Claudio Ranieri set to rescue Fulham from relegating

Fulham appointed Italian veteran Claudio Ranieri as manager on Wednesday after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic in a bid to beat the drop from the Premier League.

Jokanovic led Fulham back into England’s top flight in May 2018 but the 50-year-old Serbian has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.

After 12 games, Fulham sit bottom of the pile with just five points and one win from 12 games.

Ranieri, who famously led Leicester to a fairytale Premier League title in 2016, was a free agent after being sacked by French Ligue 1 club Nantes one game before the end of last season.

He has been given a “multi-year” contract by Fulham chairman Shahid Khan.

“It is an honour to accept Mr Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history,” Ranieri told the club’s official website. Play Now on NaijaBet

“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.” Continue reading “Claudio Ranieri set to rescue Fulham from relegating”

English FA to reduces foreign players in EPL squads

In a bid to deal with Brexit and boost the number of homegrown players, the English Football Association (FA) is planning to reduce the number of overseas players in Premier League squads to 12 from 17, the Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The proposal, to be put to the clubs this week, would mean significant changes to a number of sides. Thirteen clubs have more than 12 overseas players in their first team squads this season.

The FA did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

The FA would in return agree to give a governing body endorsement, usually issued for a non-EU/European Economic Area elite player to help the development of football in England, for a work permit for every foreign player who gets a contract with a Premier League club, the report said. Continue reading “English FA to reduces foreign players in EPL squads”

United can forget the title & fight for top four after derby defeat

Manchester United can forget trying to challenge Manchester City until they can even compete for a place in the Premier League top four, Jose Mourinho confessed as his side were outclassed in a 3-1 derby defeat by the English champions on Sunday.

A fourth league loss of the season leaves United already 12 points adrift of their local rivals just 12 games into the new campaign.

Of even more concern for Mourinho’s job prospects, the Red Devils are now also seven points adrift of the top four, putting Champions League qualification for next season at risk.

Indeed, eighth-placed United are now as close to Cardiff in the relegation zone as they are to City.

“We knew that there is a difference in potential (with City),” said Mourinho, whose side finished second in the Premier League last season, albeit a record 19 points behind City’s 100-point tally.

“Since the beginning of the season, we knew that our second position last season was a fantastic achievement for us, and this season we are going to fight for the top four.” Continue reading “United can forget the title & fight for top four after derby defeat”

Managing a Premier League club is ‘dream come true’ – Guardiola

Pep Guardiola said managing in England is a “dream come true” as he was honoured by the Football Writers’ Association fresh from a 6-1 Premier League victory against Southampton.

The Manchester City manager was recognised for his side’s Premier League title last season and the club are again setting the pace this season, with nine wins in 11 games.

Speaking at Sunday’s ceremony in Manchester, he said: “I’m fortunate to be here in your country, in England. Play bet on LIVE events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“It’s incredible. It was a dream from a little boy for a young manager to come here to your country and be a manager here. It’s a dream come true.”

City won 32 of their 38 games last season, scoring a record 106 goals and amassing a record 100 points. Continue reading “Managing a Premier League club is ‘dream come true’ – Guardiola”

Fulham boss confident turnaround after poor start

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has admitted that club owner Shahid Khan is disappointed with their dismal start to the Premier League campaign but the Serbian is confident he can reverse their fortunes.

American Khan invested more than 100 million pounds ($128.52 million) on players after the side earned promotion last season but Fulham have failed to deliver on the pitch, losing seven of 10 games to sit 18th in the standings.

“After the game (Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Bournemouth), he (Khan) asked me about the situation, about which way we’re looking for a solution,” Jokanovic said ahead of Thursday’s League Cup clash against Manchester City.

“He wasn’t satisfied, like me and our supporters, but this is a long process and the situation is in our hands to reach our target in the end of the season. Continue reading “Fulham boss confident turnaround after poor start”

Zaha get full backing over online attacks from Hodgson

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has promised Wilfried Zaha the club’s full backing after the forward received racist abuse and threats on social media following his side’s Premier League draw with Arsenal.

Zaha, who has found himself at the centre of an ongoing debate over simulation in recent months, was targeted after winning a late penalty to help secure a 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday.

Hodgson, who left the Ivory Coast international behind nursing a shoulder problem as the rest of the squad headed north for Wednesday’s 1-0 League Cup fourth-round defeat at Middlesbrough, condemned those who had abused him.

