Champions League Match Preview: Juventus vs Manchester United

Juventus are top of Group H after winning their first three matches. The Old Lady are one of only two teams yet to concede in the competition and are overwhelming favourites to win on Wednesday after easily beating Manchester United last month.

United are still in second after Valencia surprisingly only managed a draw with group minnows Young Boys last time out. Valencia host the Swiss side in the group’s other game and United have to assume they will win this time. Jose Mourinho’s side could well be third by the end of play.

You sense the next five days will be huge for United’s season. After playing Juventus they have the first Manchester derby of the season and it’s highly likely they will lose both games. They have started matches poorly this season and need to change that quickly.

Juventus haven’t lost a Champions League group stage match at home since December 2009, emphasising the challenge United face in midweek. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Team News

Juventus- Max Allegri has confirmed Emre Can, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and Moise Kean are all injured for Wednesday night’s clash with Manchester United. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Juventus vs Manchester United”

UCL Match Preview: Napoli vs Paris Saint Germain

Napoli conceded a 93rd-minute equaliser against Paris Saint-Germain last time out in the Champions League and could live to rue that goal in their quest to progress out of Group C.

They are still in a good position in second and one point behind Liverpool but you have to assume the Reds will beat minnows FK Crvena Zvezda in the group’s other match. The winner of this match will likely go through to the next round.

This is a huge match for Paris Saint-Germain. They were largely dreadful against Napoli last time out and are currently third on four points after three matches. Failing to make it out of the group would be a disaster for Thomas Tuchel, Neymar and co. To make matters worse, the French giants have lost their last three away matches in the Champions League.

Aside from beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the only teams PSG have managed to beat from home in the Champions League from their last 20 attempts are Anderlecht, Celtic, Basel, Ludogorets, Malmo, Shakhtar Donetsk and APOEL.

In that time, they have lost away to the likes of Barcelona three times, Real Madrid twice, as well as Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Manchester City. That is an incredibly bad record, which may continue in midweek.

Team News

Napoli- Carlo Ancelotti will have to decide between Dries Mertens or Arkadiusz Milik to partner Lorenzo Insigne up front against Paris Saint-Germain, though the former scored a hat-trick at the weekend and should get the nod here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Napoli vs Paris Saint Germain”

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Champions League Preview Match: lnter Milan vs Barcelona

Inter are second in Group B and five points clear of Tottenham and PSV despite losing to Barcelona last time out in the competition. The Serie A giants have bounced back from that 2-0 loss with successive wins by an aggregate scoreline of 8-0.

Barcelona has a perfect record in Group B after three matches and have won five matches in a row in all competitions. Their last two outings have been a struggle, however, only beating Leganes 1-0 and Rayo Vallecano 3-2.

Barcelona are guarenteed a place in the next round with three points, while Inter will go through if they win on Tuesday and Tottenham and PSV draw in the group’s other match.

Inter are unbeaten in three home games against Barcelona (W1, D2). They are in great form at the moment and will be even more confident of getting a positive result if Lionel Messi is only named as a substitute.

Team News

Inter Milan- Joao Mario played a direct hand in three goals for Inter on Saturday and is surprisingly back in favour for the Italian side, though he is ineligible in the Champions League along with Dalbert and Roberto Gagliardini. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Inter have a clean bill of health heading into Tuesday’s match against Barcelona and Luciano Spalletti will field his strongest XI. Continue reading “Champions League Preview Match: lnter Milan vs Barcelona”

Champions League Match Preview: Barcelona vs Inter Milan

Barcelona are in the middle of an incredibly tough run of fixtures. They have already faced Tottenham, Valencia and Sevilla and now host Inter before playing Real Madrid at the weekend.

They will be without star man Lionel Messi for both matches after the Argentine broke his arm at the weekend.

Inter have won seven matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since January 2017 but look set to be without Radja Nainggolan, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic on Wednesday night.

Losing all three would be a huge blow to their chances of getting a positive result at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona has won all three of their home matches against Inter without conceding. The outcome of this match could well depend on what XI Inter are able to field.

Team News

Barcelona- Lionel Messi fractured his arm against Sevilla at the weekend and will miss out for Barcelona on Wednesday. Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele could flank Suarez here as a result. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Barcelona vs Inter Milan”

Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Juventus

Manchester United have only won one of their last six in all competitions, drawing four times in that span.

