As it happened, Euro 2012 Friday: Poland-Greece, Russia-Czech Republic get it started

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Somebody screwed up and let June 8 come. Tournament co-hosts Poland kicked us off at noon Eastern, facing 2004 champions Greece. At 2:45 p.m. Eastern, 2008 semifinalists Russia faced the Czech Republic in Wroclaw.

And what did PST? This thread, while not as active as a true minute-by-minute, kept PSTers up-to-date throughout the day. There was also the crew on Twitter ([SD], [RF], [ND], [JP]), our Euro 2012 main page, and the coverage at NBC Sports.

Here’s how the first day of Euro 2012 went down (for chronological order, read from bottom to top).


(all times Eastern)

1336: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: Final. And that is it. The Czech defense was terrible, but four goals in a major competition is nothing to look down on. Russia delivers an opening day message and routs the Czech Republic.

1324: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: It’s 2008 all over again. Russia’s ready to be our prom date once more. Roman Pavlyuchenko with a great goal. The former Spur gets the ball wide left, takes 12 little touches to break down the defense, get a shot of from 17 yards on his right foot, beating Cech inside the left post. Cech got a hand to it, but just under two meters off the ground, it was a tough ball for a diving `keeper to stop.

1321: Russia 3-1 Czech Republic: Dzagoev has his second. Pavlyuchenko feeds the CSKA starlet, who’s taken advantage of more Czech disorganization to find space behind the line a the edge of the area. His payload could have been saved if wan’t hit so dang hard. It’s 3-1, and much of the world is getting their first look at one of the Russian Premier League’s best players.

1317: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Nervy moment of Russia. Tomas Rosicky with a shot form 22 yards out that Malafeev can only get a paw to. The ball kicks straight up in the air and comes down in Slava’s arms as Milan Baros is closing in. Bilak makes his second change, bringing on Milan Petrzela for Petr Kiracek.

1315: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Roman Pavlyuchenko on. Fernando Torres off.

1313: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Kerzhakov is looking like Fernando Torres. Here he gets another opportunity at the edge of the area. He cuts back onto his left foot, sending Michal Kadlec to ground, and lets go of a shot that goes eight feet wide. He needs to come out.

1311: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Kerzhakov get another chance, generated on the counter attack. Again, he can’t get an uncontested shot on frame. At some point, Advocaat may want to change it up. A player like Pavlyuchenko can provide some of the hold up play and, depending on which Pavlyuchenko shows up, actually get the ball o goal.

1309: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: We may have just seen Dick Advocaat’s latest trick. Though Yuri Zhirkov’s been getting forward on the left, Aleksandr Anyukov has been pinned much of the night. Here, Anyukov burst forward to get on a long ball from the middle. He controls, cuts back, finds a man in the middle, who plays it back out. Just as the Czechs are gathering themselves, Zhirkov is bursting forward on the left. He gets the ball then chips a cross back. Nothing comes of it, but it was a different type of attack than the others we’ve seen from Russia tonight.

1307: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Arshavin started on the left, but all of his dangerous moments have come from the right. Here he cuts in against Michal Kadlec and creates enough room to feed Kerzhakov, who beats Tomas Sivok with a run to eight yards out. With only Cech to beat, Kerzhakov pulls it wide. He’s been great in the build up, but finishing? Kerzhakov’s been terrible.

1305: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Swashbuckling no more, Russia is playing the Czech Republic on even footing. Either the goal took the proverbial wind out of the virtual sails, or the field really is lopsided (and the Czechs are now playing downhill). The Czech defense seems much more organized this half.

1257: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: A glimpse of two things which could carry over from the first half. First, the Czechs earned a corner, after which we got to see more shaky Russian set piece defending. That did produce a counter, though. Russia remains dangerous there. A few moments later, again in transition, Roman Shirokov gets a chance to blast a ball from 20 yards out. He puts it over and out.

1255: Russia 2-1 Czech Republic: Pregame, we said Igor Denisov and Roman Shirokov would have to protect the defense. Allowing Jaroslav Plasil to stand on the ball and pick out a run is not protecting your defense. Plasli fed a ball through the defense for Vaclav Pilar, who’d beaten Aleksandr Anyukov with a run along the line. One touch got the ball beyond a charging Vyacheslav Malafeev, allowing the Woflsburg midfielder to make it 2-1.

