Friday, January 22

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Defoe hails Aribo’s Rangers performance on full return from injury
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Defoe hails Aribo’s Rangers performance on full return from injury

The 38-year-old is delighted with the showing from the Nigeria international against Gary Holt’s men at Ibrox Stadium Rangers centre-forward Jermain Defoe has praised Joe Aribo after his impressive performance in their 2-0 victory over Livingston in Sunday’s Scottish Premiership game. The Nigeria international started his first game for Steven Gerrard’s men since he suffered a muscle injury against St. Johnstone in August. Aribo was ruled out of action for more than eight weeks before returning against Celtic, making a cameo appearance.
Balogun Glad After Winning Rangers Debut, Allays Injury Fears
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Balogun Glad After Winning Rangers Debut, Allays Injury Fears

The Nigeria international has reacted after playing his first game for Steven Gerrard’s men at Pittodrie Stadium Leon Balogun has expressed his delight after helping Rangers secure a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen on his debut appearance on Saturday. The 32-year-old defender teamed up with the Ibrox Stadium outfit from Championship side Wigan Athletic last month after his contract with the Latics ended. The centre-back was immediately handed a starting role in the Gers’ first game of the 2020-21 Scottish Premiership season and delivered solid defensive performances.
Arsenal target Edouard in contract talks with Celtic, says Lennon
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Arsenal target Edouard in contract talks with Celtic, says Lennon

The Hoops boss has confirmed that the Scottish champions are trying to tie a prized asset down to a new deal Neil Lennon has revealed that Celtic are in talks with rumoured Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard over a contract extension, while praising him as a "top-class striker". Edouard enjoyed another superb season at Parkhead in 2019-20, hitting 22 goals in 27 appearances to help Celtic wrap up an unprecedented ninth successive Scottish Premiership crown. The Hoops were awarded the title on a points-per-game basis after the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, with Edouard subsequently picking up the Golden Boot award.
Celtic crowned champions and Hearts relegated as Scottish Premiership season is cut short amid coronavirus pandemic
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Celtic crowned champions and Hearts relegated as Scottish Premiership season is cut short amid coronavirus pandemic

The SPFL have taken the decision to finish the 2019-20 campaign at this point, meaning that the crown heads to Parkhead for a ninth straight year Celtic have been declared Premiership champions for 2019-20, with the SPFL taking the decision to cut short the Scottish season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The vast majority of sides in the top-flight had played 30 fixtures prior to football entering a state of lockdown , with Rangers and St Johnstone stuck on 29. A points per game model has been used to finalise the standings and bring the curtain down on a campaign that will not be played to a finish .
Coronavirus: Champions League and Europa League finals officially postponed and could be scrapped altogether
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Coronavirus: Champions League and Europa League finals officially postponed and could be scrapped altogether

UEFA has officially postponed the men's and women's Champions League finals and the Europa League final which could all be scrapped altogether due to the coronavirus pandemic. All three finals were due to be played in May with Turkey's Istanbul set to host the men's Champions League final on May 30, while the Europa League final was due to take place on May 27 at Gdansk in Poland. Last week UEFA put in place provisional dates of June 24 and 27, but the European football’s governing body has now decided to postpone the Champions League and Europa League finals with no rearranged dates discussed. It was also discussed at the meeting of the European Clubs’ Association whether to abandon them altogether. According to the Mirror, the postponement means in reality that even UEFA hav...
“I was a monster to him” – John Fashanu opens up on death of his Gay Brother 21-years after
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“I was a monster to him” – John Fashanu opens up on death of his Gay Brother 21-years after

Former footballer turned Sports Consultant, John Fashanu has opened up on the death of his Gay brother Justin Fashanu, admitting regret of being part of the culture that condemned his elder brother, leading to his death. In 1988, the former Wimbledon star was in the glitzy Dorchester Hotel, celebrating with his team-mates after their FA Cup astonishing victory against Liverpool when a group of players were laughing and joking about the fact that his brother Justin was gay. John says: ‘At that time, anybody saying my brother was gay was reason to fight them. Now you wouldn’t think twice about it. But then it was an insult to my family name. One of my brothers was gay. Are you mad?’ Ten years later his brother Justin, the first £1million black footballer and first openly gay pro...
Leaked WhatsApp Messages Shows Cardiff Offered Emiliano Sala a Commercial Flight But he Rejected it
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Leaked WhatsApp Messages Shows Cardiff Offered Emiliano Sala a Commercial Flight But he Rejected it

