Chelsea have already secured their place in the next round and will secure top spot with a win here, or if Roma fail to beat Qarabag in the group’s other game.
Atletico Madrid kept their hopes of a top-two finish alive in the last round and must win at Stamford Bridge and hope Roma fail to beat Qarabag to have any chance of joining Chelsea in the next round.
Atletico have rediscovered their goalscoring touch at the right time but Chelsea are the only team that have beaten Diego Simeone’s side in any competition this season. It’s an equally poised game but you have to think Atletico have themselves with too much to do. Bet Now NaijaBet.com
Chelsea – Willian and Pedro will push for starts after failing to start at the weekend, but Antonio Conte may stick with a 3-5-1-1 formation here.
Gary Cahill and Tiemoue Bakayoko should both start on Tuesday after being rested at the weekend, while Davide Zappacosta may also be restored at right wing-back. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid”
While Arsenal stole all three points at the death against Burnley on Sunday, Huddersfield suffered heartbreak in the dying embers of their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
The Gunners know they will be in for a tough game on Wednesday night but fatigue may really prevent Huddersfield from turning in another display as heroic as the one they managed against the Premier League leaders.
Arsenal have a huge match against Manchester United to follow but need to keep their focus on Huddersfield for now. Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten in their last 10 at the Emirates and have won nine of those. They should continue that trend in midweek.
Arsenal– Mesut Ozil missed Sunday’s clash with Burnley through illness and Arsene Wenger may opt against playing him here with a view to this weekend’s clash with Manchester United.
With Alex Iwobi also unlikely to play due to a dead leg, Jack Wilshere will fancy his chances of making a first Premier League start of the season.
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Manchester City maintained their eight point lead at the top of the Premier League at the weekend, while also gaining ground on Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Pep Guardiola’s side have now won their last 11 in the league and it’s safe to assume they are champions elect.
Southampton turned in their best performance of the season when they thrashed a dismal Everton side 4-1 on Sunday but City are a completely different beast altogether, particularly at the Etihad.
It’s hard to see Mauricio Pellegrino’s side taking any points home on Wednesday night. Bet Now NaijaBet
Manchester City – Pep Guardiola will shuffle his pack for the reception of Southampton after Manchester City were pushed all the way by Huddersfield on Sunday. Continue reading “PL Match Preview : Manchester City vs Southampton”
Leicester were held to a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Friday night and have now failed to win their last three Premier League matches. The Foxes have also lost four of their last six home meetings with Tottenham and they will be up against it on Tuesday night.
After drawing 1-1 with West Brom on Saturday, Spurs have won just one of their last four Premier League matches and have lost their last two on the road. Now out of the top-4, Mauricio Pochettino will demand a return to winning ways here.
They’ll be made to work hard, but Spurs could edge all three points at the King Power Stadium in midweek.
Leicester – Leicester could name the same XI that drew 1-1 with West Ham on Friday night.
Claude Puel is again without Matty James, Robert Huth and Adrien Silva.
Watford have won successive matches and kept clean sheets in that run. They have already taken points off Arsenal and Liverpool this season, while they also came close to beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Given Manchester United’s recent struggles at Vicarage Road, Marco Silva’s side should be confident of another upset.
Manchester United limped to a 1-0 win over newly promoted Brighton on Saturday and now face a potential banana-skin trip to Watford ahead of a huge clash with Arsenal a few days later.
Jose Mourinho’s side lost 3-1 in this corresponding fixture last season and will need to perform much better than they did on Saturday to avoid another defeat.
Watford– Troy Deeney is available again after serving a three-game ban.
Miguel Britos came off before the hour-mark in the 3-0 win against Newcastle on Saturday and may not recover in time for Tuesday. Sebastian Prödl will deputise in his absence.
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Atalanta have failed to reproduce last season’s form in Serie A this term but are going well in the Europa League and return to Italy after thrashing Everton 5-1 on Thursday.
Benevento were minutes away from picking up their first point in Serie A last weekend but are still bottom on 0 points afte 13 matches. It should be defeat number 14 on Monday.
Atalanta- Remo Freuler is back from suspension and Marten de Roon is expected to make room for the Switzerland international.
Andrea Petagna and Andreas Cornelius will continue to rotate in attack, while Jasmin Kurtic should also start for the hosts.
Basel currently occupy second place but only because of their superior goal difference over CSKA Moscow. However, CSKA play bottom side Benfica in the group’s other match, so the Swiss side could drop down to third by the end of gameweek 5.
Manchester United still haven’t guarenteed a place in the next round despite their 100% record in Group A after four matches. However, they only require a point on Wednesday to seal top spot but they will also qualify if CSKA fail to beat Benfica.
FC Basel 1893 – Taulant Xhaka is suspended for the hosts, while Éder Balanta is one booking away from joining him on the sidelines.
Omar Gaber, Germano Vailati and Ricky van Wolfswinkel are all sidelined for Basel. Latest UCL Odds on Site on NaijaBet.com
Manchester United – Marcos Rojo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba all returned to first-team action at the weekend but Jose Mourinho will carefully manage their involvement at the start of this busy period.
