Manchester City starts the weekend top of the league but they could be as low as third by the time the derby starts. Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the league this season and have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven in the competition.
City have only conceded four league goals all season and three were by defenders and the other was a Danny Ings penalty.
Manchester United have conceded the first goal in each of their last three away matches but have avoided defeat in all three games (W2, D1) after producing a remarkable comeback against Juventus in midweek, winning 2-1. Jose Mourinho’s side are also the only side to beat City at the Etihad in the Premier League in the last 37 games there.
Despite showing signs of revival in recent weeks, it would be a huge surprise if United even managed a draw on Sunday. City are producing jaw-dropping football on a weekly basis and should prove too much for Mourinho’s men. There will certainly be no way back for United if they continue to start games poorly. City are too ruthless for that and will certainly punish any mistakes. Various betting options are available on site for this weekend games
Manchester City- Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy were given the night off in Wednesday’s 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk. The latter will certainly start here, while Kompany, who has a great derby record, will also hope to feature. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United”
AC Milan has won five of their last six games in Serie A and has only lost one of their last 10 in the league. Alessio Romagnoli has scored dramatic stoppage-time winners in their last two league outings.
Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on home soil in midweek, their first defeat of the season in any competition. In Serie A they have won 10 of their first 11 matches, drawing the other.
There is a reason the Old Lady have not lost successive matches since August 2015 and they should respond in typical Juventus fashion on Sunday night.
AC Milan- Ivan Strinic, Mattia Caldara, Davide Calabria and Lucas Biglia are all sidelined for AC Milan, while Gennaro Gattuso has a raft of other injury concerns as well. Bet Now
Gonzalo Higuain is the main one and the Argentina international will be desperate to recover from injury in time to face off against his former club.
Juventus- With Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa both at risk of missing out for the second game in a row, Massimiliano Allegri may be limited in what he can do in attack. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: AC Milan vs Juventus”
Dortmund sit top of the Bundesliga table, four points ahead of Bayern, and looked much improved this season under new manager Lucien Favre. They are unbeaten at the Signal-Iduna-Park this season in all competitions and have scored three or more goals in six of their seven home games in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
Bayern Munich has endured a rough start under new manager Niko Kovac and their rather old and thin squad seems past their peak, with younger players like Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso and Thiago out injured. They have picked up positive results returned since mid-October, but they are not performing to their best, illustrated by several narrow wins against lesser sides.
Dortmund has a huge chance to extend the gap between themselves and Bayern to seven points here and the 2-0 Champions League defeat at Atletico in midweek might have served as a timely wake-up call. Their impressive home form against strong opposition and the relentless support from their crowd could carry them to another victory here and set the ground for a tense title race this season.
Borussia Dortmund- Dan-Axel Zagadou and Ömer Toprak compete for a spot at centre-back.
Raphael Guerreiro could get a chance on the left flank, with Christian Pulisic not in his best form and Jadon Sancho possibly switching to the right.
Mario Gotze and Jacob Bruun Larsen offer further alternatives in attacking positions. Continue reading “Bundesliga Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich”
Arsenal has a 100 per cent record in Group E after three matches and have already won their hardest fixture on paper: away to Sporting. The Gunners will guarantee a place in the next round with a win, while a draw would be enough if Vorskla loses at home to Qarabag.
Sporting are still in a good position in the group despite losing at home to Arsenal. They are three points clear of Vorskla in second and are expected to progress even if they lose on Thursday.
Sporting has won just two of 11 matches in England (D2, L7) and are winless in their last six matches there (D1, L5). Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches (W12, D2) and should maintain that run on Thursday.
Arsenal- Matteo Guendouzi missed Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday through suspension and will start Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Sporting.
Sead Kolasinac returned from injury against Liverpool to make his first appearance in nearly a month. He could continue at left-back here, unless Granit Xhaka is asked to play there again.
Sokratis will start at centre-back if he recovers from injury in time, partnering up with Rob Holding. Petr Cech will hope to start in goal after missing the reverse fixture despite being fit. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Sporting CP”
Chelsea has won their first three Europa League group stage matches and are the runaway leaders in Group L, six points clear of the chasing pack. A win on Thursday will secure a place in the next round.
