Louis van Gaal has the chance of becoming a fan favourite if he can lead Manchester United to a victory on Sunday over Liverpool at Anfield and in Kigali.
Sunday Oliseh will be seeking to become the first coach to win the CHAN title for Nigeria.
Nigeria vs. Niger @Stade Régional de Nyamirambo @17:00 on Jan.18
Nigeria’s home-based Eagles start their second CHAN tournament almost fifth-favourites for the title. They came close in the last edition in South Africa, but Ghana stopped them in the semis but they got a credible bronze. The Eagles have been incredibly stingy at the back and have not conceded a goal in 509 minutes of football.
Form Guide: Nigeria [W D D W W]; Niger [L D L D W]
Head to head
Tue 08/09/15 FRI Nigeria 2 – 0 Niger
Tue 14/08/12 FRI Niger 0 – 0 Nigeria
Sun 17/06/07 ACO Niger 1 – 3 Nigeria
Fri 01/09/06 ACO Nigeria 2 – 0 Niger
Prediction: Nigeria 3-0 Niger
Liverpool vs. Manchester United @Anfield @15:05 on Jan.17
For all the distress at Anfield, Liverpool are just three points behind their eternal rivals, Manchester United but both are lost in the mire for the chase for the fourth Champions League slot and that makes for a cracking atmosphere on Sunday. They also drew their last matches 3-3, which was for Jurgen Klopp and his side a moral victory against league leaders, Arsenal; but United saw their own draw away at Newcastle as two points dropped. Who wants this more? The answer will decide the winner of Sunday’s encounter.
Form Guide: Liverpool [D D W L W]; Man. United [D W W D L]
Head to head
Sat 12/09/15 PRL Man. United 3 – 1 Liverpool
Sun 22/03/15 PRL Liverpool 1 – 2 Man. United
Sun 14/12/14 PRL Man. United 3 – 0 Liverpool
Tue 05/08/14 ICC Liverpool 1 – 3 Man. United
Sun 16/03/14 PRL Man. United 0 – 3 Liverpool
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Man. United
Milan vs. Fiorentina @San Siro @20:45 on Jan.17
Milan manager, Sinisa Mihajlović, is on the edge, and a defeat at home to Fiorentina, on Sunday, could push him over. With the 18-time Serie A winners languishing in eighth, they need to start pushing to make sure that they do not miss out on another champions League campaign. But at the moment that ambition looks far away although Fiorentina lost their last match at home.
History does not bode well for AC Milan as they have won just one of their last nine league games against Sunday’s opponent.
Form Guide: Milan [W D L W W]; Fiorentina [L W W L L]
Head to head
Sun 23/08/15 SEA Fiorentina 2 – 0 Milan
Mon 16/03/15 SEA Fiorentina 2 – 1 Milan
Sun 26/10/14 SEA Milan 1 – 1 Fiorentina
Wed 26/03/14 SEA Fiorentina 0 – 2 Milan
Sat 02/11/13 SEA Milan 0 – 2 Fiorentina
Prediction: AC Milan 1-1 Fiorentina
Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao @Camp Nou @20:30 on Jan.17
Second in La Liga, with a game in hand, Barcelona will go all out against their Basque opponents, who are in eighth position, and are pushing for a Europa League slot. Barcelona will be without the suspended Luis Suarez but should still have enough through World Player of the year, Lionel Messi and Neymar. Bilbao can be tough to break down. Last season, Bustinza, was riled by Neymar’s rainbow flick at the Nou Camp, so watch out for another episode of that encounter.
Form Guide: Barcelona [W W W D W]; Bilbao [W L W D W]
Head to head
Sun 23/08/15 PRD Bilbao 0 – 1 Barcelona
Mon 17/08/15 SUC Barcelona 1 – 1 Bilbao
Fri 14/08/15 SUC Bilbao 4 – 0 Barcelona
Sat 30/05/15 CDR Bilbao 1 – 3 Barcelona
Sun 08/02/15 PRD Bilbao 2 – 5 Barcelona
Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Bilbao
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