Match Preview : West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal

This is a testing period for West Brom. They have already secured their top flight status but are at risk of being one of those sides that now have little motivation and finish the campaign terribly.

They have lost each of their last two matches without even scoring and things don’t get much easier with a trip to Manchester United following this match.

Arsenal are into the FA Cup semi final and must now try and consolidate a spot in the top four. They start the weekend five points adrift of fourth place Liverpool but Arsene Wenger’s side do have two games in hand.

The Gunners have actually only managed to win one of their last four matches against West Brom in regular time and aren’t in particularly great shape even after thrashing Lincoln last time out. Naija and Bet

Team News

West Bromwich Albion – Matt Phillips is still an injury concern for West Brom ahead of Saturday’s match against Arsenal, while an ankle injury picked up in the week means James Morrison may miss out as well. Continue reading “Match Preview : West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal”

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”

UCL Match Preview : Monaco vs Manchester City

 

Monaco fell to a 5-3 loss in Manchester in the reverse leg, but with three away goals to their name, will be confident of overturning the deficit. The French side come into the clash in good form having won their last four competitive outings.

Manchester City are now unbeaten in their last 11 competitive showings, winning eight. A 2-0 win at Middlesbrough secured their place in the next round of the FA Cup, though the trip to Monaco will be a tough proposition for Pep Guardiola’s side.

After a hugely entertaining affair at the Etihad Stadium, a similar match-up could be on the cards. Naija and Bet

Team News

Monaco – Kamil Glik is suspended for the hosts, though Jemerson is available and should start alongside Andrea Raggi.

Boschilia and Guido Carrillo are both ruled out for Monaco, who are otherwise at full strength. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Monaco vs Manchester City”

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”

Match Preview : Manchester City vs Stoke

Manchester City are now unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions and are playing some great football again following their blip in the middle of the campaign.

Stoke got back to winning ways at the weekend but their form away from home has been poor this season. The Potters have lost five of their last six away league matches and have conceded four goals to Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham in that run, while Arsenal also scored three.

Another comprehensive scoreline could be on the cards for City here as they look to cement their place in the top four. Predict today’s Matches and win big on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Manchester City – Kevin de Bruyne will come back into the starting XI for Wednesday’s reception of Stoke after starting their 2-0 win over Sunderland on the bench on Sunday.

Nicolas Otamendi was also given a rest at the weekend and may return to the heart of the defence here, while Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna could continue to rotate at right-back.

It remains to be seen whether David Silva or Yaya Toure will both start two games in the space of three days. Continue reading “Match Preview : Manchester City vs Stoke”

UCL Match Preview : Borussia Dortmund vs Benfica

Borussia Dortmund were unfortuante to lose the reverse leg 1-0 in Lisbon but should fancy their chances of overturning the tie on home soil on Wednesday.

They warmed up with a thumping 6-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend and haven’t lost a competitive game at home all season.

Benfica have won each of their last seven competitive matches but four of their five defeats this season have come on the road. Their overall away record against German clubs is W2 D6 L14.

Team News

Borussia Dortmund – Sven Bender and Sebastian Rode haven’t featured in 2017, while Marco Reus will miss the reverse leg with a hamstring injury. Mario Gotze is also sidelined indefinitely.

Raphaël Guerreiro and Marcel Schmelzer are a booking away from a ban in UEFA competition.

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UCL Match Preview : Barcelona vs Paris Saint Germain

Barcelona will need to become only the fourth side to overturn 4-0 deficit in UEFA competition history and the first side to accomplish the feat since 1984/85. Luis Enrique’s side should be encouraged after putting six goals past Sporting Gijon followed up by one of their best performances of the season at the weekend when they beat Celta Vigo 5-0.

The La Liga giants are seeking a 15th straight home victory in the Champ- ions League, having won all 14 games at the Camp Nou under their current coach. They are unbeaten in 19 matches at home in the competition, a run that started in September 2013 (W18 D1).

They have also won seven of the 10 matches they have hosted against French sides at the Camp Nou.

While you can see Barcelona scoring four, it’s hard to see them keeping a clean sheet against PSG. Their failure to get an away goal in the first leg could prove their undoing on Wednesday. Naija and Bet

Team News

Barcelona – Luis Enrique has been experimenting with a back three recently and the Barcelona head coach could turn to this formation against Paris Saint-Germain in an attempt to overturn the 4-0 deficit from the first leg. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Barcelona vs Paris Saint Germain”

Match Preview : Reading vs Newcastle United

Reading remain in the top five after victory over Wolves last time out and have lost only two of their 18 home league games this season.

