jalaka

Former footballer, passionate football enthusiast and analyst and a proud Nigerian.

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Chelsea vs. ManCity [photo: @Chealseafc]

The chase for Champions League spots in the EPL gets hotter

The COVID-19 fractured English Premier League [EPL] season is in the last furlough with the race to pick UEFA Champions League tickets the last real show in town. With Liverpool having run away with the title and Manchester City floundering in second place–six teams–Leicester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers,…

Arsenal FC (PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter)

Against Leicester, here’s why Arsenal has better Champions League chance

Before the COVID-19 enforced lockdown, Leicester City were seemingly comfortable in their pursuit of a UEFA Champions League slot for next season. But average results after the resumption of the league has drawn them back towards the challengers for those remaining two slots, with Arsenal particularly showing signs of life.…

Wolves Team [PHOTO CREDIT: @Wolves]

Four matches to watch this weekend

Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich @Olympiastadion Berlin @7pm on July 4 The second step in Hansi Flick’s Bayern’s pursuit of the treble comes up on Saturday against a Leverkusen side still licking their wound from missing a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League. Bayern have the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski,…

Atletico Madrid team [PHOTO: @atletienglish]

La Liga: Messi, Barcelona must win against Atletico Madrid

Behind the scenes at Nou Camp, things are not going smoothly but all is not lost. This why the match against Atletico Madrid is a do or die affair. Atletico are an in-form team with three straight wins and have risen from seventh place to third on the La Liga…

Ndidi celebrates after scoring for Leicester City against Newcastle (Photo Credit: Reuters on Twitter)

Four matches to watch this weekend

Leicester City v Chelsea @King Power Stadium @4pm on June 28 Two draws from their league meetings this season shows how close the two teams are. At the moment, Leicester sit third in the English Premier League table with 55 points, just a point ahead of Chelsea, in fourth place.…

Chelsea Team

Chelsea v Man. City: Four duels to watch

Manchester City have gotten the better of Chelsea in seven of their last eight confrontations but on Thursday, Chelsea need the points more than City do and if the words of their manager, Pep Guardiola, is taken wholesale, then City will rest some of their stars ahead of their FA…

Watch some Nigerian goals from Europe

Spain Etebo scores first league goal in more than a year Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, scored his first league goal in more than a year when he gave Getafe the lead against Eibar last Saturday at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. The Nigerian was on the end of a cross…

European Football: Technology fails, Messi more equal, five other talking points last week

European football is back and in full steam. Where so many things have stayed the same, there are new scripts being written. We take a trip across the various leagues in session looking for the novel and interesting things that happened last week. Etebo scores his first Getafe goal Nigeria…

Real Madrid Players

Real Madrid can take advantage after Barcelona’s slip against Sevilla

Former Real Madrid manager, Julen Lopetegui, did his former a huge favour on Friday as Sevilla held Barcelona to a draw. This gives Real Madrid the chance to go top of the league on Sunday if they can beat Real Sociedad at Donostia-San Sebastian. Real Madrid have the head-to-head advantage…

Juventus FC

Wednesday Matches: Juventus face Napoli as City welcome Arsenal

After almost three months without regular football action, the matches are coming thick and thin as teams try to finish the interrupted season as best as they can. From Italy, we have the Coppa Italia final between Juventus. and Napoli while the English Premier League restarts with Arsenal travelling to…

Anthony Nwakaeme [Photo Credit: Jerusalem Post]

Nigerians Abroad: Nwakaeme helps Trabzonspor to Turkish league summit

The European football season has restarted in earnest from Italy to Turkey, with Germany almost concluded. Many Nigerians have thus resumed the disrupted season-with mixed results. Some players appear 'doomed' in their respective clubs, while some are looking up for places in Europe and even for league titles. Turkey Anthony…

Italian Serie A: Juventus team after a pre-season friendly

Four matches to watch this weekend

After almost three months without regular football action, European leagues are returning to empty stadiums to finish the 2019/20 season disrupted by COVID-19. Spain’s La Liga kicked off on Thursday while in Italy, the football season is restarting with the second leg of the Coppa Italia. Juventus v AC Milan…

La Liga [PHOTO: ESPN]

La Liga returns with familiar storyline, injury returnees and Nigerian angle

Barcelona and Real Madrid are ensconced at the top of La Liga–no surprise in that fact. They are separated by two points while third-placed Sevilla are nine points adrift of second place. That Los Cules are two points ahead of Los Blancos is a surprise because the Barca camp has…

