Arsenal will be down to sixth in the table by the time this match starts if Manchester United avoid defeat at home to Brighton in one of Saturday’s fixtures.
The Gunners were streaks ahead of United prior to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment but have endured a terrible run of two wins from their last five league matches.
Chelsea haven’t been much better either of late. Maurizio Sarri’s side have suffered a dip in form and haven’t won a match by more than a one-goal margin since beating Manchester City 2-0 over a month ago.
The west London outfit has historically come out on top in this fixture but that has changed slightly in the last few league meetings between the two sides. Start forecasting your weekend games Now
Neither London rival are at their best ahead of Saturday’s match and both know the consequences of defeat with Manchester United breathing down their necks. Will either side do enough to get all three points? A draw would be a great result for their top-six rivals. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Chelsea”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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”
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.
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”
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
Having already wrapped up top spot, Barcelona having nothing riding on this match and can instead turn one eye to the weekend welcome of Levante. They dismantled Tottenham with ease at Wembley, though with Lionel Messi potentially rested, a repeat is unlikely.
Tottenham bounced back impressively from a 4-2 loss to Arsenal last weekend with back-to-back wins over Southampton and Leicester. Victories over PSV and Inter at Wembley kept their hopes of progression alive, but they face an uphill task to secure their spot in the next round of the Champions League.
Indeed, while Barcelona may not be at full strength here, they should still have enough to beat Tottenham in what promises to be an entertaining encounter at Camp Nou.
Barcelona- Ernesto Valverde is without injured quartet Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Malcom and Samuel Umtiti for the welcome of Tottenham.
With top spot already wrapped up, the Barcelona boss may take this chance to rest some key players here and has confirmed that Luis Suarez will play no part. Various betting options are available on site
Indeed, Jasper Cillessen and Thomas Vermaelen could start, while Lionel Messi may feature from the bench having played the full 90 minutes at Espanyol on Saturday. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs Tottenham”
Gareth Bale ended a run of 802 minutes without a goal in La Liga as Real Madrid won 1-0 at bottom side Huesca on Sunday to climb back to within five points of leaders Barcelona.
The Welshman struck his first goal in the league since the start of September to lift Real to a fourth win in five matches and move the European champions up to fourth place.
“He (Bale) and the rest of the team were all fantastic. He scored a great goal and it was enough to get the win,” said Real coach Santiago Solari.
“His goal and the general character of the team were crucial in taking all three points.”
“It wasn’t a game to remember, but if you want to win La Liga, you have to win these matches,” the Argentine added. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Bale put a halt to his longest spell without scoring in the league since joining Real as he expertly cushioned in a volley from an arcing cross by Alvaro Odriozola on eight minutes. Continue reading “Bale goal gave Madrid victory over struggling Huesca”
Chelsea has now lost two of their last three in the Premier League and have dropped down to fourth in the Premier League as a result. They could finish the weekend outside the top-four and 13 points adrift of Manchester City.
There is a good chance City will be second by the time their match with Chelsea starts on Saturday evening. City are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have only dropped points on two occasions.
City have won the last three meetings between the two sides without conceding. Pep Guardiola has also won all three of his previous meetings against sides managed by Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea- Maurizio Sarri rested some key players in midweek and Chelsea paid a heavy price, losing 2-1 away to strugglers Wolves. Latest Odds
The likes of David Luiz, Jorginho, Olivier Giroud and Pedro will almost certainly return to the starting XI when Chelsea host Manchester City on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester City”
Manchester United twice came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal on Wednesday night. The Red Devils start the weekend in eighth and eight points adrift of the top four.
Claudio Ranieri’s record after three matches in charge of Fulham is one win, one defeat and one draw. They are still bottom of the Premier League but only a point adrift of safety.
This is the first Premier League meeting between the two sides at Old Trafford in four years. Fulham haven’t beaten United since 2009 and you have to go back to 2003 to find the last time they won at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United- Ashley Young served his one-game ban in midweek and will surely return to the starting XI to provide Jose Mourinho with some fresh legs.
Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba were only named as substitutes against Arsenal on Wednesday and could also star here. Place bet on LIVE MATCHES 24/7 ON Naijabet
Anthony Martial picked up a knock in the second half of Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal but Mourinho believes the Frenchman has avoided a serious injury. He may not be risked here, nonetheless. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Fulham”
Liverpool could finish the weekend top of the Premier League, as current leaders Manchester City are away to Chelsea on Saturday evening.
Bournemouth’s four-game losing streak came to an end in midweek, although they were forced to survive a second-half onslaught against Huddersfield. Fatigue could be an issue for Eddie Howe’s side this weekend.
Bournemouth- Lewis Cook has been ruled out for six-nine months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Huddersfield on Tuesday.
With Dan Gosling also ruled out for Bournemouth, Andrew Surman will start in central midfield alongside Jefferson Lerma.
Eddie Howe will have to assess the fitness of his players after surviving a second half onslaught against Huddersfield in midweek. Various betting options are available on site for this weekend games.