BATE Borisov are bottom of the group but level on points with the other two teams. They are only bottom due to an inferior goal difference.
BATE Borisov still have a good chance of making the knockout stage of the competition and their objective should be to keep this a low-scoring match.
BATE Borisov- Vladislav Malkevich and Vladislav Mukhamedov remain sidelined for BATE Borisov ahead of Thursday’s welcome of Chelsea. Place bet on Live Events 24/7
Chelsea- Olivier Giroud missed Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace but Maurizio Sarri expects the Frenchman to return against BATE Borisov. Ethan Ampadu is the only other injury concern for Chelsea. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: BATE Borisov vs Chelsea”
Juventus are top of Group H after winning their first three matches. The Old Lady are one of only two teams yet to concede in the competition and are overwhelming favourites to win on Wednesday after easily beating Manchester United last month.
United are still in second after Valencia surprisingly only managed a draw with group minnows Young Boys last time out. Valencia host the Swiss side in the group’s other game and United have to assume they will win this time. Jose Mourinho’s side could well be third by the end of play.
You sense the next five days will be huge for United’s season. After playing Juventus they have the first Manchester derby of the season and it’s highly likely they will lose both games. They have started matches poorly this season and need to change that quickly.
Juventus haven’t lost a Champions League group stage match at home since December 2009, emphasising the challenge United face in midweek. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Juventus- Max Allegri has confirmed Emre Can, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and Moise Kean are all injured for Wednesday night’s clash with Manchester United. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Juventus vs Manchester United”
Napoli conceded a 93rd-minute equaliser against Paris Saint-Germain last time out in the Champions League and could live to rue that goal in their quest to progress out of Group C.
They are still in a good position in second and one point behind Liverpool but you have to assume the Reds will beat minnows FK Crvena Zvezda in the group’s other match. The winner of this match will likely go through to the next round.
This is a huge match for Paris Saint-Germain. They were largely dreadful against Napoli last time out and are currently third on four points after three matches. Failing to make it out of the group would be a disaster for Thomas Tuchel, Neymar and co. To make matters worse, the French giants have lost their last three away matches in the Champions League.
Aside from beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the only teams PSG have managed to beat from home in the Champions League from their last 20 attempts are Anderlecht, Celtic, Basel, Ludogorets, Malmo, Shakhtar Donetsk and APOEL.
In that time, they have lost away to the likes of Barcelona three times, Real Madrid twice, as well as Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Manchester City. That is an incredibly bad record, which may continue in midweek.
Napoli- Carlo Ancelotti will have to decide between Dries Mertens or Arkadiusz Milik to partner Lorenzo Insigne up front against Paris Saint-Germain, though the former scored a hat-trick at the weekend and should get the nod here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Napoli vs Paris Saint Germain”
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Inter are second in Group B and five points clear of Tottenham and PSV despite losing to Barcelona last time out in the competition. The Serie A giants have bounced back from that 2-0 loss with successive wins by an aggregate scoreline of 8-0.
Barcelona has a perfect record in Group B after three matches and have won five matches in a row in all competitions. Their last two outings have been a struggle, however, only beating Leganes 1-0 and Rayo Vallecano 3-2.
Barcelona are guarenteed a place in the next round with three points, while Inter will go through if they win on Tuesday and Tottenham and PSV draw in the group’s other match.
Inter are unbeaten in three home games against Barcelona (W1, D2). They are in great form at the moment and will be even more confident of getting a positive result if Lionel Messi is only named as a substitute.
Inter Milan- Joao Mario played a direct hand in three goals for Inter on Saturday and is surprisingly back in favour for the Italian side, though he is ineligible in the Champions League along with Dalbert and Roberto Gagliardini. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Inter have a clean bill of health heading into Tuesday’s match against Barcelona and Luciano Spalletti will field his strongest XI. Continue reading “Champions League Preview Match: lnter Milan vs Barcelona”
This promises to be a hugely entertaining encounter and Arsenal’s list of potential absentees – all defensive players – will leave Liverpool’s strikeforce in confident mood.
