Connect with us

    Can Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool, Barca, Real Madrid And Bayern Survive This Scary Weekend!





    Arsenal have won nine successive EPL games against Newcastle

    Arsenal remain without injured duo Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott but Shkodran Mustafi may be available following a thigh problem. Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette are set to be reinstated after being rested at West Ham in midweek. Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is banned following his red card against Everton, with former Arsenal player Isaac Hayden expected to deputise. Aleksandar Mitrovic misses out with a back injury but Paul Dummett returns.

    MATCH FACTS: Head-to-head

    • Arsenal have won nine successive Premier League games against Newcastle, scoring 22 goals and conceding just six.
    • Newcastle have lost their last five away matches at Arsenal, with their most recent victory being 1-0 in November 2010.
    • Arsenal are winless in three Premier League games, drawing two of them.
    • They are closer to the bottom of the table than to the top – 18 points ahead of Swansea and 19 points behind leaders Manchester City.
    • Arsenal could lose back-to-back home league games in the same season for the first time since November 2010, when one of those defeats came against Newcastle.
    • The Gunners are unbeaten in 33 matches against promoted teams, winning 28 of them, since losing at QPR in March 2012.
    • Arsene Wenger’s side have kept eight clean sheets in 2017-18, second only to Manchester United’s 10.
    • No side have hit the woodwork more than Arsenal this season, who have done so on 10 occasions.
      Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in four league games against the Magpies at the Emirates Stadium.

    Newcastle United

    • They have picked up just one point in their last eight Premier League matches, conceding 18 goals during that period.
    • Newcastle’s tally of 15 points is their lowest after 17 matches of a top-flight season since 1988-89, when they went on to finish bottom.
    • The Magpies’ last league win was 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on 21 October.
    • Rafa Benitez’s side have been beaten in 10 of their 17 league games.
    • Newcastle’s 1-0 win at Swansea in September is their solitary triumph in 19 Premier League away matches – they have taken just seven points from a possible 57 during this run.

    Morata back to haunt Saints

    Chelsea welcome back top scorer Alvaro Morata, who missed the win at Huddersfield through a combination of fatigue and a back problem. Defender David Luiz is continuing his rehabilitation from inflammation on his knee and remains out. Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has a full squad at his disposal. Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse could earn recalls after dropping out of the starting line-up in the midweek defeat by Leicester. Wesley Hoedt, who was not even on the bench on Wednesday despite being available, may also return.

    MATCH FACTS:Head-to-head

    • Chelsea have won each of their last three Premier League games against Southampton since losing 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in October 2015.
    • Saints have kept one clean sheet in their last 24 league games against the Blues – a goalless draw in west London on Boxing Day 2002.


    • Chelsea have won seven of their last nine league matches (D1, L1), including their last four games at Stamford Bridge.
    • Antonio Conte has won 74.6% of his league matches as Chelsea head coach, the best record of any Blues boss.
    • All but one one of their nine Premier League defeats under Conte have come in London.
      Willian has been directly involved in six league and cup goals in his last four starts for Chelsea, with four goals and two assists.
    • Eden Hazard has had a hand in five goals in his last seven games against Southampton, scoring three and providing two assists.


    • Southampton have only won two of their 40 top-flight matches away to the reigning champions – against Leeds in 1970 and Chelsea in 2015.
    • Saints’ tally of 18 points after 17 games is their lowest at this stage since their first season back in the Premier League in 2012-13.
    • They have six points fewer than at this stage last term under Claude Puel.
    • Charlie Austin has scored eight goals in his last 12 Premier League starts for Southampton, including four in his last four games.

    Tottenham seeks to maintain hoodoo over Manchester City

    Manchester City are likely to recall Leroy Sane and Kyle Walker, who will make his first competitive appearance against his former side. Defenders Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Benjamin Mendy remain sidelined. Tottenham central defender Davinson Sanchez must complete a three-game ban.Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele may return after being rested in midweek, while Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier could also feature if Spurs continue to rotate their full-backs.

    MATCH FACTS: Head-to-head

    • Manchester City are winless in four Premier League games against Spurs since a run of four consecutive victories between November 2013 and May 2015 (D1, L3).
    • Tottenham have won 10 Premier League away games at Manchester City, more than they have at any other club.

