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Tottenham Vs Man Utd Preview: Team News, Head-to-head

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As Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United, their defender Cristian Romero has been passed fit after being forced off with a head injury against Brentford. So expect fireworks in the Tottenham vs Man Utd tie.

Rodrigo Bentancur, Fraser Forster, Bryan Gil and Ryan Sessegnon are still sidelined.

Also, Manchester United are expected to have Lisandro Martinez available despite him going off at half-time against Wolves on Monday.

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They remain without Tom Heaton, Rasmus Hojlund, Tyrell Malacia, Kobbie Mainoo and Amad Diallo.

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Tottenham’s only victory in their last nine league games against Manchester United was a 6-1 away win in October 2020.

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The Red Devils have won twice and drawn twice at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – they and Liverpool are the only sides yet to lose a Premier League match there.

Man Utd’s total of 39 wins in 62 Premier League matches against Spurs is a joint record for the most victories against an opponent in the competition.

It matches United’s tally against Everton.

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Spurs won their first five league fixtures at home last season but recorded just seven victories in their remaining 14 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Their solitary home draw came against Manchester United.

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They lost eight of their 10 matches last season against the teams that finished in the top five of the table. They only picked up points in home matches versus the two Manchester clubs (1-0 v Manchester City and 2-2 against Manchester United).

Spurs have conceded at least twice in 21 of their 39 Premier League games since the start of last season, second only to Nottingham Forest, who have done so on 22 occasions.

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The team that began on the opening weekend had an average age of 25 years and 65 days. Last season’s starting line-up was, on average, the third oldest in the top flight, aged 27 years and 356 days.

Ange Postecoglou was unbeaten in all 38 of his home league matches as manager of Celtic, with his team scoring 113 goals in those games.

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Manchester United have won their opening Premier League away match in just one of the last five seasons, beating Brighton 3-2 in 2020.

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They are aiming to win their opening two league fixtures for the first time since the 2017-18 season under Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils lost eight Premier League away matches in 2022-23, equalling a club record.

The solitary point they earned out of a possible 24 in away games last season against the teams that finished in the top nine came in a 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

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United are in danger of losing their opening away league fixture in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1980-81 and 1981-82.

Their first match on the road last term ended in a 4-0 defeat at Brentford.

The Red Devils have won just one of their last nine top-flight fixtures in London. They had avoided defeat in each of their previous 13 such games in the capital.
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CAF Women Champion League: Edo Queens Get Hero’s Welcome, Obaseki Doles Out Cash Reward On Team

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Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (right); his wife, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki (2nd left); Chairman, Edo Sports Commission, Yusuf Alli (left), with players of Edo Queens, during a celebration in honour of the victorious Edo Queens, at the Government House, Benin City, Thursday, May 30, 2024.

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L-R: Chairman, Edo Sports Commission, Yusuf Alli; Chief of Staff to Edo State Governor, Engr (Dr.) Osaibgovo Iyoha; Governor Godwin Obaseki; his wife, Mrs. Betsy; wife of Edo State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sandra Omobayo, and Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ighodalo, during a reception held to celebrate the victorious Edo Queens, at the Government House, Benin City, Thursday, May 30, 2024.

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L-R: Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Coach of Edo Queens, Moses Aduku, and Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, during a reception held to celebrate the victorious Edo Queens, at the Government House, Benin City, Thursday, May 30, 2024.

 

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The Edo State female football team, Edo Queens, were on Thursday warmly welcomed back to the state amid pomp and pageantry by thousands of fans and other residents after they made history with their triumph at the Super Six Playoffs to clinch a ticket to represent Nigeria on the continental stage of the CAF Women Champions League.

The jubilant fans, led by the Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, joined a motorcade of the victorious Edo Queens from Western Boys High School, in Ikpoba-Hill and cheered the team through Aduwawa, Akpakpava, Plymouth, Ring Road and terminated at the Government House, Benin City, where they were received by Governor Obaseki.

Obaseki was joined by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Asue Ighodalo, and other top government officials to receive the triumphant girls where he doled out cash reward on the victorious team.

