UCL betting guide

The Champions League returns this Tuesday and Wednesday and we at Nigeriabet are looking to give predictions of seven of the major games in other to help out those of you that are into the betting world of football, so read carefully and know who to pick on your betting slip this weekend.

We begin our first guide in Italy as Chelsea travel all the way to face Roma in the second leg of their double header, the first leg ended in a 3-3 draw where by both teams had to claw their way back from goal deficits. Roma has been in a fair form and they sit second in their UCL group with two draws and a win so far, in the previous game they showed character away from home by giving Chelsea a scare which shows they look good to at least qualify for the round of 16. Chelsea in the other hand have been trying to keep a good momentum and will certainly want to keep their position at the top of the group and most of their players are returning back from injury most notably Ngolo Kante who Conte has confirmed will likely start against Roma. Anything but a win in this game could put more media pressure on Conte and the Italian will certainly want to avoid that, players such as Eden Hazard has made statement that his injury worry is long behind him and he is ready for the big week ahead. Though this game won’t be an away fixture for the Blues I still fancy them to take all three points by Tuesday so for this its a straight win for the Blues or for a safer bet an over 1.5 cause certainly this game got goals.

Next is the other set of fixtures in the same group as the one above, Atletico Madrid v Qarabag. Before the UCL games began it was clear that Qarabag would be the whooping boys of group c and so it has except from when they faced Atletico Madrid in which case the game ended in a draw. Atletico Madrid knows anything but a win will put them in a very bad situation and could likely see them kicked out early in the UCL and drop to the Europa league. Atletico Madrid are not a bad side but too many draws has not been good for them they would need to turn those draws to wins. Qarabag themselves will only be in this game to play for pride as they will most likely finish bottom of the group so for this game its going to be another straight win for Atletico Madrid or for a safer bet, a double chance on Atletico Madrid.

In the previous game Olympiacos showed character against Barcelona and where able to hold them off till that own goal came in and opened the flood gates for Barcelona to score more goals. Barcelona as well has been in top form with Messi firing on all cylinders this should be an easy win for Barcelona as they will want to be in a good position before they face Juventus, but for a safer bet go for an over 1.5 or a Messi to score in any minute of the game.

Benfica were hard done by in the last game against Manchester united, after displaying a fine performance they suffered a painful own goal late into the second half, they must have learnt their lessons from that game and this time around will be more than ready to take their chances in this game, there also they know now that they can match Manchester united for player to player and would not want a second straight defeat against the same team. Manchester united have been able to get back to winning ways this weekend after a shocking loss at Huddersfield and are unbeaten in the UCL, they will certainly be hoping to keep their form but I don’t see them taking all three points so I give this one double chance on Benfica or for a safer bet both teams to score cause this game won’t be another drab affair.

In the previous game Tottenham shocked the world by picking up a point at the home of Madrid but have seen their form dip recently since the absence of star striker Harry Kane, they have looked toothless in attack with Dele Ali not coming to the party in their last game against Manchester united where they lost. Real Madrid also lost their last league game shockiling to a newly promoted Girona with Ronaldo fit and on the pitch which means both teams especially Real Madrid will not want to go two games without a win which makes this game a very interesting and competitive one but I will fancy Real Madrid to take the win as Tottenham look more flat between the two, more also it is going to be at Wembley where Tottenham have been known to struggle, but for a safer bet, Madrid to score first.

Liverpool v Maribor not much to say about this one as it looks like the Reds have found their scoring boots both in England and in Europe, winning 3-0 in the league and smashing Maribor 7-0 in the previous fixture I give this one a straight win to Liverpool but Maribor will want to play for pride and avoid another humiliation so for a safer bet go for a double chance on Liverpool.

Manchester city, what more can we say, deadly in attack and play with much intensity but against Napoli this won’t be easy. As we all know Manchester city have been showing a bit of weaknesses defensively in their last few games and Napoli themselves are no pushovers as they sit top of Serie A table. Both teams can score, both teams have lethal men going forward but Manchester city showed something to Napoli in their previous encounter which is if you come out to attack Manchester city you will mostly likely get a goal. As we saw in the previous game Napoli almost came back to force a draw if not for a missed penalty. It won’t be an easy affair, both teams are topping their respective leagues and both teams are no minnows, Napoli will not want to loose back to back so I give this one to the Italian side to take all three points, but as usual for a safer bet go for both teams to score.