Chelsea vs. ayern Munchen [Photo: Medium.com]

UCL: Five duels to watch as Chelsea host Bayern

The fifth-ever meeting between Chelsea and Bayern Munich is a UEFA Champions League round of 16 meeting that looks lopsided in Bayern’s favour. The Bavarians are five-time UCL winners and are top of the Bundesliga, having discovered imperious form since Hans-Dieter Flick assumed the reins after Bayern sacked Niko Kovac…

RB Leipzig vs Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter account of Tottenham]

Three takeaways from UEFA Champions League Round of 16

The premier club football tournament in the world, the UEFA Champions League, is a class for the discerning, entertainment for the football junkie and a graveyard for yesterday’s men. The first four knockout matches in this season’s competition were played on Tuesday and Wednesday and they produced spectacles laced with…

Tammy Abraham celebrates after scoring for Chelsea (Photo Credit: Reuters on Google)

Chelsea v Man. United: Five duels that could determine Monday’s result

Manchester United have won four of their last seven matches against Chelsea. The overall score in the last seven matches is 13-6 in favour of United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows his reign as United boss will be further dented with another defeat while Frank Lampard is keen to hold on…

Manchester United

Four matches to watch this weekend

Plateau Utd v Dakkada FC @Jos International Stadium @4pm on Feb.16 The surprise of the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League season must be Dakkada FC, formerly Akwa Starlets, as they sit in fifth place with 30 points from 20 matches and are undefeated in their last five matches. Plateau United…

Enyimba FC

Four matches to watch this weekend

San Pedro v Enyimba @Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny @5pm on February 2 Enyimba missed the chance to seal the qualification for the next round in the CAF Confederations Cup with the 1-1 result against Hassania Agadir last weekend and must then pick at least a point away in Abidjan against San…

Chelsea vs Arsenal [Photo: Twitter @chelseafc]

Four midweek matches to watch

Chelsea v Arsenal @Stamford Bridge @8:15pm on Jan.21 These two teams met three weeks ago and for 75 minutes, Arsenal were the better side. But one refereeing indecision, a goal-keeping gaffe, and the normal Arsenal defensive malaise conspired to give Chelsea a 2-1 win. It also took a change of…

Enyimba FC

Four matches to watch this weekend

Ifeanyi Uba v Enyimba @FC Ifeanyi Uba International @4pm on Jan.19 Enyimba have won none of their last five NPFL matches - a run that looks to continue when they travel to face FC Ifeanyi Uba in Nnewi on Sunday. There has been a change in the coach, but successfully…

Plateau United

Four matches to watch this weekend

Plateau United v Enyimba @New Jos Stadium @4pm on Jan.5 Six points separate Nigeria Professional Football League [NPFL] leaders, Plateau United and Enyimba, who sit in 10th place, though the Aba side have two games in hand because of their involvement in the CAF Confederations Cup. Plateau United have won…

Arsenal v Manchester United: Former EPL giants to measure regression, progression

Arsenal ended the last decade on a low – losing four consecutive matches at home and languishing in 12th place on the English Premier League table while traditional rivals, Manchester United, are seeking a third consecutive league win that will take them closer to the Champions League places. Mikel Arteta…

Chelsea Vs Arsenal

Arsenal vs Chelsea: London will either turn red or blue

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have not enjoyed the best of seasons though Chelsea currently sit in fourth place with 32 points while their hosts on Sunday, Arsenal, languish in 11th place with 24 points. One ambition from new Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, will be to cut the gap between both…

Ndidi celebrates after scoring for Leicester City against Newcastle (Photo Credit: Reuters on Twitter)

EPL: Three duels to watch as Leicester battle Liverpool

Effectively, the second half of the 2019/20 English Premier League season kicks off on Boxing Day with second-placed Leicester City trying their best to be the team to at least halt runaway leaders, Liverpool, in their tracks for the first time this season. It is first against second in the…

Victor Osimhen (Photo Credit: @ScoutedFtbl on Twitter)

Watch some Nigerian goals from last weekend

Osimhen gets to 10 in France Victor Osimhen continued his good goal scoring form as he scored Lille’s only goal in a 5-1 bashing away at Monaco. This goal followed a hospital visit after scoring the first goal in a 3-0 win over the same Monaco team last Tuesday in…