United struggled to a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday and now face Tottenham and Manchester City in the space of three days. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be in deep trouble come the end of the weekend.

Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford to face his former employers for the first time since being sacked as Manchester United manager nearly 12 months ago. He has won his first three matches in charge of Tottenham but the north London outfit have conceded exactly two goals in each match.

Tottenham certainly have the momentum heading into Wednesday’s match and Mourinho will be desperate to get a victory against his old club, which would surely push Solskjaer closer to the sack.

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Manchester United- manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Paul Pogba will miss out in midweek but Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic are ‘touch and go’.

Anthony Martial has reportedly been ruled out of Wednesday’s match due to a muscle injury and supporters will hope to see teen sensation Mason Greenwood deputise. Bet on tonight Premier League Games

Jesse Lingard could take Andreas Pereira’s place in the team against Tottenham, while Luke Shaw may replace Brandon Williams at left-back.

Tottenham- will be without four players for Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford.

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Hammers turn to Martin to continue as keeper until Fabianski return

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini says third-choice goalkeeper David Martin will retain his spot in the starting line-up against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday after his impressive Premier League debut against Chelsea.

Martin kept a clean sheet in West Ham’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which marked the club’s first league win since September, after Pellegrini dropped Spanish keeper Roberto Jimenez.

“Of course, it was a difficult decision because the goalkeeper is a special position,” Pellegrini said.

“I think, in some moments, the team needs a reaction and, unfortunately for Roberto, he was not doing well. Martin did well but I think the performance was not down just to one player.” Bet Now

West Ham have struggled in the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has been sidelined since September with a hip injury.

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Ljungberg turn to Wenger for advice on Arsenal revival

Freddie Ljungberg intends to tap into the knowledge of Arsene Wenger and Sven-Goran Eriksson as he prepares for his second game in charge of Arsenal.

The 42-year-old interim manager took over from Unai Emery at the Emirates last week after the Spaniard was sacked, with Arsenal languishing in mid-table in the Premier League.

Ljungberg said Wenger, who brought the Swede to Arsenal as a player back in 1998, and Eriksson could offer valuable experience as he looks to build his own career.

Asked if he had spoken to former Arsenal boss Wenger, he replied: “No (not yet).

“I would really like to speak to him. I’m in contact with him but I haven’t spoke to him because it’s been a bit hectic, but it’s on my list to do so. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet.com for today Premier League and Ligue1 games

“He was here for 22 years as the coach so he has a lot of experience. And he probably has some things that he thinks are important that he can share with me and make me a better coach. That’s what I wanted to ask.”

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Premier League Match Preview: Burnley vs Manchester City

Burnley’s winning streak lasted two matches after losing 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Clarets have lost four of their last six games.

Manchester City are 11 points off top after only managing a 2-2 draw away to Newcastle on Saturday. City have only won two of their last four matches at Turf Moor.

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Burnley– Danny Drinkwater was an unused substitute for Burnley at the weekend and will hope to make his debut for the Clarets over the festive period.

Ashley Westwood returns from suspension, however, and is expected back in midfield.

Erik Pieters will hope to regain his starting spot at left-back given the quick turnaround between matches. Bet Now

Manchester City– Aaron Lennon and Jay Rodriguez could also benefit from any rotation applied by Sean Dyche.

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Ballon d’Or showing can motivate Liverpool to more success

Virgil van Dijk said that seeing four Liverpool players finish in the top 10 in the ranking for this year’s Ballon d’Or can be an extra source of motivation for the Anfield club in their quest for more on-field success this season.

“Obviously the season we had was outstanding. We had even more players than that on the total shortlist so everyone can be proud of the achievement,” said Van Dijk after coming second behind Lionel Messi at the awards ceremony in Paris on Monday.

Sadio Mane finished fourth, Mohamed Salah was fifth, and goalkeeper Alisson Becker came seventh in the voting by journalists from around the world for the prize organised by France Football magazine.

Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijanldum had also been nominated after starring as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the Champions League last season.

In addition, Alisson won the new Yashin Trophy awarded to the best goalkeeper of the year. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“I think we could have even have had a couple more players in it, but we had a fantastic season last year and it should help motivate us to keep doing what we are doing, working even harder and try to achieve even more than we did last year,” added Van Dijk.

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Man United’s league position is not a Problem-Solskjaer

Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday left them ninth in the Premier League, and a massive 22 points behind leaders Liverpool, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not overly concerned about their current position.

United recovered from Jack Grealish’s 11th-minute opener to move in front courtesy an own goal by Tom Heaton and a header from Victor Lindelof, only to be pegged back by a Tyrone Mings volley.

A win would have lifted United to fifth, though Solskjaer said his team did not show enough quality to get the three points. Bet Now on today’s games on NaijaBet

“I wouldn’t have sat here and talked about us being fifth if we had got that one goal extra, so the league table at this point is not the biggest concern because it is so tight,” Solskjaer said.

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Iheanacho shines as Leicester chase on Liverpool

Kelechi Iheanacho struck deep into stoppage time as Leicester beat Everton 2-1 to close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League to eight points.

Richarlison had given the visitors a shock lead at the King Power as Everton produced a performance that may do enough to save manager Marco Silva’s job ahead of the Merseyside derby on Wednesday.

But the introduction of Iheanacho just after the hour mark changed the game as the Nigerian set up Jamie Vardy to equalise and then dramatically scored the winner, which was initially ruled out for offside before a VAR review overturned the decision.

A sixth straight Premier League win sends Brendan Rodgers’s men three points clear of defending champions Manchester City in second.

Silva was reportedly on the verge of losing his job earlier in the week after a run of just two wins in 10 league games that has left the Toffees hovering just above the relegation zone. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on Naijabet

The Portuguese responded with a change of formation and his switch to a 3-5-2 worked to perfection for the opening goal.

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