FA CUP Match Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United

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.

Team News

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.

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Europa League Match Preview: BATE Borisov vs Arsenal

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.

Team News

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”

Europa League Match Preview: Malmoe FF vs Chelsea

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.

Team News

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”

UCL Match Preview: Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund

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.

Team News

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”

Champions League Match Preview: Ajax vs Real Madrid

Ajax have lost form at the worst time. The Dutch side have lost three matches all season and two of them have come in their last three outings.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, appears to be edging closer to their best form after a rough season. The defending champions are unbeaten in their last seven and have won six of those.

Madrid have drawn away to Barcelona and triumphed on the road to Atletico Madrid in the last week. What looked a tricky draw at the time now appears more straightforward for the defending champions.

Team News

Ajax- Nicolas Tagliafico and Daley Blind are both one booking away from missing the return leg.

Noussair Mazraoui recovered from injury to feature from the bench in Ajax’s 1-0 defeat to Heracles on Saturday. Various Betting Options are available on Site

Frenkie de Jong is reportedly a doubt and Ajax will be desperate to have him available here. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Ajax vs Real Madrid”

UCL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain were expected to thrash Manchester United when the draw was made in December but so much has changed since then that United have a real chance of progressing.

United have won 10 of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first 11 matches in charge and come up against a PSG side that will be without star forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

The Red Devils are by no means guarenteed to win on Tuesday night but they will be disappointed if they don’t take an advantage into the second leg.

PSG only win in the Champions League away to English opposition was against Chelsea in 2016, otherwise their record is D4, L5. An away goal would leave them in a good position for the second leg.

Team News

Manchester United– Anthony Martial has cemented a starting spot after his performance against Fulham on Saturday. Bet Now

Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard will also return to the starting XI after being rested at the weekend.

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Champions League Match Preview: Roma vs FC Porto

Roma have only lost one of their last eight matches, though that defeat was a 7-1 loss to Fiorentina. The Serie A outfit have not been overly convincing in recent months.

Porto are unbeaten in all competitions since October, though they did lose on penalties to Sporting in the cup last month.

Porto have won their last five Champions League matches. An average of 3.8 goals per game were scored during that time, so expect another entertaining game here.

Team News

Roma- Roma will be without first-choice goalkeeper Robin Olsen for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. Antonio Mirante is ready to deputise. Start forecasting your Champions League Games Now

Cengiz Under has missed Roma’s last four matches with a hamstring injury and is also expected to miss out on Tuesday. With Patrik Schick sidelined, Justin Kluivert has a good chance of starting on the wing. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Roma vs FC Porto”

Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea

Manchester City moved back to the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday night as they overcame Everton 2-0, however they may start this clash in second depending on the outcome of Liverpool’s welcome of Bournemouth on Saturday.

That being said, City are only top on goal difference, while the Reds have a game in hand on their title contenders.

Chelsea breezed past Huddersfield last weekend, but they have lost their last three away games in all competitions, succumbing to defeat at Tottenham, Arsenal and Bournemouth since the turn of the year.

They’ve also won only one of their last five visits to the Etihad Stadium, though won the reverse fixture 2-0 as goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz ruined City’s chances of an unbeaten season.

City look set to add to Chelsea’s recent away woes and exact revenge on the 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. The result should move the champions back to the top of the table, unless Liverpool can make up a seven-goal difference between the pair this weekend.

Team News

Manchester City- Pep Guardiola is again without Claudio Bravo and Vincent Kompany for the welcome of Chelsea.

Benjamin Mendy is a doubt with a ongoing knee complaint, though Guardiola will hope to have him fit to at least make the squad here. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Chelsea”

Premier League Match Preview: Fulham vs Manchester United

Fulham have lost five of their last six matches in all competitions. They did, however, win their last home game.

Manchester United have won nine of their 10 matches in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho.

This match kickstarts an incredibly difficult run of games for United and it’s vital they get off to a winning start.

United are clear favourites but cannot afford to look past Fulham at the tougher matches on the horizon.

Team News

Fulham- Joe Bryan recovered from injury to start against Crystal Palace last weekend. The former Bristol City defender has fond memories against Manchester United after scoring against them in a League Cup upset last season.

Lazar Markovic and Havard Nordtveit, who both signed for Fulham on deadline day, won’t be considered for their debuts until next week. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Fulham vs Manchester United”

Man City main objective is to retain EPL title – Guardiola

Pep Guardiola insisted Manchester City’s 2-0 victory at Everton proved they are determined to win their title fight with Liverpool as the champions returned to the top of the table on Wednesday.