    Manchester City

    • City’s record run of 15 consecutive league wins is only the third best streak of Pep Guardiola’s managerial career. He won 16 in a row with Barcelona in 2010-11 and 19 with Bayern Munich in 2013-14.
    • Manchester City have scored the winning goal in or after the 83rd minute in each of their last three league and cup home games.
    • Sergio Aguero is one shy of 100 goals for Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in all competitions. He has 99 goals in 133 home games.
    • Aguero has scored 35 times in 52 Premier League games against “big six” opposition – with those strikes representing 29% of City’s 119 goals in those matches.
    • David Silva has scored four times in his last three games – doubling his total this calendar year to eight Premier League goals.
    • City boast the only three players to have scored at least five Premier League goals this season whilst also registering at least five assists – David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne (both five goals and eight assists), plus Leroy Sane (six goals and six assists).

    Tottenham Hotspur

    • Spurs have not won a Premier League away game since beating Huddersfield in September, claiming just one point from four matches.
    • Under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have won just one of 17 Premier League games away to the “big six” (D6, L10). That sole victory came at Manchester City in February 2016.
    • Pochettino’s first match as a head coach was against Pep Guardiola – he led Espanyol to a 0-0 draw against Barcelona in a Copa del Rey game on 21 January 2009.
    • A month later, Pochettino claimed his first ever win by guiding Espanyol to a 2-1 league victory against Guardiola’s Barca at the Camp Nou on 21 February.
    • Pochettino has won two of 11 competitive meetings with Guardiola as a manager or head coach (D4, L5).
    • Harry Kane has seven goals in seven Premier League away matches for Spurs this season.
      Kane’s Premier League goal tally in 2017 stands at 33 goals in 33 games – just three goals away from equalling Alan Shearer’s record of 36 in 1995.

    West Brom have lost eight of their 11 EPL home games against Man United

    West Brom could be boosted by the return of Matt Phillips and Gareth Barry following respective hamstring and thigh injuries.However, Nacer Chadli, Craig Dawson and James Morrison remain sidelined.
    Manchester United central defender Eric Bailly is out for up to three months with an ankle injury. Paul Pogba serves the final game of his suspension but Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini may both be involved after respective head and knee injuries.
    MATCH FACTS: Head-to-head

    • West Brom have lost eight of their 11 Premier League home games against Manchester United, with their only victory coming in March last year.
    • However, Albion have won three of the eight league meetings home and away since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as United manager (W3, D2, L3).
    • The teams drew 5-5 at The Hawthorns in May 2013, in Ferguson’s 1500th and final match in charge of Manchester United. Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick for West Brom in that game.

    West Bromwich Albion

    • West Brom are enduring a seven-match winless run at home in the league (D5, L2).
      They haven’t won at all since August and are currently on a club record winless streak of 16 games in all competitions.
    • The Baggies are yet to score in the Premier League since Alan Pardew took charge three games ago.
      Albion have failed to score in 17 league matches so far in 2017. Another game without a goal would make it their worst return since 1971, when they failed to score in 20.
    • This could be Gareth Barry’s 36th Premier League appearance against Manchester United – only Ryan Giggs (38) has faced an opponent more often in Premier League history.

    Manchester United

    • United are looking for a third consecutive away win in the Premier League – they’ve scored seven goals in their two previous victories.
    • The Red Devils have earned 24 Premier League points out of a possible 27 at Old Trafford this season, but only 14 points out of a possible 24 in away fixtures.
    • David de Gea has kept 24 clean sheets since the start of last season, a figure matched only by Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak in the five major European leagues.
    • Since the start of last season, Romelu Lukaku has scored 30 goals in 38 league appearances against clubs outside the established top six.
    • Lukaku scored a hat-trick the last time he played in this fixture; no player has ever scored a hat-trick for both clubs in a Premier League fixture.

    Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games in the Premier League

    Tyrone Mings and Adam Federici remain out for Bournemouth with back problems, while Brad Smith is again sidelined by a hip injury. Both Steve Cook and Harry Arter are one booking away from a suspension.
    Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will return for Liverpool after missing out against West Brom with an ankle problem. The Reds have a lengthy injury list and will also be without the suspended Emre Can, but Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge could be involved.

