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CRANES FOR AFCON: Star Reveals Their Target  Ahead Of The Lesotho Task



Uganda Cranes Vs Lesotho

Today, 13th October 2018

Time: 4 PM at Mandela National Stadium

Charges: 15,000/- (Ordinary Tickets), 40,000/= (VIP), 150,000/= (VVIP)


CRANES tactician Sebastien Desabre, will be praying that he wins the hearts of Ugandan football supporters by getting six points off Lesotho in a double in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Cranes play the first game at Namboole then they will take a chartered plane to Lesotho. Chrispus Muyinda one of the Cranes officials has already flown to Lesotho with an advanced team.

Cranes will count on the services of captain, Denis Onyango, Moses Waiswa, one of the key players who put up a wonderful show against Tanzania in the last outing and Saddam Juma if given a chance in the curative role of the midfield. “We want six points off Lesotho so that there is no panic of qualification and mathematics,” Juma said.

Desabre under pressure;

Desabre is yet to win a competitive game with Uganda Cranes, he will be tested on Saturday against a Lesotho side that has won just four of their 23 games to date.

“If we stay focused and take our chances we can win this game comfortably and i trust the boys they will do the job,” Desabre said.

Stats you need to know:

*Uganda has won one game in last six games. They last beat Sao Tome principal.

*Lesotho has won two games in the last six games played.

*The last time Lesotho met Cranes, in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September 2006 they won 3-0 and drew 0-0 away to Lesotho.

*Desabre will be seeking his first competitive win with the Cranes.


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Half time win for Cranes.

Lesotho Tectician Warns Uganda Cranes On Arrival

A delegation of 26 people (players and officials) from Lesotho arrived in Uganda on Thursday afternoon ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers first leg at Namboole.

The group arrived at Entebbe International Airport at 2:30 pm aboard South African Airways on flight.

They were received by the FUFA protocol team that had Mansoor Kimumwe, Richard Nandigobe among others.

The team is accommodated at Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala and will conduct their final session at Mandela National Stadium this evening.

Moses Maliehe, the Lesotho national team head coach sounded confident on arrival; “Uganda is top of the group but we shall give them a run for their money despite the fact that we respect them.”

The visiting delegation will miss experienced players as Bokang Sello and Lesia Thetsane who did not travel to Uganda.

Bantu Football Club left-back Bokang will miss the game because of suspension having accumulated two yellow cards while Thetsane has been held back due to academic commitments.

The two countries face off in a double header, first this Saturday at Namboole Stadium before squaring off three days later in Maseru city, three days later at the Setsoto Stadium. Lesotho played a friendly game with Free Stars in South Africa and they lost 9-0, before travelling to Uganda.



Vipers Struggle To Beat Nyamityobora



StarTimes Uganda Premier League:

Vipers 1-0 Nyamityobora

Bright Stars 0-0 Villa

Mbarara City 2-0 Maroons

Defending champions Vipers FC got their third win of the season as they beat Nyamityobora 1-0 at home in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Dan Sserunkuma’s first half strike proved to be the winner as the game ended 1-0.

“We gave a lot of respect to Vipers in first half, our next game at home will give us confidence to get our first win of the season,” Nyamityobora coach Odoki said.

Nyamityobora missed three golden chances due to Fabien Mutombora’s mistakes even though Livingstone Mulondo and Geofrey Wasswa looked solid at the back.

Alex Komakech Nyamityobora’s captain was among the best performers at left back. The Viper’s  coach Javier Martinez Espinoza said, “I am confident Vipers will improve with time but the good thing we are getting three points.”

Meanwhile, the game between Bright Stars and SC Villa ended goalless as Moses Basena’s boys got a point despite losing to Onduparaka in their last game.