Leaked WhatsApp messages between the late Argentine striker,Emiliano Sala and premiership club Cardiff have revealed that he was offered a commercial flight from France to Wales but he rejected the offer. This comes after the late's footballer agent Willie McKay claimed the Premier League club abandoned Sala, leaving him to make travel arrangements after his £15million transfer from Nantes. The arranged the flight saw the 28-year-old lost his life after the plane crashed in the Channel last month. McKay told the BBC on Thursday night: 'He was abandoned in a hotel more or less to do his travel arrangements himself. Nobody in Cardiff seemed to be doing anything. It was a bit embarrassing for Cardiff. 'They buy a player for £15m and then leave him in a hotel by himself to go o...
Struggling Fulham sack manager Claudio Ranieri
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Struggling Fulham sack manager Claudio Ranieri

Scott Parker is caretaker manager Claudio Ranieri, who less than three years ago was the hero of the English Premiership after leading lowly Leicester City to the title, has parted ways with struggling Fulham. Ranieri, who was sacked by Leicester City barely six months after leading them to the Premiership title, was recruited by Fulham to steady their ship following a poor start to the season. But the job seemed too difficult for even a manager as experienced as the Italian. Fulham are now 10 points off safety after a seventh defeat in their last eight league games Speaking yesterday before Ranieri’s departure was confirmed, Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney said they have struggled for momentum after making 12 new signings in the summer. Fulham chairman, Shahid Khan has explaine...
Predictions For English Premiership Week 26 By Owolabi Marcus
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Predictions For English Premiership Week 26 By Owolabi Marcus

Everton vs Man City: 9.20 - 5.90 - 1.34 Fulham vs Man Utd: 5.00 - 4.15 - 1.71 Crystal Palace vs West Ham: 2.05 - 3.55 - 3.85 Huddersfield vs Arsenal: 5.60 - 4.35 - 1.62 Liverpool vs Bournemouth: 1.23 - 7.30 - 13.50 Southampton vs Cardiff: 1.77 - 3.80 - 5.10 Watford vs Everton: 2.30 - 3.55 - 3.20 Brighton vs Burnley: 2.10 - 3.30 - 4.05 Spurs vs Leicester: 1.70 - 4.05 - 5.20 Man City vs Chelsea: 1.52 - 4.65 - 6.60 The premier league is approaching the tail end of the season and unexpected results will be springing up. Everton vs Man City both team to score. Man United straight win Crystal Palace to win Arsenal to win Liverpool to win Southampton to win Watford vs Everton both team to score Brighton vs Burnley Brighton to win Spurs vs Leicester straight ...
Spurs Defeats Cardiff to Go Second on New Year Day
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Spurs Defeats Cardiff to Go Second on New Year Day

PREMIERSHIP Tottenham strolled to a comprehensive 3-0 win at Cardiff City yesterday to climb back up to second place in the Premier League table. Spurs ruthlessly exposed the hosts’ flimsy defending to race into a 2-0 lead after just 12 minutes – Harry Kane bundling in a fortuitous early opener and Christian Eriksen nestling a fine strike into the bottom corner. Son Heung-min added a third before the break and, from that point, the untroubled visitors seemed to ease off a little. Cardiff at least registered their first efforts on target in a low-key second half but the damage had already been done and they remain 16th in the table, three points clear of the relegation zone. By contrast, a sixth victory from seven league matches closes the gap between Spurs and leaders Li...
Nigeria Liverpool Loanee in Showdown with Gerrard
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Nigeria Liverpool Loanee in Showdown with Gerrard

Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria is about now holding showdown talks with Rangers coach Steven Gerrard over his future at the Scottish Premiership side. The former Golden Eaglets invitee was not in Rangers’ travelling party to the Austrian capital for the Europa League matchday six fixture against Rapid Vienna fuelling speculation that all is not well with the player. Sky Sports has suggested that Ejaria is not in the good books of Gerrard because he turned up late for training in the build-up to the Group G clash against Villarreal at Ibrox a fortnight ago. ”Ovie is slightly unsettled at the moment, I spoke to him a couple of days ago,” Gerrard said ahead of Thursday’s match against Rapid Vienna. “We decided it was best to leave him at home and the plan is to talk to Ovie on Fri...
Predictions for Premiership weekend 15th – 16th December 2018 By Darren Glover
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Predictions for Premiership weekend 15th – 16th December 2018 By Darren Glover

