Bundesliga Wrap: Goals and comebacks galore


It didn’t seem as though Bundesliga’s 12th round was going to be all that exciting. The weekend started off with a Friday night thriller between Hannover and Braunschweig. On Saturday, most of the top brass faced opponents that should’ve given them little trouble. Sure, some sides close to the top five may have had an opportunity to move a couple places, but overall, it looked as though it would be fairly standard weekend in Germany.

And then…


Hannover 0-0 Braunschweig
It may have been goalless, but it wasn’t a snooze. Both sides demonstrated some excellent defensive capabilities, but it was Braunschweig that impressed the most. Hannover had the majority of possession and sent a plethora of shots at the visitors’ goal, but, thanks to Deniz Dogan in particular, Braunschweig were able to keep a clean sheet. They’re still deep in the drop zone, but four points from two matches shows they might be pulling themselves out of the muck.


Bayer Leverkusen 5-3 Hamburg
Well, this one was a thriller. A brace from Son Heung-Min put Leverkusen ahead by the 16th minute, but Maximillian Beister pulled one back for Hamburg before the half ended. Pierre-Michel Lasogga equalized shortly after the restart, but Son didn’t much care for that, so he completed his hat-trick minutes later. Then Stefan Kießling put in another for Leverkusen in the 72nd, but Lasogga had Hamburg within reach again two minutes later. In the 89th minute, however, Gonzalo Castro put the game out of reach. Thanks to the three points, Leverkusen are once more even with Dortmund. How?

Wolfsburg 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Because Dortmund lost, that’s how. Possibly still suffering from their Champions League loss to Arsenal midweek, Dortmund just couldn’t hang on to the lead they’d grabbed, courtesy of Marco Reus, moments before the halftime whistle. Ricardo Rodriguez scored from a direct free kick, then Ivica Olic put in Wolfsburg’s second. Despite having twenty minutes left to find an equalizer, or even a winner, BVB could do no more than hit the post. That’s four consecutive wins for Wolfsburg, who are now fifth in the table.

Bayern Munich 3-0 Augsburg
The Dortmund loss also means Bayern have pulled further ahead in the standings, now four points clear after their routine win over Augsburg. Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribéry, and Thomas Müller got the goals. Augsburg…didn’t even get a shot on target.

Hoffenheim 2-3 Hertha Berlin
Hertha Berlin almost let it all slip away. Änis Ben-Hatira gave the visitors the lead before 15 minutes were up, and a penalty from Adrián Ramos put them up 2-0 before the hour mark. But, with 20 minutes left to play, Hertha conceded a penalty of their own, duly converted by Sejad Salihovic. Ten minutes later, the Bosnian had a second, this time from a free kick. But Adrián Ramos had the last laugh, getting another just a few minutes later. Hertha, in seventh, are still trying to recover a European position, while Hoffenheim’s struggling home form sees them fall to 13th.

Schalke 3-1 Werder Bremen
Schalke likely would’ve appreciated it had Wolfsburg and Gladbach not pulled off their come from behind wins — then Schalke could’ve bounced up to a Champions League place. Not that they seem to be enjoying their Champions League experience, but still, it’s the principle of the thing. Werder Bremen actually had the lead early on, thanks to a goal from Felix Kroos, but a second half brace from Kevin-Prince Boateng and an insurance goal from Jefferson Farfán saw Schalke trot out the winners.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 Nurnberg
As was par for the course on this Bundesliga Saturday, the visiting side took an early lead with a goal from Josip Drmic. But Gladback staged a late comeback. Juan Arango got the first, and a few minutes later, Niklas Stark thought he’d help out, planting the ball in the back of his own net. The Foals finished it off with a sweet shot from Patrick Herrmann. Gladbach stay fourth, but Nurnberg drop to the bottom. It would probably help if, at some point soon, Nurnberg could find their first win of the season.

Sunday…still to come, of course

Mainz vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Germany sure loves to put the most unappealing matchups on Sundays. Do no Germans pay attention to the football after Saturday afternoon? There’s little to recommend this lower mid-table clash, except the love of Fußball of course.

Freiburg vs. Stuttgart
A win on Sunday could pull Freiburg out of the danger zone, albiet barely. At least matches between these two sides tend to see a few balls land in the back of the net.

Manchester United storm back as Leeds collapse in 2-2 draw


Manchester United erased a two-goal deficit midway through the second half to draw longtime rivals Leeds United 2-2 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

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The result leaves Manchester United (43 points) 3rd in the Premier League table, now just two points back of two-time defending champions Manchester City and seven behind leaders Arsenal. Leeds (19 points), meanwhile, move one point and one place (up to 16th, from 17th) clear of the relegation zone as they begin the post-Jesse Marsch era.

Leeds raced out to a 1-0 with just 56 seconds on the clock, after Tyler Adams and Pascal Struijk combined to win the ball back in Manchester United’s defensive third. The ball was quickly circulated to Wilfried Gnonto, who cut in front the left side and fired low, from the top of the penalty area, and beat David de Gea just inside his right-hand post.

Raphael Varane put the ball in his own net to make it 2-0 in the 48th minute, as Crysencio Summerville walked the end line and crossed the ball off the Frenchman at the near post.


The comeback began shortly after the hour mark, when Marcus Rashford rose highest near the penalty spot to meet Diogo Dalot’s cross, given the red-hot Englishman 12 goals in 14 games (plus four assists – all competitions) since returning from the 2022 World Cup break.

11 minutes after he came off the bench, Jadon Sancho fired past Illan Meslier to make it 2-2, and the big, gloved Frenchman will feel he should have made the save as the ball was hit well within his reach but went off, and under, his hands.