The Gunners haven’t found goals hard to come by themselves, of course, and will fancy their chances of ruining their visitors’ impressive defensive record.
The last five meetings between these sides have seen 27 goals scored and that trend doesn’t look send to end this weekend.
Arsenal- Arsenal has an injury crisis on their hands in the full-back positions, with Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac all facing a race against time to recover for the visit of Liverpool.
Granit Xhaka may be forced to continue to deputise at left-back but his unfamiliarity with the role was exposed at Palace at times, while Stephan Lichtsteiner is an option if Bellerin is fit to start on the right. Place bet on various LIVE bet events on NaijaBet
Aaron Ramsey is all but certain to leave the club when his contract expires next summer but may be called upon to start as Matteo Guendouzi was sent off in the cup in midweek and is suspended. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Liverpool”
Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions (W5,D1). The Cherries are only two points off fourth and will leapfrog Tottenham and Arsenal with three points here.
Manchester United have shown signs of life in their last few Premier League matches. Jose Mourinho’s side has only lost one of their last seven in the league.
United have won their last two matches away to Bournemouth but the Cherries are in fantastic shape heading into Saturday’s encounter. Eddie Howe’s side have a real opportunity to cause an upset this weekend.
Bournemouth- Joshua King has missed Bournemouth’s last two matches through injury and will be keen to turn out against his former club on Saturday. His availability will decide what formation they play against Manchester United. Start forecasting your weekend games on NaijaBet
Eddie Howe made changes for Tuesday’s EFL Cup triumph over Norwich and will revert back to his usual starting XI on Saturday, with Ryan Fraser and David Brooks on the wings and Callum Wilson up front.
Manchester United- Jose Mourinho dropped Romelu Lukaku to the bench against former club Everton last weekend and the out-of-form striker came on and missed a sitter. Continue reading “Match Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester United”
Tottenham’s hopes of progressing to the next round of the Champions League hang in the balance after they were held to a 2-2 draw with PSV in midweek. In the Premier League, they have won seven of nine games and are enjoying their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.
Manchester City top the table having too won seven of nine league matches so far, but are one of three teams yet to lose. Confidence will be high for Pep Guardiola’s side after their comfortable 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.
Like with Spurs, the fixtures are starting to pile up for City, but with an extra day’s rest, they should capitalise with a repeat of last season’s 3-1 win at Wembley on the cards.
Tottenham- Jan Vertonghen is our until December with a hamstring issue, while Vincent Janssen is a long-term absentee for the home side.
Dele Alli and Danny Rose are closing in on a return to fitness, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll feature here.
Mauricio Pochettino could rotate as Spurs gear up to play two games in the space of three days, however, will likely save his fringe players for the Carabao Cup meeting with West Ham in midweek. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Manchester City”
Empoli are without a win in eight games but did at least draw with relegation rivals Frosinone last time out.
Juventus have started the season with 11 wins from 12, drawing to Genoa last weekend.
Juventus were fantastic away to Manchester United in midweek and will be full of confidence on Saturday.
Empoli- Luca Antonelli and Manuel Pasqual will keep rotating at left-back, with the latter expected to sit out here. Bet Now
Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli is contemplating two systems: a 4-3-1-2 with Antonino La Gumina up front or a 4-3-2-1 with Rade Krunic pushed forward. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Empoli vs Juventus”
Jurgen Klopp will hope Liverpool have rediscovered their best form after beating FK Crvena Zvezda 4-0 on Wednesday night in the Champions League.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the league this season and have a good chance to take the outright lead in the Premier League with Manchester City playing away to Tottenham on Monday night.
Cardiff climbed out of the bottom three last weekend after picking up their first win of the season, a hugely impressive 4-2 victory over Fulham.
This is the first meeting between the two teams since March 2014 when Liverpool ran out 6-3 winners, featuring a Luis Suarez hat-trick. Liverpool has not conceded a home league goal this season and that is unlikely to change here. Start forecasting your weekend games Now
Liverpool- Jordan Henderson will miss out once again for Liverpool, while Naby Keita remains a doubt after missing Wednesday’s Champions League action.
