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The final Premier League table for 2016-17

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The Premier League’s 2016-17 season is in the books, with Chelsea lifting the hardware on Sunday.

The Blues are joined Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, and Liverpool in the Top Four.

Arsenal misses the Top Four for the first time in over two decades, and will join seventh place Everton in the UEFA Europa League.

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Manchester United’s sixth-place finish means the Europa League, but the Red Devils can still qualify for the UCL by beating Ajax on Wednesday in this season’s Europa League final in Sweden.

Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland go down, and there’s a 1-point gap between 14th and 17th. Two points separate 8th and 13th.

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Chelsea 38 30 3 5 85 33 52 17-0-2 13-3-3 93
 Tottenham Hotspur 38 26 8 4 86 26 60 17-2-0 9-6-4 86
 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 80 39 41 11-7-1 12-2-5 78
 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 78 42 36 12-5-2 10-5-4 76
 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 77 44 33 14-3-2 9-3-7 75
 Manchester United 38 18 15 5 54 29 25 8-10-1 10-5-4 69
 Everton 38 17 10 11 62 44 18 13-4-2 4-6-9 61
 Southampton 38 12 10 16 41 48 -7 6-6-7 6-4-9 46
 Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 55 67 -12 9-4-6 3-6-10 46
 West Bromwich Albion 38 12 9 17 43 51 -8 9-2-8 3-7-9 45
 West Ham United 38 12 9 17 47 64 -17 7-4-8 5-5-9 45
 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 48 63 -15 10-4-5 2-4-13 44
 Stoke City 38 11 11 16 41 56 -15 7-6-6 4-5-10 44
 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 50 63 -13 6-2-11 6-3-10 41
 Swansea City 38 12 5 21 45 70 -25 8-3-8 4-2-13 41
 Burnley 38 11 7 20 39 55 -16 10-3-6 1-4-14 40
 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 68 -28 8-4-7 3-3-13 40

 Hull City 38 9 7 22 37 80 -43 8-4-7 1-3-15 34
 Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 27 53 -26 4-6-9 1-7-11 28
 Sunderland 38 6 6 26 29 69 -40 3-5-11 3-1-15 24

Watch Live: Swansea host Manchester United

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Swansea City welcome Manchester United to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via with Jose Mourinho’s side aiming to stay top of the Premier League table.

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Yes, it’s early days, but the Red Devils were imperious in their thumping 4-0 win against West Ham United to open their season. Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic dominated and Mourinho’s men are now a powerful, well-oiled machine.

As for Swansea, they struggled at Southampton but came away with a draw, however the main storyline surrounding the South Wales side this week has been losing Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for over $60 million. Paul Clement will have to act fast to spend that cash wisely, but there is no doubt the Swans will miss their Icelandic playmaker.

In team news Swansea bring in Kyle Bartley and Roque Mesa as they line up in a 3-5-2 formation with Jordan Ayew and Tammy Abraham up top.

Man United are, unsurprisingly, unchanged.


Swansea City: Fabianski; Fernandez, Bartley, Mawson; Naughton, Mesa, Fer, Carroll, Olsson; Ayew, Abraham. Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Fulton, Narsingh, Routledge, McBurnie.

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind; Matic, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Mata, Rashford; Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Smalling, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Martial

Arsenal sends Gabriel Paulista to Valencia

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Arsenal has a thin defense, but that hasn’t stopped Arsene Wenger from thinning the squad even further.

Gabriel Paulista is headed back to the Spanish top flight after the completion of his transfer to Valencia. The Brazilian was sold for a reported $12.8 million, just below the $14 million price tag Arsenal coughed up to Villareal back in January, 2015. He will partner with Manchester City loanee Eliaquim Mangala at Valencia.

The 26-year-old made 64 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions, including 46 in the Premier League. His only goal for the club was Arsenal’s first of a 2-0 win over Bournemouth in December, 2015. His high-water mark with the club was a 120-minute performance against Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals where Arsenal came back to win 2-1 on an Alexis Sanchez goal in extra time.

“We would like to thank Gabriel for his contribution to the club and to wish him well for his return to La Liga with Valencia,” Arsenal said in its confirmation of the deal.

Paulista was utilized more than expected last season thanks to an injury crisis at the back, and still the Arsenal squad doesn’t seem fat enough to offload defenders, but Gabriel’s over-aggressive nature and tackling inaccuracy led him to an early exit.

With Arsene Wenger now deploying a back-three, the only natural central defenders currently on the roster are Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi, and Rob Holding. Koscielny is suspended from a red card at the end of last season, and Mertesacker is battling a head injury. Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal, and Calum Chambers have played CB for the Gunners in the recent past, but it is not their natural position.

Fabian Johnson misses Gladbach training with injury

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With John Brooks already out long-term due to a thigh injury, the United States may have another key injury to work around.

According to Borussia Monchengladbach manager Dieter Hecking, full-back/winger Fabian Johnson missed training on Friday due to an unspecified injury, and is now a question mark for Gladbach’s home match on Sunday against FC Koln. It could be nothing, but even the scare is cause for concern among U.S. fans.

Johnson has battled a few injuries the past couple of seasons, including a hamstring problem last spring that kept him out for nearly two months, including a pair of World Cup qualifiers in March.

Johnson’s absence would leave a hole at right-back for the United States. The 29-year-old has been deployed some at right wing for the USMNT, but he has been relatively poor at that position in the national setup, looking better when pushed further back where he is given more defensive duties, roaming forward with less frequency but more intent.

In place of Johnson, another converted winger in Graham Zusi has been seeing more time at right-back, but he offers less in the attack and lacks Johnson’s recovery speed, meaning mistakes by the Sporting KC veteran are punished more often.

Falcao scores again to extend red hot start

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Monaco is hoping to ride out the final two weeks of the transfer window with 18-year-old wonderkid Kylian Mbappe still in tow.

While they wait, they aren’t missing a beat.

With Mbappe out of the squad, Radamel Falcao has begun the 2017/18 Ligue 1 season as Europe’s hottest goalscorer. He bagged a hat-trick last weekend with Mbappe on the bench to give him four goals in the first two league matches. Then, with Mbappe out of the squad entirely, Falcao netted the winner in a 1-0 road win over FC Metz.

Falcao has scored five goals so far this year, and his club has a +5 goal differential. In a way, Falcao has already been worth six points thus far.

Thanks in part to Ligue 1’s early start, Falcao’s five league goals are by far more than anyone else in the major European leagues. Four players have scored a pair of Premier League goals, nobody in La Liga or the Bundesliga have scored more than one, and the Serie A season has yet to start.

The Colombian did the same thing last season. After eventually coming off the shelf from to hamstring and concussion problems to start the season, Falcao scored 10 goals in 10 Ligue 1 matches leading up to the new calendar year.

At 31 years old, Falcao isn’t a long-term solution and the club will clearly look to retain Mbappe despite Falcao’s hot start, but should they lose the young Frenchman, the club will be in good hands while they search for a replacement over the next year.