Saturday 15th December Manchester City    1-1        Everton                    1.26    7.00    12.00 Tottenham Hotspur    4-1        Burnley                    1.21    7.60    16.25 Watford        3-2        Cardiff City                1.67    4.05    5.80 Huddersfield Town    1-0        Newcastle United            1.40    4.90    7.25 Wolves            2-3        Bournemouth                5.75    4.40    1.60 Crystal Palace        2-2        Leicester City                2.70    3.15    2.95 Fulham            2-1        West Ham United            2.90    3.65    2.45   Sunday 16th December Southampton        1-2        Arsenal                    3.95    4.05    1.92 Brighton & Hove A.    1-2        Chelsea                    7.90    4.65    1.47...
Predictions for Premiership weekend 24th – 26th November By Darren Glover
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Predictions for Premiership weekend 24th – 26th November By Darren Glover

Brighton        2-2        Leicester City                2.90    3.20    2.70 Fulham            2-0        Southampton                2.65    3.45    2.75 Everton            3-0        Cardiff City                1.45    4.85    7.75 Manchester United    5-1        Crystal Palace                1.40    4.90    7.25 Watford        2-3        Liverpool                5.75    4.40    1.60 West Ham United    1-4        Manchester City            11.00    6.50    1.25 Tottenham Hotspur    1-1        Chelsea                    2.80    3.50    2.60 Bournemouth        1-2        Arsenal                    3.40    3.90    2.10 Wolves            2-1        Huddersfield                1.50    4.15    7.75 Burnley            0-0        Newcastle United            2.90    3.1...
Predictions For Premiership Weekend 10th – 11th October By Darren Glover
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Predictions For Premiership Weekend 10th – 11th October By Darren Glover

Cardiff City ​​1-0 ​​Brighton ​​​​2.55​ 3.15​ 3.15 Huddersfield​​ 1-1​​ West Ham United​​​ 3.45​ 3.25​ 2.30 Leicester City ​​2-1​​ Burnley ​​​​​1.50​ 4.40​ 7.00 Newcastle​​ 1-0​​ Bournemouth ​​​​2.85​ 3.40 ​2.60 Southampton​​ 2-2​​ Watford​​​​ 2.55​ 3.30​ 3.00 Crystal Palace​​ 1-3 ​​Tottenham ​​​​4.30​ 3.80​ 1.85 Liverpool​​ 3-0​​ Fulham​​​​​ 1.12​ 11.00​ 24.00 Chelsea ​​​1-1​​ Everton ​​​​​1.45​ 5.00​ 7.00 Arsenal​​​ 2-1​​ Wolves​​​​​ 1.70 ​4.25​ 4.90 Man City​​ 0-0​​ Man Utd​​​​ 1.40 ​5.50 ​7.50   Everton draw @5.00,  Watford draw @3.30, Man Utd draw @5.50 and West Ham United draw @3.25. N1,000 pays N299,406.25 Bet Code is 180943314 ...
Weekend Premiership Predictions
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Weekend Premiership Predictions

Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United 3.55 3.65 2.10 Cardiff City 1-2 Leicester City 3.70 3.40 2.15 West Ham United 1-1 Burnley 1.75 3.80 5.25 Newcastle United 2-1 Watford 2.80 3.20 2.75 Everton 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion 1.60 4.10 6.50 Arsenal 3-2 Liverpool 3.70 3.95 2.00 Wolves 2-3 Tottenham 3.05 3.40 2.45 Manchester City 4-0 Southampton 1.12 10.50 23.00 Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace 1.30 6.50 11.00 Huddersfield 0-0 Fulham 2.30 3.40 3.25 Arsenal/Liverpool (1.50) Wolves/Tottenham (1.75), Chelsea/Crystal Palace (1.95), Bournemouth/Manchester United (1.60) West Ham/Burnley (1.95) 1000 pays 15,970 Bet Code is 179831683
Predictions for Premiership weekend 27th – 29th October By Darren Glover
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Predictions for Premiership weekend 27th – 29th October By Darren Glover