Fabinho excelled in their absence on his first big game and looks primed to cement a place in midfield on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Cardiff”
Chelsea are unbeaten in all competitions this season but required a stoppage-time equaliser at home to Manchester United on Saturday to preserve that run.
Maurizio Sarri’s side has won their first two Europa League games, albeit both by 1-0 scorelines.
BATE Borisov followed up their 2-0 win over Vidi FC with a 4-1 defeat against PAOK.
Chelsea has not lost a European group game at Stamford Bridge since September 2013, unbeaten in 12 matches since then. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Chelsea- Eden Hazard had a back injury against Manchester United on Saturday and is ruled out on Thursday. Youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Isaiah Brown and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also sidelined. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs BATE Borisov”
Sporting has only failed to win three of their first 11 matches in all competitions this season but two of those have fallen in their last five.
The Portuguese giants have a 100 per cent win record at home this season (5/5) and have only conceded two goals.
Arsenal has won 10 matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2007.
Unai Emery’s side has momentum but this will be their toughest test during that period.
Sporting CP- Sporting has injury concerns involving a number of key players ahead of Thursday’s tough Europa League contest with Arsenal.
Jeremy Mathieu has missed Sporting’s last five matches but reported for first-team training at the start of the week, suggesting he will be ready for Thursday. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Sporting CP vs Arsenal”
Marseille have won their last two matches without conceding. They are yet to win in the Europa League this season (D1, L1).
Lazio has also won their last two matches without conceding. They slipped to a shock 4-1 defeat at Frankfurt last time out in the Europa League.
This is the first competitive meeting between the two teams since 2000, when Lazio triumphed 5-1 courtesy of four goals from current Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi.
Marseille- Luiz Gustavo and Lucas Ocampos were both suspended against Nice at the weekend and could get some playing time here as a result. Rolando and Clinton N’Jie are the only injury concerns for Marseille. Naija and Bet
Lazio- Riza Durmisi is the only player expected to miss out for Lazio when they face Marseille on Thursday. Jordan Lukaku is yet to feature this season but is an option at left wing-back. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Lazio”
RB Leipzig are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions (W4,D2).
Celtic have won four of their last five in all competitions, but lost in the Europa League during that run.
RB Leipzig has kept successive clean sheets at home and are expected to beat Brendan Rodgers’ side.
RasenBallsport Leipzig- RB Leipzig has a clean bill of health ahead of Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Celtic.
20-year-old Brazilian forward Matheus Cunha has started RB Leipzig’s first two Europa League group games and is expected to lead the line again here.
Celtic- James Forrest is suspended after being sent off in Celtic’s 3-1 defeat away to Salzburg last time out in the Europa League. Bet Now
Scott Brown was forced off midway through the first half of Celtic’s 4-2 win over Hibernian on Saturday and is unlikely to feature here as a result. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Celtic”
Barcelona are in the middle of an incredibly tough run of fixtures. They have already faced Tottenham, Valencia and Sevilla and now host Inter before playing Real Madrid at the weekend.
They will be without star man Lionel Messi for both matches after the Argentine broke his arm at the weekend.
Inter have won seven matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since January 2017 but look set to be without Radja Nainggolan, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic on Wednesday night.
Losing all three would be a huge blow to their chances of getting a positive result at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona has won all three of their home matches against Inter without conceding. The outcome of this match could well depend on what XI Inter are able to field.
Barcelona- Lionel Messi fractured his arm against Sevilla at the weekend and will miss out for Barcelona on Wednesday. Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele could flank Suarez here as a result. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Barcelona vs Inter Milan”
Manchester United have only won one of their last six in all competitions, drawing four times in that span.
Juventus’ perfect start to the season came to an end at the weekend after only managing a 1-1 draw with Genoa.
This is the first meeting between the two sides since 2003, when United won 3-0 away to Juventus.
Overall, both sides have won five matches each against other. Expect a hard fought match.
