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Watch Live: Sunderland vs. Hull City (Lineups and Discuss)

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It’s a relegation six-pointer at the Stadium of Light today, with Sunderland hosting Hull City (watch live online on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET).

While Hull City got off to a solid start at the beginning of the season, they’ve been slipping in recent weeks, and Steve Bruce would like nothing more than to right the ship against former side Sunderland. The reverse fixture saw the Tigers edge a 1-0 victory thanks to an own-goal by Carlos Cuellar, but Bruce might prefer something more emphatic this time around – along the lines of, say, the 6-0 win over Fulham.

But that might not be so easy. Sunderland, so recently the league’s bottom side, are starting to come together under Gus Poyet. Their 3-0 derby victory over Newcastle last weekend, ensuring they beat their rivals twice this season, will have lifted the Black Cats. While both sides are sitting on 24 points, it seems the hosts are the ones in the ascendancy.


Poyet seems to believe his side are on the rise as well, as the Sunderland manager is sticking with the same lineup that so thoroughly defeated Newcastle last week. Jozy Altidore leads the line once more, while Fabio Borini, who was excellent against the Magpies, and Adam Johnson, still eyeing a spot in England’s World Cup squad, will be on the wings.

Bruce, too, sees little reason to change after his side managed to hold Tottenham to a draw last time out. Jake Livermore, unable to play against his parent club last weekend, steps in for Robbie Brady, but the rest of the starting XI remains unchanged.


Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, Bridcutt, O’Shea, Brown, Ki, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Altidore

Subs: Larsson, Gardner, Wickham, Giaccherini, Vergini, Ustari, Cattermole

Hull City: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Jelavic, Long, Elmohamady

Subs: Jakupovic, Bruce, Koren, Brady, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko

EURO 2016: Ireland shock Germany, Northern Ireland qualify

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A recap of Thursday’s action in 2016 European Championship qualifying:

Ireland 1-0 Germany

Southampton striker Shane Long scored the goal that knocked off the defending world champions and pushed Ireland one step closer to next summer’s European Championship in France. Long, who entered the game in the 65th minute, latched onto Darren Randolph‘s ball over the top in the 70th minute, took one touch to settle and fired for the far post, beating Manuel Neuer for the game’s only goal.

With one game still to play, Ireland (18 points) sit third in Group D, level on points with Sunday’s opponent Poland. While the winner of Sunday’s clash could leapfrog Germany (19), they will more likely finish second in the group and qualify automatically. A draw on Sunday could still see both sides qualify automatically through the ranking of third-place finishers (the top third-place finishers from group play earns an automatic berth at EURO 2016).

Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

Norther Ireland (20 points) topped Greece (3), 3-1 on Thursday to officially book their place at EURO 2016. Steven Davis scored twice and Josh Magennis added the third for Michael O’Neill’s side.

With one game still to play (Sunday, at Finland), Northern Ireland can finish no lower than second. A draw against Finland, or any points dropped by Romania (17) would see Northern Ireland finish top of Group F.

Portugal 1-0 Denmark

Joao Moutinho scored the only goal of the game to secure Portugal’s (18 points from just seven games) place at next summer’s tournament. The defeat sees Denmark remain second in Group I, a point ahead of third-place Albania, who lost to Serbia on Thursday. Having played all eight of their group games, Denmark can go no higher than 12 points, meaning they would fail to qualify if Albania beat Armenia on Sunday. A draw between Albania and Armenia would see Denmark qualify based on tiebreakers.

Elsewhere in EURO 2016 qualifying action

Group D

Scotland 2-2 Poland
Georgia 4-0 Gibraltar

Group F

Hungary 2-1 Faroe Islands
Romania 1-1 Finland

Group I

Albania 0-2 Serbia

Jurgen Klopp announced as new Liverpool manager

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Enough with the speculation and reports already, because it’s finally officially official: Jurgen Klopp has been appointed the newest manager of Liverpool Football Club, the Merseyside club announced on Thursday.

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Klopp will be unveiled to the world at an introductory press conference at Anfield on Friday.

According to early reports, Klopp’s three-year contract could pay him as much as $10 million per season.

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The 48-year-old German has been out of work since stepping down at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund following a seventh-place finish to the 2014-15 season. Klopp’s seven seasons in charge of Dortmund weren’t without success and silverware, though, as he led Der BVB to back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, a German Cup triumph in 2012 and a UEFA Champions League final appearance in 2013.

PST’s Joe Prince-Wright will be at Anfield on Friday for Klopp’s unveiling, so be sure to follow JPW on Twitter and check back to PST for wall-to-wall coverage of Klopp’s first press conference as Liverpool manager.