Kane doubtful for Spurs’ trip to Swans

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is doubtful for Tuesday’s Premier League trip to Swansea City due to illness, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday. NaijaBet.com

Kane, who has scored hat-tricks in consecutive games, missed training on Friday but the manager was hoping the England international will still have enough time to recover.

“He’s at home, the doctor was at his house,” Pochettino told a news conference. NaijaBet.com

“Will he be fit to face Swansea? We’ll see. I don’t know if he’ll be available or not. We’ll see how he reacts.” Continue reading Kane doubtful for Spurs’ trip to Swans

Carvalhal confident over Sanches revival

New Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal is confident his fellow Portuguese Renato Sanches can resurrect his career after failing to impress since his loan-move from Bayern Munich. NaijaBet.com

The 20-year-old midfielder, who was named best young player at Euro 2016, has failed to score or provide an assist in 11 Swansea appearances.

Sanches has not started a game since November 29, when he was ridiculed for passing a ball into an advertising hoarding at Chelsea with no Swansea player in close attendance. NaijaBet.com

But Carvalhal believes Sanches, who cost Bayern €35 million when he joined them from Benfica after Portugal won Euro 2016, will prove himself at Swansea under his management.

“I think he (Sanches) needs confidence,” Carvalhal said, ahead of his Swansea bow at Watford on Saturday. Continue reading Carvalhal confident over Sanches revival

Austin faces two months out with injury

Southampton striker Charlie Austin faces two months or more on the sidelines after suffering a suspected hamstring tear in last weekend’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Huddersfield Town, manager Mauricio Pellegrino said. NaijaBet.com

Austin headed in the opener against Huddersfield but limped off with 11 minutes to go. The powerful forward has scored six goals this season, including five in the last seven league games, to emerge as Southampton’s top scorer.

Austin had already received a three-match ban for a kick on Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl’s face. NaijaBet.com Continue reading Austin faces two months out with injury

Aubrey Ngoma joins Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed that an agreement has been reached for the signing of midfielder Aubrey Ngoma from Premier Soccer League club Cape Town City FC. NaijaBet.com

Sundowns said personal terms would be reached once the player had passed his medical. But Cape Town City had tweeted that the player was moving to Chloorkop on an R8 million transfer fee before quickly deleting the tweet.

“The club would like to thank Aubrey for his service to the rise of Cape Town City. When we first signed Aubrey we had an understanding that he would return to his family in Gauteng. NaijaBet.com Continue reading Aubrey Ngoma joins Sundowns

Stoke to field youth players against Chelsea

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is facing a defensive crisis ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game at Chelsea and could be forced to thrust youth team players into the mix at Stamford Bridge. Predict the outcome of the game.

Skipper Ryan Shawcross injured his calf in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town, while Dutch international Bruno Martins Indi’s groin injury is more serious than initially feared and he will be out for a few weeks. NaijaBet.com

On-loan France international Kurt Zouma is ineligible to play against his parent club, while former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson is out with a knee injury.

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‘Burnley flowering result of player development’

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The blossoming of Burnley this season is the result of a collective drive for incremental player improvement at the club, manager Sean Dyche said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Huddersfield Town. NaijaBet.com

Burnley, one of the Premier League’s smaller clubs in terms of resources, have been a revelation this season. They have already collected 33 points from 20 games and are just seven short of last season’s tally.

The Clarets punched above their weight to stun defending champions Chelsea in their opening game and have also held Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United along the way. Continue reading ‘Burnley flowering result of player development’

£300 million spent is not enough for Mou

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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United are struggling to compete with Manchester City’s financial might and the sum of nearly £300 million he has spent on transfers is not enough to win the Premier League.

A 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday saw United lose further ground in the table to Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders, who are 12 points clear with a game in hand.

Mourinho claimed that United’s illustrious history does not guarantee them – or any similar club – success when faced with City’s huge resources. NaijaBet.com

“When you say a club ‘like Manchester United’, do you think Milan is not as big as us?” said Mourinho, listing other big European clubs who are struggling domestically.

“You think they are not as big as we are? Do you think Real Madrid are not as big as we are? You think Inter Milan is not as big as we are? Continue reading £300 million spent is not enough for Mou

‘Chelsea still have plenty to achieve’

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Antonio Conte insists the battle for a top four finish is providing Chelsea with all the motivation they need, even if Premier League leaders Manchester City out of reach.

Conte’s side recovered from the disappointment of a pre-Christmas draw at Everton by beating Brighton 2-0 on Tuesday to move within a point of second-placed Manchester United.

With City on a record-breaking run of victories, Blues boss Conte admits there appears to be little chance of closing the gap.

But the Italian insisted last season’s champions are still motivated. Continue reading ‘Chelsea still have plenty to achieve’

Sterling prefers points to records

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Manchester City may be on a record-breaking 18-game winning streak in the Premier League but winger Raheem Sterling says the runaway leader’s main focus is to continue collecting points from their upcoming matches. NaijaBet.com

The 23-year-old scored his 13th league goal to help City record a 1-0 win at Newcastle United on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola’s side maintained their blistering run to extend their lead to 15 points.

“I don’t think anyone is really thinking about records,” Sterling told the club’s website. (www.mancity.com) “They’re nice to have on your CV but we have to keep winning and getting three points.  NaijaBet.com

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New players can boost Swansea – Britton

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Swansea City need to recruit players in the January transfer window to provide a much-needed boost to both morale and performance at the Premier League’s bottom side, caretaker manager Leon Britton has said. NaijaBet.com

Swansea’s 5-0 defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday marked their ninth defeat in 12 games, leaving the Welsh side five points adrift of safety, having won just three of 20 matches so far.

The Swans escaped relegation last season after recruiting Martin Olsson, Tom Carroll, Luciano Narsingh and Jordan Ayew in January and Britton is hopeful that a raft of new signings would have a similar impact this time around. NaijaBet.com

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