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”
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”
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”
Manchester United must show a winning mentality more often in the Premier League but fans will now be able to see improvement from their slow start to the season, striker Romelu Lukaku has said after his two goals saw them record a 2-0 win at Burnley.
“We have the mentality, but it needs to come out a bit more. That is what the manager wants and that is what we need to do,” Lukaku told the club’s website. Naija and Bet
“We should have scored more in the first half and more in the second half, but … we played better than we did last season and there was a big improvement in our play.”
The Belgian international said United had made huge strides since suffering back-to-back defeats by Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur. Continue reading “United must continues with winning mentality – Lukaku”
Newcastle’s miserable start to the season suffered another blow with a dramatic late 3-1 defeat to Championship side Nottingham Forest on Wednesday to crash out of the League Cup at the second round.
There was no such strife for Premier League high flyers Everton and Watford, who continued their unbeaten starts to the campaign with victories over Rotherham and Reading respectively to make round three.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez had been fiercely criticised for his negative approach in defeat to Chelsea on Sunday that left the Magpies with just one point from their opening three league games. Place bet on today’s Europa League qualification matches on NaijaBet
Benitez made seven changes for the visit to the City Ground but those coming in did their case little good as Daryl Murphy headed the hosts in front inside two minutes.
That looked like being enough for Forest, until Salomon Rondon registered his first Newcastle with practically the visitors’ first decent chance two minutes into stoppage time.
However, Forest weren’t to be denied as Matty Cash and Gil Dias struck in six added minutes to reach the last 32. Continue reading “Newcastle suffer early carling Cup exit, Everton move on”
Paul Pogba said Manchester United’s players were in “shock” after a 3-0 defeat to Spurs dealt a heavy blow to their Premier League title ambitions.
After a troubled build-up to the season, United have lost two of their first three matches of a campaign for the first time since 1992-93.
That season, Alex Ferguson’s men went on to clinch the title but there are few signs that under-fire manager Jose Mourinho can win United’s first league title since 2013 following Monday’s defeat at Old Trafford.
“It’s bizarre,” said Pogba. “(Against Tottenham) we were determined, we started well, and in the end we lost 3-0. It’s a shock.”
“Even we don’t understand what happened,” added the French World Cup winner. “We started the game really well, we conceded two goals in the second half.
“The first goal was a real blow, we didn’t understand why, because we had the game in hand. One goal, two… we kept pushing, we had chances, and we conceded the third. Continue reading “Spurs defeat left united players in ‘shock’ – Pogba”
Arsenal manager Unai Emery says misfiring striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is struggling with a lack of confidence after his barren start to the season.
Aubameyang is yet to get on the scoresheet for Arsenal this term after missing a series of chances in their defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Gabon international was especially profligate in last weekend’s 3-2 loss at Chelsea as he wasted several opportunities to put Emery’s side in control.
Emery admits Aubameyang, who signed from Borussia Dortmund in January, needs a confidence boost to get back on track, ideally starting with a goal or two in Saturday’s Premier League clash against West Ham.
“Aubameyang needs to find the confidence, then to score and score another,” Emery said.
“I know a lot of strikers in my career and it’s about the moment, they need to be in the moment, and he’s the same. Continue reading “Aubameyang battling with confidence crisis – Arsenal manager”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho badly needs a performance and result to encourage his club’s supporters when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Monday.
After a close-season soured by Mourinho’s discontent over the lack of transfer activity, Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Brighton & Hove Albion brought an early chorus of complaints from fans and former players about the state of the side.
United beat Leicester City at Old Trafford in the opening game of the season but Spurs present a very different quality of opponent.
The bare statistics suggest United are favourites, given that in the Premier League era Spurs have managed just eight wins against United, who have enjoyed 33 victories over the North Londoners. Bet Now on NaijaBet
Even in the recent era, as United have lost their air of dominance, Spurs have lost on their last four trips to Old Trafford. Continue reading “Mourinho needs positive reaction against Tottenham”
Pep Guardiola saw his rampant Manchester City beat Huddersfield 6-1 before denying accusations that his club had disrespected Jose Mourinho in a recent documentary.
The eight-part series, entitled ‘All or Nothing’, was released by streaming service Amazon last week and has angered Manchester United manager Mourinho.
Accusing City of disrespect, Mourinho took a swipe at the Premier League champions, claiming “you cannot buy class”, for the way it features him and United in the programme. Various Betting Options are available on Site
But, after City swept aside Huddersfield at Eastlands, Guardiola addressed the claims and insisted his club had not intended to insult their neighbours.
“That is true, you cannot buy class. I agree with Jose,” Guardiola said.
“I think we lived an amazing season last season, there were cameras. We did it for ourselves.
“I don’t agree with Jose in terms of being disrespectful to them. This was not our intention, just to film what happened last season. Continue reading “Guardiola insists that City didn’t disrespect Mourinho”
Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne, a pivotal figure in Manchester City‘s title-winning campaign, will be out of action for three months because of a knee injury, the club said Friday.
The 27-year-old midfielder – who scored eight goals and provided 16 assists as City romped to the title last season – will not have to undergo surgery on the injury which he suffered in training on Wednesday.
But his recovery will mean he misses the Premier League clash with the team many thinks will be City’s main title rivals, Liverpool, on October 7 and the Manchester Derby on November 11 as well as part of the Champions League group stage. Various Betting options are available on Site
“Manchester City can confirm Kevin de Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee,” the club said in a statement.
“No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months.” Continue reading “City confirms that Kevin De Bruyne will be out for three months”
Chelsea winger Willian believes manager Maurizio Sarri’s attack-focused tactics emulates Brazil’s ‘samba style’ and helps the Premier League club’s players flourish.
The 30-year-old Brazil international assisted N’Golo Kante’s opening goal as Chelsea recorded a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town in Sarri’s first league match in charge last Saturday.
“Is it fun to play this way? I think so. We have a lot of players with quality up front, like Eden Hazard and Pedro. Players like that want to play football,” Willian said. Various betting options are available on site for today’s games
“That’s why he (Sarri) talked about ‘fun’ football. This is what we will try to do this season. Is this like Brazil’s Samba style? Yes. This is what we do in Brazil and are trying to do here, playing with skill and movement.”
The winger is confident that Sarri’s tactics will help rectify Chelsea’s recent poor record against Arsenal, where they had just one win in eight matches under previous manager Antonio Conte, when they meet in Saturday’s league match. Continue reading “Willian embrace Chelsea’s new ‘Samba style’ under Sarri”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants Raheem Sterling to commit his long-term future to the club after the English striker played an influential role in their Premier League win over Arsenal.
The 23-year-old, who has two years left on his contract, scored his 50th league goal on Sunday as the defending champions started their campaign with a comfortable 2-0 away win.
“We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay,” Guardiola told reporters. “We’ll do our effort to make him feel we count on him. And we do count on him.” Various Betting Options are Available on Site
British media reported that Sterling’s agents are seeking a new contract in the region of 300 000 pounds ($382 530) a week, which would make him one of the club’s highest paid players. Continue reading “Guardiola ready to resolve Sterling’s future”
Liverpool’s reinforced squad must build on their ruthless form from last season if they are to challenge defending Premier League champions Manchester City for the title, manager Jurgen Klopp said on Friday.
Klopp has made four big money signings, adding goalkeeper Alisson, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and winger Xherdan Shaqiri, giving supporters genuine optimism ahead of the new campaign.
But the German insists they are still underdogs in the battle for the league crown, saying: “We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. Naija and Bet
“We have to be more consistent. More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments. We need to improve everything.
“We have to be in a championship mode. We jump into the water and we dive until we don’t have oxygen anymore. That’s the plan. A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will (challenge more) – but that’snot how it is.” Continue reading “Red need to be more clinical for title – Klopp”
Leicester City have signed Croatian defender Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Leicester did not disclose the transfer fee but British media reports said the 21-year-old cost about £13 million.
Benkovic, a Croatian under-21 international, arrives at the King Power Stadium after an impressive 2017-18 campaign with Zagreb in which he made 30 appearances in all competitions and helped them clinch the Croatian league title. Naija and Bet
“Filip is an exciting young player who has the potential to develop even more at Leicester,” Leicester boss Claude Puel told the club website.
“He has made a big contribution to Dinamo Zagreb over the last three years and has also benefited from experiencing European football. Continue reading “Leicester signs Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb”
Spain’s Kepa Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in history on Wednesday after Chelsea confirmed his €80 million move from Athletic Bilbao.
Kepa’s arrival at Stamford Bridge came shortly after Chelsea had agreed to sell Belgian international ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid for a reported fee of €35 million.
The 23-year-old has signed a seven-year contract with the English giants.
“It’s a very important decision for me, for my career, and also for my personal life,” Kepa told Chelsea’s website. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“So many things attracted me to the club, all the titles the club has won, the other players, the city, the English Premier League. It’s an accumulation of things, and I am very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”
Chelsea were forced to look for a replacement for Courtois ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline for Premier League clubs after he failed to report back to training following his fine World Cup performances on Monday. Continue reading “Chelsea break world fee record to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hopes to be able to call upon some of the players who have just returned from the World Cup when his side host Leicester City in their Premier League opener on Friday.
Several United players, including Sweden’s Victor Lindelof and England pair Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones, returned to training just last week and have had little time to get ready for the new campaign. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
Mourinho said he expected Rashford to get better as the week progressed.
“Lindelof the same, Jones the same and let’s see if one of the others is ready to give us a help, 20-25 minutes. Any help that can come from them is welcome,” he added. Continue reading “Mourinho hopes World Cup players can feature against Leicester”
Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus has signed a new deal with Manchester City that ties him to the Premier League champions until 2023.
The 21-year-old, who was part of the Brazil squad that reached the World Cup quarterfinals in Russia, joined City in January 2017 and has scored 24 goals in 53 matches. Place Bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet
“I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me,” he told the club’s official website on Friday after signing the two-year contract extension.
“I can say that it was the best decision I’ve made in my life to come to Manchester City because while I’m here I’m improving as a professional and as a person.” Continue reading “Gabriel Jesus has signed a new five-years deal with Man City”
Liverpool have assembled a squad with enough skill to end their trophy drought next season, midfielder Adam Lallana has said.
The Merseyside outfit have signed four new players in the current transfer window, with Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, winger Xherdan Shaqiri, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho bolstering the squad.
England international Lallana is eager for the strengthened club to win silverware having come close on several occasions as Liverpool lost the Champions League, Europa League and League Cup finals since Jurgen Klopp took charge in 2015. Naija and Bet
“I’m delighted to be at a top club like Liverpool that are going to be challenging for trophies again and I’m looking forward to playing for England again,” Lallana said.
“For my club, I just want to take the next step now. We’ve been in a few finals that we haven’t been victorious in and that needs to change.
Continue reading “Liverpool have ‘all the quality’ to contest for titles – Lallana”
French midfielder N’Golo Kante labelled the “essential element” in the World Cup-winning side by Didier Deschamps, has been offered a new five-year contract by Chelsea, according to media reports on Tuesday.
The pocket-sized 27-year-old dynamo – who recovered the ball more often than any other teammate during the finals in Russia – will earn £290 000 a week if he signs the new deal, reported The Times and the London Evening Standard.
Chelsea, who sacked Antonio Conte as manager despite winning the FA Cup after finishing outside the Champions League spots last season, want to ward off apparent interest from Qatari-owned French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Bet Now on NaijaBet
The new contract would see Kante’s pay almost doubled from his present deal – £150 000 a week – which terminates in 2021.
Kante was a pivotal figure in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign in 2016/17 under Conte after joining from Leicester City for a reported £32 million. Continue reading “Chelsea might doubled Kante present deal”
Jose Mourinho was finally given something to smile about as a tempestuous trip to the United States ended with Man United’s 2-1 win over former club Real Madrid thanks to first-half strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera.
Mourinho has cut a miserable figure during their two week trip to the United States, lashing out at a lack of transfer activity while reserving stinging criticism for a number of first team players.
But seeing his side establish a two-goal lead in the first half was encou- raging, as was holding Real at bay after Karim Benzema’s goal just before the interval gave the Spanish side hope of mounting a comeback. Various Betting Options for Today’s Games are Available NaijaBet
“I didn’t learn anything (from this tour),” said Mourinho. “I know what Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez are.
“I know the kids are very young and need time to grow up, I know my players gave everything and in the last 15 mins we are dead and they bring on Toni Kroos and Asensio and Isco and I thought we wouldn’t resist but we did.
“That’s the spirit we need because our first two or three weeks in the Premier League are going to be really hard for us because we didn’t prepare for that.” Continue reading “Man United beat Real to end US tour in high spirit”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is confident that the club will sign at least one more player before the Premier League’s transfer window closes on August 9.
The Portuguese boss expressed his hopes of signing two new recruits after United’s 4-1 defeat by Liverpool in the pre-season International Champions Cup last weekend in the United States but now says one addition seems more probable.
“I am confident I will get one, but I think two I am not going to get which is not a drama,” Mourinho said. “In every pre-season it happens the same with every club which is the manager wants more. Place bet on NaijaBet
“It’s our nature, you always want more for your team but then club decisions are different and normally you don’t get what you want which happened during all my career.
“So if I get one player until the end of the market, that’s fine.”
United have struggled to impress in pre-season with a patchy squad that has been depleted through injuries and key players resting after the World Cup in Russia. Their sole pre-season win came against AC Milan last week. Continue reading “Man United eyes making one more signing”
Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez has been cleared to return to training this week following an ankle knock sustained in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the United States.
Mahrez, who joined the Premier League champions on a five-year contract earlier this month, was substituted after a tough tackle by Bayern defender Chris Richards in the first half of their final pre-season clash.
However, City allayed fears that the Algerian international, who returned to Manchester with his foot in a protective boot, would miss the start of the new season. City take on FA Cup winners Chelsea for the Community Shield on Sunday. Place Bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
“A scan today has revealed no significant damage, and he (Mahrez) could be available for selection for this weekend’s Community Shield against Chelsea,” City said on their website. Continue reading “Man City cleared Mahrez to resume training after knock”
Chelsea defender David Luiz has dismissed speculation about a potential departure from the Premier League club and said he is aiming to win titles under new manager Maurizio Sarri.
The 31-year-old, who rejoined Chelsea from Paris St Germain in 2016, will have a chance to re-establish himself at Stamford Bridge following an injury-ridden season when he made only 10 league appearances under former boss Antonio Conte.
His poor domestic run led to his omission from Brazil’s World Cup squad for Russia. Various Betting options are Available on Site
“I came back to Chelsea to stay,” Luiz told reporters. “When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here.
Luiz has featured in both of Chelsea’s pre-season matches under Sarri, who has started his reign with victories over Inter Milan and Perth Glory. Continue reading “David Luiz ready to stay at Chelsea and shine under Sarri”
Jose Mourinho has hit out at Manchester United’s transfer window inactivity after watching his under-strength squad crash to a 4-1 defeat against Liverpool in the latest stop of their pre-season US tour.
Mourinho said he expected to bring in only one new player before the new Premier League season kicks off despite submitting a list of five transfer targets to club bosses earlier this year.
United’s failure to bolster their resources and the absence of several key first-team players following the World Cup has forced Mourinho to field several untested youngsters during the US tour.
On Saturday, United were torn apart by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the Red Devils’ penultimate game before facing Real Madrid in Miami on Tuesday. They face a further friendly against Bayern Munich in Munich on August 5. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
Mourinho, who has become increasingly downbeat during the tour, cut a frustrated figure as he spoke about the club’s relative inactivity in the transfer market.
“I would like to have two more players,” Mourinho said. “I think I am not going to have two. I think that it’s possible I’m going to have one. I gave a list to my club of five names a few months ago and I wait to see if it’s possible to have one of these players. If it’s possible, it’s possible. Continue reading “Mourinho not happy with under-strength United squad”