Juventus have to beat Barcelona to have any chance of catching the Spanish giants at the top of Group D but have not prepared in the ideal fashion after losing 3-2 to Sampdoria at the weekend.
Barcelona are unbeaten in all competitions this season and have only failed to win on two occasions. Luis Suarez also ended his poor spell in front of goal with a brace at the weekend, which makes things more challenging for Juventus.
Juventus have only won two of their last five in the Champions League and face the prospect of losing at home in the competition for the first time since April 2013.
– Paulo Dybala, Gianluigi Buffon, Blaise Matuidi, Mattia De Sciglio and Alex Sandro were all rested at the weekend and will come back into the starting XI on Wednesday. Naija and Bet
Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic are in competition to start on the left flank against Barcelona.
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Shakhtar Donetsk can join Manchester City in the knockout phase of the Champions League if they avoid defeat against Napoli on Tuesday. The away side are currently six points clear of Napoli in Group G but have to face City in their last game.
Napoli need to win their last two matches to have any chance of going through after only managing one win from their first four matches. It would be a major disappointment for the Italian side if they failed to make the next round, but it looks that way at the moment. Bet Now
Napoli- Kalidou Koulibaly is suspended for the hosts while Dries Mertens is one yellow card away from his own one-match ban.
Arkadiusz Milik and Faouzi Ghoulam are the only long-term concerns for Napoli, but Lorenzo Insigne is also a major knock after suffering a knee injury at the weekend. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Napoli vs Shakhtar Donetsk”
Manchester United bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to Hudders-field with a 2-0 win over Swansea in midweek but this will be the real test of their credentials.
Jose Mourinho’s side should take confidence from the face they haven’t conceded a goal in four home league matches this season and have kept clean sheets in their last three home matches against Tottenham.
Spurs slipped to a shock 3-2 defeat at home to West Ham on Wednesday despite taking a 2-0 lead into half time. Now it’s the turn of Mauricio Pochettino’s team to respond from an unexpected setback. NaijaBet
Harry Kane’s absence is a real game changer for Tottenham on Saturday. United now have every chance of taking points from this fixture but would be foolish to underestimate Pochettino and the other Tottenham players.
Manchester United – Manchester United should be boosted by the return of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones this weekend.
Paul Pogba has returned to training but it will surely come too soon for him to feature, which means Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera will continue in central midfield.
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Chelsea were a little fortunate to run out 4-2 winners against Watford on Saturday and Antonio Conte will hope that result will get the defending Premier League champions back on track. Bet Now NaijaBet.com
Everton have been abysmal this season and made the decision to sack Ronald Koeman on Monday. It remains to be seen what impact that decision will have on their performance on Wednesday.
The Merseysiders have already conceded three goals against Tottenham, four versus Manchester United and five against Arsenal this season – is another rout on the cards here?
Chelsea – Antonio Conte will make changes to his usual starting XI and could even hand some of the young players a chance to impress.
Daniel Drinkwater, Victor Moses and N’Golo Kante are all sidelined for the home side on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Jupp Heynckes returned to the Allianz Arena helm during the international break and kicked off his reign with a comfortable victory over Freiburg. He’ll now hope to get Bayern’s Champions League campaign back on track with the welcome of Celtic.
The Scottish giants are unbeaten in their last six in all competitions following the 5-0 home defeat to PSG. A 3-0 win over Anderlecht boosted morale, but they can expect to be up against it in Germany on Wednesday night.
Indeed, Bayern should win this with relative ease. Latest Odds NaijaBet
Bayern Munich – Jupp Heynckes is without injured duo Franck Ribery and Manuel Neuer for the welcome of Celtic. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Celtic”
Arsenal’s preparations for a return to Premier League action following the international break are once again dominated by uncertainty over the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Manager Arsene Wenger has openly admitted for the first time that he could now sell the pair in January rather than allowing them to leave at the end of their contracts next summer.
Although optimistic that they will extend their stays at the club, when asked if he had placed a deadline on the matter, Wenger said on Thursday: “No not at the moment. Once you are in our kind of situation we have envisaged every kind of solution, yes.” Naija and Bet
And when asked if that meant they could leave in January he said: “Yes, it’s possible. I always said that the fact that we didn’t find an agreement last year doesn’t mean the player will necessarily leave.
“Both players look happy here and overall I hope that the situation can be turned around. At the moment, we are not close enough to announce anything.” Continue reading “Arsenal distracted by Sanchez and Ozil transfer talk”
Liverpool are seven points behind Manchester City and Manchester United and cannot afford to lose more ground here.
United are in great form but this is their first real test of the season, with injuries to key players making this an even more interesting fixture.
Jose Mourinho’s side have failed to score on their last two trips to Anfield, while the last three encounters have ended as draws.
Jurgen Klopp has only lost one of seven matches against Mourinho sides, but his side will need to find their shooting boots if they are to beat United.