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WEEKEND FOOTBALL PREVIEWS/TABLES/STATS: Will Chelsea Seal Jose’s Man Utd Fate? Arsenal Face Tricky Leicester, Can Sevilla Upset Barcelona PLUS Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1



Premier League
2:30 Chelsea vs Manchester United
5:00 Cardiff vs Fulham
5:00 Bournemouth vs Southampton
5:00 Newcastle United vs Brighton
5:00 West Ham vs Tottenham
5:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford
5:00 Manchester City vs Burnley
7:30 Huddersfield vs Liverpool
6:00 Everton vs Crystal Palace
10:00 Arsenal vs Leicester

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Bournemouth vs Southampton-1X
Man City vs Burnley-X/over
West Ham vs Tottenham-2/gg
Specials:Hazard to score

Manchester United’s impressive comeback against Newcastle last time out has eased some of the pressure on Jose Mourinho, but realistically a defeat would be hugely damaging here, leaving United ten points off the top of the league already, having lost as many matches as they have won.
Being outwitted by his former side would prove particularly embarrassing for the United boss, and Maurizio Sarri is the type of forward-thinking manager who illustrates that the game has rather moved on since Mourinho’s successes at Chelsea.

Chelsea to play their usual 4-3-3
Sarri’s start to life in the Premier League has been remarkably impressive, with Chelsea currently level with Liverpool and Manchester City on 20 points at to the top of the Premier League. His philosophy has been embraced fully by his new charges, and Chelsea are dominating almost every match. Their performance last time out, against Southampton, was somewhat less convincing than the 3-0 margin of victory would suggest, however.
Sarri’s side is already very familiar. David Luiz has enjoyed a few good weeks alongside Antonio Rudiger at the heart of the defence – although the latter is a slight injury doubt – with Cesar Azpilicueta as reliable as ever on the right, and Marcos Alonso still a goalscoring threat when pushing forward from left-back.
Jorginho anchors the midfield excellently, with N’Golo Kante still slightly unconvincingly pushing forward to the right. The third midfield slot is up for grabs, with Ross Barkley impressing against Southampton and his good form playing him back into the England side, although Mateo Kovacic might start instead here.
Wilian has regained his place on the right over Pedro Rodriguez, while Olivier Giroud seems more effective than Alvaro Morata at leading the line, despite his lack of goals. Then there’s Eden Hazard, the Premier League’s best player so far this season with seven goals in eight matches. He’s darting infield into central positions more under Sarri, and his efficiency in the final third is excellent.

Hazard to be man-marked?
Mourinho’s main priority will be stopping Chelsea rather than defeating them – and, first and foremost, that means stopping Hazard. In previous meetings with his former club, Mourinho has often man-marked Hazard, with Ander Herrera called upon to play that role. Herrera is rated as doubtful for this game, however, so Mourinho could turn to Scott McTominay or Phil Jones as Hazard’s marker, almost sacrificing a solid defensive shape to ensure the Belgian is closely tracked.
The base formation is likely to be 4-3-3. Centre-back remains a serious area of concern, although Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof wil be more worried about Hazard’s runs than the threat of Giroud. Out wide, Antonio Valencia has often struggled this season and could be exposed by the combination of of Hazard and Alonso. Luke Shaw, fresh from signing a new contract, is considered doubtful and Ashley Young could play left-back instead.
Mourinho is likely to opt for a physical midfield trio. Herrera will probably start if fit, but if not then Paul Pogba will probably be joined by Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini. Fred is another option, and could play the box-to-box role from the right. Currently, however, it’s difficult to see what Mourinho’s first-choice combination is in the centre.

Mourinho likely to select direct attackers
Upfront, Alexis Sanchez is another considered an injury doubt. Juan Mata made an excellent impact against Newcastle but probably isn’t right for Mourinho’s counter-attacking approach here. We can expect to see Romelu Lukaku upfront with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford either side, with the latter two dropping back into deeper, wider positions without possession.
Chelsea seem most likely to cause problems with long balls towards Lukaku into inside-right positions, behind Alonso and on the outside of David Luiz. Set-pieces may also be a major factor – United will probably have a significant height advantage over Sarri’s men.
Jose Mourinho’s side have a had a poor start to the season and their blushes – and perhaps the manager’s job – were only saved by an incredible second half comeback to win 3-2 against Newcastle at Old Trafford last time out.
In complete contrast, Chelsea find themselves sitting second in the league, only on goal difference and are yet to lose this campaign. They have looked a formidable outfit so far this season and, in Eden Hazard, they boast the Premier Leagues leading marksman with seven goals from his eight starts.

