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Bundesliga wrap: Bayern dominates Der Klassiker; Hamburg wins again

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Bayern Munich stamped its name on another dominant season by crushing rivals Borussia Dortmund, and a Hamburg win means a pair of Top Four sides lost on Saturday.

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Bayern Munich 4-1 Borussia Dortmund

Der Klassiker was all about the hosts, as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben continue to turn back the hands of time. The France and Netherlands internationals both scored, while Robert Lewandowski added a pair of goals to take the league lead.

Raphael Guerrero scored his fifth goal of the year for BVB, which sits fourth in the table with 50 points. That’s now 18 behind Bayern, who will win a record 27th league title.

USMNT phenom Christian Pulisic went 90 minutes in the match, covering more ground than any player on the pitch not named Thiago Alcantara. Pulisic reacted to the loss, regretting the side’s quick 2-0 hole (VIDEO)

“We had a pretty strong first 10 minutes but when we’re suddenly down 2-0 it’s tough but that’s what happens when you play against a team like this. We had a little comeback there and we were looking good for a moment but then just a few mental lapses and that’s what happens; It’s a good team so they punished us.”

Hamburg 2-1 Hoffenheim

The hosts picked up another big win, depriving Hoffenheim of a chance to put breathing room between itself and fourth-place BVB. Aaron Hunt scored both goals for Hamburg, while Andrej Kramaric stayed red-hot for Hoffenheim by converting a penalty. USMNT forward Bobby Wood went 85 minutes up top for the victors.

Elsewhere
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Werder Bremen — Friday
Freiburg 1-0 Mainz — Petersen scores winner
Koln 2-3 Borussia Monchengladbach — Modeste scores in loss
RB Leipzig 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen — Poulsen scores in stoppage
Schalke 4-1 Wolfsburg — Brace for Guido Burgstaller
Hertha Berlin vs. Augsburg — 9:30 a.m. EDT Sunday
Ingolstadt vs. Darmstadt — 11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Bayern Munich 28 21 5 2 71 15 56 11-3-0 10-2-2 68
 RB Leipzig 28 18 4 6 51 30 21 11-1-2 7-3-4 58
 1899 Hoffenheim 28 13 12 3 51 28 23 9-5-0 4-7-3 51
 Borussia Dortmund 28 14 8 6 59 32 27 10-3-0 4-5-6 50
 SC Freiburg 28 12 5 11 36 47 -11 8-1-5 4-4-6 41
 1. FC Köln 28 10 10 8 41 34 7 7-5-2 3-5-6 40
 Hertha BSC Berlin 27 12 4 11 35 34 1 10-1-2 2-3-9 40
 Mönchengladbach 28 11 6 11 34 36 -2 7-3-4 4-3-7 39
 Eintracht Frankfurt 28 10 8 10 28 30 -2 6-6-2 4-2-8 38
 FC Schalke 04 28 10 7 11 37 32 5 8-3-4 2-4-7 37
 Werder Bremen 28 10 6 12 44 48 -4 6-1-7 4-5-5 36
 Bayer Leverkusen 28 10 5 13 42 44 -2 5-4-5 5-1-8 35
 Hamburger SV 28 9 6 13 28 51 -23 7-3-4 2-3-9 33
 VfL Wolfsburg 28 8 6 14 27 42 -15 4-2-8 4-4-6 30
 FSV Mainz 05 28 8 5 15 36 47 -11 5-4-5 3-1-10 29
 FC Augsburg 27 7 8 12 26 43 -17 3-5-6 4-3-6 29
 FC Ingolstadt 04 27 7 4 16 28 45 -17 3-3-7 4-1-9 25
 Darmstadt 27 4 3 20 17 53 -36 4-3-7 0-0-13 15

Europa League, LIVE: Arsenal, Marseille host first legs

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Diego Costa brings a solid career record against Arsenal back to London in a bid to ruin Arsene Wenger‘s farewell season at the Emirates Stadium.

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The now-Atletico Madrid forward returns to England on Thursday as his La Liga outfit aims to stop Arsenal from reaching next month’s Europa League Final in Lyon.

[ FOLLOW: Marseille vs. Red Bull Salzburg ]

That’s a 3:05 p.m. ET kickoff, the same as Marseille’s date with Red Bull Salzburg in France.

ARSENAL-ATLETICO MADRID LINEUPS

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Welbeck, Ozil, Lacazette. Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Chambers, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Nketiah.

Atleti: Oblak, Lucas, Godin, Gimenez, Vrsaljko, Saul, Thomas, Koke, Correa, Griezmann, Gameiro. Subs: Werner, Savic, Gabi, Vitolo, Olabe, Torres, Costa.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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It is that time of the week again, folks. Prediction time!

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

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With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


BASICALLY, FREE MONEY

West Ham 0-3 Man City – (Sunday, 9:15 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Tottenham 4-0 Watford – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM ]

Swansea City 0-2 Chelsea – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) – [STREAM]

Man United 3-1 Arsenal – (Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]


DON’T TOUCH THIS…

Newcastle 1-1 West Brom – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, CNBC) – [STREAM]

Huddersfield 1-2 Everton- (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Burnley 1-0 Brighton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Liverpool 2-1 Stoke City – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]


“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”

 


Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Chivas’ Almeyda exhales after CCL win: “I finished last season with five ulcers”

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Matias Almeyda’s body didn’t need the intensity of penalty kicks, though he’ll gladly accept the outcome after Chivas Guadalajara clinched a Club World Cup berth by beating Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League final.

“I finished last season with five ulcers,” Almeyda told ESPN’s Tom Marshall, noting his grandmother is ill as well.

Chivas reached a pair of finals before this tournament, and had a number of other obstacles including protests of the club’s owners and disappointment in player recruitment.

[ MORE: TFC’s “heart has been ripped from chest” ]

Still, the long-haired Argentine put together a winning CCL team. The former River Plate and Banfield manager spent most of his playing career in Spain, Italy, and Argentina, and is happy to pick up a big win in a new(ish) country.

“It’s beautiful. When I gave my first press conference I was unknown in Mexico and it wasn’t easy,” Almeyda said. “I spoke that day about what I wanted to achieve here and God has helped me achieve what I promised.”

The 44-year-old won Serie A as a player with Lazio, and has two Copa MX and a Liga MX title to go with his CCL crown. He’s a name to watch moving forward, and — as the kids say, don’t at me — a sneaky interesting name for the USMNT given his ability to marshal an undermanned unit.

Turkey hands bid plans for Euro 2024 to UEFA

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) Turkey has given UEFA its hosting plan for the 2024 European Championship, citing “unprecedented state support” to help beat Germany to stage the 24-team tournament.

Turkish soccer federation president Yildirim Demiroren says the latest attempt is “our best bid ever.” Ten stadiums proposed include two in Istanbul.

Turkey bid with Greece for EURO 2008, then alone for the 2012 and 2016 editions.

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Before UEFA chose a multi-nation EURO 2020 hosting plan, Turkey was strongly favored before focusing on Istanbul’s failed 2020 Olympic bid.

Turkey has never hosted a major soccer tournament. West Germany hosted the eight-team EURO 1988 and a unified Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup.

The UEFA executive committee will pick a winner on Sept. 27 in Nyon.