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2014/15 Premier League Fixtures: Team-by-Team guide

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The Premier League fixtures for the 2014/15 season have been released!

Just like last season, you will be able to watch every single match live either on your television on online via NBC Sports Live Extra. TV times are released at a later date.

Newly promoted Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, and Burnley have joined the fray, replacing relegated Fulham, Norwich City, and Cardiff City.

So without further ado, here is every team’s full fixture list for the upcoming season. Many of these dates are just preliminary to designate the matchweek itself, so there is the first of each month for reference, but other dates were left off for now.

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Opening Day starts August 16, start your countdown!

ARSENAL:

August 16: vs. Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
source:  September 13: vs. Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: vs. Southampton, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: @ Queens Park Rangers, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern

ASTON VILLA:

August 16: @ Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern source:
vs. Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: @ Crystal Palace, 3 p.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: vs. West Bromwich Albion, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern

BURNLEY:

August 16: vs. Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: vs. Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: @ Liverpool, 3 p.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern

CHELSEA:

August 16: @ Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: vs. Swansea City, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 3: vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: @ West Ham United, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: vs. Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern

CRYSTAL PALACE:

August 16: @ Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: vs. Aston Villa, 3 p.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@
Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 3 p.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: @ Southampton, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern

EVERTON:

August 16: @ Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 3: vs. Hull City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: vs. Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 4: @ Stoke City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern

HULL CITY:

August 16: @ Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: vs. West Ham United, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 3: @ Everton, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: vs. Sunderland, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: vs. Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern

LEICESTER CITY:

August 16: vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ Stoke City, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
vs. Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: vs. Liverpool, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 4: @ Manchester City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: vs. Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern

LIVERPOOL:

August 16: vs. Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: @ Leicester City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 3 p.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: vs. Burnley, 3 p.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: vs. Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern

MANCHESTER CITY:

August 16: @ Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ Arsenal, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
vs. Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 3: @ Sunderland, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: vs. Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 4: vs. Leicester City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern

MANCHESTER UNITED:

August 16: vs. Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: vs. Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: vs. Stoke City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 4: @ Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern

NEWCASTLE UNITED:

August 16: vs. Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ Southampton, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: @ Burnley, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 3 p.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 4: vs. Manchester United, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern

QUEENS PARK RANGERS:

August 16: vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ Manchester United, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
vs. Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: @ Swansea City, 2:45 pm. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: vs. Arsenal, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern

SOUTHAMPTON:

August 16: @ Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: vs. Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: @ Arsenal, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: vs. Crystal Palace, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR:

August 16: @ West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ Sunderland, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 3: @ Chelsea, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 3 p.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 4: vs. Swansea City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: vs. Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern

STOKE CITY:

August 16: vs. Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: vs. Leicester City, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: vs. West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: @ Manchester United, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 4: vs. Everton, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern

SUNDERLAND:

August 16: @ West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 3: vs. Manchester City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Queens Park Rangers, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: @ Hull City, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: vs. Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern

SWANSEA CITY:

August 16: @ Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Bromwich Albion, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ Chelsea, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
vs. Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: vs. Queens Park Rangers, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: vs. Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ West Bromwich Albion, 3 p.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 4: @ Tottenham Hotspur, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: vs. Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern

WEST BROMWICH ALBION:

August 16: vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
@ Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: @ Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: vs. West Ham United, 3 p.m. Eastern
@ Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: @ West Ham United, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 10 a.m. Eastern
February 7: @ Burnley, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 3 p.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: @ Aston Villa, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: vs. Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: @ Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Chelsea, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 9 a.m. Eastern

WEST HAM UNITED:

August 16: vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Crystal Palace, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Southampton, 9 a.m. Eastern
September 13: @ Hull City, 9 a.m. Easternsource:
vs. Liverpool, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester United, 9 a.m. Eastern
October 4: vs. Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
November 1: @ Stoke City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Aston Villa, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Everton, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Newcastle, 10 a.m. Eastern
December 2: @ West Bromwich Albion, 3 p.m. Eastern
vs. Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Leicester City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Chelsea (Boxing Day), 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
January 1: vs. West Bromwich Albion, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Swansea City, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Hull City, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Liverpool, 10 a.m. Eastern
Feburary 7: vs. Manchester United, 10 a.m. Eastern
@ Southampton, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Tottenham, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. Eastern
March 3: vs. Chelsea, 2:45 p.m. Eastern
@ Arsenal, 10 a.m. Eastern
vs. Sunderland, 10 a.m. Eastern
April 4: @ Leicester City. 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Stoke City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Manchester City, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Queens Park Rangers, 9 a.m. Eastern
May 2: vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Aston Villa, 9 a.m. Eastern
vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Eastern
@ Newcastle United, 9 a.m.Eastern

