UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

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

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

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

Champion League Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

Champions League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Roma

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

UCL Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Juventus

Real Madrid are all but through to the semi finals of the Champions League after pulling off an impressive 3-0 win in Turin last week.

Zinedine Zidane’s side haven’t lost a Champions League home match since March 2015. The odds are stacked against Juventus here.

Team News

Real Madrid – Sergio Ramos is suspended for Real Madrid due to an accumulation of bookings in the competition. Bet Now NaijaBet

Nacho and Jesús Vallejo are also injury doubts for the home side, leaving Zinedine Zidane potentially short of options at centre-back.

If Vallejo fails to recover in time, Casemiro may have to drop back into the heart of Madrid’s defence.

The rest of the team should remain the same from the side that started the first leg. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Juventus”

UCL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Sevilla

Bayern Munich secured the Bundesliga title on Saturday and will now look to book their place in the last four of the Champions League for the fifth time in the last six seasons. They hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg and haven’t lost at home all season, keeping four clean sheets in a row.

Sevilla are winless in their last four matches and have lost three of those, warming up for the trip to Germany with a 4-0 defeat away to Celta Vigo on Saturday. Their winless streak will continue here.

Team News

Bayern Munich- Arturo Vidal and David Alaba have joined Manuel Neuer and Kingsley Coman on the sidelines for this match. Bet Now NaijaBet

Robert Lewandowski was rested at the weekend and will return to the starting XI here, while the same is true of Mats Hummels, Javi Martinez, Thiago, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery.

Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso, Jerome Boateng and Sebastian Rudy are a booking away from a ban. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Sevilla”

UCL Match Preview : Manchester City vs Liverpool

Are the wheels coming off Manchester City’s season at the worst possible moment? They have lost successive matches for the first time under Pep Guardiola and conceded three goals in each match. They need to score at least three goals here to have any chance of staying in Europe.

Liverpool have one foot in the semi finals of the Champions League after beating City 3-0 at home in the first leg. They will know that one goal should be enough to secure their passage into the last four of the Champions League for the first time since the 2007/08 campaign.

If City can perform to the same level as they did in the first half of the Manchester derby, and take their opportunities, then they have a chance of pulling off a remarkable comeback. However, Liverpool will more than fancy their chances of doing enough to get through if City’s second half performance against United was anything to go by.

Team News

Manchester City- Sergio Aguero returned from his knee injury at the end of Saturday’s Manchester derby defeat to Manchester United and should start against Liverpool here.

Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker will also return to the starting XI after being given the night off against United. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Manchester City vs Liverpool”

UCL Match Preview : Roma vs Barcelona

Roma are 4-1 down from the first leg and all but out of the competition.

The Serie A side hasn’t conceded a goal at home in the Champions League this season but that streak will end on Tuesday night.

Lionel Messi warmed up for Barcelona’s trip to Italy by scoring a hat-trick at the weekend. Bet Now

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions and that run will continue in midweek.

Team News

Roma- Diego Perotti has been ruled out of Tuesday’s clash with Barcelona, but Cengiz Under returns after missing the first leg through injury. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Roma vs Barcelona”

Ronaldo looking better than ever at aged 33

Cristiano Ronaldo has already broken one record in this year’s Champions League but against Juventus in their quarterfinal return on Wednesday he can edge closer to beating a bigger milestone of his own.

Ronaldo’s bicycle kick in Real Madrid’s 3-0 first leg victory last week ensured he passed Ruud van Nistelrooy’s feat by scoring in 10 consecutive Champions League games.

But the Portugese also now stands just three goals short of his best ever tally in a single European campaign, an achievement that would suggest this Ronaldo, aged 33, may even be the finest version yet. Place bet on today’s Champions League matches on NaijaBet

His 14 goals so far have come over nine matches and featured doubles against Apoel, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.

It means this is Ronaldo’s third most prolific Champions League showing to date already and, with Real almost certain to reach the semifinals, he is unlikely to finish here.

