Federal High Court has invalidates NFF election that brought Pinnick into Glass House

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos,has nullified the election that brought Amaju Pinnick’s board into office of  Nigeria football federation close to two years into its tenure.

Justice Musa Kurya restored the reliefs of the plaintiffs, Senator Obinna Ogba and Yahaya Adama, on Friday after both men approached the court to re-list the case against the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

In October 2014, the same Federal High Court sitting before Justice Ambrose Allagoa had ruled against the election that brought the Pinnick board into the football federation saying “I have set aside all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri Extra Ordinary meeting of the 20th September and the Elective Congress of 30th September which were direct contravention of the orders of this court as granted on the 19th September.”

Days later in the same month of that year, the case was struck out following an out-of-court settlement in which former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan presided over in the face of a an impending Fifa suspension at that time. Naija and Bet 

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Manchester City can’t afford to relax but Improved their Game to overcome PSG

Manchester City have edged closer to a place in the Champions League semifinals but Jesus Navas has warned they can’t afford to relax when they return to Premier League action on Saturday.

City’s 2-2 draw at Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their quarter-final has made them favourites to progress to the last four following next Tuesday’s return meeting at Eastlands.

But before that, City face a visit from West Bromwich Albion as they look to make sure they are not reliant on winning the Champions League to guarantee playing in the competition again next season.

And City know they can’t afford any distractions as they look to secure a top-four finish – regardless of whether they go on to win Europe’s elite club competition for the first time.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are currently in fourth place, but only one point ahead of Manchester United and three in front of West Ham.

Their 4-0 win at Bournemouth last Saturday was only their second victory in seven league games and, remarkably, the 2014 champions have not won a home league fixture since mid-January. Naijabet.com

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Liverpool hold Dortmund, Liverpool secures vital draw in Europa League

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Liverpool claimed an excellent 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal on Thursday as Jurgen Klopp made an emotional return to the Westfalenstadion.

The game marked Klopp’s first coming together with his former club since his departure last summer and subsequent appointment by Liverpool back in October.

He saw Divock Origi put the Premier League side in front in the 36th minute before Mats Hummels equalised for the hosts three minutes into the second half.

However, that away goal means Liverpool have the upper hand ahead of next Thursday’s second leg at Anfield and Klopp will be confident his side can progress to the last four after an encouraging display in Germany.

“Dortmund’s a pretty good side. Everybody could see that but we had our moments and we could have won the game, I’m pretty sure a lot of people thought we’d lose 2, 3, 4-0- we had them in some moments. Around our goal we were brilliant,” Klopp. Naija and Bet

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Europa League : Borussia Dortmund VS Liverpool Preview

Borussia Dortmund seem to have the wind in their sails in the Europa League as they welcome their former coach’s Liverpool FC side in what has been dubbed the ‘Jurgen Klopp derby’.

After the draw, Klopp said of meeting his old club: “I am really happy to introduce my new team to Dortmund. I am really happy to show the boys this wonderful stadium and a great city. It’s a story only football can write.”

 

Dortmund’s overall record in 21 competitive matches against English opposition is W11 D4 L6 (W6 D3 L1 in Dortmund – W4 D1 L5 in England). They eliminated Tottenham Hotspur FC with back-to-back victories in this season’s round of 16.

Liverpool’s record in 34 games against German sides is W16 D12 L6 (W12 D3 L0 at home – W2 D8 L5 in Germany – W2 D1 L1 on neutral territory). They landed their first European trophy by beating VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1973 Uefa Cup final and overcame the same opponents in the 1977 European Champion Clubs’ Cup decider.

Dortmund have won all four of their Europa League fixtures since the start of the knockout phase, conceding just once in the process. They have won six of their seven European home matches this season, the lone defeat a 1-0 reverse at home to PAOK FC in their closing group stage game. Naijabet

Dortmund have won seven of their ten fixtures since the start of the group stage; one more than any other team in this season’s competition.

