Widespread disappointment proves Arsenal, Spurs edging closer

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LONDON — Even though Arsenal have enjoyed the most success in north London derbies in the past and have a more cluttered trophy cabinet than bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the gap is closing.

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Faster than most believe.

On Sunday the rivals played out a tense, exciting 1-1 draw as Harry Kane‘s opener was canceled out by Keiran Gibbs’ late strike. In truth, a draw was probably a fair result but if Spurs would have held on to win, many Gunners fans wouldn’t have complained despite a deep feeling of melancholy sweeping over them during the two-week international break coming up.

Mauricio Pochettino‘s side bossed the first half, going ahead through Kane’s fifth goal in three games as he made the most of a defensive mix-up between Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the heart of Arsenal’s defense. Spurs dominated in midfield in the first half as Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Dele Alli swarmed Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, the latter was taken off at half time after complaining of being dizzy. In the second half Spurs continued to attack and Petr Cech kept Arsenal in the game with saves from Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld, while Kane was razor-sharp in and around the box.

After the game, both camps aired their disappointment at not getting all three points after the game but it was perhaps Spurs who felt most aggrieved as they missed a chance to move just two points behind their rivals in the standings.

“My feeling is that it was not fair. I think we deserved more in the way we played first half and second half  with the chances we created,” Pochettino said. “It’s true that we conceded some chances but my feeling is that we deserved to win the game.”

Spurs’ young side took the game to an injury-hit Arsenal who were missing Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and after a grueling six-day spell, the Argentine coach was happy with the overall performance, even though he believes his side deserved more.

“I am very proud of my players and the way that we played, the character we showed and the level what we did in the game,” Pochettino told Pro Soccer Talk. “In six days we played three games and it is always difficult when you play Monday, Thursday and Sunday and the opponent plays Saturday, Wednesday and Sunday. They have the advantage. I am very proud and pleased with my players. The effort was brilliant and I think we showed great character in the way that we played. We deserved more but in the end we have to be happy because it was a very busy week and we showed character, maturity. We are a very young squad. I am very pleased.”

Spurs are starting to turn the screw on Arsenal’s dominance in north London as they have drawn 1-1 on both trips to the Emirates under Pochettino since he took charge and beat Wenger’s side at White Hart Lane last season. A League Cup win for Arsenal at Spurs earlier this season annoyed them at the time, and they were frustrated once again on Sunday. Youngster Alli, who looked mature beyond his years in his first north London derby in the PL, revealed that Tottenham’s squad was “disappointed” with the draw and felt they “dominated most of the game” at the home of their bitter rivals. Gibbs, who saved Arsenal to score the equalizer just 181 seconds after coming off the bench, also shared a feeling of discontent.

“Obviously it’s disappointing to drop points, especially when we’re in such a strong position in the league,” Gibbs said.

Wenger, who has guided his side to join-top with Manchester City in the table, didn’t have many arguments with the draw, even if he felt a more clinical streak could have seen his side rally to grab a comeback win late on with Olivier Giroud missing three good chances as his manager revealed the French striker was “very angry” in the dressing room after the game. Given that fact and Arsenal coming off a tough week that included a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich in the UCL, Wenger was happy enough.

“When you are 1-0 down it is a mixture of relief and regret,” Wenger said. “If we were really clinical then we would have won it in the last 15 minutes. Giroud had the chances to score but if I try to be fair, I must say that the point is maybe a fair result.”

As for Pochettino, he was asked about Spurs’ progress in his second season in charge, as they are now 11 games unbeaten and just five points off the top with a third of the season in the books.

“I can speak about today, not about the Tottenham you have seen before, but I am very happy with the way we have developed our philosophy and our way,” Pochettino said. “Today was a very good example to see how we believe and the way we want to play. For us and our supporters they need to feel very proud of our players.”

How far can Spurs go this season as they chase a top four finish?

“I don’t know. This is another question mark because it is too far until the end of the season,” Pochettino continued. “In the way that we played today and the way that we are, it is impossible to set the limit. But we are very ambitious, we are winning people and we always think about the next game and try to win the next game. After that, we will see.”

