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Paris Saint-Germain go into their Coupe de la Ligue semi at Lille on the back of five consecutive wins after beating Rennes in Ligue 1.
Ezequiel Lavezzi’s first-half goal was enough for Paris Saint-Germain to beat Rennes 1-0 on Friday and keep the pressure on Ligue 1 pacesetters Lyon.
Rennes had beaten PSG 2-1 on each of their last two visits to the Parc des Princes but, although the hosts were not clinical, Laurent Blanc’s men ultimately strolled to victory.
The away side held their own early on and afforded PSG few sights of goal, but the champions’ superior quality shone through just before the half-hour mark, as Lavezzi capped off a delightful move which involved Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Adrien Rabiot and Javier Pastore.
Even if Chelsea currently hold a five-point advantage at the Premier League summit, the match against title rivals Manchester City is likely to prove a very important fixture for both sides as they hope to improve their chances of lifting the trophy.
The Blues clearly enter the match in better mood, having qualified for the Capital One Cup final, but the Citizens definitely have the quality to win at Stamford Bridge. Regardless of who you are looking to back, it is important to note that Ladbrokes has enhanced the price on Chelsea to 5/1 and Manchester City to 8/1, for all first time depositors.
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Eric Bailly will join up with Villarreal when he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations having completed a move from Espanyol.
Villarreal have completed the signing of centre-back Eric Bailly from La Liga rivals Espanyol in a €5.7million deal.
The Ivory Coast international has agreed a move to El Madrigal just a day after Gabriel Paulista left Villarreal to join Premier League side Arsenal.
The 20-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with Marcelino’s side and will link up with his new club when he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Italian giants Inter Milan are looking at Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
It is no secret the Nerazzurri plan to recruit a central defender before the January window closes, with Gremio stopper Rhodolfo their number one target.
But, considering that negotiations with the Brazilian club are not progressing according to plan, Inter officials may be forced to turn to other targets.
As a result, Inter are weighing up a January bid for Dynamo Kiev stopper Domagoj Vida, who can also operate on the right side of defence.
French giants Monaco hope to see Moroccan midfielder Mounir Obbadi return to Stade Louis II this winter, according to L’Equipe.
The 31-year-old left the Ligue 1 side in the summer to join Hellas Verona on a season-long loan, but he has failed to impress in Italian Serie A.
As a result, Monaco hope they can persuade the Italian club to terminate the loan deal since they could really use the player’s services in the second part of the season.
With Geoffrey Kondogbia and Tiemoue Bakayoko out injured, the Principality club aim to lure Obbadi back to Stade Louis II.
Brendan Rodgers expects Daniel Sturridge to make his Liverpool return next week while admitting poor form is keeping Mario Balotelli out.
Brendan Rodgers will soon be able to boost his Liverpool attack with Daniel Sturridge after watching them draw a blank in the FA Cup.
Bolton Wanderers were able to battle their way to a 0-0 draw at Anfield, earning a fourth-round replay as Rodgers’ men came up against visiting goalkeeper Adam Bogdan in inspired form behind a disciplined defence.
Sturridge netted 21 goals in 29 Premier League appearances last season, but has not featured for his club since August’s 3-0 victory a Tottenham due to struggles with thigh and hamstring injuries.