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.

Enjoy.

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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.

Pellegrini says announcing departure was mistake; Won’t jump into job

Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini, right, and Bayern Munich's manager Pep Guardiola during the Champions League group D soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini thought it was the right thing to do; His club was reportedly looking for his successor, so why not let them do it in the open.

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What followed Pellegrini’s announcement that he would leave at the end of season were three straight losses and, arguably, City’s chances at a Premier League title.

From Sky Sports:

“After Guardiola said he was coming to England it was my decision [to go public] because all the media was talking about Guardiola here, Guardiola in Arsenal, Guardiola in Manchester United,” he told The Guardian.

“It was not fair for all managers – when everyone knew he was coming here. If I ask if I would do that again… I have some doubts.”

Pellegrini said the announcement didn’t make it difficult for him, but for his players.

The Argentine also said he’ll wait for an interesting job to come calling, and that he could be done managing forever if such an opportunity doesn’t present itself. That said, we think he’ll find a job that’s to his liking given this comment:

“Of course, I would miss it. The challenge keeps me alive.”

Life is a good motivator.

Will upsets continue in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s third round?

SANDY, UT - OCTOBER 1: The U.S. Soccer Championship trophy sits on display before the game between DC United and Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium October 1, 2013 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup hits the third round on Wednesday, with NASL teams entering the fray and at least one fourth-tier or lower side guaranteed to advance to face MLS competition.

The USASA had three teams win second round matches, and two will face each other on Wednesday. The L.A. Wolves knocked off the USL’s Orange County Blues, while L Maquina FC handed the NPSL’s Sacramento Gold an ouster. They will tangle for the right to a high-profile match-up with the L.A. Galaxy.

[ MORE: USMNT’s Gonzalez wins Liga MX with Pachuca ]

We’ll also see NASL vs. USL geographical rivalries when Carolina faces Charlotte and Rayo OKC meets Oklahoma City.

Wednesday’s third round matches
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)
Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)
New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Jersey Express (PDL)
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)
Miami FC (NASL) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) vs FC Cincinnati (USL)
Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (USASA)
Indy Eleven (NASL) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)
Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Minnesota United (NASL)
Rayo OKC (NASL) vs Oklahoma City Energy (USL)
Des Moines Menace (PD) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
Arizona United (USL) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
La Maquina (USASA) vs. L.A. Wolves (USASA)
Kitsap Pumas (PDL) vs. Sacramento Republic (USL)

Iranian woman “sneaks” into Persian League match dressed as a man

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An Iranian woman wanted to see her favorite team play badly, but knew well the unspoken rule: no females at the stadium.

The Independent has the story of a woman who dressed in layers and filmed herself in case trouble came from her attendance.

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Persepolis FC is the name of the club, and they play in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

From The Independent:

There is no official ban on women attending sports events in Iran, but they are often refused entry so it is rare for women to attend.

In a third video, the woman explains that she layered five T-shirts and five pairs of trousers to hide her figure and covered her face with face paint.

I recognize that this is the norm over there, but it’s still a striking story.

Report: Barcelona ready to swoop if Mourinho deems Mata surplus at Manchester United

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - OCTOBER 01: Juan Mata (L) of Chelsea shakes hands with manager Jose Mourinho (R) after being substituted during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between FC Steaua Bucuresti and Chelsea at the National Arena Stadium on October 1, 2013 in Bucharest, Romania.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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It’s a $40 million question for Manchester United: Will Juan Mata and Jose Mourinho work well together?

Their time at Chelsea was fractured when Mourinho deemed Mata surplus to requirement and shipped the Spaniard to Old Trafford.

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Mata, 28, has been a consistent performer for United, but will his reunion with Mourinho be short-lived? It’s easy to imagine both as ready to move on and Barcelona could be an option if that happens.

Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona could make a bid of close to $40 million in order to help the midfield continue to tick. Mata was a key part of United’s possession-based approach under Louis Van Gaal, and as a player really does fit the bill of a Mourinho-minded mid.

We’re just hoping that if Mata moves, he doesn’t switch anywhere that would change his English language blog posts.