1252: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Russia’s opened the half with confidence, arrogance, and control. That built to the last chance, with an interception by Zhirkov leading to a counter that produced a chance from 16 yards for Aleksandr Kerzhakov. He’s embarrassingly wide, but Russia looks set to … hah! Of course. Update coming.

1548: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: We’re back, and Bilak has made one change. Jan Rezek is off. Tomas Hubschman, a defensive-minded midfielder, is on.

1546: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Halftime Talk about stats not telling the tale … Possession: Russia 52-48 Czech Republic; Shots: Russia 6-7 Czech Republic; Shots on target: Russia 2-4 Czech Republic.

1533: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Halftime. Reminder: Guus Hiddink failed to get this Russia team to the last World Cup, losing a playoff to Slovenia.

1530: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: A cros from the right finds Vlclav Pilar coming in from the left to battle Aleksandr Anyukov. He out-leaps him and puts a ball on goal that’s easily saved by Malafeev, but it’s a reminder that anything in the air has given Russia trouble. The Russians have not been good on set pieces, but Michal Bilek doesn’t have enough targets on the pitch to take advantage of what they generate from open play. The Czechs need to rbing on Tomas Necid at half time.

1526: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: The Czechs seems to be coming back into this match now. For the last 20 minutes, they’ve been holding on. Now, just minutes before halftime, they seem a have a little more control on what’s going on. They haven’t been able to threaten Vyacheslav Malafeev, but at leas they’ve stopped the Russians from playing downhill.

1518: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Another amazing chance for Russia. The Czechs just can’t stop the ball one Russia starts coming forward. This time, it’s a chance built through the left of the box, with a ball played back to the spot for Kerzhakov by Zyryanov put over the crossbar. Russia’s been amazing in the way they’re bursting at the Czechs, but the Czechs are way too open to deal with this.

1513: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: Kerzahov has proven to be the right choice up top. Dick Advocaat picked him ahead of Roman Pavlyuchenko and Pavel Pogrebnyak, and you can see why. Kerzahov has made all the right choices with the ball at his feet, proving the key to the dynamism that Russia’s showing going forward (they look like they’re playing downhill). Here he finds Arshavin sprinting down the right. A ball played through the six omes to nothing, buy Zyryanov almost got to it.

1509: Russia 2-0 Czech Republic: The Czechs can’t defend, and the Russians are being ruthless. Andrei Arshavin gets a ball from Roman Shirokov and move toward the box. From 24 yards out he plays a ball that looks like it’s targeting Kerzhakov is actually destined for Shirokov, making a run to the right post. Petr Cech could get it but takes a bad angle and has to flatten his angle. Shorikov chips it over the Chelsea `keeper for a two goal lead.

1506: Russia 1-0 Czech Republic: It’s more than just counterattacking for the Russians. Since their sluggish start, they have been the vastly better side.

1504: Russia 1-0 Czech Republic: Another great counter from the Russians. Yuri Zhirkov forces a turnove then bursts into attack. The ball’s played to Zyryanov how finds Kerzhakov, who plays it back to the right for Dzagoev. From 16 yards out, the 21-year-old has his second in his sights only to put it high and wide of goal.

1500: Russia 1-0 Czech Republic: Russia pounces off a turnover, bursts into an attack that produces the first goal. A ball played wide right by Andrei Arshavin for Konstantin Zyryanov is crossed for Aleksandr Kerzhakov at the far post. He puts it back across goal, hitting the post. The ball comes out for Alan Dzagoev, how puts the bal into the left of goal for the opener. That’s just too good.

1451: Russia 0-0 Czech Republic: Where many were concerned about Russia’s possession game, it’s the Czechs that have held the ball for most of the first seven minutes. Russia doesn’t look good. They were very poor on the two set pieces the Czechs have won thus far.

1444: Russia 0-0 Czech Republic: Our day’s second match has just started, the Russians kicking off. This one should be good.

