Sunday Premier League Preview: Manchester Derby dominates action

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After an exhilarating  Saturday across the Premier League, Sunday’s four games on have all the ingredients to be even better.

You can watch every game live online via NBC Sport Live Extra, here are the details of all four games taking place in the Premier League as plenty of massive teams take to the pitch.

Enjoy your lazy Sunday… which will involve watching top class soccer all morning long.

8:30am EST: Arsenal vs. Stoke, live on CNBC

With Mesut Ozil pulling the strings for Arsenal in midfield and the Gunners winning five-straight in all competitions, you have to fancy them to beat Stoke City at home. However, the Potters are unbeaten in three and should have beat Manchester City last weekend. This will be an intriguing game at the Emirates, as two teams with completely different playing style clash.

8:30am EST: Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City *Premier League Extra Time

After beating Sunderland in their last home game, can the Eagles grab another three points against Swansea at Selhurst Park? That win gave Ian Holloway’s men plenty on confidence, and they defended well for large swathes of last weekend’s controversial defeat to Manchester United. As for Swansea, they come off the back off a terrific 3-0 win at Valencia in the Europa League, and will be flying high. Michael Laudrup’s men will be hoping to win this.

11:00am EST: Manchester City vs. Manchester United *NBCSN

This is it, the biggy. With both the red half and blue half of Manchester primed for battle on Sunday, the first Manchester Derby of the season promises to be a real cracker. And, of course, this is also the first Derby for new coaches Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes, and both men will want to be on the winning side. With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie on fire, can United take the bragging rights? Or will City’s new attackers leave United in a spin?

11:00am EST: Cardiff City vs. Tottenham Hotspur *Premier League Extra Time

Well, well, I think everyone quietly fancies Cardiff to win this game. With Tottenham fresh off a 3-0 win in Europa League action on Thursday, the Bluebirds have certainly had more rest than their opponents and a fired up home crowd could prove the difference. Unbeaten at home so far this season, Everton and Manchester City both left the Welsh capital without a win… will Spurs’ whole host of new signings be doing the same?

PODCAST: Bob Bradley talks MLS past, USMNT

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Scott Nicholls and Otis Earle welcomed Bob Bradley to their “Beyond The Pitch” podcast to discuss his time coaching the Chicago Fire, the Fire’s current squad, how MLS has evolved, the new generation of players coming into the USMNT and more.

Perhaps most interesting is Bradley talking about previous losses with stinging emotion that sounds like they happened yesterday, including the 2000 MLS Cup.

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Since being fired from Swansea City after less than 100 days, Bradley has been linked with the Norway national team gig as well as a return to Los Angeles. Keep up with the U.S. coach here, and check it out:

U.S. Open Cup preview: Which underdog has best odds?

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Every dog has its day, and the three lower-tier clubs remaining in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are hoping for a second.

Miami FC, Sacramento Republic, and FC Cincinnati enjoyed wins over Major League Soccer sides in the fourth round, and now get further MLS tests in this week’s fifth round.

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Once FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids tangle on Tuesday, attention turns to the underdogs on Wednesday. Who has the best chance to advance?

  1. Miami FC vs. Atlanta United — Playing an MLS expansion side at Riccardo Silva Stadium will give Miami a bit of confidence, and this is also a side with some good experience in pressure spots. Whether it’s manager Alessandro Nesta or MLS vets Michel, Gabriel Farfan, and Michael Lahoud, MFC won’t shy away. Upset chance: Solid.
  2. FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire — The visitors are having a heck of a season in MLS and don’t have a group which will be worried by a huge crowd, but there’s no debating that 25,000-plus in Southern Ohio give FCC more than a puncher’s chance. Upset chance: Improbable, but possible
  3. LA Galaxy vs. Sacramento Republic — If LA puts something close to its best side out there, Sacramento will struggle to stop its attack.  Upset chance: Long shot.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, New England hosts DC United, Philadelphia visits the Red Bulls, Seattle is off to San Jose, and Houston hosts Sporting KC.

WATCH: Spain’s Saul smashes a shot past Italy’s Donnarumma

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Since returning from a loan at Rayo Vallecano, Saul Niguez has been a somewhat under the radar star at Atletico Madrid.

Coming off his best season with Atleti, the 22-year-old Saul is making an even bigger name for himself at the U-21 EURO this summer.

Spain’s Saul scored a hat trick past Gianluigi Donnarumma and Italy on Tuesday, and the second goal was laced with venom.

Getting onto the ball from 30-plus yards out, Saul smashed his shot with enough power that the ball barely had occasion to rotate.

Saul is under contract at the Vicente Calderon through 2022, and has three caps for Spain’s senior team, too. He was rated Atleti’s third-best performer by WhoScored this season.

Men in Blazers podcast: Transfer window, USMNT at Gold Cup, RBNY-NYCFC

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Men In Blazers are back with their latest podcast, and the boys are hitting club soccer here and abroad as well as Bruce Arena’s men in the red, white, and blue.

Rog and Davo break down transfer window activity, rumored and real; get a heat check on the USMNT heading into the Gold Cup; and recap the (Ray) Hudson River Derby.

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