Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks: With 10 games left, the big boys get going

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Week 29 is here, with 10 games to go we are at the business end of the season as everything is still to play for in the Premier League.

With that in mind, it’s time to throw out some predictions for the eight PL matches taking place.

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I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out…

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Burnley 0-3 Manchester City – (Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

Expect a reaction from Manuel Pellegrini’s side following their 2-2 draw at home with Burnley back in December. If they win on Saturday they will momentarily move just two points behind Chelsea in the race for the title. As for the Clarets, they may well just be running out of steam at a crucial point of the season.

Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United – (Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN)

The Gunners will continue their match towards a top four spot, and will be on a high after beating Manchester United in the FA Cup last Monday. Wenger’s squad will have Tuesday’s UCL game vs. Monaco on their mind, but should easily handled the fading Hammers.

Swansea City 0-2 Liverpool – (Monday, 4 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Liverpool look a different team in recent weeks and are going for a fifth win on the trot. Sure, Swansea are in fine form after beating Manchester United at home, but they have been a little inconsistent this season. Expect an away win as Brendan Rodgers’ side surge towards the top four.

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Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur – (Sunday, 12 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

After Angel Di Maria’s red card, being knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal and plenty of star names continuing to struggle, it hasn’t been a great week for Louis van Gaal. It will get better on Sunday. In the latest PST Extra I analyzed the job LVG has done in his first season in charge and although Spurs may have made more progress under Mauricio Pochettino, but if Harry Kane doesn’t score then they are struggling. Expect the Red Devils to stay in the top four with a narrow win. Wayne Rooney will be the difference.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Stoke – (Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

Tony Pulis welcomes his old club to the Hawthorns, and the West Brom boss will hope his side can kick on again after disappointing defeats to Aston Villa in the league and FA Cup over the past week. This will be a tough, tight game. Draw.

Everton 2-2 Newcastle United – (Sunday, 12 p.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

You just never know what you are going to get from Everton after they have played in the Europa League on the Thursday before. They beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 at Goodison, but the Magpies will provide a stern test after having over 10 days off.

Leicester City 1-1 Hull City – (Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

The Foxes and Tigers are both battling for their lives and if Leicester has any chance of staying up, they must win this match at home. It will likely be a nervy match and Leicester may well edge it, but after signing a new contract expect Hull boss Steve Bruce to see his side grind out a point.

Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa – (Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, Premier League Extratime)

Not sure about this one, at all. Both teams need the points in yet another relegation battle. But the renewed belief Tim Sherwood has given Villa’s player was evident in their league and FA Cup wins over West Brom over the past week. Away win, just.

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Crystal Palace 1-3 QPR – (Saturday, 8:45 a.m. ET, NBCSN)

QPR were really unlucky against Tottenham last weekend and I think Chris Ramsey’s luck will finally turn. The R’s manager had breathed new life into his squad, but they must start winning. Palace lost at Southampton last time out and defeat to QPR will drag them back into trouble.

Chelsea 1-2 Southampton – (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN)

Stranger things have happened, right? Okay, as this is under the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance…” section, it is a long shot. But given Saints’ resolute defensive display in December to get a 1-1 draw vs. the Blues and Jose Mourinho’s men crashing out of the Champions League to PSG on Wednesday after extra time, perhaps this is a good time to play the champions elect. Then again, Saints could face a backlash.

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.


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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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