1435: From UEFA: “Ian Holyman, Municipal Stadium Wroclaw: With both teams’ home kits the same colour, the stadium is virtually wall-to-wall red. Virtually, that is, bar for a Scotland flag incongruously strung up in the stand near the halfway line.”

1434: NBC Sports: Poland held by Greece as two sent off

1425: Who wants Russia-Czech Republic lineups? Courtesy UEFA:

Czech Republic (4-2-3-1): Čech, Gebre Selassie, Kadlec, Hubník, Sivok, Rezek, Rosický, Plašil, Pilař, Jiráček, Baroš SUBS: Laštuvka, Drobný, Suchý, Limberský, Rajtoral, Petržela, Hübschman, Kolář, Darida, Necid, Pekhart, Lafata.

Russia (4-3-3): Malafeev, Anyukov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Berezutski, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov SUBS: Akinfeev, Shunin, Sharonov, Granat, Nababkin, Izmailov, Kombarov, Kokorin, Glushakov, Semshov, Pavlyuchenko, Pogrebnyak.

Igor Akinfeev doesn’t get the start in goal for Russia, a team that’s going to have a lot of dynamism with both Alan Dzagoev and Andrei Arshavin in attack. Roman Shirokov and Igor Denisov will be crucial protecting the defense.

For the Czech republic, Tomas Rosicky and Jaroslav Plasil will make the team go. The question is whether Milan Baros is still the man that can provide the end product.

1411: The next match starts at 1445. We’ll have the lineups soon. In the interim, our match report for Poland-Greece is up.

1353: Poland 1-1 Greece: Final. Tyton receives hugs from his teammates for saving the draw, but Poland has to be disappointed with the result. Greece was the better side in a half they started by playing 10 vs. 11. Poland never used any of their advantages in the second half, leaving the game to be taken.

1345: Poland 1-1 Greece: A coule of touches and a moment of danger from Robert Lewandowski reminds us: Poland’s best player is still on the field. At this point, most of the Poles are playing like a team that’s accepted their disappointment.

1339: Poland 1-1 Greece: Greece continues to try and play passes over the Poland line. The latest one from Fortounis is short, but Boesnich’s header acts as a knockdown for Samaras, who puts a chance over.

1337: Poland 1-1 Greece: Signs of life from Poland. Obraniak and Murawski play a long one-two through a surprising amount of space in Greece’s defense. The second ball sends Obraniak through the right channel, though a bad touch sees him give up a goal kick.

1333: Poland 1-1 Greece: Poland is an absolute mess. A long ball to Samaras leads to flick toward the line for Holebas. His ball into the six sees Salpingidis put the ball into the back of the net, but the flag is up. Holebas was just offside running into Samaras’s header.

1328: Poland 1-1 Greece: Unbelievable. Greece plays another ball over the Poland defense, and a nice touch from Salpingidis forces Wojciech Szczesny to take him down. Szczesny sees straight red, and young Przemyslaw Tyton has to come on (for Maciej Rybus). His first action is a great save on Hiorgos Karagounis, who struck a decent ball to the lower right corner only to see it blocked out. We’re 10-on-10, 1 to 1.

1326: Poland 1-1 Greece: Another curious substitute for Greece. They’ve brought on Kostas Fortounis for Fanis Gekas – a midfielder for a forward. Salpingidis will likely play a lone striker as Greece plays 4-4-1.

1322: Poland 1-1 Greece: Another very scary moment for the hosts. Greece has a throw in down their left and, upon putting the ball back in, see very little pressure from Poland as they move the ball back to the middle. There Kostas Katsouranis sees Marcin Wasliewski way out of position. His chip gives Giorgios Samaras a open shot from left of goal, though the Celtic attacker’s unable to put it on frame. Now, right back Vasilis Torosidis seems hurt. Greece has only one sub left and, momentarily, are playing with nine.

1319: Poland 1-1 Greece: As to be expected, Greece are sitting very deep. With 10-men and an equalizer, I’m sure they’d be happy to call it a day. Poland doesn’t seem to have made their adjustments. At least, there’s not urgency, and more concerning, we’re not hearing much from Piszczek in attack this half. He constantly got forward from right back in the first. Right now, he’s a bit of a forgotten man.

