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Liverpool vs. Sunderland – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
If there is a match on the schedule that appears to have a clear winner, it’s Liverpool. Sunderland lacks the depth to compete with a top club, especially at the tail end of three matches in one week. I highly doubt the Black Cats can successfully park the bus against stronger opposition twice in a week.
Liverpool 3-1 Sunderland
Stoke City vs. Arsenal – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
The Gunners are making strides, and may have just found their way through another disappointing start to the season. Meanwhile, the Potters have been unlucky not to come away with points during a tough stretch of fixtures. Sadly that won’t end for Geoff Cameron and company this weekend, even at the Britannia.
Stoke City 0-2 Arsenal
Hull City vs. West Bromwich Albion – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Steve Bruce’s Tigers need to get off the mat in a hurry, because West Brom is a point ahead of them. In a sense, it’s a six-pointer, even though Hull has the ammo to not be in major relegation danger just yet. Alan Irvine’s Baggies need an emotional boost as well, but when in doubt, go for the home side.
Hull City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
DON’T TOUCH THIS…
Southampton vs. Manchester United – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
The match week ends with an absolute bang: two teams very capable of putting up goals. Southampton will be smarting from consecutive losses to Manchester City and Arsenal, and there are questions as to how they’ll rebound from this first great batch of turmoil. And Louis van Gaal has United moving in the right direction, but still limited in defense.
Southampton 2-3 Manchester United
Queens Park Rangers vs. Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
The Clarets are looking more dangerous every week, with Danny Ings lighting the way. And QPR is fragile, as manager Harry Redknapp continues to defy the bookmakers by keeping his job. They met in the Championship last season, but the stakes are much higher this weekend. A win gets one of them out of the drop zone. I don’t think either will bust out on Saturday.
QPR 1-1 Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
All bets are off when it comes to a London derby, and Neil Warnock has done a pretty good job in a tricky spot with the Eagles. It’s going to be hard for Palace to match Spurs firepower, though, and home field is another high-five for Mauricio Pochettino’s unit.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs. Leicester City – (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
With respect to Leonardo Ulloa and the Foxes display against Liverpool, Leicester doesn’t have a Christian Benteke. That should be the difference in this match, but Nigel Pearson’s visitors have competed hard for weeks and more than stand a chance against Paul Lambert’s generally underperforming Villans.
Aston Villa 2-2 Leicester City
West Ham United vs. Swansea City – (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)
Raise your hand if you had this December match-up as a battle for a Top Five slot. Put ’em down, friends. West Ham has been very good at home, and came through challenges to their strike force to pick up wins against Newcastle and West Brom. That said, Swans are going well. This one is a definitive game for “Don’t Touch This.”
The Magpies have beaten the Blues once in each of the last three seasons, including the last two matches at St. James Park. While that doesn’t guarantee Newcastle a fighting chance against mighty Chelsea, perhaps there’s something to Alan Pardew’s way against the Blues. Plus, Moussa Sissoko will return from suspension, and has been one of the most under-appreciated performers in the Premier League season.
The Etihad Stadium could be the X-factor here, but Everton has the defensive acumen to deal with Sergio Aguero (not to mention a pretty good keeper in Tim Howard). The Toffees need something to kickstart their season, and with City in fine form this is a tough test. But it’ll be close.
Tied at 0-0 from the first leg of the final in San Nicolas on Thursday, the advantage is with red-hot Chivas as their stunning recent form saw them win their final four games of the Clausura regular season to finish third in the table before beating Atlas and Club America in the playoffs.
Victor Guzman and Alexis Vega are Chivas’ main attacking threats as they will keep it tight defensively and the energy of the home crowd at Akron Stadium should be a huge help as Chivas aim to win their first Clausura title since 2017, when they also beat Tigres in the final.
Tigres finished seventh in the Clausura standings and beat Toluca and Monterrey to reach the final. The duo of Sebastian Cordova and Andre-Pierre Gignac are their main hope of winning on the road in Guadalajara and lifting the trophy.
Below is everything you need for Chivas vs Tigres, one of whom will be crowned as the Clausura champions on Sunday.
Borussia Dortmund gave the Bundesliga title to heated rivals Bayern Munich on a shocking final day in the Bundesliga, a stunning collapse that left a ready-to-party Westfalenstadion in mourners’ status.
Bayern took an early lead through Kingsley Coman at Koln and Dortmund went down 2-0 in the first half versus Mainz, missing a penalty that would’ve tied the score at 1.
Dortmund entered the day with the table lead and dominated Mainz to the tune of 26-7 in shots and 3.64-0.62 in expected goals, but Andreas Hanche-Olsen and Karim Onisiwo’s goals were enough as only Giovanni Reyna’s set-up of Raphael Guerreiro got Dortmund on the board in a 2-1 loss.
Koln briefly gave hope with a penalty equalizer in the 80th minute versus Bayern, but Jamal Musiala’s 89th-minute goal put the defending champions back in front.
Dortmund would’ve won the league by matching or bettering Bayern’s result and but Instead hand an 11th-straight Meisterschale to the Bavarians. No one has won more German top-flight titles than Bayern’s 33.
BVB remains on eight Bundesliga titles and remains one behind Nurnberg, which has not won since 1968.
MAINZ TAKE LEAD AT DORTMUND 🇩🇪 If results hold, Bayern win 11th straight German title. Bundesliga scriptwriters trying to one-up Premier League counterparts.pic.twitter.com/dXn5Ruk5If
Luton Town overcame a blown lead in regulation to earn a place in the Premier League by outlasting Coventry City in penalties during Saturday’s playoff final at Wembley Stadium.
USMNT goalkeeper Ethan Horvath watched as Fankaty Dabo’s penalty sailed over the goal to give the Hatters a 6-5 win after 120 minutes ended 1-1 and neither team missed on 11-straight attempts from the spot.
