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Chelsea’s Top Four Place under Threat after 1-0 Defeat to Arsenal
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Chelsea’s Top Four Place under Threat after 1-0 Defeat to Arsenal

  The Premier League’s top-four race has been blown wide open, following Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Chelsea on Wednesday night. The Gunners’ victory at Stamford Bridge leaves the door ajar for the Blues’ closest rivals. Mikel Arteta’s men won a game which was crucial to both sides’ quest to play European football next season, thanks to an Emile Smith Rowe’s goal, caused by a poor Jorginho back pass. Chelsea were viewed as favourites to clinch fourth spot, especially with their impressive form since Thomas Tuchel arrived in January. However, an Emile Smith-Rowe goal – caused by a costly error from Jorginho – handed Mikel Arteta’s Gunners all three points to deal a blow to the Blues’ top four aspirations. West Ham, Liverpool and Leicester are vying for the last two posit...
Manchester United and Ajax target Kamaldeen named in Ghana squad for Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire friendlies
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Manchester United and Ajax target Kamaldeen named in Ghana squad for Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire friendlies

The Nordsjaelland winger features in a 30-man squad for matches against the Atlas Lions and the Elephants in June Manchester United and Ajax target Kamaldeen Sulemana and Leicester City centre-back Daniel Amartey are back in Ghana’s squad ahead of the team’s upcoming friendly fixtures against Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire. The two players are among the most conspicuous returnees as Black Stars head coach CK Akonnor announced a 30-man roster for the upcoming matches. Ghana are set to face Morrocco away in Rabat on June 8 before hosting Cote d’Ivoire four days later in Cape Coast.
Barcelona’s title Hopes are Over – Busquets Reacts to 3-3 Draw with Levante
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Barcelona’s title Hopes are Over – Busquets Reacts to 3-3 Draw with Levante

  Barcelona midfielder, Sergio Busquets, has admitted that their hopes of winning the title are over, following the 3-3 draw at Levante on Tuesday night. Ronald Koeman’s men led 2-0 and 3-2, before conceding a late equaliser. Barca have now picked up just five points from their last four games. In addition to winning their two fixtures left, Barcelona need Atletico Madrid to drop at least five points from their last three matches and Real Madrid to lose one or draw two of their last three games. Busquets told Movistar: “We don’t have much of a chance now. It will depend on our rivals, but this is our own fault, [bad] decisions, a lack of concentration. We concede goals too easily. “We don’t feel good because it was always going to be difficult, but we wanted to p...
NWFL: Pelican, Angels Survive, Ibom, Dreamstar Relegated
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NWFL: Pelican, Angels Survive, Ibom, Dreamstar Relegated

Pelican Stars and Abia Angels both survived relegation, while Ibom Angels and Dreamstar Ladies went down as the 2020/21 Nigeria Women Football League play-offs came to an end at the University of Benin Sports Complex, Benin City on Tuesday. Former champions Pelican Stars, Abia Angels, Ibom Angels and DreamStar Ladies were the four teams involved in the play-offs, which were played on a round-robin basis from May 7 to 11. Heading into the final game, Calabar-based Pelican Stars needed a draw against Ibom Angels to ensure topflight safety, having drawn 1-1 with Abia Angels, before beating Dreamstar 4-2 in their first and second fixtures respectively. Pelican Stars finished tops with five points after the 0-0 stalemate against Ibom Angels in their last play-off game Tuesday. W...
Pioli delivers positive update on Ibrahimovic’s injury as AC Milan striker looks to make Euros
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Pioli delivers positive update on Ibrahimovic’s injury as AC Milan striker looks to make Euros

The enigmatic Swedish striker is nursing a knee complaint at present and will not figure in the Rossoneri's next two Serie A fixtures AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has delivered an encouraging update on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's latest injury, with the Swedish striker nursing only a "slight sprain" to his knee. The 39-year-old frontman was forced off after 66 minutes of a 3-0 win for the Rossoneri over Juventus. He has undergone medical tests since then and, while he has been ruled out of Milan's next two fixtures, Pioli has suggested that he could return before the 2020-21 season comes to a close.
UK Prime minister, Boris Johnson Confirms up to 10,000 Football Fans will be Allowed at Sports Stadiums from 17 May
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UK Prime minister, Boris Johnson Confirms up to 10,000 Football Fans will be Allowed at Sports Stadiums from 17 May

