Premier League Sunday Preview: Chelsea host Man City, Sunderland, Newcastle clash in derby

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There are four massive Premier League games coming up on Sunday, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Here’s a quick preview of what to look out for as the ‘Clash of the Cash’ takes place between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, and there’s the small matter of a huge Tyne-Wear derby up in the Northeast at the Stadium of Light.

Whatever game you decide to watch, NBC Sports has got you covered on NBCSN, Premier League Extratime or you can watch it all live online via NBC Sports Live Extra.

9:30am EST: Sunderland vs. Newcastle *NBCSN

The Magpies and Mackems square off with both sides desperate to record a win, especially the home team. New Sunderland manager Gus Poyet saw his men lose 4-0 at Swansea on his debut, and the Black Cats have lost seven and drawn one of their eight PL games so far. Can the passion and pride of a derby get Sunderland going this season? They hammered Newcastle 3-0 at St. James’ Park last season, so revenge is on the minds of Newcastle’s fans. Make sure you don’t miss this blood and thunder affair.

12:00pm EST: Chelsea vs. Manchester City *NBCSN

Two title contenders clash in West London, as Chelsea and Manchester City are clambouring to make up ground on Arsenal at the top of the table. Jose Mourinho’s Blues are ominously clicking through the gears, as the ‘Special One’ finally gets his best team out on the pitch and stamps his authority on the Londoners. Man City are doing the same under Manuel Pellegrini, and after winning two away games in the last seven days, can City make it three? USMNT ‘keeper Tim Howard will provide commentary for the game, the first-active PL player to do so for NBC.

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Can Jozy Altidore and Sunderland get their first win of the season?

12:00pm EST: Tottenham vs. Hull City *Premier League Extra Time

Spurs return from Europa League action in Moldova on Thursday aiming to keep up with the chasing pack in the PL. Hull are missing four key players for the trip to White Hart Lane, as ‘keeper Allan McGregor, Danny Graham, Sone Aluko and Robbie Brady look to be out. Tottenham will bring back Kyle Walker, Paulinho and Andros Townsend as they aim to continue their splendid start to the season, with Hull hoping to cause an upset after their great start.

12:00pm EST: Swansea City vs. West Ham *Premier League Extra Time

The Swans gave up a late goal in Europa League action on Thursday to draw, but following their thumping 4-0 win over Sunderland last week things are back on track in the league. It’s been a real mixed bag so far for Michael Laudrup’s men and the same can be said for West Ham, who beat Spurs 3-0 away but were then hammered at Upton Park by Man City last week. Hard to predict, so definitely a game to watch out for.

Report: Toronto to send Giovinco to Tigres for Valencia, cash

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An Mexican site reports that Tigres UANL is ready to send Enner Valencia and cash to Toronto FC to land Sebastian Giovinco.

Normally that’s seem a bit wild for TFC to send their perennial MLS MVP candidate packing, but the club has been hesitant to meet Giovinco’s terms on a new contract.

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And Valencia is nearly three years younger and a bit bigger than Giovinco.

Valencia scored in bunches for Tigres after arriving from West Ham, scoring nine goals with an assist in 16 Apertura matches including three multi-goal games. He then saw his numbers dip to two goals and three assists in 11 Clausura appearances.

Giovinco, meanwhile, has six goals and six assists in 15 matches between MLS and the CONCACAF Champions League.

It would be a significant risk for TFC, though the idea of pairing up Enner Valencia and Jozy Altidore is a physical nightmare for MLS defenses.

Whoops! Unai Emery puts up Arsenal message on web site

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Arsenal’s next manager is very close to being officially Unai Emery.

That is unless, the Gunners’ brass has its mind changed by his sloppy web savvy.

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Emery — or his people, or hackers — mistakenly put up a graphic featuring the Spanish coach, the Arsenal logo, and the phrase “Proud to be a part of the Arsenal family” before taking it down in short order.

