Champions League Match Preview: FC Porto vs Roma (Agg 1-2)

Both teams warmed up for Wednesday’s meeting with defeat at the weekend.

Roma lost 3-0 away to Lazio, while Porto were beaten 2-1 at home to Benfica.

Defeat at home to Benfica was Porto’s first since August, ending an 18-game unbeaten streak. They have scored in every home game this season.

Roma are 2-1 up from the first leg but have a poor record on the road this season. The Italian’s have only won four of their last 13 away matches.

Team News

FC Porto- Jesus Manuel Corona is available for Porto after missing the first-leg through suspension. Eder Militao, Pepe, Hector Herrera and Otavio are all one booking away from suspension. Various Champions League betting options are available on NaijaBet

Porto have also recovered striker Moussa Marega from injury since losing the first leg 2-1. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: FC Porto vs Roma (Agg 1-2)”

Roger Federer has come a long way from Mr Angry to Mr Perfect

From racquet-smashing enfant terrible with a bad attitude and ill-advised ponytail to universally respected sporting role model and icon, Roger Federer has come a long, long way.

Eighteen years after winning his first title in Milan by beating long-forgotten Frenchman Julien Boutter, Federer on Saturday became just the second man after Jimmy Connors to win 100 career singles crowns.

Among that collection are 20 Grand Slams, 27 Masters and six World Tour Finals.

It’s a success story which has brought him $120 million in prize money alone.

Off court, he is the father of two sets of twins, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva and Leo and Lenny with wife Mirka, a former player he met at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

But his career and life wasn’t always so settled.

As a talented young player, Federer’s hair-trigger temper once threatened to stunt his undoubted ability. Place Live Bet on NaijaBet 24/7

“I had a tough time getting my act together out on court, trying to behave properly. For me that was a big deal,” he once admitted. Continue reading “Roger Federer has come a long way from Mr Angry to Mr Perfect”

Ajax knocked Real Madrid out of Champions League with 5-3 on Aggregate

Holders Real Madrid were sensationally knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after being thrashed 4-1 at home by an outstanding Ajax Amsterdam who overturned a first-leg deficit to reach the quarterfinals 5-3 on aggregate.

Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech fired Ajax into a shock seventh-minute lead after a lay off from the outstanding Dusan Tadic, who also provided the pass for David Neres to double the Dutch side’s advantage in the 18th.

Madrid, who were missing inspirational captain Sergio Ramos through suspension and hit the woodwork twice in the first half, came out stronger after the interval but were dealt a fatal blow when Serbia international Tadic crowned his sensational display by hammering into the top corner in the 62nd minute.

Substitute Marco Asensio gave Madrid a glimmer of hope by striking back but it was quickly extinguished by a breathtaking free kick from Lasse Schone, condemning Real to a fourth consecutive home defeat in all competitions.

Things got worse for the hosts, who had won the last three Champions League titles in a row, when Nacho was sent off in stoppage time for two bookings. Don’t miss today Champions League Games

Ajax, who have won the trophy four times, most recently in 1995, reached the last eight of Europe’s top competition for the first time since 2003. Continue reading “Ajax knocked Real Madrid out of Champions League with 5-3 on Aggregate”

UCL Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham

Both of these sides are in poor patches of form, though Tottenham hold a huge advantage from the first leg.

Borussia Dortmund are rapidly relinquishing their lead in the Bundesliga and may actually benefit from having one less distraction in their bid to regain the title.

Tottenham should sit relatively deep and attempt to hit their hosts on the counter, so Son Heung-Min could have an important role to play once more and you’d back the visitors to get the away goal that should kill off this tie.

Team News

Borussia Dortmund- Dortmund welcomed Marco Reus back into the first team following injury but his return didn’t have the desired effect as Lucien Favre’s side suffered a shock defeat to Augsburg.

Lukasz Piszczek is the only likely absentee for the home side, who know that they must go for broke to overcome a 3-goal deficit from the first leg.

Paco Alcacer scored from the bench at the weekend and could return to the side, with Jacob Bruun Larsen likely to drop out. Live Bet on NaijaBet

Favre could recall Raphael Guerreiro at left-back as a more attacking option than Abdou Diallo, who may instead replace Dan-Axel Zagadou in the middle. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham”

Manchester United’s Sanchez out for up to eight-weeks

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is facing up to an eight-week spell on the sidelines due to a knee ligament injury, according to the physiotherapist of the Chilean national team.

