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Premier League roundup: Arsenal, Spurs, Man City drop the ball; United rises

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The Premier League’s second batch of midweek games featured botched chances from a trio of big named clubs.

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Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all whiffed on the chance to make up ground on Leicester City after the leaders drew West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

Newcastle United also balked at the opportunity to move out of the drop zone on a rainy, windy, miserable evening at the Britannia Stadium.

West Ham United 1-0 Tottenham HotspurRECAP

When Harry Kane is missing tap-in goals, you know Spurs are off their game. Toss in a lively West Ham team that wants badly to be a part of the UEFA Champions League, and you had a memorable London Derby at the Boleyn Ground. Dimitri Payet found Michail Antonio for the winner, and Antonio had another 90s pop culture celebration in tow. West Ham is now a point back of the Top Four (though Man City has a match-in-hand, and it’s against Newcastle).

Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United — RECAP

Speaking of the Magpies, they couldn’t manage a goal at the Britannia Stadium. Still, a point would’ve moved them out of the drop zone. They lost that opportunity thanks to a bullet from Xherdan Shaqiri with 10 minutes to play. The Potters pull into 7th place with the win.

Arsenal 1-2 Swansea City — RECAP

If Sunday’s loss to an inexperienced Manchester United was a choke job, then what is this? Ashley Williams scored a pair of goals to overcome one from Joel Campbell as Swansea City moved six points clear of the drop zone. Arsenal remains six back of first place Leicester City.

Manchester United 1-0 WatfordRECAP

Manchester is neither blue, nor red, but level on points after United scored a late free kick from Juan Mata to join City on 47 points.

Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City RECAP

City looked downright uninterested at times as Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool got a measure of revenge for Sunday’s League Cup final loss at Wembley. James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana all beat Joe Hart as Liverpool moved up to eighth place, six points back of the Top Four.

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Leicester City 28 16 9 3 51 31 20 8-5-1 8-4-2 57
Tottenham Hotspur 28 15 9 4 49 22 27 8-4-2 7-5-2 54
Arsenal 28 15 6 7 44 28 16 8-3-3 7-3-4 51
Manchester City 27 14 5 8 48 31 17 9-1-4 5-4-4 47
Manchester United 28 13 8 7 37 26 11 8-4-2 5-4-5 47
West Ham United 28 12 10 6 42 31 11 7-5-2 5-5-4 46
Stoke City 28 12 6 10 30 33 -3 7-2-5 5-4-5 42
Liverpool 27 11 8 8 41 36 5 5-5-3 6-3-5 41
Southampton 28 11 7 10 35 28 7 7-2-5 4-5-5 40
Chelsea 28 10 9 9 42 38 4 5-5-4 5-4-5 39
Everton 27 9 11 7 49 36 13 4-4-6 5-7-1 38
Watford 28 10 7 11 29 29 0 5-4-5 5-3-6 37
West Bromwich Albion 28 9 9 10 29 36 -7 5-4-5 4-5-5 36
Crystal Palace 28 9 6 13 31 37 -6 4-2-8 5-4-5 33
Bournemouth 28 8 8 12 32 44 -12 4-4-6 4-4-6 32
Swansea City 28 7 9 12 27 37 -10 4-5-5 3-4-7 30
Sunderland 28 6 6 16 34 53 -19 4-4-6 2-2-10 24

Norwich City 28 6 6 16 31 53 -22 4-4-6 2-2-10 24
Newcastle United 27 6 6 15 27 50 -23 4-5-4 2-1-11 24
Aston Villa 28 3 7 18 22 51 -29 2-4-8 1-3-10 16

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Here are the latest Prince-Wright‘s Premier League picks ahead of Matchweek 28 in the Premier League, with eight games on the slate due to the League Cup final between Aston Villa and Man City on Sunday.

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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 with these Premier League games.

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

Crystal Palace 3-1 Brighton – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Watford 0-2 Liverpool – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM


DON’T TOUCH THIS…

West Ham 1-1 Southampton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Norwich 1-2 Leicester – (Friday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Everton 2-1 Man United – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Newcastle 2-1 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM


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

Bournemouth 1-0 Chelsea – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Tottenham 1-3 Wolves – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Predicting the 2020 MLS standings

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The 2020 Major League Soccer season is almost here and it is time to assess the offseason for each of the 26 teams and predict how they will stack up in the standings.

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Our writers have been asked to predict where each team will finish in the table this season and with two new teams arriving in Nashville SC and Inter Miami, plus plenty of changes in terms of players and coaches across MLS, this was not an easy task. At all.