When he posted 16 goals in the 2015-16 tournament and his personal best of 17 in 2013-14, both times Real were crowned champions. Continue reading “Ronaldo looking better than ever at aged 33”

UCL Match Preview : Liverpool vs Manchester City

Liverpool have only lost one of their 23 home matches this season and Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Manchester City 4-3 at Anfield in January.

Pep Guardiola has lost more games against teams managed by Klopp than any other manager in his career (6 defeats).

Liverpool have kept clean sheets in their last three home matches. If they can continue that record against City then they stand a great chance of going through. Bet Now on Naija and Bet

City, meanwhile, have kept clean sheets in three of their last four away games and have won those matches at an aggregate scoreline of 11-1.

However, defensive records could fly out of the window when these two come face-to-face on Wednesday.

Team News

Liverpool- Adam Lallana suffered a hamstring injury against Crystal Palace at the weekend and will not feature here as a result, while Emre Can is a huge doubt with a back problem. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Liverpool vs Manchester City”

UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs Roma

Barcelona are unbeaten at home this season. They have kept 10 clean sheets in their last 12 competitive matches at the Camp Nou.

Roma are unbeaten in their last five matches and have beaten Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk in that time. They are not expected to add Barcelona to that list, however.

Barcelona beat Roma 6-1 the last time the two sides met and a similarly dominant performance should be anticipated here. Roma may not get on the scoresheet this time, though. Bet Now

Team News 

Barcelona- Lionel Messi overcame a hamstring injury to feature in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Saturday and will start here.

Sergio Busquets, Lucas Digne and Sergi Samper are injury doubts for the home side, while Philippe Coutinho is ineligible.

Sergi Roberto is a booking away from a ban Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs Roma”

UCL Match Preview : Juventus vs Real Madrid

Juventus will be out to avenge last season’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. The Serie A giants have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 13 home matches in all competitions.

Real Madrid are starting to click into gear just at the right time. They have won 11 of their last 13 in all competitions and crucially Cristiano Ronaldo has rediscovered his best form in front of goal – scoring 23 goals in his last 13 matches for club and country.

Juventus are in the right state of mind to end Madrid’s chances of winning the Champions League for three straight years but it’s hard to bet against Madrid with Ronaldo in this sort of form. They will be confident of taking a positive result back to Spain. Bet Now NaijaBet

Team News

Juventus- Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia are both suspended for the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Real Madrid, while Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro and Rodrigo Bentancur are one booking away from missing the return match.

Federico Bernardeschi and Alex Sandro returned to training on Wednesday but Mario Mandzukic was not able to take part with the rest of his teammates and remains a doubt here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Juventus vs Real Madrid”

UCL Match Preview : Sevilla vs Bayern Munich

Sevilla pulled off a shock to eliminate Manchester United in the last round of the Champions League but their European campaign should run its course against Bayern Munich. The Spanish side have only won one of their last five matches in all competitions.

Bayern warmed up for this match with a huge 6-0 win over rivals Borrusia Dortmund on Saturday. Before losing to RB Leipzig in their last away match, the Bundesliga giants had won their previous eight away games in a row.

Team News

Sevilla- Ever Banega is suspended for the first leg and that is a hammer blow for Sevilla’s slim chances of knocking Bayern Munich out. Sergio Escudero, Wissam Ben Yedder and Gabriel Mercado will miss the second leg if they are booked on Tuesday. Bet Now

Pablo Sarabia is expected to return to the starting XI after missing the 2-2 draw with Barcelona on Saturday through suspension.

Bayern Munich- Manuel Neuer is back in training but has not travelled with the rest of the Bayern Munich squad. The same is true of Kingsley Coman, but Juan Bernat and Arturo Vidal will be in Spain. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Sevilla vs Bayern Munich”

UCL Match Preview : Barcelona vs Chelsea (Agg 1-1)

A defensive mistake in the first leg gave Barcelona a huge away goal that has swung the tie in their favour ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Chelsea. The Spanish side are unbeaten at home all season, which does not bode well for the Premier League side.

