Prindi’s Premier League Picks: Norwich to shock Chelsea at home

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It’s the penultimate weekend in the Premier League and anything can happen. So who better to take a stab at predictions than myself – a notoriously crap gambler with a penchant for picking big time upsets that never pan out.

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Let’s do this!

UPSET CITY

Everton v. Manchester City (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Goodison Park)

The greatest story of the season won’t be Liverpool winning the title, it’ll be Everton nipping a point off of Manchester City, handing their rivals the title and sparing Stevie G major blushes.

Everton 1 Manchester City 1

Manchester United v. Sunderland (Sat 10:00am ET on NBCSN; Old Trafford)

Wow, never figured I’d be so torn over this fixture… I’m no United fan but I want Giggsy to get the permanent job (even though that’s not happening) AND I want Sunderland to stay up (yes I still have love for Jozy). The difference maker, though, no Roo Roo means no dice for United.

Let’s go upset on this one with New Jersey’s finest netting a brace.

Manchester United 2 Sunderland 3

Newcastle United v. Cardiff City (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; St James’ Park)

Really looking forward to that 69th minute walkout planned by the Geordies. Love the time they’ve chosen as well! No, no you silly sexbots it’s not because of what you’re thinking, it’s because the last time Newcastle won a trophy (the Inter Cities Cup, now Europa League) was in 1969. Duh.

Gonna be weird to see Cardiff win in a stadium filled with only traveling support.

Newcastle 1 Cardiff City 2

Stoke City v. Fulham (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Britannia Stadium)

My new favorite manager and Warby Parker model, Felix Magath The Cat.

Meow.

Stoke City 1 Fulham 2

Swansea City v. Southampton (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Liberty Stadium)

Wilfried Bony, The Thighmaster. That is all.

Swansea City 2 Southampton 2

Chelsea v. Norwich City (Sun 11:00am ET on NBCSN; Stamford Bridge)

Champions League hangover? Cech out? Mourinho and Hazard infighting?!

That’s right people, in honor of my buddy Tusk (legend of the EVS), I’m calling it right here, right now: The strikingly handsome Snodgrass is gonna head into Stamford Bridge and slay the Blue Giant.

Slow clap? Hell yes, slow clap!

Chelsea 2 Norwich City 3

SQUEAKY BUM TIME

West Ham United v. Tottenham Hotspur (Sat 7:45 ET on NBCSN; Upton Park)

This one’s like choosing between beets and carrots in the hot lunch line. Try not to spew.

Both clubs are secure with zero motivation except perhaps to help their manager get the win in the hope it will prevent the summer axe from falling hard… Which it won’t.

Sam. Tim. It’s been real, fellas.

West Ham 1 Tottenham 1

Aston Villa v. Hull City (Sat 10:00am ET on Live Extra; Villa Park)

Put up or shut up time for Villa here and as much as I’d prefer the latter when it comes to listening to Paul Lambert’s post-match sound, I gotta give the home side the edge.

Aston Villa 1 Hull City 0

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS

Arsenal v. West Bromwich Albion (Sun 8:30am ET on NBCSN; Emirates Stadium)

Arsenal loves dominating teams outside the Top 5.

Arsenal 4 West Brom 0

Crystal Palace v. Liverpool (Mon 3:00pm ET on NBCSN; Selhurst Park)

There’s no scarier place in the Prem to play right now than Selhurst Park. Unless, of course, you have a strong malocclusion, the taped-back ears of a prized pitbull and are in dire need of two goals to set the 38 game Premier League record for goals in a season.

He gets it on Monday. Kiss the wrist.

Crystal Palace 1 Liverpool 4

 

VIDEO: Wild first half in Moscow sees Lukaku, Hazard on board

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Romelu Lukaku (2) and Eden Hazard scored for Belgium before Dylan Bronn answered for Tunisia, as dominant Belgium holds a 3-1 lead with three goals gracing the games first 18 minutes on Saturday.

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Lukaku led an early break that led to a Thomas Meunier shot collected by Tunisian keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha.

Hazard won a penalty in the fifth minute, just inside the 18. He converted the chance low and to the right of Ben Mustapha.

Ben Mustapha was fortunate when Hazard’s 12th minute shot of a terrific Lukaku pass was substandard.

Lukaku then scored a beauty in the 16th minute, sent into the 18 by Dries Mertens, when he clinically slid a shot inside the far post.

Tunisia got a surprise answer a minute later when Bronn turned a free kick past Thibaut Courtois and into the back of the net.

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Lukaku would chip the keeper after Meunier played his perfect run to feet.

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Enrique has rare brain tumor removed, faces battle

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Former Newcastle and Liverpool defender Jose Enrique is now an agent, but the headache that came with a manager meeting had nothing to do with the conversation.

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Enrique had a “brutal” headache following a meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton, his former manager, and tests revealed a rare brain tumor (Spanish language link).

Enrique underwent brain surgery to remove the tumor and now faces 35 sessions of radiotherapy, only available in two European cities.

He lost more than a dozen pounds in a single week, calling it “the toughest time of my life.”

WATCH: World Cup, Day 10 — All eyes on Germany

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Many of the favorites in the 2018 World Cup have disappointed, but until Argentina fell 3-0 to Croatia on Thursday, Germany was the only one to suffer a defeat.

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Die Mannschaft fell to Mexico in their opening match, with El Tri carving up the German midfield on the counter. Now, Joachim Low has had ample time to make the adjustments needed to go for victory as the Germans take on Sweden as they chase a spot in the knockout stages among Group F.

Meanwhile, Mexico looks to prove they’re not a one-hit wonder as they take on South Korea in Rostov. Juan Carlos Osorio has received plenty of praise – and rightly so – for his tactics in the upset victory, and that leaves El Tri with a chance to clinch a spot in the knockout stage with a win.

Before all that Group F craziness, Belgium takes the field in the morning against Tunisia as they look to follow up its comprehensive 3-0 victory over Panama in the opening round. A victory for the Red Devils would not only book a place in the knockout round, but also eliminate Tunisia from contention.

Below is Saturday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Saturday, June 23

Group F
South Korea vs. Mexico: Rostov-on-Don, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
Germany vs. Sweden: Sochi, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group G
Belgium vs. Tunisia: Moscow, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Kluivert junior leaves Ajax for Roma in $21m transfer

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ROME (AP) — Roma signed Justin Kluivert, the son of former Milan and Barcelona forward Patrick, from Ajax on Friday for a fee that could rise to 18.75 million euros ($21.8 million).

The 19-year-old Dutch international forward has agreed a five-year contract with Roma.

“I’m very happy. I’m at an incredible club,” Kluivert said. “I cannot wait to start. I believe that Roma is the ideal team for my growth, which will allow me to play at the highest levels.”

Kluivert junior made 56 appearances and scored 13 goals for Ajax. He has one cap for the Netherlands.

He joins Roma for an initial 17.25 million euros ($20.1 million) and performance-related clauses could see the price rise by 1.5 million euros.