Man City v Burnley
Pep Guardiola will have had a good two weeks to stew over that late penalty miss by Riyad Mahrez at Anfield over the international break. In many ways it was about so much more than the three points. It was about proving that he can set up a team to beat Jurgen Klopp after all and it was about showing that there are many ways to skin a cat when it comes to securing an away win at one of English football’s toughest grounds.
We all know City can win most high-scoring shoot-outs but it would have shown they can also play out a rather dull match and make the most of chances that come their way. But it wasn’t to be, Mahrez missed and Guardiola will be keen to make Burnley pay here.
Fabien Delph is likely to miss out and Kevin de Bruyne will surely not be risked here after a long lay-off. Sergio Aguero wasn’t needed in midweek against Brazil so should be well-rested. Vincent Kompany may get a game here if Guardiola decides to rest one of his first-choice centre-backs ahead of next week’s Champions League game.
It’s was a slow start to proceedings for Burnley with a few wondering if Sean Dyche’s tactics and footballing philosophy weren’t becoming a bit predictable.
But the last three games yielded seven points with a home win, an away win and an away draw and all of a sudden the ‘Ginger Mourinho’ (not that that’s saying much these days) is back in business.
But if you’re going to have a go at Burnley about something, it’s that they never seem to have a reliable goalscorer. We’re now eight matches into the season and no-one in the squad has more than two goals.
City beat Newcastle 2-1 and Huddersfield 6-1 at home earlier on in the season and Burnley haven’t found it too hard to score against this lot. In fact, going back to the 2001/2 season, they’ve managed to score against them in 10 of their last 11 matches, the exception being a 3-0 win for City in October last year. That’s a pretty remarkable stat. In fact, It’s one too good to ignore and when we consider that City’s players will have had a lot more air miles under their belts than Burnley’s over the past week and a half, it’s a bet.

Huddersfield v Liverpool
Struggling Huddersfield are still searching for their first Premier League success of the season and are big underdogs against Liverpool on Saturday night.
After watching his side pick up a deserved draw at Burnley last time out, Huddersfield boss David Wagner said his squad “have everything” they need to survive in the Premier League. Christopher Schindler’s header helped the Terriers take a point at Turf Moor – a result that lifted Town off the foot of the table.
Huddersfield enjoyed nearly 70% of the ball in Lancashire, but lacked composure and finesse in the final third. Indeed, the Terriers were wasteful in front of goal, fashioning 19 shots, but only landing two on-target with Jonathan Hogg and Laurent Depoitre the chief culprits.
Schindler should keep his place in the side having recovered from injury, while key midfield man Aaron Mooy is expected to be fit despite pulling out of Australia’s squad. Elsewhere, Terence Kongolo is ruled out, while Ramadan Sobhi, Danny Williams, Philip Billing, Chris Löwe and Tommy Smith are doubts.
Liverpool head into Saturday’s showdown winless in their past four fixtures after being held to a 0-0 draw by Manchester City in their most recent outing. Manager Jurgen Klopp was satisfied with the goalless Anfield stalemate, a result that has kept the Merseysiders level on points at the top of the Premier League.
Riyad Mahrez wasted a glorious opportunity to clinch top honours for City when he missed a late penalty. It handed the Reds a reprieve as both sides extended their unbeaten league start to eight games, although visiting goalkeeper was virtually unemployed as Liverpool’s normally potent attack failed to fire.
It’s been a concerning fortnight for Klopp with Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane all returning from international duty with injuries. However, only Keita and Mane are expected to miss out, while James Milner could feature following a rapid recovery from his hamstring problem.
Huddersfield are winless in their past 12 Premier League games (W0-D5-L7) – their longest winless streak in the league since 2000 – and have notched only four goals across their opening 12 hours of action this season. The hosts have scored a solitary goal in their past nine at their West Yorkshire base.

