United wary of Norwich threat this weekend – Solskjaer

Norwich City are a courageous side who play a brand of football that can trouble stronger opponents and Manchester United could have a tough time getting a result at Carrow Road on Sunday, the Old Trafford club’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.

Promoted Norwich City sit 19th in the standings but Daniel Farke’s side have already earned notable scalps on their top flight return, including a win over defending champions Manchester City at home last month.

“I hope we are going to stop them because it’s always going to be difficult down at Carrow Road,” Solskjaer, whose side claimed their first away win of the season at Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, told reporters.

“When I watched their first (Premier League) game against Liverpool I saw a team with lots of courage. They were brave, they played their own way and kept going.

“That has given them some great results. They beat Newcastle, they beat Manchester City… They’re a team with a clear philosophy.” Boosted Odds are available on NaijaBet for this weekend games

Solskjaer said he was glad to have striker Anthony Martial back from injury and among the goals after he scored the winner in Belgrade.

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EPL Match Preview: Southampton vs Leicester

Southampton have failed to win their last four league matches (D1, L3). They are only above the bottom three on goal difference.

Leicester came from behind to beat Burnley last weekend and strengthen their grip on a top four finish. The Foxes have won four of their last six in the league and are only two points off second place Manchester City.

Leicester have won their last two matches at Saint Mary’s, though these fixtures tend to be close affairs. Under the lights on Friday night, expect another tight fixture.

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Southampton – will continue to be without Moussa Djenepo and Cédric Soares on Friday night.

Nathan Redmond has struggled for form in the Premier League and could soon find his place in the team in danger.

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Struggling Tottenham face daunting trip to EPL leader Liverpool

Premier League leaders Liverpool meet Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday for the first time since a sultry June night in Madrid ended with Jurgen Klopp’s side crowned champions of Europe.

Since then the trajectories of the two clubs have been diametrically opposed. Liverpool have set a relentless pace at the top of the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have stalled.

After nine games Liverpool lead the table by six points from Manchester City while Tottenham are already 13 points adrift in seventh spot after only three league wins all season – their worst start since Pochettino’s debut season in 2014-15.

City can halve the gap to Liverpool when they host Aston Villa on Saturday, while the weekend’s programme gets underway on Friday with third-placed Leicester City at Southampton.

Fourth-placed Chelsea are at Burnley in Saturday’s late kickoff while Manchester United, in 14th place, will hope a trip to struggling Norwich City on Sunday can spark a climb up the table after failing to win any of their last four league games. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

All sorts of theories have been presented as to why Tottenham have fallen away, including a Champions League hangover, a frustrating transfer window and even Pochettino becoming stale after working wonders to keep the north London club in the top four, four seasons in a row.

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Europa League Match Preview: Celtic vs Lazio

Celtic are top of Group E with four points from two matches. Lazio are one point back but are favourites to top the group.

Celtic have won their last seven home games in all competitions. Lazio have only won three of their last nine matches in all competitions.

Lazio are also winless in their last four away matches (D1, L3). Celtic have a real chance to get at least a point on Thursday, though they will need the help of their supporters too.

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Lampard hails Pulisic impact as Chelsea sink Ajax

Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic was left out of the squad entirely when they beat Lille in the Champions League earlier this month, but the 21-year-old’s career sprang to life against Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.

The forward joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of around 64 million euros ($71 million) in the close season to become the most expensive American player in history but has struggled for minutes, making only three Premier League starts.

Pulisic gave manager Frank Lampard a timely reminder of his talent by setting up fellow substitute Michy Batshuayi to score the winner against last year’s semifinalists Ajax at the Johan Cruijff Arena. Boosted Odds are available on NaijaBet for tonight’s Europa League games

“Sometimes the toughest part of management is leaving out players that really want to play week-in, week-out. You rely on them being positive and coming on to make an impact,” Lampard said.

“You have to give Christian huge credit because he looked so lively and the assist is just as important as the finish.”

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UCL Match Preview: Ajax vs Chelsea

Ajax have won their last five matches and their last seven at home.Chelsea have won their last five matches in all competitions.

Chelsea have been free-scoring on the road, raking up 14 goals across four away matches this season.

This should prove a thoroughly entertaining fixture. Ajax are certainly further ahead in their project than Chelsea under Frank Lampard and should be considered favourites here.

Team News

Ajax- Nicolas Tagliafico returns for Ajax after serving a suspension at the weekend.

Ajax have a clean bill of health and will go with their strongest XI against Chelsea. Boosted Odds are available on NaijaBet for tonight’s Champions League games

Chelsea– Ross Barkley suffered an ankle injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle and will miss out here.

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Guardiola backs Sterling to keep improving to becomes great

Pep Guardiola says hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling can still improve further and it will be up to the Manchester City forward as to whether he fulfils his potential and becomes a great of the game.

Sterling, 24, had a hand in all five goals, including an 11-minute hat-trick, as City romped to a 5-1 Champions League victory over Italian side Atalanta on Tuesday, to take his tally to 12 goals in 13 appearances this season.

His link-up play with Sergio Aguero and Phil Foden was at times breathtaking, leading to former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to suggest on BT Sport after the game he was now among the top five players in the world.

“How much better he can become depends on him,” Guardiola told reporters. “I think he has that desire to get better. I say all credit is for him. He’s a guy whose physicality is incredible. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“The day after a game, he could play another. He can play both sides, he’s fast, defensively he helps us a lot, he’s an extraordinary player.”

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UCL Match Preview: Galatasaray vs Real Madrid

Galatasaray have one point from two Champions League group games. They drew their first match 0-0 with Club Bruges before losing 1-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid are remarkably bottom of Group A with just one point from two games. They followed up their 3-0 defeat to PSG with a 2-2 draw with Club Bruges.

Madrid slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat to Mallorca at the weekend and anything other than three points on Tuesday will leave Zinedine Zidane’s side in a perilous position in the group.

The last time Galatasaray hosted Madrid in a Champions League match they lost 6-1. That was in 2013 and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

Do not expect a repeat scoreline on Tuesday. In fact, Galatasaray have a really good chance to inflict further misery on Madrid.

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Galatasaray-  are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players, including former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. Sofiane Feghouli is also in a race against time to prove his fitness. Various betting options are available on site for tonight’s Champions League games on NaijaBet

Emre Mor and Florin Andone performed well in Feghouli and Andone’s respective places in the weekend and may be called upon from the start on Tuesday. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Galatasaray vs Real Madrid”

Tottenham faced with fresh rescue mission in Champions League

Tottenham’s miserable start to the season shows little sign of improving quickly, but prior to Red Star Belgrade’s visit on Tuesday, Spurs can take some solace from the fact they are in a better position in the Champions League than they were 12 months ago.

Defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona saw them travel to PSV Eindhoven for what manager Mauricio Pochettino described as a “must-win”. After a 2-2 draw in the Netherlands, Pochettino admitted his side’s Champions League campaign was “nearly over.”

Yet, eight months later, the Argentine had led Tottenham to their first ever Champions League final.

The hangover from defeat to Liverpool in that final in Madrid has been long and sobering. Spurs have won just three of their opening 12 games in all competitions this season. Various Champions League Odds are available on NaijaBet

Chances of a first trophy under Pochettino in the League Cup have already gone after an embarrassing exit on penalties to fourth-tier Colchester and they are already five points off the pace just for a place in the Premier League’s top four.

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