Juventus’ perfect start to the season came to an end at the weekend after only managing a 1-1 draw with Genoa.

This is the first meeting between the two sides since 2003, when United won 3-0 away to Juventus.

Overall, both sides have won five matches each against other. Expect a hard fought match.

Teams News

Manchester United- Jose Mourinho would have taken huge positives from Manchester United’s 2-2 draw away to Chelsea on Saturday despite conceding a dramatic late equaliser. Various betting options are available on site 

Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out by Jose Mourinho, while Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard were all absent from training on Monday. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Juventus”

UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen

Real Madrid are in crisis. The reigning European champions are winless in five matches and have lost four times in that span, including each of the last three.

Julen Lopetegui’s side has staggeringly only scored once in that time and the Spaniard is on the verge of being sacked.

Viktoria Plzen were thrashed 5-0 by Roma in their last Champions League outing and should represent the perfect opponent for Lopetegui to get a much-needed win.

Team News

Real Madrid- Julen Lopetegui is on the verge of being sacked as Real Madrid head coach after losing for the third game in a row this weekend. Bet Now

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos were on the bench against Levante on Saturday and will start here. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen”

Champions League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Barcelona

Tottenham was pegged back by Inter to lose 2-1 late on in their group stage opener. However, since that loss, Tottenham have won their last three and will hope to continue that good form with the welcome of Barcelona.

Barcelona, meanwhile, has endured a downturn in form having failed to win their last three, drawing two. A 2-1 loss at Leganes shows that the Blaugrana are beatable, but they can dominate any opponent on their day and a repeat of their 4-0 win over PSV would certainly go down well with their fans.

The hosts are in form but could be without two key men, and while Barcelona looks out of sorts, an entertaining draw could be on the cards at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Team News

Tottenham- Dele Alli has been ruled out of the welcome of Barcelona, and is joined on the sidelines by Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier. Bet Now

Hugo Lloris is available and could replace Paulo Gazzaniga between the sticks, while Ben Davies, Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama may all start. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Barcelona”

Champions League Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco

Borussia Dortmund has made an unbeaten start to the season (W5, D2).

Monaco has only won one of their opening 10 matches in all competitions (L6, D3).

Dortmund average over four goals per game at home this season and will expect to win on Wednesday night.

Team News

Borussia Dortmund-  Jadon Sancho’s only start this season has come in the Champions League. He has been immense off the bench and will surely be considered from the off here. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7

Paco Alcacer has also made meaningful impacts from the bench and will push for his full Borussia Dortmund debut.

Achraf Hakimi has scored or assisted in his first two appearances for Dortmund and could continue at right-back with Lukasz Piszczek a doubt. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco”

Champions League Match Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool

Napoli failed to take advantage of the fact Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain played each other in GW1, only managing a 0-0 draw with Red Star last time out. They really need to get a positive result here.

Liverpool beat PSG 3-2 in a thrilling contest at Anfield last time out in Europe but their performances have dipped in the last week, failing to beat Chelsea on two occasions. They are currently on a gruelling run of fixtures and Jurgen Klopp will need his side to keep grinding out results.

Liverpool has lost only two of their last eight away games against Italian teams and you’d fancy the Reds to continue that run given Napoli’s early struggles under Carlo Ancelotti this season. Bet Now

Team News

Napoli- Marco Rui was sent off against Juventus at the weekend but is available to play against Liverpool in the Champions League.

Carlo Ancelotti may persist with a 4-4-1-1 formation here. If that is the case, Marek Hamsik, Fabian Ruiz and Amadou Diawara are competing for one place alongside Allan in central midfield.

Vlad Chiriches and Amin Younes are the only injury concerns for the hosts. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool”

Champions League Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Ajax

Bayern Munich are winless in two matches, slipping to a shock 2-0 defeat away to Hertha Berlin last time out.

Ajax has kept seven clean sheets in their last eight matches in all competitions and won their first Champions League game 3-0 against AEK Athens.

Ajax lost 4-0 the last time they played away to Bayern, back in 2004. Ajax are certainly in good form but they will struggle to get a positive result here.

Team News

Bayern Munich- Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman and Rafinha are long-term absentees for Bayern Munich, while Leon Goretzka is a doubt. Bet Now

Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller were on the bench at the weekend and will expect to start here. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Bayern Munich vs Ajax”

Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Valencia

Manchester United are in crisis and Jose Mourinho is under huge pressure to save his job. The Red Devils have equalled their worst start to a Premier League season after seven matches after being thrashed 3-1 by West Ham on Saturday.

Valencia lost their opening Champions League match, losing 2-0 at home to Juventus courtesy of two Miralem Pjanic penalties. The Spanish side picked up their first win of the season at the weekend, beating Real Sociedad 1-0.

Neither side are on form but Valencia has a real opportunity to spring an upset in Manchester on Tuesday night. The last two competitive meetings between the two sides at Old Trafford have ended 1-1 but Valencia could go one better here.

Team News

Manchester United- Jose Mourinho is a manager under pressure and seems to be picking fights with a different player every week. Alexis Sanchez is the latest Manchester United star to feel the wrath of the Portuguese and may only make the bench in midweek. Latest Champions League Odds are available on NaijaBet

Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard were also dropped in United’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham and the latter did not train with the team on Monday.

Ander Herrera, Diogo Dalot and Ashley Young were also absent from training, so it’s safe to assume they will not feature against Valencia. Marcos Rojo is also sidelined. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Valencia”

Modric crowned world’s best, ends Ronaldo-Messi era

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday.

The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.

“The emotion is huge because it is thanks to the work of everyone. So many people have come together and so many have supported me,” said Modric.

Modric beat out Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo, who along with Messi did not attend the glitzy awards ceremony in London.

Both are in action for Juventus and Barcelona on Wednesday, but their no-show attracted criticism after so many years on top. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet

“Everyone has their own reasons,” said Modric. “Obviously I would have liked them to be here but they aren’t.”

Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each. Continue reading “Modric crowned world’s best, ends Ronaldo-Messi era”

UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Roma

Real Madrid and Roma were both held to draws at the weekend but Roma’s result was more of a shock as they were 2-0 up against Chievo.

Julen Lopetegui has made an unbeaten start to life as the manager and is expected to win his first Champions League game in charge of the reigning champions.

Roma, meanwhile, has struggled so far this season and throwing away a 2-0 lead would have impacted their confidence even more.

The Serie A side has only won one of their opening four competitive matches this season and lost 2-0 on their last visit to the Bernabeu.

Team News

Real Madrid- No surprises are expected from Real Madrid when they host Roma on Wednesday.

Isco and Casemiro made a difference off the bench against Athletic Club on Saturday night but only the latter is expected to start. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Roma”

UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Manchester United

Young Boys have won only two of their last 10 European games (D4, L4)

Manchester United have lost only three of their last 20 European matches (W13, D4).

United are the overwhelming favourites in this match and their quality should eventually show. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Team News

BSC Young Boys– Young Boys have four injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s welcome of European giants Manchester United: Pedro Teixeira, Jordan Lotomba, Gregory Wuthrich, and Sandro Lauper.

The home side were pushed all the way to extra-time on Saturday night in the Swiss Cup and fatigue could prove an issue here.

Wuthrich, usually at center-back, missed out through injury and would be a big loss for Gerardo Seoane’s side.

Manchester United– Luke Shaw was not risked against Watford on Sunday but Jose Mourinho afterward confirmed he would start against Young Boys on Wednesday. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Manchester United”

UCL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Lyon

 

Pep Guardiola was unhappy with Manchester City’s finishing in their 3-0 win over Fulham. City are unbeaten this season but are still searching for their best form.

Lyon has stuttered their way through the start of the season. The French side has only won two of their opening five matches but has lost only one of their last six matches against English clubs.

After going 13 Champions League home matches unbeaten, City have lost their last two at the Etihad (vs Basel and Liverpool). Nevertheless, they should come through this potentially tricky contest with three points.

Team News

Manchester City– Benjamin Mendy picked up a knee injury at the end of last week and is not expected to feature here.

Fabian Delph is expected to replace Mendy at left-back, but Aymeric Laporte can also play there.

Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany and John Stones compete for a starting berth at centre-back. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Lyon”

UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Juventus

Valencia has made a poor start to the season, winless in their first four league matches. They have drawn three of those games but will need to step it up to get anything from this match.

Juventus haven’t clicked into gear and are still trying to find the best formation to maximise Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence in the team. The Old Lady have, however, made a 100 percent start to the season.

