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    WEEKEND PREVIEWS: Barca the Title-winners Chasing History In El-Clasico, Can Chelsea Stop Salah? + Serie A and Ligue 1



    Premier League
    12:30 Stoke vs Crystal Palace
    15:00 West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham
    15:00 Bournemouth vs Swansea
    15:00 Leicester vs West Ham
    15:00 Watford vs Newcastle United
    17:30 Everton vs Southampton
    13:30 Manchester City vs Huddersfield
    16:30 Arsenal vs Burnley
    16:30 Chelsea vs Liverpool
    Stoke City – Crystal Palace-1/over
    Bourneouth – Swansea-1
    Leicester – West Ham-2
    Watford – Newcastle-2
    West Brim – Tottenham-2
    Man City – Huddersfield-1/over
    Arsenal – Burnley-1/gg
    Chelsea – Liverpool-x2/over

    Stoke vs Crystal Palace
    The big talking point: Relegation. Palace will be safe with another win, but a Stoke defeat – married with just a point for Swansea – would
    condemn them to the drop.

    What will happen: Expect Paul Lambert to hand another start to veteran forward Peter Crouch. Stoke’s main issue is a lack of goals, particularly
    from the top of the formation, so Crouch’s presence should at least provide a direct threat. Whether his team-mates can take advantage of the
    knockdowns and headers he wins is another issue, but he does offer the theory of opportunity.

    What won’t happen: Jese has been granted compassionate leave by the club, so won’t be seen here – or again in a Stoke shirt. Bruno Martins Indi
    is also out injured.

    Bournemouth vs Swansea
    The big talking point: Bournemouth aren’t mathematically safe, but they’re as good as, meaning that the insipid form is next season’s issue. It’s
    a big day for Swansea, though: a win at the Vitality Stadium would provide them with a critical buffer ahead of next week’s game with

    What will happen: Bournemouth were very poor at St Mary’s last weekend, defending dreadfully for both of Dusan Tadic’s goals. They’ll get far
    less of an examination here, though, with Carlos Carvalhal likely to revert to type with a negative approach away from home. Swansea will play
    for the draw.

    What won’t happen: But they won’t get it. One of the features of Bournemouth’s defeat was actually a fair bit of attacking pressure. Alex
    McCarthy was excellent and, had it not been for their goalkeeper, we’d already be talking about Southampton’s relegation. As they did, then,
    Bournemouth will create chances here and Lukasz Fabianski will have to continue his fine form.

    Leicester vs West Ham
    The big talking point: David Moyes vs Andy Carroll. West Ham have been rather complacent in slipping back into relegation territory and this
    week’s training confrontation between the manager and centre-forward will have done nothing for morale.

    What will happen: It will be Leicester’s blatant apathy against West Ham’s nervy incompetence. Leicester’s season is over, but there’s just a
    sense that Claude Puel needs a couple of performances before his position is reviewed in the summer. Losing 5-0 at Selhurst Park won’t have
    impressed anyone.

    What won’t happen: For obvious reasons it would be a surprise if Carroll played any part, but Moyes must also keep battling that long injury
    list. Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid and James Collins are all still missing while, for Leicester, Marc Albrighton begins a suspension. Wilfred Ndidi
    is also ruled out with injury, while Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki are both doubtful.

    Watford vs Newcastle
    The big talking point: Newcastle have lost two in a row, but still just need a point to guarantee survival. Watford are safe, but are now without
    a win in over two months (West Brom, March 3).

    What will happen: All things considered, Watford are actually quite spritely. They may have lost 2-0 to Tottenham last Monday and defended
    terribly in doing so, but they created a lot of opportunities and might, had Hugo Lloris not been in such good form, have taken something from
    that game. They’ll be awkward for Newcastle, who themselves are coming into this off the back of an awful performance against West Brom.

    What won’t happen: There’ll be no Islam Slimani. The FA have charged him with violent conduct and he’ll now miss the final three games of the
    season. What a spectacular loan spell this has proven to be.

    West Brom vs Tottenham
    The big talking point: Only a win will do for West Brom and, depending on results elsewhere, that still might not be enough. Even so, it will be
    an achievement of sorts if Darren Moore manages to stave off relegation until the final day.

    What will happen: Tottenham will be vulnerable. Still in a mass-sulk after that FA Cup semi-final defeat, they were awful on Monday night,
    careless and inaccurate. West Brom will still be undermatched but, buoyed by a good run of form, should be a handful here.

