Watch Live: West Ham vs. Newcastle (Lineups and Discuss)

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West Ham are hovering just above the drop, but a surprise win over Newcastle at Upton Park on Saturday could do a lot for the Irons’ confidence (watch live online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

Prior to last week’s win at Cardiff City, it had been a bad, bad few weeks for West Ham. In the six previous fixtures, they’d conceded 24 goals – highly unusual for a Sam Allardyce side. The Irons were kicked out of the FA Cup with a 5-0 loss to Championship side Nottingham Forest, only to see a second leg against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup rendered practically pointless, when City won the first 6-0. But the Irons got all three points against Cardiff, with Mark Noble even able to add to Carlton Cole’s opener despite the side being down a man. That could very well give the hosts a boost going into today’s match.

That, and the fact that Newcastle have lost their last four in a row across all competitions. The losses to Arsenal and Manchester City were likely expected. The loss to West Brom, and being kicked out of the FA Cup by Cardiff, aren’t so easily explained. And, after that impressive surge that saw Newcastle lose just once in eight matches, culminating in the 5-1 rout of Stoke, the Magpies have failed to score in their last three Premier League matches.

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Despite finally marking his return from injury against Cardiff last weekend, Andy Carroll only makes the bench against former side Newcastle. A tactical move from Allardyce, or is it done out of concern for the striker’s health?

The visitors may be lacking in goals recently, but Alan Pardew is keeping the faith, naming a side unchanged from the won that fell to Manchester City. Perhaps the Newcastle manager is banking that this will be the week that Loïc Rémy returns to goalscoring form.

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West Ham: Adrian, Jarvis, Rat, Collison, Taylor, Noble, Collins, Diame, Downing, C.Cole, Johnson

Subs: Jaaskelainen, Carroll, Maiga, Morrison, Diarra, J.Cole, Chambers

Newcastle: Krul; Santon, Williamson, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa; Tiote, Anita, Cabaye; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran

Subs: Elliot, Haidara, Dummett, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Cisse

Scenes from around the UCL final

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We’re just hours away from kickoff in Kiev, Ukraine, and the streets are lined with football supporters ahead of the year’s biggest club final.

Liverpool and Real Madrid will meet at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Saturday, as the latter aims for its fourth UEFA Champions League crown in five seasons.

Let’s take a look at the sights around Ukraine and abroad ahead of the UCL final.


Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox took to Twitter to show their support for the Reds, with both teams owned by John Henry.

Los Blancos go for an unprecedented fourth UCL title in five years, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. aim to assert their dominance once again.

Reds legend John Arne Riise took part in Liverpool’s last UCL title in 2004/05, and holds the giant piece of silverware once again.

Supporters from both sides are out in full force in Kiev, with the Reds hoping to spoil yet another UCL triumph for Madrid.

Supporters all over the world will have their eyes on the most important club competition in football, with the Champions League hosting viewing parties in Shanghai, London and Rio de Janeiro.

Report: Napoli’s Sarri in as next Chelsea manager?

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Antonio Conte hasn’t been relieved of his managerial duties at Stamford Bridge; at least not yet, however, reports out of Italy are suggesting the Blues are in line for a new boss.

Gazzetta del Sport is reporting that Chelsea is preparing to hire Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri, who remains under contract with the Serie A side.

The report says that Sarri is preparing his staff to make the move to London, although both managers are currently tied to their clubs.

Additionally, Sky Italy has stated that an agreement in principle has been reached between Sarri and Chelsea, assuming Conte leaves the Blues.

Chelsea wouldn’t have to pay Sarri’s $9 million release clause if they wait until after Thursday to complete a deal.

Conte endured an up-and-down 2017/18 season with the Blues, however, Chelsea did manage to close the year on a high note with an FA Cup title.

Meanwhile, Sarri has held his post at Napoli since 2015, guiding the club to top three finishes in all three seasons in Italy’s top flight.

Video: Modric, Milner show off in training ahead of UCL final

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The UEFA Champions League final hasn’t even kicked off yet, and Liverpool and Real Madrid are already trying to show each other up with some gorgeous golazos.

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Both sides had their final training sessions on Friday, and there were several unforgettable moment for each club.

We start with Real, who even got manager Zinedine Zidane involved in a crossing and finishing drill with some of his players.

This is where Luka Modric’s stunning volley came into play (below).

Meanwhile, in an inter-squad scrimmage amongst Liverpool’s team, James Milner unleashed this brilliant curling effort into the top corner (below).

LIVE: Aston Villa, Fulham battle for Premier League promotion

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The task is quite simple for the two sides competing at Wembley Stadium on Saturday; win and you’re back in the Premier League.

Aston Villa and Fulham will battle it out for the third and final promotion spot into the PL (12 p.m. ET) after boasting tremendous 2017/18 campaigns.

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For both clubs, there is a significance about restoring their role as a PL club, with Fulham last competing in the top flight four seasons ago and Villa two seasons removed.


Aston Villa: Johnstone; Chester, Snodgrass, Grealish, Hourihane, Jedinak, Hutton, Terry, Elmohamady, Adomah, Grabban. Bench: Whelan, Hogan, Bree, Onomah, Bjarnason, Kodjia, Bunn.

Fulham: Bettenelli; Fredericks, Sessegnon, Odoi, McDonald, Johansen, Cairney, Ream, Targett, Mitrovic, Kamara. Bench: Button, Fonte, Ayite, Norwood, Piazon, Christie, Kalas.