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Leicester need four wins to be crown ‘Premier League Champions’

When Leicester City faced Sunderland on the opening day of the season, even their most optimistic fans were expecting another testing struggle to avoid relegation.

As they prepare to visit Sam Allardyce’s side in the return fixture on Sunday, some of those supporters are now pre-emptively buying scarves emblazoned with the words ‘Premier League Champions’.

While many are no doubt steering clear to avoid tempting fate, four victories from the remaining six games of the season will hand Leicester a maiden top flight title and complete one of the most remarkable fairytales in English soccer history.

Leicester lead second place Tottenham Hotspur by seven points heading into Sunday’s game and need 12 more to put themselves out of sight.

For the Leicester side that plunged to the foot of the table last season, four wins in six games might have seemed like a daunting task.

Yet such has been the collective sense of calm that seems to encircle Claudio Ranieri’s side this year that few are now expecting a collapse in the home straight, 9ja sport bet predict.

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Real Madrid suffers shock defeat by Wolfsburg

Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-0 Champions League defeat at Wolfsburg in Wednesday’s quarterfinal, first-leg to leave them on the verge of a European exit.

Just five days after ending Barcelona’s 39-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 away win in El Clasico, Real were humbled as Wolfsburg ignored their struggling mid-table form in Germany’s top flight.

Real never recovered as first-half goals from Swiss defender Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold put the hosts 2-0 up at the Volkswagen Arena with 25 minutes gone.

“I’m not happy, above all with the first-half. This can happen If you don’t play with intensity from the start,” said Zidane.

“Despite everything I’m proud of the team, we have to think about resting well and think about the return because we have the chance to change this in the return leg.”

Real’s six-game winning streak was ended as Wolfsburg picked up their first win in four games since beating Gent in the last 16 of the tournament.

To give the result context, Wolfsburg needed a 93rd minute equaliser to seal a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Darmstadt on their last home league appearance.

There was no hint they would bother Real when they crashed 3-0 at Bayer Leverkusen last Friday in Germany’s top flight.

But having also beaten Manchester United 3-2 at home in the group stages, Wolfsburg now have the upper hand ahead of Tuesday’s return leg at the Bernabeu – But goal-scorer Arnold insists nothing has been decided yet. Naijabet.com

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Champions League Big Match:Paris Saint-Germain VS Manchester city Preview

 

Paris Saint-Germain are in a fourth successive Uefa Champions League quarterfinal, Manchester City FC are making their first appearance.

Laurent Blanc has dismissed talk of Paris Saint-Germain receiving a favourable draw against Manchester City, saying “their squad overall has much more quality than ours”.

Match Background

Paris have won their last four Uefa Champions League matches, including home and away 2-1 wins against Chelsea FC in the round of 16.

Paris are in the quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row, having lost to Barcelona in 2013 and 2015 and Chelsea in 2014.

Overall, their European Cup quarterfinal record is W1 L3. They beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate in 1994/95, subsequently losing to AC Milan in the semifinals.

The 3-1 home defeat by Barcelona in the 2014/15 quarterfinal first leg was Paris’ only home reverse in 38 games in European competition (25 wins, 12 draws) since Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC beat them in the 2006/07 Uefa Cup group stage. Naija and Bet

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Ronaldo hunts to score more goals in Champion League

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Cristiano Ronaldo, the Champions League’s top scorer this season with 13 goals, can add to his tally and extend his record against German clubs in the knockout stages at Wolfsburg.

The 31-year-old is currently four short of matching his record in a Champions League season ahead of Wednesday’s quarterfinal, first leg, at the German league club with the return next Tuesday at the Bernabeu.

The Portuguese star is on a rich run against Bundesliga sides and has found the net in all of the last six knockout ties played against German clubs in the Champions League.

It started back in the 2011/12 semifinals when he bagged a brace against Bayern Munich as the Bavarian giants went on to suffer heartbreak in the final at home to Chelsea.