UEL: Saint-Etienne hope Beric comes to the rescue vs. Man United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Paul Pogba of Manchester United and Kevin Monnet-Paquet of Saint-Etienne in action during the UEFA Europa  League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on February 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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PARIS (AP) While Zlatan Ibrahimovic was scoring a hat trick in Manchester United’s win over Saint-Etienne in the Europa League last week, Robert Beric’s 11-minute substitute appearance at Old Trafford was barely noticed.

Still reeling from a hamstring injury, Beric’s cameo had little impact as Ibrahimovic ended Saint-Etienne’s 10-game unbeaten run in Europe by 3-0.

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Beric’s condition has improved since the heavy loss, and he featured in a French league game in Montpellier last weekend. The 1976 European Cup runner-up is hoping that’s enough for Beric to help it overturn their deficit against United on Wednesday in the last-32 return leg.

Beric, a versatile center-forward capable of playing with his back to goal and creating, joined Saint-Etienne last season. He’d scored 27 goals in 34 matches in his final season with Rapid Vienna, but was unable to replicate the feat in the French league because his progression was abruptly stopped by a serious right knee injury.

He is expected to start at Geoffroy Guichard Stadium after his teammates managed to force United goalkeeper Sergio Romero into only a single save from 14 shots last week.

“Beric is so skillful and astute in front of goal that we all want to give him a starting nod,” former Saint-Etienne striker Herve Revelli, now a club ambassador, told L’Equipe.

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United was carved open at times, but the French club was made to pay for its blatant lack of efficiency. Revelli insisted Beric can make a difference.

“He is likely to put our chances into the back of the net,” Revelli said.

With an estimated budget of close to 70 million euros, Saint-Etienne simply can’t afford the services of a world-class striker. When he joined the 10-time French champion for a reported six million euros, Beric became the third most expensive player signed by the club.

A humble player and a man of few words, Beric is somewhat the opposite of the self-infatuated Ibrahimovic.

Unlike Ibrahimovic, who once said he will be “God of Manchester,” Beric rarely speaks about himself and his rare comments on social networks are limited to praise of his teammates and Saint-Etienne fans.

Beric, who scored the last of his three league goals this season back in September, is not yet fully fit and should not be able to last the whole match. But Revelli is counting on his instinct for goals.

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“With him in a finisher role, I firmly believe in our chances,” said Revelli, Saint-Etienne’s all-time best scorer.

Saint-Etienne needs to find a way to stop Ibrahimovic, but history does not favor the home side.

During his time in France with Paris Saint-Gernain, Ibrahimovic was the scourge of Saint-Etienne, scoring 14 goals in 13 games in all competitions. He now has 17, including three hat tricks.

“It’s difficult to neutralize him. There is a possibility that we will set up an anti-Ibra plan,” Saint-Etienne coach Chirstophe Galtier said. “I don’t know what’s inside Zlatan, but for sure he likes to play against us. It’s not easy to score a hat trick in a European Cup game.”

Champions League Wednesday: Leicester’s last stand; Porto-Juve

SEVILLE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21:  Claudio Ranieri, manager of Leicester City looks on during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 first leg against Sevilla FC at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21, 2017 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Previewing Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League round-of-16 action…

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Leicester City vs. Sevilla

There’s no two ways about it: Leicester’s season — and perhaps their status as a Premier League club — is quickly spiraling out of control. The Foxes, just nine months after winning the PL title, sit 17th in the league table, one point clear of relegation, with 13 games still to play. Chances are, they won’t be back in the Champions League anytime soon, making Wednesday’s round-of-16 first-leg clash away to Sevilla all the more a monumental moment in the club’s history.