Sanchez, 30, injured the medial ligament in his right knee during United’s 3-2 Premier League victory over Southampton on Saturday but is expected to be fit to represent Chile at the Copa American, which starts on June 14, physio Pedro Onate told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.

Sanchez could return for United’s last two league games against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, but any setback in his rehabilitation would mean he has played his last match this season.

United are already without a host of players for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 second leg at Paris St Germain due to injury, while midfielder Paul Pogba is suspended for the tie.

They trail PSG 2-0 on aggregate after losing the first leg at Old Trafford.

Champions League Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Ajax

Santiago Solari is clearly focused on promoting the youth players at Real Madrid so we could see some big decisions made, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos both coming in for criticism of late.

Ajax will take heart from their performance in the first leg and won’t be scared to impose themselves on the reigning champions given that they must score at least twice at the Bernabeu.

Expect the Dutch giants to cause real problems but the hosts to do enough in order to progress.

Team News

Real Madrid- Real Madrid will have to make do without Sergio Ramos, who was retrospectively handed an extra game to his suspension for picking up a yellow card in the reverse fixture.

Nacho will replace his compatriot at the back having missed out on the clasico at the weekend due to a ban of his own, while Marcos Llorente remains a doubt. Various betting options are available on NaijaBet

Toni Kroos was substituted early in the second half against Barcelona, while Gareth Bale was also hooked soon after and both could see their places come under threat. Continue reading “Champions League Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Ajax”

Liverpool will keep fighting for the title after derby setback – Robertson

Liverpool will fight to the end to win the Premier League title, left-back Andy Robertson has said after his team were overhauled by defending champions Manchester City at the top of the table following Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Everton.

Liverpool’s fourth draw in six league games saw them slip into second place, a point behind City with nine games remaining, with the Merseyside club having squandered a seven-point lead over the defending champions.

“We will fight for every last ball until the whistle is blown at the end of the season,” Robertson told British media after Liverpool’s latest setback. “We become the chasers now and all the pressure is on Manchester City.”

City have not been at their best in recent weeks but have still maintained momentum, extending their winning run to five league games in a row with consecutive 1-0 wins over West Ham United and Bournemouth in their last two matches.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson reinforced the message that his team were still in the hunt to win a first league title since 1990. Place bet on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet

“You’ve got to stay confident, stay positive,” the midfielder said. “We’ll take it game by game and there’s still quite a few games to go, so that’s what we’ll keep doing from now until the end of the season.” Continue reading “Liverpool will keep fighting for the title after derby setback – Robertson”

Balotelli celebrates goal with selfie video on the pitch

Mario Balotelli showed off a new goal celebration on Sunday as he took a selfie video with his Marseille teammates and posted it on social media during their 2-0 win over Saint-Etienne.

The Italian scored his fourth goal in six Ligue 1 games since joining Marseille from Nice in January by hooking home Florian Thauvin’s 12th-minute corner with an excellent acrobatic volley.

“Balotelli takes the pressure, he takes the limelight. He reminds me of (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and he scored an Ibrahimovic goal,” said Saint-Etienne coach Jean-Louis Gasset.

“He has brought back the public, the confidence, and many of his teammates will raise their level of play.”

As he celebrated his volley, Balotelli took a phone from the cameraman behind the goal before filming the video with his laughing teammates and posting it on his Instagram story. Various betting options are available for today’s games on NaijaBet

The 28-year-old then carried on playing.

He was not the first player to produce a selfie-based celebration, after Roma great Francesco Totti took a picture of himself after scoring against Lazio in the capital-city derby in 2015. Continue reading “Balotelli celebrates goal with selfie video on the pitch”

Premier League Match Preview: Everton vs Liverpool

Everton and Liverpool both picked up much-needed victories in midweek. Everton won 3-0 away to Cardiff while Liverpool tanked Watford 5-0.

Liverpool could be down to second by the time this match kicks off and the pressure will be on Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Everton, however, are winless in the last 18 Merseyside derbies, last winning one back in 2010.

Team News

Everton- Kurt Zouma has served his suspension and is expected to replace Phil Jagielka in Everton’s backline. Yerry Mina is also an option after recovering in time to make the bench in midweek.

Andre Gomes will hope to replace Morgan Schneiderlin in central midfield but no other changes are expected from the side that beat Cardiff 3-0 on Tuesday.

Liverpool- Roberto Firmino missed out in midweek but Jurgen Klopp expects the Brazilian to be available on Sunday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Everton vs Liverpool”

LaLiga Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Real Madrid’s 3-0 home defeat in the semi-final stages of the Copa del Rey will have rocked Los Blancos slightly ahead of what is a very important game in the context of La Liga’s title race this season.

The hosts have lost their last two competitive outings at the Bernabeu, the latter of which was Wednesday’s El Clasico, but the former saw Solari’s men throw away a lead in a 2-1 defeat to struggling Girona.

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last nine games, stepping up to the plate well in the last two games to see off both Sevilla and Real Madrid. The away side didn’t need to be at their best to win in the first El Clasico of the week, but the second is set to be more fiery.

Team News

Real Madrid- Sergio Ramos is available in the league once again for the home side after sitting out versus Levante due to suspension.

Nacho is absent due to a ban, however, with a yellow card that the Spain international picked up last weekend ruling him out due to an accumulation of bookings. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Despite a heavy defeat midweek in the Copa del Rey against Barcelona, the only change which is expected from Santiago Solari is to restore Thibaut Courtois in goal. Continue reading “LaLiga Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Barcelona”

Barcelona eye double victory over Real Madrid in title race

After knocking Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona now have the opportunity to send their rivals packing in the title race too.

Barca’s 3-0 victory on Wednesday means Barca will return to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday with a spring in their step, even if Madrid were the better side and had the better opportunities until the chaotic final 30 minutes, when a Luis Suarez double and Raphael Varane own goal gave victory to the Catalans.

“They had more chances in the first half, it’s true,” said Gerard Pique. “But in the second we knew how to get at them. They left more space and in 10 to 15 minutes we scored three goals.”

A repeat this weekend in La Liga would leave Santiago Solari’s side 12 points adrift of Barcelona, who would effectively have an extra point’s advantage given their superior head-to-head record. That would be a gargantuan gap to make up with 12 games left.

Atletico Madrid are closer, seven points back, and they still have to play Barca in April, albeit at the Camp Nou, where they have not won in 18 visits. But there is no doubt bumping Real out of the chase would be a major step for the Catalans. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

They should feel confident if recent form between the two sides is any guide. The Copa del Rey win was Barcelona’s fourth in six games at the Bernabeu and in each of those they have scored three or more. This season alone, their aggregate total against Real reads 9-2. Continue reading “Barcelona eye double victory over Real Madrid in title race”

Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Southampton

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer extended his unbeaten league record as Manchester United boss to 11 matches in midweek after winning 3-1 away to Crystal Palace. That result was one of the most impressive under Solskjaer, as United had nine first-team players out injured.

Southampton moved out of the bottom three on Wednesday night after beating relegation rivals Fulham 2-0. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have only lost one of their last five matches away to United.

With at least one of Arsenal or Tottenham due to drop points in Saturday’s early kick-off, United have a great chance to close the gap on those above them in the table and they need to capitalise on that here.

Team News

Manchester United- Of Manchester United’s 10 injured players, Marcos Rojo and Marcus Rashford recovered to make the bench in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. The latter will return to the starting XI here.

Fred and Alexis Sanchez failed to impress on their audition for a regular starting berth and could both be demoted to the bench here. Various betting options are available on Site

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would ideally like to shuffle his pack but that will depend what players are available on Saturday. Andreas Pereira and Eric Bailly will push for starts here. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Southampton”

Guardiola challenged Mahrez to step up as City chase quadruple

Pep Guardiola has challenged Riyad Mahrez to play a key role in Manchester City’s quadruple bid as the club’s record signing struggles to live up to his £60 million ($79 million) price tag.

City were far from their imperious best in Wednesday’s narrow 1-0 win over West Ham, but the result kept the champions just one point behind Premier League leaders Liverpool ahead of their trip to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Guardiola has stressed his concerns over fatigue affecting his squad, with last weekend’s League Cup final win over Chelsea coming at a cost as Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte both suffered injuries that will sideline them for several weeks.

The City boss attempted to rotate his squad against West Ham, handing Algeria winger Mahrez just his 11th league start of the season.

However, the former Leicester star turned in a sub-par performance and it was not until he and fellow wide man Leroy Sane were taken off early in the second half – replaced by Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva – that City looked anything like their best. Bet Now on NaijaBet

City have the international break in mid-March to look forward to, and a relatively kind run of domestic league fixtures either side of it. Continue reading “Guardiola challenged Mahrez to step up as City chase quadruple”

Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Arsenal

Tottenham have lost successive Premier League matches and now need to look over their shoulder with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea closing in. Defeat here would leave Arsenal only one point behind them.

Arsenal warmed up for Saturday’s North London derby with a 5-1 win over Bournemouth. They will be full of confidence heading into Saturday’s early kick-off and will hope to have caught Tottenham at the perfect moment.

The Gunners have failed to score in their last two away matches to Tottenham and are winless in the last three. You’d expect Unai Emery’s side to find the back of the net here but whether they will have enough to beat their rivals remains to be seen.

Team News

Tottenham- Eric Dier could continue to miss out as he recovers from tonsillitis. Dele Alli and Vincent Janssen are not expected back either.

Mauricio Pochettino needs to change something after successive Premier League defeats. Start forecasting your Weekend games Now on NaijaBet

Kierian Trippier will likely lose his place in the starting XI after a poor showing in Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat away to Chelsea. Danny Rose should also return on the opposite flank. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Arsenal”

Suarez shine as Barcelona sink Madrid in CopaDelRey

Luis Suarez scored twice on Wednesday as Barcelona inflicted another defeat on Real Madrid to move within touching distance of winning a record fifth consecutive Copa del Rey.

Madrid were the better side for at least half of a wild Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu but three goals conceded in 28 chaotic, second-half minutes sent Barca through to the final with a 3-0 victory, 4-1 on aggregate.

Suarez would have had a hat-trick had Raphael Varane not beaten him on the line to Ousmane Dembele’s cross, Varane’s own-goal coming between the Uruguayan’s smart finish and a mischeivously chipped penalty. He now has 11 goals in 13 games against Madrid.

“We have other players apart from Leo Messi that can score goals,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said. “Luis’ numbers are incredible, historic for Barca. We know he is always there.”

By then, Barca were coasting and after thrashing Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou in October, they will return for Saturday’s La Liga game boasting an accumulative score of 9-2 from the clubs’ three meetings this season. Bet Now on NaijaBet

But this was not the humiliation of four months ago and if the result can be put to one side, Santiago Solari might take heart from the handful of golden opportunities his team wasted before their opponents began their spree. Continue reading “Suarez shine as Barcelona sink Madrid in CopaDelRey”

Axed Kepa will remain Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper – Sarri

Maurizio Sarri insists Kepa Arrizabalaga is still Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper despite dropping the rebellious Spaniard for Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Sarri axed Kepa following his star’s astonishing mutiny in the League Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday when he refused to be substituted after suffering an extra-time injury at Wembley.

With Argentine veteran Willy Caballero in goal while Kepa languished on the bench, Sarri’s side recorded a vital Premier League victory against their London rivals at Stamford Bridge.

Kepa was fined one week’s wages by Chelsea for his behaviour, but Sarri appeared keen to draw a line under the damaging row when he faced the media after the Tottenham game.

Asked if Kepa was still his No 1, Sarri said: “Of course. I think it was the right decision. Kepa made a big mistake, he paid with the club and then he had to pay with the team. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

“Caballero is a good goalkeeper with great experience and he’s a great man for us, he’s very confident on the pitch and in the dressing room. Continue reading “Axed Kepa will remain Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper – Sarri”

Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Tottenham

Chelsea lost Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and there are fresh questions about Maurizio Sarri’s future at the club. Chelsea played well but the performance was marred by an explosive exchange between Maurizio Sarri and first-choice goalkeeper Kepa.

