Emery : A new dawn. A new era. A new chapter for Arsenal

Arsenal have appointed former Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery as their new manager, the Spaniard succeeding the long-serving Arsene Wenger, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Emery, who joined PSG in June 2016, left the French club at the end of this season, having led them to a domestic treble. The 46-year-old had previously guided Spanish side Sevilla to three Europa League titles.

“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said in a statement. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.” Continue reading “Emery : A new dawn. A new era. A new chapter for Arsenal”

FA Cup Final: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea was beaten finalists in last season’s FA Cup final and Antonio Conte will hope to go one further on Saturday, in what could prove his final game in charge of the club.

Manchester United have won their last seven cup matches at Wembley and Jose Mourinho will be determined to have the last laugh in his feud with Conte.

It must be said that neither team are playing particularly well ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final. With Mourinho in one of the dug-outs, a cagey affair should be expected on Saturday. Will either team have enough to win it in normal time?  Place Bet on Various sports game on NaijaBet

Team News

Chelsea- David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu are both ruled out for Chelsea ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Willy Caballero has featured in goal for Chelsea during their FA Cup run to the final but Antonio Conte may turn to Thibaut Courtois on Saturday. Continue reading “FA Cup Final: Chelsea vs Manchester United”

Griezmann goals fires Atletico to Europa title

Antoine Griezmann was the hero for Atletico Madrid as the French striker scored twice in their 3-0 win over Marseille in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Lyon, allowing his club to win the trophy for the third time in nine seasons.

It is Griezmann’s first major title with Atletico, and a fitting way to bow out if he leaves at the season’s end, with Barcelona tipped as his next destination.

Griezmann – brought up in Macon, just 70 kilometres from Lyon – scored once in each half, his lethal finishes coming to either side of Marseille losing Dimitri Payet to injury, the French team’s captain coming off in tears.

Griezmann now has 29 goals this season, although it was Gabi’s late strike that sealed the victory. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering,” said Griezmann, who has spent his whole career in Spain but had only previously won one Spanish Super Cup.

Atletico’s triumph comes after agonising defeats to Real Madrid in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016. They had previously won the Europa League in 2010 and again in 2012, the latter coming just six months after Diego Simeone’s appointment as coach. Continue reading “Griezmann goals fires Atletico to Europa title”

Europa League Final : Marseille vs Atletico Madrid

Marseille lost ground in the race for a Champions League finish as they drew 3-3 with Guingamp on Friday night and they now sit three points behind Monaco ahead of the final week of the season. The Ligue 1 side have won just one of their last four competitive outings and just two of their last four Europa League matches.

They also lost their only visit to Parc OL this season, falling to a 2-0 loss to Lyon back in December, while their form away from the Velodrome in the Europa League this season has been poor, with just one win from their seven away games in Europe this term. Bet Now

Atletico Madrid has too struggled on their travels in European action this season, winning only two of seven away Champions League and Europa League matches.

Their form coming into this one, though, has been commendable, with Diego Simeone overseeing three wins in Atletico’s last four matches. However, like Marseille and the Velodrome, the Spanish side have faltered on their travels of late, with a five-match winless run preceding back-to-back wins over Alaves and Getafe, respectively. Continue reading “Europa League Final : Marseille vs Atletico Madrid”

United draw West Ham to secure second place

Manchester United secured the point they needed to finish second in the Premier League with a dull 0-0 draw at West Ham United on Thursday.

There were few chances in a tepid first half, though Alexis Sanchez forced a good save from West Ham keeper Adrian and Marko Arnautovic looked the most likely West Ham player to make a breakthrough.

Paul Pogba curled a couple of shots narrowly wide for Manchester United, and the France midfielder was booked in the dying stages for kicking out at West Ham’s Mark Noble, who was also shown a yellow card as tempers frayed.

Manchester United, 19 points behind champions Manchester City, moved four points clear of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur with one league game left, and will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 19. West Ham are 15th in the table.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was pleased to secure second place. Start forecasting your weekend games Now

“We are the second best team in the Premier League, a fantastic competition with lots of good teams with six teams trying to finish first,” he said.

