Moment of truth for Real’s Solari

Saturday January 12 2019

Manchester United's  Norwegian caretaker

Manchester United's Norwegian caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (2nd L) shakes hands with Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 30, 2018. Pogba has been in inspired form from the time Man United sacked Jose Mourinho and replaced him with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. AFP PHOTO 

By Allan ssekamatte

Spurs 2 2 Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s one hundred percent start to his Manchester United career is to be brought to a shuddering halt at Wembley. The Red Devils revolution is too infant to unhinge a Tottenham Hotspur side averaging over three goals per game in the last forty days. I am going for a high scoring stalemate.

West Ham 1 Arsenal 1

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is yet to expunge the Jekyll and Hyde element that continues to bedevil the East Londoners. Still, in Michail Antonio, Marco Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson, Pellegrini has ammunition to win a share of the spoils.

Man City 3 Wolves 1

Champions Manchester City have rediscovered the anger that made them an unstoppable force last season. In addition, Pep Guardiola’s trailblazers haven’t forgotten or forgiven Wolves for the manner in which they forced a one all stalemate at Molieneux.

Brighton Hove 1 Liverpool 2

Brighton are notoriously difficult to break down while playing in front of their own fans. But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will demand a reaction to losing their unbeaten record. A narrow away victory is on the cards.

Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
Cardiff City 1-0 Huddersfield
Burnley 2-1 Fulham
Leicester City 1-0 Southampton
Everton 2-1 Bournemouth
Cry Palace 1-1 Watford

French league 1

Lyon 2 Reims 0

Bruno Genesio’s underperforming whites will want to lay down the marker when Reims visit Stade Lyonnais on Friday night. Nabil Fekir has been restored to full fitness and he should lead the line along with Memphis Deepay, Bertrand Traore and Moussa Dembele.

Amiens 1 PSG 3

Runaway league leaders Paris Saint Germain should prove too strong for an Amiens outfit trying to shake off the shackles of relegation. Kylian Mbappe and Neymar resume their race for Ligue One’s golden boot. The Cup exit to Guingamp was a one-off and no one should be fooled that PSG have lost their marbles. Amiens will face the mother of backlashes.

Caen 1-1 Lille
Dijon 1-1 Montpellier
Nice 1-0 Bordeaux
Marseille 2-1 Monaco
Toulouse 2-1 Strasbourg
Guingamp 1-1 Saint Etienne
Nantes 1-0 Rennes
Nimes 0-0 Angers

Spanish la liga

Real Betis 2 Real Madrid 2

Santiago Solari is finding the step up from Segunda to Liga Santander too steep to climb. Since winning the Club World Championships, Los Blancos have picked up just one point from games against Villareal and Real Sociedad. Betis will offer them no respite.

Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Celta Vigo
Valencia 2-1 Real Valladolid
Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Seville
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Levante
Girona 1-1 Alaves
Villareal 1-0 Getafe
Real Sociedad 1-1 Espanyol
Leganes 2-1 Huesca
Barcelona 2-0 Eibar