Premier League roundup: Norwich nabs big win; Reds hold Spurs

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The door is open for Leicester City to put a death grip on the Premier League title, while the other end of the table has three clear favorites for relegation after a big 6-pointer at Carrow Road.

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Aston Villa is all-but-down, and we knew that, but Norwich City’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United combined with Sunderland’s wasteful 0-0 draw versus West Brom means the Canaries have a multi-match lead on both the Magpies and Black Cats in the race to stay in the Premier League.

All that and more in the roundup.

Liverpool 1-1 TottenhamRECAP

Philippe Coutinho and Harry Kane traded second-half goals at Anfield in a match that entertained but ultimately put Spurs’ slim hopes for the Premier League title in jeopardy. Tottenham has to make up four points to catch Leicester, who plays Sunday and can stretch that lead to seven.

Arsenal 4-0 Watford  — RECAP

Alexis Sanchez had a goal and an assist as Arsenal did what it could to stay in the Premier League title race despite the mathematics. Alex Iwobi, Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott also scored for the Gunners, who more or less battered Watford from start to finish. The Gunners are eight points back of Leicester, and will have played a game fewer than the Foxes after Sunday.

Norwich City 3-2 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

What a match for the neutral viewer, and what polar opposite feelings from the home and road fans following a thriller at Carrow Road. Norwich City led 1-0 and 2-1, with both leads canceled out by surprising sub Aleksandar Mitrovic.

It looked destined for a draw, but Norwich earned itself a four-point lead on Sunderland — six on Newcastle — when Martin Olsson belted a winner past Newcastle third-string goalkeeper Karl Darlow deep into stoppage time. Newcastle has one more match to play than Norwich, but needs to make up six points over those seven matches to stay in the Premier League.

West Ham United 2-2 Crystal Palace — RECAP

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A shocking straight red card to Cheikhou Kouyate moved this match from West Ham easing to three points right into jeopardy. Kouyate slid to corral a bad trap, and connected with the ball and a big piece of Dwight Gayle. Mark Clattenberg sent Kouyate off, though it looked much more like a yellow card foul.

Damien Delaney and Gayle scored for Palace, who is still winless in Premier League games this year. Dimitri Payet scored a scintillating free kick for West Ham, which also got a goal from Manuel Lanzini.

Stoke City 2-2 Swansea City — RECAP

The Potters looked ready to cruise into the Top Five discussion after Ibrahim Afellay and Bojan Krkic boosted Mark Hughes‘ side into a 2-0 lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alberto Paloschi made sure to snare Swans a point — and a 10-point lead on the drop zone — with goals in the final 22 minutes.

Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester CityRECAP

The Cherries looked fairly content, if not all-around sloppy, as Manchester City battered Bournemouth with three goals in the match’s first 20 minutes. Sergio Aguero, Aleksandar Kolarov, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernando all scored for the Sky Blues, who moved three points clear of fifth place West Ham and four in front of Manchester United. The Red Devils play Sunday.

Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea — RECAP

The first game of the post-Remi Garde era looked just as poor as the preceding ones, and no better than the early season struggles under Tim Sherwood. Pedro scored twice for Chelsea, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Alexandre Pato netted their first Blues’ goals. USMNT back Matt Miazga debuted in central defense for Chelsea, going 90 minutes in the win.

Sunderland 0-0 West Bromwich Albion — RECAP

The Black Cats were all over Tony Pulis‘ hemmed-in Baggies, but couldn’t keep pace with 17th place Norwich City’s three-point haul. Sunderland out-attempted West Brom 22-3, but couldn’t find a goal.

Man City vs Man United: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Manchester City vs Manchester United: Erling Haaland is set for his Manchester derby debut when the two-time defending champions host the rapidly improving Red Devils at Etihad Stadium on Sunday (watch live, 9 am ET on Peacock Premium). 

STREAM LIVE MAN CITY vs MAN UNITED

Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm with an absurd 11 goals scored in his first seven games after (ostensibly) choosing Man City over Man United before leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer.

Six weeks ago, Manchester United had not a single point from their first two games, including a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of tiny Brentford, but Erik ten Hag has since switched tactical course en route to four straight wins, including a 3-1 victory over PL leaders Arsenal last time out, to set up this hugely intriguing showdown on Sunday.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Man City vs Man United

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How to watch Manchester City vs Manchester United live, stream link and start time

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Key storylines & star players

Despite a pair of disappointing draws (Newcastle and Aston Villa), it’s been an unbeaten start to the 2022-23 season for Man City, who still lead the PL in possession (66.4 percent per game) while also becoming an unstoppable offensive force from last season (14 goals in their first seven games) to this season (23). That’s not to say it’s been easy as Manchester City go through a tactical shift of their own to better appeal to the big Norwegian’s poaching abilities. Though they have been forced to grind out results a few times already this season, it’s highlighted a newfound spontaneity for a side that’s been as regimented as any in the world. Will that freedom be what ultimately lands Pep Guardiola his first Champions League trophy since 2011, and perhaps a third straight PL title (and a fifth in six years) to boot?

As for Manchester United, the Ten Hag era has been a wild roller-coaster ride already, short as it’s been. The back-to-back defeats were one thing, but the abject performances were the real cause for discontent. While picking up the four straight victories, the Dutchman has also settled on a midfield setup with Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen operating in (effectively) a double pivot with Bruno Fernandes the most advanced of the three. It has brought defensive stability, of course, but more importantly the change has revealed a deadly counter-attacking side. