BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18:  Sam Baldock of Brighton celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Amex Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Brighton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Championship focus: Brighton go unbeaten in four, Burton upsets Norwich

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The race for the top six in England’s Championship continues to captivate as the regular season hits the home stretch.

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Barnsley 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

The league leaders continue to boost themselves toward promotion after extending their unbeaten streak to four matches on Saturday behind a brace from Sam Baldock. The Brighton striker netted twice after the halftime break to give his side the temporary lead at the top of the Championship, two points ahead of Newcastle. Meanwhile, Barnsley fall nine points out of the coveted sixth position in the promotion playoff following the team’s defeat.

Burton Albion 2-1 Norwich City

Michael Kightly netted in the second half to help 20th place Burton knock off Norwich on Saturday at the Pirelli Stadium. Cauley Woodrow moved Burton ahead after 25 minutes before Cameron Jerome controversially equalized seven minutes into the second stanza. The loss for Norwich moves the Canaries seven points out of sixth place, while Burton now has a bit of breathing room above the relegation zone with a four-point cushion.

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Almen Abdi and Fernando Forestieri gave Wednesday a 2-0 advantage early into the second half, and while Nottingham did manage to pull one back it wasn’t enough to upset sixth-place side. Ross McCormack could have put the hosts ahead in the 27th minute when the Forest man missed a penalty kick and Abdi went down to the other end and put Wednesday in front.

Elsewhere around the Championship

Wigan 0-0 Preston North End
Ipswich Town 1-1 Leeds
Birmingham City 1-4 Queens Park Rangers
Cardiff City 5-0 Rotherham United

Man United 2-0 Watford: Red Devils rampant

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  • Mata, Martial grab goals
  • United go 16 games unbeaten
  • Red Devils up to fifth place

Manchester United beat Watford 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday as Jose Mourinho’s men ripped the Hornets apart.

Goals in each half from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial did the damage as United are now 16 games unbeaten in the Premier League and they momentarily moved up to fifth place in the table.

With the win United have 48 points, while Watford stay on 30 points.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a decent chance early on as Antonio Valencia‘s cross from the right took a deflection but the Swedish striker couldn’t sort his feet out to get his effort on target.

Martial then had a great chance as he cut in from the flank but his shot took a deflection and went wide as United cranked up the heat. Jose Holebas whistled a shot just wide for Watford and at the other end Paul Pogba forced Heurelho Gomes to make a fine diving save to his right.

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Gomes denied Pogba with a good save after Valencia’s cross, then he saved from Ander Herrera. And the chances kept coming for United before the break when Henrikh Mkhitaryan got it all wrong and blazed over, then Ibrahimovic was denied by Gomes but soon after United were ahead.

A lovely flowing moving saw Mkhitaryan play in Martial and his cross missed Ibrahimovic but Mata was on hand to sweep home. 1-0 to United.

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Martial sent an effort just wide of the far post seconds after half time as United started brightly and pushed to go further head.

Mauro Zarate forced David De Gea into a fine save from a free kick as the Hornets went close to equalizing but then United put the game to bed.

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Martial was set free down the left after an incisive move involving Pogba, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic and the French winger cut inside before slamming home at the near post. 2-0 to United. Game over.

Watford did fight back as M’Baye Niang cut in down the right and crossed into the box but Etienne Capoue couldn’t time his run and then Niang again whipped in a dangerous cross but Darryl Janmaat hammered over as the Hornets tried to grab a goal.

Ibrahimovic missed a chance late on from Mkhitaryan’s cross as United couldn’t add any extra gloss to the scoreline but kept their incredible unbeaten run going.

Mourinho will be a happy man.

STREAM: 5 Premier League games; “Goal Rush” 10am ET

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United (front) celebrates with team mates as he scores their first and equalising goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Five Premier League games are coming your way at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and you can watch them all live online.

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Manchester United host Watford, Crystal Palace head to Stoke, West Ham and West Brom clash, while Sunderland welcome Southampton and Everton head to Middlesbrough.

[ STREAM: “Goal Rush” here ]

For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being very similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window.

The feature game this weekend on “Goal Rush” will be Hull City vs. Liverpool and as goals and incidents occur around the league, you will be transported to the action as it happens.

More info is available here, plus the schedule for all six games at 10 a.m. ET is below. You can stream each game live by clicking on the links below or above.


