Chelsea are guarenteed Champions League football next season whether they win this competition or not after securing a top-four finish in the Premier League on Sunday. That should lift some of the pressure off of Chelsea’s shoulders here.
Frankfurt, meanwhile, were turned over 6-1 by Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, with all six goals conceded coming in the first half. Unlike Chelsea, their hold of fourth place in their respective league is hanging by a thread and their confidence may be shattered coming into this match.
Chelsea haven’t lost at Stamford Bridge in more than two months and know they have the insurance of an away goal from the first leg, making them favourites here. Frankfurt should not be underestimated but it would be a surprise if Chelsea didn’t make the final from here.
Chelsea- Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both long-term absentees for Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri has confirmed N’Golo Kante won’t play again this season unless Chelsea make the Europa League final. Bet Now on NaijaBet
With a top four finish secured, Mauzirio Sarri should go with his strongest available team on Thursday. It remains to be seen whether he will stick with Olivier Giroud, who is the competition’s top scorer, or go with regular first choice striker Gonzalo Higuain.
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Liverpool have it all to do in the second leg at Anfield, but with the fans in full voice, they’ll be confident of making things difficult for Barcelona. If they can nick an early goal, they’ll have the wind in their sails as they look to pull off a huge result to secure a Champions League final spot.
However, opponents Barcelona have already wrapped up the title and it saw Ernesto Valverde rest a number of first team regulars for the weekend loss at Celta Vigo. Prior to that loss, the Blaugrana were unbeaten in 11 away from home as they gun for European glory.
There promises to be an electric atmosphere at Anfield on Tuesday night, but if Lionel Messi shines once again, then it’s Barcelona who should secure their place in the Champions League final, particularly with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ruled out.
Liverpool- Naby Keita is out for the remainder of the season with a groin injury sustained in the first leg, which should lead to a midfield three of Georgino Wijnaldum, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. Various betting options are available on site, Bet Now on NaijaBet
Mohamed Salah was forced off in the second half of Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Newcastle after a nasty collision with Martin Dubravka, but watched the remainder of the game in the dressing room and showed no ill-effects. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Barcelona”
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 22 matches in all competitions and won La Liga at the weekend.
Liverpool have won 10 matches in a row in all competitions but have conceded in every Champions League away match this season.
Barcelona have only lost one game at home all season and that was back in November. Their aim will be to make it as difficult as possible for Liverpool in the return leg.
Lionel Messi has failed to score or assist in two previous encounters with Liverpool but the Argentine has 44 goals and 16 assists across league and European competition this season. Place bet on Live Match 24/7
Barcelona- Ernesto Valverde has to pick between Arturo Vidal and Arthur in midfield and Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele in attack. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Barcelona vs Liverpool”
Tottenham lost their first ever game at their new stadium in a 1-0 loss to West Ham on Saturday and they’ll be looking to bounce back against a buoyant Ajax side. Spurs haven’t been wholly convincing of late having lost three of their last four competitive matches, with their sole success in that run coming against Brighton.
Ajax come into this tie on the back of an eight-match unbeaten run, with the only blip on the record in that time coming in a 1-1 draw with Juventus. The Dutch powerhouse have lost only one of their last 15 matches and come into this clash in London on a four-match away winning run.
Given Spurs’ midfield issues, and the absence of key forwards Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, Ajax could secure a first leg advantage with a narrow win in England.
Tottenham- Son Heung-Min is suspended for Tottenham after his yellow card in the second leg 4-3 loss at Manchester City ruled him out of this match. Place bet on NaijaBet 24/7 on NaijaBet
With Harry Kane out, Lucas Moura is set to start alongside Christian Eriksen behind Fernando Llorente in attack. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Ajax”
Manchester United were humilated 4-0 by Everton on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have lost six of their last eight matches in all competitions.
Manchester City have won 10 matches in a row in the Premier League and four in a row on the road.
Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in their last three league games at Old Trafford and will run out comfortable winners in midweek.
Manchester United- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be well within his right to make 11 changes from the side that lost 4-0 to Everton on Easter Sunday.
The Manchester United manager is at least bolstered by the return of Luke Shaw, who is back from a two-match ban.
Ander Herrera has missed United’s last five matches but has returned to training and could be thrust into the starting XI in midweek.
