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    WEEKEND PREVIEWS: Wenger Waves Goodbye For The Final Time At Arsenal PLUS Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga Tables And Betting Tips



    Premier League (Sunday)
    15:00 Swansea vs Stoke
    15:00 Burnley vs Bournemouth
    15:00 Southampton vs Manchester City
    15:00 Crystal Palace vs West Bromwich Albion
    15:00 Huddersfield vs Arsenal
    15:00 Newcastle United vs Chelsea
    15:00 Liverpool vs Brighton
    15:00 West Ham vs Everton
    15:00 Tottenham vs Leicester
    15:00 Manchester United vs Watford
    Burnley vs Bournemouth-1/over
    Crystal Palace vs West Brom-1/gg
    Huddersfield vs Arsenal-X2/gg/over
    Liverpool vs Brighton-1/gg
    Man Utd vs Watford-1/gg
    Newcastle vs Chelsea-1/gg

    Burnley vs Bournemouth
    The big talking point: Burnley’s lap of honour. Forget what happened at Arsenal last weekend, because Sean Dyche has achieved something truly admirable this season. Discounted as an anomaly after a good start and dismissed on account of unfavourable defensive analytics, the Clarets rode a long dip in form during winter to record a league position which shames many of the managers beneath Dyche.

    What will happen: A general dropping of standards. Bournemouth have been on the slide for a while and Eddie Howe’s focus will already be on the summer, while Burnley’s approach depends on a level of intensity which will be very difficult to maintain. This will be a loose game of football, which will likely make it extremely entertaining or completely unwatchable.

    What won’t happen: Chris Wood will be absent for Burnley and, unfortunately, Tyrone Mings is back on Bournemouth’s treatment table. Tom Heaton might return in goal to make his long-awaited comeback.

    Crystal Palace vs West Brom
    The big talking point: Like several other sides, this will be a day for Palace to celebrate their security. Not so for West Brom, obviously, who were relegated by virtue of Southampton’s win over Swansea on Tuesday evening.

    What will happen: You’d hope for some compassion from the Palace supporters – after all, they know exactly what it’s like to be managed by Alan Pardew, and also how demoralising Premier League relegation can be. This is not a day for taunting, so hopefully Selhurst Park takes a day off from the tribalism.

    What won’t happen: Don’t expect West Brom to roll over, though. They’re down and have nothing to play for, but that’s really been the case for some time. Additionally, these players seem to enjoy playing for Moore and his relationship with them appears to have them looking beyond the short-term. There will be departures from The Hawthorns over the summer – the wage bill demands it – but the bulk of this group seems to have already recommitted themselves mentally.

    Huddersfield vs Arsenal
    The big talking point: A day in the sun for Huddersfield and, more obviously, the final Premier League game of Arsene Wenger’s career. Holds hands and take a bow.

    What will happen: According to David Wagner, his players decided against taking a chartered flight back to Huddersfield, opting instead for a long coach journey with a well-stocked fridge. Given the titanic effort at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge, it would be a surprise if they got beyond second gear (and some presumably fuzzy heads).

    What won’t happen: Mesut Ozil won’t be involved, having been ruled out with a back problem, while Laurent Koscielny is lost for up to six months with that nasty Achilles injury. Konstantinos Mavropanos serves a suspension after his red card against Leicester.

    Liverpool vs Brighton
    The big talking point: Simple enough: Liverpool’s goal difference is so superior that they need only a draw to claim the final Champions League place ahead of Chelsea.

    What will happen: They’ll do it, too. Jurgen Klopp will have one eye on the Champions League final, but don’t expect any reckless rotation a full two weeks before the final. One of the club’s victories this season has been in improving their record against lesser sides at Anfield and, safe and with nothing to play for, Brighton shouldn’t prove too stubborn.

    What won’t happen: However, don’t expect Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané to stay on for too long if it becomes comfortable. Fantasy football owners beware: Liverpool have other priorities on the horizon.