10 a.m. ET: Man United vs. Watford– NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Middlesbrough vs. Everton – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. West Brom – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Sunderland vs. Southampton – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]

Premier League preview: Manchester United vs. Watford

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Paul Pogba of Manchester United (C) battles for possession with Jose Holebas of Watford (L) and Etienne Capoue of Watford (R) during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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  • Man United currently sit 6th; Watford up to 10th
  • Red Devils unbeaten in 15 PL games (last loss Oct. 23)
  • Watford won the first meeting this season, 3-1 at home

Manchester United haven’t lost a Premier League game in nearly four months, yet Jose Mourinho’s side of obscenely costly superstars finds itself sitting right where it did when the current 15-game unbeaten run began: on the outside of the top-four, looking in. That’s not because the four sides immediately ahead of them — Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool — have lit the PL on fire and made it impossible to overtake them — quite the opposite, in fact. The Red Devils have won just over half (eight) of the games, meaning they’ve dropped 14 points from their last 15 games. Last weekend’s thrashing of the defending champions snapped a three-game winless skid, capitalizing on losses by Liverpool and Arsenal to bring Mourinho’s men to within one and two points of fifth and fourth, respectively.

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Watford visit Old Trafford on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), represents the opportunity for United to avenge one of only three defeats in the PL this season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (15 goals) is tied (with two others) for second in the race for the 2016-17 Golden Boot, currently one back of Romelu Lukaku, though the big Swede has scored just one goal in his last three league games following a run of 10 goals in nine games.

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INJURIES: Man United — OUT: Phil Jones (foot), James Wilson (knee) | Watford — OUT: Costel Pantilimon (ankle), Nordin Amrabat (ankle), Roberto Pereyra (knee)

What they’re saying

Mourinho, on Ibrahimovic’s future: Mourinho is “totally convinced” Ibrahimovic will stay at United beyond this season. “He came with intention of staying two years and the first year is going better than every expectation. He knows we are going to try again to improve next season and try to share with him in a fantastic way probably the last year of his career at the highest level.”

Walter Mazzarri, on being disappointed with back-to-back wins: These two victories were important for confidence. For us to be a great team, to make the next step forward we need to have continuity in performance. We played well in the first-half of both games [against Arsenal and Burnley] but bad in the second. This is something we need to change if we want to make the next step. What we did in the first-half we have to do for the whole 90 minutes.

Prediction

After back-to-back wins (over Arsenal and Burnley), Watford will feel like they’re playing with house mondey on Saturday, which may just play right into the hands of United, who’ll make the Hornets pay on the counter. 2-0, United.

FA Cup: Leicester City the final piece of the Round of 16 puzzle

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City in action during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The Foxes needed something, anything to cling to with the club spiraling towards obscurity. Substitute Wilfred Ndidi provided that something.

The 20-year-old Nigerian ripped off a sensational strike in the first-half of extra time to give Leicester City a 3-1 win over Derby County on their fourth round replay to put Leicester through as the final team into the Round of 16. Demarai Gray finished it off in the second half of extra time to put Claudio Ranieri through for sure.

Leicester had a big chance just after the half-hour mark as Gray sent in a perfect cross for Ahmed Musa who had broken free in front of net, but the striker only managed an ugly whiff as the ball trickled harmlessly across the face of goal.

The Foxes had the breakthrough just ticks after the halftime break, as a brilliant looping cross by Gray reached the far post, and with Derby goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell out to challenge for the ball, Marc Albrighton headed it back to Andy King sitting in front of goal, and he poked home the simplest headed goal of his career.

Derby would hit back though, to equalize just before the hour mark. A free-kick from just outside the top of the box by Abdoul Camara took a massive deflection off the knee of Ben Chilwell and slid past a wrong-footed Ron-Robert Zieler into the back of the net.

The visitors looked to have unlocked the Leicester defense in search of the lead in the 69th minute, but Cyrus Christie’s dangerous cross was just behind Matej Vydra, and the Czech striker’s scorpion kick attempt missed the ball and instead struck Yohan Benaloune in the face.

Leicester would feel aggrieved as they appeared to have a winning moment in the 83rd minute after a long ball caught an indecisive Mitchell in no-man’s land, and outside his box, the ball popped up and hit his hand, but referee Mike Jones was unmoved, refusing to send Mitchell off, instead yellow carding Musa for his protests. Derby was again lucky five minutes later as left-back Max Lowe looked to turn a cross behind for a corner and clanged it off his own post.

In extra time, the winning moment came in the 95th minute as Ndidi collected a pass, burst down the middle through the Derby third, and ripped off a shot from 30 yards out that clanged the right post and deflected in, a perfectly placed strike that left Mitchell with no chance. Leicester’s third came on a blistering run from Gray, beating both Richard Keough and Nick Blackman on the dribble and smashing it home.

Leicester City will take on Millwall on Saturday, February 18 in the FA Cup Round of 16.