Fiorentina are a long way off potential a potential European qualification spot and any hopes of making the Champions League next season were squashed on Thursday after they threw away a three-goal aggregate lead against Gladbach in the Europa League. Manager Paulo Sousa might not be at the club at the end of the season
Torino are even further away from the top 6 but they could still catch Fiorentina and a positive result here would help them do that. Morale will be down in the Fiorentina camp and this is the time to capitalise for Torino. NaijaBet.com
Fiorentina – Matias Vecino’s suspension will force Borja Valero to play in midfield, thus leaving room for both Josip Ilicic and Federico Bernardeschi behind the lone striker.
Nikola Kalinic is set to start up front, despite playing the full game against Gladbach on Thursday.
Leicester are only one point above the bottom three and the board have made the decision to sack Claudio Ranieri less than 12 months after they had won the Premier League title.
They have lost seven of their last nine matches in all competitions and now have 13 league games to stay in the Premier League.
Liverpool have had two weeks to prepare for this fixture and they should be ready to go following their 2-0 win over Tottenham last time out. Jurgen Klopp will hope their slump is over and they can get their season back on track and finish inside the top four. Predict on NaijaBet.com
It remains to be seen how Leicester will react to Ranieri’s sacking, but Liverpool should still have enough to win this match.
Leicester – Managerless Leicester City take on Liverpool after sacking Claudio Ranieri on Thursday and some changes are expected to the side. Demarai Gray is one of those that should be reinstalled into the starting XI in favour of Ahmed Musa.
Southampton are gunning for their first piece of cup silverware since lifting the 1976 FA Cup final and have had two weeks to prepare for this final, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be better off for it. Claude Puel’s side have only actually won one of their last four matches.
Manchester United are in great form and have only one defeat in their last 25 matches in all competitions. They are clear favourites here but injuries in key positions will make this final more difficult for Jose Mourinho’s side, as they bid to win the League Cup for the first time since 2010.
Mourinho has a sensational record in finals and it’s hard to bet against United. This will be the third time United have been to Wembley in the last 10 months and they triumphed in each of their first two visits. It will be a very tight affair but United should shade it, although might need extra time to overcome Southampton. Naija and Bet
Manchester United – Michael Carrick is available after picking up a slight injury picked up on Thursday night, but Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ruled out. Jose Mourinho has confirmed Wayne Rooney will also be in the squad, while a late fitness test is required for Phil Jones.
Eric Bailly was sent off on Thursday in the Europa League but is free to play here. Mourinho must also decide who he starts at left back with Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Mateo Darmian all favourites over Luke Shaw.
Southampton – Martín Cáceres joined Southampton on a free earlier this month but hasn’t played competitively in more than 12 months and will be lacking match fitness. Claude Puel must decide whether to gamble on his fitness or trust 22-year-old Jack Stephens with Virgil van Dijk ruled out.
Sofiane Boufal sustained an ankle injury at the start of the month and only returned to training on Thursday. A late decision will be made whether he is included in the 18, with Nathan Redmond poised to start in his absence.
As at this post Manchester United has 1.68 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Southamptom has 5.14 odd to win the match also,while the odd to draw the match is 3.58.
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Villarreal have lost just two of their last 12 matches at La Ceramica, which has been enough to keep them in the hunt for European football despite not churning out their usual good performances.
The Yellow Submarine have kept just one clean sheet in their last four La Liga games at home, which is something that Real Madrid should look to exploit while trying to get back on song.
A 2-1 away defeat against Valencia is the worst possible preparation for Real Madrid’s weekend excursion, with the pressure mounting on Zidane’s men to not slip up at the top of the table.
Villarreal – Nicola Sansone is struggling with a knock, so Cedric Bakambu and Adrian are expected to start despite Roberto Soldado’s return to fitness. Naija and Bet
Jaume Costa should be preferred to Jose Angel at left-back, with Fran Escriba not likely to make many alterations after winning away against Roma midweek.
Atletico Madrid have lost just one of their last 28 league games at Estadio Vicente Calderon and the hosts will be hoping to close out their last clash against Barcelona with a win before they change stadium during the summer.