Chelsea are incredibly unbeaten in their last eight matches against Barcelona but are not in great form heading to the Camp Nou.

They have lost their last four away matches and have only won one of three matches since holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Lionel Messi’s 75th-minute equaliser at Stamford Bridge may have killed Chelsea’s chances here as the respective home and away form of both teams favours Barcelona going through to the next round and ending Chelsea’s positive run against them. Bet Now NaijaBet

TEAM NEWS

Barcelona- Lionel Messi missed the 2-0 win over Malaga this past weekend due to the birth of his child but will return against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Nélson Semedo is back in contention after missing the first leg through suspension but may miss out this time around through injury. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Barcelona vs Chelsea (Agg 1-1)”

UCL Match Preview : Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk (Agg1-2)

Roma are behind in the tie but will hope to use the away goal they scored in Ukraine to overturn the 2-1 deficit on Tuesday. They have only won two of their last seven home matches in all competitions.

Shakhtar Donetsk have won their last five matches and have only failed to score in one of their last seven away matches – a 3-0 defeat to Napoli. While the goal they conceded on home soil could come back to haunt them, they are still very much in the tie.

Tuesday’s second leg is evenly balanced but anything other than Roma progressing would be a surprise. Shakhtar have lost seven of their previous 10 matches away to Italian opposition. Bet Now NaijaBet.com

TEAM NEWS

Roma- Edin Dzeko and Federico Fazio missed Friday’s 3-0 win over Torino through suspension but will be fresh to return against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday. Rick Karsdorp is still sidelined for the hosts.

Maxime Gonalons ended a two-month period on the sidelines as a substitute against Torino but will have to settle for a place on the bench here.

Diego Perrotti is a booking away from a one-match ban.

Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk (Agg1-2)”

UCL Match Preview : Manchester United vs Sevilla (Agg 0-0)

Manchester United could only manage a 0-0 draw away to Sevilla in the first leg but will hope to use home advantage to progress to the next stage of the Champions League. Under Jose Mourinho, United have only lost two home matches and both were against Manchester City.

Sevilla enter this match off the back of a 2-0 defeat at home to Valencia on Saturday. Away from home, the Spanish side have only lost one of their last six matches and they have scored in every European match this season.

United are usually very strong at home and Mourinho’s side should do enough, buoyed by Saturday’s win over Liverpool, to make the quarter finals of the Champions League.

TEAM NEWS

Manchester United- Paul Pogba managed to take part in some of Monday’s training session after missing Saturday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool but remains a doubt. Latest Odds on Site on NaijaBet

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Anthony Martial is available again after a two-game absence, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic also returned to first-team training on Monday. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Manchester United vs Sevilla (Agg 0-0)”

UCL Match Preview : Manchester City vs FC Basel

Manchester City already have one foot in the quarter-finals after a resounding 4-0 win in Switzerland in the first leg. They’ve won their last three matches and should have no problem in defeating FC Basel here.

FC Basel have lost their two matches since succumbing to a first leg loss to Manchester City with the other two games postponed. They should be well rested coming into this one, but face a nigh-on impossible task of overturning a four-goal deficit.

Manchester City should have no problem in overcoming FC Basel here, even if Pep Guardiola names a changed XI. Naija and Bet

Team News

Manchester City- Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho are both sidelined for Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling is a doubt for the home side as he struggles to overcome a hamstring problem. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Manchester City vs FC Basel”

UCL Match Preview : Tottenham vs Juventus (Agg 2-2)

Tottenham hold a slender advantage after the first leg having battled from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. Given their splendid home form, they’ll be confident of progressing past Juventus, but need to guard against complacency here.

