First-half double has Everton in command of crucial Arsenal match


Goodison Park is rocking as they have seen their Toffees hit twice in the first half as they look to take control of the final Champions League spot live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Battling for the title just weeks ago, Arsenal now find themselves in a precarious position down a pair after Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku have bagged the double.

With Everton holding a game in hand, a win would see them go a point behind Arsenal for the fourth and final Champions League place, meaning they would control their own destiny for the spot.

Naismith struck the opener after just 14 minutes, as Leighton Baines pulled out a brilliant ball forward and after Lukaku saw his initial effort saved, Naismith cleaned up the mess.

The Belgian would get his own 20 minutes later after a wonderful solo effort saw him bolt down the right side and cut back centrally before rifling easily past Wojciech Szczesny.


It was a poor defensive first-half effort altogether from Arsenal, twice finding their back line caught napping on breaks towards the Gunners net.

Everton have not only put two into the back of the net, but have done it with an expert counter attack, seeing Arsenal hold nearly 60% of the first-half possession.

If Arsene Wenger wants to retain his Champions League status and avoid a horribly disappointing late-season collapse, he likely needs to pick up the pieces in the second half and make some sort of positive change to get Arsenal back in the match. Can they pull off a stunning upset and save their control of the race for 4th position?

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

[ MORE: Klopp’s 10 best quotes ] have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.