Juventus have a mountain to climb after a 2-0 defeat in the first leg but have dropped points in just three matches at home in all competitions this season and will be confident of turning the tables.
Atletico have not been strong on the road all season, winning just seven matches in all competitions, but their defensive record will mean that this is an incredibly tough task for the hosts.
The hosts really need to score in the first half to unnerve their visitors but Simeone’s side have enough know-how about them to see them through.
Juventus- Alex Sandro is suspended having picked up a third yellow card of the tournament in Madrid, while Blaise Matuidi is one caution away from missing any potential quarter-final first leg.
Leonardo Bonucci and Paulo Dybala were among those rested from kick-off at the weekend, while the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio, Matuidi, Mario Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo played no part whatsoever against Udinese. Various Betting Options are available on NaijaBet
Joao Cancelo and Miralem Pjanic will also be well rested having been suspended at the weekend, while Juan Cuadrado, Sami Khedira and Douglas Costa are all sidelined. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Juventus vs Atletico Madrid”
Zinedine Zidane said he never had any doubts about returning to Real Madrid after he replaced the sacked Santiago Solari as coach on Monday.
“When the president called me the first thing I thought was: go,” Zidane said at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu. “I could not say no, I never had any doubts about going back.”
Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to an historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.
Solari’s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats – to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax – deemed Madrid’s season all-but over before the middle of March.
But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.
“I left because a change was needed at the end of last season, for the good of everyone, after winning so much,” Zidane said.
“I returned because the president called me. I love him and I love this club, so here I am.” Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Zidane inherits a squad that has evolved even in the short time he has been away, with Cristiano Ronaldo gone and the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior and Sergio Reguilon all enjoying greater prominence this season. Continue reading “I never had any doubts about going back to Real Madrid – Zidane”
Manchester City secured a late 3-2 win at Schalke in the first leg to put themselves in the driver’s seat to secure their spot in the next round of the Champions League. Having won their last nine, Pep Guardiola will demand his side maintain their focus to not lead their lead slip here.
Conversely, Schalke are struggling having failed to win their last six, losing five. On the road, they have won only one of their last nine matches, so it will take a monumental effort to secure their place in the next round of the Champions League.
Indeed, City should make light work of Schalke here.
Manchester City- Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho are both suspended for the home side and with John Stones a doubt, Vincent Kompany should deputise for the former alongside Aymeric Laporte at the heart of the defence.
Claudio Bravo is back in training, but isn’t expected to feature here, while Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero will be assessed, while the latter is one booking away from a ban. Bet Now
Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane weren’t part of the starting XI against Watford, but should feature from the off at the expense of Aguero and Riyad Mahrez. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Schalke 04”
Paris Saint-Germain holds all the cards ahead of Wednesday after winning the first leg 2-0 at Manchester United.
Manchester United will be missing 10 first-team players in Paris and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to play his worst midfield three combinations.
United were played off the park when Solskjaer had his best midfield to call on in the first leg so it could get ugly for the away side here.
Paris Saint-Germain- Edinson Cavani and Neymar continue to miss out for Paris Saint-Germain.
Thomas Tuchel may go with the same starting XI as the first leg, though Christopher Nkunku could replace Dani Alves on the right flank. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Marco Verratti and Juan Bernet are one booking away from missing their next Champions League game. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester United (Agg 2-0)”
Both teams warmed up for Wednesday’s meeting with defeat at the weekend.
Roma lost 3-0 away to Lazio, while Porto were beaten 2-1 at home to Benfica.
Defeat at home to Benfica was Porto’s first since August, ending an 18-game unbeaten streak. They have scored in every home game this season.
Roma are 2-1 up from the first leg but have a poor record on the road this season. The Italian’s have only won four of their last 13 away matches.
FC Porto- Jesus Manuel Corona is available for Porto after missing the first-leg through suspension. Eder Militao, Pepe, Hector Herrera and Otavio are all one booking away from suspension. Various Champions League betting options are available on NaijaBet
Porto have also recovered striker Moussa Marega from injury since losing the first leg 2-1. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: FC Porto vs Roma (Agg 1-2)”
Both of these sides are in poor patches of form, though Tottenham hold a huge advantage from the first leg.
Borussia Dortmund are rapidly relinquishing their lead in the Bundesliga and may actually benefit from having one less distraction in their bid to regain the title.
Tottenham should sit relatively deep and attempt to hit their hosts on the counter, so Son Heung-Min could have an important role to play once more and you’d back the visitors to get the away goal that should kill off this tie.
Borussia Dortmund- Dortmund welcomed Marco Reus back into the first team following injury but his return didn’t have the desired effect as Lucien Favre’s side suffered a shock defeat to Augsburg.
Lukasz Piszczek is the only likely absentee for the home side, who know that they must go for broke to overcome a 3-goal deficit from the first leg.
Paco Alcacer scored from the bench at the weekend and could return to the side, with Jacob Bruun Larsen likely to drop out. Live Bet on NaijaBet
Favre could recall Raphael Guerreiro at left-back as a more attacking option than Abdou Diallo, who may instead replace Dan-Axel Zagadou in the middle. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham”
Santiago Solari is clearly focused on promoting the youth players at Real Madrid so we could see some big decisions made, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos both coming in for criticism of late.
Ajax will take heart from their performance in the first leg and won’t be scared to impose themselves on the reigning champions given that they must score at least twice at the Bernabeu.
Expect the Dutch giants to cause real problems but the hosts to do enough in order to progress.
Real Madrid- Real Madrid will have to make do without Sergio Ramos, who was retrospectively handed an extra game to his suspension for picking up a yellow card in the reverse fixture.
Nacho will replace his compatriot at the back having missed out on the clasico at the weekend due to a ban of his own, while Marcos Llorente remains a doubt. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet
Toni Kroos was substituted early in the second half against Barcelona, while Gareth Bale was also hooked soon after and both could see their places come under threat. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Ajax”
Everton and Liverpool both picked up much-needed victories in midweek. Everton won 3-0 away to Cardiff while Liverpool tanked Watford 5-0.
Liverpool could be down to second by the time this match kicks off and the pressure will be on Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Everton, however, are winless in the last 18 Merseyside derbies, last winning one back in 2010.
Everton- Kurt Zouma has served his suspension and is expected to replace Phil Jagielka in Everton’s backline. Yerry Mina is also an option after recovering in time to make the bench in midweek.
Andre Gomes will hope to replace Morgan Schneiderlin in central midfield but no other changes are expected from the side that beat Cardiff 3-0 on Tuesday.
Liverpool- Roberto Firmino missed out in midweek but Jurgen Klopp expects the Brazilian to be available on Sunday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Everton vs Liverpool”
Real Madrid’s 3-0 home defeat in the semi-final stages of the Copa del Rey will have rocked Los Blancos slightly ahead of what is a very important game in the context of La Liga’s title race this season.
The hosts have lost their last two competitive outings at the Bernabeu, the latter of which was Wednesday’s El Clasico, but the former saw Solari’s men throw away a lead in a 2-1 defeat to struggling Girona.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last nine games, stepping up to the plate well in the last two games to see off both Sevilla and Real Madrid. The away side didn’t need to be at their best to win in the first El Clasico of the week, but the second is set to be more fiery.
Real Madrid- Sergio Ramos is available in the league once again for the home side after sitting out versus Levante due to suspension.
Nacho is absent due to a ban, however, with a yellow card that the Spain international picked up last weekend ruling him out due to an accumulation of bookings. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Despite a heavy defeat midweek in the Copa del Rey against Barcelona, the only change which is expected from Santiago Solari is to restore Thibaut Courtois in goal. Continue reading “LaLiga Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Barcelona”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extended his unbeaten league record as Manchester United boss to 11 matches in midweek after winning 3-1 away to Crystal Palace. That result was one of the most impressive under Solskjaer, as United had nine first-team players out injured.
Southampton moved out of the bottom three on Wednesday night after beating relegation rivals Fulham 2-0. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have only lost one of their last five matches away to United.
With at least one of Arsenal or Tottenham due to drop points in Saturday’s early kick-off, United have a great chance to close the gap on those above them in the table and they need to capitalise on that here.
Manchester United- Of Manchester United’s 10 injured players, Marcos Rojo and Marcus Rashford recovered to make the bench in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. The latter will return to the starting XI here.
Fred and Alexis Sanchez failed to impress on their audition for a regular starting berth and could both be demoted to the bench here. Various betting options are available on Site
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would ideally like to shuffle his pack but that will depend what players are available on Saturday. Andreas Pereira and Eric Bailly will push for starts here. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Southampton”
Tottenham have lost successive Premier League matches and now need to look over their shoulder with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea closing in. Defeat here would leave Arsenal only one point behind them.