1316: Poland 1-1 Greece: Kyriakos Papadopoulos gives up a foul 24 yards out, even with the left post. A strangely positioned wall gives Ludovic Obraniak too much of the right side of goal, but the Bordeuax man pulls it wide.

1309: Poland 1-1 Greece: Greece’s first spell on the ball of the half sees a chance generates a chance down the right, a ball put toward the spot from the line. Fanis Gekas charges for it as Wojciech Szczesny comes out, but the goal’s left open as the ball drops. Salpigidis poaches an equalizer, with Piszczek (on the line) unable to do anything to stop it.

1307: Poland 1-0 Greece: Poland has started the second half strong. Greece has started holding on. Both Maciej Rybus and Lewandowski have had dangerous moments in the first couple of minutes. Poland looks to have another goal in them.

1304: Poland 1-0 Greece: A bit of a strange substitution for Greece. Sotiris Ninis is off. Dimitris Salpigidis is on.

1258: Poland 1-0 Greece: Halftime, and Greece now need to shift focus. You take your chances to find an equalizer, but this isn’t the knockout stages. You don’t open yourself up for it. Goal difference has to be the main concern for coach Fernando Santos. If they concede a second goal and take a -2 difference into matches against Russia and the Czech Republic, Greece may need full points to advance. A -1 difference is just a loss, and getting through on four points is more likely.

1249: Poland 1-0 Greece: Halftime

1247: Poland 1-0 Greece: The former champions are on the brink of falling apart. A handball from Perquis that’s usually whistled is missed or ignored by the referee, denying Greece a potentially equalizing penalty kick. While protesting, left back José Holebas picks upa yellow card. Karagounis has to keep his team away from a suddenly card-happy official.

1244: Poland 1-0 Greece: Unbelievably Papastathopoulos’s day is over. The first yellow card was unfair, and making the second unfortunate. The Greek defender takes down Murawski and sees his second yellow card. Greece is down to 10, who (as expected) had trouble defending the restart.

1235: Poland 1-0 Greece: Sokratis Papastathopoulos earns the first yellow card of the tournament, adjudicated to have jumped through the back of Lewandowski contesting a long ball from Szczesny. Replay says it was a bad call. Moments later, Avraam Papdopoulos has to come off, with Kryiakos Papadopoulos coming on in his place. On the restart, Poland generates another opportunity off a restart, with Damien Perquis pulling a left-footed shot wide from 12 yards out.

1233: Poland 1-0 Greece: Over the last 4-5 minutes we’ve seen Greece spend more time on the ball. I’m not sure this is as much their doing as Poland not maintaining the intensity they showed at the onset. To be fair, it would be difficult for Poland to play 30 minutes on point like that, and per some reports we’re hearing in the commentary, it’s quite humid in Warsaw (a situation perhaps caused by the roof being closed on what’s reported to be a nice night).

1227: Poland 1-0 Greece: With the two Poland’s earned in the last minutes, the hosts are up to three set piece opportunities so far (two corners, one free kick). On each one, they’ve given Greece a small scare. That in addition to the threat they’re posing from open play hint there are more Polish goals to be had.

1222: Poland 1-0 Greece: Avram Papadopoulos has been off for the last couple of minutes with an apparent knee injury … and as I type, he comes back. Kyriakos Papadopoulos continues warming up.

1218: Poland 1-0 Greece: The hosts score the first goal of Euro 2012, and no surprise they did their damage going down their right. Blasczcykowski gets behind the defense along the line and crosses for Lewandowski deep at the far post. Chalkias takes himself out of position coming for a ball he can’t get, and Lewandowski heads down into an open net.

1214: Poland 0-0 Greece – Another chance generated down Poland’s right. Lewandowski is at the center of it. Pisczcek is at the end, pulling a sharp angle shot wide instead of feeding the ball into the six.