Visitors Newcastle are five points clear at the summit following recent wins over nearest rivals Brighton and Huddersfield and have lost only three of 18 on the road this term. NaijaBet.com

The Magpies are starting to flex their muscles at the business end of the season and can make it three huge away wins in the space of eight days.

Team News

Reading – Winger Garath McCleary missed Saturday’s win over Wolves due to knee and abdominal problems and will be checked over.

Defenders Reece Oxford, Tiago Ilori and Danzell Gravenberch, midfielder Stephen Quinn, winger Callum Harriott and striker Deniss Rakels remain out. Continue reading “Match Preview : Reading vs Newcastle United”

Match Preview : Napoli vs Real Madrid

Napoli have been inconsistent since their 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid last month, winning two and losing two, though they warmed up for the welcome of Real Madrid with a fine 2-1 win at Roma.

They bagged a vital away goal in Madrid and given their goalscoring form, will be confident of pulling the deficit back.

Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 10 competitive outings and romped to a 4-1 win at Eibar at the weekend. With Gareth Bale back fully fit and Cristiano Ronaldo not in action at the weekend, their star attackers are ready and rearing to go for the tough trip to Naples. NaijaBet.com

Napoli have the means to score against Real Madrid, but the Spanish side have what it takes to secure their spot in the next round of the Champions League.

Team News

Napoli – Dries Mertens is a doubt with a calf problem for Napoli, though should be fit to feature here.

All in all, Maurizio Sarri is not expected to make wholesale changes to his strongest XI. Continue reading “Match Preview : Napoli vs Real Madrid”

UCL Match Preview : Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

Arsenal come into this tie on the back of an underwhelming run of form have lost four of their last six, with one of their two wins coming at lowly Sutton United in the FA Cup.

Only three teams have ever overturned a four-goal first-leg loss in the Champions League and face an uphill task if they are to secure a spot in the next round of the competition.

Conversely, Bayern are on a fine run of form having failed to win just two of their last 16 competitive fixtures. That being said, they lost their last visit to the Emirates as goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil secured a 2-0 win for Arsenal. NaijaBet.com

Bayern romped to a 5-1 win at the Allianz last month and can be expected to pile further misery upon an out-of-form Arsenal side.

Team News

Arsenal – Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny are both ruled out for the welcome of Bayern Munich. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Arsenal vs Bayern Munich”

Match Preview : Alaves vs Sevilla

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

Match Preview : West Ham vs Chelsea

West Ham have only lost one of their last six matches and will be looking to pull off another win at home to Chelsea like they managed in the EFL Cup earlier in the campaign.

Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table could be cut to seven points by the time they travel to West Ham on Monday night and they will be looking to restore their advantage in this London derby.

Team News

West Ham – Andy Carroll is still struggling with a groin injury that kept him out of their 1-1 draw with Watford last time around and Slaven Bilic will be desperate to have him available for the reception of Chelsea on Monday. Predict correct score of this match on NaijaBet.com

West Ham have already been served a blow by the absence of Michail Antonio, who is suspended after being sent off against Watford. Andre Ayew is on standby to lead the line if Carroll is not fit enough to start.

Continue reading “Match Preview : West Ham vs Chelsea”

Match Preview : Sunderland vs Manchester City

sunderland vs Man City

A 2-0 loss at Everton means Sunderland have won just one of their last six league games and are currently three points off safety. The Black Cats have lost their last five league meetings with Manchester City, conceding 14 goals in the process.

A 5-1 win over Huddersfield in midweek means City are now unbeaten in their last eight competitive fixtures, winning six. Having won nine of their 13 away league games this season, Pep Guardiola’s side come into this fixture as favourites.

And one would expect them to live up to that tag at the Stadium of Light, with a City win on the cards.

Team News

Sunderland – Papy Djilobodji is available following suspension and should slot back into the starting XI alongside John O’Shea and Lamine Kone should David Moyes revert to a three-man defence.

Paddy McNair, Lee Cattermole, Duncan Watmore and Victor Anichebe are all sidelined through injury, while Moyes is sweating over the fitness of no fewer than seven players.

Jordan Pickford and Vito Mannone are both doubts, though the former should be fine to feature. Continue reading “Match Preview : Sunderland vs Manchester City”

Match Preview : Tottenham vs Everton

Tottenham bounced back from their Europa League exit to Gent with a resounding 4-0 win over Stoke and will look to carry that momentum into the welcome of Everton on Sunday. Spurs are unbeaten in their last six home league meetings with the Toffees, though have drawn three of those.

