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”

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”

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”

‘Best for Griezmann to stay at Atletico’ – Costa

Diego Costa has told teammate Antoine Griezmann he is best off staying at Atletico Madrid. Griezmann has scored 23 goals in 38 appearances for Atletico this season and said on Wednesday he wants his future sorted before the start of this year´s World Cup.

The French forward told L´Equipe he hopes “to travel to Russia without concern” after Barcelona were forced in January to deny they had already struck a deal to sign the player. Manchester United were also credited with a strong interest last summer.

Costa, however, who left Atletico for Chelsea in 2014 only to return to the Spanish club earlier this season, believes his current striker partner should stay put. Place on today’s games on Naijabet

“He knows that we want him, that he is a very important player. He is still with us and he has not told me he is going yet,” Costa said on Wednesday.

“I would be happy for him to stay, everyone has to look for the best for themselves but, in my opinion, the best for him is to stay.”

Costa added, with a smile: “He called me every day to tell me to return to Atletico and now he’s not going to leave me. That cannot be, he is going to stay.” Continue reading “‘Best for Griezmann to stay at Atletico’ – Costa”

Laliga Match Preview : Las Palmas vs Barcelona

Las Palmas have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games, with Paco Jemez’s side tightening up as they move towards safety.

The hosts are gaining ground on 17th-placed Levante and will be set on trying to take a share of the spoils from a very tough game in Gran Canaria.

Barcelona are on a 32-game unbeaten run in La Liga, with their great form extending across multiple competitions this season. The gauntlet is set for Las Palmas.

Team News

Las Palmas- Gaby Penalba will be out for another week or so with a knee problem for Las Palmas.  Place bet on today’s games NOW on NaijaBet

Vicente Gomez and Alberto Aquilani should feature in central midfield due to this and Jonathan Viera’s sale.

Tana, Hernan Toledo and Nacho Gil will battle it out to start on the left wing of the attack. Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview : Las Palmas vs Barcelona”

Pique extends Barcelona contract

Barcelona’s Spain defender Gerard Pique has signed a contract extension until 2022 which will take him beyond his 35th birthday, the Liga club said on Monday.

“I am really happy to be celebrating my extension because this is my home and since my return, my desire has been to end my career here,” said Pique, who will have served 14 years with the first team as a professional by the time the contract ends.

Pique started out in Barca’s youth ranks before joining Manchester United in 2004 but returned to the Nou Camp four years later and has since played over 250 league games. Play bet on today’s game on NaijaBet.com

“It’s a special day, Gerard Pique is an experienced player, a Barca fan from birth and let’s hope we can continue to keep winning trophies. The deal was an easy one,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu told a news conference.

Pique also said on the club’s website (www.fcbarcelona.com) that there was never any question of him playing anywhere else. Continue reading “Pique extends Barcelona contract”

Weekend Match Preview : Premier League,Laliga & SerieA

Chelsea  1.29   vs   Leicester  11.30

A 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night means Chelsea have won only two of their last six competitive matches. However, on home turf, the Blues have been in fine form, failing to win only three of their last 12 in all competitions at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester have lost back-to-back away league matches and have lost six of their last seven competitive meetings with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

They recently ended a four-match winless run in the Premier League with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Huddersfield, though, and will look to use that as a platform to spring an upset here.

Leicester may trouble this Blues backline, but Chelsea have the means to wrap up all three points. Latest Odds on NaijaBet

*Chelsea have won their last 7 home Premier League matches.

*Chelsea have won 6 of their last 7 home matches against Leicester in all competitions.

Continue reading “Weekend Match Preview : Premier League,Laliga & SerieA”

Laliga Match Preview : Malaga vs Espanyol

Malaga lost their last two La Liga games before the close of the year, with Michel still managing to get the backing of the club’s chiefs.

The home side have turned things around a little at La Rosaleda in recent weeks, but anything less than three points isn’t enough given the relegation battle that Los Boquerones find themselves in. Latest Odds on NaijaBet

Espanyol have won just one of their last five competitive games, with Quique Sanchez Flores under pressure to strike up some consistent form.

Team News

Malaga – Roberto Rosales returns from suspension for the home side and will slot straight back in at right-back.

Adrian is still serving the second game of his two-match ban, which means that Manuel Iturra may start in central midfield.

Diego Rolan has an Achilles problem, which should see Borja Baston lead the line with Adalberto Penaranda. Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview : Malaga vs Espanyol”

Laliga Match Preview : Espanyol vs Atletico Madrida

Espanyol are winless in their last three games, with the Catalan club hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone with only a five-point cushion to spare them for now.

Gerard Moreno has scored over 50% of their league goals this campaign, with the Spanish striker absolutely vital to their attempts to clamber into the top half of the table. Today games latest odds on NaijaBet

Atleti have kept two consecutive clean sheets in the league, with Diego Simeone’s men continuing to scrape narrow results and maintain their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

Team News

Espanyol – Changing system last time out seemed to improve some aspects of Espanyol’s play, so few changes are expected here.

Victor Sanchez is suspended for the hosts, so Javi Lopez could return at right-back after injury.

Sergio Garcia and Leo Baptistao should continue in close support of Gerard Moreno.

Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview : Espanyol vs Atletico Madrida”

Laliga Match Preview : Eibar vs Girona

Eibar have taken 13 points from their last available 15 in La Liga, with the return of Ivan Alejo ushering in a spell of much-improved form.

Recent victories against the likes of Espanyol and Valencia at Ipurua demonstrate that the hosts can break down an organised opponent.

Girona have lost just one of their last five league matches, with two recent 1-0 wins over Getafe and Espanyol boosting their confidence even further.

Team News

Eibar – Joan Jordan should continue in central midfield ahead of Gonzalo Escalante for the home side.

Anaitz Arbilla will continue at centre-back, with Ivan Ramis set to miss another few weeks due to injury.

Charles should be preferred to Kike Garcia up front once again.

Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview : Eibar vs Girona”

Bale’s goal help Real Madrid to sink Al Jazira

Not even a minute had passed between Zinedine Zidane replacing Karim Benzema with Gareth Bale, and the substitute finishing Lucas Vazquez’s cross with a first-time side-footed effort into the net.

Cristiano Ronaldo was lurking at the back post ready to make sure, but no extra touch was necessary. Naija and Bet

The Welshman’s goal put Real Madrid 2-1 in front and soothed the Spanish club’s worries against Al Jazira following some poor finishing in the first half of the second semi-final at the Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2017.

“Well, you could say it was a difficult game but if we’d finished off all our chances to score it would’ve been an easy one,” Bale told FIFA.com as his team’s kitmen bustled around him, having just emerged from the Real Madrid changing room where music was still blaring out.

“In the end it was tough because we didn’t score. The most important thing is that we won, and it doesn’t matter if it was 6-0 or 2-1.” Continue reading “Bale’s goal help Real Madrid to sink Al Jazira”

Real Madrid eye fifth trophy before the end of 2017

Real Madrid can round off the most successful year in the club’s already glorious history by claiming a fifth trophy in 2017 at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi this week.

They won La Liga, the Champions League, UEFA and Spanish Super Cup in a thrilling fashion after hitting top form in a four-month spell between April and August, but since then the European champions have faded, understandably fatigued by a heavy schedule.

Madrid trail Barca by eight points at the top of La Liga and finished second to Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League group, which proved costly as they were paired with free-spending Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster last 16 tie on Monday.

However, traces of the Madrid that swept aside the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona in the spring and summer were back as Real hit five past Sevilla before half-time in a 5-0 rout on Saturday. Play bet on today’s games on Naijabet.com

Until then Madrid had lacked the same killer instinct as last season with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scoring a combined total of just six times in La Liga, while Gareth Bale has made just one brief appearance as a substitute since September.

“We are improving in every sense,” said Zidane after thrashing Sevilla. “If you play well, you will create more chances. We created plenty of chances.” Continue reading “Real Madrid eye fifth trophy before the end of 2017”

Ronaldo pays touching tribute to late dad

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has paid an emotional tribute to his late father.

José Dinis Aveiro died when the Real Madrid superstar was just 20 due to liver failure.

Ronaldo has previously admitted he had a difficult relationship with his father, who battled an alcohol addiction. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.

But the Portuguse paid a touching tribute as he uploaded a picture alongside son Cristiano Jr and his two newborn twins.

The family picture took place in front of a painting of Aveiro.

“You will always be with us,” Ronaldo wrote.

Aveiro passed away in September 2005 during Ronaldo’s time at Manchester United.

The 32-year-old has previously hailed Sir Alex Ferguson’s role in coping with his death.

CR7 spoke openly about his father in 2015, admitting: “I didn’t get to know him for real, from the heart and I don’t know why he drank, maybe he was frustrated with his life.

Match Preview : Alaves vs Sevilla

Alaves have edged two one-goal wins in two of their last three home games in all competitions, with a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona something of an anomaly.

In their last four league games, the hosts have kept just one clean sheet, but the return of their key central midfielders should promise to shore things up a little more heading into the weekend.

Sevilla have battled their way to five consecutive wins in all competitions, which is a run that is making them candidates for silverware both in La Liga and the Champions League this campaign.

Team News

Alaves – Daniel Torres, Alexis and Aleksandar Katai are all missing due to suspensions, as Alaves continue to struggle with disciplinary issues of late. NaijaBet.com

Manu Garcia and Marcos Llorente are both back from bans themselves, which should see the duo come back into the side in a holding midfield two. Continue reading “Match Preview : Alaves vs Sevilla”

Match Preview : Barcelona vs Celta Vigo

Luis Enrique announced on Wednesday that he will step down as Barcelona coach at the end of the season, which could generate a response from his players.

The hosts have won their last four consecutive LaLiga fixtures, but have only kept one clean sheet in that time.

Celta are unbeaten in their last four competitive games, which even saw Eduardo Berizzo’s men manage to get a 2-0 victory away against Shakhtar Donetsk. Predict,Play and Win Big on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Barcelona – Luis Enrique could go with another three-man defence for this weekend, with Javier Mascherano having a positive impact against Sporting Gijon.

If not, Jordi Alba should return to the side at left-back and the hosts will go with a more traditional 4-3-3 as a result. Continue reading “Match Preview : Barcelona vs Celta Vigo”

Match Preview : Eibar vs Real Madrid

Eibar have scored at least two goals in all but one of their last five La Liga matches, with only Sevilla able to keep the Basque club at bay.

At home, they’ve managed to score seven goals across their last two matches and conceded none in the process as Jose Mendilibar’s men push for a surprise European finish.

Real Madrid’s last two away games have been tight affairs, with Los Blancos losing 2-1 to Valencia and then scraping a three-goal comeback against Villarreal.

Team News

Eibar – Florian Lejeune is absent due to suspension for the home side after picking up two bookings against Real Sociedad last time out. Naija and Bet

Anaitz Arbilla could be pushed over to left-back, with Ander Capa available at right-back once again following a ban. Continue reading “Match Preview : Eibar vs Real Madrid”

Match Preview : Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao

Sevilla have won their last four competitive games, and edging a narrow 2-1 win in their local derby against Betis last weekend will have given them a further confidence boost.

Jorge Sampaoli’s men have also kept three clean sheets in their last five competitive matches, which poses Athletic Club with a tough test given their awful goalscoring record away from San Mames.

Athletic Club have lost their last two away games 2-0, but bounced back from Europa League disappointment with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Granada at the weekend. Predicts,Play Bet and Win big on NaijaBet

Team News

Sevilla – Steven N’Zonzi, Pablo Sarabia and Nico Pareja all miss out due tosuspension for the home side after picking up bookings against Real Betis.

Matias Kranevitter is expected to replace the Frenchman in midfield, with Joaquin Correa likely to be deployed out on the right-hand side. Continue reading “Match Preview : Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao”

Match Preview : Deportivo La Coruna vs Atletico Madrid

Deportivo sacked coach Gaizka Garitano at the weekend, following their 4-0 thrashing by relegation rivals Leganes, and things need to change quickly.

The hosts, however, have only lost one of their last four league games at Riazor, but haven’t scored during their last two. Nervy times for Depor.

Atletico Madrid come into this one unbeaten in four away La Liga games, but they did recently fire a blank against Alaves on their domestic travels.

Team News

Deportivo La Coruna – Raul Albentosa is missing due to suspension for the home side after being shown a straight red card against Leganes.

