Germany’s Anja Mittag, left, and U.S.’ Christie Rampone during their international friendly soccer match in East Hartford, Conn., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
Week 13 of the Premier League season is almost upon us. The games just keep coming thick and fast.
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The full TV schedule for this weekend is below, plus you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com,the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold.
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Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming days. Enjoy.
FULL TV SCHEDULE
3 p.m. ET: West Ham United vs. Leicester City – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Brighton – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Brom – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Newcastle Untied vs. Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Bournemouth – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: Liverpool vs. Chelsea – NBC [STREAM]
Two Premier League teams continue their UEFA Europa League journeys on Thursday in very different places.
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The Gunners are already through to the Round of 32 and are looking to secure top spot in Group H, while Everton have nothing but pride to play for in Group E with the Toffees already eliminated.
Arsene Wenger will once again play Arsenal’s “B team” for their trip to German outfit FC Koln, while David Unsworth and Everton will aim to beat Italian side Atalanta at Goodison Park so they don’t finish bottom of their group.
Elsewhere some tasty games have been set up as everything is to play for in Group J with Ostersund, Zorya Luhansk, Athletic Bilbao and Hertha Berlin all still able to win the group. The same is possible in Group I with Red Bull Salzburg, Marseille, Konyaspor and Vitoria battling it out.
AC Milan and AEK Athens are battling it out for Group D, while Hoffenheim have their work cut out to make it out of Group C.
Below is a look at the full schedule for Thursday’s games, while you can click on the link above to stay updated on all the action across Europe.
Thursday’s Europa League schedule
Astana vs. Villareal — 11 a.m. ET
Konyaspor vs. Marseille — 1 p.m. ET
Rosenborg vs. Real Sociedad — 1 p.m. ET
Lazio vs. Vitesse — 1 p.m. ET
Viktoria Plzen vs. Steaua Bucuresti — 1 p.m. ET
Lokomotiv vs. Copenhagen — 1 p.m. ET
Zenit vs. Vardar — 1 p.m. ET
Red Bull Salzburg vs. Vitoria — 1 p.m. ET
Athletic Bilbao vs. Hertha Berlin — 1 p.m. ET
BATE vs. Red Star Belgrade — 1 p.m. ET
Ostersund vs. Zorya — 1 p.m. ET
Koln vs. Arsenal — 1 p.m. ET
Nice vs. Zulte Waregem — 1 p.m. ET
Lugano vs. Beer-Sheva — 1 p.m. ET
Ludogorets vs. Istanbul — 3:05 p.m. ET
Braga vs. Hoffenheim — 3:05 p.m. ET
AEK vs. Rijeka — 3:05 p.m. ET
AC Milan vs. Austria Wien — 3:05 p.m. ET
Lyon vs. Apollon — 3:05 p.m. ET
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Slavia Praha — 3:05 p.m. ET
Sheriff vs. Zlin — 3:05 p.m. ET
Partizan vs. Young Boys — 3:05 p.m. ET
Skenderbeu vs. Dynamo Kyiv — 3:05 p.m. ET
Everton vs. Atalanta — 3:05 p.m. ET
After Week 12 and heading into Week 13, who are the best players in the Premier League following their displays last week?
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Players from Manchester City and Chelsea dominate our rankings, with Arsenal and Liverpool also well represented.
Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.
Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.
- Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Even
- Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Even
- Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – New entry
- Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Up 3
- Paul Pogba (Man United) – New entry
- Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) – Up 3
- N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Down 3
- David Silva (Man City) – Down 2
- Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Up 4
- Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – New entry
- Leroy Sane (Man City) – Down 4
- Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Down 3
- Kyle Walker (Man City) – New entry
- Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – New entry
- Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 3
- Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – New entry
- Richarlison (Watford) – New entry
- Ederson (Man City) – Up 1
- Pascal Gross (Brighton) – Up 1
- Jack Cork (Burnley) – New entry
Michael Bradley didn’t hold back when asked about the Columbus Crew potentially being relocated to Austin, Texas, by their owner Anthony Precourt.
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The captain of Toronto FC and the U.S. men’s national team had his every touch booed during TFC’s 0-0 Conference Final first leg draw at Columbus’ Mapfre Stadium on Tuesday and was asked afterwards about the uproar regarding the Crew’s possible relocation to a city over 1,200 miles away.
Bradley, 30, did not sit on the fence.
“Look, on one hand you feel for the small group of loyal supporters that they have who have been here since the beginning, who continue to support the team and come out week after week. On the other hand, you can’t deny the fact that things here have really fallen behind in terms of the atmosphere in the stadium, the quality of the stadium, what it’s like to play here,” Bradley said.
“I don’t know who’s at fault for that… there’s a lot going on, and I get that – and like I said, as an outsider I don’t know what that falls on. But again, the reality is just that as the league has continued to grow and grow – and this is not the only one, but this is one of a few markets that has not kept pace.”
Does Bradley have a point?
Looking at MLS in terms of average attendance over the past seven years since MLS expansion became rampant, Columbus’ highest average attendance was 17,125 in 2016. That was still over 4,000 below the league average, even if you believe attendance stats in MLS are vastly miscalculated in many markets with “tickets sold” included in many attendance figures.
For the 2017 regular season only Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas are drawing smaller crowds, on average, than Columbus’ average of 15,439, and there’s only a few hundred difference between those three clubs.
When you look at the somewhat recent arrivals of Seattle, Portland, Montreal, Vancouver, New York City FC, Orlando City and now Atlanta and Minnesota United into the league, you just can’t compare their strong attendance numbers with Columbus and other MLS ever-present franchises such as Colorado and Dallas.
Bradley, on one level, is spot on. There is a distinct, and obvious, difference from the clubs set up in MLS in 1996 who are still in MLS today and the stadium deals those who entered in MLS 2.0 and 3.0.
Of course, his comments will not sit well with Columbus’ fans who are fighting desperately with the #SaveTheCrew movement to keep their club in Ohio with Precourt, MLS and the City of Columbus no closer to an agreement about plans for a new stadium for the Crew in downtown Columbus.
Above all, this is about more than attendances. Plenty of MLS markets have struggled in the past, or are struggling right now, to attract new fans and many Columbus supporters believe having a new owner who has their heart set on keeping the team in the city and improving the team and situation is the key. It’s hard to blame them for wanting that and not rolling over just because their current owner wants to try something different.
This is a tricky situation to see a “winner” from, with Precourt the only one set to benefit if he successfully relocates the Crew to Austin and they become profitable and big crowds turn up.
The situation is an absolute mess and with reports suggesting only two gates were open for Columbus’ playoff game against Toronto on Tuesday to slow down fans entering the stadium, it is become an embarrassing situation for MLS, especially as it appears they had the agreement in place with Precourt for a potential relocation to Austin when he purchased the Crew in 2013.
Once again, what a mess.