    Manchester United vs Watford
    The big talking point: The point won at West Ham – or ‘mined’ perhaps – secured second place for United, so their sole aim now is the FA Cup. Eight, perhaps nine spots in that team are already decided, but this will be a chance to contest those remaining few.

    What will happen: Given how dreadful that performance at London Stadium was (United really do sterile football better than anyone else), a performance might be needed here just to generate some momentum – or at least positivity. It’s a cliché but it’s true: pragmatism isn’t the Manchester United way, and until Jose Mourinho makes certain concessions he’ll be surrounded by this palpable unease.

    What won’t happen: Romelu Lukaku remains a doubt for Wembley, so obviously won’t feature here. Eric Bailly won’t be included in the final either, so should start at Old Trafford, while Luke Shaw might even get a final chance to make a very late case for World Cup inclusion.

    Newcastle vs Chelsea
    The big talking point: The Europa League looms for Chelsea. Even if they win at St James’ Park, they’ll be reliant on Liverpool losing to Brighton to make the top four. The story from Wednesday night was Huddersfield’s defiance but, really, that was a dreadful choke in a fixture which they needed to win.

    What will happen: Newcastle won’t be soft. They didn’t have anything to play for at Wembley against Tottenham either, but they were actually very impressive – Jonjo Shelvey was particularly vibrant and he especially might see this as a last chance to catch Gareth Southgate’s eye.

    What won’t happen: Christian Atsu is unfit so won’t face his old club, while on-loan Kenedy is ineligible. With the World Cup now just a month away, Thibaut Courtois won’t be rushed back from injury and, in spite of his difficulties on Wednesday night, Willy Caballero will keep his place in goal.

    Southampton vs Manchester City
    The big talking point: There is a very remote chance that Southampton could still go down, but it would require a nine-goal swing in Swansea’s favour. Not likely then, but still a situation which demands some focus.

    What will happen: The life has gone out of City a little bit since they collected their trophy – understandably – so this game doesn’t carry the same threat for Saints. Pep Guardiola will likely use the game to experiment with his squad and partially shape whatever plans he has for the summer. City will still be too strong, but that should ultimately prove inconsequential.

    What won’t happen: Mario Lemina remains out for Southampton, while Jan Bednarek is struggling to recover from the knock he took in south Wales. Maya Yoshida is back from suspension, though, so he should return at centre-half.

    Swansea vs Stoke
    The big talking point: Swansea must win and must do so by a cricket score, but that won’t be the focus here. Instead, it will be a day to vent: the home supporters are unhappy with the way the team has performed, but are seething about how their club has been run. The Liberty Stadium will be extremely hostile, turning the football into almost an afterthought.

    What will happen: Even here, it’s hard to see a home win. Stoke are the best of the three relegated sides, only really suffering from a lack of goals. They might not win, but – wavering focus aside – they should be good enough not to lose.

    What won’t happen: Sadly, it’s a stretch to see either of these two returning in a hurry. Stoke have the squad but are unlikely to be able to hold on to their key performers, while Swansea have myriad issues above and beyond the team which will need curing ahead of any literal footballing concerns.

    Tottenham vs Leicester
    The big talking point: A great big gloat from Tottenham. Prior to Wednesday night’s win over Newcastle, the expectation was of another Spurs collapse and giddy schadenfreude at the prospect. As it turned out, Chelsea were the ones to bottle it and, the rivalry being what it is, that won’t be allowed to pass quietly.

    What will happen: Probably several final appearances: Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Fernando Llorente will all almost certainly be leaving Tottenham, while the chances of seeing Riyad Mahrez in a Leicester shirt again after Sunday seem remote.

    What won’t happen: Victor Wanyama and Kieran Trippier were both substituted with injuries in midweek and won’t feature here, while Jan Vertonghen will likely be rested having suffered through the week with a sore ankle. Kyle Walker-Peters could get a rare start at full-back.