    What won’t happen: Mauricio Pochettino will be without the influential Moussa Dembele, who turned an ankle at Wembley earlier in the week and is
    unlikely to feature in any of the last three games.

    Everton vs Southampton
    The big talking point: Southampton really need to win here. They have three games left, one in hand on most of the sides around them, but they
    could really do with closing the gap on Swansea before they head to Wales themselves in midweek.

    What will happen: Mark Hughes should stick with the side who beat Bournemouth. Dusan Tadic and Mario Lemina were particularly influential at St
    Mary’s and, with Everton having won each of their last two games, they’ll need to repeat those performances here.

    What won’t happen: Both sides are missing key performers (still): Gylfi Sigurdsson, Eliaquim Mangala and James McCarthy are all long-term
    absentees, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is also now unavailable. Southampton continue to be without Steven Davis, while Sofiane Boufal is still
    persona non grata with Hughes.

    Manchester City vs Huddersfield
    The big talking point: “Keep the score down.” That will be David Wagner’s instruction: Huddersfield could really do without worsening their goal
    difference at this point in the season.

    What will happen: This will be very end-of-season, probably attack versus defence for much of the game. City obviously have nothing to play for –
    although they will get the trophy this weekend – and, as per the above, Town will be happy just to get out of the Etihad with their collective
    morale intact.

    What won’t happen: John Stones is still out and likely won’t be seen again this season, but Tom Ince will definitely be missing for Huddersfield.

    Chelsea vs Liverpool
    The big talking point: The top four. Lose to Liverpool and it’s over for Chelsea – a must-win game if they still have ambitions of playing
    Champions League football next season.

    What will happen: It’s difficult to judge Liverpool’s mindset here – after all, a Champions League final is a huge distraction. The trouble is
    that, having played two more games than Spurs, a loss here will leave them extremely vulnerable to missing out on next year’s competition.
    Somehow, they have to keep their focus and kill Chelsea off. A draw would be absolutely fine.

    What won’t happen: No new injury news for Chelsea: Antonio Conte has a clean bill of health. Jurgen Klopp will head to Stamford Bridge without
    Joel Matip and Emre Can, though, the latter who is – of course – rumoured to be heading for Juventus.

    Arsenal vs Burnley
    The big talking point: Arsene Wenger’s last-ever home game as Arsenal manager. What will both club and fans have planned for it?

    What will happen: A hangover for at least one of these teams. Arsenal put all their eggs in the Europa League basket and now, after squandering
    that man advantage in the first leg and failing to properly test Atletico in the second, their season is over. This will be a pre-season friendly
    of a game, probably played in front of a half-full ground.

    What won’t happen: No Laurent Koscielny, this week, next week or even during the World Cup. A ruptured Achilles was diagnosed in Madrid on
    Thursday night and he won’t be seen again for some time. Perhaps not even until next season has begun.


    14:30 FC Cologne vs Bayern Munich
    14:30 Borussia M.Gladbach vs Freiburg
    14:30 Hannover 96 vs Hertha Berlin
    14:30 VfB Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim
    14:30 Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen
    14:30 Borussia Dortmund vs Mainz 05
    14:30 Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hamburger SV
    14:30 Augsburg vs Schalke 04
    14:30 RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Wolfsburg
    Augsburg – Schalke-2
    M’gladbach – Freiburg-1/gg
    Dortmund – Mainz-1
    Hannover – Hertha Berlin-X2
    RB Leipzig – Wolfsburg-1

    With spots in next year’s European competition up for grabs, the top of the table is far from settled despite Bayern Munich grabbing the title
    last month.
    The only thing you can expect is the unexpected from the inconsistent bunch of teams trying to finish in the top four. Despite having a great
    season, Schalke, on 57 points, are barely ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who are on 55 with two matchdays left in the season. Hoffenheim, on 52
    points, and Bayer Leverkusen, on 51, are vying for the final Champions League spot. RB Leipzig, with 47 points, have a lock on next year’s Europa
    League. In the fight for survival, Hamburg’s late resurrection has put everything on hold. Victories in two games against fellow relegation clubs
    Freiburg and Wolfsburg have put Hamburg on 28 points.
    Werder Bremen v Bayer Leverkusen
    In the race for the Champions League, it is Bayer Leverkusen who have blinked first. A 4-0 hammering at Borussia Dortmund and a 1-0 reverse at
    home to Stuttgart have seen Die Werkself slip out of the top four with only two matchdays remaining. This wobble has come as part of a general
    slide – Bayer have won just two of their last seven matches in all competitions.
    Wonderkid Leon Bailey, who has been superb for so much of the campaign, has only scored in one of his last nine appearances. Although star
    striker Kevin Volland recently netted a hat-trick in a 4-1 hammering of Eintracht Frankfurt, he’s only actually found the net in two of his last
    15 outings in all competitions. With the attack misfiring, pressure has been brought to bear on a defence that has kept just two clean sheets in
    the last 13 games.
    Bremen are still unbeaten at home since coach Florian Kohfeldt took charge, a run of 14 competitive games at the picturesque and atmospheric
    Weserstadion. Werder were actually outplayed for much of their last home game, a 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund. Keeper Jiri Pavlenka came to
    Werder’s rescue with a series of stunning saves – for my money he has been the best keeper in the league this season.