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Benifica Vs Feirense : Match Preview & Match Prediction

Missing Players

Player Reason Status
Sérgio Barge Out 6.87
Cris Out 6.35
Alex Kakuba Out 7.01
Luís Rocha Out 6.29

Team News


  • After a solid win on the road against Aves, Benfica return to home soil and they should be boosted by the return of Pizzi.


  • Luis Rocha is suspended after being sent off last weekend, but his absence will coincide with the return of Flavio Ramos from injury.

Match Facts

Benfica are undefeated in their last 27 home matches (Liga NOS).

Benfica have won their last 5 matches against Feirense in all competitions.

Benfica have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 home matches (Liga NOS).

Benfica have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 7 home matches (Liga NOS).

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Feirense‘s last 8 away games (Liga NOS).



  • Benfica bounced back from a poor run of results with a win over Aves last time out. The youngster that have impressed in recent matches will stay in the team as Vitoria looks to inject fresh blood into the starting XI.
  • Feirense secured an important win over Rio Ave despite not playing well. Manta’s men are very well drilled defensively and will do anything to grab a point here. Having already come close to stopping Sporting this season, Benfica cannot take them lightly on Friday.

Paris Saint Germain Vs Nice: Match Preview and Match Prediction

Missing Players

Player Status Rating
Thiago Motta Out 7.19
Neymar Out 8.86
Dani Alves Doubtful 7.7
Thomas Meunier Doubtful 7.41
Player Reason Status
Wylan Cyprien Out N/A
Mickael Le Bihan Out N/A
Jean Michael Seri Out 7.29
Mario Balotelli Doubtful 7.37

Team News

Paris Saint Germain

  • Javier Pastore could be in line for a start here, although youngsters Giovani Lo Celso and Christopher Nkunku are also options for Emery in central midfield.
  • Julian Draxler will replace Neymar on the left after the latter was sent off against Marseille last weekend.
  • Thiago Motta has been playing through the pain with a knee injury and won’t be risked against Nice on Friday.
  • Thomas Meunier is suffering from muscular pains and a late decision will be made on his involvement here.


  • Wesley Sneijder could start here after impressing from the bench on Sunday.
  • Maxime Le Marchand is also pushing for a recall after a poor outing from Barcelona loanee Marlon last time out.
  • Jean Michael Seri faces a month on the sidelines, which should give Remi Walter the chance to impress against the Ligue 1 leaders on Friday.

Match Facts

PSG are undefeated in their last 28 home matches (Ligue 1).

PSG have been winning at both half time and full time in 6of their last 8 home matches (Ligue 1).

PSG have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Nice in all competitions.

PSG have scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 10 home matches (Ligue 1).

Nice have lost their last 3 matches (Ligue 1).

PSG have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches against Nice in all competitions.

PSG are undefeated in their last 8 home matches against Nice in all competitions.

Nice have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches (Ligue 1).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in PSG‘s last 3 games (Ligue 1).


  • This fixture was one of Ligue 1’s showpiece events last season but it would be foolish to expect the pulsating football of 2016-17 given Nice’s struggles this season.
  • Unai Emery has a tough job here in terms of team selection in picking Neymar’s replacement, but the result should be a formality, even with the world’s most expensive player absent.


Chelsea Vs Everton: Match Preview & Match Prediction

Missing Players

Player Status
Daniel Drinkwater Out
Victor Moses Out
N’Golo Kanté Out
Player Status
Ross Barkley Out
Yannick Bolasie Out
Ramiro Funes Mori Out
Seamus Coleman Out
Idrissa Gueye Out
James McCarthy Doubtful
Morgan Schneiderlin Doubtful
Aaron Lennon Doubtful

Team News


  • Antonio Conte will make changes to his usual starting XI and could even hand some of the young players a chance to impress.
  • Daniel Drinkwater, Victor Moses and N’Golo Kante are all sidelined for the home side on Wednesday.


  • Everton sacked Ronald Koeman on Wednesday so it remains to be seen whether their interim head coach will make wholesale changes to the side that will face Chelsea on Wednesday.
  • Idrissa Gueye is suspended after being sent off in Everton’s 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. With Morgan Schneiderlin also a doubt, the away side could be short of defensive midfielders at Stamford Bridge.
  • James McCarthy has not featured for Everton this season but is close to full fitness and could get some minutes on the pitch here.


  • Chelsea were a little fortunate to run out 4-2 winners against Watford on Saturday and Antonio Conte will hope that result will get the defending Premier League champions back on track.
  • Everton have been abysmal this season and made the decision to sack Ronald Koeman on Monday. It remains to be seen what impact that decision will have on their performance on Wednesday.
  • The Merseysiders have already conceded three goals against Tottenham, four versus Manchester United and five against Arsenal this season – is another rout on the cards here?


Swansea Vs Manchester United : Match Preview & Match Prediction

Missing Players

Player Status
Kyle Bartley Out
Wilfried Bony Out
Renato Sanches Out
Player Status
Paul Pogba Out
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Out
Michael Carrick Out
Phil Jones Out
Eric Bailly Out
Marouane Fellaini Out
Marcos Rojo Out

Team News


  • Wilfried Bony is sidelined for a third game in a row, while Renato Sanches and Kyle Bartley will also miss out for the home side.
  • Paul Clement may look to make changes to his usual XI in order to keep players fresh for this weekend’s league match away to Arsenal, but this is a real opportunity to knock Manchester United out.
  • Roque Mesa has started three games all season since joining Swansea over the summer but should get a rare opportunity to impress against United.

Manchester United

  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho would ideally like to shuffle his pack here against Swansea with an eye on next weekend’s league game against Tottenham, but injuries will limit his options.
  • Phil Jones has added to Mourinho’s problems after pulling up with a muscle injury in Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield. With Eric Bailly also set to miss out, Victor Lindelof may have to start despite a dreadful performance at the weekend.
  • Luke Shaw has not got a look in since recovering from injury earlier this season but will be hoping to get some game time at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all sidelined for the away side.
  • Nemanja Matic could do with a rest but Mourinho may have no other choice but to start the Serbian unless Axel Tuanzebe is given a chance and moved into midfield.


  • Swansea have lost three of their last four and are only outside the bottom three on goal difference in the Premier League. At home, Paul Clement’s side have lost four of their first five matches.
  • Manchester United have lost all momentum since domestic football resumed after October’s international break. Saturday’s defeat against Huddersfield was arguably the worst performance of Jose Mourinho’s tenure.
  • Mourinho will demand an immediate response from his players but fatigue looks to be an issue in the squad with injuries starting to build. The United boss has enjoyed some of his biggest wins in English football against Swansea but a hard fought game is anticipated on Tuesday.

Arsenal vs Norwich : Match Preview & Match Prediction

Missing Players

Player Status
Danny Welbeck Out
Santi Cazorla Out
Shkodran Mustafi Out
Calum Chambers Out
David Ospina Out
Player Status
Alex Pritchard Out
Louis Thompson Out
Russell Martin Out
Matthew Jarvis Out
Steven Naismith Out
Alexander Tettey Out
Marley Watkins Out

Team News


  • Arsene Wenger will make changes to the side that faces Norwich on Tuesday given they only played Everton on Sunday.
  • The Arsenal XI against Championship side Norwich will look similar to the teams that Arsene Wenger has deployed in the Europa League this season.
  • Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi will all start here.
  • With David Ospina sidelined through injury, Wenger must decide between sticking with Petr Cech or turning to one of the club’s youngsters.


  • Marley Watkins serves the final game of his three-match ban against Arsenal, while Norwich will also be without at least six players through injury.
  • Norwich manager Daniel Farke is expected to make some changes in order to keep the squad fresh but the bulk of his usual XI should get the chance to test themselves against Arsenal.


  • Arsenal have won eight of their last 10 competitive matches. They are at the end of a run of three games in five days and there will be some tired legs in the squad.
  • Norwich are unbeaten in nine matches and will travel to the Emirates huge on confidence and with nothing to lose.
  • The Championship side have got on the scoresheet in four of their last five matches away to Arsenal, which should only give them more belief ahead of Tuesday’s match.
  • However, Arsene Wenger’s side are favourites for a reason and should come advance to the next round of the competition.

Real Sociedad vs Espanyol : Match Preview & Match Prediction

Missing Players

Player Status Rating
Imanol Agirretxe Out 6.02
David Zurutuza Out 6.67
Álvaro Odriozola Doubtful 6.73
Íñigo Martínez Doubtful 6.53

Real Sociedad

  • David Zurutuza is still missing due to injury for the home side, which should see Igor Zubeldia feature in central midfield.
  • Alvaro Odriozola missed out on Real Sociedad’s Europa League game on Thursday with a knee problem, but might recover for Monday’s game.
  • Juanmi should be fit after an injury scare this week, with Willian Jose to continue up top after netting four versus Vardar.


  • Espanyol have no new injury problems heading into this La Liga matchday, with changes expected to be kept to a minimum.
  • Marc Navarro should retain his place at right back, rather than Victor Sanchez coming back into the side.
  • Leo Baptistao should be continued to ask to work back defensively on the right flank to free Jurado to roam centrally.

Match Facts

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Real Sociedad‘s last 6 home games (La Liga).

Real Sociedad have seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 home matches against Espanyol in all competitions.

Real Sociedad have conceded at least 3 goals in their last 3home matches (La Liga).

Espanyol have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 matches (La Liga).

Real Sociedad have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches (La Liga).


  • Real Sociedad have been scoring goals freely of late, with the only questions marks over Eusebio’s men being on the defensive side of of things. They are very leaky indeed.
  • The hosts haven’t recorded a win in their last three home outings at Anoeta, which is a record that needs to change fast. There is plenty to like about La Real, but home form is vital to a good league campaign.
  • Espanyol have failed to score in three of their last four matches in La Liga, with the Catalan club sure to be posed plenty of questions by a forward-thinking La Real outfit.

How to Start a Sports Betting Company in Nigeria

If you live in Nigeria and you love sports, especially football; then you would realize that in recent times, sports betting companies have sprung up in various locations. Unlike the days of old where sport betting companies was only popular in countries like the UK.

In case you didn’t know, majority of sports lovers are no longer satisfied being just fans of a football clubs alone; they also love to make money while rooting for their clubs during football matches.

Without a shadow of doubt, sports betting companies are rapidly becoming popular and highly profitable. As a matter of fact, recent statistics has it that Nigerians sport lovers spend about 1.8 Billion Naira daily on sports betting; that is indeed huge for an industry that is still in its early growth stage! This is indeed a booming industry and it is still very much open for more investors to come in.

If you are looking to start your own sport betting company in Nigeria, it is important that you act on your idea now because very soon, the requirements for starting a sport betting company in Nigeria will be reviewed and it might likely become more difficult for investors to come into the industry.

With the growing love for European football and especially the English Premier League, countless numbers of sports loving fans have been able to make millions of Naira from sport betting and that goes to show that sport betting companies are really thriving and generating huge profits in Nigeria. These are the steps you need to follow to start your own sports betting company in Nigeria:

Starting a Sports Betting Company in Nigeria – Sample Business Plan Template

1. Register Your Sport Betting Company

If you have conducted your research and are convinced that sports betting company is the right business for you to start in Nigeria, then you must visit the nearest corporate affairs commission to register your own sports betting company. Normally, it would take you less than 2 weeks to register and obtain your certificate of incorporation. With your certificate of incorporation, you are able to open a corporate account for your sports betting company, and you can also apply and get your Tax Payers ID.

2. Apply and Acquire the Required License

Before you can be permitted to start your own sports betting company in Nigeria, you are required to visit the National Lottery Commissions of Nigeria to apply and obtain a license. The National Lottery Commissions is the body regulating the industry in Nigeria.

3. Rent Your Office Facility

Before you can be issued a license to operate your own sports betting company in Nigeria, you must have a physical address – that is an office where you operate from. Therefore, you must make it a point of duty to secure an office facility where people can easily have access to place their bets, claim their earnings, or lodge their complaints. The truth is that; you can only buy people’s trust if you have a standard betting office in Nigeria. That is why you must rent an office that befits the kind of business you are into.

4. Open Your Official Website

If you want to start your own sports betting company in Nigeria, you must endeavor to have an official website for your company where people can easily visit and know exactly how your sports betting company operates. Your official website is an important tool in this line of business, because it is part of what you will use to announce the various winners daily, and all the necessary information that you would want to pass across to your customers and the general public.

5. Create Easy Payment and Betting Platform

The advent of the internet has really made sports betting easier compared to the era when you would need to visit an outlet before you are able to place your bet. These days, it is easier to place your bet from your computer or from your smart phones. Hence, what is expected from you as a sport betting company is to create a secured and enabling platform where people can make use of their credits cards to place their bets. It is fact that if your betting platform has been proven not to be secured, you are likely going to lose most of your customers, that is why you must do all it takes to always secure your payment platform.

6. Franchise or Open Multiples of Outlets in Different Locations

The numbers of outlets your sports betting company has determines how successful your company can become. Even though it is expensive opening outlets in different part of town, it is very important to do so because majority of those who engage in sports betting in Nigeria prefer to physically visit betting offices to place their bets as against doing it online. If you know you don’t have the capacity to open the required outlets in various locations, you may want to consider selling your franchise to potential investors. This is one of the means of spreading your brand as a sport betting company.