Juventus’ record away to Spanish sides is not good. They have only won five of a possible 27 matches but have a great chance to change that here. Valencia has lost five of their last eight matches in the Champions League proper. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Team News

Valencia- Geoffrey Kondogbia came off after 14 minutes of Valencia’s 0-0 draw with Real Betis on Saturday and is not expected to feature here as a result, with Ezequiel Garay and Francis Coquelin also injury concerns.

Michy Batshuayi has been limited to just four substitute appearances since joining Valencia on loan from Chelsea in the summer and may have to settle for another place on the bench here. Santi Mina and Kevin Gameiro are battling to partner Rodrigo in attack.

Gonçalo Guedes came off the bench against Betis to make his first appearance since returning to Valencia this summer but he may not be ready to start just yet, which is a blow for the home side. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Juventus”

UCL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Paris Saint Germain

Liverpool has started a Premier League season with five straight wins for the first time in their history.

Paris Saint-Germain also has a 100 percent record this season but are yet to hit top gear under Thomas Tuchel.

PSG have scored in each of their last 16 Champions League games but have lost their last two away matches in the competition.

This is the game of the round and should be thoroughly entertaining, between two sides that love to attack. Various betting options are available for today’s matches on NaijaBet

Team News

 Liverpool- Captain Jordan Henderson was on the bench against Tottenham at the weekend but will be considered by Jurgen Klopp here, in what will be Liverpool’s only change. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Paris Saint Germain”

UCL Match Preview: Monaco vs Atletico Madrid

Monaco has made a poor start to the season. The French side has only won one of their last six matches in all competitions.

Atletico Madrid has also underperformed this season. The Spanish side has only kept one clean sheet in five games, which is not like them.

Monaco are without a win in eight European games but have won their last three matches against La Liga opposition.

Atletico, however, has lost only one of their 13 fixtures against Ligue 1 sides and are unbeaten in their last five such fixtures (W3, D2).

Team News

Monaco- Monaco have injury problems ahead of Tuesday’s encounter with Atletico Madrid, notably still missing summer signing Aleksandr Golovin Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Monaco vs Atletico Madrid”

UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs PSV Eindhoven

Barcelona have won their Champions League group in each of the past 11 seasons. They have started the season with a 100 per cent record.

PSV have won seven games in a row and have scored 13 goals in their last two outings.

The Dutch giants, however, haven’t won away in the Champions League proper since November 2007, losing seven of their subsequent 10 matches.

Barcelona are unbeaten in 26 Champions League home matches and are expected to continue that streak on Tuesday. Predict, Stake and Win Big

Team News

Barcelona-  Few surprises are expected from Barcelona when they host PSV in their first Champions League game of the season. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Barcelona vs PSV Eindhoven”

UCL Match Preview: Inter Milan vs Tottenham

After a hefty level of investment, Inter has started the season slowly, earning just four of 12 available points. They’re yet to win at San Siro this campaign and have failed to win their last four home games.

Tottenham are stuttering after back-to-back league defeats following a run of three successive victories to kick off the season and are yet to wholly convince this term. The Premier League side has lost their only two meetings with Inter at San Siro, conceding four goals in each of those two games.

Neither team will want to lose here, so we could see a cagey affair that may end in a low scoring draw. Various Champions Leagues betting options are available on site

Team News

Inter Milan– Dalbert, Roberto Gagliardini and Joao Mario have all been left out of Inter’s Champions League squad and are ineligible.

Luciano Spalletti faces a minor injury concern at right-back, with Sime Vrsaljko out and Danilo D’Ambrosio a doubt for the welcome of Tottenham, which may see Milan Skriniar deputise here and Miranda start alongside Stefan De Vrij at the heart of the defence. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Inter Milan vs Tottenham”

Ronaldo’s bicycle kick against Juve wins Uefa goal of season

Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against current club Juventus has been voted Uefa’s goal of the season.

The former Real Madrid striker beat competition from 11 nominees for the award in honour of his goal in last season’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg in Turin.

“Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Will never forget that moment, especially the reaction of the fans in the stadium,” the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said. Naija and Bet

Real Madrid were already leading against the Italian champions thanks to Ronaldo’s opener after just two minutes when he acrobatically blasted in Dani Carvajal’s cross on 64 minutes.

Ronaldo said it was “the best goal” of his career and it helped Real to a 3-0 win on the night and moved them a step closer to an eventual quarterfinal victory over Juve. The Spanish club went on to win the competition for the third consecutive season. Continue reading “Ronaldo’s bicycle kick against Juve wins Uefa goal of season”

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”