David de Gea produced a goalkeeping masterclass on Sunday as Manchester United beat Tottenham 1-0 to prove their recovery under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is no flash in the pan.
Marcus Rashford scored the only goal in the 44th minute of an open, exciting match at Wembley but the performance of the Spanish goalkeeper will live long in the memory.
He made 11 saves – the most saves he has made in a top-flight league match without conceding a goal – leaving Spurs players holding their heads in disbelief on multiple occasions. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
United were eight points behind Arsenal when Solskjaer became their caretaker manager on December 19 but are now level on points with the fifth-placed Gunners as they hunt down a Champions League qualification spot.
But the result is a devastating blow for Mauricio Pochettino’s title-chasing Tottenham, who again came up short when the pressure was on and remain nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool.
“We won the game against a top team, we controlled the first half but in the second half they had chances,” De Gea said . “I was feeling very well with the first two saves, it was a great game. Continue reading “Rashford and De Gea shine as United sink Spurs”
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.
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”
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Lyon will hope to do the double over Manchester City in the Champions League after their 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the year. They sit three points behind City in group F and will have been boosted by their 1-0 derby win over Saint-Etienne on Friday night ahead of this clash.
City’s sole defeat this season came at the hands of Lyon, yet since that loss, they have failed to win only one of their last 13 competitive matches, that coming in a 0-0 draw with Liverpool, a match they could have won late on. They’re yet to lose an away match this season, so should be confident of prolonging that unbeaten streak.
Lyon weren’t convincing on Friday night and while they’ll hope to maximise home advantage, City may eke out a narrow win.
Lyon- Amine Gouiri is a long-term absentee for Lyon. Various Betting Options are available on Site
Rafael may miss out with a shoulder complaint, though he’ll hope to be fit to start after his red card in the 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Friday night.
Bruno Genesio is likely to start with Memphis Depay in the attack, however, Moussa Dembele is pushing for a start. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Lyon vs Manchester City”
While next year’s election, scheduled for February 16, 2019, is expected to be a keenly contested two-horse race between Incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari and the Presidential Candidate of the PDP former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, it has been a season of media battle amongst all the aspiring candidates, with most of them releasing their economic plans and campaign manifestos, with the citizens greatly anticipating the Next Presidential Debate.
The Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) and Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) have announced the dates for 2019 presidential and vice-presidential election debate.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Election Debate Group, Mr John Momoh, told news journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the group had fixed January 19, 2019 for a debate for presidential candidates of different political parties taking part in the 2019 elections. Continue reading “NaijaBet open betting options on if Buhari will attend 2019 Presidential Eelection Debate YES OR NO?”
Atletico Madrid has won four of their last five competitive games, but their defensive record has been a little bit patchy in recent weeks.
Aside from a defeat in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, Atleti haven’t suffered a loss since matchday three in La Liga.
Barcelona will be keen to get back to winning ways after drawing 1-1 with Inter and losing 4-3 at the hands of Real Betis just before the international break.
Atletico Madrid- Diego Godin is expected to miss out due to injury for the home side.
Jose Maria Gimenez is also a doubt with a hamstring injury, meaning Lucas Hernandez and Stefan Savic could line up at centre-back. Bet Now
Juanfran is expected to get the nod ahead of Santiago Arias at right-back.
Continue reading “Laliga Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona”
Novak Djokovic set his sights on the Australian Open on Sunday after a painful defeat in the ATP Finals at the hands of Alexander Zverev took some of the gloss off an incredible season.
The Serbian world No 1 looked unbeatable heading into Sunday’s final, winning all four of his matches in London in straight sets and not dropping serve once.
But his 21-year-old opponent showed no fear at a packed O2 Arena, trading heavy blows with his illustrious opponent from the back of the court and outlasting him in long rallies to win 6-4, 6-3.