Sadio Mane is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during the international break, providing Liverpool with a huge blow. Check out Latest Weekend Fixtures Odds on NaijaBet.com
Dejan Lovren continues to struggle with injury and remains a doubt for the home side here, with Ragnar Klavan on standby to step in and partner Joel Matip at the back.
With Adam Lallana, Adam Bogan and Nathaniel Clyne all still injured for the home side, few changes are expected to Jurgen Klopp’s usual starting XI.
Continue reading “Match Preview : Liverpool vs Manchester United”
Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo has paid an emotional tribute to his late father.
José Dinis Aveiro died when the Real Madrid superstar was just 20 due to liver failure.
Ronaldo has previously admitted he had a difficult relationship with his father, who battled an alcohol addiction. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.
But the Portuguse paid a touching tribute as he uploaded a picture alongside son Cristiano Jr and his two newborn twins.
The family picture took place in front of a painting of Aveiro.
“You will always be with us,” Ronaldo wrote.
Aveiro passed away in September 2005 during Ronaldo’s time at Manchester United.
The 32-year-old has previously hailed Sir Alex Ferguson’s role in coping with his death.
CR7 spoke openly about his father in 2015, admitting: “I didn’t get to know him for real, from the heart and I don’t know why he drank, maybe he was frustrated with his life.
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard could make his first league start of the season, while Pedro is likely to play after being rested in midweek.
David Luiz must complete a three-match domestic ban and Danny Drinkwater remains out because of a calf injury.
Manchester City seem certain to be without Sergio Aguero, who was injured in a car accident on Thursday.
Benjamin Mendy is sidelined with a ruptured cruciate ligament and Vincent Kompany is nursing a calf problem. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com.
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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.
NIGERIA-born Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom has revealed that Alexis Sanchez is still receiving stick over his failed move to Manchester City in the final hours of the summer transfer window.
Sanchez, 28, who is out of contract at the Emirates next summer, looked set for a £60million transfer to the Etihad on deadline day but the Gunners pulled the plug on what would have been sensational switch.
The Chilean is yet to score in the Premier League this term and his team-mate, Akpom, has lifted the lid on the squad’s reaction to him remaining in north London.
Akpom told The Sun: ‘We do banter about it to be fair but at the end of the day, he’s still at Arsenal. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com
‘Everyone is happy, the fans are happy and he’s happy. I think with a player like Sanchez he just blocks it out because all he wants to do is play football.
‘He’s so focused on football, he blocks out a lot of negativity and transfer rumours.’
Akpom claims he is constantly in contact with Sanchez and looks up to the ex-Barcelona attacker.
He said: ‘I’m always taking to Alexis, he’s like a mentor to me.
‘He’s always telling me to believe in myself and he told he believes in me a lot and I should keep working hard.
‘When you’re talking to one of the best players in the world and he’s saying he believes in you then that’s going to give you a boost.
‘I’m just trying to emulate everything he does.’
Manchester United and French midfielder, Paul Pogba is known for his sense of style and fondness for eye-catching haircuts, but the 24-year-old has really pushed the boat out now.
The French midfielder posted two snaps on his Instagram account giving followers a detailed look at his new barnet, complete with intricate shaving designs on either side of his head. Place Bet on Today’s Matches on NaijaBet.com
Pogba has gone for a lightning bolt on the left side and opted for a flame emoji on the right, with a severe fade and a splash of orange and yellow colour on top to complete the look.
The United star is obviously having to find new ways to entertain himself as he continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury sustained against Basel.
The Chilean has been linked with a Gunners exit but Arsene Wenger is confident he will be able to keep his star man despite his contract situation.
Alexis Sanchez has returned to Arsenal training with uncertainty continuing to surround his long-term future.
The 28-year-old, whose contract with the Gunners expires in 2018, has been linked with a big-money move to both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. NaijaBet
PSG had held talks with the Chilean over a €50 million transfer , with City also retaining a strong interest despite being aware of Arsenal’s reluctance to sell.
The north Londoners remain convinced that the player will be staying at Emirates Stadium, despite Alexis having openly admitted he wants to be playing in the Champions League. Continue reading “Sanchez returns to training with Arsenal”
Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard believes the club are inching ever closer towards the Premier League title but remains wary of getting too carried away as there are still plenty of points up for grabs.
Chelsea, who lost to Crystal Palace last weekend, made a swift return to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over fourth-placed Manchester City on Wednesday, with Hazard scoring both goals for the hosts.
The win helped the league leaders retain a seven-point cushion over second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with eight games remaining.
“We are nearly there but there is a long way to go,” Hazard said.”We have some difficult games but we are ready for everything. We have eight games to play. We want to finish top. That’s the target.” NaijaBet.com
Following an entertaining first half at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea opted to sit back on a one-goal lead in the second half and Hazard said the result was more important than the display. Continue reading “Hazard warns Chelsea of dangers ahead”
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
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”