Everton have the best form in 2017 having taken maximum points in five of seven games, drawing the other two, this calendar year. They have, though, drawn two of their three away games in 2017, dropping points at Stoke and Middlesbrough in recent weeks.

With Spurs and Everton sharing the spoils on three of the last six occasions at White Hart Lane, a draw could be on the cards in what promises to be one of the more entertaining games of the weekend. NaijaBet.com

Team News

Tottenham – Mauricio Pochettino is sweating on the fitness of duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen after both came off against Stoke at the weekend.

The Spurs boss, though, will definitely be without Danny Rose and Erik Lamela.

Barring the fitness of the Belgian defensive duo, Pochettino could name the same XI that secured a 4-0 win overStoke last Sunday. Continue reading “Match Preview : Tottenham vs Everton”

Match Preview : Barcelona vs Celta Vigo

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

Match Preview : Eibar vs Real Madrid

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

Match Preview : Roma vs Napoli

Roma won away to Inter last time out and therefore increased their gap over Napoli to 5 points, but they failed to keep up their good run of results after losing in the derby against Lazio in the Coppa Italia in midweek.

Napoli have suffered defeats in crucial games in three different competit- ions of late after losing to Real Madrid, Atalanta and Juventus. They now face the reality of being dumped out of the Champions League and Coppa Italia leaving them to focus on finishing in second in the league. NaijaBet

As a result of Napoli’s recent results all the pressure will be on the away side here. Roma are five points ahead of Napoli at the moment and would take a draw, although Luciano Spalletti’s side won’t set up for one.

Team News

Roma – Luciano Spalletti is not expected to change what seems to be his favourite XI despite the loss in the Coppa Italia against Lazio. Continue reading “Match Preview : Roma vs Napoli”

Match Preview : Liverpool vs Arsenal

Liverpool need a response after losing to Leicester on Monday. Defeat here could see them drop down to sixth if Manchester United beat Bournemouth earlier in the day and that would be a disaster for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Arsenal have not played in two weeks and will be well rested here, although that could also go against them here. Arsene Wenger needs a win here to relieve some of the pressure from the Arsenal fans.

The last two matches between the sides at Anfield have ended in a draw and another stalemate could be on the cards here, although that result would only suit United. NaijaBet

Team News

Liverpool – Jordan Henderson is unlikely to recover from a foot injury in time to face Arsenal on Saturday, but Dejan Lovren has been cleared of a knee injury and could return to first-team action this weekend.

Marko Grujic has returned to training but isn’t expected back soon having not featured since November.

Continue reading “Match Preview : Liverpool vs Arsenal”

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Bournemouth

Manchester United lifted the first trophy of the season after they beat Southampton 3-2 last weekend and now they finally have the chance to move up a place in the Premier League on a permanent basis after Liverpool lost 3-1 to Leicester on Monday. With Jurgen Klopp’s side due to face Arsenal this weekend, United can move up into fifth with a win here.

Bournemouth have been poor in 2017 and are still looking for their first league win of 2017. The Cherries have lost each of their last four matches and haven’t won since New Year’s Eve. Eddie Howe’s side lost 3-1 on their first trip to Old Trafford last season and the odds are stacked against them here. Place Bet on NaijaBet.com

United played terribly in the EFL Cup final and Jose Mourinho will need to ensure the players don’t get complacent this weekend as they plot their way up the table and into the top four.

Team News

Manchester United – Phil Jones has revealed he is fit and ready to return to first-team action but he may have to wait until the Europa League on Thursday to start.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is still a doubt after missing the EFL Cup triumph over Southampton on Sunday. Continue reading “Match Preview : Manchester United vs Bournemouth”

Match Preview : Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

Match Preview : Deportivo La Coruna vs Atletico Madrid

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

Match Preview : Manchester City vs Huddersfield

Neither side wanted this replay but Manchester City will again be favourites to advance when they host Championship promotion hopefuls Huddersfield on Wednesday.

City didn’t play at the weekend due to the EFL Cup final and Pep Guardiola’s side will be well rested for this match even if changes are made to their usual starting XI.

Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in their last seven matches and have only lost one game at home all season. They should really win this match comfortably.

Team News

Manchester City – Ilkay Gündogan and Gabriel Jesus are the only players sidelined for Manchester City, who will be well rested having not featured at the weekend.

Vincent Kompany was meant to play in the first fixture involving these two before pulling out due to injury and the replay may come too soon as he enters the final stage of his rehab. Continue reading “Match Preview : Manchester City vs Huddersfield”

Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Las Palmas

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

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

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

Team News

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

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

Match Preview : Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon

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

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

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

Team News

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

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