In the 2012/13 campaign, he netted against Borussia Dortmund as the German side reached the final at Wembley when they lost to Bayern.

But in the 2013/14 campaign, when Real achieved ‘La Decima’, he notched a total of seven goals across the home and away meetings with Schalke, Borussia and Bayern.

Then last season, he claimed three goals in the last-16 tie against Schalke in a 5-4 aggregate win, netting twice in the shock 4-3 defeat in Madrid having also scored when Real won 2-0 in Gelsenkirchen. Naijabet

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Suarez strike gives Barcelona edge against 10 Men Atletico Madrid

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Luis Suarez  converted Barca’s relentless second-half pressure into a 2-1 lead as he struck twice in 12 minutes. Atletico were enraged as unlike Torres, Suarez escaped punishment for a kick out at Juanfran and an off-the-ball incident with Filipe Luis.

Fernando Torres raged that Atletico Madrid are not treated equally to Barcelona by referees after his early red card turned their Champions League quarterfinal, first leg around on Tuesday.

“They shouldn’t have been cards. If it had been the other way around then they wouldn’t have been given, With 11 (men) we would have won without any doubt.” Torres

The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker claimed Uefa have their priorities wrong after making both sides play in their away kits to avoid a colour clash.

“Uefa worry about making us change shirts, but they didn’t appoint a referee that is up to the level of the Champions League quarterfinals.”

Luis went even further by implying Uefa are scared of Barcelona not reaching the final.Naija and Bet

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Thiago Silva wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stay at PSG

Ibrahimovic’s contract at PSG is expiring this summer and has been linked with a move to the Premier League, but Silva wants his team-mate to stay.

“I’m not just saying this because I’m friends with him, but I can’t imagine PSG without Zlatan,” said Silva, who arrived at PSG from AC Milan alongside Ibrahimovic in 2012.

“Ibra is invaluable for our team, opponents struggle to get him under control. He’s simply too clever and his moves are very intelligent.

“Some argue that he’s getting old, I would rather say he’s experienced. If I were the club president I would extend his contract for one or even two years. He’s like no other, unique. Even at 34 he’s got a huge passion for football.”

Silva was also full of praise for his team-mate Angel Di Maria, who has impressed in his first season in France following his switch from Manchester United last summer.

“We’ve taken huge steps forward this season, we hold the ball better and have improved both technically and tactically,” said Silva. “Much of this is thanks to Di Maria’s transfer. He is strong in one to one situations, provokes the opposition and destablilises them. He’s a goal threat.” Naijabet.com

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Alex Iwobi sign a new deal with Arsenal,to earn £30,000 per week

Alex Iwobi has been handed a new long-term deal by Arsenal following his impressive performance in the past days.

The 19-year-old has agreed a new contract that will see him stay at the Emirates Stadium until 2021.

The new deal for the Nigerian international will see him earn three times his previous wages. Iwobi is now set to net £30,000 per week from the five-year contract.

The teenager has formed a seamless partnership with Arsenal senior players, and it was evident in the Barclays Premier League games at Everton and against Watford in which he combined well with Chilean forward, Alexis Sanchez. Naija and Bet

The youngster, who can play as a wideman or a midfielder, had only signed an improved deal last October worth around £10,000 a week until 2019.

Iwobi has made 15 appearances for the Gunners this season in all competitions. He has scored twice, in the Premier League, and helped with an assist in the FA Cup.

 

Barcalona vs Atletico Madrid Champion League Match Preview

Long-time opponents in Spanish football, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will transport their rivalry to the European stage for the second time in three seasons when they meet in the Uefa Champions League quarterfinals.

The teams’ sole previous European tie came at the same stage of the 2013/14 competition. Then, as now, the first leg was at the Camp Nou, where Neymar’s 71st-minute strike cancelled out Diego’s 56th-minute opener for Atletico.

Atletico are the only team to prevent Barça from reaching the semi-finals in the past eight seasons and one of only three clubs to have eliminated them in a Champions League quarter-final, along with Paris Saint-Germain in 1994/95 and Juventus in 2002/03.

Barça won both league meetings between the teams this season 2-1. Diego Godín and Filipe Luís were sent off in the game at the Camp Nou on 30 January. Koke opened the scoring for Atletico, but Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez turned the game in the Blaugrana’s favour.

Atletico clinched the 2014 Liga title at the Camp Nou on the final day of the season, Godín cancelling out an Alexis Sánchez strike to give the visitors their first championship since 1996. Naija and Bet

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Chelsea appoint new head coach Antonio Conte,to takeover from next Season

Italian Antonio Conte was named as Chelsea’s new head coach with a three-year contract, the outgoing Premier League champions announced on Monday.

Conte, 46, currently the head coach of Italy, will take up the appointment after the June 10-July 10 European Championship in France. He will replace interim manager Guus Hiddink, who is leaving the club at the end of the season.

Antonio Conte has signed a three-year contract worth £15m to become the newChelsea manager and will join the club after helming Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign.

“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that,” said Conte.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League. Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.

“I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.”Naijabet.com

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Iwobi keep shining with Arsenal,Receive praises from Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced he has “something special” in Alex Iwobi, after the Nigerian teenager scored his second Premier League goal for the club in Saturday’s 4-0 dismantling of Watford.

Iwobi, who had netted his first senior goal against Everton on March 19, slotted home an Alexis Sanchez assist to double his tally against Watford, earning a standing ovation from the fans and praise from his manager.

“These people have seen many good players over the years and they know straight away when a player has something special, so they acknowledge that,” Wenger told the club’s website.

“You cannot cheat people. They’ve seen how quickly Alex improved and how well he’s played. It’s surprising how quickly he’s integrated into our game,” he said of the 19-year-old. Naija and Bet

“He’s worked with us since the start of the season and he has grown, gained confidence and when he came in he had an impact straight away. I didn’t expect that level of efficiency or impact on the scoresheet.”

The win against Watford narrowed the gap between Arsenal in third and Tottenham Hotspur in second to four points and Wenger insisted the title was not out of reach, despite his team trailing leaders Leicester City by 11 points.

“Now we have to find the right mixture between belief and being realistic, focusing on the next game, focusing on the process, and adding that belief. We can still challenge for the title,” he said.

PSG targeting Barcelona striker Neymer for next Season

Brazilian superstar Neymar could join Paris Saint Germain, if the French giants pay his huge 193 million euros ($220 million) get out clause, his agent said.

“Neymar has a contract with Barca until 2018, But the prospect of living in a city like Paris and to play for a club like PSG is also a dream for every player Wayne Ribeiro Added.

“That’s to say if PSG showed interest in Neymar we could talk about it.”

PSG have dominated Ligue 1 since the Qatari takeover of the French capital club in 2011. Naijabet

Laurent Blanc’s men wrapped up their fourth successive league title in record time in March, and face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

And with talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, courted by some of Europe’s top clubs, in possibly his last season in France, PSG have reportedly identified Neymar as their number one target before the new season starts in August.

Ribeiro added: “A contract can also be dissolved on condition of paying the release clause. It’s huge – 193 million euros.

“But I don’t think that would be an insurmountable problem for PSG.”

Claudio Ranieri says wining was a good reply to Premier League title pressure

Claudio Ranieri says team are enjoying a “magical season” and can handle the pressure of the title run-in.

The Foxes moved seven points clear of Tottenham with six games remaining thanks to a 1-0 win over Southampton.

“I am very calm,” said Ranieri. “We believe in what we are doing.”

He said “everybody” was waiting to see how Leicester  would react to Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, adding: “We gave a very good answer.”

Leicester need 12 points from their final six games to become champions.

“We believe it’s a magical season and next season won’t be the same, We will try to do our best. Other teams can win 3-0 or 4-0, We have to fight to win 1-0 and we must be focused in our way.” Naija and Bet

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Real Madrid are not giving up on La Laga title Race

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale believes his side can still win La Liga after coming from behind to inflict Barcelona’s first defeat in 40 games with a 2-1 victory in El Clasico.

