Prindi’s Premier League Picks: Newcastle to win derby, Swans to get stung

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Another tasty slate of matches in the Premier League this weekend. Here’s how I have it all shaking out.

UPSET SPECIALS

Swansea City vs. West Ham United (Sun 12:00pm ET on Extra Time; Liberty Stadium)

On a normal week, Swansea wins this match easy. But this is a Europa League week meaning Michael Laudrup’s men could be a bit leggy in this one.

Swansea City 1 West Ham United 1

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal (Sat 7:45am ET on NBCSN; Selhurst Park)

Remember back in high school when you used to avenge a tough loss by pummeling the JV team? That’s happening Saturday at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace 0  Arsenal 3

Aston Villa vs. Everton (Sat 10:00am ET on Extra Time; Villa Park)

One match, two enormous debates.

Who is the better American goalkeeper – Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan or Everton’s Tim Howard? And who is the better Belgian striker – Villa’s Christian Benteke or Toffee loanee Romelu Lukaku?

My opinion – Howard and Lukaku.

Aston Villa 1 Everton 3

Southampton vs. Fulham (Sat 12:30pm ET on NBCSN; St Mary’s Stadium)

Sitting at 5th in the table the Saints have few dissenters and I myself can’t even pretend to not be impressed. Three goals in eight matches is an incredible feat. But while ‘goals against’ is a key category, nearly as important is ‘goals for’ and Southampton has only managed merely eight thus far.

With the likes of Dani Osvaldo, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez running at opposing defenses, averaging a goal per match simply isn’t good enough. A good old fashioned shellacking should be the next box Mauricio Pochettino’s side ticks off. Fulham provides an excellent opportunity.

Prediction: Southampton 4 Fulham 1

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City (Sun 12:00pm ET on Extra Time;White Hart Lane)

Big Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore return to White Hart Lane to try and give Andre Villas-Boas a case of the Jose-Mourinho-Lukaku’s – if that makes any sense, which it should. Unfortunately for the Hull new-boys, Spurs run deep.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Hull City 1

SQUEAKY BUM TIME

Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion (Sat 10:00am ET on Extra Live; Anfield)

The sign of a good team is one that can bounce back after a difficult result. This will be Brendan Rodgers’ advice to his squad before this match. Or, perhaps he’ll take a bit more of a tone like, ‘West Brom are crap, spank them’, or ‘No team has gotten luckier than the Baggies this year, punish them,’ or ‘Fail to win this match and I’ll break out the envelopes again.’

In all seriousness West Brom are oddly difficult to break down, as evidenced by their six match unbeaten run. But if Liverpool are to prove their mettle as contenders for the Top 4, they need to win this match. Not a result. A win. Three points. No less will do. Now go make the Kop smile.

Prediction: Liverpool 2 West Brom 1

Manchester United vs. Stoke City (Sat 10:00am ET on NBCSN; Old Trafford)

Not sure who I feel worse for – United or Stoke.

United have taken all three points only once in their last four league matches, a 2-1 home victory over last placed Sunderland. Stoke have managed a single point in their last four, last week’s 0-0 snooze fest with West Brom.

Needless to say, both sides need a win. But Old Trafford will be straight-up anarchy if things don’t go the way of the Red Devils.

Do I want to see that happen? Yeah, I kinda do. Do I think we will? Nope.

Prediction: Manchester United 1 Stoke City 0

Norwich City vs. Cardiff City (Sat 10:00am ET on Extra Time; Carrow Road)

Will the real Ricky van Wolfsfinkle please stand up?

After scoring in the season opener the Dutchman has given the Canaries little to cheer about. It’s not everyday Norwich drops £8.5 million on a striker, so perhaps it’s time the Wolf repay his employers for their faith. Things don’t come much more favorable than a home match against Cardiff.

Prediction: Norwich City 2 Cardiff City 1

Sunderland vs. Newcastle United (Sun 9:30am ET on NBCSN; Stadium of Light)

Ahhh, the Tyne-Wear derby. Gotta love it. Nothing brings out the blood and guts football of the North East quite like a match between the Mackems and the Geordies. Studs-up challenges, elbows to the head and fans punching police horses – this match truly has it all.

