Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks: Newcastle, Manchester United, Saints

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Week 11 is here folks. Buckle up, we are in for a bumpy ride. Big games await on Saturday as Liverpool host Chelsea and QPR aim to shock reigning champions Manchester City, plus much more top notch action is on the slate.

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After consulting my crystal ball, here’s how I see things panning out…

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Southampton vs. Leicester City – (Saturday, NBCSN, 10 a.m. ET)

The Saints will go marching on and condemn Leicester to a fifth defeat in six. Ronald Koeman’s men look unstoppable going forward but also impenetrable at the back. That’s a great combo.

Southampton 3-1 Leicester City

Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)

United took one point from their last two games vs. Chelsea and Manchester City, but arguably could have had more had their finishing been better and if they had avoided silly red cards. Expect Louis van Gaal’s men to shot early and often against a Palace side slipping dangerously towards the bottom three, who are also without their inspirational captain Mile Jedinak.

Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace

West Ham United vs. Aston Villa – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)

Sam Allardyce and Diafra Sakho won the manager and player of the month awards for October, so that usually means you lose your next game. I expect the Hammers to get over that curse and hand Villa their seventh-straight defeat. Is this curtains for Paul Lambert as Villa boss?

West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa

West Bromwich Albion vs. Newcastle – (Sunday, Premier League Extratime, 8:30 a.m. ET)

These two have identical records but the Magpies are the ones flying after four-straight wins in all competitions and Alan Pardew’s side have finally found their feet. Summer additions are slotting in well and they are suddenly a threat going forward. The Baggies struggled to contain Crystal Palace in their most recent home match. Away win for the Geordies.

West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Newcastle

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Liverpool vs. Chelsea – (Saturday, NBCSN, 7:45 a.m. ET)

After Brendan Rodgers rested his star men for the trip to Real Madrid in midweek and prioritized this Chelsea clash, expect the Reds to come flying out of the traps. Last season Mourinho’s boys ruined Liverpool chances of winning the title, so revenge will be in the air at Anfield. Expect a tight match. Chelsea should win easily, but other factors will come into play.

Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City – (Sunday, NBCSN, 8:30 a.m. ET)

After a shaky display away in the Europa League on Thursday and a slightly fortutious comeback win over Aston Villa last weekend, Spurs are just about getting away with lackluster displays. As Stoke showed earlier this season by going to Man City and winning, they aren’t scared of taking the game to opponents away from the Britannia.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Stoke City

Swansea vs. Arsenal – (Sunday, NBCSN, 11 a.m. ET)

The Gunners found it hard to break down Burnley up until the final 15 minutes last weekend and they may struggle against the Swans who shutout Everton last week. Chuck in the fact that the Gunners coughed up a 3-0 lead to draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League in midweek, and I think we have ourselves a high-scoring draw.

Swansea 2-2 Arsenal

Sunderland vs. Everton – (Sunday, Premier League Extratime, 8:30 a.m. ET)

After their massive win away at Palace, Gus Poyet’s men will be full of confidence. Everton will be too following their 3-0 demolition of Lille in the Europa League. With a fired up home crowd on Wearside, expect this to be tight. Stay well clear.

Sunderland 1-1 Everton

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QPR vs. Manchester City – (Saturday, NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET)

After a week of more struggles in the UEFA Champions League and a tiring derby win over Manchester United, this could be the perfect time for QPR to host the reigning champions. Manuel Pellegrini’s men can’t afford another slip up but a resurgent Rangers could hand them a surprise down at Loftus Road. Watch out City, Charlie Austin is coming for you.

QPR 2-1 Manchester City

Burnley  vs. Hull City – (Saturday, Premier League Extratime, 10 a.m. ET)

This has to be the week, surely? Hull City are without a win in three and Burnley are slowly looking more threatening going forward. With the pack above them pulling away, they really need a win here to stay in touch as they start to drift free at the bottom. I’m tipping the Clarets to succeed.

Burnley 2-1 Hull City

USMNT reportedly opens contract talks with Gregg Berhalter; Good or bad idea?

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Gregg Berhalter may be sticking around the United States men’s national team program, giving the USMNT coaching continuity as it moves from 2022 World Cup Round of 16 member to 2026 World Cup co-host.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle says that Berhalter is beginning contract discussions with the United States Soccer Federation but also interested in taking a job in Europe with his profile having risen alongside the USMNT at the World Cup.

Berhalter’s current contract ends at the end of the calendar year, and the Yanks have scheduled a domestic camp in January and friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

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Berhalter has done some good things for the program, most notably winning the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup with two different groups. He also straightened out the defending, for the most part, and got out of the World Cup group.

Berhalter successfully recruited Sergino Dest and Yunus Musah, two of the program’s stars at the World Cup. He also convinced Malik Tillman, Gaga Slonina, and Jesus Ferreira that the U.S. was the right place for their national team futures.

He also, subjectively, was slow if not downright stubborn in acquiesing to certain points-of-view that made the team better. From Tyler Adams as a right back at the outset of his tenure to saying Tim Ream didn’t fit how he wanted to play about a month before the World Cup… then playing him every minute of the tournament.

But for the most part when lessons were learned, they stayed learned.

Should Gregg Berhalter continue as USMNT boss?

Let’s start here, because it’s necessary: It’s clear that Berhalter cared about his players and the project, whether you like the way he operated or not. This wasn’t a half-assed operation, but one with passion.

So does he still have that passion? Only he can answer that, and if he’d like to get more matchdays in his life then maybe he does want to go back to the club game.

And frankly, that’s fine either way, because his four years with the program were neither amazing nor pitiful. They can be described as anything from a slight disappointment to a minor success, depending on your perspective and expectations.

If you believe that picking up the pieces from the absolute travesty that was failing to qualify for the World Cup from the richest nation and one of the two most talented nations amongst CONCACAF men’s programs was really hard, then you think Berhalter getting the men to the 2022 World Cup and surviving the group with a young group was a solid step in the right direction and a minor success.

If you believe that the American soccer climate is such that you should always make the World Cup out of one of the world’s lesser confederations and that the Yanks progressed as the second team of a group in which they were the second-ranked team according to FIFA and Elo Ratings, well, you can have a different standard.

The Yanks will never again fail to qualify for the World Cup given the expanded field, but hosts have historically had a drastically-improved chance to reach the semifinals. THe federation would have to be confident that picking the best squad regardless of how it reflects on his previous selections — let alone a Best XI — is going to happen under a given coach.

Berhalter’s 49 and is far from the worst or best boss in USMNT history. Whoever’s in the job four years from now will have a chance to go down as either one. Choose wisely, fed. And Gregg! Who knows how far his star could rise with a solid run in Europe, and history says there will be the chance to reconnect with the USMNT job.

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Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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

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We’re at the 2022 World Cup break, and the final few rounds of Premier League fixtures caused so many shocks.

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.

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.

Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United are locked in a battle for the top four, while Liverpool have improved and will be back in the Champions League scrap and Chelsea are struggling.

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Who are the early-season candidates for relegation?

Newly promoted Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the table with a win before the break, with Wolves and Southampton currently occupying the other two relegation places.

Leicester have picked up a few big wins, while West Ham, Everton and Leeds all find themselves within a few points of the bottom-three after a topsy-turvy start.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.


Premier League table – Matchweek 16

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England vs France: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Match 59 of the 2022 World Cup features a pair of European heavyweights duking it out for a place in the semifinals when England faces France on Saturday.

Didier Deschamps’ France is bidding to become a back-to-back World Cup winner, but Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are tournament-hardened and have shown their explosive nature three times this tournament.

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France beat Poland 3-1 in its Round of 16 match while England overcame a dodgy start to pound Senegal 3-0.

Neither team can say its faced a test like this in the tournament, and this could be a fantastic fight in Qatar.

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Here is everything you need for England vs France.


How to watch England vs France live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Saturday, December 1
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

England will look to Harry Kane, though the question remains who will flank the Tottenham center forward. Marcus Rashford’s been very good but Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden got the starting spots against Senegal and it paid off for Southgate.

Kylian Mbappe has been borderline unstoppable and will test Harry Maguire, John Stones, and friends and Antoine Griezmann pulls the strings in behind and Aurelien Tchouameni continues to strengthen his reputation in the center of the pitch.


England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Jordan Pickford

France quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (Won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key players: Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann

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Croatia vs Brazil: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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World Cup-savvy Croatia stands in the way of stylish Brazil’s pursuit of a sixth World Cup crown, and the pair promise a complex match-up on Friday in Al Rayyan.

Match 58 of the 2022 World Cup kicks off the quarterfinals as Neymar leads Tite’s star-studded CONMEBOL powers into a match against the 2018 runners-up.

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Croatia got past Japan in penalties and will now dream of the two wins that could set it back in the final where France could again be waiting for a juicy rematch.

Croatia needed penalties to get past Japan in the Round of 16, while Brazil pasted South Korea 4-1.  Croatia has never beaten Brazil in four meetings, losing at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

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Here is everything you need for Croatia vs Brazil.


How to watch Croatia vs Brazil live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Friday, December 9
Stadium: Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Croatia’s Dominik Livakovic was fantastic in penalties versus Japan to get here, but Luka Modric continues to do the things that get Croatia out of trouble and puts the opponents into heaps of it. Josko Gvardiola has arguably been the defender of the tournament, and the 20-year-old looks to test his mettle again against the Selecao.

Pick a Brazil player who’s failed to impress and you’ve achieved a mighty feat. Neymar’s been fantastic when healthy while RIcharlison is in serious pursuit of the Golden Boot. Alisson Becker flexed his muscles once or twice versus South Korea and figures to be busier as the competition continues to heat up in Qatar.


Croatia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 12
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Key players: Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Mateo Kovacic, Josko Gvardiol

Brazil quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 1
World Cup titles: 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
World Cup appearances: 22
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (1st place)
Coach: Tite
Key players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Casemiro, Alisson Becker

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