Arsenal warmed up for Saturday’s North London derby with a 5-1 win over Bournemouth. They will be full of confidence heading into Saturday’s early kick-off and will hope to have caught Tottenham at the perfect moment.
The Gunners have failed to score in their last two away matches to Tottenham and are winless in the last three. You’d expect Unai Emery’s side to find the back of the net here but whether they will have enough to beat their rivals remains to be seen.
Tottenham- Eric Dier could continue to miss out as he recovers from tonsillitis. Dele Alli and Vincent Janssen are not expected back either.
Mauricio Pochettino needs to change something after successive Premier League defeats. Start forecasting your Weekend games Now on NaijaBet
Kierian Trippier will likely lose his place in the starting XI after a poor showing in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat away to Chelsea. Danny Rose should also return on the opposite flank. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Arsenal”
Chelsea lost Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and there are fresh questions about Maurizio Sarri’s future at the club. Chelsea played well but the performance was marred by an explosive exchange between Maurizio Sarri and first-choice goalkeeper Kepa.
Tottenham missed the opportunity to close the gap on the Premier League’s top two after losing 2-1 away to Burnley on Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have only won one of their last six matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.
Chelsea are not in great shape heading into Wednesday’s London derby. This is a testing week for Sarri after seeing his authority undermined by Kepa on Sunday. He will be desperate to get three points in midweek and stay in touch with Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to finish fourth.
Chelsea- Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will surely make changes from the side that lost on penalties to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Sunday.
Kepa Arrizabalaga’s place in the team is uncertain. The Chelsea No.1 had a blazing row with Sarri at the end of extra-time after refusing to be substituted. Cesar Azpilicueta also seemed to engage in a war of words with the Chelsea manager. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Gonzalo Higuain was surprisingly benched against City but will return to the fold in Wednesday’s London derby. Callum Hudson-Odoi may have to settle for a place on the bench once again. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Tottenham”
Real Madrid got back to winning ways last time out against Levante, after a surprising 2-1 defeat against struggling Girona, and should be in better spirits heading into a second leg where they will be confident of getting a result at home.
The first leg between these two sides ended 1-1 at Camp Nou, as an early goal from Lucas Vazquez was cancelled out in the second half by Malcom. Lionel Messi was not deemed fit to start by Ernesto Valverde, however, and should have a greater say on Wednesday evening.
Lionel Messi struck with a hat-trick at the weekend to help Barcelona come from behind against Sevilla, but the Blaugrana have drawn four of their last six competitive games heading into midweek.
Real Madrid- Keylor Navas will rotate in between the sticks for the home side, as the designated Copa del Rey goalkeeper for Real Madrid’s cup campaign.
Santiago Solari went with Marcelo at left-back during the first leg at Camp Nou, but given the Brazilian’s poor performance Sergio Reguilon could be deployed instead. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Lucas Vazquez is expected to get a start on the right-hand side for the hosts, with Gareth Bale likely to get a chance to make an impact from the bench later on. Continue reading “Copa Del Rey Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Barcelona”
Crystal Palace will be high on confidence after thrashing Leicester 4-1 on Saturday. The Eagles are now unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions.
Manchester United are still unbeaten in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (10 matches) after Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
United were forced to use all three of their substitutions in the first half against Liverpool and will be delighted with their point earned. They did, however, fall out of the top four as a result.
Solskjaer has barely put a foot wrong as United interim manager but injuries are stacking up for the Red Devils and they play away to an in-form Palace side on Wednesday.
Crystal Palace- Mamadou Sakho was forced off with an injury in Crystal Palace’s 4-1 win over Leicester on Saturday and miss out in midweek.
With Martin Kelly also sidelined for the Eagles, Scott Dann is the frontrunner to partner James Tomkins at the heart of Palace’s back four. Naija and Bet
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also a huge doubt ahead of Wednesday’s match and Roy Hodgson will be desperate to have the talented right-back available here.
Cheikhou Kouyate will hope to start in midweek but Hodgson may stick with the same front six as selected against Leicester. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United”
Manchester City have won their last six competitive meetings with West Ham, scoring 24 goals in the process, so it will be up to former boss Manuel Pellegrini to stop the rot on Wednesday and try to cause an upset that would dent his old club’s title bid.
The visitors will certainly be buoyed by the fact that City had to come through 120 minutes at the weekend, picking up injuries to key players along the way, and Pep Guardiola has made it clear that the mounting absences are likely to have an effect on his side’s performances.
At home anything but a win for the champions would still be a shock but the Hammers have posed problems for the Citizens at the Etihad in recent seasons and could do so once more.
Manchester City- Pep Guardiola will no doubt rotate his squad after the Carabao Cup final went all the way to penalties and will be forced into at least two changes.
John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho were forced off with injuries, so defensively the Spaniard is short of options. Benjamin Mendy has trained for the last few days, however, and will make the squad. Various Betting Options are available on NaijaBet for today’s games
The coach will look to rotate his players further forward, though Gabriel Jesus is also still recovering from injury and may not be ready to return to the side alongside the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs West Ham”
Chelsea are in the driving seat in this tie after winning the first leg 2-1 away from home. They were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday and Maurizio Sarri cannot afford a shock defeat here.
Malmoe are unbeaten in their last six away matches but are not expected to get anything from Thursday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea- Chelsea only played on Monday and have the Carabao Cup final this weekend. Maurizio Sarri will surely make wholesale changes here.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has barely featured in recent months but it would be a huge shock if he did not get the nod on Thursday.
Olivier Giroud should also start at Stamford Bridge after leading the line last week.
Gary Cahill has been frozen out and is not expected to even make the squad here. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Malmoe FF”
Arsenal are on the backfoot in their tie after losing 1-0 in the first leg. Unai Emery will now hope their failure to score an away goal does not haunt them.
BATE won the first leg but are still underdogs heading into Thursday’s match. They lost 3-1 away to Chelsea in the group stage
Arsenal- Alexandre Lacazette is suspended for Arsenal after being sent off in the first leg.
Unai Emery has confirmed Aaron Ramsey and Sokratis will be back in the squad. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Ainsley Maitland-Niles has missed training in the build-up to Thursday’s match through illness and remains a doubt. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs BATE Borisov”
Atletico Madrid bounced back from successive defeats with a narrow 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend. They have kept clean sheets in their last three Champions League matches.
Cristiano Ronaldo has fond memories of knocking out Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Juventus signed the 34-year-old for these occasions and there will be pressure on him to guide the Old Lady through to the next round.
Atletico Madrid- Diego Costa returned from injury at the weekend after two months out but Diego Simeone has suggested he is not fit enough to start.
Simeone has confirmed Koke is back from injury but faces competition from Thomas Lemar for a place in the starting XI.
Having confirmed one of Koke or Thomas Lemar will start, that suggests one of Thomas Partey, Saul Niguez or Rodrigo will have to settle for a place on the bench. Place bet on Live Event 24/7 on NaijaBet
Jose Gimenez and Stevan Savic compete for a spot at centre-back, while Alvaro Morata should start against former club Juventus.
Filipe Luis, Partey, Costa and Gimenez are one booking away from missing the return leg. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Juventus”
Schalke have only won four of their last 13 matches in all competitions and face a tough task against Manchester City over two legs.
City have won their last four matches and 12 of their last 13. Pep Guardiola is unbeaten in six matches against Schalke as a manager.
Schalke 04- Schalke signed 18-year-old Rabbi Matondo from Manchester City in January and he will have something to prove if he gets the chance over two legs.
Former City defender Matija Nastasic will line up against his former club on Wednesday, while Sebastian Rudy, who was linked with a move to City in January, will also start.
Amine Harit and Weston McKennie are in competition for a starting berth behind the lone striker. Various betting options are available on site for today’s Champions League games
Suat Serdar was sent off at the weekend but he is available if required on Wednesday. Omar Mascarell is suspended for the home side, however. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Schalke 04 vs Manchester City”
Liverpool have had over a week to prepare for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich. The Reds have only lost once at home all season in all competitions and that was back in September.
Bayern Munich struggled to overcome Augsburg on Friday night, twice coming from behind, but Niko Kovac admitted his side made the mistake of looking ahead to their match with Liverpool instead of focusing on Augsburg.
Jurgen Klopp has lost more matches against Bayern (16) than any other team in his managerial career but is arguably getting them at their most vulnerable now. Bayern have conceded eight goals in four away matches in 2019.
Liverpool- Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg of Liverpool’s last-16 tie with Bayern Munich and that is a huge blow for Liverpool. Fabinho will partner Joel Matip at the back if Dejan Lovren fails to recover from injury in time.