Arsenal v Leicester City
A growing feature of Arsenal’s attacking play under Unai Emery is quick counter-attack-style football that is in fact played out from the back; they look to draw the opposition forward with prosaic possession, before suddenly switching it on and bursting through their rivals as if instigating a breakaway. It was a hallmark of Emery’s Sevilla, and Arsenal fans should be excited to see it starting to come into effect at the Emirates.
This will be problematic for a conservative Leicester City side that are prone to chasing down the ball at inopportune moments, trapped as they are between wanting to play progressive football and being held back by their manager’s cautious instincts. Led by Jamie Vardy from the front, the Foxes will naively press Arsenal in the hope of forcing a mistake – only to get caught out themselves.
The most important battle is between Aaron Ramsey and Nampalys Mendy, the Leicester central midfielder currently being carried by Wilfried Ndidi. Mendy is struggling with the speed of transitions in English football, making him particularly vulnerable to Emery’s tactics. Ramsey, supported by Lucas Torreira’s quick thinking, can get behind Mendy and lead the hosts to a comfortable victory.

4:30 Nuernberg vs Hoffenheim
4:30 Wolfsburg vs Bayern Munich
4:30 Bayer Leverkusen vs Hannover 96
4:30 VfB Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund
4:30 Augsburg vs RasenBallsport Leipzig
7:30 Schalke 04 vs Werder Bremen
4:30 Hertha Berlin vs Freiburg
7:00 Borussia M.Gladbach vs Mainz 05

Wolfsburg v Bayern
These are unusually uncertain times at Bayern Munich’s Sabener Strasse. Bayern were soundly beaten 3-0 at home by Borussia Monchengladbach, their fourth straight game without a win. The attack has broken down (two goals in four games), and the defence is making errors. In many ways, the problems in Bayern’s side mirror those of the German national team – a sudden loss of confidence and form, with players insisting things will eventually come good if they believe enough.
New coach Niko Kovac can turn things around because he’s a talented man-manager with an excellent squad.
Wolfsburg have been pretty solid under Bruno Labbadia, and although they haven’t won any of their last five games, their performances have been decent. The only game in that stretch where die Wolfe really underperformed was a 3-1 home defeat to Freiburg. The defence has achieved a level of consistency, and the team has good shape and organisation.
Wolfsburg held Bayern to a draw in Munich last season, and pushed them all the way at the Volkswagen Arena before conceding a last-gasp penalty in a 2-1 defeat.

Schalke v Werder Bremen
Having started the campaign with five straight Bundesliga defeats, Schalke have little margin for error in their efforts to return to the top end of the table. A nervy 1-0 win over Mainz was followed by a more secure 2-0 victory at Fortuna Dusseldorf, results that sandwiched an incredibly important Champions League victory against Lokomotiv in Moscow.
While that winning run was both necessary and welcome, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Schalke are playing well enough to be 2.12 favourites to win this game. Their opponents Werder Bremen are in far better shape right now in the standings, and coach Florian Kohfeldt is doing a fine job.
Kohfeldt has taken the strong defensive base he inherited from his predecessor Alexander Nouri, and he has added an attacking flourish. Werder move through the gears quickly in attack, and new signings like midfielder Davy Klaassen and the returning Claudio Pizarro have hit the ground running.
Werder have won at Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt, and although they are yet to put together a top performance that has lasted 90 minutes, there is enough confidence in the group to pick up a result.

Borussia Monchengladbach v Mainz
These are exciting times for Borussia Monchengladbach fans. The decision to stick with experienced coach Dieter Hecking during last season’s difficulties is proving to have been a sensible one. Hecking has adjusted his tactics, and a new-look 4-3-3 is operating well. Last season’s crippling injury list has shortened, and the Foals are finally getting a tune out of attacking midfielder Jonas Hofmann, a player who is finally moving from “promising” to “effective.” Add in the goals of summer signing Alassane Plea and the trickery of Thorgan Hazard, and you have an effective attacking unit.
However, the Fohlenelf could be in for a frustrating evening on Sunday. Mainz made some solid signings in the summer, and have turned into something of a safety-first outfit. They have already played out two goalless draws, and their seven league games have featured a combined total of eight goals. Die Nullfunfer haven’t scored in their last four league matches, but they have only conceded two goals in that time.