“As far as Wilf is concerned, the club will do everything they can to support him in this way,” said the former England manager.

“I don’t think there are many people out there, except perhaps the odd Twitter troll who knows no better, who believe that racially abusing people or threatening people is the right way to go.” Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet.com

Zaha took to social media to stand up for himself following the Arsenal game and revealed on Instagram Tuesday that the abuse had escalated. Continue reading “Zaha get full backing over online attacks from Hodgson”

Rooney urges Man United falling stars to show respect

Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United’s underachieving stars to show more respect for their troubled club.

United are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League and have made a slow start to their Champions League campaign.

Sunday’s 2-1 win over Everton did little to lift the gloom around Old Trafford, with United manager Jose Mourinho under scrutiny following a spluttering run which has seen key players fail to produce consistent performances. Live Bet

Mourinho has clashed with United stars including Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial.

And Rooney, who became United’s record goalscorer before leaving in 2017, believes it is down to the team’s highly paid stars to play with more pride and passion regardless of their issues with Mourinho. Continue reading “Rooney urges Man United falling stars to show respect”

Petr Cech will start against Blackpool in League Cup

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will start Wednesday’s League Cup tie against Blackpool after overcoming a hamstring injury, manager Unai Emery has confirmed.

The 36-year-old Cech had kept close-season signing Bernd Leno out of the first team at the start of the campaign before he sustained the injury against Watford in September, but was on the bench for the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend.

“We are looking for the confidence in each goalkeeper, but now at the moment, Cech will start the Blackpool match after coming back from his injury,” Emery said. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Emery said he was likely to make a number of changes for the fourth-round clash against the third tier side at the Emirates Stadium. Continue reading “Petr Cech will start against Blackpool in League Cup”

Former Leicester manager, Ranieri ‘shaken’ by death of the club’s Thai boss

Claudio Ranieri revealed on Monday he had been “terribly shaken” by the death of Leicester City boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Ranieri, 66, was hired by Vichai in 2015 and led Leicester to their historic Premier League title success the following year.

Billionaire Vichai, 60, died along with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a car park outside the King Power stadium shortly after his side’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.

“I was terribly shaken by the news,” Ranieri said in his first public reaction since the tragedy.

“He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see. He came into the locker room only to dispense kind words, never to reproach you.

“One time soon after my birthday, he arrived in the locker room with a huge cake and made everyone sing ‘Happy Birthday.’ Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

“He was an illuminated man and everything he touched became better.” Continue reading “Former Leicester manager, Ranieri ‘shaken’ by death of the club’s Thai boss”

Guardiola ready to manage Man City for life

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola says it would be impossible for him to ever coach another team in England and says he is now a Mancunian for life.

Guardiola, who led City to the Premier League title last season with a record points tally of 100, signed a contract extension with the champions earlier this year that will take him to the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

One of the most successful managers in world football, Guardiola has been known to keep his coaching stints brief, spending four years at Barcelona and three at Bayern Munich.

However, even if he ended his stay at City after five years in 2021, he said he could not envisage one day managing a Premier League rival.

“I will be Mancunian for rest of my life. I will (always) be a Manchester City fan, it would not be possible to train another team in England like Manchester City,” Guardiola said in an interview. Start forecasting your weekend games Now

“I feel beloved from the people here… I want to make a better club to make them believe we are strong enough to do better things.” Continue reading “Guardiola ready to manage Man City for life”

Wenger want Ozil to make Germany return

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects to be back in work in the New Year and has fielded enquiries from all over the world, he said.

Wenger, who left Arsenal in May after 22 years in charge, said he did not know what his next job would be but he felt rested and ready to work again.

“I believe (I will) start again on 1 January. I don’t know (where) yet,” the Frenchman told a German newspaper an interview published on Wednesday.

“There are associations, national teams, it could be also in Japan,” added the 68-year-old who coached Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight before joining Arsenal. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet.com

“From my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.”

Wenger won three Premier League titles at Arsenal but his final years at the north London club were more turbulent. Continue reading “Wenger want Ozil to make Germany return”

Messi would struggle to shine at Man United – Scholes

Paul Scholes says even Lionel Messi would struggle to shine in the current Manchester United team and that the struggling club are being laughed at by their rivals.