    MATCH FACTS: Head-to-head

    • Bournemouth’s 4-3 win in this fixture 12 months ago is their only triumph in 11 league and cup games against Liverpool (D3, L7).
    • Last season’s two meetings produced a total of 11 goals – only the games between Crystal Palace and Swansea (12 goals) yielded more in 2016-17.


    • The Cherries are winless in their last five league games (D3, L2).
    • They have claimed eight Premier League points at home this season – only Swansea, with seven, have fewer.
    • Eddie Howe’s side have taken just one point from a possible 27 this season against teams who began this weekend in the top half of the table.
    • Jermain Defoe has scored three goals in his last three league matches against Liverpool, one more than he netted in his first 20 games versus the Reds.


    • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games in the Premier League (W5, D3) – their best run since an 11-match streak ended in November 2016.
    • The Reds have only lost one of their last 22 league games against teams from outside the “big six”, winning 14 of those matches and drawing seven.
    • Jurgen Klopp has made 65 changes to Liverpool’s starting line-up in this season’s Premier League, which is 23 more than any other team.
    • Last season, Klopp only made a total of 54 changes to his starting line-up in the league.
    • Mohamed Salah could become the first Liverpool player to score at least 20 league and cup goals in a single season since Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge both did so in 2013-14.
    • Twenty three of the Reds’ last 27 goals in all competitions have been scored by either Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino or Philippe Coutinho.

    La Liga: Five things to look out for this weekend

    Real Madrid’s involvement in the Club World Cup means the Barcelonas, Atletico Madrids and Valencias can take advantage by winning this weekend. Real Madrid’s Club World Cup commitments mean Barcelona, Valencia and Atletico Madrid have a huge chance to put even more distance between themselves and the European champion this weekend. Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad face off at San Mames, while newly-promoted Girona and Getafe have the chance to move into the top six.
    Here, AFP Sports looks at five things to watch for this weekend in La Liga:

    Barca’s big pre-Clasico chance

    If it beats Deportivo la Coruna at the Camp Nou on Sunday, Barca will take a commanding 11-point lead over Real. Next weekend, Barca travels to the Santiago Bernabeu bidding to end the year with an El Clasico win over Real Madrid. Even with a game in hand, Madrid has never overcome such a deficit to win the league and to remain in the title race would realistically need to inflict Barca’s first defeat since it last visited the Bernabeu back in August to win the Spanish Super Cup.

    Suarez back in business

    Further aiding Barca’s bid to regain the title is Luis Suarez’s return to form after a poor start to the season. Suarez struggled for both form and fitness after rushing back from a knee injury suffered as Barca fell to Madrid in the Super Cup.
    However, the Uruguayan has scored in his last two outings against Celta Vigo and Villarreal with the latter strike in particular displaying the touch and speed of movement of Suarez at his best. Playing Deportivo also tends to bring the best out of the former Liverpool striker, having netted six times in his last three meetings against the Galicians.

    Bleak times in the Basque country

    Athletic and Sociedad are both in need of some festive cheer in the midst of hugely disappointing campaigns so far only propped up by progress to the Round of 32 of the Europa League. Both sides have just two league wins each since mid-September and were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by third-tier opposition in Formentera and Lleida Esportiu.
    However, with just six points separating sixth from 17th in the table, European ambitions for next season are still a realistic goal for the Basque teams if the squads boasting the talents of Spanish internationals Kepa Arrizabalaga, Inaki Williams, Aritz Aduriz, Asier Illarramendi and Alvaro Odriozola start playing to their potential.

    From second-tier to top six

    With Girona hosting Getafe before Villarreal’s trip to Celta Vigo on Sunday, a win for either side will take it into the top six for a few hours at least despite having two of the five smallest budgets in the division. “Money isn’t everything, with humility Girona are competing very well,” said Girona boss Pablo Machin after Monday’s 1-0 win at Espanyol.
    In its first ever season in the top flight, Girona’s tiny budget on paper is aided by Manchester City’s part ownership of the Catalan club with five players on loan from the Premier League leader.
    After bouncing straight back after relegation, Getafe has learned from the mistakes made during its 12-year stay in La Liga between 2004 and 2016 with crowds up at the Alfonso Perez Coliseum and Jose Bordalas building a side that caused even Barca and Madrid problems and inflicted Valencia’s only defeat of the season.