Liverpool- Joseph Gomez suffered a fracture to his lower left leg in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley on Wednesday and is sidelined for up to six weeks. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Bournemouth vs Liverpool”
Juventus have only dropped two of the 42 points available in Serie A so far this season. It is in their DNA to win every single match.
Inter have dropped points in two of their last three league matches but are still five points clear of fifth.
Inter Milan may have one eye on their final Champions League group game next week, but the idea of being the first side to beat Juventus in Serie A this season should really motivate them on Friday night.
Juventus- Alex Sandro is still carrying a minor injury and may not be risked on Friday night ahead of Juventus’ busy December schedule.
Paulo Dybala isn’t scoring as much this season but is still an integral part of Massimiliano Allegri’s plans. The Argentine will find space in the starting XI against Inter. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Rodrigo Bentancur is arguably Juventus’ most in-form player at the moment. He is guarenteed a starting berth, though Emre Can has been tipped with a return to the matchday squad here. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Inter Milan”
Manchester United are 16 points off first and eight behind Arsenal in fourth ahead of the midweek Premier League fixtures. Jose Mourinho’s side are already out of the title race and a defeat here would surelt end their hopes of a top-four finish before Christmas.
Arsenal will be high on confidence after crushing Tottenham 4-2 in Unai Emery’s first north London derby. The Gunners are unbeaten in all competitions since August and Emery has done a fantastic job since replacing Arsene Wenger in the summer.
Arsenal haven’t won a Premier League match at Old Trafford since September 2006 but have a golden chance to change that here. United are in disarray and Mourinho’s time at the club appears to be coming to an end.
Manchester United- Manchester United are in terrible shape ahead of Wednesday’s welcome of Arsenal, particularly in defence. Jose Mourinho was forced to play Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay at the back against Southampton at the weekend after being left with just one fully fit centre-back.
Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both missed out at the weekend through injury and Mourinho will be desperate to recover at least one of them here, particularly as Phil Jones could now also be sidelined. Today’s games Latest Odds
Marcos Rojo made the bench against Southampton but only returned to training at the end of last week and has not featured for United at all this season. Mourinho may have no choice but to risk him in midweek. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Arsenal”
Tottenham threw away a 2-1 lead to lose the North London Derby 4-2 on Sunday and Mauricio Pochettino will be demanding a return to winning ways after they slipped below Arsenal in the table. They couldn’t have been handed a more affordable opponent either in Southampton, who they have beaten in five of their last six home meetings with.
Southampton raced into a two-goal lead against Manchester United on Saturday, but capitulated to draw 2-2. The result, coupled with Cardiff’s win over Wolves, saw them drop into the relegation zone and having failed to win their last five away matches, losing four, few are giving them a chance of coming away from Wembley with a positive result.
Indeed, Tottenham should bounce back with a win here.
Tottenham- Jan Vertonghen is suspended after his sending off in the 4-2 loss to Arsenal, with Toby Alderweireld set to come in.
Kieran Trippier has recovered from injury and may start in place of Serge Aurier, but Erik Lamela is sidelined with a thigh problem that forced him to miss the North London Derby. Live Bet on NaijaBet.com
Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen, Mousa Dembele and Davinson Sanchez are all ruled out, while Danny Rose, Harry Winks and Lucas Moura could all start should Mauricio Pochettino look to shuffle his pack. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Southampton”
Burnley are winless in their last seven matches (D2, L5). Turf Moor was once a fortress for the Clarets but they have only won one Premier League home match all season.
Liverpool could be five points behind Manchester City by the time they play on Wednesday. They kept pace over the weekend with a 1-0 win over Everton but the performance was not overly impressive.
Liverpool should certainly beat Burnley but there will be added pressure if City win on Tuesday. Recent encounters between the two sides have produced hard fought, close matches.
Burnley– Robbie Brady suffered an ankle injury late on against Crystal Palace on Saturday and is a doubt here. Steven Defour is also rated a huge doubt and may have to miss out. Bet Now
James Tarkowski was fit enough to make the bench against Palace and Sean Dyche may use the England international from the start here.
Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes will push for starts if Dyche opts to freshen things up ahead of Wednesday’s welcome of Liverpool. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool”
After their 100% start to the season, the wheels look to have really come off for Watford, who now have just two wins to their name from their last 10. Things don’t get any easier for the Hornets here either as they welcome a Manchester City side unbeaten since September to Vicarage Road.
What’s more, City has won their last eight meetings with Watford, and have scored 11 goals in their last two visits to Vicarage Road. Watford may have been solid at the back under Gracia, but few will give them a fighting chance of keeping City out.
Indeed, this should be a routine win for the visitors.
Watford- Etienne Capoue is suspended after his red card in the 2-0 loss at Leicester on Saturday, with Nathaniel Chalobah in line to deputise for the Frenchman.
Adalberto Penaranda and Tom Cleverley are both sidelined due to a lack of fitness, while Daryl Janmaat is a doubt. Bet Now
Javi Gracia could make a couple of changes to the side that lost at the weekend, with Troy Deeney, Christian Kabasele and Adam Masina among those who could come in. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester City”