Tottenham Hotspur's Soldado celebrates with team mate Sigurdsson  after scoring a penalty against Crystal Palace during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park in London

Sunday Preview: Tottenham face West Ham, tough trips for Chelsea, Arsenal plus more

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There are four games this Sunday in the Barclays Premier League, and every single one of the them has the potential to be a right humdinger.

So, below is the information on where you can watch all four and a few snippets to watch out for in Sunday’s bumper slate of action.

And don’t forget if you can’t get to a TV, you can watch every single PL game live online via NBC Sport Live Extra.


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Can the Saints get a third-straight win?

Norwich City vs, Chelsea – 8:30am EST, live on NBCSN

Chelsea make the trip to Carrow Road fresh from success in the UEFA Champions League. Jose Mourinho’s side beat Steaua Bucharest 4-0 in midweek and Juan Mata looks like a player reborn after being handed a start in Romania. The Canaries got a great win at Stoke City last weekend, can the sneak something against the Blues with their solid defensive style?

Southampton vs. Swansea City – 8:30am EST, live on Premier League Extra Time

The Saints are searching for three wins on the spin, as the leagues tightest defense looks to shutout free-flowing Swansea when they head to St. Mary’s. Rickie Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo were both on the scoresheet last time out against Crystal Palace, but Swansea will be a very tough test for the Saints. Michael Laudrup’s men beat St. Gallen in the Europa League on Thursday… but will that affect their small squad?

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The Gunners are in sensational form as they aim to go top of the PL.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham – 11:00am EST, live on Premier League Extra Time

For the second weekend in a row, a passionate London derby awaits at White Hart Lane. Spurs will be the heavy favorites, with their deluge of attacking options an embarrassment of riches compared to West Ham. The Hammers have struggled up front after Andy Carroll got injured, and Big Sam’s men need a big result against their neighbors. Can Christian Eriksen and co. keep Spurs’ good start going?

West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal – 11:00am EST, live on NBCSN

The Gunners have momentarily dropped to second following Saturday’s games, but they could climb back to the summit of the PL with a win at the Hawthorns. Following Jack Wilshere’s midweek ‘indiscretion’ outside a pub, will Arsenal have a hangover after a 2-0 win over Napoli in the Champions League? And can West Brom beat Manchester United and Arsenal in consecutive weeks? Steve Clarke’s men are back on form and looking good.

Sam Allardyce to open talks with Sunderland

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Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)

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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.

That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.

One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.

[ MORE: Advocaat: Sunderland squad too thin, chairman to blame ]

Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.

Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.

Statement from suspended UEFA president Michel Platini

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Statement from suspended UEFA President Michel Platini:

Early this afternoon, I was informed of the FIFA ethics committee’s decision to impose on me a provisional 90-day suspension with immediate effect. That decision, which I will of course contest in the appropriate manner at the appropriate time, had already been the subject of a deliberate leak, and I gave my opinion on that earlier in the day.

I reject all of the allegations that have been made against me, which are based on mere semblances and are astonishingly vague. Indeed, the wording of those allegations merely states that a breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics “seems to have been committed” and that a decision on the substance of the matter cannot be taken immediately.

Despite the farcical nature of these events, I refuse to believe that this is a political decision taken in haste in order to taint a lifelong devotee of the game or crush my candidacy for the FIFA presidency.

I want everyone to know my state of mind: more than a sense of injustice or a desire for revenge, I am driven by a profound feeling of staunch defiance. I am more determined than ever to defend myself before the relevant judicial bodies.

I want to reiterate in the strongest possible terms that I will devote myself to ensuring that my good faith prevails. I have received numerous messages of support today from UEFA’s member associations and the other confederations encouraging me to continue my work serving football’s interests. Nothing will make me give up on that commitment.