Madrid still trail Barca by seven points with seven league games to play, but Bale also highlighted the importance of the victory to Madrid’s confidence ahead of their return to Champions League action against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

“If we wanted to win the league this was a game we had to win,” said the Welshman.

“You never know, football does funny things to teams when you lose and you never know what could happen. All they need is a few bad results, we need a few good ones and we’re right back in it.

“The most important thing today was to get the win to build confidence for the rest of the season.

“There’s still the Champions League as well, which we’re really looking forward to.”

The win was a huge turnaround for Madrid in Zinedine Zidane’s first Clasico in charge after suffering a 4-0 thrashing at home to Barca earlier in the season.

Gerard Pique’s towering header early in the second half put Barca in front, but Karim Benzema quickly levelled as Madrid tore the hosts apart on the counter-attack after the break.

And despite going down to 10 men when captain Sergio Ramos was sent off seven minutes from time, Bale crossed for Cristiano Ronaldo to strike the winner moments later to spark belief Madrid can end a difficult season on a high. Naijabet.com

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Diego Costa ban extended and fined £20,000 for Improper conduct

Chelsea striker Diego Costa will serve an additional one-match ban and has been fined £20,000 after admitting a charge of improper conduct.

Costa, 27, has been punished for his reaction to his sending off against Everton in an FA Cup tie on 12 March.

The Spaniard clashed with Gareth Barry and motioned towards biting him, although the Everton midfielder later said no contact had been made.

Costa was originally handed a two-match ban, but will now miss three games.

He missed the 2-2 draw with West Ham on 19 March and is suspended for Saturday’s away game at bottom-placed Aston Villa.

Costa, who has also been warned as to his future conduct, will now be absent for Chelsea’s trip to Swansea on 9 April. Naijabet.com

Super Eagles have failed to qualify for Africa Cup of Nations twice under Amaju Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick has ruled out the possibility of resigning from his role as Nigeria Football Federation president following the Super Eagles’ inability to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

 Samson Siasia’s men defeat to Egypt in Alexandria ensured they missed the football showpiece two times in a row having missed the 2015 edition staged in Equatorial Guinea.

And despite Nigerians calling for his resignation, though, Pinnick insists he will not quit his post because his administration has not fared badly.

“I was elected by the Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation for a four-year team and I don’t see why I should be asked to resign with over two years to serve,” said Pinnick.

“With all due respect, I don’t think we have done badly in these past one and half years that we have been in office and I have a four-year mandate which I intend to see through. When we came in we had a case running for nine months and this affected us.

“In between we won Fifa Under 17 World Cup, we won the Africa Women’s Championship and we also qualified for the women’ s Under17 and U20 World Cups coming up this year.

“I think we have achieved. Again we have very young Super Eagles players that should be the future of the game in the country” Naijabet.com

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Leicester can still lose Premier League title, Wenger refuses to give up

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refuses to throw in the towel in the title race and has vowed to keep hunting Leicester.

Leicester have opened up a five-point lead over Tottenham with seven games to in one of the most unpredictable Premier League campaigns of all time. Arsenal are 11 points off the Foxes, but have a game in hand.

Arsenal host Watford on Saturday, with Leicester welcoming Southampton to the King Power Stadium a day later.

And Wenger hopes to put pressure on a Leicester squad that has little collective experience of competing at the top of the table.

“Leicester at the moment are in a very strong position, but they can still lose it,” Wenger told a news conference.

“Our job is to perform until the last day of the season, so let’s perform. The target is to win our remaining [eight] games. Let’s be pragmatic. It starts on Saturday.

“Finishing on 79 points could be enough, but it depends on the results of Leicester. Nobody knows how they will respond in their last games.

“I don’t know how many teams are still in the title race. Everybody doubts Arsenal’s chances, so for the teams behind us it’s even more difficult.

