Prindi’s Premier League Picks: Upset in cards for Aston Villa over Manchester United

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Only six weeks of Premier League left so it’s time to get your predictions Trump-tight.

Here, I do my best to steer you in the right direction… and fail with gusto.

UPSET CITY

Manchester United v. Aston Villa (Sat 8:45am ET on NBCSN; Old Trafford)

All eyes on Old Trafford today when United supporters are planning to fly over a banner reading “Wrong One – Moyes Out”. If that doesn’t make things pop off, losing to Villa certainly should.

Expect. Fireworks.

Manchester United 1 Aston Villa 2

Sunderland v. West Ham United (Mon 3:00pm ET on NBCSN; Stadium of Light)

Channeling Jozy Altidore for this to be his breakout match on the way to saving the Black Cats from relegation and launching the USMNT into a deep World Cup run.

Hey, a man can dream, can’t he?

Sunderland 2 West Ham 1

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

Crystal Palace v. Chelsea (Sat 11:00am ET on NBCSN; Selhurst Park)

Target practice for Chelsea.

Crystal Palace 0 Chelsea 4

Southampton v. Newcastle United (Sat 11:00am ET on Live Extra; St Mary’s)

My sleeper pick for match of the week, these sides have nothing better to do than launch all out attacks on each other. Expect the sexy style of Southampton to win out.

Southampton 3 Newcastle 2

Arsenal v. Manchester City (Sat 1:30pm ET on NBC; Emirates Stadium)

Life’s not fair, Arsenal fans, but just remember it could be worse. At least you’re not United supporters.

Arsenal 1 Manchester City 4

Fulham v. Everton (Sun 8:30 ET on NBCSN; Craven Cottage)

Ssshhh. The Toffees are coming for 4th.

Fulham 0 Everton 3

Liverpool v. Tottenham Hotspur (Sun 11:00am ET on NBCSN; Anfield)

Murmurings of Liverpool’s title aspirations will become full blown shouts when they dump out Tim Sherwood’s band of bunglers.

Liverpool 4 Tottenham 1

SQUEAKY BUM TIME

Stoke City v. Hull City (Sat 11:00am ET on Live Extra; Britannia Stadium)

Take me down to the Paradise City where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.

Oh won’t you please take me doooownto Stoke City.

Make that a chant, Potters supporters, and I will forever love thee.

Stoke City 2 Hull City 1

Swansea City v. Norwich City (Sat 11:00am ET on Live Extra; Liberty Stadium)

“Don’t know about you guys but I’ve been waiting all season for that Swansea/Norwich match.”

Such words have never been uttered until  I came into work at 5am this morning and my EVS operator looked me dead in the eye and said it. Guess that’s what happens when your favorite player in the world is Robert Snodgrass.

Decent player, Snodgrass. Face only a mother could love.

Swansea City 3 Norwich City 2

West Bromwich Albion v. Cardiff City (Sat 11:00am ET on Live Extra; The Hawthorns)

Boing, Boing. Ride strong the Albion!

West Brom 1 Cardiff City 0

Australian women beat US 1-0 in Tournament of Nations

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SEATTLE (AP) Tameka Butt scored in the 67th minute and Australia beat the United States for the first time in the 28-game series, 1-0 in the Tournament of Nations on Thursday night.

The Matildas also snapped the Americans’ four-game winning streak.

Just moments after Butt’s goal got past goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, Carli Lloyd blasted a cross from Megan Rapinoe at Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams, who made a fantastic save. Lloyd had another chance that sailed just over the net.

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Japan and Brazil played to a 1-1 draw in the tournament’s opening game in the afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

Each of the four teams in the tournament is in the top 10 of the FIFA rankings. The top-ranked United States went into the game with a 25-0-2 record over the seventh-ranked Matildas.

Rapinoe, who plays for the NWSL’s Seattle Reign, had a good chance early on in the game but the Americans were unable to break through. Rapinoe has 12 goals to lead the NWSL in scoring this season.

The Matildas have been on the rise of the past several years, with quarterfinal appearances in both the 2015 World Cup and the Olympics last year.

Following the stop in Seattle, the tournament shifts to San Diego on Sunday before wrapping up in Carson, California, on Aug. 3.

U.S. Soccer is looking to host a Tournament of Nations each summer that there isn’t World Cup or Olympic competition.

WATCH: Camila’s wicked swerving goal for Brazil

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The Tournament of Nations got underway earlier Thursday, with Brazil and Japan drawing 1-1 in Seattle.

While some in the crowd may’ve been waiting to see the United States women’s national team and Australia in the second game of the twin bill, they got an absolute treat from Brazil’s Camila.

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The Orlando Pride midfielder is yet to scoop up 10 caps, but blasted this 25-yard goal home with a wicked outside bend.

The aesthetics are terrific.

LA Galaxy’s second Dos Santos signing is a season-changer

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Remember this day, MLS fans, as one that perhaps helped determine an MLS Cup Finalist.

The LA Galaxy have signed Villarreal midfielder and Mexican national teamer Jonathan Dos Santos, and he’s the sort of player who could alter the landscape of the Western Conference.

Like Nicolas Lodeiro to Seattle last season and New England’s addition of Jermaine Jones in 2014, Dos Santos’ move comes with the distinct possibility of elevating LA into the next stratosphere.

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Take the Galaxy’s history of winning, and toss in a midseason coaching improvement from Curt Onalfo to Sigi Schmid, as well as MVP-in-their-own-right caliber teammates Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, and Jelle van Damme.

Don’t sleep on the fact that Schmid might be gathering momentum from inheriting a talented and underachieving roster and a brand new game-changing midfielder, which feels a bit like karmic retribution for Seattle firing him and signing Lodeiro the next day last season. Seattle only went and won the MLS Cup.

Schmid has used any number of formations, but could deploy a 4-3-3 with Jona Dos Santos, Jermaine Jones, and Joao Pedro in the midfielder and Giovani Dos Santos, Alessandrini, and Gyasi Zardes up top (Sebastian Lletget could return at some point, too).

Now FC Dallas is very deep, Sporting KC looks powerful, and Seattle won it all last year — plus, may be adding Derlis Gonzalez?!? — but LA’s move to add Dos Santos creates a quartet of teams with proven mettle (Houston looks decent, too, but I have concerns about their first-time as a unit in the playoffs).

Joey Barton’s gambling ban lowered by almost 5 months

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Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for betting on almost 1,300 soccer-related events has been lowered to 13 months and one week.

Putting aside the hilarity of grown men and women discussing whether an extra week was necessary, the alteration means he’ll be eligible to return to football on June 1, 2018.

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While that still hampers the idea of the 34-year-old playing again — he’ll be 36 when the ban ends — it’s a significant change if he’s open to the idea of returning to the game.

Barton’s original ban expired in late October 2018, well into a season. From Sky Sports:

The appeal board also agreed: “It was clear that Mr Barton was not involved in any cheating, he did not influence any games and there was nothing suspicious about his bets.

“(The reduction) reflects the overall seriousness of the breaches and also the mitigation of Mr Barton’s addiction.”

Barton’s remarkably controversial career has including several suspensions and imprisonment, but he always found his way back to the field and was very good when in form. After time at Manchester City and Newcastle United, Barton fended off naysayers with stints at QPR, Marseille, Burnley, and a regrettable move to Rangers.

We may see him on the field in August 2018.