Continue reading “United draw West Ham to secure second place”

Match Preview : West Ham vs Manchester United

West Ham have secured their Premier League status for another season following Saturday’s 2-0 win away to Leicester.

Manchester United need a point from their last two matches to guarentee second spot, unless Tottenham fail to win on Wednesday.

West Ham have only lost two of their last eight Premier League home matches and have a real chance to get a good result here. Bet Now

Teams News

West Ham- David Moyes is expected to stick with the side that beat Leicester at the weekend, which means former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Marko Arnautovic is a doubt for the home side but should be okay to start against United on Thursday. Continue reading “Match Preview : West Ham vs Manchester United”

Match Preview : Tottenham vs Newcastle United

Tottenham have faltered in recent weeks and have won only one of their last five matches in all competitions. They have also struggled against Newcastle in recent seasons, losing their last three home league encounters with the Magpies.

Newcastle, too, have struggled having lost their last three after securing the Premier League status for next season. Up against Spurs and Chelsea in their final two games of the campaign, they have a decisive role to play in how the top-4 looks come full time on Sunday.

Spurs may have underwhelmed for the best part of the month, but should have enough to win here. Bet Now NaijaBet

Teams News

Tottenham- Jan Vertonghen returns having been subbed off with an ankle knock in the 1-0 defeat at West Brom, while Serge Aurier misses out.

Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele are ruled out for the home side, which could see Moussa Sissoko start in midfield.

Lucas Moura could come into the side at Erik Lamela’s expense from the team that lost at West Brom. Continue reading “Match Preview : Tottenham vs Newcastle United”

Premier League Match Preview: Leicester vs Arsenal

Leicester have lost four of their last five matches and Claude Puel looks destined for the sack at the end of the season.

Arsenal have lost six Premier League away matches in a row but have a real chance to end that remarkable run here.

Teams News

Leicester- Leicester could be missing up to 11 players for Wednesday’s home match against Arsenal.

Marc Albrighton is suspended for Leicester’s last two games of the season.

Fousseni Diabaté, Kasper Schmeichel, Shinji Okazaki and Aleksandar Dragovic all require late fitness tests. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Arsenal- Konstantinos Mavropanos looks to have nailed down a place in Arsenal’s defence for their last two games of the season.

A back injury ruled Mesut Ozil out of Sunday’s big win over Burnley and he will continue to miss out here.

Nacho Monreal and Aaron Ramsey will hope to return to the starting XI after dropping out at the weekend. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Leicester vs Arsenal”

Match Preview : Chelsea vs Huddersfield

Chelsea are now only two points off the top four after beating Liverpool 1-0 on Sunday. Antonio Conte’s side are finishing the season strongly.

Huddersfield are three points off the drop with two games left but have only won one of their last eight in the league.

Huddersfield are winless in four away league matches and have failed to score in three of those. It’s a streak that should continue on Wednesday night. Bet Now

Teams News

Chelsea- Alvaro Morata is a doubt for Chelsea after missing Sunday’s 1-0 win over Liverpool through injury.

Antonio Conte dropped a forward for an additional midfielder against Liverpool, but is expected to be more attacking in midweek. Continue reading “Match Preview : Chelsea vs Huddersfield”

Europa League Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal (Agg 1-1)

Atletico Madrid’s last gasp away goal in the first leg makes them favourites to progress to the Europa League final on Thursday.

Diego Simeone’s side have kept clean sheets in each of their last 11 home matches in all competitions.

Arsenal will be kicking themselves for gifting Atletico the equaliser at the Emirates last week. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

The Gunners have only won two of their last 12 away games in all competitions.

Team News

Atletico Madrid- Sime Vrsaljko is suspended for Atletico Madrid after being shown a red card in the first leg. With Juanfran also expected to miss out, Thomas Parety may be required at right-back.

Angel Correa was sent off at the weekend but is free to start on Thursday, while Diego Costa also proved his fitness with 63 minutes against Alaves. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal (Agg 1-1)”

Europa League Match Preview: Salzburg vs Marseille (Agg0-2)

Salzburg are 2-0 down from the first leg but are unbeaten at home this season. The Austrian outfit even put four past Lazio at home in the last round and have nothing to fear on Thursday.