    Borussia Dortmund v Mainz
    Borussia Dortmund’s season has been an emotional rollercoaster. They made a club record-breaking start, taking 19 points from their first seven
    matches in the Bundesliga. They then collapsed completely, a shambolic spell that cost coach Peter Bosz his job. His replacement Peter Stoger has
    put the club on course to achieve the bare minimum, which was Champions League qualification, but he looks extremely unlikely to be kept on for
    next season.
    Dortmund have looked pretty good in the last two games. They shredded Leverkusen 4-0, and were unfortunate not to win at Werder Bremen in
    Sunday’s 1-1 draw. Teenage Englishman Jadon Sancho is starting to really shine, Marco Reus is putting his hand up for Germany duty ahead of the
    World Cup, and defensive midfielder Julian Weigl appears to be finally regaining the confidence he lost under the hapless Bosz.
    Mainz did superbly last weekend as they stuffed RB Leipzig 3-0, a result that gave them breathing space in the relegation battle, but didn’t
    complete the job. Mainz’s big problem is that their away form is atrocious – they have won just once on the road all season, and have lost five
    of their last eight games outside the Opel Arena. Their record against Dortmund is pretty awful too – Opta tell us they have won just one of
    their last 15 Bundesliga games against BVB, and they have claimed just four points from their last 11 trips to Signal Iduna Park.

    Eintracht Frankfurt v Hamburg
    Hamburg do a pretty good line in miraculous escapes from relegation, but it remains to be seen whether they have finally left themselves too much
    to do to avoid their first ever drop from the Bundesliga. A run of three wins in four has brought them back from the precipice, but they are
    still two points away from escaping automatic relegation. If you offered them the playoff now, they’d take it.
    Diminutive yet tenacious midfielder Lewis Holtby seems to come alive in this type of scenario, and he has delivered four goals in his last five
    games. He netted a crucial second goal in last weekend’s superb 3-1 win at Wolfsburg. Striker Bobby Wood impressed and scored his first goal
    since August, while 20-year-old Japanese winger Tatsuya Ito produced a dazzling display.
    Frankfurt have a DFB Cup final against Bayern Munich to look forward to, but they are doing their best to throw away their chance of claiming a
    Europa League spot via the Bundesliga. The Eagles have claimed just four points from their last seven league games, and the imminent departure of
    coach Niko Kovac to Bayern must be an unsettling factor.

    Spanish La Liga

    12:00 Girona vs Eibar
    15:15 Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis
    17:30 Celta Vigo vs Deportivo La Coruna
    19:45 Villarreal vs Valencia
    11:00 Malaga vs Alaves
    15:15 Atletico Madrid vs Espanyol
    17:30 Las Palmas vs Getafe
    19:45 Barcelona vs Real Madrid
    La Liga
    20:00 Leganes vs Levante
    Girona – Eibar-1
    Ath Bilbao – Betis-1/gg
    Celts Vigo – Dep.Lacoruna-1/over
    Villarreall – Valencia-1
    Malaga vs Alaves-1
    Atl. Madrid – Espanyol-1X/over
    Las Palma’s – Getafe-2/over
    Barcelona vs Real Madrid-/over/gg

    Barca the Title-winners chasing history
    With the Spanish title sealed, Barcelona now want to make history by finishing the season undefeated in La Liga. It would be a remarkable
    achievement as it has never been done before in Spain.
    For that reason, an ‘El Clasico’ that could have been like a friendly match has gained extra importance. Ok, this is always a huge fixture but,
    with nothing to play for but pride, it may have lacked a certain intensity.
    But even though they have produced a disappointing domestic season, Real Madrid still want to have that special taste of frustrating a great
    rival. And a win at the Nou Camp, to deny Barcelona the historical achievement of finishing the season as the latest ‘Invincibles’ would
    certainly be special.

    Barca must forget Champions League disappointment
    Despite winning the title and Copa del Rey, Los Blaugrana have disappointed at Champions League, failing once again when no one was expecting.
    And while that plays its part on players’ minds, Barça must remember that they come into this match with two titles in their pocket already –
    Real Madrid haven’t won anything yet.
    Yes, Los Blancos are in good position to make history by winning their third consecutive Champions League, but that achievement isn’t yet
    accomplished and they will have a tough task against an excellent Liverpool side.
    That could lead Zidane to make some changes to his starting XI, but as this is an ‘El Clasico’ I don’t believe there’ll be too many changes.

    Madrid’s defensive issues are just a bad phase
    Many have been talking about Real Madrid’s recent defensive vulnerabilities, but I believe this is just a bad moment and a team with defenders
    such as Sergio Ramos cannot complain of a lack of quality.
    Yes, they are conceding too many goals lately, but they are certainly going to do everything they can to stop Barcelona’s attack this Sunday at
    Camp Nou.
    Furthermore, they should test themselves against powerful attacks before their clash with Liverpool, as a loss in Kiev would mean a bad season
    for them, without any titles.
    On the other hand, another European trophy will bring great joy to their fans as it will underestimate Barça’s domestic achievements – the
    Champions League continues to be the most desirable trophy in club football.

    Barcelona have something to prove
    After failing early at this year’s Champions League, Barcelona have a new opportunity to show the world that their huge loss to Roma was just an
    Beating Champions League finalists Real Madrid would be a demonstration of their potential – that they could also have reached an European final
    this season. We all know that a Champions League title is more important than any domestic competition, and Barça must prove the ability to perform against
    the top teams in Europe, too.
    They have already proved it before and come to this match very relaxed and fit, so I believe they would get the edge over Real Madrid and win
    this clash by either a 2-1 or 2-0 scoreline.

    Serie A
    17:00 AC Milan vs Verona
    19:45 Juventus vs Bologna
    11:30 Udinese vs Inter
    14:00 SPAL 2013 vs Benevento
    14:00 Lazio vs Atalanta
    14:00 Chievo vs Crotone
    14:00 Napoli vs Torino
    14:00 Genoa vs Fiorentina
    17:00 Sassuolo vs Sampdoria
    19:45 Cagliari vs Roma
    AC Milan – Verona-1/over
    Juventus – Bologna-1/gg
    Undinese – Inter-2/over
    Chievo – Crotone-1/gg
    Genoa – Fiorentina-2/gg
    Lazio – Atalanta-1/gg

    What a difference a week can make. Exactly a week after Napoli defeated Juventus 1-0 to reopen the title race, they fell down to Earth this past
    Sunday following a 3-0 defeat at Fiorentina. The loss came a day after Juventus scored two unanswered goals in the final three minutes to
    overcome Inter Milan 3-2. The match, marred by poor officiating, appeared to mirror a time just a decade ago when the Calciopoli scandal engulfed
    the Italian game. The result leaves Juventus four points ahead of Napoli with three matchdays left in the season.

    While Napoli’s title hopes appear dashed, there is still plenty to play for here. Two Juve wins will guarantee them a seventh straight title, but
    that remains to be seen. Juventus play Saturday at Bologna, while Napoli host Torino the following day at the Stadio San Paolo. That match is
    expected to feature a capacity crowd of 60,000 passionate Partenopei fans prepared to cheer on their team until the very end after the team sold
    11,000 tickets on Monday alone.
    It has been a season full of ups and down for both Juventus and Napoli. It remains to be seen what other shocking outcomes await us. Despite the
    four-point cushion, every game counts at this point. Another Juve slip-up and Napoli will once again get the chance to capitalize. The
    Bianconeri, however, are not likely to be caught flat-footed again with Gonzalo Higuain back in top form after scoring the game winner last

    “We’ll need to win all the remaining games to win the title because Napoli will win every remaining match. We need to take things game by game
    now,” Juventus manager coach Massimiliano Allegri told reporters. “About the match [against Inter], I’ll say it was a wonderful match. It was
    tough, even though they played with 10 men after the 15th minute.”