The former United and England midfielder has been a frequent and vocal critic of his old club, who are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League – five points adrift of any other member of the “Big Six”.

They had to watch Manchester City win last season’s title in record-breaking fashion and Pep Guardiola’s men are flying high at the top once more, alongside Liverpool and manager Jose Mourinho’s former club Chelsea.

“That shouldn’t make any difference but it does,” Scholes said. “United now feels like Liverpool from years ago, like we’re making all the same mistakes as they did. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“We were watching Liverpool and City from afar and smirking as they changed managers and players every year, never getting anything right. It feels like we have turned into a Liverpool or a Man City.

“I feel like people at Liverpool and Man City are looking at us and laughing like we did at them many years ago.” Continue reading “Messi would struggle to shine at Man United – Scholes”

FA charged Mourinho for using abusive language

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association for abusive language following his side’s Premier League win over Newcastle United this month, English soccer’s governing body said on Tuesday.

The Portuguese coach was reported to have directed an insult in his native language towards a camera which was live tracking him down the touchline after his side’s 3-2 comeback win at Old Trafford.

“It is alleged that his (Mourinho’s) language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper. He has until 6 pm on 19 October 2018 to respond to the charge,” the FA said in a statement. Continue reading “FA charged Mourinho for using abusive language”

Jurgen Klopp need to an end to Liverpool trophy drought

Jurgen Klopp says he does not want to be remembered as the “fun” Liverpool manager who failed to win silverware as expectations rise that the club can break their long trophy drought.

The German manager celebrated his three-year anniversary at Anfield this week but has not tasted success despite taking the club to three finals.

He has lost his past six finals since winning his first with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

At his presentation, as Reds boss in October 2015 he pledged to win a “title” within four years. But after three trophy near-misses, the last in May’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, he admits he does not know when that claim will come to fruition.

Liverpool’s last major trophy was the League Cup in 2012 but they have not been English champions since 1990.

I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win something but I’m sure this club will win something,” he said in an interview.

“I don’t know when so let’s have the best times of our lives until then.”

“It looks like we are really on a good way and the only thing I can guarantee is that we constantly develop.”

But he warned fans that he is not a miracle-worker.

“As I said in my first press conference here, if anybody thinks that I can perform wonders then it could become really difficult in the future, because I can’t.”

Armband doesn’t make you to become a leader – Pogba

France and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said in an interview that his international teammates give him the freedom to express himself and be the team’s leader.

Pogba has faced criticism for failing to repeat his impressive performances at the World Cup for United, who have slumped early in the season.

The subject of Pogba’s reportedly fraught relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho was strictly off the table for the interview at France’s international training base.

United’s difficult start in the Premier League all seems a long away from France’s glory in Russia, but reunited again with his France teammates, Pogba was happy to recall that defender Adil Rami had described him as the team’s “real leader” at the World Cup.

“It really pleased me to hear Adil say that,” Pogba said. “I would never say it’s me, it’s the squad who put me in that position, who gave me the freedom to express myself. They gave me confidence as well.

“I couldn’t have done it without them. It all began like that, from our training camp. I spoke with Hugo (Lloris), Blaise (Matuidi), (Raphael) Varane, to say that this World Cup we really had to put everything in place to win it. I was really determined.” Continue reading “Armband doesn’t make you to become a leader – Pogba”

I would prefer United fans stop singing my name – Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wishes that instead of chanting his name, fans would change their tune and sing about the club.

It was looking like the curtain was about to close on Mourinho’s tenure at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon after Newcastle United went 2-0 ahead in the first 10 minutes.

That looked even more likely when you consider the reported rumour earlier on Saturday morning that the beleaguered Portuguese tactician would be shown the door regardless of what transpired against the Magpies that evening.

However, in a throwback to the Sir Alex Ferguson era, the Red Devils mounted a spirited comeback in the second half, winning the match 3-2 after strikes from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and a winning header from Alexis Sanchez.

Even when Mourinho’s side went 2-0 down, the majority of United fans huddled inside Old Trafford didn’t lose their singing voices, and after the game, they were chanting Mourinho’s name in unison, but Mourinho would rather they didn’t.