Except Paulo Di Canio. He and his emphatic knee slides will be sorely missed.

Prediction: Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 2

Chelsea vs. Manchester City (Sun 12:00pm ET on NBCSN; Stamford Bridge)

Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure are all dominating at a relatively high level. Problem is, without Vincent Kompany the City defense tends to be a bit leaky. And Fernando Torres likey leaky.

Prediction: Chelsea 1 Manchester City 1

VAR allows Man Utd goal, overturns Mane as Liverpool trails at half

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Marcus Rashford has put Manchester United ahead at Liverpool, and the Reds are furious that VAR didn’t reverse the marker.

The English striker was on the business end of a Daniel James cross, which came two moves after Victor Lindelof kicked Divock Origi as the Belgian lost possession with a sloppy touch.

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Scott McTominay picked up the ball and sent James down the right flank. Virgil Van Dijk played off the crosser, and Joel Matip couldn’t clear the effort and it reached Rashford who beat Alisson Becker.

Origi was certainly caught by Lindelof, and no one would’ve blinked had Martin Atkinson ruled it a foul, so perhaps the poor touch is what cost the Belgian his whistle?

VAR again worked against Liverpool minutes later when a long ball over the top glanced off Sadio Mane’s hand before the Senegalese scored a goal. It had a little impact on the play, but the rules are the rules when they are bad ones.

Either way, the Red Devils relish the chance to deny Liverpool its chance at history. The visitors are one win from matching PL records for consecutive wins and away wins.

Tuanzebe injured in warm-ups, Rojo now in Manchester United XI

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Well then.

Manchester United’s announced XI has changed thanks to a presumed injury to center back Axel Tuanzebe.

Marcos Rojo will take the youngster’s place in a back three with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Liverpool and United kickoff from Old Trafford at 11:30 a.m. ET (Watch live at on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The 29-year-old Rojo has played four times this season, but just 30 minutes in the Premier League.

Phil Jones has been added to the bench.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Rojo, Young, Fred, McTominay, Pereira, James, Rashford. Subs: Romero, Mata, Martial, Jones, Greenwood, Garner, Williams.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Origi, Firmino. Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana.

Lukaku scores 2, celebrates with Conte as Inter Milan bounces back

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If this guy was still in red, Manchester United would have a lot more hope heading into today’s visit from Liverpool.

Romelu Lukaku scored his fourth and fifth Serie A goals of the season on Sunday as Inter Milan outlasted Sassuolo 4-3 at Stadio Citta del Tricolore.

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Lautaro Martinez also scored twice in the win, as Inter rebounded from its loss to Juventus and reclaimed second place. Inter sits a point back of The Old Lady.

Lukaku caused a bit of buzz online when he raced over to manager Antonio Conte following his second goal for a fiery embrace (It’s Conte. Fiery is his thing).

From Football-Italia:

“Conte and I are both team players, so when I score a goal, I want to celebrate with everyone. I am focused only on working and giving my best in every match.”

Inter is home to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in almost a must-win given its slow start to life in the Champions League.

Lukaku, who’s also scored six goals in his last four appearances for Belgium, already has a goal in a Milan Derby and a solid strike partner in Martinez.

He ranks near the top of Inter’s performance charts on WhoScored, chipping in on the defensive end as well.

Watch Live: Manchester United v. Liverpool

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Manchester United chases a notable home win over rivals Liverpool without Paul Pogba and David De Gea, as the visitors look to match a pair of Premier League records on Sunday at Old Trafford (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Liverpool can tie the standard for consecutive away Premier League wins (9) while also winning its 18th-straight league match.

There’s a place on the Manchester United bench for Anthony Martial, but there are three center backs in the forms of Harry Maguire, Axel Tuanzebe, and Victor Lindelof.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is not ready for any sort of return.

David De Gea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have passed fit for United, while Divock Origi starts with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for Liverpool.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Young, Fred, McTominay, Pereira, James, Rashford. Subs: Romero, Mata, Martial, Rojo, Greenwood, Garner, Williams.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Origi, Firmino. Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana.