Griezmann goals fires Atletico to Europa title

Antoine Griezmann was the hero for Atletico Madrid as the French striker scored twice in their 3-0 win over Marseille in Wednesday’s Europa League final in Lyon, allowing his club to win the trophy for the third time in nine seasons.

It is Griezmann’s first major title with Atletico, and a fitting way to bow out if he leaves at the season’s end, with Barcelona tipped as his next destination.

Griezmann – brought up in Macon, just 70 kilometres from Lyon – scored once in each half, his lethal finishes coming to either side of Marseille losing Dimitri Payet to injury, the French team’s captain coming off in tears.

Griezmann now has 29 goals this season, although it was Gabi’s late strike that sealed the victory. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering,” said Griezmann, who has spent his whole career in Spain but had only previously won one Spanish Super Cup.

Atletico’s triumph comes after agonising defeats to Real Madrid in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016. They had previously won the Europa League in 2010 and again in 2012, the latter coming just six months after Diego Simeone’s appointment as coach. Continue reading “Griezmann goals fires Atletico to Europa title”

Europa League Final : Marseille vs Atletico Madrid

Marseille lost ground in the race for a Champions League finish as they drew 3-3 with Guingamp on Friday night and they now sit three points behind Monaco ahead of the final week of the season. The Ligue 1 side have won just one of their last four competitive outings and just two of their last four Europa League matches.

They also lost their only visit to Parc OL this season, falling to a 2-0 loss to Lyon back in December, while their form away from the Velodrome in the Europa League this season has been poor, with just one win from their seven away games in Europe this term. Bet Now

Atletico Madrid has too struggled on their travels in European action this season, winning only two of seven away Champions League and Europa League matches.

Their form coming into this one, though, has been commendable, with Diego Simeone overseeing three wins in Atletico’s last four matches. However, like Marseille and the Velodrome, the Spanish side have faltered on their travels of late, with a five-match winless run preceding back-to-back wins over Alaves and Getafe, respectively. Continue reading “Europa League Final : Marseille vs Atletico Madrid”

Europa League Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal (Agg 1-1)

Atletico Madrid’s last gasp away goal in the first leg makes them favourites to progress to the Europa League final on Thursday.

Diego Simeone’s side have kept clean sheets in each of their last 11 home matches in all competitions.

Arsenal will be kicking themselves for gifting Atletico the equaliser at the Emirates last week. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

The Gunners have only won two of their last 12 away games in all competitions.

Team News

Atletico Madrid- Sime Vrsaljko is suspended for Atletico Madrid after being shown a red card in the first leg. With Juanfran also expected to miss out, Thomas Parety may be required at right-back.

Angel Correa was sent off at the weekend but is free to start on Thursday, while Diego Costa also proved his fitness with 63 minutes against Alaves. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal (Agg 1-1)”

Europa League Match Preview: Salzburg vs Marseille (Agg0-2)

Salzburg are 2-0 down from the first leg but are unbeaten at home this season. The Austrian outfit even put four past Lazio at home in the last round and have nothing to fear on Thursday.

Marseille are in the driving seat but have struggled for consistency on the road this season. In fact, they have only won one of six matches away from home in the Europa League, failing to score in four of those. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Salzburg have already beaten Marseille at home this season, winning 1-0 in the group phase. Despite Marseille’s woes away from home in the competition, have never conceded more once in a game. Can they see out the second leg and make the final?

Team News

Salzburg- Xaver Schlager will hope to return to the starting XI on Thursday after dropping to the bench in the first leg.

Salzburg have no reported injury concerns ahead of their Europa League sem-final second leg. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Salzburg vs Marseille (Agg0-2)”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid

Arsenal have won their last six home matches in a row. They have scored at least three goals in each of those matches.

Atletico Madrid have only won one of their last five and have failed to score in their last two. They are winless in their last four away matches, losing 3-0 most recently to Real Sociedad.

Atletico were the favourites when this draw was made but have Arsenal caught them at the perfect time? The Gunners will need to win well on Thursday as their away form has been dreadful all season.

Team News

Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette will continue up front in the Europa League as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied for Arsenal. Bet Now

Jack Wilshere has missed Arsenal’s last two matches but has since returned to training. Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech are also back in training.

Mohamed Elneny suffered ankle ligament damage at the weekend and is out for the rest of the season. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid”

Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Salzburg

Marseille have only lost one of their last 21 home matches in all competitions.

Salzburg have only lost two of their last 21 away matches in all competitions.

Salzburg have scored exactly two goals in their last three away games in the Europa League.

Marseille have scored 5 goals in each of their last two home matches.

Team News

Marseille- Hiroki Sakai is expected to miss Marseille’s Europa League semi-final first leg against RB Leipzig after coming off in the first half of their 5-1 win over Lille at the weekend. Bet now on NaijaBet

Valere Germain, Kostas Mitroglou and Clinton N’Jie are in competition for a starting berth up front, while Morgan Sanson, Maxime Lopez and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa battle for a place alongside Luiz Gustavo in midfield.

Boubacar Kamara and Steve Mandanda are also ruled out for the home side ahead of their meeting with Salzburg. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Marseille vs Salzburg”

Europa League Match Preview : CSKA Moscow vs Arsenal

CSKA Moscow are 4-1 down from the first leg and have little to no chance of overturning the deficit. They warmed up for Thursday’s match by losing 2-1 at home to relegation strugglers Dinamo Moscow on Monday.

Arsenal should have done enough in the first leg to secure their place in the last four of the Europa League. The Gunners have won their last six matches in all competitions.Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

CSKA have failed to win their last six home fixtures against Premier League opponents and that streak should continue here. Arsenal have only won two of their last nine away games, but both victories came in the Europa League.

Team News

CSKA Moscow- Kirill Nababkin returns for CSKA Moscow after missing the first leg through suspension. Pontus Wernbloom and Bibras Natcho are one booking away from a one-match ban in UEFA competition.

Viktor Vasin and Mario Fernandes are the only injury concerns for CSKA Moscow on Thursday, both are sidelined for the Russian side. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : CSKA Moscow vs Arsenal”

Europa League Match Preview : Atletico Madrid vs Sporting CP

Atletico Madrid have won their last eight home matches and haven’t conceded a single goal in that time.

Sporting, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four. They have conceded in each of their last 16 away matches, last keeping a clean sheet on the road in October.

Diego Simeone’s side are favourites to come through this tie and advance to the semi finals of the Europa League. Expect a shutout win on Thursday.

Team News

Atletico Madrid- Antoine Griezmann was suspended at the weekend and will return to first-team action here well rested. Vitolo is also available again for Atletico Madrid. Bet Now

Jose Gimenez and Juanfran are still doubts for Diego Simeone’s side, but Filipe Luis is ruled out. With limited options, the back four should pick itself on Thursday.

Angel Correa will miss the trip to Portugal if he is booked in midweek. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : Atletico Madrid vs Sporting CP”

Europa League Match Preview : RB Leipzig vs Marseille

RB Leipzig are unbeaten in six matches and have played the likes of Zenit, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in that time.

Marseille have only lost one of their last six and have won their last three away games in all competitions.

This is an evenly poised tie between two solid European contenders.

RB Leipzig will look to use home soil as the advantage on Thursday, particularly as Marseille have only won one of five away games in the Europa League this season. Naija and Bet

Team News

RB Leipzig- Willi Orban is suspended for RB Leipzig and will need replacing in defence. Marcel Sabitzer, Yussuf Poulsen, Jean-Kevin Augustin and Diego Demme will miss the return leg if they are booked on Thursday.

Naby Keita and Marcel Sabitzer overcame fitness issues to feature for Leipzig, but Marcel Halstenberg and Stefan Ilsanker are sidelined for the German side.

Ademola Lookman is cup-tied.Jean-Kevin Augustin and Yussuf Poulsen have rotated in attack in Europe this season and the latter may get the nod here as Augustin started at the weekend. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : RB Leipzig vs Marseille”

Europa League Match Preview : Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow

Arsenal have lost four of their eight previous meetings with Russian opponents in UEFA competition. However, they have kept three clean sheets in a row in home matches against Russian sides.

CSKA Moscow surprisingly knocked Lyon out of the last round of the Europa League. They have already been defeated on two occasions by English opposition this season, losing both Champions League group games to Manchester United. Bet Now

Arsenal have won their last three home matches in all competitions and will aim to get the job done at the Emirates before their tricky trip to Russia for the second leg.

Team News

Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette returned to first-team action at the weekend and will hope to start on Thursday with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ineligible and Danny Welbeck suffering with a back injury.
Petr Cech is an injury doubt for the home side but David Ospina will return in goal for European competition.

Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow”

Arsenal will face CSKA in Moscow Europa quarters

London club Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow after being drawn together in a Europa League quarter-final in Nyon on Friday at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and said British royals and ministers would not attend the World Cup in Russia this year.

There was an all Iberian cast in another eye-catching quarter-final draw as capital outfits Atletico Madrid, who many see as the main pretenders to the title, drew Sporting Lisbon. Latest odds on NaijaBet

Former European champions Marseille will take on rising German force RB Leipzig, while exciting Italian outfit Lazio face the draw’s minnows Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg, who knocked out Borussia Dortmund in the last round.

All the matches are played on the same day with the first leg coming on April 5 and the return a week later on April 12.

UEL Match Preview : Arsenal vs AC Milan (Agg 2-0)

Arsenal are in the driving seat in this tie after pulling off a very impressive 2-0 win in Milan last week. The Gunners have kept successive clean sheets for the first time since December.

AC Milan have only lost one game since Christmas and that was in the first leg against Arsenal. The Serie A giants have won 11 of their last 15 matches but have left themselves too much to do in the second leg.

With the damage done in the first leg, Arsenal just need to see the tie out at home on Thursday. They were almost made to pay for being complacent against Oestersunds FK in the last round and cannot afford a repeat performance against Milan this time around.

TEAM NEWS

Arsenal- Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal have missed Arsenal’s last two matches but have both trained ahead of Thursday’s second leg with AC Milan. Bet now on today’s games on NaijaBet

Shkodran Mustafi was also in training after picking up a groin problem against Watford on Sunday. All three are expected to start in defence along with Laurent Koscielny, who was rested at the weekend.

Danny Welbeck will lead the line with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette unavailable for the home side. Expect a similar XI to the side that beat AC Milan 2-0 in the first leg. Continue reading “UEL Match Preview : Arsenal vs AC Milan (Agg 2-0)”

Arsenal UEL win ease the pressure on Wenger

Under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was relieved after his side’s impressive 2-0 Europa League last 16, first-leg victory at AC Milan on Thursday, following a “nightmare” week.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan drove Arsenal into a 15th-minute lead with his first goal for the club, and a shellshocked Milan fell further behind before halftime as Aaron Ramsey waltzed through to score.

Wenger desperately needed a positive result after coming under pressure for a run of four straight defeats, and he got just that against a Milan side who saw a 13-match unbeaten run ended. Today’s latest odds on site NaijaBet 

“It is an important win of course after we had a nightmare week,” the 68-year-old Frenchman told BT Sport.

“I am happy with the spirit and response we gave. When you are knocked down like a boxer you don’t have time to react and you are only halfway up, but you have to respond.

“Your pride and desire to show quality has to come through in the game.”

Gennaro Gattuso’s seven-time European champions now have it all to do ahead of the second leg at the Emirates in seven days’ time. Continue reading “Arsenal UEL win ease the pressure on Wenger”

UEL Match Preview : Oestersunds vs Arsenal

Oestersunds FK have been one of the surprise packages in the Europa League this season, finishing above Zorya and Hertha Berlin in Group J. They were two months after Arsenal appointed Arsene Wenger their new manager in 1996.

Arsenal are favourites to qualify for the next stage of the competition but have been awful on the road this season. In fact, the Gunners have only won away from home five times in 18 attempts and have lost each of their last three – they haven’t lost four in a row since May 2010.

Oestersunds FK have only played one competitive fixture in more than two months and a lack of match sharpness may really hinder their chances of causing one of the biggest upsets this season. The Swedish side have only lost once at home all season, but will do well to avoid defeat on Thursday.

Team News

Oestersunds- Hosam Aiesh, Smajl Suljevic and Johan Bertilsson are all sidelined for Oestersunds on Thursday. Latest Odds on NaijaBet

Fouad Bachirou and Gabriel Somi would normally have started but both left for pastures new during the winter. Continue reading “UEL Match Preview : Oestersunds vs Arsenal”

Gattuso angry at Europa League ‘burning’ defeat

Angry AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso singled out forward Andre Silva for criticism after his side suffered a “burning” 2-0 defeat to Croatia champions Rijeka in the Europa League on Thursday.

