UEL Match Preview : Manchester United vs FC Rostov

Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw in terrible conditions in the reverse leg back in Russia and are favorites to progress here.

Rostov are unbeaten in their last seven competitive matches, although picking up results away from home has proven extremely hard.

The Russian outfit have only won two competitive matches on the road all season and elimination from the Europa League is expected on Thursday night.

Teams News

Manchester United – Jose Mourinho will recall on the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday after the Manchester United No.9 missed Monday’s defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup through suspension.

Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney are both ruled out again after failing to overcome injuries that saw the duo miss Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge. Naija and Bet 

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Watford

Manchester United are now only two points outside the top four after making it 15 league games without defeat at the weekend. With Liverpool and Tottenham set to face off this weekend they have the chance to move even closer to those currently above them in the Premier League.

Watford have won back-to-back games for the first time since January and their new signings have really made an impact for the Hornets. They will be looking to do their first league double over United for the first time in their history after beating them 3-1 in the reverse fixture back in September. Place Bet on Man United to win on NaijaBet.com 

United have only lost one game at home all season and have kept four clean sheets in their last four matches at Old Trafford, although they will be tested this weekend. Watford haven’t beaten United at Old Trafford since 1978 and that run should be presevered here.

Team News

Manchester United – Phil Jones missed Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Leicester at the weekend with an ankle injury and remains a doubt here, while Marcos Rojo came off at half-time in Sunday’s win and will need time to recover from his knock.

Illness kept Wayne Rooney out of action this weekend but he should recover in time for Saturday’s welcome of Watford.

Other than a possible change at left-back, Jose Mourinho may not feel the need to change the starting XI that beat Leicester when United welcome Watford on Saturday.

This means that Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney continue to miss out.

Watford – Watford’s new signings have made a real impact and Walter Mazzarri may not feel any need to make changes from the side that beat beat Burnley 2-1 when they go to Old Trafford on Saturday.

Jose Holebas missed training at the start of the week with a calf injury suffered as a result of Jeff Hendrick’s red card tackle at the weekend. He is a doubt this weekend.

Costel Pantilimon is expected back in training later this month unless he suffers a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury. Christian Kabasele, however, is back in full training, while Nordin Amrabat is training on his own as he steps up his recovery from an ankle problem.

Match Facts

Man Utd are undefeated in their last 15 matches in Premier League.

Man Utd have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches against Watford in all competitions.

Man Utd have won their last 3 home matches against Watford in all competitions.

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There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Watford’s last 3 Premier League games.

Watford have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Premier League).


As at this post Manchester United has 1.24 odd to win the match on Naija and Bet  while Watford FC has 14.74 has  odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 6.39.

AFCON Match Preview : Burkina Faso vs Egypt

The Burkina Faso side, coach by Paul Duarte have improved with each passing game and will fancy their chances against Egypt on Wednesday.

Egypt have been one of the most consistent sides in the tournament, though not flashy by any means, their effectiveness has seen them win all their games bar the first group game that they drew with Mali.

An added spice to the equation is that Egypt is the only team in the tournament yet to concede a goal while Burkina Faso has scored in all their games.

Ahmed Hegazi has been colossal for the North Africans in the centre of defence and he will also be counted upon to lock out an impressive Burkinabe attack. Win big on NaijaBet.com

It will be a clash of two teams with contrasting styles. Burkina Faso’s counter-attacking, compact defending game against an Egyptian side who love to play expansive football under Hector Cuper.

Team News

Burkina Faso – has also been strong defensively with a solid defensive line of Issoufou Dayo, Bakary Kone and Yacouba Coulibaly.

Match Preview : Hull vs Manchester United

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Hull have a mountain to climb to overcome the 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their FA Cup semi final against Manchester United. The Tigers have lost 12 of their last 13 matches against United in all competitions and haven’t even scored a single goal in any of their last four.

United are unbeaten in their last 17 matches in all competitions but have drawn each of their last two 1-1. They haven’t lost away from home since the start of November and will be confident of going through in this game, but will want to kill the tie quickly.

Missing clear-cut chances has proved United’s undoing this season and that will be a concern for Jose Mourinho. Place you Bet on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Hull – Ryan Mason suffered a life-threating injury in their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday and there will be out for the foreseeable future.

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Liverpool


Manchester United have won nine matches in a row in all competitions for the first time since 2009 and have won six of their last seven league matches against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Liverpool have failed to score in successive matches under Jurgen Klopp for the first time since February 2016 and are now winless in three matches. NaijaBet.com

Manchester United are expected to be a bit more adventurous against Liverpool this time out compared to their 0-0 draw at Anfield earlier in the season, but the manner of Southampton’s 1-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday may lead to Mourinho choosing another defensive approach.

Team News

Manchester United – Eric Bailly is with the Ivory Coast squad at the Africa Cup of Nations and won’t feature for Manchester United until next month.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed their 2-0 win over Hull in the first leg of their League Cup semi final due to illness but Jose Mourinho expects him to recover in time to feature against Liverpool.

The United manager is also confident Marcos Rojo will recover in time to face Liverpool after his muscle injury wasn’t as bad as first feared.

Michael Carrick was rested in midweek but will be recalled to the starting XI here.

Wayne Rooney failed to become United’s all-time leading goalscorer on Tuesday and the United skipper may drop back to the bench for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.

Ashley Young was a surprise starter in the reverse 0-0 draw at Anfield this season and may come in to contention this weekend.


Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho returned to action in midweek after two months out injured and he is expected to start here after getting just less than 30 minutes of game time under his belt against Southampton.

Sadio Mane is away on international duty with Senegal ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and will not be free to play for the next month. Jurgen Klopp may also be without Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson, who are struggling with ankle and heel injuries respectively.