Alexis Sanchez is also back from injury and could make his first start for United since the beginning of March. Juan Mata or Jesse Lingard should also come into the frame here. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford could have no defence if they are dropped for the derby. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Manchester City”
Napoli are 2-0 behind on aggregate and may rue not scoring an away goal in London. Carlo Ancelotti’s side ended a three-match winless run at the weekend with a 3-1 victory over Chievo.
Arsenal kept their first Premier League clean sheet away from home of the season in Monday night, which will give them confidence heading to Naples.
The Gunners have only won three of their last 13 away matches in all competitions and have both their last two on the road in the Europa League.
Napoli- Napoli will continue to be without Raul Albiol and Amadou Diawara as they bid to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.
Arkadiusz Milik may get the nod over Dries Mertens on Thursday after starting the first match on the bench. Place bet on today’s Europa League Matches
Kevin Malcuit will hope to start against the Gunners after Elseid Hysaj started at right-back at the Emirates. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Napoli vs Arsenal (Agg 0-2)”
Manchester City have a one-goal deficit to make up having lost the first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 1-0. City smashed Spurs 4-1 in their last welcome of the north London to the Etihad Stadium and supporters would welcome a repeat of that result and having won their last 12 home matches, they’ll be confident of securing the necessary result here.
Conversely, Tottenham have lost six of their last seven away matches, with their only win in that run coming at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Spurs, to their credit, have won five of their last six Champions League matches, but have their work cut out if they are to secure a semi-final spot.
Indeed, Spurs will make things difficult for City, but the home side have what it takes to secure the win required to earn their spot in the next round of the competition.
Manchester City- Pep Guardiola is without only Claudio Bravo for Wednesday’s welcome of Tottenham, with the Chilean goalkeeper still struggling for match fitness, though he wasn’t expected to start anyway, while Fernandinho will be assessed.
The Manchester City boss is expected to make a couple of changes from the first leg loss in north London for this must-win match. Live Bet on NaijaBet
Oleksandr Zinchenko is available following injury and could come in for Fabian Delph at left-back, while Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus are expected to start.
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Porto are 2-0 down from the first leg and have a mountain to climb in order to stay in the competition. They have kept clean sheets in five of their last seven home games.
Liverpool will be high on confidence after returning to the Premier League’s summit at the weekend. They have won seven matches in a row.
FC Porto- Pepe and Hector Herrera return from suspension for Porto and are expected to slot straight back into the starting XI.
Porto will consider starting Yacine Brahimi in the second leg as they will need to go for it at some stage on Wednesday. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Liverpool- Andrew Robertson returns from suspension to start at left-back on Wednesday. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: FC Porto vs Liverpool (Agg 0-2)”
Barcelona hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg and are heavy favourites to make the last four of the Champions League. They haven’t conceded in their last three matches and are unbeaten at home since November.
Manchester United have gone completely off the boil in recent weeks and were fortunate to beat West Ham on Saturday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have lost their last three away matches in all competitions.
You cannot completely write off United here after they overturned a bigger first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last round but it would be absolutely remarkable if they managed to knock Barcelona out on Tuesday.
Barcelona- Ousmane Dembele made his first appearance in a month at the weekend and will compete with Philippe Coutinho for a spot in Barcelona’s front three. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Barcelona’s midfield had problems at Old Trafford and Ernesto Valverde may draft in Sergi Roberto or Arturo Vidal here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs Manchester United (Agg1-0)”
Juventus are the favorites after drawing 1-1 away to Ajax in the first leg. The Old Lady have only lost one home game in all competitions this season and that was back in November.
Ajax may rue missed chances from the first leg but have nothing to fear after winning away to Real Madrid in the last round.
Juventus are not at their best at the moment but it is hard to see past Cristiano Ronaldo inspiring Ajax through to the semi-finals.
Juventus- Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the starting XI after being given the weekend off but Juventus will not have Mario Mandzukic to call on here.
Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa or Moise Kean are the options to replace Mandzukic. Place bet on today’s Champions League games
Giorgio Chiellini has not recovered from injury in time to make the squad but Emre Can has been included by Max Allegri. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Juventus vs Ajax (Agg 1-1)”
Manchester United host Barcelona for the first time since 2008 when a Paul Scholes screamer was enough to win 1-0. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would bite your hand off for that result.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their 16 matches in all competitions and are heavy favourites heading into this tie. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should have a field day against United’s defence.