    West Ham vs Everton
    The big talking point: The future. Sam Allardyce is on uncertain ground at Everton, while David Moyes has issued a particularly unthreatening ultimatum, demanding that West Ham’s owners match his level of ambition or seek another head coach. FFT can’t think how that will end…

    What will happen: Wayne Rooney will make a final appearance for Everton – and, most likely, in the Premier League. Rooney is rumoured to have agreed a move to MLS side DC United, bringing an end to a decadently successful English career. It’s been a slow, sometimes painful decline, but Rooney will still be remembered as a great of the British game.

    What won’t happen: Depending on how quickly the FA respond to the Paul Pogba incident, West Ham might have to do without Mark Noble here – and conceivably for the first two games of next season, too.

    Spanish La Liga

    15:15 Real Sociedad vs Leganes
    17:30 Real Betis vs Sevilla
    17:30 Deportivo La Coruna vs Villarreal
    17:30 Alaves vs Athletic Bilbao
    17:30 Girona vs Valencia
    17:30 Getafe vs Atletico Madrid
    17:30 Eibar vs Las Palmas
    19:45 Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo
    La Liga
    15:15 Espanyol vs Malaga
    19:45 Levante vs Barcelona
    Real Sociedad vs Leganes-1
    Alves vs Ath. Bilbao-1/over
    Betis vs Sevilla-x2/over
    Deportivo vs Villarreal-2
    Eibar vs Las Palmas-2
    Getafe vs Atl. Madrid-1/over
    Real Madrid vs Celts Vigo-over/gg
    Espanyol vs Malaga-1/over
    Leavante vs Barcelona-2/gg

    Alavés v Athletic Club

    Alavés’ home form, so strong either side of Christmas, seems to have deserted them a touch: they’ve lost three of their last four at Mendizorroza. But those games have been against top-half opposition, and a closer look at their results this term shows that they are a different proposition against weaker teams.
    They have only taken six points from a possible 30 in home games against top-half sides, but 19/24 from games against the clubs in around them in the bottom half. That’s a remarkable difference and reason for thinking there’s value in backing Abelardo’s side in this Basque derby.
    Athletic are one point and one place below them in the table, and while they put in a decent display against Betis last time out, their away form has been abject: one win in nine league trips since Christmas. Cuco Ziganda’s days are numbered and a loss in this one would be no great surprise to anyone who has seen them this season.

    Real Madrid v Celta Vigo

    Do Real Madrid care much about these last two games of the season? Realistically not, at least as far as results go; Zinedine Zidane will be far more interested in preparing his side for the Champions League final, monitoring fitness and momentum to make sure the players arrive in Kiev in perfect shape.
    Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury is a lingering worry – he was absent against Sevilla and won’t play here – but it would be no great surprise if others were given some time off on Saturday, or against Villarreal next weekend. Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Luka Modrić all rested in midweek, so will probably return, but others may make way.
    Their opponents, Celta Vigo, were frustrated in the Galician derby last time out, Deportivo La Coruña grabbing a last-gasp equaliser. Indeed, this has been an underwhelming few months for the seasiders, who have won just one of their last nine, sleepwalking to the end of the campaign.
    The return of Iago Aspas will give Celta more spark, however, and there’s a good chance they’ll contribute to a decent spectacle here: the last eight games between these sides (all competitions) have produced 37 goals, at an average of 4.625 per game.
    Zidane said on Friday that he wants to give the fans at the Bernabéu something to cheer in Madrid’s final home game of the season, so we like their chances of shading a game with a few goals in it.

    Levante v Barcelona

    Barcelona are just a couple of games from completing a whole league season unbeaten, and if they are half as clinical in the final third as they were against Villarreal in midweek, they should clear the penultimate hurdle on Sunday.
    The Blaugrana were superb in that game, which served a timely flash forward to what may await next season: Philippe Coutinho scored and linked nicely with Lionel Messi, and Ousmane Dembélé came to the party with two goals in the second half. If Barça pull of the signing of Antoine Griezmann, things could be very exciting indeed next term.
    There should be a few goals this weekend, although there’s no guarantee they’ll all be at one end. Levante have hit a rich vein of form, winning four on the spin (and seven of their last nine), so will be in confident mood. Given Barcelona have kept just one clean sheet in 10, we’ll be backing the hosts to at least get on the scoresheet.