Juventus haven’t lost a competitive match since a 3-2 loss to Sampdoria back in November. Since then, they’ve won 17 of 20 competitive matches and boast the Champions League experience to edge past Tottenham.

Spurs have won their last seven matches at Wembley, however, conceding just the once in that run, and have the means to secure a place in the quarter-final. Bet Now NaijaBet

Team News

Tottenham- Serge Aurier is suspended for Tottenham after his yellow card in the first leg, with Kieran Trippier expected to deputise at right-back.

Toby Alderweireld misses out again as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Heung-min Son could start on the left, though Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura are pushing the South Korean for a starting spot. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Tottenham vs Juventus (Agg 2-2)”

UCL Match Preview : Paris Saint Germain vs Real Madrid (Agg 1-3)

Paris Saint-Germain are 3-1 down from the first leg and must now try and eliminate reigning European champions Real Madrid without star man Neymar. A number of other key players are carrying knocks into Tuesday’s clash, making it even harder for the home side.

Real Madrid are favourites to go through and know an away goal should be enough to knockout PSG. The Spanish giants have scored in each of their last 10 European away games.

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be hitting top form just at the right time for Madrid and should fire Zinedine Zidane’s side through to the next round on Tuesday. They may even inflict PSG with their first home defeat of the season. Bet Now Naija and Bet

Team News

Paris Saint Germain- Neymar will play no part as Paris Saint-Germain look to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg. Angel di Maria is expected to replace the Brazilian in attack.

Kylian Mbappe was not risked at the weekend after picking up his own ankle injury last week and he remains a big doubt here. Alphonse Areola and Marquinhos are also doubts for the home side. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Paris Saint Germain vs Real Madrid (Agg 1-3)”

UCL Match Preview : Liverpool vs FC Porto (Agg 5-0)

Liverpool won the first leg 5-0 in Portugal and you can get odds of 100/1 for Porto to qualify. Liverpool haven’t conceded 5+ goals in a home match since January 2007 – this tie is over.

Porto have at least responded well to their thrashing, winning four matches on the spin since then at an aggregate scoreline of 15-3. Unfortunately for the Portuguese giants, there is no way back on Tuesday night.

Team News

Liverpool- Emre Can is available again after missing the first leg through suspension. Alberto Moreno will incur a one-match ban if he is booked on Tuesday night. Bet Now NaijaBet

Liverpool have all but secured their place in the next round after winning the first leg 5-0 but Jurgen Klopp insists he will not make wholesale changes.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Danny Ings has missed Liverpool’s last two matches with illness and both are doubts here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Liverpool vs FC Porto (Agg 5-0)”

Ronaldo, Messi deliver again in Europe

As the stakes mounted in the Champions League, the usual suspects once more rose to the occasion with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski starring in the last 16, first legs.

Season after season, these pre-eminent performers deliver on the biggest stages and administer severe punishment to striving title contenders – including Neymar’s aspiring Paris Saint-Germain.

A Ronaldo double propelled holders Real to a 3-1 advantage over PSG in Spain, while Messi grabbed a vital away goal for Barcelona in a 1-1 draw at Premier League champions Chelsea. Place bet on today’s game on NaijaBet

Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller also scored twice apiece as Bayern Munich demolished knockout stage debutants Besiktas 5-0.

But it came as no surprise to Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, who warned PSG repeatedly of the danger posed by Ronaldo in the weeks leading up to the encounter.

“Careful with Cristiano,” was Zidane’s refrain, and Ronaldo, the five-time world player of the year, didn’t disappoint as he increased his record Champions League goals haul to 116, 11 of which have come this season. Continue reading “Ronaldo, Messi deliver again in Europe”

UCL Match Preview : Sevilla vs Manchester United

Vincenzo Montella has endured a rocky start to life as Sevilla manager but the Spanish side are now in a better place compared to when he took over at the end of 2017. Sevilla have only lost one of their last nine, albeit that was a 5-1 defeat away to Eibar.