7. Promote Your Sport Betting Company

If you are conversant with the sports betting industry in Nigeria, you would realize that there are quite a number of sports betting companies in Nigeria- especially in Lagos. So for you to make good success from your sport betting company, you must engage in continuous promotion of your sports betting company. Part of what you would have to do to promote your sports betting company is to sponsor sport programs on radio and TV station, you can also place adverts on National newspapers, amongst other. Brilla fm is the only sports radio station in Nigeria for now; it should top your list of radio stations to advertise on.

Just like starting any other company in Nigeria, starting a sports betting company in Nigeria comes with its own challenges; it requires dedication and hard work to stay afloat. There you have it, all you would need to do to start your own sports betting company in Nigeria.

FK Crvena Zvezda Vs Arsenal: Match Preview & Prediction

Missing Players

Player Status Rating
Milan Borjan Out 7.34
Milan Rodic Out 6.5
Branko Jovicic Out N/A
Vujadin Savic Out 6.74
Player Status Rating
Francis Coquelin Out N/A
Calum Chambers Out N/A
Shkodran Mustafi Out 6.59
David Ospina Out 7.05
Laurent Koscielny Doubtful N/A
Danny Welbeck Doubtful N/A

Team News

  • Red Star Belgrade are without number one goalkeeper Milan Borjan, with Damir Kahriman in line to start between the sticks.
  • Milan Rodic, Branko Jovicic and Vujadin Savic are also injured.
  • Srdjan Babic may get the nod to partner Damien Le Tallec at the heart of the defence.
  • Danny Welbeck and Laurent Koscielny are unlikely to be risked here after the duo picked up knocks in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Watford.
  • Francis Coquelin, Calum Chambers and Shkodran Mustafi are all ruled out.
  • Arsene Wenger is expected to rotate for the Europa League once more, with Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere all in line to start, while Mathieu Debuchy is set for a rare appearance.
  • David Ospina has not travelled with the team so Petr Cech looks set to start between the sticks.

Match Facts

Arsenal have won 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Europa League).

FK Crvena Zvezda have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Europa League).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal‘s last 4games (UEFA Europa League).

FK Crvena Zvezda are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches (UEFA Europa League).


  • Red Star Belgrade sit second in Group H, two points behind Arsenal and have lost just one of their last 10 competitive showings.
  • Arsenal have won only one of their last five away matches and come into this one on the back of a 2-1 loss at Watford. They have impressed in the Europa League this term, though, but this fixture is arguably their toughest in the group stages.
  • This is a tough one to call and a draw may be on the cards.

Benifica Vs Manchester United : Match Preview And Prediction

Missing Players

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Player Status Rating
André Almeida Out 5.89
Jonas Doubtful 6.01
Eliseu Doubtful N/A
Julio César Doubtful 5.81
Player Status Rating
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Out N/A
Paul Pogba Out 6.24
Marouane Fellaini Out 7.96
Michael Carrick Out N/A
Eric Bailly Out 6.85
Marcos Rojo Out N/A

Team News

  • Andre Almeida is suspended after being sent off in a 5-0 defeat away to Basel in their last Champions League match. Douglas should deputise at right-back.
  • Benfica are also expected to be without Jonas, Julio Cesar and Eliseu for the reception of Manchester United.
  • Marcos Rojo has travelled with the Manchester United team but Jose Mourinho has confirmed he is two weeks away from returning to first-team action.
  • The United manager tends to rest Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia in the Champions League and that could continue here.
  • A minor groin injury kept Eric Bailly out of United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Saturday and he is still sidelined for the away side.
  • Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are all pushing for recalls after starting on the bench against Liverpool.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are all ruled out for the away side.

Match Facts

Benfica have lost their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Benfica‘s last 6 games (UEFA Champions League).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man Utd‘s last 3games (UEFA Champions League).

Benfica have conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (UEFA Champions League).

Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).


  • Benfica would have been earmarked as Manchester United’s hardest match before the group stages but the Portuguese giants have lost both group games this season. They have only won two of their last seven matches in all competitions.
  • United have won nine of their opening 11 matches this season and are favourites to top Group A after winning their opening two matches. This is the second of four straight away games for Jose Mourinho’s side and how he rotates his squad will be crucial in maintaining momentum during this period.
  • United have struggled away to Benfica in the past but this is the ideal opportunity to beat them and strengthen their hand in the group. Read the rest of this entry