Liverpool have had over a week to prepare for this match, which would have benefitted Trent Alexander-Arnold on his comeback trail. Bet Now
James Milner will start at right-back if Alexander-Arnold is not deemed fit enough for the home side. Otherwise the veteran will compete with Naby Keita for a place in midfield. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Bayern Munich”
Lyon have only lost one of their last nine matches. They are underdogs in this tie but should not be overlooked. They have already beaten Paris Saint-Germain this year and were unbeaten against Manchester City in the group stages of the Champions League.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last six but have drawn three of their last four in all competitions. They have struggled to score goals in recent matches, failing to net more than once in each of their last three outings. That will be a concern for Ernesto Valverde.
Lyon have struggled to keep clean sheets at home, which bodes well for the visitors. Everything points towards an entertaining match, though the absence of Nabil Fekir is a blow for the home side.
Lyon- Lyon star Nabil Fekir is suspended for the first leg and that is a huge blow for the French side.
Jason Denayer and Tanguy NDombele, who both would normally start for Lyon, could also be missing for the home team. Various betting options are available on site for today games
Maxwel Cornet and Bertrand Traore are in competition for a starting spot on the right wing against Barcelona.
Martin Terrier also impressed against Guingamp on Friday night and will push Memphis Depay for a spot in attack. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Lyon vs Barcelona”
Chelsea bounced back from their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City with a less-than convincing 2-1 win over Malmo on Thursday.
Paris Saint-Germain dealt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his first defeat as Manchester United manager in midweek and now the Red Devils need a response after a lame performance.
This is potentially be a huge match for both managers. Sarri is still under pressure, while a successive defeat for Solskjaer would seriously dent his ambitions of getting the job on a full-time basis.
United have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2012 and have generally struggled away to Chelsea since then.
Chelsea– Ruben Loftus-Cheek missed Thursday’s trip to Malmo due to a back injury and he is a doubt here. Bet Now
Maurizio Sarri is expected to go with a near full strength team on Monday night, meaning Callum Hudson-Odoi will have to settle for a place on the bench.
Continue reading “FA CUP Match Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United”
This will be BATE Borisov’s first competitive match since before Christmas. They ended 2018 unbeaten in four matches.
Arsenal had a perfect record away from home in the Europa League group stage and didn’t concede a goal in that time.
The Gunners haven’t won back-to-back away matches in all competitions since November but should triumph here, though Chelsea only won 1-0 away to BATE in the groups.
BATE Borisov- Aleksandr Hleb will hope to feature against former club Arsenal on Thursday, though a booking here would rule him out of the return leg at the Emirates. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Nikolai Signevich was sent off in BATE Borisov’s last Europa League match but has since left the club and joined Hungarian club Ferencvaros. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: BATE Borisov vs Arsenal”
This is Malmoe’s first competitive match since winning 1-0 away to Besiktas midway through December. They haven’t lost a competitive match since September.
Chelsea are in freefall at the moment after their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. Maurizio Sarri is already under huge pressure to save his job.
Chelsea are favourites despite their poor form. The Blues have lost their last four away matches and haven’t scored in any of those games.
Chelsea last scored away from home on December 30 but it would be a huge shock if they didn’t at least win here. It may not be pretty.
Malmoe FF– Fouad Bachirou, Søren Rieks, Andreas Vindheim and Rasmus Bengtsson will miss the return leg if they are booked on Thursday. Bet Now on NaijaBet
January signings Adi Nalic, Anel Ahmedhodzic and Dusan Melicharek have been added to Malmoe’s squad for the knockout phase. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Malmoe FF vs Chelsea”
Tottenham progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League by the skin of their teeth to set up a meeting with Borussia Dortmund. They beat Dortmund both home and away in the group stages of the Champions League last season, but the Bundesliga side are a more difficult proposition this time around.
Dortmund were pegged back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Hoffenheim at the weekend and have now failed to win in three in all competitions. The German giants won two of their three away group stage matches, with their sole defeat coming in their toughest test at Atletico Madrid.
This promises to be an entertaining meeting between two attacking sides and we could see a draw as a result.
Tottenham- Harry Kane and Dele Alli are both back in training, but aren’t expected to feature here, while Ben Davies remains sidelined for the home side. Naija and Bet
Eric Dier and Erik Lamela will be assessed after the pair missed the 3-1 win over Leicester. Danny Rose missed training on Tuesday, so is a doubt. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund”