PL Sunday preview: Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool all in action

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Sunday’s slate of Premier League fixtures are chock full of title and top-four implications, with three sides — Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool — harboring dreams of the top-four, or higher, in action. Their respective opponents, meanwhile, are thinking to themselves, “Let’s just not get relegated, please.”

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Aston Villa vs. Arsenal — 7:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra

Can Arsenal really challenge for and/or win the title? How much longer can Villa go without winning a game? “Yes” and “a really long time” appear to be the answers to the above questions. The Gunners enter Sunday’s showdown at Villa Park third in the league table, just two points back of leaders Manchester City and Leicester City, while Villa haven’t won a league game since the opening day of the season (that’s 14 games winless) and sit rock bottom of the league, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Despite Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League triumph to complete the “greatest escape” from the group stage, Arsenal are far from their very best at the moment: Alexis Sanchez (hamstring), Santi Cazorla (knee), Francis Coquelin (knee), Jack Wilshere (leg), Mikel Arteta (calf), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Tomas Rosicky (knee) will all miss out through injury. For Villa, the injury news is somewhat encouraging — Micah Richards (knee) should be the only player of real consequence to be missing on Sunday — but the form remains dreadful, with just a single point to show for Remi Garde’s first three games in charge. Arsenal are unbeaten against Villa in their last four meetings (all competitions) with a staggering 14-1 advantage in goals scored.

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Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion — 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra

Liverpool have won just 11 of 21 possible points since Jurgen Klopp made his PL debut on Oct. 17 (they won 12 points from the first eight games, under Brendan Rodgers), which leaves the Reds only just inside the top half of the table, 10th, six points off the pace of Manchester United, who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League place. As for West Brom, they’re there. Currently sitting 13th in the league, they’re six points clear of the relegation zone, capable of finishing anywhere between ninth and 16th at the end of the season.

On the injury front, the Reds are once again without striker Daniel Sturridge, who suffered a hamstring injury last week. Elsewhere, Jordan Ibe (illness) and Mamadou Sakho (knee) will both be game-time decisions on Sunday. For West Brom, Stephane Sessegnon (hamstring) will be unavailable, as will Ben Foster, who’s still recovering from last season’s knee surgery. Liverpool have won two of their last five league meetings with West Brom, which also includes two draws and one win for the Baggies.

[ MORE: Man United lose to Bournemouth | Man City win in stoppage time ]

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United — 11 a.m. ET, on Live Extra

All Tottenham have to do to leapfrog Man United for the fourth spot is beat 18th-place Newcastle United. Easy, right? Perhaps not, given a recent uptick in form by the Magpies (two wins in their last four games, including a 2-0 victory over Liverpool last week). For Spurs, avoiding defeat on Sunday would mean their unbeaten run goes on and is extended to 15 games. No team in the PL has drawn as many games as Spurs (8). In fact, only two sides have drawn six times this season.

Clinton Njie and Mousa Dembele (foot) have both been ruled out for Spurs, as has Ryan Mason (ankle), who missed last week’s draw away to West Brom. For Newcastle, the injury list is long: Tim Krul (knee) is out for the season, while Steven Taylor (hamstring), Emmanuel Riviere (knee), Gabriel Obertan (hamstring), Massadio Haidara (knee) and Rolando Aarons (foot) are all out. Mike Williamson and Jamaal Lascelles could each return after missing last week’s victory with hamstring injuries. Newcastle won away to Spurs last season before being hammered, 4-0, at White Hart Lane in the League Cup two months later.

Watch Live: Liverpool v. Arsenal

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2-0 to start the season, Liverpool and Arsenal are both bidding for their first marquee three points when they tangle at Anfield on Saturday (Watch live on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Alexandre Lacazette is on the bench for Arsenal as record signing Nicolas Pepe starts for the Gunners, who have beaten Burnley and Newcastle United.

WATCH LIVE, ONLINE, HERE

Liverpool’s wins have come against Norwich City and Southampton, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is deploying his very best to face the Gunners.

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AT HALF: Manchester United trails, 10-man Brighton loses goal to VAR

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We’ve got goals. We’ve got red cards. We’ve got fun.

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All four Premier League 10 a.m. ET Saturday kickoffs have reached halftime. Here’s your primer to select which second half to stream live.

Watford 1-1 West Ham United

Chances and entertainment for days at Vicarage Road, where Mark Noble‘s early penalty was quickly offset by Andre Gray‘s emphatic finish of a Will Hughes through ball.

Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0 Southampton

Florin Andone has been sent off for the hosts after a gnarly challenge on Yan Valery, and further insult for Brighton came when VAR spotted a clear foul on Lewis Dunk‘s headed goal.

Sheffield United 0-1 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy may not tire of throwing parties, and James Maddison sure designs delightful invitations.

Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace

Possession doesn’t matter much if you can’t handle a 70-yard goalkeeper pass, and Victor Lindelof‘s lost header to Jeff Schlupp allowed Jordan Ayew as much time as he needed to slot past David De Gea.

United probably should be up a man after Gary Cahill chopped down Anthony Martial, but only a yellow arrived at Old Trafford.

Lampard, Abraham react to first Chelsea win, goal

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Frank Lampard was all business in being asked about his first Premier League win as Chelsea boss.

Coming on the heels of a loss and draw heading into Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Norwich City, Lampard was ready to talk about the big picture (especially considering the Blues dealt with a pre-match injury to Pedro).

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With a lot of young players and a tricky transfer ban, Lampard has to walk a fine line between the expectations of Chelsea and the reality of working with a side he hasn’t been able to improve through the transfer window. From the BBC:

“We want to compete. We know this year is difficult on different levels. We’ve had a tough start, and yep, we needed a win. It helps confidence.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Tammy Abraham, who has no qualms whatsoever with his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League.

“I didn’t even know how to celebrate so I just ran over to the management and the staff. It always gives confidence to me and the young boys when the coach believes in you.”

Sheffield United is next, a real chance for the Blues to round into form even if the Blades have been plucky early in their Premier League return.

Watch Live: Four Premier League games at 10am ET

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Four Premier League games kick off at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, as Matchweek 3 is in full swing.

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Man United host Crystal Palace, Southampton head to Brighton, Watford and West Ham do battle and Leicester travel to Sheffield United.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

[ STREAM: “Goal Rush” here ]

For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all four games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Man United v. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Leicester – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Watford v. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]