Tottenham missed the opportunity to close the gap on the Premier League’s top two after losing 2-1 away to Burnley on Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have only won one of their last six matches at Stamford Bridge in all competitions.

Chelsea are not in great shape heading into Wednesday’s London derby. This is a testing week for Sarri after seeing his authority undermined by Kepa on Sunday. He will be desperate to get three points in midweek and stay in touch with Manchester United and Arsenal in the race to finish fourth.

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Chelsea- Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will surely make changes from the side that lost on penalties to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Sunday.

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s place in the team is uncertain. The Chelsea No.1 had a blazing row with Sarri at the end of extra-time after refusing to be substituted. Cesar Azpilicueta also seemed to engage in a war of words with the Chelsea manager. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Gonzalo Higuain was surprisingly benched against City but will return to the fold in Wednesday’s London derby. Callum Hudson-Odoi may have to settle for a place on the bench once again. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Tottenham”

Copa Del Rey Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Real Madrid got back to winning ways last time out against Levante, after a surprising 2-1 defeat against struggling Girona, and should be in better spirits heading into a second leg where they will be confident of getting a result at home.

The first leg between these two sides ended 1-1 at Camp Nou, as an early goal from Lucas Vazquez was cancelled out in the second half by Malcom. Lionel Messi was not deemed fit to start by Ernesto Valverde, however, and should have a greater say on Wednesday evening.

Lionel Messi struck with a hat-trick at the weekend to help Barcelona come from behind against Sevilla, but the Blaugrana have drawn four of their last six competitive games heading into midweek.

Team News

Real Madrid- Keylor Navas will rotate in between the sticks for the home side, as the designated Copa del Rey goalkeeper for Real Madrid’s cup campaign.

Santiago Solari went with Marcelo at left-back during the first leg at Camp Nou, but given the Brazilian’s poor performance Sergio Reguilon could be deployed instead. Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

Lucas Vazquez is expected to get a start on the right-hand side for the hosts, with Gareth Bale likely to get a chance to make an impact from the bench later on. Continue reading “Copa Del Rey Match Preview: Real Madrid vs Barcelona”

Milan hold Lazio to dull draw in Coppa Italia semi

AC Milan held Lazio to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal in Rome on Tuesday as the home side wasted numerous chances.

The 2013 winners had plenty of opportunities to claim an advantage, including Ciro Immobile’s delicate lob in the second half, but Gennaro Gattuso’s side will return to the San Siro the happier of the teams.

“The regret is that we didn’t manage to score,” Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi said.

“We were only missing a goal. But the lads put in a great performance, were always very focused against Milan, who are the form team in Serie A right now.”

After a poor opening quarter of an hour as both teams failed to assert any control, the ball broke to Lucas Paqueta in the home side’s box.

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s deflected shot fell to Paqueta but his shot was weak in threatening Thomas Strakosha. Continue reading “Milan hold Lazio to dull draw in Coppa Italia semi”

Premier League Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Crystal Palace will be high on confidence after thrashing Leicester 4-1 on Saturday. The Eagles are now unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions.

Manchester United are still unbeaten in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (10 matches) after Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

United were forced to use all three of their substitutions in the first half against Liverpool and will be delighted with their point earned. They did, however, fall out of the top four as a result.

Solskjaer has barely put a foot wrong as United interim manager but injuries are stacking up for the Red Devils and they play away to an in-form Palace side on Wednesday.

Team News

Crystal Palace- Mamadou Sakho was forced off with an injury in Crystal Palace’s 4-1 win over Leicester on Saturday and miss out in midweek.

With Martin Kelly also sidelined for the Eagles, Scott Dann is the frontrunner to partner James Tomkins at the heart of Palace’s back four. Naija and Bet

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also a huge doubt ahead of Wednesday’s match and Roy Hodgson will be desperate to have the talented right-back available here.

Cheikhou Kouyate will hope to start in midweek but Hodgson may stick with the same front six as selected against Leicester. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United”

Leicester New Manager Rodgers predicts exciting times ahead

New Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has promised his players there are “special things on the horizon” after watching them beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Rodgers’ appointment was confirmed an hour before kickoff, with the Northern Irishman replacing Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday after a seven-game winless run in all competitions.