La Liga
2:00 Real Madrid vs Levante
5:15 Valencia vs Leganes
7:30 Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid
9:45 Barcelona vs Sevilla
1:00 Rayo Vallecano vs Getafe
5:15 Eibar vs Athletic Bilbao
7:30 SD Huesca vs Espanyol
9:45 Real Betis vs Real Valladolid
10:00 Real Sociedad vs Girona

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Barcelona vs Sevilla-over/gg
Huesca vs Espanyola-2

Real Madrid v Levante
It doesn’t take much to set the crisis bells ringing in the capital, but on this occasion you’d have to say that a bit of doom-mongering is probably justified. It’s now four games without a win for Real Madrid – three of them defeats – and while you could just about argue that Sevilla and Atlético Madrid are top-rate opponents, the last two results have come against the combined forces of CSKA Moscow and Alavés. It’s not ideal.
Also not ideal: Madrid’s attacking output. Julen Lopetegui’s men haven’t even troubled the scorers since 22 September, when Marco Asensio scored the winner against Espanyol. The 409 minutes since have been a pretty convincing argument for the notion that Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable after all, with Karim Benzema’s early-season form now a distant memory and Gareth Bale again held back by fitness concerns.
There’s a chance the Welshman could return to the fray here, which would be a major boost. Beyond that, there’s the (slightly unscientific) feeling that this group of attacking players can’t continue to misfire forever. Isco’s creativity has been missed, but there should still be enough there, and a reaction is surely due at some stage. The question is when.
Levante are a hard team to pin down, but there’s no doubt that they’re a tricky proposition on their day. In José Luis Morales and Enis Bardhi, they have have midfielders capable of conjuring something from nothing, while Roger Martí finally appears to be getting to grips with the top flight.
Will Levante win this? Probably not; they haven’t tasted victory at the Bernabéu since 2007. But they held Los Merengues to two draws last term and there’s simply no reason for Lopetegui’s out-of-sorts side to be favourites. We’ll be backing the away side with a handy headstart on the Asian handicap.

Barcelona v Sevilla
It’s first vs second at Camp Nou, and if Madrid’s absence from the top two will always raise an eyebrow, that’s just the start of it. For it’s Sevilla, not Barcelona, who lead the way after eight rounds, four wins on the spin having propelled Pablo Machín’s charges into pole position for the first time since 2007.
It has been a hugely impressive run, starting with a blowout 6-2 win at Levante (told you they were hard to pin down) and that memorable win over Real. And while there were fewer fireworks against Eibar and Celta Vigo, those results were just as significant, not least because they sandwiched a long trip to Krasnodar in the Europa League. This squad has stamina and depth as well as shooting boots.
It goes without saying that this match will be a proper examination of their title credentials. Sevilla have won just one of their last 22 league meetings with Barcelona, and haven’t won in the last 15 in Catalonia (D2 L13). That latter sequence comes with an asterisk, too: 40 goals conceded, at an average of 2.7 per game. It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground.
Barcelona have been in shaky form, taking just three three points from the last four games – and against fairly modest opposition, Valencia aside. The win over Tottenham and Madrid’s woes have deflected some scrutiny, but the Blaugrana have looked wobbly at the back and – again – over-reliant on a certain shuffling genius in attack.
The angle here is to back goals. These are La Liga’s two top-scoring teams, and between them have kept just four clean sheets in 16 games (two apiece). Barcelona’s defence will again have a patched-up look to it (Samuel Umtiti is out and Sergi Roberto still struggling) and Sevilla are more than capable of turning this into a slugging match.

Valencia v Leganés
It’s easy to make a pessimistic reading of Valencia’s season so far: Los Che haven’t played with nearly the spark they showed last season, and are languishing in 13th – far below expectations. The forwards aren’t scoring and the new signings haven’t had the desired impact.
There’s plenty of truth to this, but equally, it’s not too difficult to put a more spin on things. Marcelino’s side are unbeaten in six league games, and have had a treacherous run of fixtures to start the season. To avoid defeat against Atlético Madrid, Betis, Villarreal, Celta Vigo and Barcelona is actually no mean feat, and there were signs before the international break – especially against Barça – that they’re getting their act together.
Easier fixtures are on the horizon, beginning on Saturday. Leganés stunned Barcelona themselves but have lost all of their away games, and look worryingly short of cutting edge up front. They have also lost all six competitive games against Valencia in their history.
The hosts should pick up three points, then, but there’s extra value to be squeezed out of this one. Nine of Valencia’s first 10 games of the season (all competitions) have gone under the 2.5 goal mark, and they’ve only scored twice in a match on one occasion. Leganés, meanwhile, have also been frugal since being clobbered at the Bernabéu: four of their five games since have finished 1-0 (three defeats, one win).

Serie A
4:00 Roma vs SPAL 2013
7:00 Juventus vs Genoa
9:30 Udinese vs Napoli
1:30 Frosinone vs Empoli
4:00 Chievo vs Atalanta
4:00 Parma Calcio 1913 vs Lazio
4:00 Bologna vs Torino
7:00 Fiorentina vs Cagliari
9:30 Inter vs AC Milan
9:30 Sampdoria vs Sassuolo

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Juventus vs Genoa-1
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Udinese vs Napoli-2
Parma vs Lazio-2

When you’ve been writing a Serie A tipping column for some time, you learn to never trust certain teams, and to always keep others on side.
I’ve already made the mistake of relying on Inter on a couple of occasions this season, and have tipped them to finish second in the League to Juventus. While I think that they’re a useful price to beat Milan in the derby this weekend, I’ll have to swerve them at 2.46 for the win. I know that they’ve won six in a row in all competitions, I know that they’re playing well, but they’re not to be trusted. Not to win, anyway.
Add to the mix the fact that Milan are playing pretty well themselves, and you have a Derby Della Madonnina to savour. This fixture finished 3-2 in Inter’s favour last season, and there are plenty of reasons to expect something similar here.
Four of Milan’s last five games have gone Over 3.5 Goals, Gonzalo Higuain has started to find his best form, and when you consider how shaky Milan look at the back, and the fact that Mauro Icardi has ALSO started to fire, you can see why there might be goals at San Siro on Sunday night.
I like the fact that both teams are vulnerable, I like that they both play at a tempo, and I like that Milan have only once scored more goals after seven games of a Serie A season. The Rossoneri are playing wide open football at the moment and Inter are likely to join in. If you ignore last season’s 0-0 draw in the Milan home fixture, this is a game which has given us bundles of goals in recent Serie A seasons, and I think that Sunday will oblige again.

Parma v Lazio
Parma’s form since returning to Serie A has been something to behold, and they and Sassuolo can both lay claim to the “Serie A surprise” tag so far in this campaign.
Parma have now won four of their last five, and if they didn’t have injury issues ahead of their game against Lazio this weekend, I’d be wholeheartedly recommending them to pull off a surprise at a fancy price.
Even without Gervinho and Alberto Grassi, though, they rate an interest against a Lazio team who have just lost their way. Simone Inzaghi’s team played poorly against Fiorentina last time, but at least got over the line, but there’s not much to be feared from a side which is so heavily reliant on Ciro Immobile.
Lazio have looked a little pedestrian to me this season, and this is a tough trip for them. They are unbeaten in their last six Serie A games at Parma, but that kind of statistic is of little relevance here, given Parma’s absence from the top flight, and I prefer to focus on this season.
We can back them with a goal start on the Asian Handicap at 2.40, and even given their absentees, that makes good sense. Lazio will have one eye on a big Europa League game at Marseille on Thursday and are simply not playing well. I think that Parma can take advantage.

Sampdoria v Sassuolo
For a while this season, this column hung its hat on Sassuolo and reaped the rewards. Then Roberto De Zerbi’s team was ripped apart by Milan and the magic faded a little. And having traded at too large a price for much of the campaign, I think that they’re a little short at 3.45 as they head to Sampdoria on Monday night.
Samp did the trick for us last time at Atalanta, and after two wins in a row, I’m surprised to see them at odds against for this. One of the reasons might be that Sassuolo have won their last three Serie A games against Samp, but they have a couple of injury issues ahead of this one, and with Filip Djuricic likely to start up front, I don’t think that there’s a great deal for Samp to worry about.
Gregoire Defrel will lead the line for the home team, and he’ll be desperate to prove his worth after leaving Sassuolo for Roma and failing so dramatically. He’s in good form this season, though, with five goals already, and there’s every chance that he can torment his old team.
This is a chance to back an in form team against one that might just be drifting, and we should take those kinds of opportunities.

Ligue 1
6:00 Paris Saint Germain vs Amiens
9:00 Strasbourg vs Monaco
9:00 Nantes vs Toulouse
9:00 Caen vs Guingamp
9:00 Dijon vs Lille
9:00 Reims vs Angers
4:00 Montpellier vs Bordeaux
6:00 Saint-Etienne vs Rennes
10:00 Nice vs Marseille

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Caen vs Guingamp-1
Dijon vs Lille-2
Strasbourg vs Monaco-2
St. Etienne vs Rennes-1

PSG are looking to make it 10 out of 10 victories since the start of the season and are a good bet to win convincingly at Parc des Princes on Saturday afternoon.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have played some outstanding football and Christophe Pelissier’s limited visitors look likely to be their latest victims.
Tuchel has given his South American players extra days off following the international break but the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani are expected to take part.
Amiens are at best a mid-table team and it’s hard to see them putting up meaningful resistance, even if PSG rest and rotate a couple of players.
Paris have won 11 out of 12 games in all competitions this season and eight of those 11 victories came by a margin of three or more goals.
At home PSG are even more dominant: five of their six victories have been by three or more goals, with an average positive goal difference per game of 3.67 in front of their own fans.

Nantes v Toulouse
No matter how you look at it, Nantes’ price of 2.06 to collect all three points this weekend is impossible to justify.
The Canaries sit second bottom in the Ligue 1 standings and have won just one of their opening nine matches.
Nantes’ change of manager earlier this month didn’t have the desired immediate impact. New boss Vahid Halilhodzic oversaw a 3-0 defeat at Bordeaux in Nantes’ last outing a fortnight ago just a few days after he replaced sacked Miguel Cardoso.
Former Nantes playing legend Halilhodzic’s subsequent admission that Nantes’ problems ran deeper than he had realised hardly inspires optimism and suggests the club’s problems may get worse before they get better.
Toulouse have made a far more satisfying start to the season and travel to north-west France under relatively little pressure. Their W3-D4-L2 record shows they’re difficult to beat and their only defeats – at the hands of Marseille and St Etienne – were against better teams than Nantes.

Montpellier v Bordeaux
Improving Bordeaux’s chances of avoiding defeat at Stade de la Mosson on Sunday afternoon are underrated.
Ricardo Gomes is back in charge for his second spell as manager and Bordeaux’s performances and results have improved since the one-time Brazil centre-back replaced the sacked Gustavo Poyet.
Bordeaux have won three and drawn one of their last four matches, scoring three times in victories at home to struggling Nantes (3-0) and away to bottom club Guingamp (3-1).
Montpellier will pose a stiffer challenge but Bordeaux can draw confidence from the fact that one of the opponents they defeated during their current good run of results was Lille (1-0), riding high in second place in the standings.
Montpellier are another top-five side and have won their last two home matches but their longer-term form in front of their own fans is unimpressive (just seven wins in 24 fixtures since the start of last season).
Playmaker Florent Mollet and left wing-back Ambroise Oyongo are missing for the hosts. Without the pair Montpellier look less-equipped to trouble a Bordeaux side moving forward at the moment.

7:30 PSV Eindhoven vs FC Emmen
7:30 Excelsior vs Vitesse
9:45 SC Heerenveen vs Ajax
9:45 FC Utrecht vs AZ Alkmaar
1:15 NAC Breda vs Willem II
3:30 Heracles vs FC Groningen
3:30 Feyenoord vs PEC Zwolle
3:30 VVV-Venlo vs ADO Den Haag
5:45 Fortuna Sittard vs De Graafschap

Super Lig
1:30 Kasimpasa vs Akhisarspor
4:00 Istanbul Basaksehir vs Kayserispor
7:00 Sivasspor vs Fenerbahce
1:30 Rizespor vs Konyaspor
4:00 Alanyaspor vs Antalyaspor
4:00 Ankaragucu vs Yeni Malatyaspor
7:00 Goztepe vs Besiktas
8:00 Trabzonspor vs Erzurum BB

5:00 Motherwell vs St.Johnstone
5:00 Celtic vs Hibernian
5:00 St. Mirren vs Kilmarnock
5:00 Livingston vs Dundee FC
5:00 Hearts vs Aberdeen
3:30 Hamilton Academical vs Rangers

Premier League
09:30 FC Orenburg vs FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
2:00 Ural vs Krylya Sovetov Samara
4:30 FC Ufa vs Rubin Kazan
2:00 Dinamo Moscow vs Zenit St. Petersburg
4:30 Spartak Moscow vs Arsenal Tula
7:00 FC Krasnodar vs FK Akhmat


Sheffield Wed vs Boro-1
Blackburn vs Leeds-1/gg
Aston Villa vs Swansea-over/gg
Wigan vs West Bromwich-X

Serie B
Spezia vs Pescara-2
Ascoli vs Carpi-1
Lecce vs Palermo-1/gg
Crotone vs Calico Padova-1
CIttadella vs Brescia-1

Ligue 2
Best vs Lorient-1over/gg
Lens vs Ajaccio-1/gg

PLEASE NOTE: Time for all games converted to East African time.


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Can Nyamityobora Upset Vipers? Villa In A Tough Clash With Kajoba’s Bright Stars



Azam Premier League:

Vipers vs Nyamityobora

St Mary’s stadium Kitende

Mbararacity vs Maroons @

Champions stadium

Bright Stars vs SC Villa,

Kavumba Recreation Center

Defending champions Vipers take on a Nyamityobora side that has already tested the heat of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Vipers won their first two games after beating Ndejje 1-0 on the first day and Maroons 2-1 away from home.

Vipers new coach Martinez Espinoza, has been trying out his boys in the international break through friendly games. Vipers lost to Kawempe Utd during the Independence Cup and drew with Entebbe FC 1-1. Brian Ndugwa scored for Entebbe and Dan Sserunkuma who shook off his injury got one for Vipers.

Nyamityobora have hopes in their leader Henry Wamala, but their fans and coach Odoki will hope the team improves.

Coach Kajoba shouting instructions to his players

Villa In Tough Clash With Kajoba’s Bright Stars

SC Villa take on a well organised Bright Stars that is firing at all cylinders in StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

Villa is so far struggling this season having lost all the senior players when former president engineer Ben Misagga left the club at the end of the season.

Moses Basena is trying to restore the glory days with the likes of Habib Kavumba, Savio Kabugo and Mike Sserumaga.

Villa is set to miss the services of Luzige Edgar and Mukisa Yusuf who are out due to injuries. Villa have a good record against Bright Stars at home, they have won four.

Fred Kajoba the Bright Stars coach has a well organised side that went 2-0 down to Nyamityoboda and won 3-2. The team plays high pressing football and are very athletic. Their striker Nelson Senkatuuka will face Villa in great form having scored 3 goals in two games, last season, he lost the race of top scorer to Dan Sserunkuma.


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