It was a far from inspired performance from City at Goodison Park, but goals from Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus ensured they knocked Liverpool out of pole position on goal difference.

Liverpool had occupied first place since December 8, but now the pressure is on Jurgen Klopp’s side just five weeks after they could have moved 10 points clear of City.

With Liverpool showing signs of nerves after two successive draws damaged their bid for a first English title since 1990, City took advantage in a fixture which was brought forward due to their League Cup final date with Chelsea later this month.

It was a crucial victory and City manager Guardiola claimed his players have no intention of letting Liverpool off the hook now. Place bet on Virtual Games 24/7 on NaijaBet

“We come from champions and we are in a situation where we could have given up but it didn’t happen,” Guardiola said. Continue reading “Man City main objective is to retain EPL title – Guardiola”

ElClasico Match Preview: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Barcelona will be high on confidence in the Copa del Rey after coming from 2-0 down on aggregate against Sevilla to win 6-1 in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde’s side did, however, drop points at home in La Liga this weekend against Valencia. Despite Messi’s injury, the Blaugrana did dispose of Real Madrid quite easily without him back in their first meeting of the campaign.

Real Madrid have won their last five games in all competitions, last losing 1-0 in their away leg of their quarter-final tie against Leganes.

Team News

Barcelona- Lionel Messi is in the squad but won’t start after picking up a minor thigh problem against Valencia at the weekend.

This could see the Argentine star deployed on the bench to call upon if needed. Carles Alena may be asked to start wide, as Ousmane Dembele also has an injury complaint and won‘t be risked.

Jordi Alba will definitely start at left-back as he is suspended for league action this coming weekend. Continue reading “ElClasico Match Preview: Barcelona vs Real Madrid”

Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Chelsea

Arsenal will be down to sixth in the table by the time this match starts if Manchester United avoid defeat at home to Brighton in one of Saturday’s fixtures.

The Gunners were streaks ahead of United prior to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment but have endured a terrible run of two wins from their last five league matches.

Chelsea haven’t been much better either of late. Maurizio Sarri’s side have suffered a dip in form and haven’t won a match by more than a one-goal margin since beating Manchester City 2-0 over a month ago.

The west London outfit has historically come out on top in this fixture but that has changed slightly in the last few league meetings between the two sides. Start forecasting your weekend games Now

Neither London rival are at their best ahead of Saturday’s match and both know the consequences of defeat with Manchester United breathing down their necks. Will either side do enough to get all three points? A draw would be a great result for their top-six rivals. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Chelsea”

Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Leicester

Both sides were involved in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals in midweek but only Chelsea progressed to the next round.

Chelsea are unbeaten in home league matches this season and have kept a clean sheet in their last five at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester are winless in their last four in all competitions and haven’t scored more than once in an away match since September.

Team News

Chelsea- Victor Moses, Gary Cahill and Alvaro Morata are all doubts for Chelsea, though none were expected to start. Place Bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

David Luiz, Marcos Alonso Pedro, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard did not start Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth and will return to the XI here.

Maurizio Sarri has to decide whether to play Hazard through the middle or start Giroud up front. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Leicester”

Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Burnley

Arsenal has suffered successive defeats in all competitions after falling up last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Southampton with a 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Burnley have only won one of their last 10 Premier League matches and they start the weekend in the bottom three on goal difference. The Clarets have lost four of their last five away league games.

Team News

Arsenal– Sokratis missed last weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Southampton through suspension and will return here. Shkodran Mustafi has also served his suspension but is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin failed to recover from injury in time to feature in the midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham and remain doubts here. Granit Xhaka may be required as a third centre-back.

Mesut Ozil could leave Arsenal next month after Unai Emery’s latest snub and may have to settle for a place on the bench on Saturday. Bet Now

Burnley– Aaron Lennon has undergone knee surgery and is now out for a long period of time. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Burnley”

Premier League Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool

Wolves look to have found their groove again after three successive wins following a six-match winless run. On home turf, they aren’t to be underestimated having beaten Chelsea and Molineux and held Manchester City in front of their own fans this season.

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester United last time out and they remain the only unbeaten side in the league this season. The Reds have kept a clean sheet in their last three visits to Molineux, though this’ll be the first clash between the pair in the Midlands since 2012.

The Reds will be confident of spending Christmas day at the top of the table and should come away with another vital three points in Friday’s match.

Team News

Wolverhampton Wanderers- Diogo Jota is ruled out for the home side, so Helder Costa could start alongside Raul Jimenez in the attack.

Jonny made his return from injury in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth last week and looks likely to keep his spot on the left after coming through the full 90 minutes unscathed. Latest odd are available on site for this weekend games

Morgan Gibbs-White has impressed of late and is set to feature behind the front pair in a 3-4-1-2 setup. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Liverpool”

EFLCup Match Preview: Arsenal vs Tottenham

Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run came to an end at Southampton on Sunday, with the Gunners falling to a 3-2 loss on the south coast. Having already overcome Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium this month, they’ll be confident of doing so again in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash.

Following that 4-2 loss at Arsenal, Spurs have won their last three league games and successfully secured their spot in the next round of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona and they’ll be looking to progress to the next round of a second cup competition in the space of a week in north London.

Mauricio Pochettino will hope to maintain the club’s unbeaten run and in their desperate hope for silverware, will be looking to secure their semi-final spot at Arsenal’s expense. However, Unai Emery has proven himself to be an astute cup manager in the past and we could see a second classic encounter between these two in the space of a couple of weeks that may go all the way at the Emirates.

Team News

Arsenal- Hector Bellerin sustained a knock in the 3-2 loss at Southampton on Sunday and could miss out, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac will be assessed. Bet Now 

Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith-Rowe are all ruled out, however. Continue reading “EFLCup Match Preview: Arsenal vs Tottenham”

EFL Cup Match Preview: Chelsea vs Bournemouth

 

Chelsea are unbeaten at Stamford Bridge this season and have already beaten Bournemouth on home soil.

Bournemouth has lost six of their last seven matches and their last away win was back in October.

Chelsea has kept clean sheets in their last four home matches in all competitions. They are favourites to advance here.

Team News

Chelsea- Victor Moses, Gary Cahill, Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard are all injury concerns for Chelsea ahead of Wednesday’s League Cup clash With Bournemouth. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7

Maurizio Sarri should name a similar XI to the teams he sets out in the Europa League. Ethan Ampadu will hope to start if Cahill fails to recover from injury in time. Continue reading “EFL Cup Match Preview: Chelsea vs Bournemouth”

Still in the business of Breaking Record,Messi claims 5th Golden Shoe

Lionel Messi collected a record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for finishing last season as the top goalscorer in Europe.

The striker scored 34 goals in 68 games for Barcelona, putting him ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award four times, hit 26 goals in 52 matches for Real Madrid.

After being presented with his latest prize in Barcelona, Messi said: “The truth is I had no idea this would happen when I started. I dreamt of playing professional football and enjoying success, I love the game, but I never imagined I would have so much.

“I enjoy the work, the effort, I’m at the best team in the world and play with the best teammates in the world, so everything is easier.”

The ceremony was attended by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, as well as fellow players like Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto. Continue reading “Still in the business of Breaking Record,Messi claims 5th Golden Shoe”

PL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester United

Liverpool replaced Manchester City at the top of the Premier League last weekend but could well be back down to second by the time they host Manchester United on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be full of confidence after booking their name in the knockout phase of the Champions League in midweek.

United supporters must be watching Liverpool’s season with envy. Things have largely been poor under Jose Mourinho this season and they head to Anfield 16 points behind Liverpool. United are unbeaten in their last five matches against Liverpool, though four have been draws.

Liverpool haven’t won a Premier League game at home to United since September 2013 but it’s hard to look beyond a Liverpool win on Sunday. Klopp’s side are superior in almost every department and should really have a field day up against United’s leaky defence.

Team News

Liverpool- Liverpool won their crucial Champions League group game in midweek but it came at a cost. Joel Matip is now out for six weeks and Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to miss out for a few weeks.

Nathaniel Clyne did return to training on Thursday but James Milner could get the nod at right-back for the second game in succession. Bet Now

Naby Keita and Fabinho did not start against Napoli but only the former may come into consideration for a starting berth against Manchester United. Continue reading “PL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester United”

SerieA Match Preview: Torino vs Juventus

Torino are unbeaten in their last three games and they head into the weekend’s action only four points off fourth place.

Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Young Boys in the Champions League in midweek but still managed to secure top spot as Manchester United also lost. Max Allegri will demand a response from his players.

Torino can be happy with their season so far but they will need to be even better if they are to get a positive result against Juventus. The Old Lady have only dropped points in the league once this season and should return to winning ways here.

Team News- Torino- Cristian Ansaldi is finally back at full fitness and might keep Ola Aina on the bench.