“I’m happy for the fans and for the players,” he said. LIVE Bet are available on NaijaBet 24/7

“I’m amazed by that response [from the crowd]. I don’t want that, and if I could tell them to not do it, I would, because it is not about me. It is about the football club they love and the football club we represent with honour and dignity.” Continue reading “I would prefer United fans stop singing my name – Jose Mourinho”

Ballon d’Or nominees: Bale, De Bruyne in first 10 list

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City’s Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne were among the first 10 nominees for the Ballon d’Or award announced on Monday.

Bale, who scored two goals in Real’s triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool, joins his club teammate Karim Benzema among the first wave of 30 nominees for the year’s best player.

De Bruyne was nominated for helping his club win the Premier League and his country reach the World Cup semifinals.

The winner of the prestigious award organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3. Naija and Bet

Having lost out in the Fifa best player of the year award to Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo takes his place among the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or that were being unveiled in stages throughout Monday.

The Juventus forward, currently facing allegations of rape dating back to 2009 that he strenuously denies, has already won the Ballon d’Or five times and is the current holder of the award. Continue reading “Ballon d’Or nominees: Bale, De Bruyne in first 10 list”

Guardiola admits blame for Mahrez’s missed penalty against Liverpool

Pep Guardiola took responsibility for placing his trust in Riyad Mahrez as the Algerian’s missed penalty five minutes from time cost Manchester City victory in a disappointing 0-0 draw at Liverpool on Sunday.

The draw preserved both sides’ unbeaten Premier League records, but they failed to lay down an early marker in the title race as Chelsea moved into a three-way tie at the top on 20 points after eight games.

I see him every day in the training sessions, I see him everyday practice penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence,” said Guardiola after he instructed Gabriel Jesus, who earlier replaced regular penalty taker Sergio Aguero, to hand the ball to Mahrez.

However, Mahrez’s miserable record from the spot continued as City’s club record £60-million ($79 million) signing missed for the fourth time in his last six penalties by blasting well over the bar. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Unlike the four enthralling encounters between the two last season when Liverpool beat the English champions three times, a highly-anticipated clash fell flat with neither side managing to register a shot on target until after the hour mark.

However, Guardiola admitted his plan for a slower tempo to stop Liverpool springing onto the counter-attack had worked. Continue reading “Guardiola admits blame for Mahrez’s missed penalty against Liverpool”

Sarri hopes Morata Europa league goal can spark return to form

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has backed forward Alvaro Morata to “restart” his season after the Spaniard scored in the 1-0 Europa League victory over Hungarian champions Vidi on Thursday.

The goal was Morata’s second in 10 appearances this season but the striker also had a glaring miss in the first half, shooting wide when one-on-one with the goalkeeper to underline his continuing crisis of confidence.

Morata missed several other chances before scoring 20 minutes from time and Sarri is hopeful the striker will gain enough confidence from the goal to kickstart his season.

“It’s very important for him to score,” the Italian said. “He played a very good match. I think Alvaro can restart from this performance.” Various betting Options are available for today’s games on Site

Morata became Chelsea’s record signing when he joined the club under Sarri’s predecessor Antonio Conte last year, but the forward has struggled to adapt to the pace and physicality of the English game. Continue reading “Sarri hopes Morata Europa league goal can spark return to form”

Mourinho admits that United have technical problems

Jose Mourinho risked causing another rift with his Manchester United stars as he slammed his defence’s lack of “technical quality” after their 0-0 draw with Valencia.

The frustrating Champions League clash at Old Trafford means Mourinho’s side have gone four games without a win in all competitions.

United rarely looked like scoring against their out-of-form opponents and were booed off at fulltime. Various betting options are available on site for today’s games champions league Games

It was another blow for Mourinho, who has come under fire after presiding over United’s worst start to a league season for 29 years.

Mourinho has feuded with star midfielder Paul Pogba, as well as other members of his squad. Continue reading “Mourinho admits that United have technical problems”

Lampard’s Derby sinks United, City ease into last-16 of League Cup

Derby County manager Frank Lampard piled more misery on his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as the Rams beat 10-man Manchester United 8-7 on penalties, while Manchester City cruised into the last 16 of the League Cup on Tuesday.

Mourinho paid the price for making nine changes in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Old Trafford before spot-kicks with Paul Pogba rested on another day dominated by the Frenchman’s frosty relationship with his manager.

Phil Jones finally missed from the spot after 15 successful penalties in a high-quality shootout.