United have gone off the boil at the worst possible moment, losing three of their last four matches.
Manchester United- Manchester United can welcome back Paul Pogba from suspension in the Champions League and their injury woes have eased since they played Paris Saint-Germain last time in the competition.
Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Phil Jones all missed out against PSG but are all back now. Alexis Sanchez, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are all expected to miss out for the home side.
Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera both missed training on the eve of Wednesday’s game and are now considered huge doubts. Missing their experience and pedigree would be a huge blow for United.
Marcus Rashford missed United’s last match with an ankle injury but has reported for training and is expected to be fit enough to start against Barcelona. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Barcelona”
Ajax eliminated defending champions Real Madrid in the last round of the Champions League and will have nothing to fear when they take on Juventus in the quarter-finals.
Ajax have won nine of their last 10 matches in all competitions and average 3.5 goals per game in that time.
A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick eliminated Atletico Madrid in the last round and Juventus are favourites heading into their quarter-final tie with Ajax.
Juventus have actually lost their last two Champions League away matches but will back themselves at home to overturn any deficit.
Ajax- Noussair Mazraoui is for Ajax due to an accumulation of bookings in the competition. 21-year-old Rasmus Kristensen will likely get the nod at right-back. Bet Now on NaijaBet
No other changes are expected from Ajax’s usual starting XI. Hakim Ziyech, Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt and Nicolas Tagliafico will miss the return leg if they are booked here. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Ajax vs Juventus”
Tottenham ended their lengthy winless league run with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in their first official match at their new stadium last week and the north London side will hope to build on that success when they welcome Manchester City to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night.
In the Champions League, they are unbeaten in six, winning four of their last five, which included a hugely impressive 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
Manchester City will be boosted after they secured their FA Cup final spot as they chase the quadruple. Victory over Brighton extended their winning run to 14 matches and they have a fine recent record against Tottenham, winning their last four meetings with the north London outfit, while their only slip up in their last seven Champions League matches came in a 2-2 draw at Lyon back in November.
There will be a raucous atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in midweek, but City have the means to secure a first leg advantage in this one.
Tottenham- Mauricio Pochettino is sweating on the fitness of Fernando Llorente ahead of the welcome of Manchester City, but Eric Dier, Serge Aurier and Erik Lamela are ruled out. Bet Now
Tottenham haven’t been in action since last week, where they faced Crystal Palace, so the north London side should be well rested for this one.
Pochettino has a selection conundrum on his hands in attack, with Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura both pushing for starts in attack. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Manchester City”
Liverpool are the favourites heading into this Champions League quarter-final tie and will have their 5-0 victory over Porto from last season fresh in the memory.
Porto will be out for revenge after failing to score a goal over two legs against Liverpool. The Portuguese side are unbeaten in six matches heading into Tuesday’s game at Anfield.
Liverpool have only lost one match at home in all competitions this season and Porto’s aim will to still be in the tie when they head home. An away goal is therefore essiential for the visitors.
Liverpool- Jordan Henderson and James Milner will almost certainly return to the starting XI after both made important impacts from the bench in Friday’s 3-1 win over Southampton.
Henderson will replace either Fabinho or Naby Keita in midfield, while James Milner may have to adapt to left-back to cover for the absence of Andrew Robertson. Various betting options are available on site
Joel Matip has not looked overly convincing in recent matches and Jurgen Klopp may ponder handing Dejan Lovren his first start since the beginning of January.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Joe Gomez are both closing in on first-team returns following long-term injuries but may miss out on the matchday squad here. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Liverpool vs FC Porto”
Three wins from their last four has moved Southampton five points clear of the relegation zone and they’ll be eager to land a third successive home league win when Liverpool make the trip to St. Mary’s.
They have lost only one of their last four at home to Liverpool, though the Reds will be looking to lay down a marker with Manchester City in FA Cup action at the weekend.
The Reds’ late winner at the weekend pushed them back to the top of the table, but they could be second by the time this match kicks off. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in their last 11 league matches and have kept a clean sheet in their last four meetings with Southampton.
Saints have been solid at home of late, but Liverpool have the means to secure another three points here.
Southampton- Jannik Vestergaard and Michael Obafemi are both ruled out for Southampton here. Various betting options are available on site for this weekend.