“Seasons like this could be more of a norm because all English clubs have fantastic financial potential.” Naijabet.com

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Aston Villa suspend striker Gabriel Agbonlahor

Gabriel Agbonlahor will not play for Aston Villa while the Premier League club carries out an internal investigation into his conduct.

The forward was pictured appearing to hold a shisha pipe while on holiday in Dubai during the international break.

Agbonlahor, 29, will miss Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Villa Park.

Villa are bottom of the table and without a manager after Remi Garde left the club by mutual consent on Tuesday after 147 days in charge.

First-team coach Eric Black has taken over as acting manager until the club find a full-time replacement, Naija and Bet

Villa are 12 points adrift of safety with seven games remaining.

Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and ex-Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes are among the names being tipped to replace Frenchman Garde, who won just two league games while in charge.

Forced labour at World Cup stadium Qatar 2022 : Amnesty International

Amnesty interviewed 231 migrants – 132 working at the stadium and 99 on green spaces in the surrounding Aspire sports complex.

It said staff of one labour supply company used the threat of penalties to exact work from some migrants such as withholding pay, handing workers over to the police or stopping them from leaving Qatar.

This amounted to forced labour under international law, Amnesty said.

The Qatari government said its Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs would investigate the contractors named in the report.

But Amnesty said every migrant it had interviewed had reported abuses of one kind or another, including being:

required to pay fees of up to $4,300 to recruiters in their home country to get a job in Qatar, deceived over the type of work and the pay on offer, which was sometimes half as much as they were promised and threatened for complaining about their conditions, Naija and Bet

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Valencia sacked Gary Neville after less than four months in charge

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has been sacked by Valencia after less than four months in charge of the club.

The 41-year-old, who is part of the England coaching set-up, was given his first managerial job in December.

Valencia won three of their 16 league games under the former television pundit, and 10 of 28 games overall.

Neville said he wanted to stay but results had “not been to my standards” or those “required by this club” He added that he understood “we are in a results business”.

Neville’s younger brother Phil is also part of the Valencia coaching team and will be retained.

Neville first faced calls to quit after a 7-0 loss to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg in February.

His last match in charge was a 2-0 home defeat by Celta Vigo just before the international break.

He has spent the past six days with the England squad for friendly games with Germany and the Netherlands, Naijabet.com.

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Newcastle fortunes can still turn around this season – Benitez

Only small changes are required to turn Newcastle United’s fortunes around this season, manager Rafa Benitez has said as his side sit second from bottom in the Premier League.

A run of just two wins in their last 14 league games cost manager Steve McClaren his job earlier this month and left the Magpies three points adrift of safety with eight games remaining.

“Why is the club where we are at the moment? From outside you will have plenty of reasons why, from inside? You can see that we have to change little things, Naijabet.com

“But the positive thing for me is… it’s not difficult. You know two or three things will improve everything, and it is not difficult. I am sure that if we do this we will be fine.”

The Spaniard, who is still searching for his first win with the Magpies, will hope Newcastle can end their five-game winless run when they travel to take on relegation-threatened Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Barcelona v Real Madrid: El Clasico is back Again

Barcelona entertain arch-rivals Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday in a Clasico that could well have major ramifications in the race for the Liga title.

 Third-placed Madrid head to Catalunya knowing that defeat will see them slip 13 points adrift of defending champions Barca, a difference that could prove too difficult to close in the seven subsequent fixtures.

 

Barca have never won a league game against Real Madrid when top of the competition and holding an advantage of 10 points or more (D1 L2).

Barca have lost just one of their last seven league games at home against Madrid, winning five. Their only defeat in that run was a 2-1 loss in April 2012.

In 171 matches between the two sides, the average of goals scored per game is just higher than three, though the most common result is 2-1 to Real Madrid, which has occurred 18 times previously.

The last four red cards in matches in all competitions between the two teams were all shown to Madrid players, Naija.com

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