    Italian Serie A

    17:00 Benevento vs Genoa
    19:45 Inter vs Sassuolo

    14:00 Verona vs Udinese
    14:00 Bologna vs Chievo
    14:00 Torino vs SPAL 2013
    14:00 Fiorentina vs Cagliari
    14:00 Crotone vs Lazio
    17:00 Atalanta vs AC Milan
    19:45 Sampdoria vs Napoli
    19:45 Roma vs Juventus
    Benevento vs Genoa-X2/over
    Inter vs Sassuolo-1/gg
    Bologna vs Chievo-2/gg/over
    Crotone vs Lazio-2/over
    Fiorentina vs Cagliari-/over
    Torino vs Spal-1/over
    Verona vs Udinese-2/gg
    Atalanta vs AC Milan-1/over
    AS Roma vs Jeventus-1/gg

    Atalanta v Milan

    Atalanta won at San Siro earlier this season, and are attractively priced to complete only their third ever double over Milan in Serie A. A victory would move them above the Rossoneri into sixth, and they’d be favourites to keep that position, which would signify another outstanding campaign.
    I didn’t expect Atalanta to reach the heights of last season, and I suppose they haven’t, but they have remained rock solid, counting themselves unlucky in the Europa League and reaching a points total that they’ve only ever bettered once in Serie A, in that 2016-17 campaign.
    Milan have won five of their last eight away from home, and that makes them a danger, but all except one of those wins came in February and March and their levels have dropped significantly since then. They draw too many games, create too little, and Gennaro Gattuso has an uphill task to get them where they want to be next season.
    If you add to that the disappointment and exertion of the Cup Final defeat in midweek, Atalanta are going to be relatively fresh, and that will put Milan on the back foot.

    Roma v Juventus

    This had long looked like the fixture which would potentially deny Juventus the Serie A title, the insurance policy that Napoli had in hand as they kept the pressure up on Max Allegri’s team, and yet now it seems more relevant to the race for third place than to what’s happening at the top of Serie A.
    Juventus know that, whatever happens in Roma and in Genoa this weekend, they will be Champions if they at least draw with Verona on the final day, and while they’ll want to win Serie A in style, they’re in a powerful position. All of this seemed unlikely when they were 2-1 down against Inter with two minutes remaining a couple of weeks ago.
    The final of the Coppa Italia seemed to add to the confusion for Juventus, but they won on Wednesday by brushing Milan aside 4-0, and they bounce into Rome as strong as ever, and knowing that the title is in sight. Should they draw here, they’ll be Champions going into the final weekend.
    Liverpool exposed Roma’s weaknesses, and several teams have managed to do just that at the Olimpico this season: Eusebio Di Francesco’s men have already lost here against Inter, Napoli, Milan, Samp, Fiorentina, and Atalanta. They thrive on their travels, and seem a little stilted at home, especially against the big teams. To back them here, we’d need evidence that this won’t be the case against the best team in the League.
    Juve are unbeaten in their last 12 Serie A away games, and have kept a clean sheet in seven of those, and while a draw will give both teams what they want, and will be a big runner here, it’s in the make-up of this Juventus team to want to finish things off in style. They can still win the League by a double figure margin, and they’ll be gunning for that. A team never to be underestimated, and one to be supported whenever possible.

    Sampdoria v Napoli

    Napoli’s season has come off the rails, not just in Florence against Giovanni Simeone, but at home against Torino last time.
    Only Juventus and Napoli have better home records than Samp this season, and Marco Giampaolo’s team won’t want to throw this campaign away. Top eight is realistically as high as they can finish, but that will still represent a rock solid season and something on which to build.
    Napoli look tired: their small squad, Maurizio Sarri’s reluctance to rotate, and their mental weaknesses have all been exposed in recent weeks. They did gloriously well to win at Juventus, but then consistency failed them, and now they seem certain to give up a title that for so long seemed to be theirs for the taking.
    Napoli have an excellent recent record against Samp, winning five of their last six here, but we have to see this game in context: a team that is excellent at home, and that scored twice in defeat in Naples earlier in the season, against one which is coming to terms with what has happened in the last few weeks.
    On price alone, Napoli are a lay, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they are beaten here. They know that the game is up, and after throwing everything they have at Serie A this season, they resemble a fighter in the Twelfth Round trying to stay on his feet. Samp will be confident that they can find the knockout punch.

    Saturday, Bundesliga

    14:30 Mainz 05 vs Werder Bremen
    14:30 Wolfsburg vs FC Cologne
    14:30 Bayer Leverkusen vs Hannover 96
    14:30 Bayern Munich vs VfB Stuttgart
    14:30 Hamburger SV vs Borussia M.Gladbach
    14:30 Schalke 04 vs Eintracht Frankfurt
    14:30 Hertha Berlin vs RasenBallsport Leipzig
    14:30 Freiburg vs Augsburg
    14:30 Hoffenheim vs Borussia Dortmund
    Leverkusen vs Hannover-1/over
    Bayern – Stuttgart-1/gg
    Freiburg vs Augsburg-1
    Hamburg SV vs M’gladbach-1/over
    Hertha Berlin – RB Leipzig-2
    Hoffenheim – Dortmund1/gg
    Mainz – Werder Bremen-1/over

    Wolfsburg v FC Koln

    Pressure does funny things to people, and Wolfsburg have wilted in the last few weeks, with the glare of the relegation spotlight pointing in their direction. Their 4-1 hammering at RB Leipzig last weekend was typical of their recent displays – they started quite well, but once the opening goal went against them, they made mistake after mistake.
    Wolfsburg coach Bruno Labbadia was able to rescue Hamburg from the drop in 2015, and his innovative approach to preparation for high-pressure games worked a treat. This time around, his box of tricks isn’t working. He’s tried taking the team to village retreats to give them space to clear their minds, he booked out a cinema to show them an inspirational Hollywood sports film, but the team still seems jittery and disjointed. Three straight defeats have been suffered at the worst possible time. To make matters worse, star midfielder Daniel Didavi is struggling with an Achilles tendon injury.
    You would think that a home game against a team that’s already been relegated would be the perfect opportunity to pick up the win that will guarantee the avoidance of automatic relegation, but I don’t see it that way. FC Koln insist they’ll give 100% to be fair to Hamburg (second-bottom) and Freiburg (three points above Wolfsburg and fourth-from-bottom), and I believe them.
    Koln have actually played pretty well since long-serving coach Peter Stoger departed, taking 19 points from 19 games under his replacement Stefan Ruthenbeck. If that points-per-game average was over stretched a whole season, Koln would currently be three points clear of the dropzone.
    Wolfsburg are playing without confidence or cohesion, and they haven’t won a home game since the first week of December.

    Schalke v Eintracht Frankfurt

    Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco has to be part of the conversation when it comes to who is the Bundesliga’s Coach of the Season. The 32-year-old has secured a second-place finish in his first ever campaign as a boss in the top flight, and he has done so with a squad that can in no way be described as the second-best in the league.
    Tedesco’s brand of football can be deathly dull to watch, but it has been effective. There’s an argument to say that when quicker forwards are signed (Hoffenheim’s Mark Uth is a confirmed summer signing, and my understanding is that his team-mate Nadiem Amiri is on the Royal Blues’ wishlist), Tedesco will be able to add further sparkle to what is a very solid base.
    Frankfurt have a DFB Cup final to look forward to next weekend, but they must try to make sure they qualify for the Europa League through the league, just in case they lose that final to Bayern Munich. If they fail to win at the Veltins Arena, they could be caught by Stuttgart and Borussia Monchengladbach.
    It’s worth remembering that Frankfurt won 1-0 in Gelsenkirchen in the DFB Cup semi-final, so Schalke will have revenge on their minds, and Frankfurt’s general away form of late has been poor. They have lost their last six Bundesliga away matches, and you have to go back to January for the last time they took maximum points on the road.

    Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund

    It says a lot for how Borussia Dortmund have struggled for most of the season that they still haven’t nailed down a Champions League spot for next season. Every time they have looked like they have finally got their act together, they have blown it. Last weekend’s home defeat to Mainz was a real shock to the system, and it means that BVB could still miss out on a top-four spot if they lose by two goals (Hoffenheim would move above them into third) and Bayer Leverkusen absolutely stuff Hannover.
    Dortmund have only won one of their last four matches in the league, and they’ve only collected two points from their last four away games in the league. Their cause won’t be helped by a suspension for Sokratis and an injury to his fellow centre-back Omer Toprak. There may be a rare appearance for teenager Dan-Axel Zagadou, who has barely featured since Stoger took the reins.
    Hoffenheim have done remarkably well to even be in contention for a second straight top-four finish (they have lost three key players to Bayern), and they know a win will get the job done. Last weekend’s 2-0 derby loss at Stuttgart was a major blow, as it was their first defeat since mid-February.
    However, TSG have no fresh injury worries, and they have won their last four home games. Their outstanding coach Julian Nagelsmann can win the tactical battle against Stoger, and I think Dortmund may fold under pressure as they did last week.

    French Ligue 1
    20:00 Monaco vs Saint-Etienne
    20:00 Paris Saint Germain vs Rennes
    20:00 Montpellier vs Troyes
    20:00 Bordeaux vs Toulouse
    20:00 Lille vs Dijon
    20:00 Nice vs Caen
    20:00 Angers vs Nantes
    20:00 Strasbourg vs Lyon
    20:00 Amiens vs Metz
    Amiens vs Metz-1/gg
    Angers vs Nantes-1/over/gg
    Bordeaux vs Toulouse-1/gg
    Lille vs Dijon-1/over
    Monaco vs St.Etienne-1
    Montpellier vs Troyes-1

    Guingamp v Marseille (11th v 4th)

    Marseille have everything to play for as they travel to Stade du Roudourou on Friday night and are a good bet to collect all three points.
    Rudi Garcia’s side are locked in a three-way battle with Lyon and Monaco to claim second place and an automatic spot in next season’s Champions League group phase.
    Currently fourth in the standings, l’OM are one point behind Monaco and two points behind Lyon so need a victory to keep the pressure on the two teams immediately above them.
    Fatigue is a concern. This will be Marseille’s 60th game in all competitions this season and they’ve looked tired in their past two games.
    The Europa League final is an issue as well. Marseille take on Atletico Madrid next Wednesday and the players’ thoughts may have already turned to that game.
    Yet Marseille should have enough to win. Their attitude has been exemplary in recent weeks, with the players successfully focusing on twin targets of Ligue 1 and Europe.
    Garcia has also rotated his squad adroitly, with the likes of Boubacar Kamara and Clinton N’Jie coming into the side and making high-calibre contributions.
    Guingamp have nothing to play for. In mid-table, their potential lack of motivation hands Marseille a real advantage.

    Bordeaux v Toulouse (9th v 18th)

    A crunch game between two teams with so much to play for ought to entertain on Saturday night. Bordeaux are chasing a European place while Toulouse are in the Ligue 1 relegation playoff position.
    The hosts are three points off the Europa League berths so need a win – and so do the visitors.
    Both teams have attacked impressively and defended erratically in recent weeks.
    Bordeaux have climbed the table by winning their last four matches against all sides bar champions PSG.
    Three of their four victories were by a 3-1 scoreline, with the fourth a 2-1 scoreline. Full of confidence thanks to their impressive run, Bordeaux will look to dictate from the start.
    Toulouse lost 3-2 at home to Lille last weekend and 2-1 at Rennes a fortnight ago. They played good attacking football on both occasions but their defending left plenty to be desired.
    Like Bordeaux, Toulouse cannot afford to sit back and wait. They’re one point from safety so need to win to stand the best chance of having their fate in their own hands on the final matchday next weekend.