A sanguine Djokovic was eager to put the defeat into context after a memorable second half of the season, during which he has clambered back to the top of the men’s game from the lowly ranking of 22 he found himself in as recently as June.
“Obviously no one likes to lose a tennis match,” he said. “You try your best. But at the same time, as I said on the court, you put things in a larger perspective, see things a bit differently. Bet Now on NaijaBet
“When you get out of this feeling of a little bit disappointment that you lost, I mean, all the positive things that I have to reflect on and also take from this season, especially the last six months.” Continue reading “Djokovic sets sights on 2019 after Alexander Zverev painful defeat”
Uefa will consider fast-tracking the implementation of video assistant referees (VAR) for the Champions League knockout stages this season, according to the European governing body’s president Aleksander Ceferin.
The organisation opted against using VAR this season, despite the technology being used by major European leagues in Spain, Italy and Germany, and the World Cup in Russia earlier this year.
Speaking at a news conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Ceferin said a referee report next week could allow Uefa’s Executive Committee to revise their stance at a December 2-3 meeting in Dublin.
“(Uefa referees chief) Roberto Rosetti and his team are very good. There are important points of view – the referees and all the technical aspects,” Ceferin said. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7
“I expect the report in a week or so and then we will see when we can implement it. At the latest next season.” Continue reading “VAR might be introduce in UCL this season – Ceferin”
Haris Seferovic starred with a hat-trick as Switzerland staged a sensational comeback to thrash Belgium 5-2 in Lucerne on Sunday and qualify for the Nations League finals in dramatic fashion.
Thorgan Hazard’s early double left Switzerland needing to win by two goals to qualify from Group A2 but the hosts quickly fought back, with Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty and Seferovic’s first two goals seeing them into a 3-2 halftime lead.
Nico Elvedi nodded home a Xherdan Shaqiri cross in the 62nd minute, and Vladimir Petkovic’s men sealed a stunning win when Seferovic completed his treble late on.
“I want to congratulate each player, there was a big mental reaction, the players never gave up, they always believed,” said Swiss coach Petkovic. “They played with will, intelligence and with their heads.”
After a thrilling match that continued a trend of goal-filled encounters in the inaugural edition of the Nations League, Switzerland will play at the finals in June next year, alongside European champions Portugal and England, with the final spot going to either France or the Netherlands on Monday. Place bet on LIVE Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet.com
Roberto Martinez’s men saw their six-match unbeaten run since reaching the World Cup semifinals brought to an shuddering halt. Continue reading “Seferovic hat-trick helps Switzerland to sink Belgium”
Wayne Rooney brought down the curtain on his England career, but a youthful Three Lions proved the future is bright by sweeping aside the United States 3-0 at Wembley in a friendly on Thursday.
Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and debutant Callum Wilson grabbed the goals in a dominant England display despite Gareth Southgate fielding a very inexperienced side.
“It’s my opinion that England are in very safe hands from what I’ve seen this week,” said Rooney, who came out of international retirement for his final farewell.
“The way they are being coached is brilliant, it’s a great group of young players who have a bright future.
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The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Rooney’s introduction just before the hour mark to win his 120th cap. Continue reading “Rooney says farewell as England sink United States”
Stand-in striker Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Belgium laboured to a 2-0 victory over Iceland on Thursday to propel them to the top of their Uefa Nations League pool.
The hosts, No 1 in Fifa’s world rankings, were missing several players due to injury, with striker Romelu Lukaku ruled out a day before the match to bring Batshuayi into the starting line-up.
Belgium had the vast majority of possession, but struggled for over an hour to break through a dogged and organised Iceland back line in a game shrouded most of the time by thick mist.
Eden Hazard, who played alongside his brother Thorgan on the left, finally unpicked the visitors’ defence in the 65th minute when his perfectly-weighted cross found Thomas Meunier, who only had to stroke the ball across to Batshuayi in front of an open goal. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet
Iceland, who knew they were relegated before Thursday’s match, showed more intent in the second half and might have equalised, but Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois saved Albert Gudmundsson’s shot with his legs. Continue reading “Batshuayi shines as Belgium beat Iceland 2-0”
Croatia captain Luka Modric has welcomed the return of home fans for Thursday’s difficult Nations League meeting with Spain in Zagreb.
