Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Espanyol

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Real Madrid have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven competitive outings, but have lost only one of their last 24 home games in La Liga.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have won their last seven consecutive league fixtures at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Espanyol with quite a task on their hands.

Espanyol’s impressive three-match winning run was ended away from home last time out, as Quique Sanchez Flores’ men sank to a 2-1 loss against Real Sociedad. NaijaBet.com

Team News

Real Madrid – Toni Kroos is available for league action once again after his ban, which will mean that Mateo Kovacic starts on the bench.

Lucas Vazquez should be preferred to James Rodriguez out on the right-hand side against his former club. Continue reading Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Espanyol

Casillas hails Buffon as one of the greatest

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The two goalkeepers are set to face each other on Wednesday and the former Real Madrid star is full of awe for his opponent.

Iker Casillas labelled Gianluigi Buffon as one of the greatest of all time ahead of Porto’s Champions League clash against Juventus.

It will be a battle of the veteran goalkeepers when Porto welcome Italian champions Juventus to Estadio do Dragao for the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday. Predict today’s matches on 👉 NaijaBet.com

Italy international Buffon makes the trip to Portugal aged 39 and showing no signs of slowing down, with his Juventus contract not due to expire until next year. Continue reading Casillas hails Buffon as one of the greatest

FA CUP Preview : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea

Wolves’ form has tailed off since beating Liverpool in the last round of the FA Cup. Paul Lambert’s side have lost each of their last three, although their last two have only ended in 1-0 defeats.

Chelsea are unbeaten in seven matches since losing to Tottenham at the start of January and should have more than enough to overcome Wolves on Saturday despite the fact Antonio Conte is expected to make wholesale changes once again. NaijaBet.com

Chelsea won 6-0 the last time these two sides met back in 2012 and a repeat scoreline may not be far off this weekend.

Team News

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Wolves manager Paul Lambert could make changes to his normal XI here and reward some of the players that helped them beat Liverpool in the last round.

Continue reading FA CUP Preview : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea

Jesus may be out until the end of the season

The City boss says the youngster underwent a successful operation on Thursday but admits he does not know when he will be fit again.

Pep Guardiola says he is unsure if Gabriel Jesus will play for Manchester City again this season.

Jesus had surgery on a broken bone in his right foot on Thursday and is expected to be out of action for between two to three months, with some of that time spent back in Brazil. Place Bet 👉 NaijaBet.com

But Guardiola admitted he does not yet know if the 19-year-old will be able to contribute to the rest of the campaign.

“I don’t know, I don’t know,” he said. “People say between two to three months. Continue reading Jesus may be out until the end of the season

Bale set to returns against Espanyol

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The Real Madrid boss has confirmed that the Welshman will feature in Saturday’s Liga clash after almost three months out with an ankle injury

Gareth Bale will make his long-awaited return to action against Espanyol, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed. Naija and Bet

The Wales international has not played since the Champions League win over Sporting CP on November 22, when he suffered an ankle injury.

It had been hoped that Bale, who returned to first-team training last weekend, would be available for the clash with Napoli this week but Zidane opted to grant him extra time to prove his fitness.

And the former Tottenham star will be back on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, although it remains unlikely that he will start. Continue reading Bale set to returns against Espanyol

FA CUP Match Preview : Huddersfield vs Manchester City

Huddersfield are in tremendous form having won each of their last six. In fact, David Wagner’s side have won 12 of their last 14 in all competitions.

Manchester City have won each of their last four but have been rocked by Gabriel Jesus’ long-term injury.

Depending on the strength of the two sides fielded by either manager there could be a real chance of a cup upset for Huddersfield this weekend.

Team News

Huddersfield – Huddersfield manager David Wagner has rotated his squad in the previous rounds of the FA Cup and could do so again here with the club only four points adrift of second place in the Championship. NaijaBet

Aaron Mooy is ineligible due to the terms in his loan agreement with his parent club Manchester City. Continue reading FA CUP Match Preview : Huddersfield vs Manchester City

Zidane want Morata to stay with Real

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The striker has been vocal in his disappointment due to a lack of game time, and his boss has promised him chances to shine in the near future.

Alvaro Morata will start Real Madrid’s match with Espanyol on Saturday as head coach Zinedine Zidane insists he is eager to keep him at the club.

The striker has been linked with a move away at the end of the season after reportedly growing frustrated with a lack of first-team opportunities since his return from Juventus last June. Naija and Bet

Morata admitted this week that he missed the Juve dressing room and suggested he would have turned down the chance to return to the Santiago Bernabeu if there had not been a buy-back clause in his contract.

Zidane has confirmed that the Spain international will face Quique Sanch- ez Flores’ side from the start and has assured him it will not be his only chance to impress across 90 minutes for the remainder of the season. Continue reading Zidane want Morata to stay with Real

Partey sign Atletico new deal

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Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey has signed a three-year contract extension at Atletico Madrid, that will take him through to 2022.

The Ghana star has anchored himself as a key member of Diego Simeone’s squad after previously playing for Real Mallorca and Almeria, on loan.

But now he’s made 31 appearances for the capital club. “I am very happy with my new contract and grateful for the faith shown in me,” Partey said of the new contract. Naija and Bet

“I have always been very fond of this club and I want to keep on developing at Atletico. I will give everything for this club.”

The deal is certainly reward for his swashbuckling showings for his country at the recently-ended Afcon, too, as the 23-year-old was easily among Ghana’s top four players during the tournament.

Ribery close to Bayern comeback against Hamburg

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Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has updated the status of two of his injured stars.

Franck Ribery could make his Bayern Munich comeback in next week’s Bundesliga match against Hamburg, but Jerome Boateng still needs three more weeks before potentially making his return.

Ribery missed Bayern’s past four games due to a thigh injury, while Boateng has not featured for the reigning German champions since November 2016. Naija and Bet

The duo recently returned to the training pitch, but Saturday’s match versus Hertha Berlin comes too soon for them.

“Ribery is still training individually, but I think he can resume squad training next week,” Ancelotti. Continue reading Ribery close to Bayern comeback against Hamburg

Sutton ready to add more woes to Wenger’s burden

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The manager of Sutton United will have no qualms about doing all he can to add to the burden of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when their teams meet in the last 16 of the FA Cup.

The tie of the fifth round, at least for those who still believe in the “romance of the Cup”, sees non-league Sutton at home to joint-record 12-times Arsenal on Monday.

Arsenal will make the trip from north to southwest London, for a match on the artificial pitch at Sutton’s Gander Green Lane ground, with Wenger under intense pressure following a humiliating 5-1 loss away to German giants Bayern Munich in the first leg of a last 16 Champions League tie.

That defeat came hot on the heels of a recent shock league loss to Watford and an ensuing, rather more predictable defeat by Chelsea that between them appeared to have scuppered he Gunners’ hopes of a first Premier League title since 2004. Predicts, Place Bet on FA Cup Matches & Win Big on NaijaBet.com

Even those once loyal to veteran manager Wenger, in charge at Arsenal since 1996, have started to question whether the 67-year-old Frenchman will seek a renewal of his contract when it expires at the end of the season. Continue reading Sutton ready to add more woes to Wenger’s burden