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WATCH, STREAM: Premier League schedule – Week 20

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Week 20 of the 2016-17 Premier League season is here as we kick off the first matchday of 2017.

[ STREAM: Every PL game live here ]

Middlesbrough host Leicester City (7:30 a.m. ET live NBCSN and online via NBC Sports.com) at the Riverside Stadium with Aitor Karanka‘s side aiming to hop above Claudio Ranieri‘s Foxes with a win.

Second-place Liverpool head to struggling Sunderland (10 a.m. ET live NBCSN and online via NBC Sports.com) with Jurgen Klopp aiming to cut the gap with league-leaders Chelsea to three points with a win. At the same time Manchester City host Burnley (10 a.m. ET live CNBC and online via NBC Sports.com) with Pep Guardiola‘s men trying to keep the pressure on Liverpool and Chelsea with a win.

Rounding off Monday is a big game at the London Stadium as West Ham welcome Manchester United (12:30 p.m. ET live NBCSN and online via NBC Sports.com). Slaven Bilic‘s side have the unenviable task of shutting down Jose Mourinho’s United who have now won five-straight games in the PL.

On Tuesday, Arsenal visit Bournemouth (2:45 p.m. ET live NBCSN and online via NBC Sports.com) with Arsene Wenger aiming to keep in touch with the title contenders.

And then on Wednesday comes the big game of the matchweek as Tottenham Hotspur host Chelsea in a big London derby (3 p.m. ET live NBCSN and online via NBC Sports.com) at White Hart Lane. Mauricio Pochettino‘s side have scored eight goals in their last two games but Antonio Conte‘s Chelsea have won 13-straight and if they beat Spurs they set a new record for most consecutive victories in a single PL season. This promises to be a spicy encounter.

You can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports App, plus you can also watch Premier League “Goal Rush” at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday for all the goals as they go in. Goal Rush is available via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports App,

If you’re looking for full-event replays of Premier League games, you can find them here. They are available soon after the final whistle, but rights limit us to a certain number each week. Looking for game highlights? Try this. Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming days. Enjoy.


FULL TV SCHEDULE

Monday
7:30 a.m. ET: Middlesbrough vs. Leicester City – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Manchester City vs. Burnley – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Sunderland vs. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Brom vs. Hull City – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Everton vs. Southampton – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: West Ham vs. Manchester United– NBCSN [STREAM]

Tuesday
2:45 p.m. ET: Bournemouth vs. Arsenal – NBCSN [STREAM]
3 p.m. ET: Stoke City vs. Watford – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
3 p.m. ET: Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]

Wednesday
3 p.m. ET: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea – NBCSN [STREAM]

Liverpool fans warned, as Roma pledges support

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There was a terrible incident in Liverpool on Tuesday when a Reds supporter was set upon by Roma fans and left in critical condition.

Sean Cox, 53, was attacked outside a pub before Liverpool’s 5-2 UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg win over AS Roma.

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Liverpool has released its plans to keep supporters safe should they be among the 5,000 with tickets in Rome on Wednesday (via LiverpoolFC.com), pledging the “most comprehensive safety and security advice.”

The club has taken the exceptional measure of requesting an extraordinary meeting in the Italian capital, which will take place on Friday April 27. … At the behest of Liverpool, club officials will join AS Roma, UEFA and the relevant Italian police and security services to discuss specific ongoing concerns.

Merseyside Police chief superintendent Dave Charnock backed up Roma’s police demand that Liverpool fans without tickets skip the trip to Italy. According to the BBC, Liverpool was asked to put fans names on their tickets to the game.

“While we understand and appreciate that many Liverpool fans will want to travel to Rome, I would encourage fans who do not have tickets to not travel,” he said.

AS Roma, for its part, posted a photo of Cox with the statement, “His recovery and the safety of all fans attending football matches, is the only thing that matters now.”

Report: Gerrard on Rangers shortlist ahead of Old Firm Derby

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Could Steven Gerrard‘s first foray into management come against his old manager and in one of the most heated derbies in the world?

The BBC is reporting that the Liverpool legend is on the shortlist for Rangers as the Glaswegian side prepares to hire a new manager in its bid to reverse Celtic domination of the Scottish Premiership and the Old Firm Derby.

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Brendan Rodgers has engineered a marvelous run of form for Celtic, who went unbeaten in the league last season. Rodgers is also a sought-after managerial candidate for bigger jobs in Europe, and may not be at Celtic if and when Gerrard is hired by its rivals.

Either Celtic or Rangers have won the Scottish top flight title dating back to 1984-85, when champions Aberdeen were led by some guy named Alex Ferguson.

Rangers are facing a Manchester United moment this weekend, traveling to Celtic Park for a Sunday derby against Celtic which would see their rivals clinch the Premiership with a win.

Celtic has a 10-point lead on Rangers and Aberdeen, and is extremely likely to win its seventh-straight Premiership title. The record for most consecutive Scottish titles is nine, shared by Celtic (1966-74) and Rangers (1989-97).

Sweden announces Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not return for World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s public flirtation and seeming committal to returning to the Swedish national team for the World Cup was a big tease.

Whether it’s his call or not is up for debate.

The Swedish Football Association reports that it’s spoken with Ibrahimovic and the 35-year-old LA Galaxy striker has declined the chance to return to the fold.

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Sweden’s sporting director Lars Richt says Ibrahimovic has not changed his mind on international retirement despite his own words.

Sweden’s current team may have a role in that.

We imagine Richt and Sweden may be cushioning the blow for Ibrahimovic, especially if national team goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson is speaking on behalf of a team vibe when he speaks of Zlatan being “an individualist” who could ruin Sweden’s team-first concept.

Report: Fulham, NFL owner Khan agrees $700m price for Wembley

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Fulham owner Shad Khan also owns a National Football League team, and could have two top-flight teams from different nations playing in England soon.

For Fulham, the Cottagers are currently very much in the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League and at the least will have a chance at qualifying through the playoffs.

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For the Jaguars, who have rarely needed all the seats in their stadium, it could mean a move to London if Khan goes through with what’s being reported as an accepted $700 million bid to buy Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium was also built with the design to host NFL games.

Here’s how ProFootballTalk’s Michael David Smith puts a bow on it (on one of the biggest days of the NFL calendar, nonetheless):

So it’s possible that there could soon be two iconic soccer stadiums in London with strong NFL ties, one which was built with NFL games in mind, and another that is owned by an NFL owner. The league is pouring serious resources into London.

It seems unlikely Khan would move Fulham from Craven Cottage, but there are other repercussions of this move for soccer in England.

There’s the potential for the England national team to no longer utlizie a permanent home, and the FA Cup and League Cup both potentially requiring new or rotating venues for their final rounds.

A lot to monitor here, and we’ll surely have all the details as they emerge from Khan’s crew.