Double injury woe hurts Bayern

Bayern Munich have suffered a double blow as they battle Borussia Dortmund for the Bundesliga title, with both Manuel Neuer and Mats Hummels picking up injuries.

Germany international goalkeeper Neuer suffered a recurrence of an old calf injury during the 4-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday, with central defender Hummels reporting a thigh problem late on the game.

Neuer is facing around two weeks on the sidelines, with the knock to Hummels rated as a little less serious by the Bayern medical team.

Die Roten are currently one point clear of Dortmund at the top of the table with five games to play, with Bayern having scored 27 goals in their last six league games.

The men from Munich are priced at 2/7 to secure a seventh straight Bundesliga title, with BVB available at 13/5.

Meanwhile, Lille chairman Gerard Lopez believes it is inevitable that Bayern target Nicolas Pepe will leave the Ligue 1 outfit at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international forward has scored 18 league goals so far this season and is reported to be on the wanted lists of several top European clubs, with such interest prompting Lopez to admit: "It is certain, he will leave.

"He has moved into a price range that we cannot afford anymore. There is a career choice to make for him, I think he will have the choice (of clubs)."

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Mario heads to Marseille

Marseille have boosted their hopes of sealing a Champions League place by signing Mario Balotelli on a six-month deal.

The 28-year-old has joined on a free transfer from Ligue 1 rivals Nice and after completing his medical, has signed a contract until the end of the season.

Following a difficult period after leaving Manchester City in 2013, Balotelli has rediscovered his form in France, netting 43 goals in all competitions in his first two seasons.

However, uncertainty over his future in the summer led to a delay in him returning to Les Aiglons for pre-season and he arrives at the Stade Velodrome having not played since the first week of December.

Coach Rudi Garcia says the 28-year-old is eligible to face Lille at home on Friday but has cast doubt on whether his new striker will feature.

Balotelli says he wants to play and admits he is looking forward to starting a fresh chapter in his career.

"I'm looking forward to playing with Marseille," he said. "OM is a great club, and their fans are very passionate. I was hoping to come here.

"I can't wait to score my first goal but the most important thing is the team. My goal is to score a lot of goals and assist my teammates.

"I hope the supporters will support us on Friday. The team and I will do the utmost."

Marseille currently sit seventh in Ligue 1, six points behind Lyon in the final Champions League place.

A win over second place Lille is available at 23/20, with the draw 12/5 and Les Dogues available at 23/10.

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Tuchel hails record-breaking PSG

Thomas Tuchel said his Paris Saint-Germain side produced their best display of the season as they defeated Lille 2-1 to set a European record.

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were on target in the Ligue 1 clash at the Parc des Princes on Friday night as the Parisiens surpassed Tottenham's 58-year record by sealing their 12th consecutive win since the beginning of the season.

No other team in Europe's top-five leagues has managed that feat, while it now leaves PSG 11 points clear of second-placed Lille and firmly on course to defend their title.

Tuchel is hoping his players can take the confidence from their record-breaking antics into Tuesday's trip to face Italian side Napoli in the Champions League.

"I think it was our best match this season," Tuchel told L'Equipe.

"It was necessary against this opponent and it will also be necessary on Tuesday night. Napoli have a different style and it will be a big challenge.

"The team is confident after this game. It was necessary to play with a lot of quality and we did.

"It was a wonderful performance. There was a lot of structure, possession of the ball, we closed the spaces. We were very serious, very disciplined and we have to congratulate my team."

PSG are 6/5 to record a win in Italy, while Napoli are priced at 15/8 and the draw is available at 14/5.

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Bielsa finally leaves Lille

Struggling Lille have parted company with their 62-year-old former Argentina, Chile and Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa.

The French side appointed Bielsa in May but they have endured a difficult campaign and are currently 18th in the Ligue 1 table.

Lille beat Nantes 3-0 on the opening weekend of the season but they then embarked on a nine-match winless sequence and can be backed at 13/2 to be relegated this term. Angers are 4/1 to go down and Metz 1/33.

Bielsa was suspended by the club last month after a 3-0 loss at Amiens and Lille finally confirmed his departure via a brief statement on their Twitter page on Friday.

"Having come to an end of proceedings against Marcelo Bielsa, LOSC announces that it has terminated the contract with the coach," the statement read.

Lille appointed a four-man "technical coaching unit" of Fernando Da Cruz, Joao Sacramento, Benoit Delaval and Franck Mantaux after suspending Bielsa and they have won two and lost two of their last four Ligue 1 games.

They were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue on penalties by Nice in midweek.

Origi arrival delights Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg are pleased to have got their man by signing Belgium striker Divock Origi on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool.

The 22-year-old was allowed to leave Anfield in search of regular first-team football, having scored 23 goals in 86 appearances for the Reds since his arrival from Lille in the summer of 2014.

And Wolves sporting director Olaf Rebbe is happy with the deal, with Origi having been the main striking target for the Bundesliga outfit.

He told the club's official website: "In Divock Origi we have secured the services of the attacking player we had most desired.

"He has often proven his undoubted quality both domestically as well as internationally and, for his age, boasts an enormous amount of experience.

"He is a pacy, determined and dangerous attacker who will make our offensive play more varied and unpredictable."

Wolfsburg, who needed to win a play-off to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga last season, have started the new German league season with a win and a loss – defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 after being beaten 3-0 by Borussia Dortmund.

They return to action after the international break on Saturday 9th September, when they play host to Hannover.

Die Roten have made a perfect start on their return to the German top-flight, winning both of their games to date by 1-0 scorelines, edging out Mainz and then Schalke.

Wolfsburg are 4/5 to inflict a first defeat of the league season on Hannover and 10/1 to be relegated, while Mario Gomez is priced at 33/1 to be the leading scorer in the Bundesliga this season.

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