Prindi’s Premier League Picks: Norwich to shock Chelsea at home

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It’s the penultimate weekend in the Premier League and anything can happen. So who better to take a stab at predictions than myself – a notoriously crap gambler with a penchant for picking big time upsets that never pan out.

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Let’s do this!

UPSET CITY

Everton v. Manchester City (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Goodison Park)

The greatest story of the season won’t be Liverpool winning the title, it’ll be Everton nipping a point off of Manchester City, handing their rivals the title and sparing Stevie G major blushes.

Everton 1 Manchester City 1

Manchester United v. Sunderland (Sat 10:00am ET on NBCSN; Old Trafford)

Wow, never figured I’d be so torn over this fixture… I’m no United fan but I want Giggsy to get the permanent job (even though that’s not happening) AND I want Sunderland to stay up (yes I still have love for Jozy). The difference maker, though, no Roo Roo means no dice for United.

Let’s go upset on this one with New Jersey’s finest netting a brace.

Manchester United 2 Sunderland 3

Newcastle United v. Cardiff City (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; St James’ Park)

Really looking forward to that 69th minute walkout planned by the Geordies. Love the time they’ve chosen as well! No, no you silly sexbots it’s not because of what you’re thinking, it’s because the last time Newcastle won a trophy (the Inter Cities Cup, now Europa League) was in 1969. Duh.

Gonna be weird to see Cardiff win in a stadium filled with only traveling support.

Newcastle 1 Cardiff City 2

Stoke City v. Fulham (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Britannia Stadium)

My new favorite manager and Warby Parker model, Felix Magath The Cat.

Meow.

Stoke City 1 Fulham 2

Swansea City v. Southampton (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Liberty Stadium)

Wilfried Bony, The Thighmaster. That is all.

Swansea City 2 Southampton 2

Chelsea v. Norwich City (Sun 11:00am ET on NBCSN; Stamford Bridge)

Champions League hangover? Cech out? Mourinho and Hazard infighting?!

That’s right people, in honor of my buddy Tusk (legend of the EVS), I’m calling it right here, right now: The strikingly handsome Snodgrass is gonna head into Stamford Bridge and slay the Blue Giant.

Slow clap? Hell yes, slow clap!

Chelsea 2 Norwich City 3

SQUEAKY BUM TIME

West Ham United v. Tottenham Hotspur (Sat 7:45 ET on NBCSN; Upton Park)

This one’s like choosing between beets and carrots in the hot lunch line. Try not to spew.

Both clubs are secure with zero motivation except perhaps to help their manager get the win in the hope it will prevent the summer axe from falling hard… Which it won’t.

Sam. Tim. It’s been real, fellas.

West Ham 1 Tottenham 1

Aston Villa v. Hull City (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Villa Park)

Put up or shut up time for Villa here and as much as I’d prefer the latter when it comes to listening to Paul Lambert’s post-match sound, I gotta give the home side the edge.

Aston Villa 1 Hull City 0

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

Arsenal v. West Bromwich Albion (Sun 8:30am ET on NBCSN; Emirates Stadium)

Arsenal loves dominating teams outside the Top 5.

Arsenal 4 West Brom 0

Crystal Palace v. Liverpool (Mon 3:00pm ET on NBCSN; Selhurst Park)

There’s no scarier place in the Prem to play right now than Selhurst Park. Unless, of course, you have a strong malocclusion, the taped-back ears of a prized pitbull and are in dire need of two goals to set the 38 game Premier League record for goals in a season.

He gets it on Monday. Kiss the wrist.

Crystal Palace 1 Liverpool 4

 

Premier League vet Kenwyne Jones retires at age 33

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It wasn’t the season that Kenwyne Jones had expected in his first Major League Soccer season, but the veteran Trinidad & Tobago striker had himself quite the career.

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Jones, 33, announced his retirement on Monday after boasting an extensive career in England prior to finishing up his playing with Atlanta United.

Atlanta opted not to renew Jones’ contract with the club after scoring twice in 17 appearances this season for the expansion side.

The Trinidadian posted the following message to supporters on Twitter this afternoon.

Jones spent nine seasons in the Premier League, including stints with Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland.

Additionally, the forward played for Al Jazira from UAE in 2016 before moving on loan to Central in his native Trinidad prior to his arrival in Atlanta’s debut MLS season.

Eibar routs Betis 5-0 to snap 8-game winless streak in Spain

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MADRID (AP) Eibar routed 10-man Real Betis 5-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, ending an eight-match winless streak in all competitions.

Eibar hadn’t won since Sept. 15. It had lost six of its eight matches since then.

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The hosts got on the board with an own goal by Betis defender Jordi Amat just six minutes in, and midfielder Gonzalo Escalante scored with a header near halftime.

Striker Charles Dias scored twice in the second half, and Sergi Enrich closed the scoring in front of less than 5,000 fans at Ipurua Stadium.

“We deserved a victory like this to help us regain our confidence,” Enrich said.

Betis played with 10 men from the 55th as Aissa Mandi was red-carded for the foul that prompted a penalty kick converted by Dias.

“It was difficult to recover after we went a man down and they scored the third goal,” Betis midfielder Joaquin Sanchez said.

Eibar remained 17th in the 20-team standings, just outside the relegation zone.

Betis, winless in three matches, dropped to ninth place.

Barcelona leads by four points over second-place Valencia.

More AP Spanish soccer coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/LaLiga

Pogba believes Man United can win Premier League if squad stays fit

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There’s no doubt that on paper Manchester United has all the workings of a Premier League contender, and Paul Pogba certainly agrees.

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The influential midfielder made his return to the Red Devils lineup this weekend in United’s 4-1 beatdown of Newcastle, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

With Jose Mourinho’s squad finally getting healthy, Pogba believes that the sky is the limit for his side as they look to chase down league leaders and cross-town rivals Manchester City.

“To win the league we need all our players,” Pogba told MUTV. “When you have one injured here, one injured there, it doesn’t help. It’s always better to have a full team.

“Zlatan’s back and Marcos after a long injury. It was hard for them but they kept believing and worked hard to come back. We need them to win the league and we’re really glad they’re here.”

Pogba’s presence was certainly missed in his absence, and he wasted no time in making an impact upon his return, scoring a goal and adding an assist against the Magpies.

The French international also spoke about his struggles last season with several minor injuries, but he’s hoping to remain in his United side for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign.

“Most of last season I had injuries but small ones. You just have to recover well because the Premier League is different to Italy — it’s more intense and you just have to think about recovery, then you have more games. Otherwise, I just feel good, just to come back.

“I’ve trained very hard to come back fit. The season is really long so we have to be fit — not only me but all the players. To come back, to play again, to see Old Trafford, to see the fans again, to score at Old Trafford on my comeback, I feel blessed. But we had to win — that was the most important thing.”

Red Bulls freestyler shows off dribbling skills… on a treadmill (Video)

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Players from around the world display their skills on social media on a regular basis, but they’re usually on a soccer field or blacktop when they do so.

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This New York Red Bulls freestyler had a different interpretation of how he’d show off his ball control on Monday.

DJ Diveny (@djdiveny on Twitter) posted this video — below — across his social media platforms today dribbling a soccer ball on a treadmill, while his colleagues appear to introduce cones at random points as obstacles.

In addition to his talents as a freestyler, Diveny is also a youth coach with Student Athlete Coaching & Consulting, based out of New Jersey.

Again… he’s on a treadmill while doing this. Pretty cool stuff.

Watch below.