In 2018 Luton and Coventry were both in the fourth-tier of English football. Now Luton is joining Sheffield United and Burnley in the top flight.
Jordan Clark scored Luton Town’s goal, while Gustavo Hamer leveled the line for Coventry City.
Coventry City vs Luton Town as it happened:
GOAL! Luton’s taken the first five shots of the match and now one’s found the back of the goal. It’s Jordan Clark who belts home in the 23rd minute to put the Hatters on top! Luton Town, 1-0
CHANCE! It’s Elijah Adebayo, who assisted the opener, who can’t quite get a very decent chance right, as Luton is looking to put an early vice grip on the final. Still 1-0, 30′.
Shots are up to 9-0 in favor of the Hatters but the total xG is still below 1.00. Coventry has to wake up, but maybe they’d take getting to halftime down one at this point.
The 11th shot of the game is Coventry’s, and it’s a high volley that slashed over the goal. Off-balance and improbable, but Coventry will be hopeful it’s a sign that they’re coming into the affair; Soon after, a rush is bungled but into the Luton third.
HALFTIME: Luton Town 1, Coventry City 0 — (Clark 23′)
SECOND HALF: Coventry has more of the ball and is building off its late first half, but Luton looks well-drilled into its system despite the concession of some set pieces.
Good news on a scary-looking injury for Luton star Tom Lockyer:
We are able to report that after collapsing on the pitch, Tom Lockyer has been taken to hospital for further tests.
He is responsive and talking to his family, who are with him.
GOAL! And the Sky Blues are level! It’s Brazilian-born Dutch youth international Gustavo Hamer who has it so with a solid finish, though the playmaking’s come from star performer Viktor Gyokeres. It’s all on now at Wembley! 1-1, 66′
A dangerous free kick in stoppage time for Luton after a very questionable foul, but fate makes sure this one doesn’t end with ignominy. Are we headed for penalties? Extra time is almost certain deep in stoppage.
xG is basically even after 90 minutes, as are shot attempts, and anything can happen when it comes to the 20th berth in the 2023-24 Premier League season.
END OF 90: Coventry City 1, Luton Town 1 — (Clark 23′, Hamer 66′)
INJURY! USMNT keeper Ethan Horvath is down for treatment 11 minutes into the first frame of extra time, which has otherwise been a scrappy period. Looks like he’s going to try to continue despite dropping to the pitch after a long goal kick.
END OF FIRST ET PERIOD: Coventry City 1, Luton Town 1 — (Clark 23′, Hamer 66′)
Not much happened there. Nerves? Can someone seize history in the next 15 or will we go to pens?
NO GOAL! Joe Taylor has it in the goal for Luton off a bad giveaway but VAR, not used in the regular season, spots a handball and the Hatters won’t win it here. We’re going to penalties.
END OF SECOND ET PERIOD: Coventry City 1, Luton Town 1 — (Clark 23′, Hamer 66′)
Horvath was a penalty hero for the USMNT in the CONCACAF Nations League against Mexico, while well-traveled Ben Wilson is between the sticks for Coventry. Here we go…
X Carlton Morris goal for Luton 1-0
X Matty Godden goal for Coventry 1-1
X Taylor goal for Luton 2-1
X Viktor Gyokeres goal for Coventry 2-2
X Marvelous Nakamba goal for Luton 3-2
X Ben Sheaf goal for Coventry 3-3
X Jordan Clark goal for Luton 4-3
X Josh Eccles goal for Coventry 4-4
X Luke Berry goal for Luton 5-4
X Liam Kelly goal for Coventry 5-5
X Daniel Potts goal for Luton 6-5
X Fankaty Dabo miss for Coventry 6-5
Coventry City vs Luton Town player ratings: Stars of the Show
The managers and star players
Luton Town boss Rob Edwards left rival club Watford in November and the risky maneuver has paid off for the coach and club. Viktor Gyokeres is the club’s 21-goal scoring hero and he’s chipped in 11 assists as well, and Gustavo Hamer has been sensational as well.
Coventry City manager Mark Robins has been with the club since 2017 and it’s been up-up-up. Carlton Morris leads the way with 20 goals, while Alfie Doughty and Tom Lockyer have been key players, too, with Lockyer scoring in three of the Hatters’ last four matches.
Championship playoff schedule, how to watch, updates
Dates: Final – Saturday, May 27 at 11:45am ET Updates: Via scoreboard on NBCSports.com How to watch: ESPN+
Can Manchester United’s new-look side keep its place in the top four? What about Newcastle? Is Tottenham going to turn things around to claim a place or will another new name, Brighton or Aston Villa, make their claim? Liverpool’s not out of this, either…
How will the new boys get on? Who will be the surprise package? Can Chelsea salvage any pride from the season? Who will stay up in the congested scrap against relegation?
Those questions will be answered from August 2022 to May 2023, with the full list of Premier League fixtures.
While below are the answers to all of the questions you have around the Premier League fixtures and everything else you need to know for the upcoming season, with full details on the Premier League TV schedule across the NBC family of channels and more.
The Premier League fixtures for the 2022-23 season were announced on Thursday June 16, 2022 at 4am ET. Below is the full schedule, as you can watch all 380 games across our NBC platforms.
The Premier League fixture computer decides who plays who and when, as teams located close to one another are usually playing at home on opposite weekends to help with policing, crowd control and transport congestion in those areas.
When did the Premier League take a break for the 2022 World Cup?
When will the 2022-23 Premier League season finish?
The final day of the season will be on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
Which teams will compete in the 2022-23 Premier League?
These are the 20 teams which will compete in the Premier League for the upcoming season:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers