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    THIS WEEKEND PREVIEWS: Can Spurs Stop Liverpool? Mourinho Faces Tough Watford, Ronaldo Still Looking For First Serie A Goal PLUS La Liga And Serie A Previews



    English Premier League
    2:30 Tottenham vs Liverpool (BETTING TIP 2/GG)
    5:00 Newcastle United vs Arsenal (BETTING TIP 1/OVER)
    5:00 Chelsea vs Cardiff (BETTING TIP 1/OVER)
    5:00 Huddersfield vs Crystal Palace (BETTING TIP X)
    5:00 Manchester City vs Fulham (BETTING TIP 1/OVER)
    5:00 Bournemouth vs Leicester (BETTING TIP 2/GG)
    7:30 Watford vs Manchester United (BETTING TIP 2/GG)
    3:30 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Burnley (BETTING TIP X/GG)
    6:00 Everton vs West Ham (BETTING TIP X/OVER)
    10:00 Southampton vs Brighton (BETTING TIP 1)

    The first Premier League match of the weekend is the biggest one of them all and Paul Robinson is predicting a Liverpool win at Wembley…
    There was plenty written about Spurs during the summer, with their lack of transfer activity being the main topic of conversation. A run of three straight wins definitely quietened their critics – with the 3-0 win at Old Trafford being the highlight – but they were beaten 2-1 at Watford a fortnight ago, and they now have something to prove.
    The international break probably came at the right time for Tottenham as they prepare for the start of the Champions League. Mauricio Pochettino’s squad will be tested over the next few months, and he will be desperate for Harry Kane to remain fit for the duration.
    The England man cut a frustrated figure at Vicarage Road as he didn’t get much service, so it will be interesting to see if Pochettino changes his midfield – be it the personnel or the shape. Son Heung-min returns from a successful Asian Cup campaign with South Korea and could go straight into the team, replacing Dele Alli who picked up a minor injury while with England. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remains out.

    Reds on cloud nine
    It’s been the perfect start to the season for Liverpool as Juergen Klopp’s side have 12 points from 12 and have conceded just one goal. That being said, the performances haven’t been on the same level as some of the ones from last year, with the latest one against Leicester being particularly poor.
    This is the first real test for the Reds this term as, no offence to West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton or Leicester, Tottenham are on a different level to that quartet. It will be interesting to see who Klopp picks in midfield, but there is a strong chance that Naby Keita will be back in the XI after he missed out last time, probably alongside James Milner and one other.
    Mo Salah was subbed at the King Power following a frustrating display, but it’s hard to imagine him not starting this match, with the red-hot, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino completing the trio.
    Liverpool will not only be aiming to make it 15 points from 15 at Wembley, they will also be looking to banish the memories of the 4-1 defeat they suffered there last season. Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet were the fall guys that day, but this is a new-look Liverpool defence, and it will only be Joe Gomez who retains his place from that match last year.

    Leaders to maintain their 100% record
    The visitors are the marginal favourites for this fixture as they are trading at around the 2.50 mark. The Betfair Layers clearly have confidence in the Liverpool defence, and it’s really not hard to see the improvement in it.
    Virgil Van Dijk has proven to be a fantastic signing as he marshals the back four exceptionally. Joe Gomez has been stellar alongside him this season, and full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have been impressive in both defence and attack – the Scot being the pick of the pair.
    It’s not often that you will be able to back Spurs to win a home Premier League game at odds of 3.10, but if you fancy the hosts to take the three points, that’s exactly the price you will get here.
    Tottenham have only played once at home this term, and they beat Fulham 3-1. It did take two late-ish goals to get the job done though, but it is worth noting that they only lost two Premier League fixtures at Wembley last year.
    The draw is priced up at 3.65 – four home draws for Spurs last season and five away ones for Liverpool. It was also a draw the last two these teams met, as a dramatic finale at Anfield saw the game finish 2-2.
    Unfortunately for supporters of the North London club, I am going to have to recommend an away win on Saturday. Liverpool have won four matches without being anywhere near top gear this season, and they often play better against better opponents.
    The same can’t be said for Spurs though as Opta tells us that since the start of the 2014-15 season, only Arsenal (37) have won fewer points in Premier League matches between the ‘big six’ sides than Spurs (54).
    The improved Liverpool defence is also a determining factor.

    Defence to outshine attack
    There is a clear favourite in the Over/Under 2.5 Goal Market and it’s the former that is trading at odds-on, at 1.68. A mere mention of the names of these two teams would have you reaching for the back button, but I’m not convinced, and I quite like the Under at 2.38.
    There has been a definite shift in the nature of Jurgen Klopp’s tactics this season, as the players aren’t so gung-ho when they don’t need to be. They wouldn’t have conceded a single goal if it wasn’t for an Alisson howler, and Virgil Van Dijk has been a rock at the centre of defence.

    Watford v Manchester United

    Watford face Manchester United – with the home side six points ahead of Jose Mourinho’s men in the table. If you’d been asked to predict which of these sides would have a 100% record after the first four games of the season, you probably wouldn’t have picked Javi Gracia’s Watford. But after a 2-1 victory over Spurs last time out, the Hornets are still flying high, and will be confident of causing Manchester United problems here.

    Watford to play with aggression
    After a rare summer of little upheavel, in terms of both playing and coaching staff, Watford appear solid, settled and tactically intelligent. Gracia is using 4-4-2 system that becomes 4-2-2-2 when the side players drift inside, and Watford have shown ability to win matches in two very different ways, either through the guile of their creative midfielders, or through physicality, as against Spurs. Manchester United’s defenders have struggled against physical presence this season, and it’s likely Watford will seek to exploit that weakness here.
    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster is enjoying life back at Watford, and is protected by a centre-back partnership of Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele, who have performed well so far this season. The full-backs both fly forward into attack: Daryl Janmaat attacks with energy and purpose, while Jose Holebas swings in crosses from the left.
    Their attacking intent means Watford’s central midfielders have huge defensive responsibility, although Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure have both pushed forward and popped up with assists this season, and they’ll be relishing the battle against United’s midfield trio.
    Roberto Pereyra has arguably been Watford’s best performer so far this season, even if he was quiet against Spurs, while Will Hughes has taken up some clever positions between the lines and smashed home a fine long-range goal against Burnley. Their movement inside creates space on the overlap for the rampaging full-backs.
    Upfront, Troy Deeney plays as the target man, although his link play is also very impressive. He’s worked well with Andre Gray, who will make runs into the channels and attempt to reach Deeney’s knock-downs.

    Who does Mourinho pick at the back?
    Jose Mourinho has selection problems here, with on-form Luke Shaw out after his head injury while on England duty, and Marcus Rashford suspended after his altercation with Phi Bardsley last time out. Marouane Fellaini is also a doubt having missed Belgium’s two matches, although seems likely to return in midfield here, against a side who showed their physical presence against Watford.
    Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are also unavailable, and Mourinho will look to choose his most aerially dominant centre-backs. Chris Smalling seems likely to start, with Eric Bailly or Victor Lindelhof alongside him. Bailly is surely the better player but has struggled badly this season. Lindelhof hasn’t looked much better but seems likely to be favoured.
    Ashley Young will return in place of Shaw at left-back with Antonio Valencia on the right. They’ll find themselves sucked inside by Pereira and Hughes, with Watford’s full-backs overlapping bravely.

    Fellaini’s height could be crucial
    Fellaini will probably play alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in the centre of the pitch, with Pogba’s battle against Doucoure likely to be entertaining. Ander Herrera is another option, but Mourinho always loads up his side with tall players when necessary, and this is one of those occasions.
    Romelu Lukaku will lead the line, and with five goals in three games for club and country, must be the favourite to open the scoring here. Alexis Sanchez finally assisted Lukaku last time out with one of his typical chipped crosses towards the far post and will be a threat from the left, while Jesse Lingard or Juan Mata will battle it out to start on the right. Mata might be favoured having not playing international football.
    There’s more to Watford than direct play and physical confrontations, but for this game in particular, it feels like they’ll target Bailly or Lindelhof and get some joy. Watch for Isaac Success coming off the bench, too – he made a big impact against Tottenham last time out.

    Man City v Fulham

    Four games, three wins. The Man City machine looks pretty well-oiled and 10 goals from those games shows they haven’t lost their appetite for tearing teams apart rather than just beating them.
    That said, Pep Guardiola will be more concerned about his side’s inability to keep a clean sheet in any of their past three games than he will about the fact they dropped two points at Wolves.
    What he doesn’t need to be concerned about though is injuries. Kevin de Bruyne and Claudio Bravo are of course long-term absentees but despite just about every member of his squad being on international duty over the past week, no-one picked up any knocks. Raheem Sterling had a slight injury before the international break but should be fine to play here.

    A front three that deserves respect
    Fulham have made a decent start to their campaign. They were caught cold on the opening day and understandably lost at Wembley but a 4-2 win over Burnley and a good draw at Brighton will have given them belief that they can stay in this division. They’re currently 6.00 for the drop so they’re not the only ones who think that.
    Aleksandar Mitrovic has been their main man. He’s the league’s joint top-scorer with four and enjoyed being on international duty this week by scoring twice against Romania. But on-loan Luciano Vietto and the well-travelled Andre Schurrle have also played their part. It’s meant opportunities have been scarce on the left wing for Ryan Sessegnon, of whom so much is expected for club and very soon, country.

    Goals very likely
    City could rack up a cricket score here and you’d be foolish to rule out Fulham getting one of their own. We’ve already said City have kept just one clean sheet in four games while Opta tell us there have been 16 goals scored in Fulham games this season; that’s the joint-highest alongside Arsenal matches.
    Further evidence of the fact that plenty of folk expect City to go crazy here is the fact that no fewer than five players are odds-on to score: Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are all deemed more likely to score than not.

    Corners provide us with a bet at last
    The problem with a game like this is that you’re getting short prices on something that’s likely to happen in the sense that City probably will score a fair few goals. But going against the flow isn’t particularly appealing, either. So we may have to resort to a very different sort of bet.
    Whether they score lots or not, City are bound to have a gigantic amount of possession and with that, they’ll surely get lots of corners.
    Their corner count for the season has been 10, 10, 9 and 4 (against Newcastle).

    Chelsea v Cardiff

    Chelsea suffered a disappointing title defence last season which resulted in Antonio Conte’s inevitable summer exit but his replacement Maurizio Sarri has made a promising start since his recent move to England. The Italian’s style of football in Napoli won him plenty of admirers, if not silverware, with the early signs also offering optimism at Stamford Bridge.
    Sarri has had relatively little time to work with his new players but he has already had an impact with Chelsea winning all four league games and scoring ten goals in the process. It looks as if the Blues will give their opponents chances, as Arsenal proved in their 3-2 away defeat last month, but his attacking blueprint is already starting to pay off.

    Cardiff still searching for first win
    It was another masterclass from Neil Warnock last season as he guided Cardiff back to the Premier League on a limited budget, at the expense of bigger spending clubs, but he faces a monumental task to steer the team to safety this season. Cardiff were favourites for relegation heading into the campaign and not much has changed in the opening month.
    Warnock’s side have only taken two points from their opening four league matches with goals hard to come by. Goalless draws against Newcastle and Huddersfield underlined the team’s competitive endeavour and their limitations as an attacking force. Cardiff played well in their last match at home to Arsenal but were still beaten 3-2.

    Hazard can lead Chelsea to comfortable win
    Chelsea are strongly fancied to extend their 100 per cent record and Eden Hazard could be the man to fire them to victory. Hazard has scored in both his starts for Chelsea this season and was on target for Belgium in their win last week over Scotland. The playmaker also scored twice in his club’s 4-1 home win over Cardiff back in 2013 and he can get in on the act again.

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

    Although new Bayern coach Niko Kovac was derided by some as an inexperienced candidate who wasn’t the Bavarian giants’ top choice, the Croatian could barely have made a better start to life at Sabener Strasse. Four games across three competitions, and four wins. The Supercup is in the bag, and two victories in the Bundesliga put the German champions on top of the pile before the international break.
    Kovac is an excellent man-manager (look what he did with Kevin-Prince Boateng), and his ability to get into players’ heads has already reaped rewards. Thomas Muller has shrugged off a dismal World Cup, while Robert Lewandowski has gone from wantaway agitator and World Cup flop to razor-sharp goal machine in a matter of weeks.
    Doubts have resurfaced about coach Heiko Herrlich, and it’s worth noting that stretching back into last season, B04 have won just one of their last six league games.
    Bayern are firm favourites and have rattled in three goals in each of their first two league matches, while five of Bayer’s last eight league games have featured at least four goals, and they have leaked 12 goals in their last six Bundesliga outings. It’s also worth remembering that Bayern put six goals past Bayer in the DFB Cup last season.

    Fortuna Dusseldorf v Hoffenheim

    Although they have only picked up one point from their first two matches back in the Bundesliga, Fortuna Dusseldorf have plenty to be cheery about. They led Augsburg in their opener before the Swabians turned the game around in the second half, and they were very impressive at RB Leipzig on Matchday Two. They played well enough to win the game at the Red Bull Arena, but ultimately had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
    Now they face another big hitter, as Hoffenheim come to the ESPRIT Arena. Hoffe have a Champions League trip to face Shakhtar Donetsk looming on the horizon, and coach Julian Nagelsmann has to deal with a long injury list. Nadiem Amiri is out until November, Kasim Adams is struggling with a ligament injury, Benni Hubner is suffering from the after-effects of a concussion, and playmaker Kerem Demirbay has only just returned to training.
    Even when Hoffenheim have a fully fit squad, they struggle on the road in the league. They have won just three of their last 16 Bundesliga away games, amazing for a team that finished third last season.

    Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt

    There are plenty of examples of clubs who have suffered the Icarus Effect, in that they rose high, flew too close to the metaphorical sun, and subsequently crashed and burned. Cologne are currently smouldering in the second tier of German football, after a first European qualification for 25 years was followed by the ignominy of relegation. Now Eintracht Frankfurt must battle to avoid the same fate.
    Having won the DFB Cup – their first major trophy in 30 years – Frankfurt lost their inspirational coach Niko Kovac to Bayern Munich. He was followed out of the door by key players like Kevin-Prince Boateng, Marius Wolf and Omar Mascarell, weakening a squad that must now deal with the demands of a Europa League group-stage campaign, starting with Marseille on Thursday night.
    The early signs under new coach Adi Hutter haven’t been promising. A humiliating 5-0 shredding by Bayern in the German Supercup was bad enough, but a first-round cup exit at lower-league Ulm was the nadir. A dramatic Matchday Two defeat at home to Bremen (the Eagles conceded a 96th-minute winner) means Hutter has lost three of his four competitive games in charge. To make matters worse, a clutch of senior players are either injured or suspended.
    Borussia Dortmund suffered their first setback under new boss Lucien Favre before the international break, as they drew 0-0 at Hannover. BVB ought to have nicked it – Marco Reus hit the crossbar, having earlier been denied by a world-class save from H96 keeper Michael Esser, and Maximilian Philipp saw a brave header deflected onto a post.
    Dortmund are unquestionably a work in progress, but they should beat a disjointed and depleted Frankfurt with room to spare. Opta tell us that BVB have won their last seven home games against Eintracht. It will help the hosts’ cause that their attack has been boosted by the loan signing of Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer. The Spanish international should make his debut on Friday night.

    Spanish La Liga
    2:00 Atletico Madrid vs Eibar
    5:15 Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
    7:30 Valencia vs Real Betis
    1:00 Leganes vs Villarreal
    5:15 Espanyol vs Levante
    7:30 Real Valladolid vs Deportivo Alaves
    9:45 Sevilla vs Getafe
    10:00 Girona vs Celta Vigo

    Two of the four unbeaten sides meet at San Mamés, although that description says less about the hosts than it does about their visitors. Athletic have only played two matches, after all, the postponement of their game against Rayo Vallecano in Jornada 3 having given them an extended three-week break coming into this game.
    Eduardo Berizzo can have no excuses if his side isn’t well drilled and well rested, then, especially given what happened in their last game. Athletic should have been home and hosed at 2-0 against Huesca, but sloppily allowed the minnows to get back into the game and claim a point. There has been a focus on defensive shape in training since, which is no great surprise.
    Real Madrid have made a commanding start to life without You Know Who, racking up 10 goals in their three games so far. Gareth Bale looks entirely comfortable as the main protagonist in attack, but it’s the spread of responsibility that is the real step forward, with Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio also stepping up and playing with smiles on their faces.
    Madrid usually enjoy playing Athletic: they’ve won 13 of the last 17 league meetings in the league, losing only once and averaging 2.8 goals per game in that sequence. There is no real Basque Country swing, either, with Los Merengues having won on nine of their last 13 visits to San Mamés in the league.
    We’ll be expecting another Madrid win on Saturday, although Athletic are unlikely to roll over without a fight. Both teams have scored in five of the last six meetings between these sides, as well as in four of five Liga games in which the teams have been involved this season.

    Real Sociedad v Barcelona

    There should be a celebratory feel to this game in San Sebastián, with Real Sociedad showing off the newly renovated Anoeta stadium for the first time. The crowd is now closer to the pitch, meaning Barcelona are likely to be stepping into a cauldron of noise on Saturday afternoon.
    For Barça, there is a certain degree of irony here. After all, it was only last season that they seemed to get to grips with the old Anoeta, registering their first league win there in a decade (4-2). Now, the challenge has been renewed, and with La Real likely to be high on homecoming energy after starting the season with three away games, this is going to be no walk in the park.
    The hosts started with a fine win over Villarreal but have been typically flaky since, surrendering leads against Leganés and Eibar. New boss Asier Garitano has plenty of attacking talent at his disposal – Willian José is a notable injury doubt here – but the defence is still prone to losing concentration.
    That tendency could be fatal against Barcelona, who racked up eight goals against Huesca last time out. Yet they also conceded twice in that one, and with La Real more than capable of troubling the Barça backline (the Basques have scored two goals in three of the last four meetings between the sides), the best angle here is to back over 3.5 goals at 2.22. The new ground could be in for quite a baptism.

    Valencia v Real Betis

    You’d have got decent odds on Valencia hovering just above the relegation zone after three games of the season, but that’s where Los Che find themselves after a winless start to the campaign. That will no doubt be frustrating, but there’s reason to believe 17th is a false position and that they’ll soon be shooting up the table.
    For a start, two of the results so far have been acceptable: a draw with Atlético Madrid is never to be sniffed at, and Valencia showed heart to come from behind away from home against Levante a fortnight ago. They actually had the greater xG in both of those games, too (by some way in the derby), indicating that their performances have been better than their points tally would suggest.
    Betis beat city rivals Sevilla before the international break, but Joaquín’s goal in that one was their first of the season, and it is clearly taking time for new signings to bed in. The Andalusians might be without William Carvalho on Saturday (he picked up a knock playing for Portugal) and have a shoddy record against Valencia: they’ve managed just one win in the last 23 league meetings, losing 18

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

    While all attention is focused on Cristiano Ronaldo and his efforts to score for Juve, don’t underestimate Sassuolo, says James Horncastle as part of his look ahead to the European action this weekend. “Juventus were the best team in Italy. Now they’re the best team in the world,” Sassuolo coach Roberto de Zerbi said last week.
    His team are up against it at the Allianz Stadium. The Neroverdi lost 7-0 in Turin in February and flirted with relegation in the spring. But a lot has changed in the meantime.
    Sassuolo upset Inter on opening night and blew Genoa away before the international break set in. Top scorers in Serie A, de Zerbi warned against writing his team off. “We are second, you know,” he said with a wry smile.
    Sunday’s game is an unlikely top of the table clash which Juventus won’t be taking lightly. Massimiliano Allegri has always found it tricky coaching against de Zerbi. Juventus needed an own-goal to beat his old Palermo side and fell behind to Benevento at the Allianz Stadium last season. Playing at the Vigorito was no cakewalk either with the Bianconeri only making absolutely sure of all three points in the final 10 minutes of the game.
    Of course much of the focus remains centred on Cristiano Ronaldo and whether or not he will open his account for Juventus after his €117m move from Real Madrid in the summer. His performance against Parma was called “technically and tactically embarrassing” by La Repubblica who weren’t the only ones left with the impression he tried to over-do it in an attempt to get on the scoresheet.
    The 33-year-old is expected to play at the weekend after spending the international fortnight training in Turin. Aside from the attack though it looks as if Allegri is planning wholesale changes with a trip to Valencia on the horizon next Wednesday. Allegri believes Juventus’ second string is good enough to finish in the top four in Serie A.
    But Juventus will have to be careful. Encounters with de Zerbi are usually close run things and Kevin Prince Boateng was arguably the best player in Serie A in August.