The World Cup finalists have been forced to play their last two competitive home matches behind closed doors as part of their punishment imposed by Uefa after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 home qualifier against Italy.
That was just the latest in a litany of offences for racism that has seen Croatia consistently punished.
“We are facing a very difficult match,” Modric told reporters on the eve of the game at the Maksimir stadium.
“We need to be patient, wise and not to rush,” added the 33-year-old Real Madrid midfielder. Bet Now on NaijaBet
“Playing in front of full stands is an additional motivation. The fans will certainly be of major importance for us, we will give our best and try to win.”
Croatia certainly needs a win if they are to press their hopes in the nascent Nations League. Continue reading “Return of home fans will help in Spain clash – Luka Modric”
Having finally shaken off their World Cup hangover, finalists Croatia are aiming for their first Nations League victory when they face Spain on Thursday, the side who inflicted a 6-0 drubbing in September.
Coach Zlatko Dalic has named a 25-man squad, including three new faces, to face Spain at Zagreb’s Maksimir stadium and England on November 18 at Wembley.
“I’m focused on the match against ‘La Furia (Roja)’, we need that victory,” Dalic said earlier this month.
“I know that many people do not believe that our team is capable of winning both games but I reply – we will do now as we did in Russia, step by step.
“First, Spain,” he told the Jutarnji List newspaper. Place bet on LIVE EVENTS 24/7 on NaijaBet
Croatia, a country of 4.2 million people, reached the World Cup final for the first time, inspired by playmaker Luka Modric, and despite losing 4-2 to France Dalic and his players were welcomed home as heroes. Continue reading “Croatia keen to avoid another defeat from Spain”
Santiago Solari will become Real Madrid’s permanent coach until the end of the season, according to papers filed with the Spanish football association, the sports channel ESPN reported on Monday.
The 42-year-old Argentine has led the team to four wins in four games since replacing Julen Lopetegui at the helm of the European champions two weeks ago.
Spanish rules prevent an interim coach from staying in charge for longer than 15 days, which expire on Monday, without being appointed on a permanent basis.
The Spanish Football Association (RFEF) said that Madrid had filed papers to hire Solari on that basis.
With victories over Melilla in the Copa del Rey, Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, and Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga, Solari has enjoyed the best start of any manager in the club’s history. Place bet on Live matches 24/7
Lopetegui was sacked after a run of form that saw Madrid sink to ninth in the table, but after Sunday’s 4-2 win at Celta, the capital club are sixth, four points behind leaders Barcelona.
Arsenal has a 100 per cent record in Group E after three matches and have already won their hardest fixture on paper: away to Sporting. The Gunners will guarantee a place in the next round with a win, while a draw would be enough if Vorskla loses at home to Qarabag.
Sporting are still in a good position in the group despite losing at home to Arsenal. They are three points clear of Vorskla in second and are expected to progress even if they lose on Thursday.
Sporting has won just two of 11 matches in England (D2, L7) and are winless in their last six matches there (D1, L5). Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches (W12, D2) and should maintain that run on Thursday.
Arsenal- Matteo Guendouzi missed Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday through suspension and will start Thursday’s Europa League encounter with Sporting.
Sead Kolasinac returned from injury against Liverpool to make his first appearance in nearly a month. He could continue at left-back here, unless Granit Xhaka is asked to play there again.
Sokratis will start at centre-back if he recovers from injury in time, partnering up with Rob Holding. Petr Cech will hope to start in goal after missing the reverse fixture despite being fit. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Sporting CP”
Al Ahly host Esperance Sportive de Tunis in the first-leg of the 2018 Caf Champions League final at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria tonight.
The Red Devils will be aiming to win an unprecedented ninth Caf Champions League crown with victory over their North African rivals this month, having fallen just short of adding to their record of eight titles last year – losing to Wydad Casablanca in the showpiece event.
Al Ahly booked their place in a 12th Caf Champions League final with a 3-2 aggregate win over ES Setif. The Egyptian giants suffered a 2-1 defeat in Algeria, but advanced thanks to a 2-0 win in the first-leg.
Esperance booked their place in a seventh Caf Champions League final following a controversial 4-3 aggregate win over Primeiro de Agosto.
The Tunisian’s suffered a 1-0 defeat in the first-leg in Luanda, resulting in the dismissal of Khaled Ben Yahia shortly after the encounter. His assistant, Mouine Chaabani, duly stepped into the hot-seat and safely guided the club into the final following a 4-2 win in the return-leg. Bet Now on NaijaBet
In the build-up to the final, Chaabani admitted that his troops suffered in their final-four showdown and hopes for an improved performance as they aim to get their hands on what will be a third Caf Champions League crown. Continue reading “CAF Champions League, Al Ahly eyes ninth title”
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Roger Federer won his 17th consecutive match at the Swiss Indoors on Thursday, dispatching Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals.
The top seed, unbeaten in Basle since 2013, is an eight-time winner of his home event and will next play Frenchman Gilles Simon, who defeated Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/0).
Federer admitted he was not satisfied with his slow start, going down a break in the third game.
“I didn’t really get into the game. It’s been a long time since I’ve played a match a match without being broken.
“I have to improve in the next round.”
The 37-year-old, ranked third in the world, trailed to the early break but soon recovered for 3-all in the opening set.
He then broke for 5-3 before closing out the opener in 27 minutes.
The second set stayed on serve until a fifth double-fault from Struff, which opened the door for Federer to move 6-5 ahead.
Continue reading “Tsitsipas sets up Medvedev clash; Federer winning powers on”
Chelsea are unbeaten in all competitions this season but required a stoppage-time equaliser at home to Manchester United on Saturday to preserve that run.
Maurizio Sarri’s side has won their first two Europa League games, albeit both by 1-0 scorelines.
BATE Borisov followed up their 2-0 win over Vidi FC with a 4-1 defeat against PAOK.
Chelsea has not lost a European group game at Stamford Bridge since September 2013, unbeaten in 12 matches since then. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Chelsea- Eden Hazard had a back injury against Manchester United on Saturday and is ruled out on Thursday. Youngsters Ethan Ampadu, Isaiah Brown and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also sidelined. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Chelsea vs BATE Borisov”
Paris Saint-Germain has won six matches in a row in all competitions and has scored at least five goals in each of their last three outings.
Napoli has won three in a row since losing 3-1 to Juventus at the end of September and have not conceded a goal in that time.
Thomas Tuchel is now the PSG manager tasked with taking them to Champions League glory. Tuchel and Ancelotti have faced each other four times in the past, both winning two matches each.
Paris Saint Germain –Gianluigi Buffon is free to make his Champions League debut for Paris Saint-Germain after completing a two-match ban.
Neymar and Thomas Meunier were given the weekend off and will start against Napoli on Wednesday night. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Paris Saint Germain vs Napoli”
A fourth successive league win sees Borussia Dortmund sit at the top of the Bundesliga and they’ll look to maintain their good European form in the welcome of Atletico Madrid.
Level on points with their Spanish counterparts, they’ll need to make home advantage count before their trip to Madrid next month.
After a slight hiccup at the start of the season, Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last eight. However, they have won only two of their last six away matches, but are unbeaten in their last six Champions League outings.
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Borussia Dortmund- Jeremy Toljan and Marcel Schmelzer will both be assessed ahead of the welcome of Atletico Madrid, with Raphael Guerreiro in line to make his first Champions League start of the season.
Manuel Akanji is sidelined for the home side, which means Dan-Axel Zagadou should get the nod ahead of Omer Toprak to start in defence. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Atletico Madrid”
Romelu Lukaku extended his scoring drought to eight games as Manchester United lost to Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday but while manager Jose Mourinho admits the Belgian is not firing on all cylinders he is confident the goals will come.
Mourinho said the 25-year-old is struggling with all aspects of his game but could not fault his effort.
“Not just with the goals he is not scoring but also in his confidence, in his movement, his touch,” Mourinho told reporters after the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
“He is not linking the game well with the team.
“But he is our striker and he is a good striker we believe in. Continue reading “Goals will come back for Lukaku – Mourinho”
Barcelona’s lowest ebbs are invariably followed by questions about Lionel Messi but the issue of over-reliance may become clearer over the coming weeks.
The sight of Messi on the ground, grasping his right arm, during Barca’s win over Sevilla on Saturday prompted reactions inside Camp Nou normally reserved for the conceding of goals.
Hands behind heads, fingers over mouths, the concern became real shortly after the final whistle when the club confirmed Messi had fractured his radial bone.
His absence leaves Barca vulnerable when they need him most, for a run of fixtures that includes Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Clasico against Real Madrid on Sunday, before a return match against Inter in Italy at the start of next month.
If he takes longer than expected to recover, he could miss tricky games against Real Betis and Atletico Madrid in La Liga too. Place bet on LIVE EVENTS 24/7 on NaijaBet
Barcelona has grown used to accusations of dependence, not least when results have taken a turn for the worse.
When Ernesto Valverde left Messi on the bench for the 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao last month, the argument was given added weight by him coming on and making the assist for their equaliser.
“This is Barcelona,” Messi afterwards. “We have a strong team and we have enough not to have to depend on one player.” Continue reading “Messi injury will give Dembele chance to prove their worth at Barca”
Roger Federer has revealed that he has been suffering from a hand injury since the summer but said the problem is no longer a worry as he heads into his home Swiss Open starting on Monday.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner told Germany’s Sonntag Zeitung of the problem which began when he trained for the grasscourt season.
“I hurt my hand training at the start of the grass season,” Federer told the newspaper. “It’s had more consequences than I thought. I dragged this pain for about three months.
“It’s not an excuse and we’re not going to make a fuss over it.”
He added: “(Sometimes) I felt pain during the first 10 minutes of a match warmup. But now I can let go of my forehand normally without thinking of it.” Place bet on LIVE events 24/7 on NaijaBet.com
The 37-year-old Federer will start his bid for a ninth Basel title on Tuesday when he plays Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic and could face a revenge match in the second round if he and John Millman both advance. Continue reading “Roger Federer talks about his long-standing hand injury”
Antoine Griezmann hit a pair of second-half goals as world champions France came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in the Uefa Nations League on Tuesday and cast further doubt on Joachim Loew’s future.
Toni Kroos struck a 14th-minute penalty for Germany, but Griezmann engineered a rousing fightback in the first game between the nations at the Stade de France since the November 2015 friendly that was overshadowed by a series of terror attacks on the French capital.
France coach Didier Deschamps fielded an almost identical team to the one that started the World Cup final, Presnel Kimpembe the lone exception in place of the injured Samuel Umtiti.
Germany’s chastening 3-0 defeat by the Dutch on Saturday prompted Loew to make five changes, as he injected additional pace into the attack with the inclusions of Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry. Live matches are available online 24/7 on NaijaBet
Kylian Mbappe’s electrifying speed was soon on display, but Hugo Lloris initially proved the far busier of the two goalkeepers as Germany sought to end a run of three competitive matches without a goal.
Lloris, who missed last month’s opening 0-0 draw in Munich, was forced to hack clear early on when N’Golo Kante’s intervention sent the ball rolling towards his own goal. Continue reading “Griezmann’s goals helps France to sink Germany”