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Prindi’s Premier League Picks: Liverpool seek revenge on Arsenal

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Picking Premier League matches is hard work and frankly, I’m crap at it.

But I love the banter and figure at the very least I can provide you with some fodder to tear me up with in the comments.

So let’s get it on.

UPSET CITY

Liverpool v. Arsenal (Sat 7:45 ET on USA; Anfield)

When these two sides met last fall many a pundit had Liverpool pegged as the club to take down high-flying Arsenal. Didn’t happen. In fact, they were given a comprehensive whooping.

But that was at the Emirates. Now the Reds get a second crack at the Gunner apple on their home turf in front of the Kop. Will it make a difference?

Does Brendan Rodgers show up on game days looking like Lucifer lost his Blistex?!?

You’re darn right he does.

Liverpool 2 Arsenal 1

Aston Villa v. West Ham United (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; Villa Park)

Everything was going so well for West Ham against Swansea last weekend. They were up 2-0 and cruising before the donkey side of Andy Carroll decided to show up and give Chico Flores a no-look flailing elbow. The Spaniard’s dramatic fall to the ground had Howard Webb fooled and the ref promptly sent the donkey to his stable.

With no donkey and no Mo Diame, West Ham’s attack is hugely weakened side and I’m not sure I see Adrian providing super-human saves for a second straight week.

You picking up what I’m putting down? I like me some Villa.

Aston Villa 1 West Ham 0

SQUEAKY BUM TIME

Crystal Palace v. West Bromwich Albion (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; Selhurst Park)

I want to take Selhurst Park, cut it into pieces, insert processed chicken bones, lightly fry it, toss it with a nice buffalo sauce and eat myself the best tasting wings in the world.

That’s right, I just compared soccer stadium to my love for buffalo wings. Best compliment I could pay a club.

Crystal Palace 2 West Brom 1

Southampton v. Stoke City (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; St Mary’s Stadium)

Southampton brought out the magic stick in last week’s 3-0 destruction of Fulham. It was a performance of pure class but one that will be very difficult to duplicate against a Stoke side capable of beating anyone, as they proved last week against Manchester United.

This one will be close but ultimately the Saints should see it out.

Southampton 3 Stoke City 2

Sunderland v. Hull City (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; Stadium of Light)

I’m saying it, Sunderland is pretty good. Especially on the garbage-strewn turf at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland 1 Hull City 0

Swansea City v. Cardiff City (Sat 12:30 ET on NBCSN; Liberty Stadium)

Appointing Gary Monk in the place of Michael Laudrup is – assuming something happened to Roberto Martinez – basically the equivalent of Everton hiring Tony Hibbert.

Sesame Street characters are the best.

Swansea City 1 Cardiff City 0

Tottenham Hotspur v. Everton (Sun 8:30 ET on USA; White Hart Lane)

With a win, Spurs can leapfrog Everton and could go even on points with Liverpool. If the Toffees take all three points, they could leapfrog Liverpool into the Top 4. It’s all to play for so naturally we’re headed for a draw.

Tottenham 1 Everton 1

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

Chelsea v. Newcastle United (Sat 10:00 ET on USA; Stamford Bridge)

Normally I’d be hyping Chelsea/Newcastle as one of the matches of the week but after watching the Magpies pathetic display last weekend I just don’t see this one being the least bit a contest.

When Newcastle sold Yohan Cabaye they sold their soul. There is zero creativity in the center of the park and making matters worse, injuries are piling up with Tiote, Gouffran, Coloccini and Cisse all out.

If Chelsea messes this up I’ll be shocked.

Chelsea 4 Newcastle 1

Norwich City v. Manchester City (Sat 10:00 ET on Live Extra; Carrow Road)

Tons of pity for Norwich City. There will be blood.

Norwich City 0 Manchester City 4

Manchester United v. Fulham (Sun 11:00 ET on USA; Old Trafford)

Finally, a home fixture United can definitely win. Right? Right… I think.

Manchester United 2 Fulham 0

Worker dies after falling ill at Qatar World Cup stadium site

In this photo taken during a government organized media tour, workers use heavy machinery at the Al-Wakra Stadium being built for the 2022 World Cup, in Doha, Qatar, Monday, May 4, 2015. Qatar’s inability to ensure decent housing for its bulging migrant labor population was “a mistake” the government is working to fix as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup, the country’s top labor official said Monday, vowing his country would improve conditions for its vast foreign labor force. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
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DOHA, Qatar (AP) World Cup organizers say a worker has died after falling ill on the site of one of the stadiums being constructed for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

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The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said Saturday that 48-year-old Indian national Jaleshwar Prasad died after he “fell ill on-site around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.”

The statement says that Prasad, who was a steel worker employed on the Al Bayt Stadium project, “received first aid treatment until paramedics arrived. He was transferred to Al Khor Hospital but sadly passed away around 11:30 a.m. Al Khor Hospital reported the cause of death as cardiac arrest.”

It adds that “a full investigation is underway.”

[ MORE: FIFA panel to monitor labor conditions in Qatar ]

Qatar is often criticized by rights groups and trade unions for alleged abuses and deaths on a range of construction projects linked to the 2022 World Cup since it won hosting rights in 2010.

Qatar is relying heavily on construction workers from south Asia.

A FIFA-appointed human rights expert from Harvard University recently advised that tournaments should be moved from countries where abuses persisted.