    Chievo v Crotone: Crotone add to Chievo misery

    After so much drama in Serie A over the last two weeks, it feels like a shame to have this weekend’s set of fixtures thrown at us. Napoli look to
    have blown the title, and may even be vulnerable at home against Torino, and Juventus look near certainties to justify the faith that this column
    showed in them at the start of the season, and throughout the campaign. But it’s been a hell of a ride.
    Crotone have won both of their Serie A visits to the Bentegodi (including their victory against Hellas earlier this season) and there’s no real
    reason to have any faith in Chievo. They have won only one of their last ten Serie A games, and even though they have finally fired their hapless
    Coach Rolando Maran, there’s no reason to believe that they’ll improve significantly. This is a poor bunch of players.
    Simy is in form for the visitors, having scored five in his last five, and Marcello Trotta has been an unlikely star for them as well, now up to
    seven for the season. Chievo have scored just four goals in their last six games and are desperate for a win to drag themselves out of the
    relegation zone.
    Crotone know that victory will just about guarantee safety, and with two tough fixtures to come, they’ll want to get that job done this weekend.
    Opposing Chievo has been profitable this season, particularly this calendar year, and that’s a trend which may well continue here.

    Genoa v Fiorentina: Simeone can rule Marassi again

    There were many who felt that La Viola would roll over last weekend and allow Napoli to keep up the pressure on Juventus, but Stefano Pioli’s
    team didn’t allow their Old Lady hatred to spill over into a lack of professionalism.
    Now Fiorentina head for Genoa and are priced at around 2.10 to make it eight wins in 11 Serie A games. Genoa are strong at home, but Fiorentina
    must be bouncing after that win last week, and I think that they’ll come to Marassi and win.
    They have the former Genoa man Giovanni Simeone to lead the line and he’ll be keen to build on last week’s hat-trick, while his team know that
    they’re still in with an outside shot at a European place. Genoa are definitively safe, and so motivation as well as quality is on the side of
    the visitors.
    The draw is a slight worry, but Fiorentina have lost only one of their last sixteen in the League against Genoa, and given that they have won
    seven of those with largely inferior teams to this one, I’ll support them at odds against to come away with a victory.

    SPAL v Benevento: Benevento bring the fireworks

    This really is a weekend of slim pickings, and with prices just about right all around the League, and plenty of short priced favourites likely
    to do the business, I’ll take a chance that Benevento can keep up their inspired form of late, and test a SPAL team who’ve started to look
    nervous. Benevento are unbeaten in their last two away games, at Sassuolo and Milan (where they pulled off that sensational win) and SPAL are a worse team
    than either of those two.
    Benevento have actually picked up fourteen points in the second half of this campaign, more than four other teams, but they’ll always be defined
    by their hopeless start.
    I was really impressed by the way that they battled back against Udinese for a 3-3 draw last time, and just because SPAL need the points doesn’t
    mean that they’ll get them. Cheick Diabate will be back from suspension for this, and he makes a huge difference to Benevento, although they’ll
    miss Danilo Cataldi after he was sent off last week.

    SPAL’s win at Verona last week took them out of the relegation zone and showed that they can score goals when they need to. With Benevento also
    full of goals, I think that’s the play here. The visitors are carefree and will attack a nervous home team, and I just don’t think that SPAL are
    good enough to play for a disciplined 1-0 win.

    Ligue 1
    14:00 Saint-Etienne vs Bordeaux
    15:30 Lyon vs Troyes
    16:00 Toulouse vs Lille
    16:00 Nantes vs Montpellier
    16:00 Dijon vs Guingamp
    16:00 Caen vs Monaco
    16:00 Rennes vs Strasbourg
    16:00 Metz vs Angers
    20:05 Marseille vs Nice

    Metz v Angers (20th v 14th)
    An open game is likely at Stade Saint-Symphorien on Sunday afternoon as Metz battle to avoid relegation.
    The hosts are bottom of Ligue 1 and need to win to stand any chance of still being alive when they head into next weekend’s penultimate round of
    The evidence is that Metz will take an attacking approach as they look to get out of trouble. Manager Frederic Hantz has used fairly brave
    tactics in recent weeks and the result has been a number of high-scoring games.
    Four of Metz’s five games in April featured three or more goals, with three of those games having four or more goals. In last-chance saloon, Metz
    are likely to throw men forward this weekend, with 15-goal top scorer Nolan Roux – who’s enjoyed his best-ever Ligue 1 season – the main threat.
    Angers are keen to finish the season strongly after an impressive 1-1 draw against Marseille last weekend. Manager Stephane Moulin has asked his
    players for a big performance this weekend and the visitors are fully capable of contributing to an entertaining event. Over 2.5 Goals is the