Watford        2-1        Huddersfield Town            1.75    3.75    5.25 Liverpool        4-1        Cardiff City                1.12    10.50    28.00 Brighton        1-2        Wolves                    3.20    3.15    2.50 Fulham            2-1        Bournemouth                2.90    3.80    2.35 Southampton        1-1        Newcastle United            2.15    3.30    3.90 Leicester City           0-0        West Ham United            2.10    3.50    3.75 Crystal Palace        1-2        Arsenal                    4.50    4.20    1.75 Burnley            1-3        Chelsea                    9.75    5.00    1.35 Manchester United    2-0        Everton               1.75    3.90    4.80 Tottenham        1-1        Manchester City           4.70    4.30    ...
Ex-Celtic Boss Deila: Van Dijk Needed To Change Attitude To Get Liverpool Move
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Ex-Celtic Boss Deila: Van Dijk Needed To Change Attitude To Get Liverpool Move

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila believes Virgil van Dijk won his move to Liverpool after changing his attitude towards fitness training. The Dutchman played under the Norwegian at Celtic Park for a year, winning the Scottish Premiership in 2014/15. "I think he was not fit enough to be at the highest level," Deila told theA Celtic State of Mind podcast when referring to Van Dijk's early days at Celtic. "He has unbelievable skills and potential but he needed to be better to train everyday, take care of himself better and I think he progressed a lot in that year to be more conscious about how he lives his life after football and also how he trains. "He was so good after this period."
Rangers keeper McGregor backs Gerrard for Premier League success
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Rangers keeper McGregor backs Gerrard for Premier League success

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has backed Steven Gerrard to be a Premier League manager. The Liverpool icon has performed well with the Gers this season in his first ever senior managerial role. "As a person and as a manager, he's really good and it wouldn't surprise me one day if he gets - and I am not saying Rangers isn't a big job, it's a massive job - a top Premiership club," McGregor told Sky Sports News. "The club he's been at all his life [Liverpool] is a massive club as well, and there are a lot of similarities [with Rangers]."
Wenger Unwilling To Sacrifice Any Potential Trophy
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Wenger Unwilling To Sacrifice Any Potential Trophy

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no plans to sacrifice any competition after Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola questioned the value of the Carabao Cup. Manchester United boss Mourinho suggested scrapping the cup could help English clubs be more competitive in Europe. The Portuguese tactician was backed by Manchester City counterpart Guardiola, who played down the significance of the competition. But Wenger was unwilling to follow suit, saying there was too much pressure to simply just give up on any potential trophy. "With the pressure that every club is under now, you cannot sacrifice any competition," the Frenchman said. "You know that you could pay the price sometimes for it because if you go further in the League Cup, at some stage you play semi-finals where you are home and away i...
Arsene Wenger Fears Another Slow Arsenal Start
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Arsene Wenger Fears Another Slow Arsenal Start

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the strength of competition in the Premier League means his side cannot afford another false start if they are to challenge for the title. Arsenal have lost three of their last four opening games, with last term’s 4-3 defeat at home to Liverpool setting the tone for a campaign in which they missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 1997. Wenger’s men launch the new campaign at home to Leicester City on Friday and he urged his players to harness the momentum from a promising pre-season that culminated in victory over Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield. “We want to find a good balance between the confidence we can get out of these games and the urgency that every Premiership game demands,” he told reporters at Wemb...
Mikel, Musa, Moses Will Stop Cameroon – Onigbinde
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Mikel, Musa, Moses Will Stop Cameroon – Onigbinde

As Nigeria prepares for the destiny shaping tie with Cameroon in the countdown to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, former Super Eagles manager Adegboye Onigbinde believes that the quick recovery of the injured duo of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses and the rediscovery of form by Ahmed Musa will be key to the team’s qualification. The three ‘M’s will certainly form a potent strike force against Nigeria’s next opponent, Cameroon in August.. Musa’s form has dipped of late as he had to play as substitute in the Super Eagles while not getting considerable match time in his Premiership club, Leicester. Mikel and Moses last featured for Nigeria in the 3-1 victory over Algeria last November in the World Cup qualifier. Incidentally, all goals for Nigeria were scored by the duo, with Chelsea’s Mo...