EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Southampton

Liverpool secured a 3-2 win over PSG in midweek to get their Champions League campaign up and running. Jurgen Klopp will have been unhappy in the manner with which they threw away a two-goal lead, but they are unbeaten in their last four home league meetings with Southampton.

Saints, too, threw away a two-goal lead earlier this week as they were held 2-2 by Brighton. They won their last away league game, coming away 2-0 victors at Crystal Palace, yet will be up against it against a rampant Liverpool side.

Liverpool has looked a little shaky at the back of late but should extend their unbeaten home run and maintain their 100% start to the season here. Latest weekend game odds, Bet now on NaijaBet

Team News

Liverpool- Dejan Lovren has returned to training, but he is unlikely to start for Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp unlikely to make wholesale changes, despite their Carabao Cup meeting with Chelsea next week.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are ruled out with knee and groin problems, respectively. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Southampton”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Vorskla

Unai Emery is not going to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League and has a track record of winning the competition. The Gunners should be considered one of the favourites this season. After a difficult start to the season, they have won three in a row.

Vorskla are big underdogs heading into this fixture but the Ukranian side at least has some momentum heading into this clash with three wins in a row. In the Europa League, however, they have only won one of their last 10 matches.

Vorskla has failed to score in four of their last five away games in the Europa League and Arsenal should have their eyes on a comprehensive victory on Thursday evening.

Team News

Arsenal- Three-time Europa League winner Unai Emery has already revealed he wants to win the competition with Arsenal, suggesting they will they field fairly strong teams.

Lucas Torreira has been eased into life at Arsenal since joining over the summer and is expected to make his full debut for the club on Thursday. Bernd Leno could also debut for the Gunners. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Vorskla”

Europa League Match Preview: PAOK Thessaloniki FC vs Chelsea

PAOK have picked up some impressive results so far this season, eliminating FC Basel from Champions League qualification and even drawing away to Benfica before being humbled 4-1 at home to the Portuguese side. That remains their only defeat in nine competitive games this season.

Chelsea has made a 100 percent start to the season but expect a disjointed performance on Thursday if Maurizio Sarri goes down the route of making wholesale changes. There could be a lot of players picked that haven’t played a great deal this season but the Blues are favourites regardless.

Team News

PAOK Thessaloniki FC- Right-back Leo Matos is suspended after being sent off against Benfica in their last European game.

Former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom could line up against Chelsea on Thursday. Bet Now

Ex-CSKA Moscow midfielder Pontus Wernbloom is another Chelsea will have to keep an eye on.

Fernando Varela played both legs against Benfica at centre-back and could join former Aston Villa defender Jose Crespo at the heart of PAOK’s defence.

The Greek side also has former Wolfsburg defender Vieirinha in their ranks ahead of the Chelsea clash. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: PAOK Thessaloniki FC vs Chelsea”

UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Roma

Real Madrid and Roma were both held to draws at the weekend but Roma’s result was more of a shock as they were 2-0 up against Chievo.

Julen Lopetegui has made an unbeaten start to life as the manager and is expected to win his first Champions League game in charge of the reigning champions.

Roma, meanwhile, has struggled so far this season and throwing away a 2-0 lead would have impacted their confidence even more.

The Serie A side has only won one of their opening four competitive matches this season and lost 2-0 on their last visit to the Bernabeu.

Team News

Real Madrid- No surprises are expected from Real Madrid when they host Roma on Wednesday.

Isco and Casemiro made a difference off the bench against Athletic Club on Saturday night but only the latter is expected to start. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Roma”

UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Manchester United

Young Boys have won only two of their last 10 European games (D4, L4)

Manchester United have lost only three of their last 20 European matches (W13, D4).

United are the overwhelming favourites in this match and their quality should eventually show. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Team News

BSC Young Boys– Young Boys have four injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s welcome of European giants Manchester United: Pedro Teixeira, Jordan Lotomba, Gregory Wuthrich, and Sandro Lauper.

The home side were pushed all the way to extra-time on Saturday night in the Swiss Cup and fatigue could prove an issue here.

Wuthrich, usually at center-back, missed out through injury and would be a big loss for Gerardo Seoane’s side.