“The penalties come, somebody has to miss. I knew we were going to be in trouble with Jones,” said Mourinho in a barb at one of his own players.

Mourinho also confirmed Pogba has been stripped of the United vice-captaincy after criticising the Portuguese’s tactics in a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves on Saturday. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet

“The only truth is I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” added Mourinho.

Early on it seemed like the United boss would get a positive response from his much-changed side as one of Lampard’s former Chelsea team-mates Juan Mata slotted home the opener after just three minutes at the end of a fine team move.

However, an unchanged Derby side struck back after the break thanks to a wonderful free-kick from on-loan Liverpool striker Harry Wilson. Continue reading “Lampard’s Derby sinks United, City ease into last-16 of League Cup”

Pogba blame mourinho, we need more of attacking tactics

Paul Pogba launched a blistering critique of Manchester United’s defensive-minded tactics in Saturday’s draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, which is likely to infuriate manager Jose Mourinho.

The 25-year-old French World Cup winning midfielder said there were no excuses for not attacking in home games.

The draw – played out in front of legendary former manager Alex Ferguson who made his first appearance at a match since undergoing emergency brain surgery in May – left United in seventh, eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

“We are at home and we should play much better against Wolves. We are here to attack,” Pogba told the media after the match.

“When we play like (that) it’s easier for us.” Latest odds for today’s games are available on NaijaBet

Asked what is stopping United attacking more, Pogba said: “I can’t tell you because I’m a player. It’s not me.” Continue reading “Pogba blame mourinho, we need more of attacking tactics”

Inform Liverpool eyes victory in Wembley

Liverpool will not have happy memories of their last visit to Wembley Stadium and will head south with a point to prove against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Eleven months ago Juergen Klopp’s side were swept aside 4-1 by a rampant Tottenham leading to a bout of navel-gazing that, as it transpired, helped transform Liverpool’s season.

The defensive lapses that undermined them that day were soon eradicated, the goals began to flow and with the addition of central defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January, Liverpool became a force to be reckoned with.

The damage had already been done though and, just like every other contender, they never got anywhere near a Manchester City side that strolled to the Premier League title. Naija and Bet

They did reach the Champions League final and have continued the momentum into the new campaign, topping the table with four wins from four, scoring nine goals and conceding one.

Tottenham began with three wins but slipped up in their last game before the international break, losing 2-1 at Watford who are surprise joint-leaders. Continue reading “Inform Liverpool eyes victory in Wembley”

Retirement from National team can help Ozil focus on Arsenal

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is hoping a break from international football can help Mesut Ozil recover his best form at club level for the Gunners.

Ozil, capped 92 times, walked away from the Germany set-up in the wake of their disastrous World Cup campaign, complaining of facing racism and being made a scapegoat for the team’s failure.

Yet, despite being handed a hugely lucrative new contract until 2021 in January, he has also struggled to make an impact since Emery took over at Arsenal in June.

Ozil, though, has had a rare chance to train for a full two weeks over the international break ahead of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle.

“The players have the habits to play in the international break, in important matches, defending their identity and when one player stops doing that, I think it is also good for them to focus only on their team,” said Emery on Thursday. Continue reading “Retirement from National team can help Ozil focus on Arsenal”

Kane vs Salah in spotlight as Premier League stars clash this Weekend

Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah have the perfect stage to end their unexpected slumps when the superstar strikers go head to head at Wembley on Saturday.

Just four months ago, Tottenham striker Kane and Liverpool forward Salah were being hailed as Europe’s most feared marksmen after the pair tore through Premier League defences on a weekly basis.

Yet they go into this weekend’s eagerly anticipated clash between Tottenham and Liverpool with concerns about their ability to maintain that breathtaking form in the midst of a post-World Cup malaise.

Kane and Salah slugged it out for the Premier League’s Golden Boot prize right up to the last game of the season. Start forecasting your weekend games Now on NaijaBet

The Egypt international, with 32 goals, pipped his England rival to the coveted prize despite Kane’s first 30-league-goal season.

Salah bagged an incredible 44 goals in all competitions in his debut year with Liverpool, earning him the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ Association player of the year awards.

But Salah’s season came to a bitter conclusion in the Champions League final when he suffered a shoulder injury after a cynical challenge from Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos. Continue reading “Kane vs Salah in spotlight as Premier League stars clash this Weekend”