Daniel Sturridge doesn’t often start three matches in a row and may be replaced in attack by Divock Origi.

Loris Karius has started in Liverpool’s last two matches and was the main reason why Liverpool only lost 1-0 on Wednesday night but as league action resumes, Simon Mignolet could return between the sticks.

Match Facts

Man Utd have won their last 6 matches in Premier League.

Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 Premier League matches.

Man Utd have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Liverpool in all competitions.


Man Utd are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 home matches against Liverpool in all competitions.

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 6 matches (Premier League).

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester United has 2.13 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Liverpool has 3.72 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.32.

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Hull


Manchester United have won eight games in a row in all competitions and haven’t lost in over two months. Jose Mourinho has even been able to make changes without upsetting the balance of the team and they are the overwhelming favourites to progress over two legs against Hull.

Hull’s new manager Marco Silva got off to a winning start when they beat Swansea 2-0 in the FA Cup third round at the weekend and the Tigers will need to benefit from the new manager bounce if they are to have any realistic chance of overcoming United over two legs.

Staying in the tie will surely be Hull’s objective on Tuesday but that will be easier said than done against a United side full of confidence. Hull have lost 11 of their last 12 matches against United – the task should be too great for the away side. Place your bet on Naijabet.com

Team News

Manchester United – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will recall Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David De Gea and Antonio Valencia to the team for the first leg of their League Cup semi final against Hull after the quartet were rested in the FA Cup third round at the weekend.


With Liverpool on Sunday, Mourinho may be mindful with his selection here and rest Michael Carrick after he was involved against Reading.

Marcos Rojo lasted just 15 minutes against Reading before suffering a muscle injury and he will not feature in midweek. Luke Shaw was meant to start that match but missed his opportunity to impress due to illness and he may not play here either. Eric Bailly is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

Hull – Ahmed Elmohamady and Dieumerci Mbokani are away on Africa Cup of Nations duty for the next month and will miss both legs of their League Cup semi final against Manchester United.

Michael Dawson is a huge doubt for Tuesday’s match after coming off during their FA Cup win over Swansea with a shoulder injury. Curtis Davies is ruled out, while Harry Maguire is a massive doubts here as well. As a result, Jake Livermore may be asked to drop back into defence, as might Tom Huddlestone if neither Dawson nor Maguire recover in time.

Silva may set up his team defensively to ensure Hull are still in the tie when they take the game back to the KC Stadium later this month.


NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Manchester United has 1.11 odd to win the match on NaijaBet  while Hull City has 21.97 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 8.53.

FA CUP Match Preview : Preston vs Arsenal


Arsenal came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 for the first time in their Premier League history on Tuesday but it was further points lost to their rivals. Attentions now turn to the FA Cup, a competition they’ve won in two of the last three years.

Preston have only lost four of their last 19 matches in all competitions but too many of those results have been draws. In fact, they’ve drawn three of their last five at home and were recently thrashed 4-1 by Leeds.

Simon Grayson has history in giant killing at this stage of the FA Cup after knocking Manchester United out of the competition with Leeds in 2010. This would arguably be a greater achievement given Preston’s status compared to Leeds. Place your bet on Naijabet.com

This will be the first meeting between the teams since 1999, when goals from Nwankwo Kanu and Stefan Malz gave Arsenal a 2-1 win in the League Cup. Preston have a chance here, albeit a slim one.

Team News

Preston – Jermaine Beckford serves the third of a four-match ban here.

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Middlesbrough


Aitor Karanka faces off against Jose Mourinho for the first time as a manager, having served under the Manchester United boss during their stint at Real Madrid.

United finally look to be clicking after winning four straight league games in a single season for the first time since April 2015 – where they won six games in a row – and will be looking to extend that run when they welcome Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Middlesbrough have lost three of their last four in the league and are winless away from home in the each of their last eight, although five of those matches have ended in a draw.

Only five teams have conceded fewer goals in the Premier League this season than Boro, so United cannot afford to be wasteful, as they have throughout the season, on Saturday. Naijabet.com

Team News

Manchester United – Wayne Rooney has a thigh injury and will miss United’s game here, as he did on Boxing Day.

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Sunderland


Manchester United finally look to be clicking into gear under Jose Mourinho and should now be looking to finish 2016 on a high.

They have won three consecutive matches in the Premier League for the first time since August, but haven’t managed four straight wins in the same campaign since April 2015.

Sunderland picked up a valuable 1-0 win over Watford at the weekend but have been dire on the road this season.

They have lost six of their eight Premier League away matches this season and have failed to score in each of their last two away from home, shipping seven in the process. In fact, they have only managed to score in one of their last six away league matches. Naija and Bet

In order to keep on the tails of their rivals, United should expect nothing else other than six points from their next two matches at home to Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Given Sunderland’s abysmal away form, it may not be a happy return to Old Trafford for David Moyes.

Match Preview : West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United


West Brom’s 3-1 win over Swansea on Wednesday has lifted them up to seventh in the league and just four points behind Saturday’s opponents Manchester United.

They are flying at the moment and have scored 10 goals in their last three home games. In fact, since the start of November only Chelsea (18) have won more points than the Baggies (13).

Manchester United secured back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since August with a dramatic 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday night and they must now turn their attentions to recording their win in three away to West Brom. Place your bet on Naijabet.com

Jose Mourinho’s side are better equipped to deal with the festive period and the quick run of games could work in their favour ahead of this very tough match.

West Bromwich Albion – Jonny Evans missed their 3-1 win over Swansea in midweek through injury and he is a doubt to face off against his former side here. Craig Dawson has served his one-match ban but may not get back into the side with Nyom and Chris Brunt options at full-back.