Manchester United have also struggled recently, but did at least win away to Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday. Jose Mourinho’s side have only won two of their last 11 matches against Spanish sides, if you include their Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid at the start of the season.

Sevilla have only lost one home game all season and will prove difficult to beat for United, who would certainly take a draw if they can get on the scoresheet. Place bet on Ice hockey on NaijaBet

Team News

Sevilla- Joaquín Correa sustained a reported hamstring injury for Sevilla at the weekend and is a major doubt for the first leg.

January signing Miguel Layún is ineligible for the home side after featuring in the group stage for Porto. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Sevilla vs Manchester United”

UCL Match Preview : Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma

Shakhtar Donetsk played their first game of 2018 on Friday and won 5-0. They managed to prevent Fred from joining Manchester City in January, which will only boost their chances of upsetting the odds against Roma.

After a run of seven matches without a win, Roma have now won three in a row heading into the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. They have only lost away from home two times all season. Bet Now NaijaBet.com

Shakhtar Donetsk won all three of their home group games, even inflicting Manchester City with their first defeat of the season. However, they have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 matches in the Champions League and an away goal on Wednesday could prove their undoing in the tie.

Team News

Shakhtar Donetsk- Maksim Malyshev is the only injury concern for Shakhtar Donetsk at the moment. Expect few changes from the side that qualified from the same group as Manchester City. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma”

UCL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Barcelona

After a run of three defeats in four matches, Chelsea have won their last two matches by an aggregate scoreline of 7-0. The Blues have only lost two of 16 home matches against Spanish sides.

Barcelona are favourites for this season’s Champions League and have only lost one game all season. Ernesto Valverde’s side have kept clean sheets in four of their last five matches and are yet to concede away from home in the Champions League this season.

Lionel Messi has never scored against Chelsea (eight matches), which is his worst record against an opponent. He has only won once against the Premier League giants and that record will have to improve if Barcelona are to progress.

Team News

Chelsea- Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will have to decide whether to recall Alvaro Morata to the starting XI following his return to fitness or stick with an in-form Olivier Giroud. Place bet on tonight game on NaijaBet

Conte has revealed Marcos Alonso will be fine to face Barcelona after a three-game absence, but Tiemoué Bakayoko is unlikely to recover in time.

Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger are in competition for a starting berth in Chelsea’s back three on Tuesday.

Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Barcelona”

UCL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Besiktas

Bayern Munich have won their last 13 matches in all competitions and are unbeaten at home this season, albeit only keeping one clean sheet in their last seven on home soil.

Besiktas have only lost two of their last 24 competitive matches and are unbeaten in seven ahead of Tuesday’s daunting clash with Bayern.

Converting draws into wins has proved a real problem for Besiktas this season, but they would take that here. Bet Now NaijaBet

Bayern are expected to win on Tuesday but their home defensive frailties should give a Besiktas side that have scored in all but one away game this season hope.

Team News

Bayern Munich- Manuel Neuer is expected to miss out for Bayern Munich here.

Thiago returned to first-team action at the weekend after nearly three months out injured and he will hope to start here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Besiktas”

UCL Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain

The Champions League represents the last opportunity for Real Madrid to salvage their season. Out of contention in the league and already eliminated in the Copa del Rey, Zinedine Zidane needs to win an unprecedented third successive European title to have any hope of remaining Madrid boss beyond the end of the season.

Unai Emery will also be judged on his performances in Europe this season. PSG are expected to complete a clean sweep of all domestic trophies in France but the season will still be deemed a disappointment if they do not go far in the Champions League. Bet Now Naija and Bet

Neymar could really announce himself as the world’s best player with an inspired performance over these two legs.

The form shown by both teams this season makes PSG the clear favourites on paper. However, they have struggled to make the transition from a side that dominates domestically to a giant of European football.

Madrid, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last 18 Champions League home matches since tasting defeat to Schalke in March 2015. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain”