Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 Chelsea: Clinical Kane punishes sloppy Blues; Chelsea, Man City tied atop Premier League

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What a derby!

The Premier League title race is neck and neck, with Chelsea’s 5-3 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Friday raising Manchester City level with the Blues on points, goal differential, goals scored and goals allowed.

Tottenham beat Chelsea for just the fourth time in the last 49 top-flight fixtures between the two.

Harry Kane scored a pair of goals for Tottenham, with Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose also scoring in a match that saw Spurs up 4-1 at one point.

And Spurs have moved into fifth-place, leapfrogging Arsenal after the Gunners lost at Southampton.

Diego Costa, John Terry and Eden Hazard scored for Chelsea in the loss. It was only the second time a Jose Mourinho-led team allowed five goals, dating back to a 5-0 loss to Barcelona with Real Madrid).

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An injury to Ryan Mason forced Tottenham into its first substitution just 14 minutes into the match, as Moussa Dembele came on.

Courtois as called into duty in the 16th minute when Harry Kane attempted an overhead kick from the corner of the six that the Belgian keeper pushed away.

Chelsea’s opener was a thing of beauty, as Courtois spotted Eden Hazard 60 yards downfield and pegged a long throw to his feet. Hazard darted down the field and put a shot off the post. Eventually, Costa tapped home for the goal.

Jan Vertonghen caught a huge break in the 24th minute when his should-be handball in the box wasn’t called. Oscar nearly made it 2-0 anyway a minute later, but his low shot went wide and he caught an elbow to add to the miss.

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But Kane would equalize for the hosts, gliding past Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic before using John Terry as a screen and belting a low shot past a diving Courtois.

source:  Rose then caught a rebound from the post and slapped it into the goal to make it 2-1 just before halftime. And Gary Cahill caught Kane in the box to set up Andros Townshed for a penalty he converted to make it 3-1.

Kane made it 4-1 early in the second half, as he was again a step too quick for Terry. It was a three-goal lead in the 53rd minute for the hosts against the league leaders.

Then came Hazard, seizing a turnover and linking up for a brilliant 1-2 with Cesc Fabregas that ended with a hard bounding shot past Lloris. It was 4-2, and could it be game on?

Lloris made a diving save on Cesar Azpilicueta to keep things 4-2, but Chelsea was pushing forward.

Only it was Tottenham who would score next, with Chadli shooting in front of Terry again to make it 5-2 in the 78th minute.

Terry made it 5-3 when he followed the play to the back post, tapping in an 87th minute goal.

Lineups

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (c), Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies, 76′); Bentaleb, Mason (Dembele, 14′); Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend (Paulinho, 66′); Kane

Goals: Kane 2 (30′, 52′), Rose (44′), Townsend (45′), Chadli (78′)

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian (Salah, 72′), Oscar (Ramires, 46′), Hazard; Diego Costa

Goal: Costa (17′), Hazard (61′), Terry (87′)

Klinsmann gets first point as Hertha Berlin manager

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Jurgen Klinsmann claimed his first point since returning to coaching as his Hertha Berlin team let slip a two-goal lead to draw with Frankfurt 2-2 in the Bundesliga on Friday.

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Hertha was clinging to a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute when Sebastian Rode hammered the ball in from a corner for Frankfurt to deny the Berlin team the win.

Hertha is in the relegation playoff spot in 16th and winless in its last six league games, while Frankfurt is 10th.

Dodi Lukebakio gave Hertha the lead with a shot through Frederik Ronnow’s legs. That goal was assisted by Marko Grujic, who later made it 2-0 with a header from a free kick.

However, Frankfurt almost immediately replied with a header of its own from Martin Hinteregger, the Austrian defender with five Bundesliga goals.

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Frankfurt’s fans expressed their disapproval of the video assistant referee after it ruled out two goals for the hosts. There was a rare disallowed own goal when Hertha goalkeeper Thomas Kraft palmed a cross into his own net but was found to have been pushed while jumping.

Klinsmann took over Hertha last week on a temporary deal until the end of the season, after Ante Covic was fired with the team under threat of relegation. Klinsmann hadn’t coached since being fired in 2016 by the United States, and last worked at a club in 2009 at Bayern Munich.

Nigel Pearson appointed new Watford manager

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Nigel Pearson has been appointed new manager of Watford and been handed a very straightforward — but tall — task for the remainder of the season: avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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Pearson takes over from Quique Sanchez Flores — who only took over from Javi Gracia in September — who left his post at Vicarage Road with the Hornets sitting 20th out of 20 teams in the PL table, already seven points adrift from safety. Pearson’s contract runs through the end of the season.

The 56-year-old Pearson, who last managed in the PL with Leicester City in 2015, was most recently in charge of Belgian side OH Leuven before he was fired in February.

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Pearson won’t take charge of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold). Interim manager Hayden Mullins will see out the week’s preparations and manage the team before handing the reins to Pearson on Sunday.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Matchweek 16 is here in the Premier League as things are heating up very nicely ahead of the festive season.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.

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With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


BASICALLY, FREE MONEY

Tottenham 3-0 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM] 

West Ham 3-1 Arsenal – (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM


DON’T TOUCH THIS…

Newcastle 1-1 Southampton – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Man City 2-2 Man United – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) – [STREAM]

Watford 1-2 Crystal Palace – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM


“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”

Everton 2-1 Chelsea – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Aston Villa 2-2 Leicester City – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Brighton 2-1 Wolves – (Sunday 11:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Norwich 2-0 Sheffield United – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Premier League TV, streaming schedule

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Matchweek 16 of the Premier League season is here, as the busy festive season has well and truly arrived.

Get in there.

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The full TV schedule for the games this weekend are below, plus you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com,the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold.

Gold also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today, Sky Sports News, NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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You can also watch Premier League “Goal Rush” for all the goals as they go in around the grounds. Goal Rush is available via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports App.

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If you’re looking for full-event replays of Premier League games, you can find them here for the games streamed on NBCSports.com and here for the games on NBC Sports Gold.

Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming days.


FULL TV SCHEDULE

Saturday
7:30 a.m. ET: Everton v. Chelsea – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Watford v. Crystal Palace – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: Man City v. Man United – NBC [STREAM]

Sunday
9 a.m. ET: Aston Villa v. Leicester City – NBCSN [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Newcastle United v. Southampton  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
11:30 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Wolves – NBCSN [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Norwich City v. Sheffield United – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Monday
3 p.m. ET: West Ham v. Arsenal – NBCSN [STREAM]