Archive for August, 2015

Match Preview Between Manchester United vs Newcastle united

Friday, August 21st, 2015

New signing Florian Thauvin could be thrown straight into the Newcastle United squad for Saturday’s trip to Manchester United.

Thauvin, 22, agreed a five-year deal at St James’ Park on Wednesday, becoming manager Steve McClaren’s fifth signing after Georginio Wijnaldum, Ivan Toney, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba.

And the French attacker, who has moved from Ligue 1 side Marseille, could hardly have wished for a tougher debut, with Newcastle having only picked up one victory at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League era.

However, Newcastle’s assistant manager Paul Simpson has no qualms about utilising Thauvin as soon as possible.

“He’s a really talented footballer, somebody who we hope will add to the group and improve the group,” Simpson told nufcTV. “If he’s involved at Old Trafford on Saturday, we’re not expecting him to go and set the world alight straight away but if we can get him involved it’ll give the whole football club a boost, and the rest of the players because they want competition for places.

“And I also hope it’ll give the supporters a boost, because so far we’ve only got one point but the level of performance against Southampton [in a 2-2 draw] gave us all a little taster of where we can get to and what levels can be achieved.

“Hopefully, with the new signings coming in, we’ll go into the rest of this period before January with a good group of players, a group of players who all want to be part of this football club, who all want to give 100 per cent every day in training and in every game that we have.

“If we’ve got that, we can’t really ask any more of them.”

Louis van Gaal’s side came from behind to register a 3-1 first-leg victory over Club Brugge in their UEFA Champions League play-off on Tuesday and are one of just four clubs to hold a 100 per cent record in the BPL after two matches.

Defender Chris Smalling is determined to maintain that momentum and believes Saturday’s early kick-off could prove beneficial for United.

“We must continue our good start,” Smalling told MUTV. “It is another home game and we have to assert ourselves early on.

“It is good that we again get to be in the first game that plays and, hopefully, set the benchmark for the weekend.”

Marouane Fellaini serves the last of his three-match ban for United, while Phil Jones is set to remain sidelined due to mild thrombosis.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have Daryl Janmaat suspended after the Dutchman was sent off for two bookable offences in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Swansea City.

Manchester United (from): De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Lindegaard, Blackett, Darmian, Evans, McNair, Rojo, Shaw, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Januzaj, Lingard, Mata, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Valencia, Young, Depay, Hernandez, Rooney, Wilson.

Newcastle United (from): Darlow, Elliot, Krul, Coloccini, Dummett, Haidara, Janmaat, Lascelles, Mbemba, Taylor, Williamson, Aarons, Abeid, Anita, Bigirimana, Colback, De Jong, Gouffran, Obertan, Sissoko, Thauvin, Tiote, Wijnaldum, Cisse, Mitrovic, Perez, Toney.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester United  has 1.37  odd to win the match on NaijaBet while  has 7.60 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.66

Match Preview Barcelona vs. Sevilla

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Ivan Rakitic believes Barcelona is in good shape to begin the season with victory in the UEFA Super Cup over his former club Sevilla.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is full of confidence that his side can claim the first trophy of a possible sextuple when it faces Sevilla in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup in Tbilisi.

Spain’s strength in European club football was underlined by the respective successes of Barca and Sevilla in the Champions League and Europa League finals at the end of last season.

Sevilla defended the title with a 3-2 victory over Dnipro, while Barca completed the treble thanks to a 3-1 triumph over Juventus.

Barca has recent experience of glory on this occasion, with victories in 2011 and 2009, although the club was defeated 3-0 by Sevilla in the 2006 showpiece.

Rakitic, who moved to Camp Nou from Sevilla in 2014, believes the Catalan giant can enjoy a repeat of 2009, when the club lifted six trophies.

“Nobody wants to do that more than we do,” he said. “But we have to take things each step at a time. And the first chance is on Tuesday in Tbilisi. We are confident in ourselves and in our strengths. We’ll work even harder than we did last year. But we know that there will be hard times this season too.

“We’ve got a strong team and I just try to be myself. I like taking on responsibilities, as I have done at all the clubs I’ve played for. My role won’t change because Xavi has gone. I am Rakitic and I provide my own virtues.”

Barca will be without Neymar, who has been diagnosed with mumps, while Adriano, Douglas, and Jordi Alba are all injured.

Sevilla’s Michael Krohn-Dehli, a fresh arrival from Celta Vigo in the offseason, concedes his side is the underdog, and that Tuesday’s clash may come too soon for all the new signings to gel.

“Maybe yes, maybe no. We will find out after the game,” he said. “It’s true that with so many new players we need a bit of time to adapt and get to know each other. In any case, we are ready to go out and play well and we want to win.

“They [Barca] have won the league, the cup and the Champions League. However, last season as a Celta player I was able to win at Camp Nou. In a game you always have a chance.”

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Barcelona has 1.35  odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Manchester City has 7.28 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.05