4 matches to watch: Rangers dare 3SC in Ibadan as Manchester derby berths at Old Trafford

Shooting Stars
Shooting Stars

3SC vs. Enugu Rangers @Adamasingba Stadium @4pm on Sep.10

An age-old rivalry is rekindled in Ibadan on Saturday with both teams fighting for their lives but at opposite ends of the table. It has been 32 years since Rangers were crowned league champions – they have never been relegated – but ‘Sooting Stars’ [as they are called in Ibadan] have been up and down and are currently looking over their shoulder at the relegation places. Three points is now very important with six weeks to the end of the season. The stakes could not be higher.

Recent Form: 3SC [L-W-L-D-W]; Rangers [W-W-L-L-D]

Head to head

08/05/16     NPF    Enugu Rangers      1 – 1   Shooting Stars

13/09/15     NPF    Enugu Rangers      2 – 1   Shooting Stars

17/05/15     NPF    Shooting Stars       1 – 1   Enugu Rangers

22/09/13     NPF    Shooting Stars       2 – 1   Enugu Rangers

19/06/13     NPF    Enugu Rangers      2 – 0   Shooting Stars

Prediction: 3SC 2-1 Rangers

Man. Utd vs. Man. City @Old Trafford @12:30pm on Sep.10

A rivalry forged in Europe has birthed in Manchester – United face City with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in opposing dugouts. And there are a lot of sub-plots in Saturday’s meeting – will Zlatan Ibrahimovic get one over a former manager that did not rate him? How will City play without Sergio Aguero? How will Mark Clattenburg perform in an expected volatile situation? All these would come into play on Saturday. You better not miss out on the action.

Recent Form: Man. Utd [W-W-W-W-D]; Man. City [W-W-W-W-W]

Head to head

20/03/16     PRL    Man. City     0 – 1   Man. Utd

25/10/15     PRL    Man. Utd      0 – 0   Man. City

12/04/15     PRL    Man. Utd      4 – 2   Man. City

02/11/14     PRL    Man. City     1 – 0   Man. Utd

25/03/14     PRL    Man. Utd      0 – 3   Man. City

Prediction: Man. Utd 1–1 Man. City

Liverpool vs. Leicester City @Anfield @5:30pm on Sep.10

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is hoping that Liverpool will mark the opening of a newly expanded Anfield with a win over Leicester. The Reds have been oscillating between good and bad this season but if they will achieve their top four target, they have to become more consistent. On the other hand, Leicester will be hoping to use Anfield as a stepping-stone to better results in the league as they prepare for a foray into Europe next week.

Klopp believes the first step in ‘our future’, following the opening of Anfield’s redeveloped main stand that has taken Anfield to 54,000 capacity, is a win. But will the Reds be able to cage the Foxes?

Recent Form: Liverpool [D-W-L-W-L]; Leicester [W-D-L-L-L]

Head to head

02/02/16     PRL    Leicester      2 – 0   Liverpool

26/12/15     PRL    Liverpool     1 – 0   Leicester

01/01/15     PRL    Liverpool     2 – 2   Leicester

02/12/14     PRL    Leicester      1 – 3   Liverpool

28/03/04     PRL    Leicester      0 – 0   Liverpool

Prediction: Liverpool 2–1 Leicester

Real Madrid vs. Osasuna @Santiago Bernebeu @3pm on Sep.10

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is fit and wants to return against Osasuna. But would Zinedine Zidane acquiesce and throw him straight on? And will he get straight unto the score sheet? Will James Rodriguez get into the first XI after most of the first team junketed around the world for 2018 World Cup qualifiers? But whomever Zidane chooses, they know that there cannot be any slip-ups as they try to win a first La Liga crown in five years?

Recent Form: Real Madrid [W-W-W-W-W]; Osasuna [L-D-L-L-D]

Head to head

26/04/14     PRD   Real Madrid            4 – 0   Osasuna

15/01/14     CDR   Osasuna                   0 – 2   Real Madrid

09/01/14     CDR   Real Madrid            2 – 0   Osasuna

14/12/13     PRD   Osasuna                   2 – 2   Real Madrid

01/06/13     PRD   Real Madrid            4 – 2   Osasuna

Prediction: Real Madrid 4-0 Osasuna

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