Premier League Roundup: Man City, Man Utd and Hull all win to see out 2013 in style

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Another pulsating day of Premier League action took place on Saturday, as six games were played just 48 hours after the Boxing Day bonanza.

Several squads rotated their lineups as Manchester City and Manchester United both scraped valuable 1-0 wins with many of their regulars missing from the starting XI.

Elsewhere Hull absolutely hammered Fulham, as the Tigers soared into the top ten with a scintillating display of clinical finishing. While at the bottom of the league, two relegation scraps saw West Ham draw 3-3 with West Brom and Sunderland stole a late 2-2 draw away at Cardiff.

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What magnificent day of action. Can this never end?

We have four more massive PL games coming your way on Sunday too, so don’t change the channel from NBCSN, or log off this website for the rest of this weekend. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Anyway, back to the six matches which took place on Saturday, here’s the recaps, analysis, video highlights and more.

Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea

Early promise evaporated for the home side at Villa Park, as Gabriel Agbonlahor’s opener was cancelled out by Roland Lamah. Swansea looked the more likely to grab a winner but the match ended in a draw, as Villa’s woes continue. As for the Swans, they keep stalling as Michael Laudrup suffers from second-season syndrome.

Cardiff City 2-2 Sunderland

A truly remarkable comeback from Sunderland as they trailed 2-0 with seven minutes to go against Cardiff, but then somehow grabbed a point. Jordon Mutch and Frazier Campbell put the Bluebirds 2-0 up and in the 83rd minute substitute Steven Fletcher pulled one back to give Sunderland hope. And then the thousands of traveling Mackems fans were sent wild as sub Jack Colback grabbed a stunning equalizer in the fifth minute of stoppage time. On a more serious note, Sunderland’s Fabio Borini was taken to hospital after falling ill, here’s an update.

Hull 6-0 Fulham

An absolute battering at the KC Stadium, as Hull surged into the top half of the table and embarrassed Fulham in the process. Two goals from Robert Koren and strikes from Elmohamady and Matt Fryatt were slightly overshadowed by Tom Huddlestone’s first goal in 54 PL games, which came on his birthday and also meant he could finally cut his hair after he’d been growing it out for charity until he scored. The Tigers were sublime, Fulham were woeful.

Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United

A hard-fought three points for the Red Devils, as Danny Welbeck’s strike just after half time proved to be the game-winner for Manchester United. A spirited Norwich side made life extremely difficult for David Moyes’, especially in the first half, but Welbeck’s arrival at the interval made all the difference.

Manchester City 1-0 Crystal Palace

City huffed and puffed throughout this tiresome game at the Eithad, as a resilient Palace team stood firm and even took the came to City with three glorious chances at the start of the second half. However Joe Hart was in fine form to thwart the Eagles, as Edin Dzeko’s clinical strike in the 66th minute grabbed all three points to send City top.

West Ham 3-3 West Brom

A pulsating clash down at Upton Park, as West Ham took an early lead through Joe Cole but Nicolas Anelka’s double have the Baggies a 2-1 half time lead. After the break the Hammers turned things around to lead 3-2 with Modibo Maiga and Kevin Nolan on the score sheet, however Saido Berahino then made it 3-3 with a terrific strike and almost won it late on with a curler that hit the post. Controversy marred the post-game analysis, as Nicolas Anelka was accused of making an anti-Semitic gesture.

LIVE, Europa League: Group stage finale arrives

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The group stage finale of the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League campaign is here.

Everything is set up for an epic Thursday of action.

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Arsenal need a point away at Standard Liege to reach the Round of 32, while Wolves and Man United are already safely through to the knockout rounds.

Wolves must win to stand a chance of winning Group K, while a point for Man United will be enough for them to win Group L.

Plenty of intrigue remains around Glasgow Rangers as any team from Group G can still reach the knockout round going into the final 90 minutes of action. If Steven Gerrard‘s men beat Young Boys at Ibrox then they will definitely be through as group winners.

Groups B, C and J are all so tough to call heading into the final games with giants such as Roma, Basel and Dynamo Kiev all in danger of being knocked out.