Emery is expected to take over for Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium this summer. Something tells us we’ll have an announcement on Wednesday or even later tonight…

State TV: Ghana president orders arrest of FIFA executive

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ACCRA, Ghana (AP) Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday ordered police to arrest football federation head Kwesi Nyantakyi, a member of the powerful FIFA Council, over allegations of fraud.

Akufo-Addo’s order was announced by the state-run Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.

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Abu Jinapor, deputy chief of staff at the president’s office, said the order for Nyantakyi to be arrested and investigated related to an undercover documentary that purports to show the football official asking businessmen for money in return for access to the president and other senior government officials.

“It was a clear case of defrauding by false pretense,” Jinapor said, adding that Akufo-Addo’s order came after he watched excerpts from the documentary, which has not yet been broadcast.

Nyantakyi is president of the Ghana Football Association, a vice president of the Confederation of African Football, and has been a member of the ruling FIFA Council since 2016. He was the FIFA official chosen to oversee the football competition at the 2012 London Olympics.

Ghanaian media reported that Nyantakyi was not in Ghana at the time of the president’s order but was returning home.

Nyantakyi has been accused of improper behavior before when a British media investigation just before the 2014 World Cup claimed he had been willing to allow the Ghana national team to play in games that could be fixed by others. He denied the allegation.

Premier League managerial power rankings

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There’s a new sheriff at West Ham United, and it’s no small-time boss.

Former Premier League champion manager Manuel Pellegrini is taking over the London side, which had us wondering how high he’d move up the acclaim ladder upon hiring (as of post time).

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With the 20th spot still open — will it be Fulham or Aston Villa — the Arsenal and Everton jobs vacant for now, and both Neil Warnock and Nuno Espirito Santo yet to manage their clubs in the top flight, we rank the power status of the 15 other active Premier League bosses.

15. Javi Gracia, Watford — Manager don’t usually last long at Vicarage Road, and Gracia doesn’t have a record for sticking around clubs for too long himself.

14. Mark Hughes, Southampton — Saints stayed in the Premier League, and Hughes deserves credit for pushing the buttons on a talented squad.

13. Claude Puel, Leicester City — A disappointing finish to his season keeps Leicester outside the Europa League, and so he has a bit more to prove after an impressive reclamation job at the King Power Stadium.

12. David Wagner, Huddersfield Town — Keeping Town in the Premier League was impressive, but we’re not sure how much we learned about the long-term prognosis of Jurgen Klopp‘s best pal.

11. Chris Hughton, Brighton and Hove Albion — He’d led several clubs to Premier League promotion, and coaxed fine seasons out of what appeared to be a subpar defense at season’s open.

10. Eddie Howe, Bournemouth — One of the brightest young managerial minds, can he take the next step on the South Coast?

9. Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace — What he did upon inheriting and then overseeing one of the worst starts in Premier League history was nothing short of brilliant. Clearly he hasn’t stopped learning unlike many other PL “retreads.”

8. Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham — What will a few years outside the Premier League, if anything, have done to the one-time Man City leader. Don’t forget: The season City won the PL season, he coaxed 20-plus goal campaigns in all competitions from Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo, and Yaya Toure.

7. Antonio Conte, Chelsea — Tactically and experience-wise, he’s so much higher on the list. Regardless of the mess at Chelsea, better was needed this season.

6. Sean Dyche, Burnley — Guiding tiny Burnley to the Europa League is as impressive a feat as any outside of what Guardiola did this year and Claudio Ranieri did at Leicester City.

— BONUS — 6b. Unai Emery, if hired at Arsenal —

5. Rafa Benitez, Newcastle United — Considering his resume, it shouldn’t be as surprising that he kept United up despite his owner refusing to green-light a real answer at center forward. Worked career years out of Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey.

4. Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool — The Champions League final says something, especially in a year he sold Philippe Coutinho, but his team still lacks the consistency of the three men in front of him.

3. Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur — Spurs have smartly spent and kept their stars around, but their financial outlay arguably should not have them consistently finishing ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal.

2. Jose Mourinho, Manchester United — Still a defensive marvel, still a genius, still somewhat hilarious… but we all know who No. 1 is…

  1. Pep Guardiola, Manchester City