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    WEEKEND PREVIEWS/BETTING TIPS: Can City Win At Spurs, Will Barça bounce back? + Bundesliga, Serie A Previews



    12:30 Southampton vs Chelsea
    15:00 Swansea vs Everton
    15:00 Burnley vs Leicester
    15:00 Huddersfield vs Watford
    15:00 Crystal Palace vs Brighton
    17:30 Liverpool vs Bournemouth
    19:45 Tottenham vs Manchester City
    13:30 Newcastle United vs Arsenal
    16:00 Manchester United vs West Brom
    Southampton vs Chelsea-2/gg
    Burnley vs Leicester -1/X/over/gg
    Crystal Palace vs Brighton-1/over
    Huddersfield vs Watford-1/gg
    Swansea – Everton-1/gg
    Liverpool vs Bournemouth-1/over
    Tottenham vs Man City-1/X/gg
    Newcastle vs Arsenal-2/gg
    Man Utd vs West Brom-1/over

    Southampton VS Chelsea
    The big talking point: Both teams running out of games: Southampton to save their Premier League status, Chelsea to preserve their faint hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

    What will happen: Let’s stick our neck out: this is where the Southampton revival begins. They didn’t win at the Emirates last weekend but were greatly improved, and a return to St. Mary’s against a Chelsea team that barely look bothered at the moment should yield at least some points.

    What won’t happen: Shane Long will probably be replaced by Charlie Austin up front, with the former suffering a series of knocks last Sunday, while Jack Stephens serves the first game of a ban after being dismissed for that strange tussle with Jack Wilshere.

    Burnley vs Leicester
    The big talking point: Burnley’s hopes of chasing Arsenal down look remote, but they’re in the driving seat for a Europa League place. Leicester’s hopes for the same might well rest on them winning at Turf Moor this weekend, with a six-point deficit to chop away at.

    What will happen: The Foxes really aren’t the same without (the suspended) Wilfred Ndidi, clearly their most important midfield piece – and that should show here, with Burnley winning five straight Premier League games for the first time in their history.

    What won’t happen: Matty James is done for the year through injury, while Vicente Iborra is also struggling for fitness. Claude Puel’s midfield cupboard really is bare – Objective A for Leicester in the summer will be to restock it.

    Crystal Palace vs Brighton
    The big talking point: Another good performance from Palace on Saturday, but another set of points dropped. Roy Hodgson saw his side take the lead twice in that game and yet still fail to win. He’ll be frustrated: if his players had converted all of their winning positions to victories over the past six weeks, the Eagles could already be planning for next season.

    What will happen: But this will be the moment that changes. Brighton will likely stay up, but there’s been a slight regression in their form over recent weeks. Their failure to beat Huddersfield was particularly disappointing and could have been the result of some collective fatigue. Chris Hughton’s players are limping towards safety.

    What won’t happen: Palace still have doubts about Christian Benteke, who missed the trip to Dean Court, while Alexander Sorloth is also out. Brighton’s Davy Propper is banned after his sending off last week.

    Huddersfield vs Watford
    The big talking point: Huddersfield have to win this game. Have to. The expectation must be that Southampton and Stoke will pick up points before the season’s end, so this kind of game – against an already-safe opponent – must be made to count.

    What will happen: Richarlison should return to Javi Gracia’s starting lineup, having been benched for the past two games. Huddersfield struggle with direct threats and also with pace, and the Brazilian – in spite of suffering from a notable dip in form – is still Watford’s most dynamic player.

    What won’t happen: Statistically, a visiting goal seems unlikely: Watford haven’t found the net in any of their past five games away from Vicarage Road. Troublingly for any neutrals with tickets for this one, Huddersfield are without a win in any of their last five. Here comes a goalless draw, then…

    Swansea vs Everton
    The big talking point: A win here could theoretically take Swansea seven points clear of relegation. Their survival would owe much to the ineptitude beneath them, but that would be quite remarkable given where they were in late 2017.

    What will happen: Remember this game last year? A Fernando Llorente goal in a 1-0 win against a listless, uninterested Everton was enough to essentially secure Swansea’s position in the league. Expect something similar.

    What won’t happen: Swansea’s only fresh doubt is over Mike van der Hoorn. He’s potentially a bigger miss than assumed, because – despite never really being trusted by Paul Clement – he’s actually been one of the better performers under Carlos Carvalhal.

    Liverpool vs Bournemouth
    The big talking point: The morning after the night before. Liverpool were sensational in the Champions League over those two ties with Manchester City, but can they adjust back to the humdrum of the league? They’ll need to. Their top-four place is probably safe, but Tottenham have a game in hand over them and
    are in excellent form.

    What will happen: Bournemouth are awkward. Their form isn’t great and their performances haven’t been either, but they’ve developed the useful habit of being able to avoid defeat in spite of not playing particularly well. Just one defeat in six for Eddie Howe’s side.

    What won’t happen: As at Everton, you’d expect some rotation from Jurgen Klopp: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will need to be rotated smartly if they’re to be kept fresh for Europe, so expect a similar team to the one fielded at Goodison Park.

    Tottenham vs Manchester City
    The big talking point: The scheduling. The last train to Manchester from London leaves at 10pm, meaning that Manchester City’s travelling fans will either miss it or be forced to leave early. That’s not great from the Premier League.

    What will happen: Is this a good time for Spurs to be playing City or not? Pep Guardiola’s team have now lost three games in a row and looked absolutely shattered by the time Tuesday night’s game ended. They’re going to win the title – comfortably – but this is becoming a rather limp finish. Conversely, Tottenham are the league’s form team: they haven’t lost domestically since December 16 (against City themselves), and another game without defeat would set a new club record in the Premier League era.

    What won’t happen: Guardiola will be without Fernandinho, who went over the bookings limit against Manchester United. Fabian Delph seems likely to drop into that pivot position at the base of midfield.

    Newcastle vs Arsenal
    The big talking point: Newcastle’s safety, which will be all but secured if they win here. It won’t happen, of course, but Rafael Benitez should really be part of the manager-of-the-year conversation.

    What will happen: Arsenal continue to prioritise the Europa League, rightly given the distance between them and the top four, so another lethargic performance is on the cards here. In front of a potentially jubilant home crowd, this is a wonderful opportunity for Newcastle to rubber-stamp survival.

    What won’t happen: There’ll be no Henrikh Mkhitaryan, rotation or otherwise – but the news isn’t all bad. The Armenian playmaker had been ruled out for the rest of the domestic season, but could be back in a couple of weeks according to Arsene Wenger. Fine timing for the Europa League.

    Manchester United vs West Brom
    The big talking point: West Brom’s relegation, which will be confirmed if they lose and Crystal Palace, Swansea and Huddersfield all win.

    What will happen: They will lose at Old Trafford, but the other results are unlikely. So what, though? As has been written elsewhere, within its context this is one of the worst Premier League seasons on record and nobody at the club emerges from it within any credit at all. The draw with Swansea was their first point in the league since January. January!

    What won’t happen: Any talking points or conclusions. Manchester United will win, it will be relatively simple and they’ll even have time to rest a few players ahead of the FA Cup semi-final. On we go…

    West Ham vs Stoke
    The big talking point: Improvement in both sides. West Ham deserved their point at Stamford Bridge and were excellent the week before against Southampton. Happily for them, relegation is now an afterthought.
    Conversely, Stoke’s development since Paul Lambert’s arrival hasn’t been rewarded in the same way. They were extremely unfortunate to lose to Tottenham last weekend and arguably deserved points in each of their previous two games (against Everton and Arsenal).

    What will happen: Stoke win. Yes, really. West Ham’s security should provoke something of a relapse, meaning that Lambert’s reinvigorated side should prevail. Xherdan Shaqiri has started to flicker in recent weeks, so too January signings Moritz Bauer and Badou Ndiaye.