1212: Poland 0-0 Greece – Greece gives Poland a very small scare. Perquis gives up a free kick 40 yards from goal. Karagounis plays a nice ball for Gekas at the spot, his fast post flick going a couple of feet wide. Szczesny looked to have it covered, had it found goal. Second later, Lewandowski orchestrates and attack down the right, producing a shot for Blasczcykowski in the right of the area. Kuba blasts it out for a goal kick.

1205: Poland 0-0 Greece – The first major opportunity of the tournament is generated down Greece’s left. Piszczek gets deep down the line and crosses of Lewandowski, whose shot from 13 yards is blocked back to Murawski, whose shot is deflected out for a corner. Poland generates a shot off a corner, conceded a goal kick, but one minute later Piszczek and Blaszczykowski are going back at Greece’s left.

1201: Poland 0-0 Greece – Greece kicks off to start Euro 2012.

1155: As sanguine as I can sometimes be about international soccer, atmospheres like we’re seeing in Warsaw remind me there’s little in sport that can match a major tournament’s spectacle. By spectacle, I’m not talking about the opening ceremonies, the anthems – the pomp of organizers feeling there needs to be more than game. I’m talking about that hum – the manifestation of tens of thousands of people’s anticipation.

1148: If it matters, I’ve got Poland and Russia winning today. Logic: They’re better than their opposition. I know that’s controversial.

1125: Starting lineups are out for today’s opening match:

Poland (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Boenisch, Wasilewski, Perquis, Piszczek, Polanski, Rybus, Obraniak, Murawski, Blaszczyhowski, Lewandowski

Greece (4-3-3): Calkias, Maniatis, A. Papadopoulos, Torossidis, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Karagounis, Ninis, Katsouranis, Samaras, Gekas

For Poland, watch their Dortmund trio – Piszczek, Blaszczyhowski, Lewandowski – who could tear up Greece’s left side. The big beneficiary may be Ludovic Obraniak in attacking midfield. The former Lille man closed the season strong after moving to Bordeaux in January, and with the help of the BVB contingent could have a strong tournament.

West Brom – Chelsea: How to watch, start time, team news, prediction, odds

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West Brom – Chelsea: The Blues are in desperate need of a strong rebound when they visit The Hawthorns on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 pm ET, on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

WEST BROM – CHELSEA STREAM LIVE

The Baggies, on the other hand, are simply hoping to collect their first point of the season after suffering a 3-0 defeat to Leicester City on the opening day of the 2020-21 season and following that up with a 5-2 beatdown at the hands of Everton last weekend.

As far as favorable matchups go, facing the 20th-place side a week after losing to defending champions Liverpool is quite timely for Chelsea.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of West Brom – Chelsea this Saturday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


Team news: West Brom – Chelsea (INJURY REPORT)

West Brom – QUESTIONABLE: Ahmed Hegazi (thigh), Kamil Grosicki (back), Hal Robson-Kanu (leg) | OUT: Kieran Gibbs (suspension), Conor Gallagher (loan rules), Kenneth Zohore (calf)

Chelsea – QUESTIONABLE: Christian Pulisic (hamstring), Cesar Azpilicueta (thigh) | OUT: Hakim Ziyech (knee), Andrea Christensen (suspension)


What they’re saying: West Brom – Chelsea

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic, on struggling to sign players: “We don’t have a huge budget, that is why we are trying to be creative and lucky. That’s not easy but we are trying. … We have to do it to maintain a good chance.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, on Thiago Silva: “It is exciting for us because he has had just over a week training with us. It was a perfect 60 minutes for him tonight. He will show the qualities he has. Of course, he will get fitter and better. He also gave us something for me on the night in the dressing room and on the pitch of a leader with authority in terms of his demands on others. He can’t speak the language but at the minute that’s not even a problem because his presence and the way he commands people around him is already showing that to me in training and in our game tonight.”


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

West Brom (+750) represent one of the biggest underdogs — or, opportunities, depending on how you look at it — of the still-young PL season. There’s not much to be won by betting on Chelsea (-280). Even the draw (+400) is pretty far out there.