The English Premier League clubs will welcome up to 10,000 supporters inside stadiums for the final two rounds of fixtures. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the news as lockdown restrictions continue to ease from May 17. In his press conference, he said: "From Monday 17 May indoor hospitality can reopen and indoor entertainment can resume, including cinemas, museums, and children’s play areas. "All remaining outdoor entertainment can reopen, such as outdoor cinemas and performances. "Some larger events will be able to take place, including conferences, theatre and concert performances, and sports events. Restrictions on the number of attendees will remain as set out in the Roadmap. The news means Manchester City fans will likely see their future champions at hom...
Ghana and Crystal Palace midfielder Schlupp reacts after significant step following injury return
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Ghana and Crystal Palace midfielder Schlupp reacts after significant step following injury return

The German-born shares his thoughts on Saturday’s Premier League action against Sheffield United Ghana international Jeffrey Schlupp was delighted to have made further progress following his recent injury return by seeing 70 minutes of action for Crystal Palace in Saturday’s Premier League victory over Sheffield United. The midfielder was back in the Eagles line-up for the first time since January as they registered a 2-0 away win in the matchday 35 fixture at Bramall Lane. It was his first start for the club since January and just his second since the turn of the year.
Man City Look To Wrap Up Premier League Title As Chelsea Visit Etihad
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Man City Look To Wrap Up Premier League Title As Chelsea Visit Etihad

Manchester City will be hoping to wrap up the Premier League title today as the Citizens welcome Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in what has been tagged a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final on May 29. Manchester City and Chelsea have already locked horns twice this season, with the Citizens getting the better of the Blues in the reverse fixture before Thomas Tuchel’s charges handed them a 1-0 loss in the FA Cup semi-final last month. Pep Guardiola & co. will be buoyed by the win over PSG, which confirmed their place in the UEFA Champions League final. And joining Manchester City in the grand finale in Istanbul later this month will be Chelsea, who eased past Real Madrid to set up the date with their rivals. However, the London club have been transformed under the...
Premier League Bans Away Fans for Final two matches of 2020/2021 season
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Premier League Bans Away Fans for Final two matches of 2020/2021 season

  The Premier League has said away fans will not be allowed into stadiums for the final two matches of the 2020/2021 season. Up to 10,000 supporters will be allowed in for round 37 fixtures on May 18 and 19 and for round 38 fixtures on May 23. This is based on the UK government going ahead with the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions on May 17. However, the league has decided to limit this to home spectators. “Following consultation with clubs, it was agreed matches would not be open to away supporters due to varying operational challenges across the league and the need to deliver a consistent approach, while maximizing the opportunity for home-fan attendance,” a league statement read. “The safety and security of supporters is of paramount importance. Club...
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Dimitar Berbatov Predicts Champions League Tie at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Dimitar Berbatov Predicts Champions League Tie at Stamford Bridge

  A former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has predicted the Champions League semi-final second leg tie between Chelsea and Real Madrid. Chelsea will, on May 5, host Real Madrid in the Champions League fixture at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel’s side had played a 1-1 draw with the LaLiga champions last week in Spain, thanks to goals from Christian Pulisic and Karim Benzema. But Berbatov believes Chelsea will have the edge over Zinedine Zidane’s side and qualify for the Champions League final. Providing his prediction for Chelsea vs Real Madrid, Berbatov was quoted by Metro UK as saying, “The second leg will be an interesting one. “Seeing how Chelsea have progressed under Tuchel, I think they have a great chance to go to the final. “But the same go...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: How Man City Could be Crowned EPL Champions on Sunday
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: How Man City Could be Crowned EPL Champions on Sunday

  Manchester City could be confirmed Premier League champions, 24 hours after they beat Crystal Palace. Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres both scored for the leaders, as they claimed a 2-0 win at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The victory leaves them on the verge of reclaiming their crown from Liverpool. City’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace has taken them to 80 points, 13 clear of closest rivals Manchester United. United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford on Super Sunday. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can only get a maximum of 82 points if they win all their remaining fixtures. If United lose to Liverpool, Guardiola’s men would regain the Premier League trophy with four games left. A United draw would also effectively secure the title for City, because Solskjaer’s s...
EPL: Tuchel Breaks Mourinho’s Record after Chelsea Beat Fulham 2-0
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EPL: Tuchel Breaks Mourinho’s Record after Chelsea Beat Fulham 2-0

  Thomas Tuchel on Saturday, made Premier League history, overtaking former Chelsea managers Jose Mourinho and Luiz Felipe Scolari in the process. The former PSG and Borussia Dortmund boss watched on as Kai Havertz’s brace clinched a 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday. That result has cemented the Blues’ standing in the fourth position with four games left to play. It also saw them record an 11th top-flight clean sheet under Tuchel from just 15 games. No Premier League manager before him can claim to have emulated those efforts, with Mourinho and Scolari opening their respective spells in English football with 10 shoot outs from 15 fixtures.
Gambia to play Kosovo and Comoros in pre-Afcon friendlies
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Gambia to play Kosovo and Comoros in pre-Afcon friendlies

The country has confirmed Tom Saintfiet’s men will take on the Les Coelacantes before facing the Dardanians for their warm-up games to Cameroon 2022 Gambia will play friendlies against Comoros and Kosovo as part of preparations for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, the Gambia Football Federation has confirmed. Afcon debutants Les Coelacantes will provide opposition in Antalya on June 5 before the Scorpions square up against the Dardanians six days later at the same venue. Prior to those games, coach Tom Saintfiet’s men will travel to Turkey for a training camp in May. According to the West African country, the upcoming fixtures will help the Belgian tactician to experiment with tactics ahead of the biennial tournament scheduled for Cameroon.
UEL: UEFA Includes Chukwueze, Pogba, Pepe, others in Europa League team [Full list]
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UEL: UEFA Includes Chukwueze, Pogba, Pepe, others in Europa League team [Full list]

  Nigerian winger, Samuel Chukwueze, has been included in the UEFA Europa League team of this week. UEFA released the Europa League team in a post via its official website on Friday following the conclusion of the semi-final first-leg fixtures on Thursday night. Chukwueze helped Villarreal to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Europa League encounter on Thursday in Spain. The 21-year-old made the list alongside Arsenal’s Nicolas Pépé and Manchester United stars, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Edinson Cavani, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw. Below is the UEFA Europa League team after the conclusion of the first-leg last-4 games: Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno (Arsenal) Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) Harry Maguire (Manchester United) Raúl Albiol ...
Europa League: Owen Predicts Man United vs Roma, Villarreal vs Arsenal
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Europa League: Owen Predicts Man United vs Roma, Villarreal vs Arsenal

  Former Real Madrid player, Michael Owen, has predicted tonight’s Europa League fixtures. Manchester United will host AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final first-leg tie at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will face Villarreal in Spain. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “Manchester United come into this after playing out a cagey 0-0 draw away to Leeds at the weekend. “Roma suffered a 3-2 defeat against Cagliari, not the ideal preparation going into a Europa League semi-final first leg. “That said, I think the Italians would settle for that kind of result here. They will be all too aware of how important it is to take a goal or two back to Italy. “For all I have been massively impressed by United on the road this season, they have made a marked improve...
Paul Merson Names Team to Finish in top four between Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham
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Paul Merson Names Team to Finish in top four between Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham

  Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has named Liverpool as favourites to finish in the top four positions on the Premier League table ahead of the likes of West Ham and Chelsea this season. Merson stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League tie with West Ham United on Saturday evening. Liverpool are currently in 6th position on the Premier League table with a point behind 4th place Chelsea and 5th place West Ham after 33 games. “Liverpool are looking like a threat again, and I think they might just sneak into the top four now,” Merson told Sky Sports. “They have a nice run of fixtures, and the clubs above them are struggling. I think Liverpool are back in it.” Merson added, “I did the West Ham against Newcastle game for Sky, and it couldn’t have been any more disastro...
Champions League Semi-final Fixtures Confirmed
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Champions League Semi-final Fixtures Confirmed

  The two Champions League semi-final ties have been confirmed, following the completion of the last-eight fixtures. Real Madrid booked their place, following a 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield. The Spaniah giants go through with a 3-1 aggregate and will now face Chelsea in the last four. Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Signal Iduna Park. Pep Guardiola’s men qualify with a 4-2 aggregate and will face Paris Saint-Germain next.
Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life
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Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life

Global football governing body, FIFA has banned Chad from football until further notice. The decision was taken by the Bureau of the Fifa Council on Wednesday and takes effect immediately. Note that in December 2020, Fifa had rejected a request from the country’s ministry of sports to dissolve the Chadian Football Federation. On March 10, the minister for youth and sports released a statement to prevent the Chadian Football Association, FTFA, from performing its obligatory duties due to a dispute between both parties. CAF then disqualified Chad from the Africa Cup of Nations qualification race, just a few days prior to their fixtures against Namibia and Mali, following the sport Minister's actions. FIFA has now waded in, banning the country henceforth. FIFA says t...
UEFA Announces Venue for Chelsea’s Champions League ties Against FC Porto
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UEFA Announces Venue for Chelsea’s Champions League ties Against FC Porto