Where has hasn’t it gone wrong for Claudio Ranieri‘s side this season? If you’re of the mind that one player — N'Golo Kante in Leicester’s case — doesn’t make a team himself, then we’ll have to go one step further in diagnosing the stunning regression seen at the King Power Stadium this season: Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who combined to score 41 goals in the PL last season, have managed all of eight together in 2016-17. It’s the loss of Kante, though, that has left the defense forever exposed (43 goals conceded in 25 PL games, after conceding 36 in 38 all of last season), and the goal-getters forever feeding on scraps (24 goals scored, compared to 68 last season).

[ MORE: Rooney left out of Man United’s Europa League squad (again) ]


Porto vs. Juventusfrom the AP

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci will be left in the stands for Wednesday’s Champions League match against Porto as punishment for his outburst aimed at coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Allegri announced the move on Tuesday at the pre-match news conference, saying he had agreed it with club officials as “a fair decision, out of respect for the squad, the fans and the club.”

Bonucci became embroiled in a heated argument over substitutions with Allegri after a 4-1 win over Palermo on Friday.

Allegri also will punish himself for his angry reaction to Bonucci, announcing a donation to charity.

U.S. U-20s awaken in 2nd half vs. Haiti, keep WCQ hopes alive

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With many thanks to the hat trick scored by Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake, on loan from Liverpool), the U.S. U-20 national team’s hopes of qualifying for the 2017 U-20 World Cup remain intact.

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After dropping all three points in their opening group-stage game against Panama on Saturday, Tab Ramos’ young Yanks faced elimination from CONCACAF’s U-20 Championship in Costa Rica with a defeat to Haiti on Tuesday. After 15 minutes, the Americans found themselves a goal down, the prospect of winning zero points from their first two games a terrifying possibility.

Then, Lennon struck from the penalty spot. A draw wouldn’t be enough, realistically, though, as they’d still trail Haiti by three points ahead of the final group game, against Saint Kitts and Nevis, with the top two sides from each team advancing to the classification stage.

The score remained 1-1 until halftime, after which point the Yanks roared to life with three goals in a seven-minute span. Luca de la Torre (Fulham) scored the first of the bunch, an empty-net finish after a failed punch by the goalkeeper. Lennon quickly followed suit with two more to make it 4-1.

With three points from two games and a goal differential that now sits at +2, the Yanks are second in Group B, just ahead of Haiti on goal differential (+1). Panama sit atop the group with six points and a +5 goal differential. A U.S. victory over Saint Kitts and Nevis, to go with a Haitian upset of Panama, would see the Americans finish top of the group go into Group E in the classification stage, which would see them accompanied by a pair of second-place sides. The first-place side in each classification group qualifies for May’s tournament in South Korea.

Guradiola “so happy” to see Man City “achieve another step” as a club

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21:  Josep Guardiola manager of Manchester City reacts as Leonardo Jardim head coach of AS Monaco looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Manchester City FC and AS Monaco at Etihad Stadium on February 21, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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In the past, when faced with adversity in the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City could do little more than wilt and crumble as their European dreams when up in smoke year after year, typically in embarrassing and/or heartbreaking fashion.

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On Tuesday, when faced with 2-1 and 3-2 deficits late into the second half of their round-of-16 first leg against Monaco, deja vu was quickly setting in for anyone who’s followed Man City’s rise from middling afterthought to mega-rich conglomerate with aspirations of world domination. Then, something strange (based on years of recent history) happened: Sergio Aguero fired City back to level at 2-2 in the 58th minute. Sure, more shocking defending saw the deficit restored three minutes later, but again, Aguero dissented.

For this reason, and perhaps this reason alone considering the putrid defensively display over the course of 90 minutes, first-year City manager Pep Guardiola should be heartened by Tuesday’s events at the Etihad Stadium. In his mind, it was a massive step forward in the club’s psyche — quotes from the BBC:

“I am so happy for the result, we are still alive. These kind of things help this club to achieve another step. We attacked in small spaces. That’s why they wanted me to come here. Everybody has to be congratulated.

“We are going to fly to Monaco to score as many goals as possible. If we don’t score in Monaco we will be eliminated.”