UCL: Who needs what to go through?

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Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Besiktas, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are through to the Uefa Champions League round of 16 and 14 teams will compete for the eight remaining berths on 5 and 6 December. These are the permutations. Drop your predictions.

Through to round of 16: Barcelona*, Bayern München, Besiktas*, Chelsea, Manchester City*, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur* (*group winners) All English will qualify, Yes or No?

Can qualify on matchday six: Atlético Madrid, Basel, CSKA Moskva, Juventus, Leipzig, Liverpool, Manchester United, Napoli, Porto, Roma, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Spartak Moskva, Sporting CP

Cannot finish in top two: Anderlecht, APOEL, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic Continue reading UCL: Who needs what to go through?

Is Ronaldo too old to play?

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned Cristiano Ronaldo‘s critics not to write-off the Portuguese, who is expected to pick up his fifth Ballon d’Or this week.

Ronaldo has scored just twice in 10 La Liga matches this season as a stumbling start by Madrid has left them eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona. Is Ronaldo too old to play now?

However, Ronaldo leads the goalscoring charts in the Champions League with eight in five games and Zidane expects that form to soon return on league duty. Continue reading Is Ronaldo too old to play?

FA Cup third-round draw: Liverpool v Everton, Man Utd v Derby, Forest v Arsenal

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Liverpool will face Everton in the FA Cup third round, while holders Arsenal will travel to Nottingham Forest. Drop your predictions now.

Premier League leaders Manchester City have a home tie against Burnley, Manchester United host Derby and Chelsea are away at Norwich. NaijaBet.com

Seventh-tier Hereford, the lowest-ranked side left, will face Leicester if they overcome Fleetwood at the second attempt.

Three non-league sides remain but all are involved in replays. Continue reading FA Cup third-round draw: Liverpool v Everton, Man Utd v Derby, Forest v Arsenal

UEFA Champions League Feature: Bayern v PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain hold the upper hand as they conclude group B with a trip to Bayern Munich. Both teams have already qualified for the round of 16, meaning only first place is left to be settled, with the French team having the advantage. What is your predictions?

PSG have won all five games in this season’s competition, and the 3-0 defeat of Bayern on matchday two has given them a three-point cushion over the German club. Paris also lead on overall goal difference so Bayern must win by a four-goal margin to finish top.

Defeat in Paris on matchday two prompted Bayern to part company with coach Carlo Ancelotti the following day.

Previous meetings

The teams have met in seven previous matches – all in the Champions League group stage – and all but one of those contests were won by the home side. NaijaBet.com Continue reading UEFA Champions League Feature: Bayern v PSG

Filipe Luis: We must not stop believing

Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis has called on the club to ‘not stop believing’ in Champions League progress ahead of the final round of games. NaijaBet.com

Diego Simeone’s side must defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and hope Roma do not defeat Qarabag in Rome if they are to progress through the group stage.

“This will be a very difficult game for us, but we must not stop believing,” Luis told reporters. NaijaBet.com Continue reading Filipe Luis: We must not stop believing

Onigbinde: Eagles can reach 2018 World Cup final

Former Nigeria coach, Adegboye Onigbinde has tipped the Super Eagles to reach the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The veteran coach who led the Eagles to the 2002 edition in Korea/Japan however, argues that with the necessary preparations made and organisation perfect, the Super Eagles will reach that far.

“I said this a few months ago and some people thought it was a joke,” Onigbinde told Channels TV NaijaBet.com

“It’s possible, let’s prepare for the World Cup and Nigeria can win the World Cup.” Continue reading Onigbinde: Eagles can reach 2018 World Cup final

Pep issues challenge to City players ahead Manchester Derby

Pep Guardiola laid down a Champions League challenge to his players as Manchester City prepare for the derby. Drop Your Predictions.

The manager seemed to have the United game in his mind as he left Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho on the bench for the West Ham game, given that a yellow card would have ruled either player out for next Sunday. NaijaBet.com

Having overcome West Ham to maintain an eight-point gap at the top of the league, City are expected to rest up their key men for the dead rubber against Shakhtar in the Champions League. Continue reading Pep issues challenge to City players ahead Manchester Derby

Messi: Barca defensively stronger after Neymar exit

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has suggested that his side have benefited from Neymar’s summer exit as they are now defensively stronger as a unit.

The Brazilian contributed 105 goals in four seasons at Camp Nou before departing for Paris Saint-Germain in a record breaking £198m deal in August. NaijaBet.com

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has had to tinker slightly to compensate for the surprise loss of Neymar, often pairing Messi together with Luis Suarez in a front two.

Messi claims that the Catalan giants are arguably a more rounded outfit now compared to last season, though, having won 15 and drawn three of their last 18 matches. NaijaBet.com Continue reading Messi: Barca defensively stronger after Neymar exit

Wenger: Man Utd won’t park the bus against Arsenal

Arsene Wenger expects Manchester United to play on the front foot when they travel to play Arsenal on Saturday. Drop your predictions.

The Gunners are in fine form in front of their home fans and beat Jose Mourinho’s men at the Emirates last season. Arsenal thrashed Huddersfield 5-0 last night, extending their winning run on their own patch to 12 games. NaijaBet.com

But despite their imposing record, Wenger isn’t expecting bitter rival Mourinho to shut up shop and be content to play for a point.

Asked if he thinks the visitors will ‘park the bus’, he said: “No, I don’t expect anything special. NaijaBet.com

“I just expect us to be ready to recover now. Man United is a strong team and I expect us just to cope with the problems they will give us. They will attack as well. They will not only defend.

“It is a game between Arsenal and Man United at home. I just want to focus and to prepare well my team, and give my team a good chance to win the game. Man United is doing well at the moment, we are doing well at the moment, so it looks to be a promising game.”

Wenger expects to have Alexis Sanchez fit to play United. The Chilean limped off on Wednesday night with a hamstring problem. But the Gunners boss is remaining upbeat. NaijaBet.com

“Sanchez had a little hamstring problem – that’s why I took him off but I think he will be alright,” Wenger said.