    Strasbourg v Lyon (17th v 2nd)

    Lyon are odds-on to win away from home but the visitors are in such sparkling form they’re the smart pick this weekend.
    Over the past two months Lyon have arguably played the best attacking football in Europe.
    They’ve won their last eight matches, scoring 24 goals in the process. Right now their front three of Nabil Fekir, Bertrand Traore and Memphis Depay are the best attacking trio in Ligue 1 and beyond.
    Traore has thrived since being shifted to a central attacking role, scoring six times in his last five starts. Depay is in double figures for goals (16) and assists (10) this season and has scored six times in his last six starts.
    Meanwhile Fekir is playing for a place in France’s World Cup squad and causing havoc between the lines.
    Lyon have reserved some of their best performances for their away games this season.
    They’re W10-D4-L1 away to non-top four sides and have won 5-0 on the road on no fewer than four occasions (at Metz, Nice, St Etienne and Troyes).
    Strasbourg are battling to avoid relegation but nothing in their form figures suggests they’ll avoid defeat this weekend.
    The hosts are winless in 11 matches (W0-D5-L6) and W1-D1-L5 vs top-four sides this season (average of 3.0 goals conceded per game).
    Strasbourg have conceded in 18 of their last 19 matches so it’s hard to see them shutting out a Lyon attacking in devastating form right now.

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

    Portugal Liga NOS
    16:00 Vitoria de Guimaraes vs FC Porto
    20:00 Boavista vs Belenenses
    18:00 Feirense vs Estoril
    18:00 Rio Ave vs Braga
    18:00 Maritimo vs Sporting CP
    18:00 Vitoria de Setubal vs Tondela
    18:00 Benfica vs Moreirense
    18:00 Portimonense vs Pacos de Ferreira

    Russia Premier League
    12:00 FC Krasnodar vs Rubin Kazan
    12:00 FC Ufa vs Tosno
    12:00 Arsenal Tula vs Lokomotiv Moscow
    12:00 Amkar vs FK Akhmat
    12:00 Zenit St. Petersburg vs SKA-Khabarovsk
    12:00 FC Rostov vs Ural
    12:00 Spartak Moscow vs Dinamo Moscow
    12:00 CSKA Moscow vs Anzhi Makhachkala


    Belgium Jupiler League
    Antwerp vs St. Truiden-1/over
    Eupen vs Oostende-2
    Lokeren – Beerschot Wilrijk-1/gg
    Genk vs Charlerol-1
    Gent vs Anderlecht-X2/gg
    St. Liege vs Club Brugge-1/gg

    Series B:
    Brescia vs Empoli-2
    Carpi vs Cittadella-2
    Cremonense vs Venezia-2
    Entella vs Frosinone-2
    Foggia vs Salernitana-1

    Scotland: Premiership
    Dundee Utd vs Patrick Thistle-1/gg
    Motherwell vs Hamilton-1/over
    St.Johnstone vs Ross County-X2/over

    SPAIN: LaLiga
    Gijon vs Barcelona B-1
    Valladolid vs Albacete-1
    Usasuna vs R.Oviedo-1
    Reus Depotiv vs Tenerife-1/over

    Dutch Eredvisie;
    Vitesse vs Den Haag-1/over
    Utrecht – Heerenveen-1/gg
    Gracifechap vs Telstar-1/gg
    Nijmegen vs FC Emmen-1/over/gg
    Sparta Rotterdam vs Pordrecht-1/over
    Rods vs Almere City-1

    ENGLAND: League Two
    Lincoln City vs Exeter-1/over
    Coventry vs Notts County-1/gg

    GERMANY: Regionaliga
    Altglienicke vs Bautzen-1/gg

    BRAZIL: Series B
    Juvetude vs Paysabdu PA-1/over
    Atletico vs Londrina-1/gg
    CSA – vs Boa-1/over
    Figueirense vs Avai-1/gg

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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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