    Alaves threatens Atletico charge

    End 2017 strongly and Atletico could be very much in the title race come the new year with nearly 100 million euros of talent in Diego Costa and Vitolo finally freed up to play from January. Victory over Alaves in their final home game of the year on Saturday will see Diego Simeone’s men sleep just three points off the top and open up a five-point lead over city rival Real.
    However, despite still languishing in the relegation zone, Alaves poses a more potent threat with Abelardo Fernandez in charge, having masterminded two wins from two since being named the Basques’ third coach of the season.


    England – Premier League
    3:30 Leicester City – Crystal Palace-1/over/gg
    6:30 Arsenal – Newcastle-1/over
    6:30 Brighton – Burnley-x2/gg
    6:30 Chelsea – Southampton-1/over
    6:30 Stoke City – West Ham Utd-2/over
    6:30 Watford – Huddersfield-1over
    8:30 Man City -Tottenham-1/over/gg


    3:15 West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United – 2/over
    7:30 Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Over

    England – Championship
    6:00 Birmingham – QPR-X/GG
    6:00 Bolton – Burton Albion-2/UNDER
    6:00 Brentford – Barnsley-1
    6:00 Bristol City – Nottingham Forest-X/GG
    6:00 Derby County – Aston Villa-X
    6:00 Ipswich – Reading-2

    5:30 Augsburg vs Freiburg-1/OVER
    5:30 Stuttgart vs Bayern-2
    5:30 Werder Bremen vs Mainz-1
    5:30 E.Frankfurt vs Schalke-X
    5:30 FC Cologne vs Wolfsburg-2
    8:30 Dortmund vs Hoffenheim-1

    Hannover 96 vs Leverkusen-2
    Leipzig vs Hertha Berlin-1

    6:15 Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad-1/OVER
    8:30 Eibar vs Valencia-2/OVER
    10:45 Atletico Madrid vs Alaves-1/OVER

    Dutch Eredivisie
    7:30 SC Heerenveen vs NAC Breda-1
    8:30 Willem II vs PEC Zwolle-X
    9:45 PSV Eindhoven vs ADO Den Haag-1
    10:45 Roda vs VVV-Venlo-X
    10:45 Twente vs Vitesse-2

    Turkey Super Lig
    12:00 Genclerbirligi vs Kasimpasa-1
    4:30 Alanyaspor vs Sivasspor-2
    7:30 Trabzonspor vs Bursaspor-1

    Portugal Liga NOS
    7:00 Feirense vs Vitoria de Setubal -1
    9:15 Estoril vs Aves
    11:30 Braga vs Belenenses -1

    French Ligue 1
    7:00 Rennes vs PSG-2
    7:00 Caen vs Guingam-2
    7:00 Dijon vs Lille-1
    7:00 Strasbourg vs Toulouse-X
    7:00 Troyes vs Amiens-X
    7:00 Montpellier vs Metz-1

    Nantes vs Angers-1
    Nice vs Bordeaux-1
    Lyon vs Marseille-1/over/gg

    Scotland – Premiership
    6:30 Aberdeen – Hibernian-1
    9:30 Dundee – Partick Thistle-1
    9:30 Hamilton – Ross County-1
    9:30 Kilmarnock – Motherwell-2
    9:30 Rangers – St. Johnstone-1

    Serie A
    3:00 Inter vs Udinese – gg
    8:00 Torino vs Napoli – 2
    10:45 Roma vs Cagliari – 1/over

    Verona vs AC Milan-2
    Fiorentina vs Genoa-1
    Sampdoria vs Sassuolo-1
    Crotone vs Chievo-x2/over
    Bologna vs Juventus-2
    Benevento vs SPAL 2013–over/gg
    Atalanta vs Lazio-2




    Click to comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…



    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.



    By Juma Ali


    Continue Reading


    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…



    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.


    By Juma Ali


    Continue Reading


    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…



    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.


    By Juma Ali


    Continue Reading

    like us


    theGrapevine is a subsidiary of Newco Publications Limited, a Ugandan multimedia group.
    We keep you posted on the latest from Uganda and the World. COPYRIGHT © 2022
    P.O Box 5511, Kampala - Uganda Tel: +256-752 227640 Email:
    theGrapevine is licenced by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)