Manchester United– Luke Shaw was not risked against Watford on Sunday but Jose Mourinho afterward confirmed he would start against Young Boys on Wednesday. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Manchester United”

UCL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Lyon

 

Pep Guardiola was unhappy with Manchester City’s finishing in their 3-0 win over Fulham. City are unbeaten this season but are still searching for their best form.

Lyon has stuttered their way through the start of the season. The French side has only won two of their opening five matches but has lost only one of their last six matches against English clubs.

After going 13 Champions League home matches unbeaten, City have lost their last two at the Etihad (vs Basel and Liverpool). Nevertheless, they should come through this potentially tricky contest with three points.

Team News

Manchester City– Benjamin Mendy picked up a knee injury at the end of last week and is not expected to feature here.

Fabian Delph is expected to replace Mendy at left-back, but Aymeric Laporte can also play there.

Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany and John Stones compete for a starting berth at centre-back. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Lyon”

UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Juventus

Valencia has made a poor start to the season, winless in their first four league matches. They have drawn three of those games but will need to step it up to get anything from this match.

Juventus haven’t clicked into gear and are still trying to find the best formation to maximise Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence in the team. The Old Lady have, however, made a 100 percent start to the season.

Juventus’ record away to Spanish sides is not good. They have only won five of a possible 27 matches but have a great chance to change that here. Valencia has lost five of their last eight matches in the Champions League proper. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Team News

Valencia- Geoffrey Kondogbia came off after 14 minutes of Valencia’s 0-0 draw with Real Betis on Saturday and is not expected to feature here as a result, with Ezequiel Garay and Francis Coquelin also injury concerns.

Michy Batshuayi has been limited to just four substitute appearances since joining Valencia on loan from Chelsea in the summer and may have to settle for another place on the bench here. Santi Mina and Kevin Gameiro are battling to partner Rodrigo in attack.

Gonçalo Guedes came off the bench against Betis to make his first appearance since returning to Valencia this summer but he may not be ready to start just yet, which is a blow for the home side. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Juventus”

UCL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Paris Saint Germain

Liverpool has started a Premier League season with five straight wins for the first time in their history.

Paris Saint-Germain also has a 100 percent record this season but are yet to hit top gear under Thomas Tuchel.

PSG have scored in each of their last 16 Champions League games but have lost their last two away matches in the competition.

This is the game of the round and should be thoroughly entertaining, between two sides that love to attack. Various betting options are available for today’s matches on NaijaBet

Team News

 Liverpool- Captain Jordan Henderson was on the bench against Tottenham at the weekend but will be considered by Jurgen Klopp here, in what will be Liverpool’s only change. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Paris Saint Germain”

UCL Match Preview: Monaco vs Atletico Madrid

Monaco has made a poor start to the season. The French side has only won one of their last six matches in all competitions.

Atletico Madrid has also underperformed this season. The Spanish side has only kept one clean sheet in five games, which is not like them.

Monaco are without a win in eight European games but have won their last three matches against La Liga opposition.

Atletico, however, has lost only one of their 13 fixtures against Ligue 1 sides and are unbeaten in their last five such fixtures (W3, D2).

Team News

Monaco- Monaco have injury problems ahead of Tuesday’s encounter with Atletico Madrid, notably still missing summer signing Aleksandr Golovin Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Monaco vs Atletico Madrid”

UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs PSV Eindhoven

Barcelona have won their Champions League group in each of the past 11 seasons. They have started the season with a 100 per cent record.

PSV have won seven games in a row and have scored 13 goals in their last two outings.

The Dutch giants, however, haven’t won away in the Champions League proper since November 2007, losing seven of their subsequent 10 matches.

Barcelona are unbeaten in 26 Champions League home matches and are expected to continue that streak on Tuesday. Predict, Stake and Win Big

Team News

Barcelona-  Few surprises are expected from Barcelona when they host PSV in their first Champions League game of the season. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs PSV Eindhoven”

UCL Match Preview: Inter Milan vs Tottenham

After a hefty level of investment, Inter has started the season slowly, earning just four of 12 available points. They’re yet to win at San Siro this campaign and have failed to win their last four home games.