What we saw at the Emirates on Sunday is two teams who are closer than they’ve been in many years as Pochettino’s young Spurs side pushed Arsenal all the way and, on another day, they could have ruled north London. Progress is being made by Spurs, although overcoming rivals Arsenal and finishing above them in the league for the first time in 21 years will still take a monumental effort and a drop in standards from their rivals. With reigning PL champs Chelsea languishing just above the relegation zone, a place has opened up in the top four for someone to take. This could be Spurs’ season to return to the Champions League as they look solid, energetic and their offensive weapons are back in-form.

On current form, it’s tough to see either Arsenal or Spurs not being in the top four at the end of the season. That would represent a seismic shift in the power struggle in north London, as Spurs seem to be clawing back ground on their rivals at a rapid rate. Last season they finished fifth, 11 points behind third-placed Arsenal. The Gunners possess more experience and a great number of players of a higher caliber, but Spurs’ organization offset that on Sunday. The gap is narrowing.

USMNT vs Colombia live: How to watch, stream link, start time

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Anthony Hudson takes the reins for his second friendly in charge of the USMNT, two days after the U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed that he’ll be the interim coach through a hiring process that could take through the end of the summer.

Hudson’s first game was a 2-1 loss to Serbia on Wednesday, as Julian Gressel cued up a Brandon Vazquez goal but a mistake at the back and a brilliant free kick helped the Serbians to victory.

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San Jose star Cade Cowell impressed with his electric pace and engine, while Chelsea goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina was put in some tricky spots over his time. Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long split time at center back, next to LA Galaxy youngster Jalen neal.

Colombia’s first game of 2023 is just its fifth since the conclusion of World Cup qualifying in 2022.

Los Cafeteros, like the USMNT, will not have a ton of usual suspects, but Frank Fabra will be joined by Cucho Hernandez, now with Columbus Crew, as well as five other MLS players.


How to watch USMNT vs Colombia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 7:30pm ET, Saturday (January 28)
Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, Calif.
TV channels in English: TNT
TV channels en Español: Universo
Streaming en Español: Peacock


USMNT vs Colombia Preview

The Yanks fell 2-1 to Serbia in a match about as scattered as you’d expect for a largely out-of-season, MLS-based side and a Serbia team with droves of uncapped players.

Saturday’s opponents will be of similar ilk, as no player besides veteran Frank Fabra of Boca Juniors boasts more than three caps.

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With recent USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter currently under investigation by the U.S. Soccer Federation after he admitted kicking his now wife in 1991 when they were in college together, assistant coach Anthony Hudson will lead the USMNT. Hudson has been leading practice during the January camp and will take charge until the USMNT tabs a new coach by the end of summer.

Five players who went to the 2022 World Cup with the USMNT are on this roster (Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, Kellyn Acosta, Sean Johnson and Jesus Ferreira).


USMNT quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 13
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 11
Coach: Anthony Hudson (temporary)

Colombia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 17
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
Coach: Nestor Lorenzo


USMNT vs Serbia video highlights, Brandon Vazquez goal video

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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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League is back with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.


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 though Newcastle is not going away and Manchester United has surged into contention.

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.

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Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle, while Liverpool is struggling to stay in the Champions League scrap. Chelsea has some work to do while surprising Fulham and Brighton are hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns.


Who are the candidates for relegation?

Everton, Bournemouth, and Southampton currently occupy the relegation places.

But Leicester, West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, 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 – January 23

Premier League schedule
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FA Cup fourth round schedule, how to watch live, predictions

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The FA Cup always delivers shocks and plenty of Premier League clubs have tricky tasks facing them in the fourth round.

After Aston Villa, Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth were all knocked out by lower league opponents in round three, plus Everton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Brentford knocked out by fellow Premier League sides, there are only 11 top-flight teams left in the last 32.

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The fourth-round draw’s already been conducted and Arsenal will tangle with Manchester City in a tantalizing tie, while Brighton against Liverpool has the makings of a classic and Manchester United will be on upset alert against Reading and so too will West Ham as they face a tough trip to third-tier Derby County.

Read on for FA Cup stream info, fixtures, and predictions.