Leeds will host Manchester United at Elland Road in each sides’ next Premier League fixture, in just four days’ time (Watch live, Sunday, 9 am ET, on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).

Manchester United vs Leeds
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How to watch Manchester United vs Leeds live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET, Wednesday
TV Channel: USA Network
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Key storylines & star players

Marcus Rashford had scored in six of United’s last seven Premier League matches and he’s zipped up the PL goals list as one of just six players with at least 10 goals this season.

One player Rashford is likely to pass is fellow 10-goal man Rodrigo, who will not play for Leeds. The visitors will be looking to new signings Georginio Rutter and Weston McKennie to help lead the way, while Wilfried Gnonto and Jack Harrison seem likely to keep pestering opponents with pace.

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Antony (lower leg). OUT: Mason Greenwood (suspension), Anthony Martial (undisclosed), Scott McTominay (other), Casemiro (suspension), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Donny van de Beek (knee)

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Sonny Perkins (ankle). OUT: Stuart Dallas (thigh), Adam Forshaw (groin), Archie Gray (ankle), Rodrigo (ankle/foot)

Premier League table, 2022-23 season


If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League is back with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

Almost at the halfway mark of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.

The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

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Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham, Brentford and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.

Who are the candidates for relegation?

Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton currently occupy the relegation places.

But Leicester, West Ham, Wolves, and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three after a topsy-turvy season so far.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.

Premier League table – February 5

Premier League schedule
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Southampton vs Wolves: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Southampton host Wolves in a huge relegation six-pointer in the Premier League and all of the pressure is on the hosts.


After a dreadful run of form which has seen new manager Nathan Jones lose six of his first seven Premier League games in charge, including a 3-0 drubbing at Brentford last week, Southampton sit bottom of the table. However, they are just four points from safety and badly need a win to unite their fanbase, players and coaching staff.

Wolves are looking so much better under new manager Julen Lopetegui as they hammered Liverpool 3-0 last time out to move further away from the bottom three. Lopetegui has won three of his six Premier League games in charge but they remain just two points off the relegation zone.

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Here’s everything you need for Southampton vs Wolves.

How to watch Southampton vs Wolves live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com

Key storylines & in-form players to watch

Saints are in freefall and if they lose this game it feels like Nathan Jones will lose his job. The Welsh coach went on a bizarre rant following their shellacking at Brentford and said he has pandered to others and hasn’t done his job properly ever since he arrived at Southampton in November. The owners are backing him, for now, but in midweek they admitted results have to improve. After spending big on deadline day to bring in forwards Paul Onuachu and Kamaldeen Sulemana, now is the time for Southampton to drag themselves off the bottom. If not, they could have a third manager of the season very soon.

Wolves were brilliant against Liverpool and have found a great system for the players they have with the 4-4-2 working wonders. Lopetegui is famed for having a solid foundation defensively but the big change has been Wolves being much better on the counter and finally finishing off chances. After bringing in Sarabia, Cunha, Lemina and Dawson in January they have added experience and quality in key areas and it seems to have given the entire club a lift.

Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

Kyle Walker-Peters should be fully fit after a recent hamstring issue, while Alex McCarthy remains a doubt and Valentino Livramento and Juan Larios are definitely out. Onuachu and Sulemana should start, while Nathan Jones has favored a 3-5-2 formation in recent weeks so it will be intriguing to see if he persists with that despite fan unrest towards his tactics.

Wolves team news, injuries, lineup options

Chiquinho, Sasa Kalajdzic and Boubacar Traore remain out, while Pedro Neto will miss this game. Mario Lemina is a doubt, while Hwang Hee-chan is out after suffering a thigh injury. Adama Traore, Daniel Podence and Joao Moutinho could come into the starting lineup given these injuries.


West Ham vs Chelsea: How to watch live, stream link, team news


West Ham host Chelsea on Saturday in a massive London derby as both teams aim to kick-start their respective campaigns.


The Hammers have improved in recent weeks as they beat Everton and drew at Newcastle last time out. David Moyes’ men are still hovering just above the relegation zone but it looks like they will now kick on in the second half of the season and they usually fare well against their bitter London rivals Chelsea.

As for the Blues, they have won just once in their last six Premier League games but they are becoming very tough to beat, and score against, under Graham Potter. Three shutouts in a row have them on a three-game unbeaten run and now they have all of their January additions on board, expect Chelsea to climb closer to the top four.

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Here’s everything you need for West Ham vs Chelsea.

How to watch West Ham vs Chelsea live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 7:30am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com

Key storylines & in-form players to watch

The Hammers are slowly getting back to their best and Nayef Aguerd has been in fine form at center back and is now fully fit after arriving in the summer. Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta and Michail Antonio have been among the goals in recent games and there is a menacing look to West Ham on the counter.

Chelsea’s new signing Enzo Fernandez made a great impact on his debut against Fulham last time out, while Badiashile has also impressed at center back, while Mudryk and Madueke are both getting up to speed on the wing. Joao Felix will finally be available again after he missed the last three games due to his red card on debut.

West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options

Kurt Zouma (thigh) and Maxwel Cornet (calf) remain out, while Gianluca Scamacca is battling back from a knee injury. Alphonse Areola and Thilo Kehrer are struggling with hamstring issues. It will be intriguing to see if Moyes starts with January signing Danny Ings up top in this game or if he continues with Michail Antonio as the focal point.

Chelsea team news, injuries, lineup options

N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja remain out, while Wesley Fofana and Mateo Kovacic are close to being available. Denis Zakaria and Edouard Mendy are out too, but Joao Felix is back from suspension which gives Potter a very lively option up top and it would be no surprise if the Portuguese stars starts this game.