Premier League Sunday Preview: Man City and Spurs square off, Cardiff host Manchester United

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Sunday’s two Premier League games have a lot to live up to after a spectacular showing from the rest of the league on Saturday.

But there are two crackers coming up back-to-back on NBCSN as some huge sides face off in Week 12’s remaining fixtures.

Both Manchester sides face tough games as the top of the PL standings may look decidedly different when the final whistle blows on Sunday.

Let’s have a quick gander at what we can expect from these two contests.

Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotpsur (live on NBCSN, 8:30am ET)

Manuel Pellegrini’s Man City side have been sensational at home, but woeful on the road. Luckily they face Spurs in the comfy confides of the Etihad Stadium as they look to make it six home wins from six this season. Tottenham can’t score for love nor money right now and the pressure is mounting on striker Robert Soldado and Spurs’ other new signings who’ve yet to deliver the creative spark many were hoping for. Both Pellegrini and AVB will be hoping to jump back into the top six as Spurs sit seventh and City in ninth, separated by just one point, going into this clash. Tottenham’s defense is the meanest in the league but City’s offense is the best, something has to give in Manchester on Sunday as both sides aim for a win that will see them move back towards the top four where they think they belong. If Segrio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo are given too much time, they could tear Tottenham apart.

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The Red Devils are back on form and unbeaten in five, can Cardiff upset the apple cart?

Cardiff City vs. Manchester United (live on NBCSN, 11am ET)

Like Man City, the Bluebirds are also an incredibly difficult team to beat at home and they’ve already scalped Manchester’s other side at the Cardiff City Stadium… can they add United to a long-list of famous wins in the Welsh capital? Malkay Mackay’s side beat Swansea in the South Wales derby in their last home game but were disappointing in a 2-0 away loss to Aston Villa before the international break. As for United, David Moyes’ men could climb into fourth spot with a victory after being buoyed by their win against Arsenal before the break. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last five PL games and have won four of those. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are key to their success on Sunday and beyond, can Cardiff’s center backs Steven Caulker and Ben Turner keep them quite?

Watch Live: Watford v. Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil makes his first start of the season as Arsenal visits Watford and new/old manager Quique Sanchez Flores on Sunday at Vicarage Road (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Ozil has two goals and four assists in nine appearances against Watford.

Dani Ceballos is also starting for the Gunners, who will be without Alexandre Lacazette for the next few weeks.

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Gerard Deulofeu heads into the Starting XI for the Hornets, who will have in-form Will Hughes on the other side of the field.

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World record-holding manager Gutendorf dies at 93

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The world record holder for most teams managed has died at the age of 93.

Rudi Gutendorf, who managed in the United States with the NASL’s St. Louis Stars (1968), last managed in 2003 when he led the Samoa national team.

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Those are two of 55 teams he led onto the pitch, 22 of which were national teams. He led teams from CONCACAF (Trinidad and Tobago), CAF (Ghana), CONMEBOL (Chile), OFC (Fiji), and AFC (Australia).

The German-born Gutendorf did a lot of his club work in Europe, leading clubs as big as Hamburg, Schalke, Real Valladolid, and Hertha Berlin.

Gutendorf managed Rwanda in the wake of the country’s dark civil war. From DW.com:

“Such hate, you cannot believe. I was able to unite these two tribes to play football, and good football,” he said in a 2013 interview of the mixed Rwandan team of Hutu and Tutsi players.

What a fascinating career Gutendorf had, and the stories he’s told.

Man Utd’s Maguire “showed what a man he is” versus Leicester

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Manchester United is still working to find its form as a team, but center back Harry Maguire continued his run of fine performances when the Red Devils beat his former team on Saturday.

United beat Leicester City 1-0 on the day, a Marcus Rashford penalty the difference, but Maguire and fellow new back Aaron Wan-Bissaka were again exceptional.

[ RECAP: Man Utd 1-0 Leicester City ]

Ashley Young has been through a few iterations of Manchester United, and the long-time club offered up lofty words to credit Maguire’s contributions to the team.

“Again he showed today what a man he is,” Young said. “You know, I think the manager’s said about him, he talks non-stop, he’s a real leader and he can play as well.”

Maguire won five aerial battles and two tackles while completing 83 percent of his passes and managing two shots against his former side (WhoScored). On the season, only Anthony Martial has consistently been more important to the team.

He also did not record a loss of possession, and seemingly was unbothered by plenty of criticism from the traveling fans. From The Manchester Evening News:

“I don’t think it bothers (Maguire) whatsoever,” said Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “You’ve got to be that way and when you play, when you coach, when you manage, we don’t get carried away when we win a game that we maybe didn’t deserve to win, but we don’t get in the dumps when we don’t win.”

Solskjaer also loved Maguire and Victor Lindelof for their performance against pesky Leicester star Jamie Vardy.

“I’ve got loads of admiration for Vardy,” Solskjaer said. “I think he’s my type of centre forward, runs in in behind, harasses and you’ve got to be spot on with the decision-making, when to stay up, when to drop off, and both of them proved their worth today. There were a couple of races and Harry did well.”

Maguire didn’t love being on the other side of Vardy, either.

“It was tough playing against Jamie,” he said. “I’ve played with him for two years and he is a top player who can terrorize defenses when he is on his game. … We knew it was important to get the win, especially after the international break. We have to build on a solid base and we want to keep clean sheets, especially at Old Trafford. We are always going to score goals with the attacking talent we have.”

United hosts Kazakhstan’s Astana on Thursday in the Europa League before visiting West Ham United on Sept. 22.

Watch Live: Bournemouth v. Everton

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets the start up top as Everton looks to take down hosts Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Alex Iwobi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Richarlison join Calvert-Lewin in attack for the Toffees, who can go fourth with a win.

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Bournemouth enters the day in 16th, a point ahead of the bottom three, but can rise into the top half with a win. Early season vibes.

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Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Cook, Stacey, Solanke, Billing, L. S. Cook, Wilson, King, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Surman, Lerma, Ibe, Fraser, Simpson, Mepham.

Everton: Pickford, Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman, Delph, Schneiderlin, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Walcott, Sidibe, Bernard, Davies, Kean.