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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma predictions: Champions League preview & line-ups

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma predictions: Champions League preview & line-ups

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101 Great Goals prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2 Roma Roma to win 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk is 9/1 with Paddy Power. Roma will be looking to build on an outstanding group stage campaign by bagging a couple of away goals in Ukraine. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma football betting tips Shakhtar Donetsk are 7/5 to win on Wednesday night in the UCL. Roma are priced at 15/8, while the draw is 11/5. Think both teams will score? Back BTTS at 8/11 while the against is EVENS. There could be a few goals in the game. Back over 2.5 goals at 11/10 while the under is 8/11. Edin Dzeko is 5/1 to score first and 21/10 to score anytime. Claim a £20 free bet on Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma with Paddy Power. LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Edin Dzeko of AS Roma speaks to the media during the AS Roma press conference
Pundit backs Aston Villa to struggle against Preston; ignore him for 21/20 cracker

Pundit backs Aston Villa to struggle against Preston; ignore him for 21/20 cracker

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Pundit backs Aston Villa to struggle against Preston; ignore him for 21/20 cracker - originally posted on Sportslens.com Championship pundit David Prutton has backed Preston North End to put another dent in Aston Villa’s promotion hopes on Tuesday. Villa dropped to third in the table after losing 2-0 at Fulham on Saturday, while North End are just outside the play-off places following a 1-1 draw at home to leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. Prutton told Sky Sports that he expects Alex Neil’s side to repeat that scoreline at Villa Park (9/2 with Sky Bet). “Aston Villa came crashing back down to earth at Fulham on Saturday as their winning run came to an end at Craven Cottage,” he said. “It was always going to be a tough trip, however, and Steve Bruce will have t...
Roberto Martinez explains how Romelu Lukaku has matured at Man United

Roberto Martinez explains how Romelu Lukaku has matured at Man United

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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has made note of how Romelu Lukaku has significantly matured since joining Manchester United. The Belgian arrived at the club for a £75m fee and made a storming start to life at Old Trafford, netting ten goals in his opening nine games. He then encountered a frustrating dry patch through October and November but has since recovered to take his tally to 21 goals by mid-february. And Martinez, speaking to the BBC, was quick to point out that Lukaku was growing as an individual at Man United. “When you play for the biggest clubs in the world, you have to accept criticism as well as praise and just get on with things,” he said. “Rom has always done that. He is an incredible goalscorer and he is still very young. This has been a really important chapter in
Shock predicted in Chelsea’s XI vs Barcelona

Shock predicted in Chelsea’s XI vs Barcelona

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Chelsea vs Barcelona Today is the day. At Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, Chelsea host Barcelona in the Champions League. The sides meet in the last-16. After the first-leg in west London, the clubs will meet in the Camp Nou in two weeks time. How will Chelsea line-up? The Times on Tuesday have predicted how the sides may line up tonight. Perhaps the biggest question for Chelsea is how their attack will look against Barcelona. Alvaro Morata has only just returned to action after another spell on the sidelines. The Spaniard had missed matches with reports of a back injury. At the same time, Olivier Giroud has joined from Arsenal, while the French international opened his Chelsea account scoring in last weekend’s FA Cup win over Hull. Indeed, against Hull, Giroud seemed to work well
On This Day in Football: Irishman becomes first international manager

On This Day in Football: Irishman becomes first international manager

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On This Day in Football: Irishman becomes first international manager - originally posted on Sportslens.com On this day in 1897, Ireland became the first national team to play under an official manager. Back then, national teams were selected by their country’s respective Football Associations and coached by the team’s captain. But Ireland broke the norm in 1897 by appointing Billy Crone as their manager. Crone, a former defender who played for Irish club Distillery and was now the manager of the club, was approached for the managerial role which he gladly accepted. Crone had only been in charge of Distillery for a year when he took the Ireland national side under his wings. His first game came against England in that year’s British Home Championship. Played at Trent Bri...
New Emirates shirt deal positive, but must help the necessary squad rebuilding

New Emirates shirt deal positive, but must help the necessary squad rebuilding

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So, out of nowhere really, with no rumours doing the rounds about such a deal, Arsenal announced an extension to the shirt sponsorship with Emirates yesterday. A five year lengthening means they’ll be kit sponsors until 2024, and of course the airline retain the naming rights of the stadium until 2028 aside from that. In the announcement it was described as ‘largest sponsorship deal ever signed by the club’, and that’s a good thing but also, given it’s 2018, the cost of things rarely, if ever, goes down, and the duration of the extension, it ought to be the biggest deal we’ve ever done. Interestingly, the club have not released the financial details of it, and when I asked they said there were no plans to go into the specifics. However, via the back chan...
PSG aren't interested in this Man United star: report

PSG aren't interested in this Man United star: report

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Paris Saint Germain are not planning a swoop for Marcos Rojo in the summer at present, according to reports. Reports have suggested that Unai Emery was planning to make a bid for the Argentine defender after negotiations over a new contract at Old Trafford broke down. Rojo missed the early stages of the campaign with a knee injury and has only made five Premier League starts since returning in November. But according to ESPN‘s Jonathan Johnson, the Ligue 1 leaders have no plans in place to sign Rojo in the summer. In fact, following the 3-1 defeat at the Bernabeu, nothing is particularly certain at the Parc des Princes – and that includes their transfer policy. Emery was booed by segments of the home crowd ahead of PSG’s 5-2 win over Strasbourg on Saturday and you sense ...
Tottenham, Chelsea & Man City fight for Wilfried Zaha

Tottenham, Chelsea & Man City fight for Wilfried Zaha

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Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha Will Crystal Palace still be a Premier League side next season? The Eagles are hovering above the drop zone as they’ve remained knee-deep in the relegation mire from the opening weekend of the season. Currently Palace are 15th in the league with 27 points from 27 games. Roy Hodgson’s men are just one point above third bottom Southampton. And this weekend Palace face a tough match-up at Tottenham visit Selhurst Park on Sunday. Ahead of that game, the Times are reporting on Tuesday that Tottenham are leading the charge to sign Wilfried Zaha this summer. Chelsea are Man City are also in the mix. Tottenham v Chelsea v Man City Zaha, of course, has previously left Palace to join a bigger club. The Ivory Coast international has previously been at Man
Journalist opens up about potential Pogba and Mourinho standoff at Man United

Journalist opens up about potential Pogba and Mourinho standoff at Man United

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Telegraph journalist Jason Burt has claimed that the situation between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba is worse than first thought and could develop into a standoff. The relationship between the two has become a talking point after Mourinho’s decision to take him off during defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United as well as leave him on the bench for a home win over Huddersfield Town. Pogba missed the FA Cup clash with David Wagner’s men through illness and Mourinho’s comments after the game contained a clear hint of frustration at his £89m man. And Burt, speaking on Sunday Supplement, noted that a potentially dangerous disjunct between the pair could emerge over the next few weeks. “It’s quite obvious that there’s an issue and you can tell by the way Mourinho