Archive for October 22nd, 2016

Match Preview : Chelsea vs Manchester United

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Chelsea have won both of their last two matches since changing to a back three and that looks to have given the team a new lease of life.

They have also kept a clean sheet in both of those matches but Sunday’s clash with Manchester United will serve their new formation its first real test.

Jose Mourinho will be desperate to get one over on his former club after being sacked by Chelsea in December. He returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since his dismissal and only the second time ever as the opposition manager.

He took his Inter side there in March 2010 and recorded a 1-0 win en route to winning the Champions League with the Serie A giants.

United are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions but haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since October 2012. The away side cannot afford to drop many more points if they want to challenge for the title this season, which means a win is almost mandatory here. Naija and Bet

Mourinho and Conte’s paths have only crossed on one occasion (Atalanta vs Inter in December 2009) in which the match finished as a draw. That looks like the most likely outcome here, but you wouldn’t be surprised to see the ‘Special One’ enjoy a special return to Chelsea.

Team News

Chelsea – Willian missed their win over Leicester last weekend following the death of his mother and it remains to be seen whether he is in the right frame of mind to return this weekend. Pedro is on standby to retain his place if Antonio Conte is without the Brazilian.

Match Preview : Manchester City vs Southampton

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Manchester City’s 4-0 thumping at the hands of Barcelona means they have now failed to win their last four competitive outings and the title favourites need to quickly return to winning ways.

With those within touching distance playing on Saturday, City could find themselves in fourth by the time this match kicks off.

Southampton, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last four in the league and will be looking to quickly overcome a disappointing 1-0 loss in Milan to Inter on Thursday night.

However, they have struggled at City in recent seasons, losing their last five trips to face the two-time Premier League winners.

Saints won’t make things easy for City, but Pep Guardiola’s side have what it takes to return to winning ways here.

Team News

Manchester City – With Bacary Sagna out and Pablo Zabaleta a doubt, Pep Guardiola could revert to a three-man defence used in the 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend.

Fabian Delph is also a doubt, but is closing in on a return to fitness, but Yaya Toure misses out having been suspended by the club.

Nolito and Vincent Kompany are both pushing for starts, however may be forced to start from the bench.

Southampton – Shane Long sustained a thigh injury in the midweek 1-0 defeat against Inter and with Nathan Redmond a doubt, club-record signing Sofiane Boufal may make his full debut up front.

Florin Gardos, Jeremy Pied and Cedric Soares are all ruled out for the away side.

Youngster Sam McQueen could feature at left-back, with Matt Targett and Ryan Bertrand both struggling to overcome hamstring strains.

Match Facts

Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 6 home matches against Southampton in all competitions.

Man City have won their last 6 home matches against Southampton in all competitions.

Man City have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches against Southampton in all competitions.

Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 home matches against Southampton in all competitions.

Man City are undefeated in their last 7 home matches in Premier League.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester City has 1.46 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Southampton has 6.42 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.36.