Joselu is back fit and should feature on the bench, with Florin Andone continuing to lead the line up top. Naija and Bet  Continue reading “Match Preview : Deportivo La Coruna vs Atletico Madrid”

Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Las Palmas

Real Madrid battled back from two goals down against Villarreal to win 3-2 at the weekend, with Zinedine Zidane’s men cutting it very fine in recent La Liga fixtures.

Los Blancos have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last five competitive games, and will be feeling the effects of playing consecutive Wednesdays and weekends. NaijaBet.com

Las Palmas have lost their last four consecutive La Liga matches, and a trip to Santiago Bernabeu doesn’t look set to rectify their poor form.

Team News

Real Madrid – Raphael Varane is still an absentee with a muscle injury, which could see Nacho or Pepe figure at centre-back for the home side.

Isco is expected to get a start for the home side, after doing well off the bench against Villarreal, but Karim Benzema should be preferred to Alvaro Morata up top. Continue reading “Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Las Palmas”

Match Preview : Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon

Barcelona required a late Lionel Messi goal to earn them three points in their last two La Liga games, scraping 2-1 victories over both Leganes and Atletico in the process.

Luis Enrique still remains under pressure in the Camp Nou dug-out, but after temporarily going top last weekend, albeit having played two games more than Real Madrid, there is still title hope for Blaugrana.

The visitors will have one eye on their weekend match against Deportivo, after taking four points from their last available nine in La Liga as they try to battle the drop. Place bet and Win big on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Barcelona – Lucas Digne and Jordi Alba will battle it out to start at left-back, as Jeremy Mathieu is now out injured with ligament damage.

Luis Enrique should opt for a back four, rather than his different tactical plan for the Atletico Madrid game, with Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique remaining at centre-back. Continue reading “Match Preview : Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon”

Match Preview : Villarreal vs Real Madrid

Villarreal have lost just two of their last 12 matches at La Ceramica, which has been enough to keep them in the hunt for European football despite not churning out their usual good performances.

The Yellow Submarine have kept just one clean sheet in their last four La Liga games at home, which is something that Real Madrid should look to exploit while trying to get back on song.

A 2-1 away defeat against Valencia is the worst possible preparation for Real Madrid’s weekend excursion, with the pressure mounting on Zidane’s men to not slip up at the top of the table.

Team News

Villarreal – Nicola Sansone is struggling with a knock, so Cedric Bakambu and Adrian are expected to start despite Roberto Soldado’s return to fitness. Naija and Bet

Jaume Costa should be preferred to Jose Angel at left-back, with Fran Escriba not likely to make many alterations after winning away against Roma midweek. Continue reading “Match Preview : Villarreal vs Real Madrid”

Match Preview : Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona

Atletico Madrid have lost just one of their last 28 league games at Estadio Vicente Calderon and the hosts will be hoping to close out their last clash against Barcelona with a win before they change stadium during the summer.

The visitors’ last La Liga trip to this ground ended in a 1-0 win back in 201, and Luis Enrique will be hoping for more of the same this time around to ease the pressure building on his shoulders.

After a resounding 4-0 loss to PSG in the Champions League and an unconvincing 2-1 win over Leganes at Camp Nou, Luis Enrique is under fire as Barcelona boss. Naija and Bet

Team News

Atletico Madrid – Jan Oblak was on the bench for Atletico against Leverkusen midweek in the Champions League and should start this weekend.

Diego Godin is likely to be rushed back from injury to start alongside Stefan Savic at centre-back, with Sime Vrsaljko continuing at right-back in Juanfran’s absence. Continue reading “Match Preview : Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona”

Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Espanyol

Real Madrid have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven competitive outings, but have lost only one of their last 24 home games in La Liga.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have won their last seven consecutive league fixtures at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Espanyol with quite a task on their hands.

Espanyol’s impressive three-match winning run was ended away from home last time out, as Quique Sanchez Flores’ men sank to a 2-1 loss against Real Sociedad. NaijaBet.com

Team News

Real Madrid – Toni Kroos is available for league action once again after his ban, which will mean that Mateo Kovacic starts on the bench.

Lucas Vazquez should be preferred to James Rodriguez out on the right-hand side against his former club. Continue reading “Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Espanyol”