Premier League roundup: Leicester City, of course, is atop the table

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Don’t you just tire of the Top Four predictability in the Premier League?

Claudio Ranieri and unlikely Leicester City are leading England’s top flight after 13 matches, Manchester United is second, and Chelsea is down in 15th place.

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As usual. What a season so far!

Newcastle United 0-3 Leicester City — RECAP

Tell me this doesn’t sound like a sentence you would have read read in an Onion-style Premier League preview back in August: Jamie Vardy scored in his 10th-consecutive game, joining Ruud van Nistelrooy in the record books, as Leicester moved atop the table with a romp at St. James Park.

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 ArsenalRECAP

James Morrison‘s 35th minute goal was joined by a Mikel Arteta own goal in helping West Brom to a come-from-behind home win over the wasteful Gunners, who had 73 percent possession and an 11-4 edge in shots. Olivier Giroud put home a Mesut Ozil set piece offering for Arsenal’s goal.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Manchester, England.
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Manchester City 1-4 LiverpoolRECAP

Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho were absolutely electric in keeping Jurgen Klopp unbeaten in his managerial career against Manchester City (2W-1D). After an early own goal from Eliaquim Mangala, the Liverpool’s Brazilian pair helped the Reds to a 3-0 lead before Sergio Aguero got City on the board. Klopp didn’t start a single true striker, with Coutinho and Firmino playing the role for Liverpool. By the time Martin Skrtel cemented the win with his late goal, it was clear Klopp didn’t need one.

Watford 1-2 Manchester United — RECAP

The Red Devils relaxed a bit after going up early through Memphis Depay, and Troy Deeney converted a late penalty for Watford. Tied with just five minutes to play, Bastian Schweinsteiger forced Deeney into a late own goal, and United grabbed all three points. The Red Devils are second in the Premier League, a point behind Leicester.

Chelsea 1-0 Norwich City — RECAP

Diego Costa scored his first goal in over 600 minutes, and Chelsea deserved much more than a one-goal win in snapping its three-game Premier League losing streak. The Blues leapfrog the Canaries, but still sit 15th on the table.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on November 21, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
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Everton 4-0 Aston Villa — RECAP

Tim Howard didn’t have a lot to do on Saturday, quite the contrast from his USMNT counterpart Brad Guzan, who watched Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley each score a pair of goals. The Villans remain in the Premier League cellar, five points clear of safety.

Southampton 0-1 Stoke City — RECAP

Just when you want to believe Ronald Koeman‘s side is ready to break through, the Saints fall at St. Mary’s to allow Stoke City within a point. Bojan Krkic‘s 10th minute goal was the difference for the Potters, who have the Premier League’s second-best form.

Swansea City 2-2 Bournemouth — RECAP

The Cherries are as plucky as you like, but Swansea met their desperation to overcome a 2-0 home deficit at the Liberty Stadium. Joshua King and Dan Gosling boosted Bournemouth to its advantage, but Andre Ayew scored quickly to narrow the gap to 2-1 before Jonjo Shelvey equalized from the penalty spot.

Sunday: Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Monday: Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

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PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”


Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.

Transfer gossip: Newcastle eyes 2nd Brazilian, USMNT’s Arriola on move

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Two players from the Western hemisphere may be heading across the Atlantic, one of whom is very familiar to American eyes.

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DC United winger Paul Arriola could be leaving Major League Soccer in a return to Liga MX or a move abroad to Europe.

CBS’ Roger Gonzalez says some of the big boys in Mexico are after the former LA Galaxy youth product who got his start at Club Tijuana.

Arriola, 24, has 28 caps with five goals and five assists for the USMNT, blooded by Jurgen Klinsmann in 2016. He has 12 goals and 10 assists in 57 matches for DC United since arriving from Tijuana.

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Next up: Newcastle United may be in for another Brazilian attacker.

Marrony is the name, and Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol says the Magpies were alerted to his potential by the same source who claimed they were after Joelinton (who signed today after a $50 million deal).

The 20-year-old has a reported $37 million release clause, a left winger has a goal and an assist in two seasons with Vasco da Gama in Brazil. He also scored five times in 15 appearances for the club in the state league.

It feels a bit like a red herring or straight-up agent speak, but the Joelinton deal seemed unusual as well (albeit in a different way).