Tottenham are stuttering after back-to-back league defeats following a run of three successive victories to kick off the season and are yet to wholly convince this term. The Premier League side has lost their only two meetings with Inter at San Siro, conceding four goals in each of those two games.

Neither team will want to lose here, so we could see a cagey affair that may end in a low scoring draw. Various Champions Leagues betting options are available on site

Team News

Inter Milan– Dalbert, Roberto Gagliardini and Joao Mario have all been left out of Inter’s Champions League squad and are ineligible.

Luciano Spalletti faces a minor injury concern at right-back, with Sime Vrsaljko out and Danilo D’Ambrosio a doubt for the welcome of Tottenham, which may see Milan Skriniar deputise here and Miranda start alongside Stefan De Vrij at the heart of the defence. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Inter Milan vs Tottenham”

SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo

Juventus have won their first three league games and are already two points clear at the top of Serie A.

Sassuolo start the weekend as Juventus’ closest challengers after making a surprise start to the season.

The Neroverdi have scored more goals than any other team in the division this season (8).

Juventus are favourites but Sassuolo will hope the Old Lady suffer from a lapse in concentration with the start of the Champions League a few days away.

Team News

Juventus- Massimiliano Allegri is expected to pick most of his team based on who featured the least during the international break or who had the shortest trip. Various SerieA Betting Options are available on Site

Cristiano Ronaldo skipped the break with Portugal to fine-tune his game with Juventus after a disappointing start to life in Italy.

Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa might all be rested this weekend with an eye on their Champions League opener against Valencia next week. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo”

Laliga Match Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid

Athletic are still unbeaten in La Liga under Eduardo Berizzo, but were robbed of the chance to extend their form when Rayo’s stadium was closed for match day three.

Los Leones have scraped their way to their first four points of the season, but already looked much improved in comparison to last season under Kuko Ziganda.

Real Madrid have cantered to victory in their first three league outings, with Lopetegui’s side definitely taking on his ideas well so far.

Team News

Athletic Bilbao- Aritz Aduriz is back fit to lead the line for the home side this weekend. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Inigo Martinez is back fit and got some minutes for Spain recently, which could see Peru Nolaskoain drop to the bench.

Inaki Williams should return to the left wing, with Raul Garcia set to offer an edge in midfield. Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid”

EPL Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester United

Watford are one of only three sides with a 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season. The Hornets have incredibly won their opening four matches.

Manchester United have won two and lost two of their opening four and languish down in mid-table. It’s been a difficult start to the season for Jose Mourinho and it shows no sign of relenting here.

United have struggled at Vicrage Road of late. They have conceded on each of their last five visits and have shipped five goals in their last two. Did the international break come at the wrong time for Watford or can they inflict more misery on Mourinho’s side?

Team News

Watford- Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu and Miguel Britos are the only injury concerns for Watford this weekend.

Javi Gracia is not expected to make any changes from the side that started their 2-1 win over Tottenham before the international break.

Manchester United- Diogo Dalot insists he is ready to make his Manchester United derby but will likely be saved for their EFL Cup match with Derby later this month.

Marcus Rashford starts a three-match suspension this weekend after a straight red card against Burnley before the international break. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester United”

EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Cardiff

Chelsea have won their first four Premier League games while Cardiff have two points from four games and are only a point above the bottom three and Cardiff have lost 4-1 on their last two trips to Stamford Bridge.

Team News

Chelsea- Cesc Fabregas is still on the mend, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is reportedly sidelined for a few weeks with a foot injury. Few changes are expected from the home side.

Cardiff- Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Aron Gunnarsson are sidelined, while Josh Murphy remains a doubt.

Kenneth Zohore will hope to return to the starting XI at the expense of Bobby Reid.

Danny Ward scored on his first start of the season and will hope to be rewarded with another go from the off here. Place on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

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Chelsea have been drawing at half-time and winning at full time in their last 3 matches (Premier League). Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Cardiff”

EPL Match Preview: Tottenham vs Liverpool

Tottenham’s 100% start to the season came to an abrupt end before the international break as they fell to a 2-1 loss at Watford. They won this fixture 4-1 last season, but this won’t be a mere walk in the park for the north London side.