Manchester United- Jose Mourinho would have taken huge positives from Manchester United’s 2-2 draw away to Chelsea on Saturday despite conceding a dramatic late equaliser. Various betting options are available on site
Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out by Jose Mourinho, while Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard were all absent from training on Monday. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Juventus”
Real Madrid are in crisis. The reigning European champions are winless in five matches and have lost four times in that span, including each of the last three.
Julen Lopetegui’s side has staggeringly only scored once in that time and the Spaniard is on the verge of being sacked.
Viktoria Plzen were thrashed 5-0 by Roma in their last Champions League outing and should represent the perfect opponent for Lopetegui to get a much-needed win.
Real Madrid- Julen Lopetegui is on the verge of being sacked as Real Madrid head coach after losing for the third game in a row this weekend. Bet Now
Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos were on the bench against Levante on Saturday and will start here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen”
Arsenal has won nine games in a row in all competitions. It’s difficult to gauge how good Unai Emery’s side are playing, as they haven’t been tested against high-level opposition during that time.
Leicester have won three of their last four in all competitions but Claude Puel’s job is reportedly uncertain.
Leicester beat Arsenal the last time the two sides faced off, ending a 13-game winless streak against the Gunners.
However, the Foxes have lost their last seven matches away to Arsenal. You have to go back to 1973 to find the last time Leicester won away to Arsenal.
Arsenal- Sokratis was forced off at half-time in Greece’s 2-0 defeat to Finland on Monday and is a huge doubt for the Gunners here. Petr Cech will also require assessment closer to kick-off. Bet Now
Danny Welbeck is back in training after pulling out of England’s squad during the international break. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Leicester City”
Manchester City starts the weekend top of the league on goal difference but they could be second by the time their match starts, with Chelsea hosting Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick-off. Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have kept four clean sheets in a row.
After a terrible start to the season, Burnley are unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches and are now five points clear of the bottom three. The Clarets haven’t won away to City since 1963 and it’s unlikely they will record a historic win on Saturday.
Manchester City- Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala are both sidelined for the reigning Premier League champions, while Fabian Delph and Ilkay Gündogan are doubts. Danilo picked up an injury for Brazil on Tuesday and is unlikely to be fit enough to feature here.
Kevin De Bruyne used the international break to step up his returns from injury but the Belgium international is unlikely to be rushed back by Pep Guardiola here. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Burnley- Robbie Brady and Steven Defour both got 90 minutes under their belt in a friendly against AFC Fylde during the international break, as they close in on a return to first-team action. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Burnley”
Chelsea will move clear of Manchester City and Liverpool as outright Premier League leaders by avoiding defeat on Saturday, albeit that may only be the case for a number of hours.
Manchester United are seven points back and cannot really afford to lose any more ground on their top four rivals. Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge under huge pressure.
United have not won a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge since 2012 and it’s unlikely to change here, particularly given their injury woes in midfield.
Mourinho’s side did well to battle from 2-0 down at home to Newcastle to win 3-2 before the international break. Will that proves the turning point in their season or did it just paper over the cracks? Various Weekend Games Betting Options are available on NaijaBet
Chelsea- Antonio Rudiger withdrew from Germany’s squad during the international break and is a doubt for Chelsea on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United”
Liverpool suffered their second defeat in three matches in midweek, going down 1-0 to Napoli. They didn’t even manage a shot on target in Naples. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the league but their performances have not been good over the last three matches.
Manchester City starts the weekend above Liverpool on goal difference but have a poor record at Anfield, last winning there in the Premier League in 2003. They have conceded seven goals in their last two visits, including last season’s Champions League mauling.
Guardiola has suffered more defeats against Klopp than any manager in his career (8) but the Liverpool boss will need a big response from his players after a really flat midweek performance.
Liverpool- Naby Keita has been cleared of any serious injury after being forced off in the first half of Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Wednesday with severe back pain. It would be a surprise if he started here. Naija and Bet
Liverpool’s performances have dipped considerably in recent weeks, which will be a concern for Jurgen Klopp ahead of Sunday’s mouthwatering clash with reigning champions Manchester City. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City”