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Prediction: West Brom – Chelsea

Barring some unforeseen circumstances — for example, a 12th-minute red card — it’s virtually impossible to see West Brom getting anything from this game. They’ve been incredibly poor defensively through two games, and they’re yet to face a side with anything close to the firepower which the Blues possess. West Brom 1-3 Chelsea.


How to watch West Brom – Chelsea stream and start time

Kickoff: 12:30 pm ET Saturday
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MLS upcoming schedule, MLS Cup odds

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MLS betting odds and upcoming schedule: Major League Soccer still has six weeks left of fixtures left in the regular season after its long-awaited return from the COVID-19 shutdown.

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The regular season is currently scheduled to end on Nov. 8, with the playoffs beginning that same week and culminating with MLS Cup on Dec. 12.

Click here for MLS betting odds and different odds on soccer and beyond from our new official sports betting partner PointsBet, as there will be plenty of selections to make each week with game lines and more available via NBC Sports Bet.

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This page will be updated following the completion of every round of games in 2020, to feature the upcoming set of fixtures and MLS betting odds.


This weekend’s MLS schedule and odds (via PointsBet)

Sunday, Sept. 26

Nashville (+105) v Houston (+235) / Draw (+225) — 3:30 pm ET
NYCFC (-228) v Cincinnati (+550) / Draw (+300) — 7 pm ET

Sunday, Sept. 27

DC United (+225) v New England (+105) / Draw (+230) — 7 pm ET
New York Red Bulls (-167) v Montreal (+375) / Draw (+280) — 7 pm ET
Philadelphia (+120) v Inter Miami (+195) / Draw (+225) — 7:30 pm ET
Chicago (-139) v Atlanta (+300) / Draw (+275) — 7:30 pm ET
Toronto (+120) v Columbus (+195) / Draw (+225) — 7:30 pm ET
Minnesota (-125) v Real Salt Lake (+265) / Draw (+270) — 8 pm ET
FC Dallas (+125) v Orlando City (+170) / Draw (+245) — 8:30 pm ET
Colorado (+145) v Sporting KC (+150) / Draw (+240) — 9 pm ET
Vancouver (+375) v Portland (-189) / Draw (+325) — 10 pm ET
LAFC (-500) v San Jose (+850) / Draw (+525) — 10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy (+150) v Seattle (+150) / Draw (+235) — 10:30 pm ET


MLS Cup winner odds

Los Angeles FC (+450)
Toronto FC (+450)
Seattle Sounders (+800)
Philadelphia Union (+1100)
Atlanta United (+1400)
Columbus Crew (+1400)
LA Galaxy (+1800)
New York City FC (+1800)
Sporting KC (+1800)
Portland Timbers (+2000)
Minnesota United (+2500)
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New York Red Bulls (+3000)
Montreal Impact (+4000)
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Real Salt Lake (+5000)
San Jose Earthquakes (+6000)
Chicago Fire (+10000)
Colorado Rapids (+10000)
D.C. United (+10000)
Houston Dynamo (+10000)
Inter Miami (+12500)
FC Cincinnati (+25000)
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Nashville SC (+30000)

West Ham – Wolves: How to watch, start time, team news, prediction, odds

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West Ham – Wolves: David Moyes will be watching from home after testing positive for COVID-19, though he reportedly remains asymptomatic, when his West Ham United side welcomes Wolverhampton Wanderers to the London Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 2 pm ET, online via Peacock).

WEST HAM – WOLVES STREAM LIVE

In recent history, West Ham have had an absolutely torrid time against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side since they won promotion from the EFL Championship. The Hammers have found the back of the net zero times, and collected zero points, in four meetings since Wolves returned to the Premier League.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of West Ham – Wolves this Sunday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


Team news: West Ham – Wolves (INJURY REPORT)

West Ham – QUESTIONABLE: Issa Diop (COVID-19), Josh Cullen (COVID-19)

Wolves – QUESTIONABLE: Fernando Marcal (undisclosed) | OUT: Jonny (knee)


What they’re saying: West Ham – Wolves

Stand-in manager Alan Irvine, on Moyes’ absence: “I’ve spoken to him several times this morning. He is not feeling any symptoms and hasn’t felt them any way through, so obviously it’s a bit frustrating for him, but he’s fine and he’s getting on with other things. Of course, David will be the manager and everything we do will be run through him. He will make the decisions on everything.”