Daniele Baselli is reportedly a doubt, which means Roberto Soriano could start instead. Place bet on Live matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

Former Juventus duo Simone Zaza and Tomas Rincon will have to settle for places on the bench. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Torino vs Juventus”

Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Everton

Manchester City lost top spot in the Premier League last weekend following a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea and they will aim to recapture first here before Liverpool host Manchester United on Sunday.

City has a 100 per cent record in their eight home league matches this season and have scored 30 goals and conceded just five in that time.

Everton has only won one of their last five league matches and have dropped down to seventh in the league, two points behind United. Marco Silva’s side has only won one of their opening seven away league matches this season, though they have travelled to United, Chelsea and Liverpool in their last three matches away from Goodison Park.

For all of Everton’s struggles on the road this term they have never conceded more than twice in a single match and have already drawn at Stamford Bridge and Anfield in recent weeks. This fixture has been drawn on three of the last four occasions but City are favourites despite a depleted squad at the moment.

Team News

Manchester City- John Stones is expected to miss out against his former club after being forced off against Hoffenheim with a knee injury. Vincent Kompany or Nicolas Otamendi will deputise. Bet Now

David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne are still sidelined for Manchester City leaving Pep Guardiola short of options in central midfield. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Everton”

Europa League Match Preview: Vidi FC vs Chelsea

Chelsea has won their opening five group games by an aggregate scoreline of 10-1. They have already secured top spot heading into the final match.

Vidi FC are currently third in Group L and in order to join Chelsea through to the knockout stage of the competition they will need to better BATE Borisov’s result on Tonight.

Defeat to Chelsea eliminates Vidi FC and that should be expected even if Chelsea take their foot off the gas.

Team News

Vidi FC- Vidi FC will go with their strongest XI available as they still have a chance to join Chelsea through to the next round.

The home side have four players one booking away from missing their next Europa League match but risks have to be taken on Thursday. Place bet on LIVE Matches 24/7 online

Chelsea- Chelsea are already through to the next round and have secured top spot in Group L. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Vidi FC vs Chelsea”

Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Qarabag FK

Arsenal will top Group E regardless of what happens on Thursday due to their superior head-to-head record over Sporting. The Gunners haven’t lost at home since August.

Qarabag has scored 11 goals in their last two matches but have lost four of their first five Europa League group games.

Team News

Arsenal- Laurent Koscielny is in contention to make his first Arsenal appearance of the season after recovering from a long-term injury in the last few weeks.

Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have both resumed full training and will be part of Arsenal’s matchday squad, though it remains to be seen whether they will start. Bet Now 

Nacho Monreal made his comeback from a two-month injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield and he will continue to build his match fitness on Thursday, although potentially as a substitute. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Qarabag FK”

UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Manchester United

Manchester United scored a dramatic late winner against Young Boys last time out in the Champions League to secure a top-two finish. Jose Mourinho’s side can still finish top but that would require Young Boys beating Juventus to have any chance of leapfrogging the Old Lady.

Valencia cannot improve on a third-place finish and are also four point clear of bottom side Young Boys. They held United to a draw at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture and will hope to do at least the same here against an experimental United XI.

Valencia have only lost twice at home all season, though there have been five 1-1 draws in 11 games.

Team News

Valencia- Jose Gaya is suspended for Valencia, while Daniel Parejo, Carlos Soler and Geoffrey Kondogbia are one booking away from a one-match ban in the Champions League.

Gabriel Paulista was forced off with an injury in Valencia’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla at the weekend and is unlikely to feature against Manchester United on Wednesday. Live Bet are available on NaijaBet 24/7

Mouctar Diakhaby came off the bench to replace Gabriel and scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Los Che. He should start in Gabriel’s place in midweek. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Valencia vs Manchester United”

UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Juventus

Young Boys cannot improve on a fourth-place finish in Group H no matter what happens on Wednesday. Juventus, meanwhile, only need to match Manchester United’s result against Valencia to secure top spot.

Juventus have won five games in a row without conceding since losing to United over a month ago.

Juventus have a 100 per cent record away from home in all competitions and have kept six clean sheets in their last seven matches on the road.

Team News

BSC Young Boys- Sekou Sanogo is suspended for Young Boys, while Loris Benito and Kevin Mbabu are one booking away from a one-match ban. Steve Von Bergen, Gregory Wüthrich and Jordan Lotomba are doubts for the home side. Bet Now 

Juventus– Alex Sandro has resumed training with a view to making Wednesday’s match against Young Boys. However, he is one booking away from a one-match ban in the Champions League and may not be risked unless required. Blaise Matuidi is in the same boat. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: BSC Young Boys vs Juventus”