The former Celtic boss was given a warm reception by Leicester’s fans as he took his seat in the King Power Stadium and watched on from the stands as Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy both scored for the Foxes.

“He spoke to the lads in the dressing room. He was proud of them and liked the spirit. He promised them there are special things on the horizon,” interim Leicester manager Mike Stowell said. NaijaBet 

“The atmosphere has lifted with a win and with the new manager. I’m sure he’ll bring a lot of good things and he’s got a lot of staff with him. It’s exciting times.” Continue reading “Leicester New Manager Rodgers predicts exciting times ahead”

Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs West Ham

Manchester City have won their last six competitive meetings with West Ham, scoring 24 goals in the process, so it will be up to former boss Manuel Pellegrini to stop the rot on Wednesday and try to cause an upset that would dent his old club’s title bid.

The visitors will certainly be buoyed by the fact that City had to come through 120 minutes at the weekend, picking up injuries to key players along the way, and Pep Guardiola has made it clear that the mounting absences are likely to have an effect on his side’s performances.

At home anything but a win for the champions would still be a shock but the Hammers have posed problems for the Citizens at the Etihad in recent seasons and could do so once more.

Team News

Manchester City- Pep Guardiola will no doubt rotate his squad after the Carabao Cup final went all the way to penalties and will be forced into at least two changes.

John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho were forced off with injuries, so defensively the Spaniard is short of options. Benjamin Mendy has trained for the last few days, however, and will make the squad. Various Betting Options are available on NaijaBet for today’s games

The coach will look to rotate his players further forward, though Gabriel Jesus is also still recovering from injury and may not be ready to return to the side alongside the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs West Ham”

United Injuries blow open way for Sanchez, Lukaku to shine

Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku must both take their opportunity to impress as an injury crisis cuts through Manchester United’s squad, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says.

Both players have struggled for form for much of the season, with Sanchez having started just one Premier League match in 2019, and Lukaku having gone 10 matches without scoring.

The two forwards were heralded as major signings when they arrived at Old Trafford, but neither would now be considered an automatic starter.

However, United’s squad is stretched to the limit as they prepare for Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace, with 10 players either unavailable or doubtful because of injury.

That list includes four frontline forwards, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata. Bet Now on NaijaBet

Lingard and Mata both had to be substituted during the first half of Sunday’s 0-0 draw at home to Liverpool, while Rashford played to the finish despite an ankle injury caused by Jordan Henderson’s challenge early on.

France forward Martial missed the game with a groin problem. Continue reading “United Injuries blow open way for Sanchez, Lukaku to shine”

Chelsea’s fined Kepa for refusing to be substituted during Cup final

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined a week’s wages by the club after defying manager Maurizio Sarri and refusing to be substituted during the League Cup final on Sunday.

“Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection, I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation,” Kepa said in a statement on Chelsea’s website which announced the fine.

The club simultaneously published a statement from Sarri in which the manager said the pair had spoken following the row, which occurred in extra time of the match which Manchester City won on penalties.

“He has apologised to me, his teammates and the club,” said Sarri.

“It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me this matter is now closed.” Place bet on Live Matches 24/7 on NaijaBet

Sarri, who reacted furiously when Kepa refused to be substituted after needing treatment in the closing stages, said the incident had been a “misunderstanding”. Continue reading “Chelsea’s fined Kepa for refusing to be substituted during Cup final”

Hazard has the talent to succeed at Real Madrid – Mourinho

Belgian international Eden Hazard has the talent and personality to succeed at Real Madrid if he chooses to leave Chelsea for the La Liga giants, his former manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Hazard, who will become a free agent in June 2020, said last year it was his dream to play for 13-times European champions Real, and British media have since reported that talks with Chelsea over a contract extension have been put on hold.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said last month that Hazard was free to leave the Premier League club if the 28-year-old had his heart set on a move. Various betting options are available on site for today’s games on NaijaBet

“Does he have the talent to play for Real Madrid? He does,” former Real boss Mourinho, who managed Hazard at Chelsea from 2013 to 2015, said.

“Does he have the personality to put on a ‘super-heavy’ shirt and play in front of the fans at the Bernabeu? Yes, he has the personality. Continue reading “Hazard has the talent to succeed at Real Madrid – Mourinho”