From both sides of the equation, Ole Gunnar Solksjær’s hire at Cardiff City looks like a curious one. While the media caricature of Vincent Tan makes clear the obstacles facing the Bluebirds’ manager-to-be, there are also reasons to think the 40-year-old may not be the right man for Cardiff.
At least, that’s the case NBC Analyst Robbie Earle highlights when asked about the hire, above. As Earle notes, a man with more Premier League experience might stand a better chance at reversing the club’s current trend, one that has last season’s second division champions careening toward relegation. Given the unique challenges Tan’s sure to pose, perhaps a person who has navigated these waters before would be best for the job?
As Kyle Martino notes, Solskjær hasn’t put himself in a good position either, going against some of his famous former boss’s advise. Choose stability when picking a job, Alex Ferguson’s said to have told Solksjær. Go for the owner, not the club.
If the common conception of Tan is true, Solskjær has gone against that advice. Then again, the common competition of the Glazer family claims they’re terrible owners, yet Ferguson enjoyed some of his most dominant years under their employ. It’s almost as if, from this side of the equation, we only see a very limited view of what these owners are all about, views a couple select factors (Malkay Mackay’s media savvy, the English media’s coverage of United’s debt) can skew.
Like the Glazers, perhaps there’s something about Tan we don’t know. For now, though, the Match of the Day panel is taking a wait-and-see approach to Solskjær’s appointment.
Manchester City aims to extend its record Premier League win streak to 16 matches when it hosts Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).
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There will be no David Silva for Man City, with Pep Guardiola inserting Ilkay Gundogan into the starting lineup. Eliaquim Mangala will start next to Nicolas Otamendi at center back.
Spurs have Erik Lamela, Fernando Llorente, and Serge Aurier on the bench.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Mangala, Delph, Fernandinho (c), Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Bravo, Yaya Toure, Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Danilo.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (C), Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Dembele, Winks, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Aurier, Davies, Foyth, Sissoko, Lamela, Llorente.
Only four of the Premier League’s five scheduled 10 a.m. ET kickoffs have started, and goals are at a premium.
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Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle United
Mesut Ozil’s left-footed side volley off a popped clearance has the Gunners on top at the Emirates Stadium.
Watford 0-2 Huddersfield Town
Elias Kachunga and Aaron Mooy had the visitors up a pair before the match was 25 minutes old, and Troy Deeney complicated Watford’s comeback hopes when he saw straight red after 32 minutes.
Stoke City 0-0 West Ham United (delayed)
A power outage pushed kickoff back 60 minutes at the bet365 Stadium.
Burnley 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Not much cooking so far at Turf Moor, where James Tarkowski conceded a penalty to Glenn Murray only to see the PL veteran send his effort over the bar.
Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
The Blues are having trouble without Alvaro Morata up top at Stamford Bridge, so defender Marcos Alonso just whipped a free kick past an out-of-sorts Fraser Forster to make it 1-0.
A major power outage at the bet365 Stadium means West Ham United’s visit to Stoke City won’t start on time.
An update will come around the regularly scheduled kickoff time of 10 a.m. ET.
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As it stands, ex-Stoke attacker Marko Arnautovic is set to start against his former club.
Stoke City: Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Wimmer, Pieters, Shaqiri, Fletcher, Allen, Ramadan, Diouf, Crouch. Subs: Grant, Berahino, Choupo-Moting, Tymon, Adam, Ngoy, Edwards.
West Ham United: Adrian, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Noble, Obiang, Lanzini, Arnautovic, Antonio. Subs: Hart, Rice, Makasi, Haksabanovic, Chicharito, Sakho, Ayew.
Five Premier League games are coming your way at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and you can watch them all live online.
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Chelsea host Southampton, Arsenal welcome Newcastle to the Emirates Stadium and Stoke clash with West Ham, while Burnley head to Brighton and Watford lock horns with Huddersfield.
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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.
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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.
The schedule for all five games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.
10 a.m. ET: Chelsea vs. Southampton – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Newcastle – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Brighton vs. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Stoke City vs. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM] (Kick off delayed due to a power outage at stadium)
10 a.m. ET: Watford vs. Huddersfield – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]