FA Cup live scores, schedule, dates, how to watch

Dates: Fourth round (January 27-30)
Times: Below
Online: Live updates via NBCSports.com
How to watch: ESPN+


FA Cup fourth round schedule

All games 10am ET unless otherwise stated

Friday
Man City vs Arsenal – 3pm ET

Saturday
Accrington Stanley vs Leeds United – 7:30am ET
Walsall vs Leicester City – 7:30am ET
Fulham vs Sunderland
Bristol City vs West Brom
Sheffield Wednesday vs Fleetwood Town
Blackburn Rovers vs Birmingham City
Luton Town vs Grimsby Town
Ipswich Town vs Burnley
Southampton vs Blackpool
Preston North End vs Tottenham Hotspur – 1pm ET
Manchester United vs Reading – 3pm ET

Sunday
Brighton vs Liverpool – 8:30am ET
Stoke City vs Stevenage – 9am ET
Wrexham vs Sheffield United – 11:30am ET

Monday
Derby County vs West Ham – 2:45pm ET


FA Cup fourth round predictions – By Joe Prince-Wright

Friday
Man City 2-1 Arsenal

Saturday
Accrington Stanley 1-3 Leeds United
Walsall 1-2 Leicester City
Fulham 1-2 Sunderland
Bristol City 1-2 West Brom
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Fleetwood Town
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Birmingham City
Luton Town 3-1 Grimsby Town
Ipswich Town 1-3 Burnley
Southampton 2-0 Blackpool
Preston North End 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 2-1 Reading

Sunday
Brighton 2-2 Liverpool
Stoke City 2-1 Stevenage
Wrexham 1-2 Sheffield United

Monday
Derby County 1-1 West Ham


FA Cup third round replays

Tuesday 

Swansea City 1-2 (AET) Bristol City
Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Birmingham City (original tie postponed due to waterlogged pitch)
Wigan 1-2 Luton
Wolves 0-1 Liverpool
West Brom 4-0 Chesterfield

Wednesday

Leeds United 5-2 Cardiff City

Tuesday, January 24

Accrington Stanley vs Boreham Wood


FA Cup third round results

Friday

Manchester United 3-1 Everton

Saturday

Preston North End 3-1 Huddersfield Town
Reading 2-0 Watford
Tottenham 1-0 Portsmouth
Gillingham 0-1 Leicester City
Forest Green Rovers vs Birmingham City — PPD
Crystal Palace 1-2 Southampton
Hull City 0-2 Fulham
Middlesbrough 1-5 Brighton
Fleetwood Town 2-1 QPR
Ipswich Town 4-1 Rotherham
Bournemouth 2-4 Burnley
Blackpool 4-1 Nottingham Forest
Chesterfield 3-3 West Brom
Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United
Boreham Wood 1-1 Accrington Stanley
Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Sunderland
Brentford 0-1 West Ham
Coventry City 3-4 Wrexham
Luton Town 1-1 Wigan
Grimsby Town 1-0 Burton Albion
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Newcastle
Liverpool 2-2 Wolves

Sunday

Bristol City 1-1 Swansea City
Derby County 3-0 Barnsley
Cardiff City 2-2 Leeds
Stockport 1-2 Walsall
Hartlepool 0-3 Stoke City
Norwich 0-1 Blackpool
Aston Villa 1-2 Stevenage
Man City 4-0 Chelsea

Monday

Oxford United 0-3 Arsenal


Manchester United vs Reading: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Manchester United looks to stay in the mix for a pair of domestic cups when it hosts old pal Paul Ince and Reading in the fourth round of the 2022 FA Cup on Saturday.

United scored a solid win at midweek to move within 90 minutes of the League Cup Final and of course also harbors hopes of winning the Europa League and, perhaps less so, the Premier League.

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Reading sits 14th in the Championship, five points off the playoff places and fairly clear of the relegation mess.


Manchester United vs Reading, FA Cup fourth round: How to watch live, stream link

Kick off: 3pm ET, Saturday
TV Channel: ESPN+
Online: Updates via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & in-form players to watch 

Tom Ince, Paul’s son, is leading the club both in goals and assists, and sits among the leaders in pretty much everything else from tackles to completed dribbles.  Yakou Meite has also been a busy piece of what Reading has done well.

United’s stars are well-known, as Marcus Rashford continues to thrive at forward. Wout Weghorst picked up his first Man Utd goal at midweek and could be in line for more playing time while Anthony Martial recovers from injury.


Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

Manchester United won’t have Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Donny van de Beek, and Jadon Sancho, while Luke Shaw is a question mark with an illness.

Reading team news, injuries, lineup options

Paul Ince’s bid to upset United will not include Naby Sarr, Sam Hutchinson, and old foe Andy Carroll.