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The governor, who praised the team for their excellent campaign at the 2023/2024 season of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) and victory at the Super Six Tournament, assured them of the state government’s sustained support

He said, “I am so happy and proud today as you have done us proud by bringing this trophy home. The trophy we have been looking for in the past 29 years is now with us. We know you will continue to be champions. I encourage you to work hard as your government and Governor will continue to support you.

“Whether I am here or not, the person that will replace me will continue to support you. You have tried and have made us proud. Money alone can’t do it all but we will give you money for a job well done and for making us proud.”

He stated, “Each player of the team will get one million naira (N1,000,000.00) for the achievement, while the coaches will get five million naira (N5,000,000.00).”

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Lookman, Boniface, Other Nigerian Footballers Who Won Major Trophies In Europe

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Super Eagles forward Ademola Lookman won the UEFA Europa League with Italian side Atalanta last Wednesday, capping off what many have described as a fairly successful football season for Nigerian footballers in Europe.

Lookman’s success comes on the back of victories for Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella, who were part of Bayer Leverkusen’s ‘invincibles’ squad in the Bundesliga.

Here is a list of Nigerian players who tasted glory with their clubs in Europe in the 2023–24 season.

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Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella (Bayer Leverkusen)

Victor Boniface and Nathan were part of the Leverkusen side that won the Bundesliga title for the first time in the club’s history. Xabi Alonso’s side won the league, becoming the first team in the competition’s history to go unbeaten in a season.

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Boniface scored 14 goals and registered 8 assists; Tella, on the other hand, scored 5 goals and provided 2 assists for Leverkusen. The club missed out on an unprecedented treble after a 3-0 loss to Ademola Lookman’s Atalanta in the Europa League final. Days later, Leverkusen lifted the DFB Pokal.

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Ademola Lookman (Atalanta)

Lookman was the hero for Atalanta, scoring a hat-trick in the final as the team defeated Bayer Leverkusen to win its first-ever European trophy.

Lookman also added 10 goals in the league as La Dea finished fourth in the Serie A.

Peter Olayinka (Red Star Belgrade)

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The 28-year-old forward played the entire duration of Red Star Belgrade’s 2-1 win over Vojvodina in the Serbian Cup Final.

He also scored a brace for his side in a 4-1 win over Cukaricki to win the Serbian Super League title. He joined Boniface and Tella as the only Nigerian footballers to win the double.

Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanachio (Leicester City)

In the English Championship, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho helped Leicester earn a return to the Premier League.

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Ndidi scored 5 goals and recorded 5 assists, while Iheanacho, who saw limited gametime, scored 5 times for the Foxes.

William Troost-Ekong (PAOK FC)

In Greece, Supeer Eagles defender William Troost Ekong returned from injury to help his side clinch the Greek Super League title.

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Ekong was crowned the best player of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), as Nigeria finished as runners-up in the tournament.

Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge)

Raphael Onyedika featured 30 times and scored three goals as Club Brugge clinched the Belgian League.

Christy Ucheibe (Christy Uchebe)

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In addition to the men’s team, Christy Ucheibe, the midfield powerhouse of the Super Falcons, secured four trophies in Portugal.

Her team S. L. Benfica won the Liga BPI (Portuguese league), Taca de Portugal Feminina (Portuguese Women’s Cup), Taca de Liga Feminina (Portuguese Women’s League Cup), and the Super Taca de Portugal Feminina (Portuguese Women’s Super Cup).

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Joy As NFF Gifts Super Eagles Coach, Finidi George Car Worth N125m

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has presented the newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Finidi George, an official luxurious Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon car worth N125m

The gift is part of the NFF’s commitment to prioritizing the welfare of its employees, ensuring they receive the best treatment to excel in their roles.

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The NFF’s gesture is seen as a demonstration of its dedication to supporting its employees and ensuring their well-being.

Reacting, Finidi George expressed gratitude to the NFF for their generosity, and confirmed that the federation is actively searching for a good apartment for him in the country’s capital.

 

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