As we all know by now, Major League Soccer loves to keep it weird and plenty of teams will no doubt surprise us all. Until then, we are going with our hunch.

Below we reveal how we think both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will look at the end of the 2020 regular season.


Joe Prince-Wright

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta United
2. New York City FC
3. Toronto FC
4. Philadelphia Union
5. D.C. United
6. New York Red Bulls
7.  Inter Miami
8. Montreal Impact
9. New England Revolution
10. Columbus Crew SC
11. Chicago Fire
12. FC Cincinnati
13. Orlando City SC

Western Conference
1. LAFC
2. LA Galaxy
3. Sporting Kansas City
4. Seattle Sounders
5. Minnesota United
6. Real Salt Lake
7. Portland Timbers
8. Colorado Rapids
9. FC Dallas
10. San Jose Earthquakes
11. Houston Dynamo
12. Vancouver Whitecaps
13. Nashville SC


Nick Mendola

Eastern Conference
1. NYCFC
2. Atlanta United
3. Toronto FC
4. DC United
5. Philadelphia Union
6. Chicago Fire
7. Columbus Crew
8. Montreal Impact
9. FC Cincinnati
10. New England Revolution
11. Orlando City
12. Inter Miami
13. New York Red Bulls

Western Conference
1. LAFC
2. Portland Timbers
3. LA Galaxy
4. Sporting KC
5. Seattle Sounders
6. FC Dallas
7. San Jose Earthquakes
8. Colorado Rapids
9. Vancouver Whitecaps
10. Houston Dynamo
11. Real Salt Lake
12. Minnesota United
13. Nashville SC


Andy Edwards

Eastern Conference
1. New York City FC
2. Atlanta United
3. Toronto FC
4. Philadelphia Union
5. D.C. United
6. Montreal Impact
7. New England Revolution
8. Columbus Crew SC
9. Inter Miami
10. New York Red Bulls
11. Chicago Fire
12. Orlando City SC
13. FC Cincinnati

Western Conference
1. Seattle Sounders
2. LAFC
3. LA Galaxy
4. Real Salt Lake
5. FC Dallas
6. Sporting Kansas City
7. Colorado Rapids
8. Portland Timbers
9. Minnesota United
10. Houston Dynamo
11. San Jose Earthquakes
12. Vancouver Whitecaps
13. Nashville SC


Kyle Bonn

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta
2. Toronto
3. NYCFC
4. RBNY
5. Philadelphia
6. D.C. United
7. NE Revs
8. Inter Miami
9. Columbus
10. Orlando City
11. Montreal Impact
12. FC Cincinnati
13. Chicago Fire

Western Conference
1. LAFC
2. Seattle
3. Portland
4. RSL
5. LA Galaxy
6. FC Dallas
7. Minnesota
8. San Jose Quakes
9. Sporting KC
10. Houston
11. Vancouver
12. Nashville
13. Colorado

Premier League TV, streaming schedule

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The Premier League TV schedule is set and we have your stream links as Matchweek 28 is going to be a lot of fun. Get in there.

Remember, there are eight games this week due to the League Cup final between Aston Villa and Man City.

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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 and Premier League stream links for the coming days.


FULL TV SCHEDULE

Friday
3 p.m. ET: Norwich v. Leicester – NBCSN [STREAM]

Saturday
7:30 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v. Chelsea – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Newcastle v. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Ham v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: Watford v. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]

Sunday
9 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Wolves – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Everton v. Man United – NBCSN [STREAM]

In the Mixed Zone with JPW: Episode 2

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NBC Sports’ Pro Soccer Talk lead writer and editor Joe Prince-Wright shares his behind-the-scenes access into the Premier League mixed zones highlighting the intriguing interviews from this week’s marquee matches.

This week, JPW shares his mixed zone interviews from Southampton-Aston Villa, Chelsea-Tottenham and Man United-Watford, talks Champions League and previews Matchweek 28.

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He also spoke exclusively with Will Smallbone, Southampton’s latest top academy product who made his PL debut in their win against Aston Villa.

“We’ve had quite a lot of players come through the ranks and you look up to them when you’re younger. To come through myself and hopefully do the best I can, it is very special,” Smallbone said.

To listen to more from the mixed zone with Joe Prince-Wright as he takes you deep inside stadiums, subscribe to In the Mixed Zone with JPW Podcast on Apple Podcasts or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

And you can follow him on Twitter @JPW_NBCSports here.

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Click play below to listen to Episode 2 in full.