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

Champions League permutations: Who needs what?

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Here’s a quick reminder of how many teams from each group have already reached the last 16:

Group A: Paris St-Germain (winners), Real Madrid (runners up)
Group B: Bayern Munich (winners), Tottenham (runners up)
Group C: Manchester City (winners)
Group D: Juventus (winners)
Group E: None
Group F: Barcelona (winners)
Group G: RB Leipzig
Group H: None

And here’s what teams in each group need to do to advance:

Group C
Shakhtar Donetsk will reach the last 16 if they win at home against Atalanta, while both Atalanta and Dinamo Zagreb can still reach the last 16 with wins.

Group D
Atletico Madrid will secure their spot in the last 16 if they beat Lokomotiv Moscow at home, but if they draw or lose and Bayer Leverkusen win at home against group winners Juventus, the German side will go through.

Group E
Red Bull Salzburg will reach the last 16 if they beat Liverpool at home, while the reigning UCL champions need just a point to make it to the knockout rounds. However,  if Liverpool lose they will be out unless Napoli lose at home to Genk too or if Liverpool score four away goals or more and only lose by one goal (eg a 5-4 loss) combined with a Napoli defeat they will go through. Napoli need a point in their final game at home against Genk to reach the last 16.

Group F
Inter Milan will make the last 16 if they beat Barcelona at home but if they don’t win then Borussia Dortmund will go through by bettering Inter’s result. Dortmund host Slavia Prague at home.

Group G
Leipzig have already qualified and will finish top of the group with a win. Zenit will reach the last 16 if they win away at already eliminated Benfica, while Lyon can qualify if they better Zenit’s result from the final game.

Group H
Chelsea know they will reach the last 16 with a win at home to already eliminated Lille. Ajax only need a draw to make the last 16, while Valencia need a win at Ajax to advance. Chelsea will also reach the last if they draw against Lille and Ajax beat Valencia.

Champions League score predictions: Matchweek 6

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The sixth and final matchday of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage is here, and two of the four Premier League clubs needing to avoid defeat to go through.

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Fans of Liverpool and Chelsea will both be sweating ahead of their group stage finales.

Below we predict the scores for all 16 UCL games taking place over the next two days, with Tottenham heading to Bayern Munich able to rest players,  while reigning champions Liverpool head to Jesse March’s Salzburg needing a draw to advance but the hosts will go through with a win.

As for Chelsea, they host Lille needing a win to secure their route to the last 16 and a draw could be enough if Valencia lose to Ajax, while Man City travel to Dinamo Zagreb already confirmed as group winners.

Feel free to make your own predictions in the comments section below, too.


Tuesday

Group E
Red Bull Salzburg 3-5 Liverpool
Napoli 3-1 Genk

Group F
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Slavia Prague
Inter Milan 2-2 Barcelona

Group G
Lyon 2-1 Leipzig
Benfica 0-2 Zenit

Group H
Chelsea 1-1 Lille
Ajax 2-2 Valencia


Wednesday

Group A
PSG 3-0 Galatasaray
Club Brugge 1-2 Real Madrid

Group B
Bayern Munich 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Olympiacos 3-1 Red Star Belgrade

Group C
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-3 Atalanta
Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 Man City

Group D
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Juventus
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Lokomotiv Moscow

MLS teams learn opponents for CCL last 16

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The draw for the last 16 of the CONCACAF Champions League took place late Monday and some intriguing clashes have been set up to kick off the knockout rounds.

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2019 Supporters’ Shield champs LAFC face Liga MX’s Club Leon, while NYCFC fave San Carlos from Costa Rica, 2019 MLS Cup champs Seattle Sounders square off with Honduran side Olimpia, the Montreal Impact face Costa Rica’s Saprissa and Atlanta United also have Honduran opponents in Motagua.

Fans of MLS teams will not need reminding that Liga MX have dominated this competition, with a team from Mexico winning this competition each season since 2006.

Below is the schedule in full for the knockout rounds of the tournament, which begin in mid-February.


2020 CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 schedule

Leg 1: Feb. 18-20; Leg 2: Feb. 25-27. First team listed hosts Leg 2.

  1. Atlanta United (USA) vs. Motagua (HON)
  2. Club America (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA)
  3. Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Portmore United (JAM)
  4. LAFC (USA) vs. Club Leon (MEX)
  5. Tigres UANL (MEX) vs. Alianza (SLV)
  6. NYCFC (USA) vs. San Carlos (CRC)
  7. Seattle Sounders (USA) vs. Olimpia (HON)
  8. Montreal Impact (CAN) vs. Saprissa (CRC)

Quarterfinals

Leg 1: March 10-12; Leg 2: March 17-19. Winner of odd-numbered Round of 16 game hosts Leg 2.

  • Winner 1 vs. Winner 2
  • Winner 3 vs. Winner 4
  • Winner 5 vs. Winner 6
  • Winner 7 vs. Winner 8

Semifinals

Leg 1: Apr. 7-9; Leg 2: Apr. 14-16. Hosting determined by performance in prior rounds.

  • Winner 1/2 vs. Winner 3/4
  • Winner 5/6 vs. Winner 7/8

Final

Leg 1: April 28-30; Leg 2: May 5-7. Hosting determined by performance in prior rounds.

  • Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

Arsenal issue injury update

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Arsenal have issued an injury update on several players after their win at West Ham on Monday.

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Interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg will have an injury headache to sort out, especially at full back, as Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney were both injured before and during the 3-1 win at the London Stadium.

Bellerin felt his hamstring go in the warm up and the Spaniard was replaced by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who performed well.

“Hector had a feeling in his hamstring during the warm-up and we took the decision. Not going to force anyone to play if they don’t feel 100%,” Ljungberg said. “It was a straight swap on that with Ainsley. Ainsley has been out in the cold a little bit but came in and did really well. I’m really proud of him.”

As for Tierney, who suffered a shoulder injury during the game, the prognosis on the Scottish left back doesn’t appear as positive as Bellerin.

“It’s something with his shoulder but I don’t know exactly what that is. We obviously had to take him off. He’s going to hospital to get it checked,” Ljungberg added.

The Gunners have enough defensive issues as it is without throwing a few injuries to arguably their best right and left backs.

Arsenal have plenty of walking wounded right now, as Rob Holding wasn’t in the squad to face West Ham due to a knee injury flaring up, while Dani Ceballos and Emile Smith-Rowe are still working their way back to full fitness.

Remarkably, Arsenal are just seven points off the top four given the firing of Unai Emery, their woeful defensive displays and their worst-ever start to a season.

Ljungberg’s boys host Man City on Sunday (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) which looks like being a straight shootout between two teams who can score at will but can’t keep them out at the other end.

The Gunners are great to watch for the neutrals, but these defensive injuries continue to hamper any recovery post-Emery.