Payet join Marseille from West Ham for £25m

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The France international has completed his return to his former club and will be unveiled to the media at their training ground on Monday.

Marseille have signed Dimitri Payet from West Ham for a fee of £25 million, the French side have confirmed.

The France international, who left OM to join the Hammers back in 2015, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal after successfully completing a medical on Sunday.

Payet joined West Ham from Marseille in 2015 and starred in his first season in England, earning a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad and scoring three goals in a run to the final. NaijaBet.com

Despite signing a bumper five-year deal in February last year, Payet became unsettled with West Ham struggling for form this term and an exit had been on the cards ever since manager Slaven Bilic revealed he was refusing to play midway through January. Continue reading Payet join Marseille from West Ham for £25m

My Critics want me to be punish in jail – Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger joked on Sunday that his critics would only be truly happy if he was sent to prison as punishment for pushing a fourth official.

The Frenchman was handed a four-match touchline ban for verbally abusing and shoving Anthony Taylor during his side’s 2-1 win over Burnley earlier this month and he was forced to watch from the stands as Arsenal beat Southampton 5-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday.

“Those who don’t like me, any sentence will be too lenient,” said Wenger.

“They would like to put me in jail somewhere without anything in the middle of winter – and that will still be lenient. Continue reading My Critics want me to be punish in jail – Wenger

Match Preview : Arsenal vs Watford

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A 5-0 win at Southampton on Saturday means Arsenal have failed to win just one of their last seven competitive outings. The welcome of Watford provides them with the ideal chance to continue their good form ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.

Watford crashed out of the FA Cup at the weekend and now have won just once in their last nine outings. The Hornets have lost just one of their last six meetings with the Gunners and are expected to struggle at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

Arsenal come into the fixture as overwhelming favourites and should win here.

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Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy and Yaya Sanogo are all ruled out for the Gunners, while Granit Xhaka serves the second of a four-match ban. Continue reading Match Preview : Arsenal vs Watford

Monaco are the best team in France – Thiago Motta

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The Italy international admits that his side do not deserve to be top of the standings and believes “it’s more difficult” to win the title now.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has acknowledged Monaco should be seen as the best team in Ligue 1 this season.

The champions looked set to secure a valuable 1-0 win over Leonardo Jardim’s side on Sunday at Parc des Princes only for Bernardo Silva to secure a 1-1 draw in second-half injury time. Place your bet with the Champion on NaijaBet.com

The result keeps Monaco – who have scored 23 more goals than any other team – at the top of the table, level on points with Nice and three clear of PSG with 16 matches left to play.

And while Motta is refusing to give up hope of defending the title, he believes Monaco fully deserve their place at the summit. Continue reading Monaco are the best team in France – Thiago Motta

Ghana secure AFCON semi-final for the six in a row

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Jordan Ayew and his elder brother, Andre, were on target as they fire Ghana to a 2-1 victory over DR Congo DR to secure the Black Stars’ spot in the AFCON semi-finals for the sixth straight time.

DR Congo should have gone ahead after seven minutes when Mbokani rounded Razak Brimah, but ended up hit the upright from close range. There was a good tempo to the opening 20 minutes of the first half, although Congo looked more threatening especially with the presence of Mbokani upfront. Naija and Bet

Brimah was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the opening half, as was called upon to keep out Mbokani’s strike from distance. Ghana, meanwhile struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances in the opening half and looked to be missing the presence of Gyan.

The Black Stars came out firing in the second half and eventually broke the deadlock after 62 minutes as Jordan Ayew calmly curled a powerful effort into the top corner. After he scored, he wept. Continue reading Ghana secure AFCON semi-final for the six in a row

Liverpool manager seeks to end club slump

For the first time since he arrived at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp is in the midst of a crisis to the extent that a win on Tuesday at home to Premier League leaders Chelsea is obligatory.

The 49-year-old charismatic German – who replaced Brendan Rodgers in November 2015 – has seen his side knocked out of two Cup competitions inside a week and a further loss to Chelsea would be the first time since 1923 they have lost four successive games at Anfield and only the second time in their 125-year history.

However victory over Antonio Conte’s side would reduce the gap between them to seven points while should Arsenal beat out of form Watford and their north London rivals Spurs beat bottom side Sunderland they would be just five and six points off the leaders respectively.

Klopp, though, accepts some confidence has seeped away from his side with just one win in eight games in January and the free-flowing, eye-catching football they were playing seems a distant memory.

“We spoke about confidence a few months ago and I said it’s a little flower,” said Klopp after his side had been knocked out by second tier Wolves from the FA Cup on Saturday.

“If something bounces on it, then it’s away. Obviously, that happened kind of, but it’s not that we play without confidence. Continue reading Liverpool manager seeks to end club slump

Barca and Sevilla stumbling motivate Real – Zidane

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Real Madrid were spurred on by La Liga title rivals Barcelona and Sevilla dropping points on Sunday, coach Zinedine Zidane said as his side took a four-point lead at the top by beating Real Sociedad 3-0 in the late game.

“When you play last and see your rivals lose or draw you feel more moti-vated and we went into the game feeling really fired up,” Zidane told reporters after Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw at Real Betis and Sevilla lost 3-1 at Espanyol.

Real approached the weekend ravaged by six injuries and smarting after their elimination in the King’s Cup quarterfinals to Celta Vigo as their Spanish record-breaking 40-game unbeaten run was followed by one win in their last four matches. Naija and Bet

Barca had won their last five games in all competitions but fell behind in the early kick off when Betis’s Alex Alegria struck in the 75th minute and the champions needed a 90th minute leveller from Luis Suarez to snatch a point. Continue reading Barca and Sevilla stumbling motivate Real – Zidane

Wolverhampton knock Liverpool out of FA Cup

Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann got the goals for the visitors, with a reply from Divock Origi unable to shake the Reds from their 2017 struggles. Place your Bet on other matches to come up on NaijaBet.com

Wolverhampton Wanderers claimed a notable scalp in the FA Cup fourth round as they left Liverpool reeling with a 2-1 victory at Anfield.

It took just 52 seconds for the Championship outfit to inflict more misery on Jurgen Klopp’s out-of-sorts side, with a free-kick whipped beyond a statuesque Reds back line allowing Richard Stearman to nod home.

Things got even worse for the hosts four minutes before half-time when a Wolves breakaway freed Andreas Weimann to waltz around Loris Karius and fire into an empty net. Continue reading Wolverhampton knock Liverpool out of FA Cup

Morata dismiss transfer to Juventus rumour

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The Real Madrid striker has seen his future under Zinedine Zidane called into question but insists that he remains fully committed to the club.

Alvaro Morata has seen his Real Madrid future called into question but the striker insists that he remains fully committed to the Primera Division leaders.

Reports have suggested that the Spain international “feels cheated”, with Cadena Ser claiming that he feels that promises made last summer have been broken.

That was said to have led to a breakdown in the working relationship between Morata and coach Zinedine Zidane.

With the 24-year-old apparently disilluiosned with life back at the Santiago Bernabeu, he was said to be mulling over another move. Continue reading Morata dismiss transfer to Juventus rumour

Ranieri hail Leicester’s character against Derby

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The Italian was pleased with the effort the Foxes showed in their draw with Derby and insists he isn’t stressed about the difficult upcoming schedule.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri “loved” the character his side showed as the Foxes came from behind to draw 2-2 at Derby in a thrilling FA Cup fourth round tie on Friday night.

The Premier League champions took the lead courtesy of Darren Bent’s comical own-goal, but the former England striker made amends shortly after as he netted an equaliser for the Rams before Craig Bryson added a second just before half-time.

Ranieri’s charges dug deep in a fascinating cup clash though and their efforts were rewarded when Wes Morgan’s 86th minute leveller secured a replay.

The additional fixture means Leicester have quite a build-up of matches to play, with Champions League football set to return to the King Power Stadium in February. Naija and Bet.

When asked about that difficult schedule, Ranieri told his post-match press conference: “Stress? No. I think it was more stressful to lose tonight. There is an opportunity for the [players] to show their quality. Continue reading Ranieri hail Leicester’s character against Derby