    What won’t happen: Charlie Adam will still be missing as he serves the final game of a ban, while Kevin Wimmer remains unfit. David Moyes will have to contend with an injury list which shows no sign of lessening: Manuel Lanzini and James Collins are the latest additions to a group which already includes Winston Reid, Michail Antonio, Sam Byram and Pedro Obiang.

    Can Barça bounce back? Madrid can react in Málaga

    12:00 Sevilla vs Villarreal
    15:15 Barcelona vs Valencia
    17:30 Leganes vs Celta Vigo
    17:30 Las Palmas vs Real Sociedad
    19:45 Athletic Bilbao vs Deportivo
    11:00 Eibar vs Alaves
    15:15 Atletico Madrid vs Levante
    17:30 Getafe vs Espanyol
    19:45 Malaga vs Real Madrid
    Sevilla vs Villarreal-1/gg
    Barcelona vs Valencia-1/X/over/ for Valencia
    Eibar vs Alaves-1
    Atl. Madrid vs Real Madrid-1
    Getafe vs Espanyol-2
    Malaga vs Real Madrid-2/over

    Barcelona v Valencia
    A season doesn’t take long to unravel, as Barcelona discovered the hard way in Rome this week. The Champions League had become priority number one for the Catalans, with La Liga seemingly sewn up, but all Ernesto Valverde’s plans came tumbling down in 90 madcap minutes at the Stadio Olimpico.
    The post-mortem will go on for some time yet, and while Valverde himself has insisted it’s business as usual this weekend (“We can’t stay at home crying because we lost one game”), big questions are being asked of his stewardship – and of the team’s direction of travel. It’s always risky to read too much into one match, but this was such a limp performance that it did beg those bigger questions.
    Saturday’s match against Valencia could at least provide some temporary solace, with Barça now just one away from a Spanish league record for games unbeaten (39). Los Che, of course, will have other ideas and come into this game in fine fettle: they’ve won eight of their last nine, tightening their grip on third place and beginning to exert a bit of pressure on second-placed Atlético Madrid.
    They’ve also won two of their last four visits to the Camp Nou, but the best bet here looks like under 2.5 goals. Both of these sides are well capable of scoring goals, but have grown less explosive as the season has worn on: 13 of Barcelona’s last 21 games have gone under the 2.5-goal line, as have 8 of Valencia’s last 12, and all three of their previous meetings this term (one in the league, two in the Copa del Rey).
    It’s not a banker, but with Valencia increasingly frugal in defence – four clean sheets in five – this could be a tighter game than many expect.
    Las Palmas v Real Sociedad
    Las Palmas’ relegation was pretty much confirmed last weekend, when they lost to 17th-placed Levante. There are now fully 10 points between the Canary Islanders and safety, which would be a major stretch even if they were in something approaching reasonable form. They’re not, and so the next seven games will be a miserable trudge towards the trapdoor.
    Paco Jémez’s side have faced a horrible run of home games, with Sevilla, Barcelona, Villarreal and Real Madrid the last four teams to come to town. And while Real Sociedad are not quite in that bracket – the Basques have had a fairly underwhelming season – they will have their tails up after perhaps their best display of the season a week ago.
    La Real were borderline unplayable against Girona, Sergio Canales and Mikel Oyarzabal slicing through the Catalans’ defence time and again, and they will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing the league’s joint-worst defence. The fact Las Palmas are missing starting centre-back Alejandro Gálvez (suspended) will only give them extra encouragement.

    Málaga v Real Madrid
    It’s back to the domestic grindstone for Real Madrid, whose nerves will still be frayed after that ludicrous game against Juventus at the Bernabéu. They got the job done in the end, but their listless display will have eroded much of the feeling of superiority that came with their success over Paris Saint-Germain; it should now be clear that they cannot afford another night off like that if they are to win the Champions League again.
    Málaga are welcome opponents this weekend: Los Boquerones are already planning for life in segunda, the season having slipped through their fingers long ago. They have a poor record against Madrid – one win in the last 33 league meetings – and were turned over a hitherto toothless Deportivo La Coruña side last time out. With Luis Hernández serving a ban, José González will have to make changes at the back, too.
    Zinedine Zidane’s rotation can make it tough to predict Madrid games with any great confidence, but with a short gap in the schedule after the midweek visit of Athletic Club and before their first semi-final against Bayern Munich, widespread changes probably aren’t likely here.

    Expect fireworks in Rome Derby

    Serie A
    14:00 Cagliari vs Udinese
    17:00 Chievo vs Torino
    17:00 Genoa vs Crotone
    19:45 Atalanta vs Inter
    11:30 Fiorentina vs SPAL 2013
    14:00 AC Milan vs Napoli
    14:00 Sassuolo vs Benevento
    14:00 Bologna vs Verona
    17:00 Juventus vs Sampdoria
    19:45 Lazio vs Roma
    Cagliari vs Udinese-1/over
    Chievo vs Torino-2/over/gg
    Genoa vs Crotone-1/gg
    Atalanta vs Inter Milan-X2/over/gg
    Fiorentina vs Spal-1
    AC Milan vs Napoli-2/over/gg
    Bologna vs Verona-1
    Juventus vs Sampdoria-1
    Lazio vs Roma-2

    Lazio v Roma

    After one miracle at the Olimpico, Roma must focus on a massive Rome derby at the same venue. I’m still not sure HOW they did it, but am delighted that they did, and Serie A can celebrate at least one representative in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
    Eusebio Di Francesco would have loved a little time to reflect on what his team achieved in midweek, but he doesn’t have it, and with these two locked on 60 points in the battle for a place in the Champions League next season, it’s a game that neither can afford to lose.
    In Serie A, that naturally points you towards a draw, but I’m keen to look at the goals markets for this one. Lazio have scored more Serie A goals than anyone this season, and no team has attempted more shots than Roma. Both teams are capable of defending, but their natural instinct is to attack, and Lazio’s last four Serie A games have produced 17 goals.
    Roma showed their vulnerability last weekend, when they conceded twice against Fiorentina, and they’ll almost certainly concede against Simone Inzaghi’s team, but the wave that they’re surfing right now means that they’re likely to score as well.
    The last time that Roma failed to score in two consecutive Serie A games was three years ago, and with both teams going for the win here, I think this is one of those fixtures in which one goal will lead to a few more.

    Fiorentina v SPAL

    Fiorentina’s remarkable run of form continued last weekend against Roma, and they are now looking for their seventh consecutive win as they face SPAL in Florence in the early game on Sunday. You can’t knock the Viola story: a sense of togetherness after the death of Davide Astori, a seemingly unstoppable will that has seen them surge up the table. It has been extraordinary and heartening, but I think that the run might come to an end this weekend.
    Why should SPAL succeed where Roma failed? Well, Roma were hugely (and, as it turned out, relevantly) distracted by their Champions League game against Barcelona, and things didn’t go their way at the Olimpico. And SPAL are fighting like demons to keep their place in the top flight, a quality that you can’t underestimate at this point of the season.
    Leonardo Semplici’s team are now unbeaten in their last six Serie A fixtures, a run that includes draws against Juventus and Atalanta, and indeed away to Genoa. They are made of stern stuff, and know that every single point matters for them as they fight against the drop.
    And Roma are the only team that Fiorentina have beaten on their run. They scrambled a win against both Benevento and Chievo, before beating Torino with a last-minute penalty. This is a team which is solid defensively, but is not blowing anyone away. SPAL’s recent form shows just how hard they are to beat, and I think that they’re too big getting a half a goal start on the Asian Handicap.
    If Fiorentina do make it seven, they’ll have fought for every single second of the 90 minutes.

    AC Milan v Napoli

    Napoli just about kept their title hopes on track last week in that astonishing climax against Chievo, but they’ll be made to work at San Siro, and yet are being priced up as if it was November.
    Milan are stronger than they were then, Napoli significantly less so, and there’s no way that Maurizio Sarri’s team should be as short as they are to win in Milan this weekend. Milan HAVE lost three of their last four here against Napoli, and their stellar run of form has stalled somewhat. They pushed Juve all the way, though, looked tired against Inter, and then lost focus against Sassuolo last time. Now that Gennaro Gattuso is permanently confirmed in the Rossoneri job, I think that
    we’ll see Milan push until the end of the season.
    And as for Napoli, their recent form doesn’t read well. A draw against Sassuolo and a near defeat against Chievo would indicate that they are starting to feel a long season, feel the pressure, and they just don’t look like a team that is ready to head to San Siro and win.
    Milan will be missing both centre-halves, Leo Bonucci and Alessio Romagnoli, which means that Cristian Zapata and Mateo Musacchio will have to play. They’re not the worst replacements, and I’d be concerned by the suspension of Mario Rui for Napoli and how it limits their threat from full-back.

    Bayern to take advantage of frail Foals

    14:30 Hertha Berlin vs FC Cologne
    14:30 Hoffenheim vs Hamburger SV
    14:30 VfB Stuttgart vs Hannover 96
    14:30 Bayer Leverkusen vs Frankfurt
    17:30 Bayern Munich vs Borussia M.Gladbach
    14:30 Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund
    17:00 Werder Bremen vs RB Leipzig
    Leverkusen vs Eintracht Frankfurt-1/gg
    Hertha Berlin vs FC Koln-1/over
    Hoffenheim vs Hburger-1
    Stuttgart vs Hannover-1/over
    Schalke vs Dortmund-1X/gg
    Werder Bremen vs RB Leipzig-2

    Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach
    Although they weren’t as impressive as I thought they would be against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday, Bayern Munich kept their treble hopes alive with a goalless draw and a 2-1 aggregate success.
    Having secured a sixth consecutive Bundesliga title thanks to last weekend’s 4-1 win at Augsburg, Bayern seemingly have little to play for in the league, but don’t be fooled. Excellent coach Jupp Heynckes has created an environment where every player (apart from maybe Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich) is
    being kept on their toes. There is strength in depth in every position, and even Lewandowski’s backup Sandro Wagner has scored five goals in his last seven league games.
    That uncertainty means that players are taking every opportunity to impress, because no-one wants to be left on the bench for a Champions League or DFB Cup semi-final or final. As for Heynckes, he can still match the achievements of his previous season in charge by winning a treble, and he will make history this weekend. If you combine his playing and coaching career, the 72-year-old will rack up Bundesliga game number 1034 on Saturday, putting him top of the all-time list ahead of the great Otto Rehhagel.
    Bayern face a Borussia Monchengladbach side that beat them 2-1 in the reverse fixture, but the Foals aren’t really in any shape to complete the double. Injury issues have derailed their season, and they have collected a pitiful four points from their last eight Bundesliga away games. Only a miraculous run of results would see them qualify for Europe, but the players continue to publicly back coach Dieter Hecking.
    Bayern will want revenge after defeat at Borussia Park, and they have players in all departments who are keen to impress. Gladbach aren’t anywhere near the team they should be, and I think their lingering European hopes will be wiped away here.

    Hoffenheim v Hamburg
    Hoffenheim are still on the fringes of the battle for European qualification, and if their 30-year-old coach Julian Nagelsmann delivers continental competition for the second season running, it’ll be his greatest magic trick yet. He secured a top-four finish last term, but has since lost three integral players to Bayern, and has largely been without playmaker Kerem Demirbay because of injury.
    Hoffe have put together a six-match unbeaten run, and in their last two home matches they have dismissed Wolfsburg 3-0 and eviscerated Koln 6-0. Hamburg are at the same level as those two sides, and even though HSV produced a superb performance to defeat Schalke last weekend, they have taken just three points from their last 13 away matches. Coach Christian Titz has turned to the youngsters and employed a bold approach, but this is a huge test.
    All of Hoffenheim’s forwards are on form, although Mark Uth is suspended. Serge Gnabry has scored five goals in his last five games, and Andrej Kramaric has netted seven goals in his last nine matches. I don’t believe the Hamburg defence can withstand that kind of firepower.

    Schalke v Borussia Dortmund
    This is always one of the most emotional and fiercely contested derbies in the German football calendar, but there is a lot riding on this game too. Both Schalke and Dortmund are yet to secure Champions League qualification, and they know a win for either side would see them finish the weekend in second spot behind
    the champions Bayern.
    Schalke’s shock defeat at Hamburg last weekend was the worst possible way to prepare for this Revierderby. The Royal Blues were knocked out of their rhythm by the passion and intensity of Hamburg and their home crowd, as a stunning late winner from Aaron Hunt brought a six-match winning run to an end.
    Despite that defeat, Schalke will feel they have a psychological edge over Dortmund, after they came from 4-0 down to draw the reverse fixture 4-4. BVB’s 3-0 win over Stuttgart last weekend flattered them, and they haven’t won any of their last four away matches in all competitions. They’ve only scored two goals in those four games, and in their last Bundesliga road match they were utterly humiliated as Bayern Munich cruised (and I mean cruised) to a 6-0 win in Der Klassiker.
    Dortmund coach Peter Stoger has only lost once in the league since taking charge, but the football Dortmund have played has been too chaotic and haphazard, and has relied on individual quality rather than a solid framework. Conversely, Schalke as a squad don’t have Dortmund’s talent, but they stick religiously to the scheme laid out for them by 32-year-old coach Domenico Tedesco.

    PSG set to claim title in Sunday night showdown

    Ligue 1
    16:00 Lyon vs Amiens
    19:00 Nantes vs Dijon
    19:00 Rennes vs Metz
    19:00 Caen vs Toulouse
    19:00 Lille vs Guingamp
    19:00 Strasbourg vs Saint-Etienne
    14:00 Montpellier vs Bordeaux
    16:00 Troyes vs Marseille
    20:00 PSG vs Monaco
    Lyon vs Amiens-1
    Caen vs Toulouse-1/gg
    Lille vs Guingamp-1/over
    Nantes vs Dijon-1/gg
    Montpellier vs Bordeaux-1
    Troyes vs Marseille-2
    PSG vs Monaco-1

    Lyon v Amiens (3rd v 13th)

    Lyon go into the weekend in tremendous form and should be too strong for bottom-half Amiens on Saturday afternoon.
    Lyon’s 5-0 win at bottom club Metz last weekend was their fourth consecutive victory and saw them leapfrog Marseille into the third and final Champions League place.
    Lyon are ahead of Marseille only on goal difference, meaning the hosts will be fully motivated this weekend and keen to avoid slip-ups in front of their own fans.
    The return from injury of the inspirational Nabil Fekir to improve an attack that scored five times without him last weekend is a daunting prospect for Amiens.
    Christophe Pelissier’s side have done well to move away from the relegation positions over the past month but have easier fixtures to secure Ligue 1 safety in the coming weeks.
    Amiens won’t simply roll over and die but it would be no surprise if Lyon turn out to be a couple of goals better than the visitors.
    Troyes v Marseille (18th v 4th)
    The difference in class between these two sides has been so apparent in recent weeks anything other than an away win would be a major surprise.
    Troyes have lost five of their last six games (their sole point coming against bottom-half Amiens) and lost 10 of their last 14 fixtures (W2-D2-L10). Their only two wins during that dismal run of form came against the only two sides currently below them in the table, Lille and Metz.
    Troyes have also lost five out of five games against the top four this season (PSG, Monaco, Lyon, Marseille), resulting in a -12 goal difference across those five fixtures.
    Marseille’s 0-0 home draw against Montpellier last weekend saw them slip out of the top three for the first time since mid-January. They’re determined to claim a Champions League spot so will be fired-up to ensure they make no mistakes this weekend.
    Marseille will also be on a high after their 5-2 Europa League win over Red Bull Leipzig on Thursday night. They produced a fantastic performance to claim their place in the semi-finals in front of the Stade Velodrome’s biggest-ever crowd for a European fixture.
    Marseille’s away record points strongly to an away win: l’OM are an excellent W9-D4-L0 on the road against non-top four sides.