Nuno Espirito Santo, on facing a team with COVID-19 cases: “We are not concerned, I wish David and the players the fastest recovery. What happened to West Ham can happen to any one of us. It’s tough when you are preparing for a game and you cannot be on the touchline. Now we’re not concerned, we’re confident and we trust the authorities to keep things safe for us.”


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Everything points to a win for Wolves (+105) with West Ham (+270) made slight home underdogs, which should spell out everything you need to know about the Hammers. Best-case scenario for Moyes and Irvine would be to snatch a draw (+240).

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Prediction: West Ham – Wolves

West Ham might get out of the starting block at some point this season, but Wolves are hardly the ideal opponent you want to see when you have zero points and very few positives to start the season. Misery begets misery, and West Ham are in for a bit more. West Ham 0-2 Wolves.


How to watch West Ham – Wolves stream and start time

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Man City – Leicester: How to watch, start time, team news, prediction, odds

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Man City – Leicester: Pep Guardiola will have just 13 first-team players at his disposal when Manchester City hosts Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 am ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

MAN CITY – LEICESTER STREAM LIVE

With a combination of injuries and confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently ravaging an already-thin squad, City have no choice but to tread water and simply stay afloat in the coming days and weeks as they attempt to reclaim the Premier League title from Liverpool. It’s a difficult position to be in, no doubt about it, and Leicester should present a tricky challenge for Guardiola and Co., without the likes of Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan, among others.

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Man City and Leicester spent much of the 2019-20 season second and third — and third and second — in the PL table, each looking up at Liverpool miles and miles ahead, before winding up second and fifth, respectively. City won each of the two meetings last season — 3-1 at home in December, and 1-0 away in February.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of Man City – Leicester this Sunday with team news, odds, stream link and more.


Team news: Man City – Leicester (INJURY REPORT)

Man City – QUESTIONABLE: Ilkay Gundogan (COVID-19), Aymeric Laporte (COVID-19) | OUT: Bernardo Silva (thigh), Gabriel Jesus (undisclosed), Sergio Aguero (knee), Joao Cancelo (foot), Oleksandr Zinchenko (undisclosed)

Leicester – QUESTIONABLE: Demarai Gray (illness) | OUT: Cengiz Under (transfer clearance), Ricardo Pereira (knee), Jonny Evans (thigh), Filip Benkovic (groin), Wilfred Ndidi (groin)


What they’re saying: Man City – Leicester

Pep Guardiola, on Man City’s injury issues: “With the situation we have right now, we need players from the academy. We have just 13 players fit. With the problems we have up front, he will stay with us. We will use him. We cannot forget, like with Phil, he is only 17 years-old. He has a lot of things to improve. We cannot anticipate the progress of every young player. We’ve had Phil, Eric, Liam and we have Cole Palmer, who will be an exceptional player. We congratulate the academy. I am the last step, but before there are a lot of people in the club working for this and it is a big success for them.”

Brendan Rodgers, on how to improve Leicester: “Firstly, we have a number of young players who can improve. Last season, we showed lots of real potential in the squad. I always felt that two things would help us to improve and continue to develop this process. One of those was time. That means time to work with the players who are here, making them better year on year, particularly the young players. They will have gained from the experiences of last season — good and bad. Time will improve James Maddison. Time will improve Harvey Barnes. Consistency will make us better as well. That will come with the introduction of quality.”


Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

Perhaps a bit surprisingly given their ongoing injury issues, City (-350) are heavy betting favorites with Leicester checking in as massive underdogs at +850. The draw (+480) might just make for the perfect speculative wager this weekend.

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Prediction: Man City – Leicester

City struggled to put away Bournemouth in the League Cup on Thursday, and will have largely the same group of players available on Sunday. Facing Leicester will be a significant increase in quality of opposition. Leicester might just get something out of this one and do Liverpool an early-season favor in the process. Man City 1-1 Leicester.


How to watch Man City – Leicester stream and start time

Kickoff: 11:30 am ET Sunday
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com