    Toulouse v Lille (17th v 19th)

    This is a massive clash near the foot of the table and it’s hard to know why Toulouse are clear favourites to win.
    Two places and two points separate these two sides in the standings.
    Toulouse have won just six of 17 home games this season and taken all three points in just two of their last 10 games (W2-D4-L4) against non-top
    four sides.
    Lille’s form is nothing to write home about but they’ll arrive in quietly confident mood after their 3-1 victory over bottom club Metz last
    Fighting for their lives, Lille will give everything and are a reasonable bet to avoid defeat giving how little there is to pick between the

    Caen v Monaco (15th v 3rd)

    Monaco are a good bet to win at around evens at Stade Michel d’Ornano this weekend.
    The visitors are locked in a three-way battle with Lyon and Marseille for a top-three spot so have everything to play for.
    Monaco have picked up just one point from their last three matches.
    They were thrashed 7-1 at PSG, then lost 3-1 at Guingamp and could only draw 0-0 at home to bottom-half Amiens last weekend.
    There are concerns about the spirit and attitude of the players, with Leonardo Jardim’s team appearing to run out of energy before the finish
    Yet Monaco have too many good players to continue underperforming and should have enough quality to pick up all three points on Sunday afternoon.
    Caen have lost five of their last seven matches (W0-D2-L5) so there’s nothing to suggest the hosts can avoid defeat.
    Caen have also lost six out of six games against Ligue 1’s Big Four (PSG, Lyon, Monaco, Marseille) this season. They’ve scored just twice and
    conceded 15 times across those six matches, including a 2-0 defeat in the first meeting with Monaco.

    13:30 Sparta Rotterdam vs Heracles
    13:30 SC Heerenveen vs Feyenoord
    13:30 AZ Alkmaar vs PEC Zwolle
    13:30 Twente vs NAC Breda
    13:30 Willem II vs Vitesse
    13:30 Roda vs ADO Den Haag
    13:30 FC Utrecht vs VVV-Venlo
    13:30 PSV Eindhoven vs FC Groningen
    13:30 Excelsior vs Ajax
    Almere City – Maastricht-1
    Cambuur – Dordrecht-1
    AZ Alkmaar Zwolle-1/gg
    Heerenveen – Feyenoord-x2/gg
    PSV – Groningen-1/over

    Turkey Super Lig
    14:00 Karabukspor vs Konyaspor
    17:00 Trabzonspor vs Kasimpasa
    17:00 Alanyaspor vs Osmanlispor FK
    14:00 Genclerbirligi vs Antalyaspor
    14:00 Fenerbahce vs Bursaspor
    17:00 Akhisarspor vs Galatasaray
    18:00 Goztepe vs Yeni Malatyaspor
    18:00 Besiktas vs Kayserispor

    Liga NOS
    16:00 Belenenses vs Portimonense
    18:15 Tondela vs Vitoria de Guimaraes
    20:30 Sporting CP vs Benfica
    16:00 Estoril vs Vitoria de Setubal
    16:00 Moreirense vs Aves
    18:00 Chaves vs Maritimo
    20:15 FC Porto vs Feirense


    ARGENTINA: Superliga
    San Martins – Velez Sarafield-2
    San Lorenzo – Belgrano-1/over
    Argentinos Jr’s – Godoy Cruz-1
    Arsenal Sarandi – Rosario Central-2

    BELGIUM: Jupiler
    Kortrijk – Waregem-2
    Eupen – St. Truiden-2
    Lierse – Leuven-2
    Lokeren – Antwerp-1/over

    BRAZIL: Series B
    Sampaio Correa – Paysandu-1/under
    CRB – Atletico GO-1
    Oesete – Coritiba-1/gg
    Avai – Sao Bento1/over

    DENMARK: 1st Division
    Brabrand – Thisted FC-2/over
    Koge – Fredericia-1/gg
    Esbjerg – Roskilde-1
    F.Amager – Skive-1

    Barnet – Chesterfield-1
    Cambridge Utd – Port Vale-1
    Carlisle – Newport-1
    Coventry – Moracambe-1/gg
    Mansfield – Crawley Town-1/over

    ENGLAND: Vanarama:
    Tranmere – Ebbsflect-1/over

    GERMANY: 3 Liga
    Aalen – Karlsrucher-2
    Hansa Rostock – Halleacher-1
    Jena – Unterhancing-1
    Meppen – Erfort-1


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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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