Below is the schedule in full for Thursday’s games, while you can click on the link above to follow all the action as it happens.


Full Europa League schedule

12:55 p.m. ET
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Vitoria
CFR Cluj v. Celtic
LASK v. Sporting Lisbon
Copenhagen v. Malmo
PSV Eindhoven v. Rosenborg
Qarabag v. Dudelange
Standard Liege v. Arsenal
Basel v. Trabzonspor
Dynamo Kiev v. Lugano
APOEL Nicosia v. Sevilla
Rennes v. Lazio
Getafe v. Krasnodar

3 p.m. ET
Rangers v. Young Boys
Wolves v. Besiktas
Espanyol v. CSKA Moscow
Gent v. Oleksandriya
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Porto v. Feyenoord
Ludogorets Razgrad v. Ferencvaros
Slovan Bratislava v. Braga
Roma v. Wolfsberg
Manchester United v. AZ Alkmaar
Wolfsburg v. Saint-Etienne
Partizan Belgrade v. Astana

Michael Bradley re-signs with Toronto FC

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Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley has re-signed with the Major League Soccer franchise.

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Bradley, 32, saw his previous contract run out at the end of the 2019 season but he has now agreed a new deal with the Canadian side and Toronto have squeezed him into their salary cap by using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).

During his six season stint so far in Toronto, Bradley has led the team to three MLS Cup finals as TFC stunned MLS with a run to the final against Seattle in 2019. They lost on that occasion but beat Seattle in 2017 and Bradley’s displays, along with that of Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore and now Alejandro Pozuelo have seen Toronto become one of the most consistent teams in MLS.

Explaining his reasons for signing a new deal in Toronto, Bradley revealed that he wants to take them onto bigger and better things.

“I feel so attached to the city of Toronto, the club, the team. I love it here and I am really proud of what we’ve been able to do over the past six years,” Bradley said. “Beyond the success, I am equally as proud of the mentality and identity this club has taken on. The relationship between the club and the city, the club and the fans are both very special and I’m proud to have played a part in that. What we have in Toronto doesn’t exist everywhere. My family and I are so happy to remain in Toronto and we’d like to thank everyone at Toronto FC for ensuring that this process was done quietly and professionally behind the scenes. I’m looking forward to continuing to play in the biggest games and competing for trophies every year.”

Bradley still has plenty left in the tank, as last season showed, and despite rumors that he would link up with his father, Bob Bradley, at LAFC, he is staying in Ontario.

That’s great news for Toronto FC as despite plenty of criticism from USMNT fans over recent years, Bradley has continued to deliver consistency and leadership at BMO Field.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Our latest Premier League player Power Rankings have landed.

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Matchweek 16 followed a similar pattern to recent weeks as players from Liverpool, Leicester City, Spurs and Man United dominated our top 20 with so many games played over the last seven days.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

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Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


1.  Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – Even
2. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Up 7
3. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – New entry
4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – New entry
5. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Up 6
6. Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle) – New entry
7. Jonny Evans (Leicester) – New entry
8. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 4
9. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – New entry
10. Danny Ings (Southampton) – New entry
11. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Man United) – New entry
12. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Down 2
13. Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester) – Even
14. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – Down 11
15. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Down 10
16. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – Down 3
17. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – Down 1
18. Anthony Martial (Man United) – New entry
19. Diogo Jota (Wolves) – New entry
20. Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal) – New entry

Christian Pulisic named USMNT Player of the Year

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Who else could it be? Christian Pulisic has been named the USMNT player of the year for 2019.

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The Chelsea star, 21, excelled for club and country over the past 12 months and after taking a few months to settle into life in England, he’s now taking the Premier League by storm on a weekly basis.

Pulisic has now won this award for a second time after first winning it in 2017 and he becomes the youngest player in U.S. men’s national team history to win the award twice.

His achievements over the last 12 months are numerous, as he dragged a struggling USMNT to the 2019 Gold Cup final and also became the youngest player to reach double figures in goals for the USMNT.