UEFA has announced that the two legs of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto, will be played in Seville. Chelsea was due to travel to Estadio Do Dragao for the first leg on April 7, before welcoming the Portuguese side to Stamford Bridge six days later. However, UEFA has now confirmed both fixtures will take place at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Spain because of COVID-19 precautions. “UEFA is able to officially confirm that the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first and second leg matches involving FC Porto and Chelsea FC, will now both be played at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville. “The dates of the matches (7 April and 13 April 2021) and the kick-off times (21:00CET) will remain the same. “UEFA would like to thank FC Port...
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Onuachu’s late Header Seals Super Eagles Win
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Onuachu’s late Header Seals Super Eagles Win

Nigeria ended Benin Republic’s eight-year unbeaten run at home, when they completed the double over their West African rivals, in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series. Paul Onuachu’s late header clinched a 1-0 win in Porto Novo on Saturday. The Super Eagles had come from a goal down last year to beat the Squirrels 2-1. However, away from home, Gernot Rohr’s men found it tough, until the final moments of the game. The three-time African champions had already qualified for the tournament before kick-off, thanks to Lesotho’s goalless draw with Sierra Leone earlier in the day. With one round of fixtures left, Nigeria lead Group with 11 points, four more than Benin. Sierra Leone have four points, while Lesotho are bottom with three. The Eagles host Lesotho i...
Nigeria National Team did not Contract me – Daniel Akpeyi reacts to Super Eagles snub
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Nigeria National Team did not Contract me – Daniel Akpeyi reacts to Super Eagles snub

  Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has expressed disappointment over the decision of Nigerian coach, Gernot Rohr, to drop him from the Super Eagles squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON, qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Akpeyi only managed to make the Super Eagles standby list, while Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and John Noble received the nod for the fixtures against Benin and Lesotho from Rohr. Rohr’s men will tackle Benin in Porto Novo on Saturday and face Lesotho three days later in Lagos. Akpeyi while expressing his sadness said he was not contracted to the Nigeria national team, adding that he just needs to focus on his club side. “The truth is that I’m concerned. Nothing surprises me in football anymore because I have been in the...
Seven Countries Qualify for AFCON 2022
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Seven Countries Qualify for AFCON 2022

  Two more countries have qualified for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, following the conclusion of Match Day 5 fixtures. They are Guinea and Burkina Faso. Their qualification was confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday via its official Twitter page. “Burkina Faso and Guinea are the latest to bag their qualification ticket,” the tweet read. Burkina Faso drew 0-0 with Uganda, while Guinea defeated Mali 1-0. Five countries had confirmed their places since 2020. They are Cameroon, Senegal, Algeria, Mali and Tunisia. Cameroon has an automatic slot as hosts. 17 spots are still up for grabs in the last two matchdays.
Arsenal star, Bukayo Saka Ruled out of England Clash with Hamstring Injury
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Arsenal star, Bukayo Saka Ruled out of England Clash with Hamstring Injury

Bukayo Saka has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Thursday, March 25. The Three Lions have three qualifiers coming up in the next 10 days, starting with San Marino, and will be without the 19-year-old winger/left-back who has to remain at Arsenal to continue his recovery from a hamstring injury. Saka played 74 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with West Ham last Sunday before he picked up the hamstring injury. England will also face Albania and Poland during the international break and coach Gareth Southgate will be hoping that Saka will be available for those two fixtures. England could also be without Marcus Rashford against San Marino as the Manchester United forward is struggling with a foot injury. The 23-year-old did not take part in We...
Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Aubameyang Confirms Discussion With Arteta after Punishment
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Arsenal vs Olympiacos: Aubameyang Confirms Discussion With Arteta after Punishment

  Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has said his disciplinary situation with manager Mikel Arteta has been resolved. Aubameyang was dropped from the starting XI for the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Tottenham last Sunday, after he arrived late for the squad’s meet-up before the game. On Wednesday, Arteta said he and Aubameyang have addressed the situation ahead of their Europa League fixture. Nowe, the Gabon striker also insists he is now keen to move on from the incident. “On my own situation, I have spoken with the boss and it’s all done now – we move on,” Aubameyang wrote in his matchday programme notes ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Olympiacos. “I’m focused on the next game and it’s a big one for us. We fought so hard last Thursday to get in this...
Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]
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Four Chelsea Players, Man City stars named in Champions League team [Full list]