Marseille are in the driving seat but have struggled for consistency on the road this season. In fact, they have only won one of six matches away from home in the Europa League, failing to score in four of those. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Salzburg have already beaten Marseille at home this season, winning 1-0 in the group phase. Despite Marseille’s woes away from home in the competition, have never conceded more once in a game. Can they see out the second leg and make the final?

Team News

Salzburg- Xaver Schlager will hope to return to the starting XI on Thursday after dropping to the bench in the first leg.

Salzburg have no reported injury concerns ahead of their Europa League sem-final second leg. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Salzburg vs Marseille (Agg0-2)”

UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

Real Madrid are in the driving seat in this Champions League semi-final, but as they showed in the last round, they can not take any lead for granted.

Bayern Munich are down but certainly not out. Juventus beat Madrid at the Bernabéu in the last round and Bayern have to believe they can do the same.

Do Madrid have Munich’s number at the moment? The reigning European champions have won each of the last four meetings between the two teams.

Team News

Real Madrid- Daniel Carvajal has been been ruled out for Real Madrid due to an injury picked up in the first leg, while Isco is a huge doubt.

Nacho returned to training at the start of the week but hasn’t played in more a month and will not be at 100% here. Bet Now

With a lack of other alternatives at right-back, Lucas Vazquez may have to fill in again, as he did at the end of the first leg.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos were given the weekend off, while Raphael Varane has a slight problem and was not risked.

Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale were only named on the bench in the first leg but Zinedine Zidane may call on one of them here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich”

Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Watford

Tottenham have endured a disappointing week that saw them lose ground in the race to secure a Champions League spot next season and miss out on the chance of silverware.

Three successive defeats at Wembley is unlikely to have helped the side and they need to return to winning ways on Monday night to help end the campaign on a high.

They couldn’t be facing more welcoming opponents in Watford, who haven’t won away from home since the end of November. The Hornets have lost 10 of their last 11 away matches and have lost their last four away trips to Tottenham, scoring one and conceding 12. Place bet on LIVE matches online 24/7 on NaijaBet

Despite a downturn in form of late, Spurs should secure a key three points when they welcome Watford to Wembley.

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Tottenham- Mauricio Pochettino is without Harry Winks once again as he looks to oversee a return to winning ways following a three-match winless run that saw Tottenham crash out of the FA Cup and stutter in the race for a top-4 finish. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Watford”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid

Arsenal have won their last six home matches in a row. They have scored at least three goals in each of those matches.

Atletico Madrid have only won one of their last five and have failed to score in their last two. They are winless in their last four away matches, losing 3-0 most recently to Real Sociedad.

Atletico were the favourites when this draw was made but have Arsenal caught them at the perfect time? The Gunners will need to win well on Thursday as their away form has been dreadful all season.

Team News

Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette will continue up front in the Europa League as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied for Arsenal. Bet Now

Jack Wilshere has missed Arsenal’s last two matches but has since returned to training. Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech are also back in training.

Mohamed Elneny suffered ankle ligament damage at the weekend and is out for the rest of the season. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid”

Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Salzburg

Marseille have only lost one of their last 21 home matches in all competitions.

Salzburg have only lost two of their last 21 away matches in all competitions.

Salzburg have scored exactly two goals in their last three away games in the Europa League.

Marseille have scored 5 goals in each of their last two home matches.

Team News

Marseille- Hiroki Sakai is expected to miss Marseille’s Europa League semi-final first leg against RB Leipzig after coming off in the first half of their 5-1 win over Lille at the weekend. Bet now on NaijaBet

Valere Germain, Kostas Mitroglou and Clinton N’Jie are in competition for a starting berth up front, while Morgan Sanson, Maxime Lopez and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa battle for a place alongside Luiz Gustavo in midfield.