The visitors’ last La Liga trip to this ground ended in a 1-0 win back in 201, and Luis Enrique will be hoping for more of the same this time around to ease the pressure building on his shoulders.
After a resounding 4-0 loss to PSG in the Champions League and an unconvincing 2-1 win over Leganes at Camp Nou, Luis Enrique is under fire as Barcelona boss. Naija and Bet
Atletico Madrid – Jan Oblak was on the bench for Atletico against Leverkusen midweek in the Champions League and should start this weekend.
Diego Godin is likely to be rushed back from injury to start alongside Stefan Savic at centre-back, with Sime Vrsaljko continuing at right-back in Juanfran’s absence.
Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night and attention now turns to Premier League duties. Spurs have won just one of their last four competitive fixtures, though have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League outings and have dropped points just twice at home England’s top tier this term.
Stoke have lost their last two league meetings with Spurs 4-0, but have lost just one of their last five Premier League visits to White Hart Lane.
The Potters have lost four of their last five away league games, with their solitary win on the road in that time coming at relegation fodder Sunderland. NaijaBet.com
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will demand an instant response from his players and they could return to winning ways in the league here.
Tottenham – Erik Lamela and Danny Rose are again Mauricio Pochettino’s only injury concerns ahead of the welcome of Stoke.
Bayern need to improve in the Bundesliga again after two draws in their last three matches. Their 96th minute equaliser against Hertha last weekend saved them a point, but with a week of rest behind them, manager Carlo Ancelotti’s side will look to put on a more dominant display here.
Hamburg are unbeaten in their last three matches and in much-improved form after the winter break. They are more stable defensively and danger- ous on the break, but the likely absence of Kyriakos Papadopoulos is a huge blow for the team.
Expect Bayern to dominate the game at home and try to make up for their disappointing domestic performances in the past few matches. NaijaBet
Bayern Munich – Xabi Alonso should return to the starting XI after being rested last weekend.
Everton are unbeaten in eight Premier League matches and should be looking to secure a big win over relegation threatened Sunderland this weekend.
Sunderland are rock bottom in the table and two points adrift of safety and David Moyes’ side will look to draw on the fact they won 4-0 the last time they played on the road. Place bet on weekend matches on NaijaBet
However, given Sunderland have lost nine of their 12 league away matches this season it looks like Everton will run out comfortable winners on Saturday. A repeat scoreline of 6-2 when the sides last met at Goodison Park may not actually be far off the end result.
Everton – Yannick Bolasie, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Muhamed Besic are still sidelined for Everton this weekend.
Ronald Koeman has confirmed Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku are fit to feature this weekend.
Chelsea have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points when they kick off the weekend’s Premier League fixtures at home to Swansea.
They have won 16 of their last 19 in the Premier League and are favourites to continue their surge towards the title here.
Swansea have enjoyed a resurgence under Paul Clement and are now four points clear of the bottom three after winning three of their last four. The long break may actually disrupt Swansea’s momentum and make this an easier fixture for Chelsea. Predict and Win Big on NaijaBet.com
Chelsea – Thibaut Courtois pulled out of a television interview at the weekend after contracting an illness and his availability for Saturday’s clash with Swansea remains in doubt. Other than that Antonio Conte has a full squad to pick from this weekend and has no reason to make any real changes.
David Luiz, Nemanja Matic and Marcos Alonso were among the players to be given a rest last weekend and they will all be recalled here.
Tottenham fell to a disappointing 1-0 loss at Gent last week and have it all to do if they are secure a spot in the last-16 of the Europa League. A 3-0 win at Fulham on Sunday certainly boosted morale coming into the welcome of the Belgian outfit.
Gent’s victory over Spurs is their only win in their last four competitive fixtures. Despite holding the advantage, the Belgian side come into the tie as underdogs.
While Spurs succumbed to a loss in Belgium, they have the means to overturn the deficit at Wembley on Thursday night.
Tottenham – Erik Lamela is out with a hip problem, but is closing in on a return to fitness. Naija and Bet
Danny Rose is a doubt and is unlikely to be risked ahead of the welcome of Stoke on Sunday.