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Watch Live: Manchester City vs. Arsenal, Tottenham vs. Burnley (Lineups & Live Stream)

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Pep Guardiola is under more pressure than he has been in the last few years of his career.

With Manchester City in desperate need of a statement win, they host Arsenal at the Etihad live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

City continues to progress without the suspended Sergio Aguero as Guardiola has chosen to play without a striker, instead keeping both Kelechi Iheanacho and Nolito on the bench. Nolito, usually a winger, played up front in the 2-0 win over Watford last time out.

WATCH LIVE: Manchester City vs. Arsenal live online at NBCSports.com

Instead, it’s David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, and Kevin De Bruyne who will play in the attack in a formation that will likely prove fluid throughout the opening half of the match. Fernando will be an important player for City as the only holding player in the midfield.

For the Gunners, Alexis Sanchez is in fine form and continues to keep Olivier Giroud on the bench. The only change from the loss at Goodison Park sees Alex Iwobi come in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal is unbeaten in its last six against Manchester City across all competitions, with three wins and three draws. The winner of this match will jump to second in the table, while the loser will see themselves in fourth or even potentially fifth should Tottenham beat Burnley. Manchester City has not been lower than third on Christmas since the 2009/10 season.


Spurs could potentially jump into the top four with a win and other results as they host Burnley at White Hart Lane live on CNBC or live online at NBCSports.com.

Moussa Dembele is fit to start in a huge boost for Tottenham, having struggled with a foot injury of late. Not in the lineup, however, is Toby Alderweireld, who appears to have been rested by manager Mauricio Pochettino amid no injury news.

WATCH LIVE: Tottenham vs. Burnley live online at NBCSports.com

Also starting for Tottenham is 20-year-old Harry Winks who is preferred to Moussa Sissokho. Erik Lamela remains out with a a hip problem, and Vincent Janssen also can’t provide a backup to Harry Kane, left out with a foot injury leaving Heung-Min Son as the only attacking option off the bench.

For Burnley, Johann Berg Gudmundsson misses his fourth straight match with a hamstring injury, while big-money midfielder Steven Defour remains dropped, only a bench option for the third straight game. The only change for manager Sean Dyche sees Ashley Barnes come in to partner Andre Gray in attack, with Sam Vokes sent to the substitutes.

LINEUPS

Manchester City: Bravo, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Sterling, De Bruyne, Sané, Silva, Toure.
Subs: Caballero, Sagna, Stones, Nolito, Navas, Iheanacho, A Garcia

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis.
Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Holding, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas, Giroud.


Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Kane.
Subs: 
Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Wimmer, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Son.

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Arfield, Marney, Hendrick, Boyd, Gray, Barnes.
Subs: Flanigan, Kightly, Darikwa, Vokes, Robinson, Tarkowski, Defour.

France veteran Malouda loses appeal in Gold Cup case

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its judges dismissed Malouda’s appeal against North American soccer body CONCACAF.

French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.

The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players from transferring allegiance after playing a competitive game for one country.

Malouda played 80 times for France including a 2006 World Cup final loss against Italy.

The French Guiana soccer federation hoped Malouda, now aged 37, could play in the Gold Cup because it is not a FIFA member.

Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer

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A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.

Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.

Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.

Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.

The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.

Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.

If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.

Report: Fellaini eyes MLS, China after shooting down Man United terms

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Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.

The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.

Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.

The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.

Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.

This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.

Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium

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The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.

For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.

SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.

Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.

The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.