Boubacar Kamara and Steve Mandanda are also ruled out for the home side ahead of their meeting with Salzburg. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Salzburg”

Champion League Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

Bayern Munich are looking to make the Champions League final for the first time since 2013. In their way stand a Real Madrid side that are bidding to win the Champions League for a record third successive year.

Madrid have won the last five competitive meetings between the two sides and have to be favoured given the form of Cristiano Ronaldo. They have conceded in 10 of their last 12 away matches in the competition, however.

Bayern are undefeated at home this season, even keeping clean sheets in five of their last six. They have scored at least five goals in five of their last eight matches on home soil, but can they repeat such fine form against the reigning champions? Bet Now

Team News

Bayern Munich- Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery, Thomas Müller, Javi Martinez, Joshua Kimmich, and Mats Hummels will all return to the starting XI here after being held back at the weekend.

Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal and Manuel Neuer are all sidelined for Bayern Munich, while Rafinha is expected to start at left-back with David Alaba a doubt. Continue reading “Champion League Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid”

Champions League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Roma

Liverpool have kept clean sheets in each of their last four Champions League home matches, their best run in the competition’s history.

Roma have lost their last three away matches in the Champions League, falling to a 4-1 defeat against Barcelona most recently.

Liverpool have lost two of their last three home matches against Italian opposition but are expected to take a first leg lead to Rome.

Team News

Liverpool- Jordan Henderson is available again after missing their last Champions League game and will slot straight back into midfield. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Roberto Firmino, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will be recalled to the starting XI after being held back at the weekend. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Roma”

Match Preview : Burnley vs Chelsea

Burnley will leapfrog Arsenal into sixth if they beat Chelsea on Thursday, albeit having played a game more. The Clarets have won their last five on the bounce and will fancy their chances of beating Chelsea.

Chelsea survived a scare at the weekend after coming from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2. They can pull to within four points of fourth place Tottenham with a win here, albeit having played a game more than their London rivals.

Chelsea have an FA Cup semi-final on Sunday and this is exactly the type of opponent Antonio Conte would prefer to avoid just days before their trip to Wembley. Burnley’s winning streak could well continue here. Bet Now on Naija and Bet

Team News

Burnley- Kevin Long has performed well in Ben Mee’s absence and may be rewarded with another start at the heart of Burnley’s defence here.

Sean Dyche has no reason to make any changes to his starting XI as Burnley close in on sixth place Arsenal. Continue reading “Match Preview : Burnley vs Chelsea”

Laliga Match Preview : Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid

Real Sociedad have won back-to-back games and kept consecutive clean sheets in recent weeks, with the Basque club looking to turn a corner in terms of confidence.

The hosts have kept three clean sheets in a row now in La Liga, with the balance being struck between creativity in attack and solidity at the back.

Atletico Madrid got back to winning ways against Levante last time out, and Antoine Griezmann continues to look in excellent form ahead of facing his former club. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Team News

Real Sociedad- Tono is expected to be preferred to Geronimo Rulli in goal, due to Miguel Angel Moya’s absence.

Diego Llorente is set to partner Raul Navas at the heart of the defence.

No changes are expected in the forward line, with Real Sociedad kicking on well since Eusebio’s sacking. Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview : Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid”

Match Preview : Leicester vs Southampton

Leicester have nothing left to play for this season after falling nine points behind seventh place Burnley. They must now try and cement a top half finish with five games left to play.

Southampton blew a 2-0 lead at home to Chelsea on Saturday and ended up losing 3-2. It’s their second consecutive 3-2 defeat where they have been ahead at some stage of the match.

Those two defeats have left Southampton five points adrift of safety and running out of time to save their top-flight status.

To make matters worse, Southampton have failed to score on their last three visits to the King Power Stadium. Latest Odds on NaijaBet 

Team News

Leicester- Leicester welcome back Wilfred Ndidi from suspension and he will slot back into midfield to ease Claude Puel’s woes in that position.

Kasper Schmeichel was forced off towards the end of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Burnley and may need replacing in goal here.

Marc Alrbighton and Christian Fuchs will push for recalls against the Saints. Continue reading “Match Preview : Leicester vs Southampton”

Laliga Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 14 league matches, with Zidane’s men riding high on confidence after getting into the Champions League semi finals too.