Shane Long missed the 1-0 win at Brighton, but is set to be part of the squad after returning to training, which is a boost as Danny Ings is unable to play his parent club.
Mario Lemina is also back to full fitness and will hope to be involved. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Southampton vs Liverpool”
Manchester City will go one point clear of Liverpool if they win their game in hand at home to Cardiff on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last 12 home matches in all competitions.
Cardiff were beating Chelsea 1-0 up until the last six minutes of normal time before falling foul of a terrible piece of officiating and losing 2-1. That defeat could end up costing them their Premier League status.
Cardiff would have only been two points off safety if they managed to hold on and beat Chelsea on Sunday but now they are five points adrift and unlikely to improve their position on Wednesday.
Manchester City- Sergio Aguero came off as a precaution in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Fulham and will not be risked here. Gabriel Jesus would be his obvious replacement but Raheem Sterling could play through the middle.
Fernandinho and John Stones were fit enough to make the matchday squad at the weekend and will push for starts here. Place bet on Live matches 24/7
Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez were on the bench against Fulham and will hope to benefit from any rotation here.
Fabian Delph, Benjamin Mendy, Vincent Kompany and Claudio Bravo are all injury concerns for Manchester City. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Cardiff”
Wolves slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Burnley and have now won just one of their last six in the Premier League. Nuno’s side did, however, eliminate Manchester United from the FA Cup last month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won his first match as permanent Manchester United manager but the Red Devils were fortunate to come away with a 2-1 victory at home to Watford on Saturday. United had as many attempts as Watford had on target (8).
Wolves have generally been fantastic against top-six sides this season and you can almost certainly expect a hugely improved performance from them on Tuesday compared to their display against Burnley.
Having already drawn with and beaten United this season, the home side should be confident of coming away with at least a point in midweek.
Wolverhampton Wanderers- Ryan Bennett completes a two-match ban on Tuesday night and Romain Saiss will continue at the back. Bet Now
Raul Jimenez and Matt Doherty will return to the starting XI against Manchester United after settling for places on the bench at the weekend. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Wolves vs Manchester United”
A five-match unbeaten run has moved Arsenal to within one point of north London rivals Tottenham in the race for a top four finish.
They would be ahead of Spurs had Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted his late penalty at Wembley earlier this month, but Unai Emery will be pleased with how his team have performed in recent weeks.
A run of one loss in their last six has moved Newcastle seven points clear of the relegation zone and the Magpies will be growing increasingly confident of securing their top-flight spot.
That being said, they have lost their last six visits to the Emirates, conceding 18 goals in the process, so this match can be considered something of a free hit for the Magpies.
Newcastle won’t make things easy for Arsenal, but home advantage should ultimately prevail for the Gunners.
Arsenal- Lucas Torreira is suspended for Arsenal and with Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey doubts, Unai Emery has a minor injury crisis in the middle of the park. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Nacho Monreal will also be assessed, though Emery may resist the temptation to rush him back to fitness with a tough Europa League meeting with Napoli looming. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Newcastle United”
Liverpool could well be one point behind Manchester City by the time this match kicks off, but the Reds will be confident of moving back to the Premier League’s summit on Sunday.
Liverpool haven’t lost a league game at Anfield to Tottenham since 2011, where goals from Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric compounded the Merseyside outfit to a 2-0 loss.
Tottenham, though, have lost their last three away league games and are in the midst of a four-match winless run, losing three. They have lost ground in the race for a top four finish and need a positive result here in order to stave off Arsenal and Manchester United in fourth and fifth, respectively.
However, Liverpool have dropped points just twice at Anfield this season and are unbeaten in 36 home league matches and should continue that run with victory here.
Liverpool- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will give Trent Alexander-Arnold every opportunity to be fit in time for Sunday’s clash, with the right-back a doubt for the Reds.
Joe Gomez is back in training, but this game will come too soon for the youngster, so Joel Matip should continue alongside Virgil van Dijk in defence. Various Betting Options are available on NaijaBet
Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita will both be assessed ahead of kick off, but Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is expected to be miss out here as he steps up his recovery from a knee problem. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Tottenham”
Fulham are in the midst of a seven-match losing streak and their difficult run continues with the welcome of Manchester City. The meeting with the champions will be their fourth game against the Premier League’s Big Six in their last seven league matches, and fourth successive welcome of the top six.