MLS Snapshot: Montreal Impact 2-2 Colorado Rapids (video)

Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba celebrates his goal against the Colorado Rapids during first half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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The game in 100 words (or less): Dropped points from a winning position are the ones that frustrate and come back to haunt managers more than anything. Twice on Saturday, the Montreal Impact conceded goals from a winning position and were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with the suddenly rampant Colorado Rapids at Stade Saputo. Didieo Drogba scored another magnificent free kick (video below), but a bit of calamitous set-piece defending on the Rapids’ second goal ultimately meant two points dropped by Mauro Biello’s side, though their hold on the Eastern Conference’s top spot remains intact for one more day (third-place Toronto FC will go top of the East with a win on Sunday). The Rapids, meanwhile, are four games without a defeat and top of the Western Conference for the time being (fourth- and fifth-place LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake could claim the spot as their own with wins on Sunday and Saturday, respectively).

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Three Four moments that mattered

9′ — Drogba’s latest FK beauty makes it 1-0 — If you haven’t loved watching Drogba destroy MLS since his arrival last August, you must be a Toronto FC fan. Or you hate fun, beautiful things, like this free kick.

47′ — Gashi finishes Williams’ cross for 1-1 — Mekeil Williams served the ball across the face of goal, and Gashi made no mistake on the finish, hammering it past Evan Bush to bring the visitors level.

50′ — Tissot hammers home from distance to restore the lead — As they say, this ball stayed hit. Also, it had eyes.

73′ — Burling smashes home from close range — Gashi’s free kick caused all kinds of problems for the Impact defense, leaving Bush unsure of whether to come out and attack the ball or stay on his line. Axel Sjoberg kept the play alive, playing the ball across the face of goal, and Bobby Burling found himself on the right side of his marker.

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Man of the match: Shklezen Gashi

Goalscorers: Drogba (9′), Gashi (47′), Tissot (50′), Burling (73′)

MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 3-2 Vancouver Whitecaps (video)

New York City FC forward David Villa, left, and New York City FC defender Chris Wingert celebrate Villa's early goal during the first half of the match between New York City FC and Toronto FC, Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
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The game in 100 words (or less): New York City FC are still Frank Lampard-less (he’s yet to even appear on the bench this season), but at least they’re not seven games without a victory anymore. Having last won a game back on March 6, opening day, Patrick Vieira’s side stole one of the wackier games we’re likely to see all season at — yes, you guessed it — Yankee Stadium on Saturday. From down a goal after 37 seconds, to up 2-1 after a pair of brilliant strikes by David Villa, to staring into the face of another disappointing draw, to late jubilation, being an NYCFC supporter must be super fun awful exhausting. Let’s talk about Villa for a moment: 32 goals and assists combined in 39 MLS appearances. That’s not quite Robbie Keane territory, but alongside Sebastian Giovinco, he’s the only one anywhere close to achieving Keane’s obscene numbers.

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Three Four Five moments that mattered

1′ — Saunders gifts Rivero an early opener — It took NYCFC all of 37 seconds to go a goal behind, and Josh Saunders has no one but himself to blame for this one. Octavio Rivero hadn’t scored a goal in over eight months. This is one way to get going.

35′ — Villa clinical with his chance for 1-1 — Khiry Shelton played the through ball into acres of space, and Villa doesn’t miss chances like this one.

41′ — Villa side-volleys from a corner kick for 2-0 — Having Andrea Pirlo serve up delicate set-piece delivery to the back post for David Villa seems a fairly smart “gameplan” by Patrick Vieira. Villa is simply brilliant.

63′ — Bolaños puts home his own saved-PK rebound — Kekuta Manneh was taken down inside the penalty area, and Christian Bolaños nearly blew the penalty chance, but the Costa Rican followed up on the rebound and pulled the visitors level again.

73′ — Mendoza beats Ousted at his near post for the winner — David Ousted will be seeing this one in his sleep tonight. Beaten at his near post by a worm-burner without too terribly much behind it … not great from the big Dane.

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Man of the match: David Villa

Goalscorers: Rivero (1′), Villa (35′, 41′), Bolaños (63′), Mendoza (73′)

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-0 Columbus Crew SC (video)

Seattle Sounders' Jordan Morris, left, celebrates with teammate Nelson Valdez, right, after Morris scored a goal against the Philadelphia Union during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Seattle. The goal was Morris' first career MLS goal, and the Sounders defeated the Union 2-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Slowly but surely, it’s all starting to come together for the Seattle Sounders. Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC is the latest proof we have that Sigi Schmid’s side is finding its way and realizing its new, post-Obafemi Martins identity. After struggling mightily the first month and a half of the 2016 season, Saturday’s win saw a side full of attacking intent and, most importantly, ever-dangerous on counter-attacks.  As a newly-committed 4-3-3 side, this season’s edition of the Sounders will have to be much sturdier at the back, adept at attacking down the wings, and ruthless with their inevitably fewer chances. It was the last bit of that that eluded them for much of Saturday afternoon, but Jordan Morris provided the late breakthrough to score his third goal in three games, and suddenly the most heralded homegrown player in MLS history is flying.

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Three moments that mattered

42′ — Finlay is in one-on-one, blows the finish — The build-up was brilliant, and all Ethan Finlay had to do was beat Stefan Frei with a shot inside of either post. Instead…

50′ — Dempsey heads just over the bar at the far post — Joevin Jones got all the way up the left wing and whipped in a delightful cross to the back post, but Clint Dempsey couldn’t keep his header down and it sailed just over the bar (WATCH HERE).

88′ — Morris bundles home after Clark makes a save — More like Jordan on the Spot, am I right?

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Man of the match: Osvaldo Alonso

Goalscorers: Morris (88′)