Milan had already qualified for the knockout stages and rested a number of regulars, but that did not stop the famously combative former midfielder from letting rip at his players — in particular the new signing from Porto.

“It’s a burning defeat. I take full responsibility for the choices I made, which are only mine,” Gattuso said. Naija and Bet

“AC Milan’s shirt deserves respect. This bothers me a lot. We didn’t come here to lose. We made some pretty clear choices, trying to start those who needed more playing time.

“But we need to turn things around and a change in mentality. We need more intensity and desire and all these things weren’t there today. Continue reading “Gattuso angry at Europa League ‘burning’ defeat”

Europa League Match Preview : Arsenal vs BATE Borisov

Arsenal have already qualified as group winners but will be looking to bounce back from their incredible 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.

BATE Borisov are currently bottom of Group H but will qualify with Arsenal if they can beat the Gunners on Thursday and FC Cologne and Red Star Belgrade draw in the group’s other match. Naija and Bet

The away side have only lost one of their last 10 matches but have left themselves too much to do here. Arsenal should finish the group stage with a comfortable three points on Thursday.

Team News

Arsenal – Shkodran Mustafi is ruled out on Thursday and a doubt for the weekend’s match against Southampton, so Arsene Wenger may rest Per Mertesacker here in case he is needed against the Saints.

Illness has kept Theo Walcott out of Arsenal’s last six matches but Wenger has confirmed he will start with Jack Wilshere on Thursday.

Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview : Arsenal vs BATE Borisov”

UEL Match Preview : Everton vs Lyon

Group E is completely open at this stage after just one win between all four teams. Lyon have drawn both of their matches, while Everton are bottom of the group on one point.

Everton have only won two of their last 11 matches in all competitions and are really struggling to get out of their current funk.

Lyon will be high on confidence after beating Monaco 3-2 on Friday, but that was only their second win in nine competitive matches. Naija and Bet

Not only that, Lyon are winless in four away matches in Europe and have lost five of their previous eight matches away to English sides.

Team News

Everton –Ronald Koeman is expected to make some changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Brighton at the weekend.
Oumar Niasse is ineligible for the home side, while the Everton manager will be without at least five players because of injury.
Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka may rotate in the starting XI here, with the former coming into the team against Lyon.

Rooney ready to face Apollon after eye injury

EVERTON’S Wayne Rooney looked to have been healing well as he took part in the Toffees training session on Wednesday morning ahead of their Europa League Group E clash with Apollon Limassol.

Rooney was left with a cut above his left eye and a bloodied face after being caught by the arm of Simon Francis in an aerial challenge during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Bournemouth.

But there were no major signs of damage on the former England captain, who came off just after half-time in that game, as he trained in front of the media today (Wednesday). Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka, both absent from the Bournemouth match due to foot and hamstring injuries respectively, were seen doing work away from the main group.

That also applied to James McCarthy, who has been sidelined by a knee problem and is yet to play this season but was included in the Republic of Ireland’s provisional squad announced on Tuesday for World Cup qualifiers against Moldova on October 6 and Wales three days later.

Oumar Niasse, scorer of three goals in the last two matches, was involved in full training but is unable to play in Thursday’s game against Apollon at Goodison Park as he was not included in squad for the Europa League group stage that Everton boss Ronald Koeman selected earlier this month.

UEL Match Preview : Manchester United vs FC Rostov

Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw in terrible conditions in the reverse leg back in Russia and are favorites to progress here.

Rostov are unbeaten in their last seven competitive matches, although picking up results away from home has proven extremely hard.

The Russian outfit have only won two competitive matches on the road all season and elimination from the Europa League is expected on Thursday night.

Teams News

Manchester United – Jose Mourinho will recall on the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday after the Manchester United No.9 missed Monday’s defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup through suspension.

Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney are both ruled out again after failing to overcome injuries that saw the duo miss Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge. Naija and Bet  Continue reading “UEL Match Preview : Manchester United vs FC Rostov”

UEL Match Preview : Lyon vs Roma

Roma have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions and their surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Napoli at the weekend would have knocked confidence.

Lyon, on the contrary, have been scoring goals for fun of late. They have scored 25 goals in their last five matches in all competitions, although they were held 1-1 by Bordeaux at the weekend.

Roma have won five of their nine matches against French sides in the past and have only lost one.

This is an evenly poised fixture which could be hinge on the performances of Alexandre Lacazette for Lyon or Edin Dzeko for Roma.

Team News

Lyon – Maciej Rybus was left out of the squad that drew with Bordeaux at the weekend, but it remains to be seen whether this decision was taken to have the defender ready for Thursday. Predict today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com

Bruno Génésio has no concerns ahead of Thursday’s welcome of Roma. Continue reading “UEL Match Preview : Lyon vs Roma”

UEL Match Preview : FC Rostov vs Manchester United

Rostov have lost only once in their last seven European home games and even beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages at the start of the season.

The Russian side warmed up for this fixture with a 6-0 win against Tom Tomsk.

Manchester United have kept four successive clean sheets in the Europa League, only Napoli have ever managed five in a row.

United have drawn six of their nine meetings with Russian sides in the past and a tough game is expected here. Naija and Bet

Team News

FC Rostov – First choice goalkeeper Soslan Dzhanaev has not featured since December and could miss out on Thursday.

No unexpected changes are expected from the Russian side. Continue reading “UEL Match Preview : FC Rostov vs Manchester United”

UCL Match Preview : Tottenham vs Gent

Tottenham fell to a disappointing 1-0 loss at Gent last week and have it all to do if they are secure a spot in the last-16 of the Europa League. A 3-0 win at Fulham on Sunday certainly boosted morale coming into the welcome of the Belgian outfit.

Gent’s victory over Spurs is their only win in their last four competitive fixtures. Despite holding the advantage, the Belgian side come into the tie as underdogs.

While Spurs succumbed to a loss in Belgium, they have the means to overturn the deficit at Wembley on Thursday night.

Team News

Tottenham – Erik Lamela is out with a hip problem, but is closing in on a return to fitness. Naija and Bet

Danny Rose is a doubt and is unlikely to be risked ahead of the welcome of Stoke on Sunday. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Tottenham vs Gent”

UEL Match Preview : Fiorentina vs Borussia M.Gladbach

Fiorentina have the ascendancy in this tie after picking up a 1-0 win away to Gladbach in the first leg. They should be confident of seeing out this match having only lost at home once all season in all competitions.

Gladbach have it all to do in this match. They are unbeaten in their last four away matches and have kept a clean sheet in three of those, but they have only won two of seven previous matches in Italy.

Team News

Fiorentina – Federico Chiesa missed the first leg through suspension but is back available for Fiorentina on Thursday. Naija and Bet

Carlos Sanchez will serve a one-match ban in his next European match if he picks up a booking here. Continue reading “UEL Match Preview : Fiorentina vs Borussia M.Gladbach”

Mourinho hails fantastic brahimovic

The Swedish forward was praised by the Manchester United boss after scoring his first hat-trick for the club.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his match-winning hat-trick against Saint-Etienne.

The veteran striker continued his excellent season with his first United hat-trick leading his team to a 3-0 win in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday.

While Mourinho was happy for the Swede, he was most pleased with the clean sheet his team kept at Old Trafford. NaijaBet.com

“He has scored so many hat-tricks in his career but this is a first for Manchester United,” he said.

“We know that it is more difficult in England, we know clearly that it is fantastic for him. Continue reading “Mourinho hails fantastic brahimovic”

Europa League Preview : Manchester United vs Saint-Etienne

Manchester United have not lost in 12 European home matches against sides from France, while Saint-Etienne have lost each of their last three matches in England.

The French side not be underestimated, however. Saint-Etienne are unbeaten in all 10 of their Europa League games this season and have four of their five away matches in the competition.

Saint-Etienne are currently fifth in Ligue 1 where only Paris Saint-Ger- main (19) have conceded fewer goals (18). United are been guilty of missing plenty of chances this season and they will need to improve their form in front of goal here in order to try and get the job done in the first leg. Place Bet on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Manchester United – Jose Mourinho is expected to name a near full strength side for the first leg of their Europa League clash against Saint-Etienne, with a view to making changes in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones missed out at the weekend and are still injury doubts for Thursday’s clash. Continue reading “Europa League Preview : Manchester United vs Saint-Etienne”