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Watch Live: Manchester City vs. Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez both start for Arsenal in a bid to hand Man City its first loss of the Premier League season on Sunday (Watch live at 9:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Alexandre Lacazette is on the bench at the Etihad Stadium, as are Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

Pep Guardiola opens the day with Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, and Gabriel Jesus on the bench, which is nice, we guess.

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Man City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva (c), Sterling, Sane, Aguero. Subs: Bravo, Mangala, Gundogan, Bernardo, G Jesus, Danilo, Yaya Toure.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac, Coquelin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Ozil, Iwobi, Alexis. Subs: Macey, Debuchy, Elneny, Wilshere, Walcott, Lacazette, Giroud.

Napoli 2-4 Man City: Aguero makes history

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  • Aguero winner breaks club record
  • Insigne, Jorginho score
  • Otamendi, Stones, Sterling too

Sergio Aguero’s 178th Manchester City goal set a club record, and clinched a berth for his side in the knockout rounds of UEFA Champions League with a 3-2 win over Napoli in Italy.

Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi, and John Stones also scored for Man City, who trailed 1-0 on a Lorenzo Insigne goal. Jorginho converted a penalty for Napoli’s other marker.

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Dries Mertens used a deft touch to spring Insigne on Ederson, and the diminutive Italian pushed the ball beyond the keeper’s reach to make it 1-0.

Man City leveled with 15 minutes, as Otamendi leapt higher than a trio of his teammates to head Ilkay Gundogan‘s cross home from the back post.

City took its first lead early in the second half, with Leroy Sane’s cross meeting John Stones’ noggin. The bar-down attempt just crossed the line, and the visitors were in the driver’s seat.

Jorginho leveled with a penalty, which Sane conceded with a foul on Raul Albiol.

But City would rebound well, with Aguero finishing a second half chance before Sterling put the cherry on top via a Kevin De Bruyne feed.

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UCL AT HALF: Spurs lead Real; Man City, Liverpool level

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A mixed bag of first half results for the three Premier League sides at play in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

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Hosts Tottenham Hotspur have an early edge and pair of injuries versus Real Madrid, Liverpool’s been frustrated by a Maribor side it beat 7-0 two weeks ago, and Man City came back to equalize in Naples.

Besiktas 1-1 Monaco (FT)

Cenk Tosun scored a penalty kick to level the score in Turkey, all but clinching the group for Besiktas.

Porto 1-0 RB Leipzig

El Tri star Hector Herrera has the hosts ahead in a bid to control second place of Group G.

 

Spurs 1-0 Real Madrid

Toby Alderweireld‘s off injured, but Dele Alli slid past Nacho to give the hosts a lead over the two-time reigning holders at Wembley Stadium.

Napoli 1-1 Manchester City

Lorenzo Insigne has done something no one has done since Aug. 26, scoring the first goal of a match against Man City. Pepe Reina could only get a piece of Nicolas Otamendi’s headed equalizer, set up well by Ilkay Gundogan.

Elsewhere
Liverpool 0-0 Maribor
Sevilla 1-0 Spartak Moscow
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 APOEL Nicosia
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Feyenoord

Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliance lauded as Man City run riot

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Premier League leaders Manchester City are in otherworldly form in attack after seven wins from their opening eight games of the season.

Kevin De Bruyne is leading their charge.

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After their 7-2 win against Stoke City on Saturday, Pep Guardiola‘s men have now scored 24 goals in their last five Premier League games. They have scored 29 goals in their opening eight Premier League games of the season overall.

In top-flight history only the Everton side of the 1894-95 season have scored more in their opening eight eight games of a season.

City had six different goalscorers on Saturday and Sergio Aguero was an unused sub. Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Yaya Toure were brought off the bench to showcase City’s incredible strength in depth.

And Guardiola, who said it was City’s “best performance” since he took charge last summer, is simply running out of superlatives for de Bruyne.

The Belgian set up two goals and dominated proceedings on his 100th appearance for Man City, as the wizard has taken his game to another level this season.

His second assist for Leroy Sane (see the video above) was simply majestic and since he arrived at City in September 2015 no other player in the Premier League has grabbed more than his 32 assists.

“He is a guy that is so dynamic and can control the game. He is a big talent and made a good performance today,” Guardiola said. “Hopefully he can keep it up. We need him. When he has the ball, our wingers know he can deliver assists with one action.”

Gabriel Jesus, who scored twice against Stoke to take his tally to seven goals for the season in all competitions, also lauded KDB’s brilliance.

“I’m really happy and pleased to be playing with high-level players like him. We all feel lucky to have him in our team,” Jesus said. “We have been working hard and face every game to win and score lots of goals. We’re really happy with how we are playing.”

Even Stoke City’s official Twitter page had to hold their hands up and acknowledge de Bruyne’s brilliance and the way Man City were playing.

Yes, Man City’s form is sensational and in their last five Premier League games they’ve racked up 5-0 wins against Liverpool and Crystal Palace, a 6-0 win at Watford and a 1-0 win at Chelsea, but we’ve seen this dazzling attacking action from them before without winning trophies.

Guardiola knows his team has a duty to entertain with the way he has them set up and his philosophy but he wants to do one thing over anything else: win.

“I am here to win, I am not here to entertain,” Guardiola said. “This is the way we want to play, our confidence is high. Everybody believes we are going to win. We create many chances.”

De Bruyne is the man creating most of them.

UCL team news: Big calls for all five Premier League clubs

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Three Premier League giants are in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday and below is a roundup of the latest team news from Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

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Also, don’t forget Chelsea and Manchester United are both in UCL action on Wednesday as the five PL clubs all aim to remain unbeaten through the opening two weeks of group play.

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that left back Benjamin Mendy will have a late fitness test ahead of City’s clash with Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

City will be looking to win their opening two UEFA Champions League group games for the first time in club history after they beat Feyenoord 4-0 away from home in their Group F opener.

Guardiola also revealed that Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan are back in training but neither play is fit enough to play at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.


Tottenham have plenty of absentees as Mauricio Pochettino‘s men are in Cyprus to face APOEL in Group H.

Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen are both suspended, while Erik Lamela (hip), Mousa Dembele (ankle), Victor Wanyama (knee), Danny Rose (knee), Christian Eriksen (ill) are all out injured.

Pochettino’s men will be hoping to build on their impressive home win against Borussia Dortmund in their group stage opener and Harry Kane will be the main man for Spurs once again as he’s scored six goals in his last four appearances for the north London club.


Manchester United will be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini for their trip to CSKA Moscow in Group A.

Fellaini was injured after a nasty challenge from Shane Long at Southampton in United’s 1-0 win on Saturday and with Paul Pogba also out, Mourinho could turn to either Michael Carrick or Ander Herrera to step in.

The Red Devils boss will face no further action after his sending off at Saints on Saturday and he will be hoping his side can shake off any jet-lag to continue their unbeaten start to the season and make it eight wins from nine.


Liverpool are also in the Russian capital as they play Spartak Moscow in Group E.

Jurgen Klopp is without the suspended Joe Gomez, so Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to slot in at right back, while the big piece of team news is that Loris Karius will start in goal over Simon Mignolet.

Sadio Mane is also likely to start after he served the final game of his three-match domestic ban during Liverpool’s 3-2 victory at Leicester City on Saturday.


Chelsea have a huge game in Group C as they travel to Atletico Madrid.

Antonio Conte could start captain Gary Cahill on the bench as David Luiz is available after suspension, while Eden Hazard started at Stoke City on Saturday and came through it unscathed.

Quotes from the Italian coach about his future may concern some Chelsea fans though.