Four Chelsea players have been included in the UEFA Champions League team of this week. UEFA released the Champions League team in a post via its website on Thursday afternoon following the conclusion of the week’s round of 16, second-leg fixtures on Wednesday. The four Chelsea players are Edouard Mendy, César Azpilicueta, Emerson and Hakim Ziyech. Chelsea players made the list alongside Manchester City stars, João Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne and İlkay Gündoğan. Recall that Chelsea defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0, thanks to goals from Ziyech and Emerson. Below is the UEFA Champions League team after the conclusion of this week’s round of 16 second-leg matches: Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) – 7 points Defenders: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern) – 8 points César Azpi...
Super Eagles Suffer Injury Blow Ahead of Benin, Lesotho Matches
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Super Eagles Suffer Injury Blow Ahead of Benin, Lesotho Matches

Bordeaux manager, Jean-Louis Gasset, has confirmed that Samuel Kalu suffered a recurrence of a thigh injury during their 3-1 win over Dijon in Ligue 1 on Sunday. Kalu was taken off in the 16th minute and replaced by Nicolas de Preville. This comes as a blow for Gernot Rohr, who included the 23-year-old winger in the Super Eagles’ 24-man squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Benin and Lesotho on March 27 and 30 respectively. “For Samuel Kalu, it’s a [recurring] problem behind the thigh,” Gasset told the media after Sunday’s match. Kalu was selected alongside Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze and Sadiq Umar in Nigeria’s attack. He would be replaced by one of Galatasaray’s Henry Onyekuru, Ge...
Man City vs Man Utd: The Blood is Boiling – Solskjaer
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Man City vs Man Utd: The Blood is Boiling – Solskjaer

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said Sunday’s Derby against Manchester City is the best game to bounce back from their run of draws, as their blood will be boiling. The Red Devils have failed to score in their last three fixtures and Solskjaer feels they have been missing something recently. But the Norwegian is hoping his players can thrive on their good record against the league leaders – having won home and away against City last season. “It’s always the perfect game to get everyone going again,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports News. “You get tested against a very good team, in form. As a Manchester United player we know how much this means for our fans. “For this team, we’ve had some of our best moments against City, away and at home. We’ve s...
Yakubu Aiyegbeni Predicts team to Win EPL Title
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Yakubu Aiyegbeni Predicts team to Win EPL Title

  Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has tipped Manchester City to win the Premier League title this season. According to the ex-Everton man, Pep Guardiola’s pattern of football and depth of quality in his squad will see them crowned champions again. City is 15 points clear at the top having won their last 15 fixtures. “I don’t think anyone can challenge them. I think [they are 15 points already ahead of Manchester United] and 22 points ahead of Liverpool – it’s a long way to go,” Ayegbeni told Goal. “The title is gone already, and Manchester City will win the league. They are going to win for sure.” Manchester City’s last league success came in the 2018/2019 season.
Arsenal vs Benfica: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League, Gives Update on Thomas Partey
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Arsenal vs Benfica: Arteta Names Player to Miss Europa League, Gives Update on Thomas Partey

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has confirmed that centre-back, Rob Holding, will miss the Gunners’ Europa League last-32 second leg tie against Benfica on Thursday. Arteta also provided the latest injury update on Midfielder, Thomas Partey ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Benfica at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Arteta said Partey is ‘very close’ to a return from the treatment room. According to him, the Ghanaian international is in contention for the upcoming fixtures against Benfica and Leicester City on Sunday. Recall that Partey picked up an injury during Arsenal’s Premier League 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park earlier this month. “Thomas [Partey] is very close, he’s got a final test today in training, and if he is feeling good, he will be available,” Art...
Mourinho now Leads Premier League Sack Race after 2-1 Defeat to West Ham
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Mourinho now Leads Premier League Sack Race after 2-1 Defeat to West Ham

  Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, is now leading the Premier League sack race following their dramatic slump in form, according to SportsMail. Spurs have lost five of their last six league fixtures. The North Londoners have also been dumped out of the FA Cup by Everton. Mourinho’s lost 2-1 to West Ham on Sunday and that defeat has seen the Portuguese’s odds cut from 7/2 to 23/10 with both Betfair and Paddy Power. A title challenge looked a possibility before Christmas but Spurs’ torrid run has seen them slump to ninth place, with even European qualification far from guaranteed. They, however, have a chance at winning silverware, as they face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on April 25. This week, the Spurs will take a healthy 4-1 lead into t...
Champions League: Draw for Women’s Round of 16 Conducted
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Champions League: Draw for Women’s Round of 16 Conducted