    Napoli v Fiorentina

    Fiorentina haven’t won in Naples for four years, but this weekend they surely have their best chance since then of coming away from the San Paolo with a victory.
    It wasn’t just that Napoli lost at Sampdoria, it was the way that they lost. They looked stilted going forward, vulnerable defensively, and were in danger of being over-run in an extraordinary second half which was capped by Fabio Quagliarella’s goal for the ages.
    Carlo Ancelotti took the decision to leave out Marek Hamsik and Jose Callejon at the Marassi, and while both will surely return here, Dries Mertens looks likely to remain on the substitutes’ bench, and Napoli still look disorganised and directionless. They are of course capable of beating La Viola, but look way too short at around 1.60.
    Fiorentina have started this season as they finished the last game, inspired and full of drive and confidence. They’ve won their opening two games, have looked really good in doing so, and have a dangerous forward line spearheaded by the excellent Giovanni Simeone.
    The last time that these sides met was back in April, when La Viola famously ended Napoli’s title hopes with a 3-0 win and a Simeone hat trick, and so Fiorentina can bring those good memories into this game.

    Inter v Parma

    Inter finally managed to produce a performance to settle the nerves of their fans when they went to Bologna and won comfortably, and now they face what should be an even more comfortable task against a Parma team that lost at SPAL on the opening day, before putting up a spirited performance against Juventus.
    Juve weren’t at their best that day, and fundamentally, they’re an average team still finding their feet in Serie A, and given that Inter will be full of confidence, Parma could be in for a long afternoon.
    Only Chievo have faced more shots on goal this season than Parma, which hints at a vulnerability, once which can be exposed by an Inter team who are desperate to impress in front of their own fans. They dropped five points in their opening two games, but played well for large parts of their 2-2 draw against Torino, a game in which second half mistakes cost them. There’s a danger of course that Inter will be distracted by the Champions League game against Spurs next week, and Mauro Icardi may not even play, but they’re good enough and strong enough to beat Parma comfortably.

    Genoa v Bologna

    Having taken advantage of Bologna’s inability to score last time out, Genoa might recover from their thrashing at Sassuolo and pick up a second home win of the season.
    Bologna are still without a goal, and given that Roma and Juventus lie in wait over the next two matchdays, Pippo Inzaghi will be keen to get something from Marassi this weekend.
    Genoa have the new striking sensation of Serie A in the shape of Krzysztof Piatek, who has been hailed by Zbigniew Boniek as a potential new Lewandowski, and who has scored seven goals in his first three games in Italy. He is supported by the old familiar Goran Pandev and a new face in the shape of the Ivorian Cristian Kouame, who has already got off the mark in Serie A.
    The only question mark about Genoa is that it hasn’t been a typical Davide Ballardini start to the season. Six goals conceded and no clean sheet as yet.

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

    Turkish Super Lig
    5:00 Ankaragucu vs Akhisarspor
    8:00 Besiktas vs Yeni Malatyaspor
    8:00 Goztepe vs Kayserispor
    5:00 Istanbul Basaksehir vs Antalyaspor
    5:00 Sivasspor vs Erzurum BB
    8:00 Konyaspor vs Fenerbahce
    8:00 Rizespor vs Bursaspor
    8:00 Alanyaspor vs Trabzonspor

    French Ligue 1
    6:00 Caen vs Lyon
    9:00 Montpellier vs Strasbourg
    9:00 Dijon vs Angers
    9:00 Amiens vs Lille
    9:00 Toulouse vs Monaco
    4:00 Nantes vs Reims
    6:00 Bordeaux vs Nimes
    10:00 Marseille vs Guingamp

    Russia Premier League
    2:00 Rubin Kazan vs FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
    4:30 FC Ufa vs CSKA Moscow
    7:00 Arsenal Tula vs Krylya Sovetov Samara
    2:00 FC Orenburg vs Zenit St. Petersburg
    4:30 Anzhi Makhachkala vs FC Krasnodar
    7:00 Spartak Moscow vs FK Akhmat
    5:30 Ural vs FC Rostov

    NOTE: Time for all matches converted to East African Time


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    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


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    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


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    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


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