Along with Watford and Chelsea, Liverpool have won four of four and top the Premier League coming into their trip to Wembley. Since their 4-1 loss to Spurs at Wembley last term, the Reds have conceded just 23 goals in 33 league matches, fewer than any other top-flight side over that same period.

This is a tough one to call, but promises to be an exciting match between two of the Premier League’s most entertaining teams. Various betting options are available on site, Bet now

Team News

Tottenham- Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to call Eric Dier back into the squad after starting the 2-1 loss to Watford on the bench.

Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli miss out through injury, with Michel Vorm and Mousa Dembele set to start in goal and midfield, respectively, while Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela will be assessed before Saturday’s lunchtime kick off.

Juan Foyth and Vincent Janssen are both ruled out for the hosts, but Son Heung-Min has returned from international duty. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Tottenham vs Liverpool”

EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Newcastle United

Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend and will look to return to winning ways when they host Newcastle. They’ve won five of their last six home meetings with Newcastle, scoring 22 goals in that run.

Newcastle have made a disappointing start to the season, picking up just one point so far, and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

Against a City side hellbent on returning to winning ways after a week off from competitive action, they could face a long 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

Indeed, the hosts should make light work of Newcastle here. NaijaBet

Team News

Manchester City- Pep Guardiola is without Danilo, Eliaquim Mangala, Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo for the welcome of Newcastle.

The City boss could name a similar looking XI to the one that started the 6-1 win over Huddersfield, which would see Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus lead the attack. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Newcastle United”

EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Bournemouth

Chelsea have won their first three league games and beat Newcastle last weekend with 81% possession. They were turned over 3-0 the last time they played Bournemouth at home and will be out for revenge on Saturday.

Bournemouth have made an impressive start to the season, unbeaten through four matches in all competitions. They even came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Everton last weekend.

This should be an entertaining game between two sides that try and play appealing football. Chelsea haven’t had it all their own way against the Cherries in the past and should expect another tough encounter.

Team News

Chelsea- Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has no reason to make any changes from the side that beat Newcastle last weekend.

Eden Hazard started his first game of the season and will remain in the XI.

Bournemouth- Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma both made their Bournemouth debuts in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over MK Dons in the EFL Cup. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Bournemouth”

EPL Match Preview: Leicester vs Liverpool

Leicester have won three in a row since their opening day defeat to Manchester United and have kept clean sheets in two of those outings.

Liverpool have made a 100 percent start to the season after three matches and are the only side left in the Premier League yet to concede.

Leicester are in a good place at the moment but the absence of Jamie Vardy really hurts their chances of getting something on Saturday afternoon.

Liverpool are Vardy’s favourite opponents in terms of goals scored (7) and would have put their perfect defensive record to the test. Various Betting Options are available on Site

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won three of the last four meetings between the two sides, all by a one-goal margin. It should be slightly more comfortable for them here.

Team News

Leicester- Jamie Vardy completes a three-game ban for Leicester this weekend and his absence is a huge blow for the Foxes. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Leicester vs Liverpool”

Ronaldo’s bicycle kick against Juve wins Uefa goal of season

Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against current club Juventus has been voted Uefa’s goal of the season.

The former Real Madrid striker beat competition from 11 nominees for the award in honour of his goal in last season’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg in Turin.

“Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Will never forget that moment, especially the reaction of the fans in the stadium,” the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said. Naija and Bet

Real Madrid were already leading against the Italian champions thanks to Ronaldo’s opener after just two minutes when he acrobatically blasted in Dani Carvajal’s cross on 64 minutes.

Ronaldo said it was “the best goal” of his career and it helped Real to a 3-0 win on the night and moved them a step closer to an eventual quarterfinal victory over Juve. The Spanish club went on to win the competition for the third consecutive season. Continue reading “Ronaldo’s bicycle kick against Juve wins Uefa goal of season”

EPL Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Newcastle have started the season with two straight defeats. Their performances have been good in patches but Rafa Benitez will be desperate to get some points on the board as quickly as possible.

Maurizio Sarri has won his first two Premier League games as Chelsea manager, defeating Huddersfield and Arsenal. Now he faces off against the man he replaced at Napoli in 2015, Rafa Benitez. Sarri is unbeaten in two previous meetings with Benitez, downing Napoli 4-2 with minnows Empoli in one of the matches.

Chelsea are winless in their last five matches away to Newcastle, so can expect a tough afternoon on Sunday. They have lost four of those but are in a much better place compared to their opponents heading into the weekend and will hope to change that record here.

Team News

Newcastle United- Isaac Hayden is suspended for Newcastle after his red card against Cardiff last time out. Various Betting options on NaijaBet

Newcastle potentially have a crisis at right-back after Javier Manquillo succumbed to injury last weekend Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Chelsea”

SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Lazio

Juventus struggled more than expected against Chievo last weekend, coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2 with a late winner.

Lazio took the lead against Napoli last weekend but ended up losing 2-1. Their difficult start to the season continues here with a trip to Turin.

Lazio are better than Chievo and Juventus will have to improve if they are to come away with three points on this occasion. Naija and Bet

Team News

Juventus- Mario Mandzukic is favourite to start ahead of Juan Cuadrado in the supporting trio. This would mean moving Douglas Costa to the right flank.

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his home debut for Juventus this weekend in front of a sell-out crowd. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Lazio”

EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs West Ham

Arsenal have lost their first two league matches but Unai Emery was handed a difficult start, with matches against the last two Premier League cham- pions Manchester City and Chelsea. The Gunners will be desperate to get off the mark in this London derby.

West Ham have also lost their first two matches, following up a 4-0 loss to Liverpool with a 2-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth last weekend.  The latter would have been particularly disappointing for the Hammers as they took the lead in that match.

West Ham have only scored two goals in their last five matches against Arsenal and were beaten 4-1 on their last visit to the Emirates. Their difficult start to the season looks set to continue here.

Team News

Arsenal- Mesut Ozil could lose his place in the starting XI after an unconvincing start to life under new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

Granit Xhaka has also struggled in midfield for the Gunners and will surely be replaced against West Ham.

Nacho Monreal recovered from injury to start at left-back for Arsenal and should continue here for the home side. Bet Now 

Danny Welbeck was fit enough for a place on the bench against Chelsea last weekend. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs West Ham”

EPL Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City

Wolves have made a disappointing start to life back in the Premier League, only managing one point from their opening two matches.

Manchester City are high on confidence after thrashing Huddersfield 6-1 last weekend. They have made a perfect start to the defence of their Premier League title.

Pep Guardiola’s side failed to score in 120 minutes against Wolves in the League Cup last season, requiring penalties against the then-Championship side.

Wolves can take confidence from that performance but they aren’t expected to have the same joy here. City already look irresistible and look set for another three points. Start forecasting your weekend games Now 

Team News

Wolverhampton Wanderers- Adama Traoré made his Wolves debut from the bench in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester last weekend and will push to start here.

Matt Doherty was forced off following a horrendous tackle from Jamie Vardy last weekend, which resulted in a red card for the Leicester striker, and remains a doubt here.

Ivan Cavaleiro is expected to miss out for the home side once again, while Leander Dendoncker lacks match fitness and will hope to make the bench at best here. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City”

EPL Match Preview: Brighton vs Manchester United

Brighton slipped to a 2-0 defeat away to Watford on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season and will be out to cause a shock against Manchester United for a second home encounter in a row.

United overcame Leicester 2-1 last weekend but generally struggled away to sides like Brighton and Huddersfield last season. Jose Mourinho’s side are still vulnerable in these early stages and will have to improve their performance from last weekend to come away with all three points here.

Brighton have conceded a staggering 23 league goals from set-pieces since the start of last season and the return of Ashley Young could prove key for the away side here. Only Watford have conceded more (24) from deadball positions in the Premier League during the same period. Bet Now

Team News

Brighton- Yves Bissouma made a good impact off the bench in Brighton’s opening-weekend 2-0 defeat to Watford and will push for a full debut here.

Glenn Murray recovered from a knock to start against the Hornets, while Jurgen Locadia was only fit enough for a place on the bench.

Chris Hughton is hopeful Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone will be available next weekend, while James Tilley remains a doubt for the Seagulls. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Brighton vs Manchester United”