The hosts have also won five of their last six La Liga matches at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with only Atletico Madrid able to grind out a point.

Athletic have won just one of their last seven away games in La Liga, with Kuko Ziganda’s men failing to score in four of their last five games on the road.

Team News

Real Madrid- Nacho is Zinedine Zidane’s only selection concern heading into this game.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were rested at the weekend and should be fresh to start up front. Bet Now NaijaBet

Isco is expected to feature in behind the front two after some great recent form. Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao”

Match Preview : Bournemouth vs Manchester United

Bournemouth have only lost four of their last 17 matches in all competitions but have drawn eight games in that spell.

The Cherries have only lost one of their last nine home matches but haven’t kept a clean sheet at Dean Court since November.

Manchester United followed up their amazing Manchester derby victory with a dismal 1-0 defeat to bottom side West Brom on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho will demand a response from his players on Wednesday night but whether he gets one is far from certain.

Team News

Bournemouth- Callum Wilson should return to the starting XI after only making the bench against Liverpool on Saturday. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas are injury concerns for the home side, while Tyrone Mings lack match fitness. Continue reading “Match Preview : Bournemouth vs Manchester United”

Laliga Match Preview : Celta Vigo vs Barcelona

Celta Vigo have lost just one of their last four La Liga matches, with Juan Carlos Unzue’s men right in the mix for a Europa League finish come the end of the campaign.

The hosts are unbeaten in their last seven home outings at Balaidos, with La Celeste also managing to keep three clean sheets in their last four attempts in Galicia.

Barcelona broke La Liga’s record for the longest unbeaten period last time out against Valencia, and they will be looking to add to their impressive run.

Team News

Celta Vigo- Hugo Mallo and Pablo Hernandez both miss out due to suspension for the home side. Place bet on tonight’s games on NaijaBet

Nemanja Radoja will partner Stanislav Lobotka in central midfield as a result.

Facundo Roncaglia should slot in at right-back, with Gustavo Cabral in at centre-back. Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview : Celta Vigo vs Barcelona”

Match Preview : Brighton vs Tottenham

Brighton fell to a 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday, yet remain seven points above the relegation zone after Southampton’s 3-2 loss to Chelsea. The Seagulls, though, have failed to win their last four league matches, losing three.

Tottenham too lost over the weekend, succumbing to defeat to champions Manchester City at Wembley. They have, however, lost only two league games since December, both against City, and secured a 2-0 win over Brighton in the reverse fixture.

Brighton appear to be limping over the finish line, while Spurs are still battling to secure a top-4 finish. The visitors should return to winning ways here, but it won’t be easy for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Team News

Brighton- Davy Propper is suspended for the home side, with Beram Kayal expected to continue alongside Dale Stephens in midfield.

Steve Sidwell is sidelined and is Chris Hughton’s only other absentee ahead of the welcome of Tottenham. Bet Now NaijaBet

Anthony Knockaert could come in for Jurgen Locadia from the side that lost 3-2 to Crystal Palace Continue reading “Match Preview : Brighton vs Tottenham”

Europa League Match Preview : CSKA Moscow vs Arsenal

CSKA Moscow are 4-1 down from the first leg and have little to no chance of overturning the deficit. They warmed up for Thursday’s match by losing 2-1 at home to relegation strugglers Dinamo Moscow on Monday.

Arsenal should have done enough in the first leg to secure their place in the last four of the Europa League. The Gunners have won their last six matches in all competitions.Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

CSKA have failed to win their last six home fixtures against Premier League opponents and that streak should continue here. Arsenal have only won two of their last nine away games, but both victories came in the Europa League.

Team News

CSKA Moscow- Kirill Nababkin returns for CSKA Moscow after missing the first leg through suspension. Pontus Wernbloom and Bibras Natcho are one booking away from a one-match ban in UEFA competition.

Viktor Vasin and Mario Fernandes are the only injury concerns for CSKA Moscow on Thursday, both are sidelined for the Russian side. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : CSKA Moscow vs Arsenal”