Mbappe back with a bang as PSG get ready for ligue1

An impatient Kylian Mbappe is set to make his first start for Paris Saint-Germain in two months this weekend after a blistering return to form off the bench in the Champions League.

The French champions host Marseille at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night in what is no longer much of a rivalry on the field but remains one of the great grudge matches in European football.

How Marseille would love to claim a first win over their bitter foes in almost a decade, but they will not look forward to the prospect of facing a fit-again Mbappe.

The 20-year-old World Cup winner came on as a substitute and scored a rapid blistering hat-trick in PSG’s 5-0 demolition of Club Brugge in Belgium on Tuesday.

He doubled his goals tally for the season in the process and showed why he felt he deserved to start for the first time since pulling up with a hamstring injury in a game against Toulouse in late August. Start forecasting your Weekend games Now

“I wanted to start. The coach made his decision and you have to accept it,” Mbappe said.

“I just wanted to come on and show that it is difficult to leave me out of the side.”

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United wary of Norwich threat this weekend – Solskjaer

Norwich City are a courageous side who play a brand of football that can trouble stronger opponents and Manchester United could have a tough time getting a result at Carrow Road on Sunday, the Old Trafford club’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.

Promoted Norwich City sit 19th in the standings but Daniel Farke’s side have already earned notable scalps on their top flight return, including a win over defending champions Manchester City at home last month.

“I hope we are going to stop them because it’s always going to be difficult down at Carrow Road,” Solskjaer, whose side claimed their first away win of the season at Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday, told reporters.

“When I watched their first (Premier League) game against Liverpool I saw a team with lots of courage. They were brave, they played their own way and kept going.

“That has given them some great results. They beat Newcastle, they beat Manchester City… They’re a team with a clear philosophy.” Boosted Odds are available on NaijaBet for this weekend games

Solskjaer said he was glad to have striker Anthony Martial back from injury and among the goals after he scored the winner in Belgrade.

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EPL Match Preview: Southampton vs Leicester

Southampton have failed to win their last four league matches (D1, L3). They are only above the bottom three on goal difference.

Leicester came from behind to beat Burnley last weekend and strengthen their grip on a top four finish. The Foxes have won four of their last six in the league and are only two points off second place Manchester City.

Leicester have won their last two matches at Saint Mary’s, though these fixtures tend to be close affairs. Under the lights on Friday night, expect another tight fixture.

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Southampton – will continue to be without Moussa Djenepo and Cédric Soares on Friday night.

Nathan Redmond has struggled for form in the Premier League and could soon find his place in the team in danger.

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Struggling Tottenham face daunting trip to EPL leader Liverpool

Premier League leaders Liverpool meet Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday for the first time since a sultry June night in Madrid ended with Jurgen Klopp’s side crowned champions of Europe.

Since then the trajectories of the two clubs have been diametrically opposed. Liverpool have set a relentless pace at the top of the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have stalled.

After nine games Liverpool lead the table by six points from Manchester City while Tottenham are already 13 points adrift in seventh spot after only three league wins all season – their worst start since Pochettino’s debut season in 2014-15.

City can halve the gap to Liverpool when they host Aston Villa on Saturday, while the weekend’s programme gets underway on Friday with third-placed Leicester City at Southampton.

Fourth-placed Chelsea are at Burnley in Saturday’s late kickoff while Manchester United, in 14th place, will hope a trip to struggling Norwich City on Sunday can spark a climb up the table after failing to win any of their last four league games. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

All sorts of theories have been presented as to why Tottenham have fallen away, including a Champions League hangover, a frustrating transfer window and even Pochettino becoming stale after working wonders to keep the north London club in the top four, four seasons in a row.

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Europa League Match Preview: Celtic vs Lazio

Celtic are top of Group E with four points from two matches. Lazio are one point back but are favourites to top the group.

Celtic have won their last seven home games in all competitions. Lazio have only won three of their last nine matches in all competitions.

Lazio are also winless in their last four away matches (D1, L3). Celtic have a real chance to get at least a point on Thursday, though they will need the help of their supporters too.

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Celtic- Jozo Simunovic is closing in on a first-team return but is unlikely to take part here. The same is true of Michael Johnston. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Nir Bitton and Marian Shved are back from injury and available for Celtic if required. Continue reading “Europa League Match Preview: Celtic vs Lazio”

Lampard hails Pulisic impact as Chelsea sink Ajax

Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic was left out of the squad entirely when they beat Lille in the Champions League earlier this month, but the 21-year-old’s career sprang to life against Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.

The forward joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of around 64 million euros ($71 million) in the close season to become the most expensive American player in history but has struggled for minutes, making only three Premier League starts.

