Match Preview : Arsenal v Basel

Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin will be unavailable for Arsenal as they welcome Basel to the Emirates in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

The France forward is suspended after his red card in the 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain, while midfielder Coquelin picked up a knee injury at the weekend and is set to be out for around three weeks.

The Gunners will be buoyed by their 3-0 victory over Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, but Arsene Wenger is wary of the threat Basel pose in Europe.

“They have beaten everybody in England – Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool. They have strong results in Europe,” the manager said in a pre-match press conference.

The Swiss club are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions and drew 1-1 with Ludogorets in their opening Champions League fixture a few weeks ago.

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Match Preview : Celtic vs Manchester City

Having been hit for seven in Barcelona, Celtic will hope for a much stronger showing in front of their home support when Manchester City visit Parkhead but they will need to attack the visitors, which will be dangerous.

City got off to a fine start to their Champions League campaign and have maintained a 100% record under Pep Guardiola to now, playing some excellent football along the way.

The away side simply has far too much firepower for a weak Celtic defence, though the hosts do have the potential to cause some problems of their own at the other end. Naija and Bet

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Top scorer Leigh Griffiths is back available following injury but faces competition for a starting berth from Moussa Dembele, who scored twice in a 6-1 win at the weekend.

Match Preview : Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid aren’t in great shape ahead of their big clash against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. They have drawn their last two matches and their front free aren’t fully up to speed. To make matters worse they will be without Casemiro for this fixture and have no similar alternative in their squad. Marcelo’s absence is also a big blow.

Borussia Dortmund, by contrast, are in fantastic shape. They have won their last four matches and scored 20 goals in the process. Everything is starting to click for Thomas Tuchel’s side and they should be confident of beating Madrid, even though Zinedine Zidane’s side have only lost one of their last 15 in Europe. Naija and Bet

The Bundesliga side have won each of their last three matches at home to Madrid and another victory could be on the cards in midweek.

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Match Preview : Hull City vs Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will recall Petr Cech for Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Hull and could also have Theo Walcott available again.

Cech was rested from Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw at Paris Saint-Germain. In his absence, David Ospina impressed, but Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper will return for the trip to the KCOM Stadium.

The hosts boast their best ever start to England’s top flight campaign after four games, including back-to-back wins against Leicester and Swansea in their opening two matches.

A minute’s silence will be held before kick-off to pay tribute to ex-player Daniel Wilkinson, 26, who died in hospital on Monday after collapsing during a match while playing for non-league Shaw Lane. Naijabet

The club said: “We ask supporters to join us in remembering Daniel on Saturday during a period of silence, which will start and end on referee Roger East’s whistle.”

Team news

Walcott faces a late fitness test, as does Olivier Giroud who is carrying a knock.

Saturday’s fixture will come too early for Aaron Ramsey, who has a hamstring injury, and Gabriel Paulista, who is short of match fitness.

Hull’s new signing Dieumerci Mbokani is expected to be included in caretaker boss Mike Phelan’s squad for the home game, following his deadline-day arrival on loan with a view to a permanent deal from Dynamo Kiev.

Club-record signing Ryan Mason and Will Keane may be given starting roles after making their debuts off the bench in last week’s 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Fellow new recruits Markus Henriksen, James Weir and David Marshall hope to feature – Phelan has no new injury concerns.

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Since beating Arsenal in their opening Premier League meeting with them in September 2008, Hull City have lost six of the last seven meetings between the two sides.

Arsenal have lost just one of their previous six visits to Hull, with that defeat coming over 100 years ago in 1915.

Alexis Sanchez has scored four times and assisted two goals in four previous games against Hull in all competitions.

Hull City’s last three Premier League matches have seen a goal scored in the 90th minute or later – the last two of which changed the outcome of the game.

Santi Cazorla has scored two goals and assisted a further two in his four Premier League appearances so far this season.

Naijabet Odds

Arsenal are Naijabet’s odds-on favourites at 1.54 despite both sides being on the same points and Hull being the home side.

The Tigers are given a 5.79 chance and are 4.05 for the draw, with the online bookmaker still considering them even-money chances for relegation.

Match Preview : Chelsea v Liverpool

Antonio Conte’s unbeaten start to his Chelsea tenure will face its biggest test when Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge, live on Friday Night.

Last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Swansea is the only blip for a much-improved Chelsea, who have taken 10 points from four games and are back in their familiar spot in the top four after last season’s mid-table slump.

John Terry is out injured so David Luiz is ready to fill in and make a second club debut after his Deadline Day move from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Friday Night Football game  will also see two of the most vibrant Premier League managers meet, with Jurgen Klopp full of praise for his opposite number ahead of the game.

“He is a great manager, something like the ‘Pep Guardiola of Juventus’ if you want,” Klopp said. “He looks quite emotional, even when they don’t score. Naijabet odd

“They were champions two years ago and then had a difficult year and they changed their manager,” he added.

“Last season was not a Chelsea season and now they are back on track, so we need to be ready for a real challenge.”


Chelsea are missing Terry with an ankle injury, with the skipper joining fellow centre-back Kurt Zouma on the sidelines. Zouma is a long-term absentee with a knee ligament problem. Squad player Marco van Ginkel is the only other injury concern for the Blues.

Liverpool also have concerns over the fitness of a central defender, although Dejan Lovren is expected to be ready to play after bruising his eye in the win over Leicester. Emre Can is struggling to recover from an ankle injury in time, while Joe Gomez remains out but is inching closer to a return to training.


This will be the 53rd meeting between these two sides in all competitions this century, more than any other two teams in English professional football.

Chelsea have lost just once in their last eight Premier League games against Liverpool, though that was in this fixture last season (W3 D4).

Chelsea have lost just once on a Friday in the Premier League, losing 4-2 to Charlton Athletic in December 2003 (W2 D3).

Liverpool have won four of their last five Premier League games contested on a Friday, losing the other to Arsenal in April 2004.

If Chelsea win, it will be the 27th home win in this fixture in the Premier League (currently 13 each) – no Premier League fixture has had more (Liverpool v Newcastle also 27).

Jurgen Klopp recorded his first Premier League win versus Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in October 2015.

Diego Costa has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances, including four in four under Conte this season.

The Reds have scored more Premier League goals in 2016 than any other side (50), with 24 of these coming away from home – a joint league-high alongside Tottenham.

Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 home league games, though this was in their last fixture against Burnley (3-0).

The Blues have won their last two home league games – they’ve not won three in a row at Stamford Bridge since May 2015, when they sealed the Premier League title against Crystal Palace.

Klopp’s side have conceded in each of their last eight Premier League away games – they last went nine without a clean sheet in May 2005.

Conte has not lost any of his last 30 home league matches as a manager (W28 D2 L0) – his last home defeat in league competition came on January 6th 2013 for Juventus against Sampdoria. He has won his last 21 league games at home as a manager.

Chelsea have only allowed their opponents seven shots on target in their four Premier League games (a league-low) but they have conceded four goals from these.


Chelsea are on 2.17  with niajabet while Liverpool are on 3.13, the draw is priced at 3.47

Europa League : Feyenoord v Man United preview

Manchester United have left a host of first-team personnel at home for their trip to the Netherlands to take on Feyenoord in the Europa League.

After losing 2-1 at home to Manchester City on Saturday, United will be looking to get back to winning ways on their Europa League group stage bow.

It will be strange for United followers to see their side enter the competition at this stage with the 20-time English champions more accustomed to the Champions League for so many years.

 Nonetheless, Jose Mourinho has insisted his side are in the competition to win it, and is adamant he will be fielding a strong side in Rotterdam on Thursday night. Naijabet

Changes are afoot, however, with Wayne Rooney not taking part having been left at home. Marcus Rashford is in line to start.

Opponents Feyenoord have plenty of familiar foes in their ranks, with former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt certainly recognisable to United fans, while coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst is also a figure fans will easily identify.

The former Arsenal defender is aware of the task at hand and has singled out Rashford as “one of the biggest threats in England”.

Team news

Rooney is not the only player to be left back in Manchester, with Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw also not named in the squad to travel to the Netherlands.

The trio trained on the eve of the match but have been rested for the Group A clash, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Phil Jones stayed put through injury.

The latter was substituted at half-time of Saturday’s derby defeat to City along with Jesse Lingard, who has also not travelled to Holland.

Van Bronckhorst confirmed he has a fully fit squad and no players will be rested ahead of a crucial weekend clash with PSV.

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United have won both of their previous meetings with Feyenoord, in the 1997-98 Champions League group stages (2-1 home and 3-1away).

Feyenoord have won only one of their last seven meetings with English opposition (D1 L5), 1-0 at Newcastle in the 2002-03 Champions League.

This is only Feyenoord’s second season in the competition since it becamethe Europa League – they were eliminated by Roma in the last 32 in 2014-15.

The last time United played in the first round of the UEFA Cup/Europa League was in 1995-96 – they were knocked out on away goals by Rotor Volgograd.

Feyenoord have won four and lost four of their last eight home games in European competition (excluding qualifiers).

Manchester United have lost six of their last seven away European games, drawing the other (excluding qualifiers). Indeed, they’ve lost their last three European away games – they’ve never lost four in a row.


Favourites Feyenoord are 4.08 with niajabet to make a winning start to their Europa League campaign, with Manchester United  1.84 outsiders while the draw is priced at 3.45


Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach preview

Sergio Aguero is fit to face Borussia Monchengladbach in Manchester City’s rearranged Champions League group-stage opener at the Etihad on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s tie was postponed after the Etihad pitch was left unplayable by a spell of incessant rain, as well as a spectacular thunder and lightning storm, in Manchester and nearby areas.

Aguero missed the derby win over Manchester United through suspension, but Pep Guardiola has confirmed the City forward can play against the Bundesliga side.

Guardiola, who revealed Ilkay Gundogan and Vincent Kompany are closing in on a first-team return, said: “Aguero can play – he was banned, not injured. Naijabet

“Gundogan every day and every week is much, much better. Vincent is in the same situation – he’s training hard. All of the players who didn’t face United did hard training and he trained really good.

“They are almost there to help us play the next six games in the next 18 days.”

City reached the Champions League semi-final for the first time last season, but were knocked out by eventual champions, Real Madrid.

Guardiola, who admitted his side have a tough opener to the new campaign, added: “Borussia are a brave team, a brave coach – one of the best teams in Europe. If we let them play, they have a lot of quality. The draw was difficult for us – of course because of Barcelona but also Monchengladbach.

“They are so, so intelligent. The players in the middle – they are so, so offensive. They receive five players behind our midfield. They counter-attack like a master. Like a German team. They do it well.”

Team news

Fabian Delph and Fernando both missed training on Monday through injury.

Kompany continues to train and is close to returning after a thigh injury while new midfielder Gundogan is also nearing a debut after knee trouble. Midfielder Yaya Toure is not registered for the competition.

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Monchengladbach have won only one of their six games against English clubs in all competitions – a 3-2 win over Arsenal in the UEFA Cup in September 1996.

Wednesday’s clash will be Man City’s sixth consecutive Champions League participation.

This is Borussia Monchengladbach’s second consecutive Champions League group stage participation, after failing to qualify for any of the previous 23 campaigns.

Aguero has failed to score in his last five Champions League games, his longest drought in the competition since his run of five games without a goal between November 2011 and October 2012.

Naijabet odds

Manchester City are 1.39 with Naija Bet to kick-off the Champions League group stages with a victory, while Borussia Monchengladbach are 7.99 to cause an upset and 5.41 to hold their hosts to a draw.

UCL Match Preview : Tottenham vs Monaco

Moussa Dembele is available to face Monaco in Tottenham’s opening Champions League group game on Wednesday.

Spurs received a boost on Tuesday when they confirmed a new five-year contract for midfielder Eric Dier.

Dembele’s availability is further good news for Mauricio Pochettino, although the Tottenham manager will be without Danny Rose, who is still recovering from a knock suffered on England duty.

These two teams met each other for the first time in last season’s Europa League group stage, with Spurs winning 4-1 at White Hart Lane.

Wednesday’s game will see a change of venue, though, as Tottenham host Monaco at Wembley due to the continuing development of their new stadium in north London.

Team news

Spurs welcome back Dembele, who has missed the first four games of the campaign due to a domestic ban carried over from last season.

He received the suspension for violent conduct after clashing with Chelsea striker Diego Costa during the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino may look to ease the Belgium international back into action from the bench, while Moussa Sissoko is in contention to feature and Rose is out.

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Tottenham have won one of their last five Champions League games (1-0 v AC Milan in February 2011), drawing two and losing two.

Tottenham are the first team since Arsenal to play their Champions League home games at Wembley. The Gunners did it in the 1998/99 and 1999/00 group stages, winning only two of their six games (D1 L3).

This is Monaco’s seventh Champions League campaign. Only Lyon (14), Marseille and Paris SG (9) have more among French clubs.

Monaco have reached the knockout stages in five of their previous six Champions League campaigns, including the final in 2004 (0-3 v Porto).

Eight of Monaco’s last nine Champions League goals have been scored in the second half.

Monaco have also conceded only one goal in their last eight group games in the Champions League, against Benfica in November 2014.

Erik Lamela scored four goals in two games against Monaco in last season’s Europa League, including a first-half hat-trick at White Hart Lane.


Group E favourites Tottenham are 1.8 with niajabet to make a winning start to their Champions League campaign, with Monaco 4.84 outsiders while the draw is priced at 3.76