    Paris-SG v Monaco (1st v 2nd)
    The top two go head-to-head in Sunday night’s televised clash with the Ligue 1 title on the line.
    If PSG win they’ll be crowned Ligue 1 champions with five matchdays to go. If defending champions Monaco win or draw they’ll delay the inevitable by one more week at least.
    It’s likely to be a tough night for Monaco, however, as all evidence points towards a PSG victory. The teams have met three times this season, with PSG winning each time. They dominated the first league meeting between the sides at Stade Louis II last November and should have won by a much bigger scoreline than 2-1.
    PSG also won 2-1 in the Champions Trophy curtain-raiser on foreign soil in Tangiers last August. They then blew away Monaco 3-0 in the League Cup final a fortnight ago.
    A repeat of the League Cup final scoreline would be no surprise. PSG will be determined to claim the Ligue 1 title in fine style, deposing Monaco at the same time.
    The question is how to make PSG pay.

    17:30 ADO Den Haag vs Twente
    18:45 VVV-Venlo vs SC Heerenveen
    18:45 Vitesse vs Sparta Rotterdam
    19:45 PEC Zwolle vs Excelsior
    11:30 NAC Breda vs Willem II
    13:30 FC Groningen vs Roda
    13:30 Feyenoord vs FC Utrecht
    15:45 PSV Eindhoven vs Ajax
    Den Haag vs Twente-1/gg
    Venlo vs Heerenveen-2/over/gg
    Vitesse vs Sparta Rotterdam-1/over
    Zwolle vs Exelsior-1
    Breda vs Willem ll-1
    Feyenoord vs Utrecht-1
    Groningen vs Roda-1
    PSV vs Ajax-1X/over

    Super Lig
    11:30 Kasimpasa vs Karabukspor
    14:00 Malatyaspor vs Alanyaspor
    17:00 Sivasspor vs Fenerbahce
    11:30 Kayserispor vs Genclerbirligi
    14:00 Antalyaspor vs Konyaspor
    14:00 Goztepe vs Bursaspor
    17:00 Galatasaray vs Basaksehir

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

    RUSSIA Premier League
    09:30 Amkar vs Rubin Kazan
    12:00 Dinamo Moscow vs Lokomotiv Moscow
    14:30 Zenit St. Petersburg vs Anzhi Makhachkala
    17:00 FC Krasnodar vs Arsenal Tula
    12:00 Ural vs Spartak Moscow
    14:30 FC Ufa vs CSKA Moscow
    17:00 FC Rostov vs SKA-Khabarovsk


    ITALY, Serie B:
    Brescia vs Carpi-1
    Empoli vs Pro Vercelli-1
    Entella vs Avellino-2
    Frosinone vs Spezia-1

    BRAZIL: Serie A
    Cruzeiro vs Gremio-1/under/gg

    BRAZIL: Serie B
    Fortaleza vs Guarani-1/over/gg
    Atletico Go vs Criciuma-2/gg
    Oeste vs CRB-2/over
    Figueirense vs Juventude-1

    ENGLAND: Championship
    Sheffield Utd vs Millwall-1/over
    Barnsley vs Bolton-2
    Burton vs Derby-2
    Hull City vs Sheffield Wed-1

    ENGLAND: League One
    Blackpool vs Fleetwood Town-1/over
    Bristol Rovers vs Blackburn-2/gg
    Bury vs Northampton-1/gg
    Charlton vs Scunthpe-1

    ENGLAND: League Two
    Cheltenham vs Forest Green-1
    Chesterfield vs Mansfield-2
    Accrington vs Exeter-1
    Colchester vs Notts County-1

    FRANCE: Ligue 2
    Paris FC vs Reims-2

    GERMANY: Bundeslig 2
    Armenia Bielefeld vs Aue-1
    Duisburg vs Sandhausen-1
    SG Dynamo vs Holsteinkiel-2
    St. Pauli vs Union Berlin-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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