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Lose and feel a gulf between your club and your ambitions: This is the daunting early task for Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (Watch live, 8:30 a.m. ET on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com).

[ LIVE: Chelsea vs. Arsenal ]

Mesut Ozil is out for Arsenal, while Alexis Sanchez starts on the bench. For Chelsea, there are the usual suspects with Willian holding his spot ahead of Eden Hazard.

Chelsea entered the season looking to defend its Premier League title while advancing deep into the UEFA Champions League. The Blues took their first step toward the latter on Tuesday with a home destruction of Qarabag, but go into Sunday’s match knowing a loss to Arsenal will have it more than a single result behind Manchester City and possibly Manchester United.

As for the Gunners, their poor start to the campaign has the North Londoners seven points back of City at the start of the day. The 12th place Gunners have two less days rest than Chelsea thanks to the Europa League, and are on the road with a minus-1 goal differential.

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Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Willian, Morata, PedroSubs: Caballero, Christensen, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Hazard, Batshuayi.

Arsenal: Cech, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Welbeck; Lacazette. Subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Alexis, Walcott, Giroud.

STREAM LIVE: Massive six-pointer pits Palace, Hull

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Frayed nerves will be in abundance at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace hosts Hull City in a high-stakes relegation six-pointer (Watch live, 7 a.m. ET Sunday on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com)

Swansea City beat Sunderland on Saturday to pull level with Palace on 38 points, four more than Hull.

Palace knows it can clinch top-flight status for itself with a draw or better, and for Swansea with a win. Hull needs a win to fight into Week 38.

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Palace is at Manchester United on the Championship Sunday, with Swansea hosting West Brom and Hull at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

 

STREAM – Four matches at half as Sunderland tries to avoid drop

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Three total hours of football.

One goal in total.

Yeah, we’d say Saturday’s Premier League matches are waiting for a breakthrough or three.


Southampton 0-0 Hull CitySTREAM (NBCSN)

The Tigers registered the first three shots of a testy game, but are yet to find the goal which will worry Swansea City ahead of Sunday.

Sunderland 0-0 BournemouthSTREAM (CNBC)

Artur Boruc has several saves for the Cherries as Sunderland works hard to avoid becoming the first relegated club of the Premier League season.

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Leicester CitySTREAM

Vardy punished Pulis’ plans when Leicester took advantage of a poor back pass from Allan Nyom. Shinji Okazaki sent Vardy on goal, and the striker hit to the near post to beat a splayed Ben Foster.

Stoke City 0-0 West Ham UnitedSTREAM

Winner goes top half which, suffice it to say, is not the way either side envisioned 2016-17 playing out.

STREAM: Four Premier League games; every goal live via Goal Rush

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Four games take center stage at 10 a.m. ET in the Premier League on Monday, with West Ham and Manchester United waiting in the wings.

[ STREAM: Every PL game live here ]

Man City looks to rebound from its weekend loss to Liverpool with a visit from Burnley, while the Reds will hope for better form in a trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland.

Everton and Southampton jockey for top-half positioning at Goodison Park, while Tony Pulis and the Baggies of West Bromwich Albion aim to keep Hull City mired in 19th.

[ STREAM: Premier League Goal Rush ]

10 a.m. ET: Sunderland vs. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Manchester City vs. Burnley – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Everton vs. Southampton – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Brom vs. Hull City– Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
12:15 p.m. ET: West Ham vs. Manchester United – NBCSN [STREAM]

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