Manchester City V Juventus


Ah how opinions swing on Manchester City. Beat one of the more established Premier League clubs at home and they are on their way – see the Chelsea and Liverpool games. Get a not too inspiring away draw somewhere and everything is back to the usual panic. Injured tonight are Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Bridge, and Aleksandar Kolarov, but Roberto Mancini is making confident noises and insisting the Premiership now has greater quality than Serie A. Juve in fact, were Mancini’s boyhood team.

Juventus, managed by Luigi Del Neri, have made an indifferent start to the Serie A season and are 9th. Add that to an uninspiring draw with Poznan in the opening group game, and City must fancy their chances. The win would also put them in a dominant position in the group and allow them the luxury of some rotation of that impressive squad.

Manchester City to win is value at 1.6 at NaijaBet

Chelsea v Arsenal-Tips

All the key facts and stats ahead of the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba has scored 12 goals in his last 10 appearances in all competitions against Arsenal.

The Gunners have only been able to win two of their last 17 matches against Chelsea.

Arsenal have won more times away at Chelsea (6) than any other team in the Premier League era.

Nicolas Anelka has scored seven goals in his last 11 Premier League starts against Arsenal.

Arsenal’s recent record against Chelsea and Manchester United since their win at Stamford Bridge in November 2008: P9 W0 D1 L8 F5 A20.

Chelsea have fired in more shots on target than any other team (47), ahead of Arsenal with the second-highest tally of 41.

Both goals Chelsea have conceded have been from shots from outside the box.

Mike Dean has awarded five penalties in the last seven games that he has taken charge of a Chelsea match in the Premier League.

Andrey Arshavin has created 3.33 goalscoring chances per game in the Premier League this season, more than any other player in the league.

Michael Essien has averaged 95 touches per game this season, more than any other top-flight player.

I am sure you can decide who to place your bet on at

International Football Tips


I’m sure you’ve all heard of a booze cruise…

If you haven’t – it’s a short trip abroad to take advantage of lower prices on goodies such as alcohol and cigarettes.

With this in mind, let me introduce the ‘profit picnic’…

A short trip to Europe, where we take advantage of a number of international gimmies, with the aim of returning with a tasty profit.

So, let’s begin our journey…

Now, as Nigerian, I’m a big fan of international football.

Not so much the watching England lose side…

But certainly the betting side.

You see, the term “there’s no easy game in world football” just doesn’t apply when it comes to a number of these matches.

Estonia are never going to qualify for a major championship…

San Marino are never going to win a game…

And the most famous Kazakhstani is a British comedian.

In domestic football, accumulators are widely referred to as ‘a mugs game’ and the ‘bookies favourite’ but in international football, everything changes.

Providing you don’t go overboard, there are some nice profits to be made on some very big miss-matches on NaijaBet.

The Faroe Islands, Albania, Belarus and Armenia.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, then I may as well give up now.

An early entrée

A quick word of warning about this – you need to place the bet by 4pm this afternoon.

That’s the time when the first selection, the Republic of Ireland, kick-off.

The Irish travel to Armenia to take on a nation that are ranked 96th in the world and came unstuck in their previous home match, against the might of Iran, 3-1.

As you may have heard, the Republic were a tad unfortunate to miss out on the World Cup and look a very tidy outfit under Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni.

They will be keen to get their qualifying campaign off to a strong start and should brush the Armenians aside with the minimum of fuss.

Next up are Serbia, who kick off in the Faroe Islands at 6pm.

The Serbians were many people’s dark horses to win the World Cup and while they may not have lived up to that impressive billing, their tournament wasn’t a complete disaster…

In fact, they were the only team (bar Spain) to beat the Germans…

Vidic and co also had a good record in reaching the main event and finished above France in qualifying for the World Cup.

They take on the Faroes who, barring an amusing 2-2 draw with Scotland back in 2002, have had about as much success as an X-Factor reject.

Dinner and dessert

For the main course, we’re off to Romania for a 7pm kick-off against Albania.

Romania are quite similar to the Republic of Ireland, in that they don’t always qualify for major tournaments but they are usually there or thereabouts.

Last time they met Albania on home turf (in Euro 2008 qualifying) Romania won 6-1 and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t see a similar result this time, against a side that managed just one win and six goals in World Cup qualifying.

Finally, we round off our bet with the not so sweet French.

France may have been a complete and utter shambles in South Africa but a lot has happened since then.

With a new manager in charge and the main perpetrators suspended, Les Bleus should be set for a decent qualifying campaign.

As such, odds of 1/3 for a home win over Belarus should be gobbled down like a Christmas turkey.

These are longer odds than are being offered for England to beat Bulgaria and Bulgaria are 35 places ahead of Belarus in the world rankings.

In order to place this bet, head over to NaijaBet

Best wishes.