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Football Scores Tips: Kortrijk Reserves are goals kings

IT’s back to the Belgian Reserve league for me after both my trusted sides landed last Monday with 5-1 and 7-0 scorelines. I also have a goals double I fancy from the Nations League.

Westerlo Res v Kortrijk Res (7pm)

The visitors very rarely disappoint when it comes to match goals and they travel here in terrific form having won their previous 5 games, scoring 18 goals in the process. Been backing their matches for a good few seasons now and as I keep repeating, it’s a fantastic league for goals with both sides usually scoring at least once.

This is a cup game and from what I can see, Westerlo don’t play in the current league set-up. Kortrijk’s last 6 cup games have all seen over 3.5 goals and they’ve won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5 meetings against Westerlo, scoring 18 goals.

Given how well Kortrijk are playing and the number of goals they are scoring, it’s hard to see past an away win. They don’t keep too many clean sheets though so wouldn’t be surprised to see both sides score with Kortrijk running out easy winners (4-7 to win the match which is reasonable).

Sticking to goals though with a team who have seen over 3.5 goals scored in over 82% of their matches in the last 12 months, which is incredible (28 over 3.5 – 6 under 3.5).

Recommended Bet

  • Over 3.5 match goals
  • 10-11 (Bet365) (NAP)

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Nations League action tonight and with plenty still to play for we should see some open games with at least 2 goals being scored.

Czech Republic v Slovakia (7.45pm)

These two are fighting out to avoid relegation and with hosts winning the first tie, Slovakia know nothing but a win will do here tonight.

Ten of Slovakia’s last 12 games have all seen at least 2 goals and they come into this off the back of dishing out a 4-1 hammering to Ukraine.

Eleven of the Czech Republic’s last 13 at home have all seen at least two goals and with the head to head reading 10 of the last 11 seeing over 1.5 goals I fancy that to happen again tonight.

Bulgaria v Slovenia (7.4pm)

The Bulgarians need to better Norway’s result tonight to win the group having lost their opener with Norway 1-0.

They’ve been pretty impressive at home winning 9 of their last 11 which is terrific form at international level.

They play a Slovenia side who have nothing to play for having collected just 2 draws. Nine of their last 10 games have seen 2 or more goals and with Bulgaria needing the win, it should be an open match.

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PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mohamed Salah – ‘The Egyptian star could score 70 goals this season’ – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (R) celebrates with teammate Sadio Mane

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 19:00


The 25-year-old has been in scintillating form for Liverpool FC, who are amongst the clubs challenging for this season’s English Premier League title.

Salah inspired the Reds to a 3-0 victory over Southampton in a league encounter which was played at the Anfield Stadium on Saturday by grabbing a brace.

The lethal winger, who joined Liverpool from Italian Serie A club AS Roma prior to the current season, is now the league’s top goalscorer with nine goals.

The brace took his tally up to 14 goals for this season having made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Reds and he has been praised by Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.

“If he continued at this rate he would finish the season on something like 70 goals, which isn’t really likely,” Klopp told the media after the Southampton game.

“We [all] have these moments. He could have scored the penalty [against Huddersfield] and he’s missed some big chances, but I realise [then] it’s just a moment. I really understand.

“These shots are pretty normal for him, like Phil [Coutinho]. Sadio (Mane) is able to do it. Gini (Georginio Wijnaldum) too. And Ox (Alex Oxlade Chamberlain) – he’s able to do it,” the German continued.

“But he hasn’t had the opportunity very often so far. At this moment, it is working for him [Salah].”

Salah will be looking to continue his good scoring form when Liverpool face Spanish side Sevilla in an UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday.

He has scored five goals in six Champions League matches for the Reds.



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I hope there are more goals to come – Kelechi Iheanacho – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 26, 2017. 11:30


Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho has hinted that his maiden goal for Leicester City could be the start of a scoring spree.

The 21-year-old Super Eagles star scored his first Foxes goal on Tuesday night, netting with a fine effort in their 3-1 win over Leeds United in the League Cup.

Iheanacho also provided an assist for Algerian striker Islam Slimani in what was his best showing in a Leicester shirt since his move from Manchester City.

“I wanted to take it with my right foot but I wasn’t too sure, so I got it back onto my left foot and put it into the corner,” Iheanacho told LCFC TV.

“It was a great goal so I’m happy to get a goal and help the team to go to the next round.

“It means a lot to me. I’m happy to get my first goal and I hope there are many more to come in the future.”

Iheanacho will hope to feature in the starting XI for Leicester when they host Everton in a Premier League match on Sunday.



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South African striking legend reflects on his all-time record of 120 goals – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – AmaZulu


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 15:30


After scoring for AmaZulu in their 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night in the South African Premier League, experienced striker Siyabonga Nomvethe says he never expected to reach this stage in his career.

‘Bhele’ will be turning 40 on December 2 and has taken his tally to 120 goals, becoming the South African Premier Soccer League’s all-time leading goal scorer.

Having also represented sides such as Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows as well as having stints in Europe, Nomvethe has hailed his healthy lifestyle.

On the other hand, his teammate Mabhudi Khenyeza, who scored the winner for Usuthu, also increased his goal tally to 107.

Khenyeza is behind the Brazilians’ former striker, Daniel Mudau, who retired after registering 108 goals in the all-time list of goal scorers in the PSL.

“It all comes down to dedication. I also spend a lot of time with my family and I work very hard at training so that I am always fit,” said Nomvethe after the game on Saturday.

“I don’t know when I will stop playing because my legs can still carry me.

“I never expected to reach this age while still playing professionally. Age is just a number, I am just making sure that I make use of the opportunity that I have to inspire others.

“There are youngsters that I have seen who can play for Bafana Bafana, for the junior national teams or even go to Europe, but they waste their talent because of doing things that are not right.”



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Late goals help Senegal beat Cape Verde – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Keita Balde of Senegal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Senegal and Zimbabwe at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 07, 2017. 21:53


Senegal defeated Cape Verde 2-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (CAF) Group D match at the Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde on Saturday.

As a result, Senegal move to the top of the group standings, while Cape Verde are placed third on the table.

Cape Verde goalkeeper Vozinha and Senegal shot-stopper Khadim Ndiaye were both called into action in the first few minutes of the game.

Vozinha made a comfortable save from Idrissa Gueye’s free-kick, before Ndiaye pulled off a great save to deny Garry Rodrigues.

Senegal striker Diafra Sakho then tried to beat Vozinha from range, but the West Ham United player’s effort went over the crossbar.

Caper Verde captain Marco Soares and Senegal striker Balde Keita Diao both had their long range shots saved by Ndiaye and Vozinha respectively.

The two WAFU teams were locked at 0-0 during the half-time break in Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde.

Vozinha had to produce two good saves to deny Papa Ndiaye and Diao after the restart as Senegal searched for the opening goal.

Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes reacted by introducing Nuno Rocha, who inspired his nation to a 2-1 home win over South Africa last month, in the 65th minute.

However, the visitors continued to dominate the match and they scored through Diafra Sakho, who beat Vozinha from close range in the 82nd minute to making it 1-0 to Senegal.

Senegal’s 2-0 victory was sealed by second-half substitute Cheikh Ndoye, who netted with a long range effort in stoppage-time.

Cape Verde (0) 0

Senegal (0) 2 (Sakho 82′, Ndoye 90+2′)

Cape Verde XI: Vozinha, Stopira, Varela, Babanco, Soares (Olivera 85′), Heldon (Rocha 65′), Rodrigues (Gomes 78′), Perreira, Ponck, Mendes, Almeida.

Senegal XI: Ndiaye; Wague, Mbodj, Koulibaly, Mbengue; Gueye, Kouyaté, P.Ndiaye (Niang 62′); Keita Baldé (Guette 82′), Sakho, Mané (Ndoye 89′).



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Idrissa Halidou goals hands Niger WAFU group spot – WAFU Cup of Nations 2017


Halidou Garba Idrissa of Niger celebrate goal with team mate during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Tournament. Between Burkina Faso v Niger in Cape Coast, Ghana on 10 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

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Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 18:56


A second half goal from Idrissa Halidou handed Niger a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso in a Last 16, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday, September 10.

The match started a little slowly with both sides squandering possession in the final third of the field.

The first real chance on goal came in the 17th minute when Niger’s Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana cut in from the left flank, beating one defender before firing just over the target from 20-yards out.

Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana was at it again eight minutes later when a powerful shot from the edge of the box deflected inches wide of the goal.

Burkina Faso came within inches of taking the lead on the half hour mark when Romeo Boni met a low left-wing cross from David Emmanuel Gora, but his eight-yard shot struck the crossbar.

The tournament saw its first goal from open play four minutes later when Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana showed great strength to fight off a defender and latch onto a through ball before duly lobbing the onrushing goalkeeper, 1-0.

Despite taking the lead, Niger suffered a bit of a set-back in the 40th minute when Hutmanu Ganiyu left the field injured and was replaced by Abdoul Moumouni Boubacar.

The half ended 1-0 in favour of Niger.

Burkina Faso came out firing at the start of the second half and made their pressure tell on the hour mark when substitute Hassamy Sansan Dah turned home a low right-wing cross from Adama Barro at close range, 1-1.

Niger, though, quickly hit back and took the lead for the second time in the 71st minute when Idrissa Halidou slipped in behind the Burkina Faso defence and slotted the ball between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper, 2-1.

Burkina Faso tried to find their way back into the game for a second time and threw numbers forward in attack, but they failed to break down the resolute Niger defence and exited the WAFU tournament.

Burkina Faso (0) 1 (Dah 59’)

Niger (1) 2 (Soumana 34’, Halidou 71’)

Teams

Burkina Faso coach: Brama Traore

Burkina Faso: 16. Ouedrago, 18. Bambara, 6. Couilbaly, 5. Beao, 3. Gora, 11. Barro, 4. To, 17. A. Traore (Zongo 88’), 10. Sylla, 7. Nana (9. Ahiro 66’), 14. Boni (13. Dah 50’).

Niger coach: Francois Zhaoui

Niger: 1. Dauda, 3. Lebne, 10. Halidou, 11. Victorien (8. Daouda 85’), 12. Dela, 13. Soumana, 14. Ganiyu (23. A. Boubacar 40’), 15. Abdoulaye, 17. Souley (19. Khaido 90’), 18. Dankwae, 20. Hainikoye.



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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Egyptian striker will score more goals


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017. 16:00


Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has backed Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah to bag more than 10 goals in the 2017/18 English Premiership.

Carragher has tipped Salah to succeed after netting his first goal in the EPL against Watford last Saturday, which the Reds went on to draw 3-3.

Following his impressive performance, Carragher believes Salah can reach double figures in terms of goals for Jurgen Klopp’s men if his teammates understand him well.

“He’s a wide man who looks obsessed with scoring goals in terms of making that run to put himself through, and the big thing about wide players,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“If you want to be successful you’ve got to be getting double figures. Certainly at a top club.

“There’s too many wide players who will go a season scoring one or two goals, and the reason is because they hug the touchline, but never come away from the touchline.

“At times I’ve said I’d like him maybe to come a little bit wider, just to create that space. People may work him out if he plays so narrow, [then] there’s no space to run.

“But there’s no doubt with him and (Sadio) Mane on the other side, not classic wingers getting down the line and getting crosses in, those two players will score goals as we saw at the weekend.”



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Nigerian striker Obiozor targets 15 goals in SA


Christian Obiozor is challenged by Davies Ukeme during the 2013 Nigeria Professional Football League Match between Rangers and Akwa United on September 18, 2013 at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu ©Norbert Okolie/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jul 25, 2017. 10:00


Nigeria international Christian Obiozor hopes to impress in his first season with Orlando Pirates as he targets 15 goals during the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.

The tall striker recently joined the South African giants from Nigerian side Enyimba on a long-term deal.

“Pirates are like Real Madrid. It’s a club that wants to win trophies all the time. In order for you to do that, you have to give 100%,” Obiozor told the Sunday Times.

“My agent and I met with the chairman (Irvin Khoza) last week. He has a good relationship with the chairman of Enyimba (Felix Anyasi-Agwu).

“Chairman Khoza told me a lot about the club and made me aware that an Enyimba player [Onyekachi Okonkwo] once came here and played for Pirates,” he added.

The 22-year-old centre forward stated that he is aware of the expectations at Pirates, who have won the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title four times.

“A season without a trophy is sad for the players. By the grace of God this is going to be a good season for Pirates. The coach [Kjell Jonevret] gave me a word of encouragement. He talked to me as his son, saying ‘this season we need to push’ and I said ‘Ok Sir’,” he revealed.

Obiozor is eager to emulate his countryman Raphael Chukwu, who was a prolific striker for South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.

“What Chukwu did for Sundowns motivates me. If I can get 15 goals this season I will be very happy for myself. By the grace of God, it will happen,” he explained.

“As a striker, when you come to a club you have to set targets. Otherwise what is the point?.”



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Reaching 50 goals speaks for itself – Ghana’s Gyan – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 14, 2017. 16:00


Asamoah Gyan says he is “blessed” to have reached the 50-goal mark for Ghana and says the achievement does all his talking for him.

Gyan netted his 50th goal for the Black Stars this past weekend when he opened the scoring in a 5-0 win over Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

In hitting a half century of goals at international level, Gyan has joined an exclusive club of African players to have reached this milestone.

Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia), Hossam Hassan (Egypt), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and Samuel Eto (Cameroon) all surpassed the 50-goal mark for their respective national teams, and Gyan says joining them is an achievement which speaks for itself.

“For me, the numbers say it all. I don’t need to blow my own horns. The statics that I have done for the national team [is clear],” he told Starrsportsgh.

“I have nothing to say; it is left with the people to judge it, and me joining these legends – talking about Drogba, Hossam Hassan, Eto’o Fils – as you said, I feel blessed and really thank God for what he has been doing for me so far.”



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Ghana’s Gyan celebrates 50 goals for the Black Stars – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Asamoah Gyan of Ghana wins a header from Denis Iguma of Uganda as Hassan Wasswa of Uganda (l) and Andre Ayew (cl) of Ghana look on during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Ghana and Uganda at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Jun 12, 2017. 18:30


Asamoah Gyan has expressed his delight after he scored his 50th goal for the Ghana national team this past weekend.

Gyan brought up a half century of goals for the Black Stars with a strike in Ghana’s 5-0 win over Ethiopia in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.

Futher goals from John Boye, Ebenezer Ofori and a brace from Raphael Dwamena completed the Black Stars’ emphatic triumph in Kumasi after Gyan had opened the floodgates with his 10th minute strike.

Gyan has become just the fifth African to score 50 or more goals for his national team, following in the footsteps of legends Godfrey Chitalu (Zambia), Hossam Hassan (Egypt), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and Samuel Eto (Cameroon).

“Personally I’m very happy with my achievements in terms of the national team level,” Gyan is quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“First of all I have to thank the Almighty for the 50th goal and for what he’s done for me.

“Secondly, I’d like to thank my teammates, those I started with in 2003 till now. They are also included because without them I couldn’t achieve this feat.

“Thirdly, I’d like to thank the fans that turned up today, honestly I was so surprised with the attendance of the crowd, so I think they played an important role in this victory, hence I dedicate this 50th goal to the whole of Ghana and my teammates.”



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Alex Iwobi admits he needs to create and score more goals – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi celebrates with team mate Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday May 18, 2017. 12:00


Nigerian Alex Iwobi has admitted that he needs to create and score more goals if he is to become a regular for Arsenal.

The Super Eagles player has become a peripheral figure for Arsene Wenger’s side in recent times, though he did make a substitute appearance in a 2-0 win over Sunderland earlier in the week.

“I need to work hard, create more goals and score more goals,” Iwobi told Arsenal’s official website.

“I’ve been trying to do that in training and hopefully get back in the team. So I’ve just been patient.

“The main thing is we’re getting the three points, we’re winning games, so as long as the team is winning, that’s my main concern.”

Iwobi has scored just three goals from 25 Premier League appearances this season.



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Onyango and Rusike goals not enough to down Brazilians – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Evans Rusike of Maritzburg United challenges Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United on 17 May 2017 at Lucas Moripe Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 17, 2017. 21:26


Although they netted first through Brian Onyango and Evans Rusike, Maritzburg United drew 2-2 against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The draw puts the Team of Choice at number seven with 37 points, with one match to wrap their 2016/17 Premier Soccer League season.

A late double from Cote d’Ivoire striker Yannick Zakri gave the Brazilians the deserved point as they failed to defend the league title.

The penultimate encounter saw the hosts taking the game to the Team of Choice and Tebogo Langerman saw his effort being saved by United goalkeeper Virgil Vries in the first minute.

In the 29th minute, Onyango handed the hosts the lead when he converted with a powerful header after meeting a pin-point cross, 1-0.

Three minutes later, Vries was equal to the task as he denied Teko Modise’s well directed header to the far post as he showed his quality between the sticks.

In the 40th minute, Percy Tau delivered a wonderful cross in search of Khama Billiat, but the Zimbabwean couldn’t connect with the pass.

It was 1-0 for United at half time.

In the 68th minute, United doubled their lead when Rusike outpaced Sundowns’ Motjeka Madisha and managed to beat Mweene on his near post, 2-0.

In the last nine minutes, a dangerous combination between Hlompho Kekana and Tau in the box saw Vries punching away the skipper’s well struck shot over the cross bar for a corner kick.

Yet with two minutes to go, substitute Zakri broke the deadlock for the hosts after a defence splitting pass from the midfield, 2-1.

In the injury time, Vries failed to collect the ball in the box and Sundowns scored their second goal through Zakri, but it was not enough as they were dethroned as league champions.

The point for Sundowns means they remain placed at number two, behind new champions Bidvest Wits with one league game left in the season.



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