Manchester City will look to move top of the table with a win over the Cottagers. They have won 10 of their last 11 league matches, though away from home, they have lost three of their last seven.
That being said, this should be a routine win for City at Craven Cottage.
Fulham- Scott Parker has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the welcome of Manchester City.
However, the Fulham boss remains without Alfie Mawson and Marcus Bettinelli here, while Andre Schurrle will be assessed ahead of this one.
Ryan Sessegnon could come into the side as Parker aims to correct a seven-match losing streak.
Manchester City- Manchester City boss has Pep Guardiola has a injury crisis at the back, with Aymeric Laporte his only fully fit centre-back coming into Saturday’s visit to Fulham.
Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph will all be assessed ahead of their trip to Craven Cottage. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Fulham vs Manchester City”
Arsenal are 3-1 down from the first leg but all is not lost as they did manage to score an away goal. The Gunners will be high on confidence after beating Manchester United 2-0 last time out.
Rennes have only lost two of their last 13 matches in all competitions, though both of those defeats were away from home.
Rennes are unbeaten in their last five Europa League matches and have scored exactly three goals in each of their last three in the competition.
Arsenal have won five in a row at home and had to come from a losing position in the last round of the Europa League. Can the Gunners do it again on Thursday?
Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette’s suspension has been reduced and he is now available to face Rennes on Thursday, having missed the first leg. Sokratis is suspended, however, after being sent off against Rennes last week.
Lucas Torreira is currently in the middle of a domestic ban and has a good chance to start here, with Unai Emery set to shuffle his pack slightly. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed the 2-0 win over former club Manchester United at the weekend through injury and remains a doubt here.
Mesut Ozil has surprisingly started Arsenal’s last two matches but could drop down to the bench on Thursday. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Rennes (Agg 1-3)”
Dynamo Kyiv are 3-0 down from the first leg and have left themselves too much to do here.
Chelsea hold all the cards from the first leg. Even with a rotated XI here they are expected to win again.
Dynamo Kyiv- Dynamo Kyiv welcome back Benjamin Verbic from suspension but the damage is already done after losing the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Vitaliy Buyalskiy is now banned for the Ukranian side after picking up a yellow card last Thursday.
Chelsea- Ross Barkley is one yellow card away from missing the next round of the Europa League and Maurizio Sarri may hold him back here. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
With a 3-0 lead from the first leg, Sarri will surely shuffle his pack on Thursday and hand rare starts to the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (0-3)”
Bayern will have been the happier of the two sides with the stalemate at Anfield last month but approach the second leg in worse shape than their visitors as far as injuries and suspensions are concerned.
The Bundesliga champions did record a thumping 6-0 win at the weekend and will be in confident mood, though Liverpool looked back on form in the attacking third themselves with a win over Burnley, so this promises to be an intriguing battle.
As a result this is an incredibly tough match to call, with the Reds knowing that away goals could be enough to see them through.
Bayern Munich- Joshua Kimmich received a third yellow card of the tournament in the first leg and joins Thomas Muller on the sidelines through suspension.
Rafinha will come in at right-back, while Serge Gnabry may switch flanks to that side to enable Franck Ribery to replace Muller from the 6-0 win over Wolfsbrug, with the Frenchman registering three assists from the bench at the weekend. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Arjen Robben could come back into contention following injury, though given Kimmich’s ban the more pressing need is to have David Alaba back available at left-back, with Rafinha having acted as cover in that position of late.
Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Liverpool (Agg 0-0)”
Barcelona will be hoping their profligacy from the first leg doesn’t come back to haunt them when they welcome Lyon to Camp Nou on Wednesday night. The hosts mustered 25 shots in the 0-0 draw, but have scored in every home game this season.
Lyon will be buoyed by the first leg result, but away from home, they have failed to win in three. That being said, a score draw would see the French side progress to the next round, so if they can nick an early goal, then they’ll be confident of securing a quarter-final spot.
However, Barcelona should secure the result needed to progress.
Barcelona- Rafinha is out for the season for the home side, while Ousmane Dembele and Thomas Vermaelen will be assessed ahead of Barcelona’s welcome of Lyon.
Should Dembele fail to prove his fitness, Coutinho could be handed another chance to impress on the left. Bet Now
Arturo Vidal and Arthur are competing for a starting spot alongside Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets in midfield. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Barcelona vs Lyon (Agg 0-0)”