Pulisic gave manager Frank Lampard a timely reminder of his talent by setting up fellow substitute Michy Batshuayi to score the winner against last year’s semifinalists Ajax at the Johan Cruijff Arena. Boosted Odds are available on NaijaBet for tonight’s Europa League games

“Sometimes the toughest part of management is leaving out players that really want to play week-in, week-out. You rely on them being positive and coming on to make an impact,” Lampard said.

“You have to give Christian huge credit because he looked so lively and the assist is just as important as the finish.”

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UCL Match Preview: Ajax vs Chelsea

Ajax have won their last five matches and their last seven at home.Chelsea have won their last five matches in all competitions.

Chelsea have been free-scoring on the road, raking up 14 goals across four away matches this season.

This should prove a thoroughly entertaining fixture. Ajax are certainly further ahead in their project than Chelsea under Frank Lampard and should be considered favourites here.

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Ajax- Nicolas Tagliafico returns for Ajax after serving a suspension at the weekend.

Ajax have a clean bill of health and will go with their strongest XI against Chelsea. Boosted Odds are available on NaijaBet for tonight’s Champions League games

Chelsea– Ross Barkley suffered an ankle injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle and will miss out here.

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Guardiola backs Sterling to keep improving to becomes great

Pep Guardiola says hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling can still improve further and it will be up to the Manchester City forward as to whether he fulfils his potential and becomes a great of the game.

Sterling, 24, had a hand in all five goals, including an 11-minute hat-trick, as City romped to a 5-1 Champions League victory over Italian side Atalanta on Tuesday, to take his tally to 12 goals in 13 appearances this season.

His link-up play with Sergio Aguero and Phil Foden was at times breathtaking, leading to former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to suggest on BT Sport after the game he was now among the top five players in the world.

“How much better he can become depends on him,” Guardiola told reporters. “I think he has that desire to get better. I say all credit is for him. He’s a guy whose physicality is incredible. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“The day after a game, he could play another. He can play both sides, he’s fast, defensively he helps us a lot, he’s an extraordinary player.”

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UCL Match Preview: Galatasaray vs Real Madrid

Galatasaray have one point from two Champions League group games. They drew their first match 0-0 with Club Bruges before losing 1-0 at home to Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid are remarkably bottom of Group A with just one point from two games. They followed up their 3-0 defeat to PSG with a 2-2 draw with Club Bruges.

Madrid slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat to Mallorca at the weekend and anything other than three points on Tuesday will leave Zinedine Zidane’s side in a perilous position in the group.

The last time Galatasaray hosted Madrid in a Champions League match they lost 6-1. That was in 2013 and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

Do not expect a repeat scoreline on Tuesday. In fact, Galatasaray have a really good chance to inflict further misery on Madrid.

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Galatasaray-  are sweating on the fitness of a number of key players, including former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. Sofiane Feghouli is also in a race against time to prove his fitness. Various betting options are available on site for tonight’s Champions League games on NaijaBet

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Tottenham faced with fresh rescue mission in Champions League

Tottenham’s miserable start to the season shows little sign of improving quickly, but prior to Red Star Belgrade’s visit on Tuesday, Spurs can take some solace from the fact they are in a better position in the Champions League than they were 12 months ago.

Defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona saw them travel to PSV Eindhoven for what manager Mauricio Pochettino described as a “must-win”. After a 2-2 draw in the Netherlands, Pochettino admitted his side’s Champions League campaign was “nearly over.”

Yet, eight months later, the Argentine had led Tottenham to their first ever Champions League final.

The hangover from defeat to Liverpool in that final in Madrid has been long and sobering. Spurs have won just three of their opening 12 games in all competitions this season. Various Champions League Odds are available on NaijaBet

Chances of a first trophy under Pochettino in the League Cup have already gone after an embarrassing exit on penalties to fourth-tier Colchester and they are already five points off the pace just for a place in the Premier League’s top four.

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Aguero unhurt after being involved in car crash

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was involved in a minor car accident before Wednesday’s training session but emerged without any injuries, British media reported.

Sky Sports said that the 31-year-old Argentine was on his way to City’s training facility in his car when the accident occurred.

Pictures later emerged on social media showing damage to the right front wheel of the vehicle that Aguero was travelling in.

Aguero did not require medical treatment and took part in training ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to sixth-placed Crystal Palace, the report added. Naija and Bet

Manchester City did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Pogba, De Gea another worry for Solskjaer ahead Liverpool clash

Manchester United will prepare for Sunday’s Premier League clash against leaders Liverpool without the injured Paul Pogba and David De Gea, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper De Gea was forced to leave the field during Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden on Tuesday.

“David needs a scan,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.”

France midfielder Pogba has missed five of United’s last seven matches with an ankle injury, and after spending part of the international break recuperating in Dubai, Solskjaer said the 26-year-old is still not ready for first-team action.

“Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier,” Solskjaer added. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.”

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Modric and Bale sit out of training cause concerns for Madrid ahead of El-Clasico

Real Madrid face an anxious wait to see if Luka Modric and Gareth Bale will be fit for next week’s Clasico against Barcelona after both players missed training on Tuesday.

Modric and Bale each did gym work indoors as they attempted to recover from injuries sustained playing in the Euro 2020 qualifier between Croatia and Wales on Sunday.

It leaves Madrid uncertain over the fitness of two key players, with the crunch La Liga game against Barca at Camp Nou fast-approaching on October 26.

Wales coach Ryan Giggs said Bale was struggling with pain in his calf towards the end of their draw with Croatia in Cardiff but suggested the problem was cramp.

Madrid confirmed on Tuesday that Modric sustained a thigh injury in the match. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

“Following the tests carried out today on our player Luka Modric by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a bruise in his right quadriceps,” a club statement read. “His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

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Liverpool aim at Premier League title as ‘barometer of success’ – Peter Moore

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says a long-overdue Premier League title would sit alongside their Champions League triumph as a “barometer of success” for the club.

Jurgen Klopp’s side won a sixth European Cup in June, less than a month after they were pipped by Manchester City to the league title by a single point.

The league resumes on Saturday with Liverpool eight points clear of City and favourites to win their first top-flight title for 30 years.

“I think that is what our fans want,” Moore told the Press Association. “We were so close last year, 97 points, and in any other year we would have won it.

“But the club goes on and I think that (a league title), for many of our fans, would sit alongside our Champions League triumph as the barometer of success.”

City have been the domestic benchmark for their rivals, with four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups since 2011, but Moore said Liverpool were following their own path.

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Euro2020 Match Preview: Bulgaria vs England

Having missed the chance to do so on Friday, England can qualify with a victory if Kosovo were to lose to Montenegro, and Southgate will be looking for a big response from such an abject performance.

With places in the manager’s starting XI still very much up for grabs ahead of next summer, those that come into the side have a real chance to stake a claim for a regular berth.

Bulgaria sit bottom of Group A without a win to their name and while their esteemed visitors were poor last time out, another upset is far from likely.

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Bulgaria- With no fresh injury concerns or suspensions to contend with, Krasimir Balakov is unlikely to make changes from the side that drew in Montenegro. Bet Now on NaijaBet

As such he may stick with the back four that kept a clean sheet on Friday rather than switch back to the five he fielded at Wembley, without success.

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Bale on shines as Wales’ Euro hopes on knife-edge

Gareth Bale claimed a point for Wales as they drew 1-1 with World Cup runners-up Croatia on Sunday which left their Euro 2020 qualifying hopes on a knife-edge.

Bale, who has had a difficult start to the season at Real Madrid, scored during first-half injury time after Nikola Vlasic’s opener for Zlatko Dalic’s men.

“We need to win our next two games, and that’s all we’re concentrating on. It won’t be easy but we’re capable of it,” said Wales coach Ryan Giggs whose side now face a trip to Azerbaijan before hosting Hungary in November.

He added: “When Gareth gets in those positions he never lets you down, just the composure, not many chances but when he does get them he puts them away.”

Dalic, who led his country to the World Cup final in Russia last year, said their only remaining match of the campaign is crucial for their hopes of reaching the finals. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet for today game

“We started well, scored a goal but didn’t continue in the same way,” Dalic said.

“We’re not very happy with the result. Our last game is now a deciding one for us,” he added ahead of hosting Slovakia on November 16.

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Saka ‘Dream come true’ as he shines for Arsenal in Europe

Teenage winger Bukayo Saka said it was a “dream come true” to score his first goal for Arsenal in their 3-0 victory away to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

Saka, 18, claimed his first senior goal Thursday as Arsenal scored twice late on after Joe Willock gave the Gunners a first-half lead in Germany.

Saka showed great composure to score Arsenal’s second goal on 85 minutes shortly after Frankfurt were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Dominik Kohr was sent off for a second yellow card.

He then set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Gunners’ third goal after audaciously robbing Frankfurt captain David Abraham just before the final whistle.

“I’m so happy to score for Arsenal, it’s a dream come true – I have been dreaming of this moment since I was a kid,” said Saka, making only his second Europa League start. Various Betting options are available on Site

“I just want to keep working hard to make sure I can feel this feeling again.”

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I deserve to win more Ballon d’Or awards than Messi – Ronaldo

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo said he deserves to end his soccer career with more Ballon d’Or awards than Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi and hopes to establish himself as the greatest player of all time.

Ronaldo, 34, has won the renowned France Football magazine trophy for the world’s best player five times – as many as Messi – but is eager for more as he moves into the twilight of his career.

“Messi’s in the history of football,” Ronaldo told said in an interview with on Tuesday. “But I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him,” he said, referring to the Ballon d’Or awards.

“I’d love it, I think I deserve it.”

The Portugal captain said he was no friend of the Argentine but credited his rival for helping push him further in his own career. Bet Now on NaijaBet

“My relationship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years,” Ronaldo said. “I know that he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player as well.”

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Champions League Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona

Borussia Dortmund warmed up for Tuesday’s encounter with Barcelona with an impressive 4-0 win over Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

Barcelona thrashed Spanish rivals Valencia 5-2 at the weekend and now have Lionel Messi back available to boost their confidence even more.

Barcelona have conceded twice in each of their last three games, which will offer Dortmund a lot of encouragement on Tuesday.

This match promises to be a highly entertaining match between two teams stacked with attacking talent. Various bet options are available on NaijaBet

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Borussia Dortmund- Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Nico Schulz is injured, while Lukasz Piszczek is not 100 per cent fit either. Achraf Hakimi may have to fill in at full-back. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona”

Coutinho expected to make spark UCL returns for Bayern

As Bayern Munich launch their Champions League campaign against Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday night, Bavarian hopes of reclaiming European club football’s top prize rest to a large extent on the shoulders of Philippe Coutinho.

Following seven semifinal appearances in the last decade, the former Liverpool midfielder has been hailed as the man who can take Bayern the extra step in European football’s flagship competition this season.

Last season’s defeat to Liverpool in the last 16 sparked fears that Bayern’s Champions League aura was fading.

The departure of veteran stars such as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben seemed to confirm the end of an era, but Coutinho’s arrival on loan from Barcelona has prompted fresh hope that Bayern can be restored as one of the continent’s most feared sides.

“There are always big expectations at Bayern and of course the Champions League is a goal,” said Coutinho at his unveiling in August. Play Now on NaijaBet

Many believe that the 27-year-old can inspire Bayern to their first Champions League title since 2013.

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Champions League Match Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool

Napoli beat Sampdoria 2-0 over the weekend, while Liverpool were forced to come from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1 on Saturday.

Liverpool and Napoli were also drawn in the same Champions League group last season, with both side winning one match each.

Both teams shared 1-0 home wins and another tight game should be expected on Tuesday.

Liverpool didn’t even manage a shot on target in this fixture last season, but it would be a surprise if Napoli’s defence managed to repeat that feat here. Bet Now on NaijaBet

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Napoli- Lorenzo Insigne recovered from injury to feature as a substitute in Napoli’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria over the weekend and should be fine to start on Tuesday. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool”

Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Newcastle United

Liverpool breezed past Burnley prior to the international break and remain the only side to win their opening four matches of the Premier League season. The Reds are unbeaten in their last 40 home league games, so are clear favourites coming into this clash.

Newcastle’s sole win, however, came on the road, as they beat Tottenham 1-0 in London on their last away match. That said, they have failed to win their last six visits to Merseyside, which includes a 4-0 thumping in this game last season.

Newcastle will set out to frustrate Liverpool, and while it may take time for the Reds to pry them open, the hosts should come away with a fifth win from five league games this term.

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Liverpool- Jurgen Klopp has no fresh injury concerns following the international break as they gear up for the welcome of Newcastle.

Alisson, Nathaniel Clyne and Naby Keita all continue to miss out, however. Start forecasting your weekend games now on NaijaBet

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Liverpool ‘s sizzling start leave title rivals breathless

Liverpool’s wonderful start to the Premier League season has left their title rivals breathless and the red-hot leaders are expected to maintain their perfect record against Newcastle on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have seized the early initiative in the Premier League with four successive wins to open up a two-point lead over second placed Manchester City.

The European champions’ relentless tempo has overwhelmed Norwich, Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley, sending a message that they are determined to make amends for narrowly failing to pip City to the trophy last season.

Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos is new to English football after joining on loan from Real Madrid and the Spain midfielder admitted to being gob-smacked at the intensity Liverpool displayed in their 3-1 victory against the Gunners in August.

“I had never seen anything like it. I’ve not seen up until now a team that plays better, that presses better. That game had quite an impact on me,” Ceballos said. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“They suck the air out of you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to catch your breath and get on the ball for a bit, they’ve taken it from you again.

“I think Jurgen Klopp now has the team he first had in mind when he started four years ago.”

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Messi- I would be thrilled if Neymar came back

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi would be “thrilled” if Neymar returned to the Catalan side but insisted they could still win trophies without the Brazilian.

In an interview with the Catalan newspaper Sport this week, Messi said the return of Neymar, who was at Barca from 2013 and 2017 when he left for Paris Saint-Germain, could only strengthen the Spanish champions.

“I would be thrilled if Neymar came back,” said the Argentine.

“I understand that not everyone agrees. That’s normal after everything that happened around Ney, the way in which he left, the way he abandoned us. Various Champions League Betting options are available on NaijaBet

“But when you look at the sporting angle, for me Neymar is one of the best players in the world and obviously would improve our chances of getting the results we want.”

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