The draw for the women’s Champions League last 16 has been conducted on Tuesday. Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid, while Manchester City takes on Fiorentina. Holders Lyon, who have won a record seven titles and five in a row, have been drawn against Norwegian side Brondby. First legs will be played between March 3 and 4. The return fixtures are expected to take place between March 10 and 11.   FULL DRAW: Wolfsburg (GER) vs LSK Kvinner (NOR) Barcelona (ESP) vs Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) Rosengård (SWE) vs St. Pölten (AUT) BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ) vs Bayern München (GER) Manchester City (ENG) vs Fiorentina (ITA) Sparta Praha (CZE) vs Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) Lyon (FRA) vs Brøndby (DEN) Chelsea (ENG) vs Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
EPL: Berbatov Predicts Leicester City vs Liverpool, Man City vs Tottenham
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EPL: Berbatov Predicts Leicester City vs Liverpool, Man City vs Tottenham

  Former Manchester United and Bulgaria striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has predicted Saturday’s Premier League fixtures. Liverpool, who were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester City last week, travel to Leicester City. The Reds’ title defence is all but over. However, they will be looking to pick up points, to stay in the race for top four places. Berbatov told BetFair: “Liverpool are having a bit of a shaky time at the minute, they have had their ups and downs this season and I think they are there for the taking. “I can see Leicester going out to shock them and I think they will get the win. Prediction: 3-1.” On Man City’s home against Spurs, he added: “Unfortunately, Spurs are playing City at the worst time, the way Guardiola’s team are playing at the moment is unbelievabl...
Liverpool Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead of Leicester City Clash
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Liverpool Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead of Leicester City Clash

  Liverpool has confirmed that midfielder, Fabinho, has suffered a muscle issue ahead of their away Premier League clash against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool disclosed this in a post via its official website on Friday. The Reds head to the game following a 4-1 defeat against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in their previous fixture last weekend. Confirming the development, Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference on Friday that: “Fab will not be available. “He suffered again a little muscle issue, so will be out for this game [against Leicester].” After the Leicester City game, Liverpool will travel to Budapest to take on RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie next Tu...
Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win
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Real Madrid vs Getafe: We Can Still Win the League – Zidane Speaks After 2-0 Win

Real Madrid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted that they could still win the league, following their 2-0 win over Getafe on Tuesday night. Karim Benzema and Mendy scored for Los Blancos in the second half of the match to ensure they got maximum points. The result moved Zidane’s men to within five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. But Real have played two more fixtures than their rivals. “Today we did this because we had to adapt to the situation with lots of absences. We interpreted the match very well and I’m happy for the players, because that’s not easy. We were really good, especially defensively. “I don’t think there are Madridistas who think we can’t win the league. It’s the opposite, they always think we can change things, that’s what we’ll try to do. ...
Timo Werner Opens Up on Champions League Fear Under Lampard
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Timo Werner Opens Up on Champions League Fear Under Lampard

Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, has admitted that his team was scared of failing to qualify for the Champions League under Frank Lampard. Werner, speaking with Chelsea’s 5th Stand app, says Thomas Tuchel has already changed the mindset of the players. The Blues are one point behind the top four spots, after winning their last three fixtures in the league. After starting life under their new manager with a draw against Wolves, victories over Burnley, Tottenham and Sheffield United have followed. Chelsea had won just two of their previous eight matches with Lampard in charge before his sacking, which had left them sitting at the ninth place in the table. “If we go back three or four matches, when the manager was not yet here, we were nine or ten points behind the top four. ...
Highest Goal Scorers in Premier League After Week 23 [See top 15]
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Highest Goal Scorers in Premier League After Week 23 [See top 15]

Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is three goals clear in the race for the Golden Boot this season with 16 goals after Game Week 23 fixtures. Salah remains top of the scoring charts, after his consolation goal from the spot, as the Reds lost 4-1 to Manchester City on Sunday. Tottenham Hotspur captain, Harry Kane, is in second place with 13 goals. Kane shares the position with team-mate Son Heung-Min, Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton). Patrick Bamford of Leeds United has 12 goals. Premier League top scorers: 16 goals: Mohammed Salah (Liverpool) 13 goals: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) 12 goals: Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) 11 goals: Jamie V...
Michael Owen Predicts Man United vs Southampton, Wolves vs Arsenal
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Michael Owen Predicts Man United vs Southampton, Wolves vs Arsenal

Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen, has predicted Manchester United to beat Southampton when both teams clash in the Premier League on Tuesday night at Old Trafford. Owen also predicted Arsenal to play a draw with Wolves tonight at Molineux Stadium. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “Two weeks is a long time in football, just ask Ole Gunnar Solkjaer. One point from their last six is not what the United manager would have targeted following his sides excellent FA Cup win against Liverpool. “Visitors, Southampton, arrive here after a couple of underwhelming results of their own. Back-to-back defeats in the league mean the Saints have lost a bit of ground in the race for Europe. “Although he’s had them playing some excellent stuff this season, Ralph Hasenhütt...
Abramovich Sacking Frank Lampard is Not my Problem –Jose Mourinho
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Abramovich Sacking Frank Lampard is Not my Problem –Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur boss, Jose Mourinho, has said he does not care if Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, fires Frank Lampard as manager. Lampard is under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge, following a run of poor results. The Blues’ 2-0 loss at Leicester City in midweek, was their fifth league defeat in their last eight fixtures. It leaves them in eighth place on the table. Senior officials at the club want to give under-pressure Lampard time to turn the club’s fortunes around and not make a decision mid-season. However, they are believed to be considering Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel who was just sacked at Paris Saint-Germain. Ex-Juventus boss Max Allegri has also admitted he wants to manage in England. Mourinh...
Manchester City Striker, Sergio Aguero Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Manchester City Striker, Sergio Aguero Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero has tested positive for coronavirus. The Argentina international had been self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of another confirmed case, missing the last four fixtures. However, Aguero has confirmed he has contracted the virus himself as a result of that close contact, which will now see him miss further games as he will be out for at least ten days as per the government guidelines for isolation. The 32-year-old tweeted: "After a close contact, I've been self-isolating and the latest test I took was positive for COVID 19. I had some symptoms and I'm following doctor's orders for recovery. Take care, everyone!"   The news means that Aguero will miss the FA Cup trip to Cheltenham, and the Premier League f...
Farewell to 2020 MVP’ – J1 League pays tribute to Olunga after Al Duhail SC switch
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Farewell to 2020 MVP’ – J1 League pays tribute to Olunga after Al Duhail SC switch

The Japanese league have showered praise on the towering Harambee Stars forward after he penned a deal in the Middle East Japanese top-flight J1 League have showered praise on Kenya striker Michael Olunga after he left Kashiwa Reysol for Al Duhail SC in Qatar. The 26-year-old striker was officially unveiled on Saturday night, three days after he had made his debut for the team in a 3-1 Qatar Stars League defeat against Al Sadd. Olunga played for 67 minutes with Algeria star Baghdad Bounedjah scoring a hat-trick in the fixture as the Xavi-led team claimed maximum points.
Super-sub Okereke leads Club Brugge past Sint-Truiden
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Super-sub Okereke leads Club Brugge past Sint-Truiden

The Nigerian striker came off the bench to hand the Blue-Black all points at stake against the Canaries on Saturday night David Okereke was Club Brugge’s hero in their 1-0 triumph over Sint-Truiden in Saturday’s Belgian topflight encounter. Having replaced compatriot Emmanuel Dennis in 53rd minute, the 23-year-old made his presence felt four minutes later by scoring the fixture’s only goal. With Club Brugge travelling to Rome for Tuesday’s Champions League outing versus AS Roma, manager Philippe Clement rested some of his key players. Clinton Mata’s place was taken by Ignace Van der Brempt, while Eduard Sobol replaced Uruguayan star Federico Ricca in the starting XI.
Fati blow for Barcelona after teenage sensation suffers knee injury
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Fati blow for Barcelona after teenage sensation suffers knee injury

The 18-year-old forward was replaced at half-time against Betis by Lionel Messi and looks set to miss Spain's next international fixtures Barcelona sensation Ansu Fati suffered a muscle tear during his side's 5-2 victory over Real Betis, the club confirmed on Saturday. Fati, 18, started for Barca in the absence of Lionel Messi from the first XI as the Catalans looked to bounce back from a run of poor form in La Liga. But he was only able to complete the first 45 minutes, during which Barca struggled to overcome the Seville side as they entered the break tied at 1-1.
Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief
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Juventus-Napoli likely to be postponed after coronavirus chaos, admits FIGC chief

