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Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Watford

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  • Sides drew 3-3 at Vicarage Road
  • Hornets 1W-1D-7L vs. Reds this century
  • Watford 10th on 36 points

Wounded animal Liverpool looks to rebound from a derby loss when it welcomes Watford to Anfield on Saturday (Watch live at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

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The Hornets took a controversial point at Vicarage Road when Miguel Britos made goal line havoc for Simon Mignolet deep into stoppage time.

Having drawn Man City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, the Reds focus their attention on the race for a Top Four spot. With the other five in the Top Six dealing with FA Cup action, Liverpool can climb to within two points of second place Manchester United with a win.

Meanwhile, Javi Gracia‘s Watford can move to within a point of the celebrated 40-point mark should they find a win at Anfield. The Hornets sit nine points clear of the drop zone.

What they’re saying

Liverpool’s Klopp on the play of Trent Alexander-Arnold:

Watford’s Javi Gracia on heading to Liverpool“I know Anfield is very difficult for us, but we are looking forward to the match. I know if you see they are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, they are top four of the Premier League and it is not easy as no-one won in Anfield [in the league] this season. If we give them the facilities we gave against Arsenal it will be impossible to get points there.”


The rested Reds will relish the chance to put pressure on Spurs, United, and Chelsea, and come clean with a 3-0 win.

Premier League Preview: Stoke City vs. Manchester City

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  • Man City beat Stoke 7-2 on Oct. 14
  • Aguero misses out
  • Man City leads all-time 50W-25D-37L

Manchester City can eclipse the 80-point mark and extend its Premier League table lead back to 18 with a win at relegation-threatened Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

Man City has is unbeaten in four matches with Stoke, outscoring the Potters 15-3 in three wins.


The latest of those was a 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium, with Gabriel Jesus scoring twice, plus goals from Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, David SilvaFernandinho and Bernardo Silva.

Jesus figures to feature again, as Sergio Aguero announced he’s set for a couple weeks on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in training.

Stoke is a point back of safety but carries the worst goal differential in the league, but has improved its defensive record in recent weeks. Paul Lambert‘s men have three clean sheets and just one loss — albeit with one win — in their last six.

What they’re saying

Kostas Stafylidis of Stoke on facing the leaders“We have to fight, fight, fight for… 90 minutes, 98 minutes, or I don’t know how many. Of course it’s going to be hard, they are the best team in England, one of the best in Europe, but in the Premier League you never know.”

Man City’s Guardiola on building the team“The club is good because now it is easy to say it is going well but it happened the same last season. That means a lot to me. In the bad moments I saw how the club reacted and supported me and when I wanted to talk about plans for the future they were there. There were no doubts about that. We had doubts because we didn’t win but not doubts about what we had to do.”


Stoke’s aforementioned and improved defensive record hasn’t come against a run of world beaters, and Man City should be too much. Gabriel Jesus is unleashed with a pair of goals in a 2-0 win.

Premier League Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Huddersfield Town

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  • Spurs waxed Terriers 4-0 on Sept. 30 in first meeting since 1973
  • Town leads all-time 16W-13D-12L
  • Spurs unbeaten in 16 (all comps)

Huddersfield Town’s safety push meets a tall ask head-on when it challenges Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

Spurs don’t take the opposition for granted, having won their last 15 matches against promoted sides.

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Tottenham has won its last two league matches, both London derbies, by twin 1-0 scores over Arsenal at home and Crystal Palace away.

Town have won two-straight, but Spurs are a much bigger ask than Bournemouth or West Bromwich Albion. And the Terriers haven’t kept a clean sheet since Dec. 30.

What they’re saying

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on the 16-match unbeaten run“We don’t think too much about this, we think about trying to win games and go further in all the competitions and trying to be in the top four in the Premier League. That (unbeaten run) is always an important thing because (it can lead to) better confidence and more trust in the way that you play, but we need to always think ahead and now the most important thing is to try to be better than Huddersfield and win another game.

Town’s Florent Hadergjonaj on meeting Spurs“It’s a big game against a big opponent at Wembley. A lot of players have very good feelings from Wembley after the promotion and they have a good, good feeling. For me it’s a new experience, big stadium, new stadium and I’m really looking forward to this game. Tottenham is a strong team, but we will try to do our best to get something out of this game.”


It’s difficult not to be swayed by that 4-0 away. Spurs 4-1 at home.

Premier League Preview: Burnley vs. Everton

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  • Burnley won 1-0 away on Oct. 1
  • Clubs separated by three points
  • Everton leads all-time 48W-29D-34L

The race for seventh in the Premier League pits a surprising top half contender with a club that planned to be much higher on the table (Watch live at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via

The latter is Everton, and Sam Allardyce‘s men look like his other stops at teams with aspirations: Disappointing. The Toffees have won just two of their last 10 kicks.

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That’s stopped them from catching Burnley, who has not been able to maintain its early season pace. As high as fifth following a Dec. 16 draw, the Clarets have not won since (though Sean Dyche‘s men have posted six draws in 11 matches).

What they’re saying

Sean Dyche on Burnley pride“The journey here is about winning, but what often gets overlooked is the amount of good work done by my staff and the players themselves. Nick (Pope) is a case in example. A very short time ago he was playing at Charlton and they were relegated from the Championship. Now, we read he is being considered for England and a possibility for a World Cup. The work that (Goalkeeping Coach) Billy Mercer has put in, also with Tom Heaton, and all my staff here with players like Michael Keane, Kieran Trippier, Danny Ings, Charlie Austin, Andre Gray and, to bring it up to date with Tarky, Ben Mee and Corky.”

Sam Allardyce on returning defenders Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman““There is no doubt they contribute offensively and defensively. Not just with their passing ability or final-third attacking ability but, certainly from Seamus’ point of view, the added one on top of that is his goals – not just his assists. And Leighton is good on the assists side and penalties. Where we have been a bit light up front is in the number of goals people have scored – anybody who can pick up goals in the rest of our team adds to the tally and can contribute to the results we are looking for, particularly away from home.”


The Clarets are due for a win, and would claim a surprising sweep of Everton with a win at home. Might they do it? Sure, but we’ll peg each side for a goal and a point. 1-1.

Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Newcastle

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  • Sides drew 1-1 at St. James’ Park on Oct. 1
  • Liverpool leads all-time 81W-42D-49L
  • Reds have beaten NUFC once in five tries
  • NUFC manager Benitez won FA Cup, Champions League with Liverpool

Newcastle United is hoping manager Rafa Benitez can harness some Anfield magic of old when he leads the Magpies against former club Liverpool on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will hope to keep up a remarkable league run which has seen Liverpool lose just one match since late October.

Benitez will be without playmaking midfielder and former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey, while ex-Newcastle man Georginio Wijnaldum should be available for the Reds.

What they’re saying

Benitez on squaring up with his former club“The main thing for me is to try to win. I wish Liverpool all the best, but after this game. We have to do our best. [My staff and I] won so many things there. Six years, four trophies. We enjoyed every minute. Their fans and our fans are very similar. The connection is there.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain credits LFC teammate James Milner“He is the workhorse and engine, but a lot of his technical ability and things he’s been doing have gone unnoticed. In games where we’ve maybe scored seven goals and the front three have scored maybe two or a hat-trick [he’s contributed to it]. I even think Millie was playing left-back in a Champions League game and got three assists in the second half or something silly. That stuff goes unnoticed.”


Newcastle has performed well against several of the big boys this season, beating Manchester United while drawing Liverpool and hanging tight with Man City and Arsenal. Doing it at Anfield feels like a bridge too far. Liverpool 3-1.