EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Southampton

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester United

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Cardiff

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

Team News

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

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

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

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Tottenham vs Liverpool

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Newcastle United

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

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Bournemouth

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Leicester vs Liverpool

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

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

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

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

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

Team News

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

EPL Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Chelsea

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs West Ham

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City

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

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Brighton vs Manchester United

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Huddersfield

Manchester City followed up their Community Shield victory over Chelsea with an opening-weekend 2-0 win away to Arsenal. Pep Guardiola’s side only managed a 0-0 draw in this fixture last season but did thump the Terriers 5-1 at home in the FA Cup last year. Expect a result closer to the latter than the former here.

Huddersfield were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Chelsea on the opening-weekend and things will be more difficult on Sunday when they travel to the Etihad to face defending Premier League champions City. The Terriers only won three of their 19 Premier League away matches last season, failing to score in 13 of those.

Team News

Manchester City- Danilo and Eliaquim Mangala are still sidelined for the home side, while they have now been joined by star man Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian could reportedly be out for as long as three months with a serious knee injury.

Ilkay Gündogan should keep his place in midfield as a result of De Bruyne’s injury, as David Silva still hasn’t featured for Pep Guardiola’s side and will lack match fitness. Premier League, La Liga, SerieA, and Ligue1 Betting options are available on NaijaBet

Gabriel Jesus will hope to replace Sergio Aguero up front, while Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez compete for starting berths on the flanks.

John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have started both of City’s games so far this season and should continue at the heart of their defence here. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Huddersfield”

EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea got their season up and running with a comfortable 3-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday. The Blues are unbeaten in nine of their last 10 home meetings, winning seven, so will fancy their chances of putting another three points on the board here.

Arsenal were outplayed in their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City last Sunday and their start to the season doesn’t get any easier with their trip to Stamford Bridge. Unai Emery will hope his side are a little more defensively disciplined than they were against City last week.

However, while Emery will hope for an improvement, Chelsea should inflict further misery upon Arsenal in Saturday’s Premier League game of the weekend. Latest odd for Weekend Games are available on NaijaBet

Team News

Chelsea- Cesc Fabregas is carrying a knee injury and joins Izzy Brown and Marco van Ginkel on the sidelines.

It remains to be seen if Mateo Kovacic will feature having missed out on the 18-man squad at Huddersfield, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in line to start at Ross Barkley’s expense in midfield. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal”

EPL Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Tottenham

Newcastle may have left it late, but are beginning to strengthen in key areas of the squad. The Magpies ended the 2017/18 campaign on a high with a 3-0 win over Chelsea, but will be keen to avoid a similar start to last season where they lost 2-0 to Tottenham.

Spurs are paying the price for their players going so far in the World Cup as they boast a lengthy absentee list coming into their opening game of the season and are, at the time of writing, yet to do any business in the transfer market.

They won both league games against Newcastle last season, however, and have won three of their last four visits to St. James’ Park.

However, any hopes of a repeat of their 2-0 win over Newcastle last term will depend on what Magpies side turns up. The fans will be desperate for a positive result, with a draw on the cards. Bet Now NaijaBet

Team News

Newcastle United – Martin Dubravka is a doubt with a knock, but should be fit to start for Newcastle here, while Mohamed Diame’s possible absence could pave the way for Ki Sung-yueng to make his debut. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Newcastle United vs Tottenham”

EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester City

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been handed a tough start to life in England with opening fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea. The Gunners have looked good in pre-season and will hope to catch their rivals off so early in the campaign.

Manchester City showed no hangover from last season’s Premier League triumph when they beat Chelsea 2-0 in last weekend’s Community Shield. Pep Guardiola’s side are still the team to beat and will hope to show that again this weekend.

City have scored three goals in each of their last three matches against Arsenal, while Emery has never beaten Guardiola in 10 attempts (D4, L6).

Team News

Arsenal- With Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal both in danger of missing Sunday’s Premier League opener against Manchester City, Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks set to start at left-back. Various betting options are available on Site

New signings Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira could make their competitive debuts for the Gunners on Sunday. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester City”

EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs West Ham

Liverpool are considered the closest challengers to Manchester City for the Premier League title and it’s imperative Jurgen Klopp’s side get off to a good start following their good summer. The Reds have scored four goals in each of their last three matches against West Ham.

West Ham will hope for some continuity on and off the field this season. They have appointed a former Premier League-winning manager and have made, potentially, some very exciting signings. This, however, is a nightmare opening game for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Team News

Liverpool- Dejan Lovren is not fit enough to feature for Liverpool following his late return from the 2018 World Cup, while there are also question marks over the fitness of the England players that were involved in Russia.

Joel Matip is also ruled out for the home side after succumbing to injury once again, meaning Joe Gomez should partner Virgil Van Dijk at the back if he can recover from a knock in time. Bet Now

Trent Alexander-Arnold featured in Liverpool’s final pre-season game and should be fit enough to start, but Jordan Henderson may have to settle for a place on the bench. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs West Ham”

EPL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City

Manchester United endured a rotten pre-season and Jose Mourinho has conceded he is already expecting the worst on Friday. However, Mourinho is unbeaten in nine opening-weekend matches, winning eight times in that time.

Leicester only won two of their five pre-season matches and Claude Puel will more than likely not be able to field his best XI at Old Trafford. The Foxes have only won one of their last 20 matches against the Red Devils and haven’t won at Old Trafford since January 1998.

Claude Puel’s side won’t get many better chances to beat United than Friday. They are short of players and confidence heading into the opening weekend, while Mourinho has done little to help the mood around the team. Nevertheless, the history books are stacked against the away side and a scrappy home win looks most likely.  Various betting options are available on Site

Team News

Manchester United- Jose Mourinho has real problems ahead of Manchester United’s season opener against Leicester on Friday due to injuries and players returning late from the 2018 World Cup.

Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly picked up injuries in their final pre-season match and Mourinho will be desperate to have both players fit here.

Andreas Pereira impressed in pre-season and should earn a spot in midfield, with Marcus Rashford set to lead the line after cutting short his holiday to help Mourinho. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City”

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”

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”

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.

Team New

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”

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”