Gennaro Gattuso's side have been prevented from travelling to Turin by local authorities after Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive Juventus’ huge Serie A clash with Napoli on Sunday is increasingly likely to be postponed after the fixture was thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic. Local health authorities have blocked Napoli from travelling to Turin due to a possible Covid-19 outbreak after two players, Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas, tested positive. A member of the team’s staff has also tested positive, as have two staff members at Juventus.
Obasi scores on Rheindorf Altach debut against Union Gurten
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Obasi scores on Rheindorf Altach debut against Union Gurten

The former Nigeria international got his maiden goal for Alex Pastoor’s men in Wednesday’s triumph over the third-tier side Chinedu Obasi scored on his debut for Rheindorf Altach in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Union Gurten in an Austrian Cup fixture. Having replaced Marco Meilinger in the 63rd minute, Obasi scored his side’s second goal of the encounter as Alex Pastoor’s team progressed to the next round of the championship. The 34-year-old joined the Austrian Bundesliga side as a free agent after leaving Swedish outfit AIK Solna, who failed to retain him despite scoring five times and boasting of two assists in 18 league outings.  
UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Fixtures
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UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Fixtures

The quarter final fixtures have been announced, which teams do you think will make it to the semi finals and who will be the eventual winner ? Atalanta vs PSG (12/08/20) Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid (13/08/20) Barcelona vs Bayern Munich (14/08/20) Manchester city vs Lyon (15/08/20)
COVID-19: How Three Arsenal Players were Pulled from Training Over ‘Positive’ Test
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COVID-19: How Three Arsenal Players were Pulled from Training Over ‘Positive’ Test

<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; display: block !important;" role="presentation" src="data:;base64," alt="" aria-hidden="true" /> Three Arsenal players were forced to withdraw from training, after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, The Athletic reports. Ever since the Gunners returned to football, they have lost their two Premier League fixtures. Mikel Arteta saw his side suffer a 3-0 humiliation on his return to Manchester City, before throwing away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 at Brighton two days later. It is now believed their preparations for the restart may not have been ideal. Arsenal had been informed by the Premier League that one of their players ha...
Real Madrid Defeat Sociedad to go top ahead of Barcelona
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Real Madrid Defeat Sociedad to go top ahead of Barcelona

Real Madrid have gone top of LaLiga, following a 2-1 win over Real Soceidad on Sunday. Los Blancos went into the game, knowing that victory will see them knock rivals Barcelona off top spot, after the Catalans could only draw 0-0 with Sevilla 24 hours before. Sergio Ramos scored from the penalty spot, before being forced off with injury. Zinedine Zidane’s men extended their lead at the Anoeta through the in-form Karim Benzema. With seven minutes left, Mikel Merino pulled one back for the hosts, but Madrid held on for all three points. Real Madrid and Barcelona both have 65 points after 30 fixtures, but the team from the capital are top on head-to-head.
Gerrard calls for Liverpool to ‘start working on a statue’ for Klopp ahead of title coronation
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Gerrard calls for Liverpool to ‘start working on a statue’ for Klopp ahead of title coronation

A club legend wants to see the 'best manager in the world' immortalised at Anfield after leading the Reds towards a first league crown in 30 years Steven Gerrard says Liverpool should already be "starting work on a statue" of Jurgen Klopp ahead of their title coronation. Liverpool will be confirmed as the new Premier League champions if they pick up six points from their final nine fixtures of the 2019-20 season. Klopp's men had established an unassailable 25-point lead over holder Manchester City before the coronavirus stopped play in March, having won all but two of their first 29 games.
Does Awaziem deserve the blame for horror error?
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Does Awaziem deserve the blame for horror error?

The Nigeria defender’s gaffe was one of the standout moments of La Liga action on Saturday Chidozie Awaziem’s joy at La Liga returning following the coronavirus suspension was short-lived on Saturday, as the Nigeria defender gifted Real Valladolid an early opener in their 2-1 victory over Leganes. Only two minutes had elapsed when Awaziem, attempting to deal with a high ball through the middle, headed the ball beyond his onrushing goalkeeper Ivan ‘Pichu’ Cuellar, allowing Enes Unal to rush in and poke it home. Perhaps Awaziem can be forgiven for ring rust due to a lack of recent gametime, after all, he hadn’t played for three months before this fixture due to the absence of live action amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

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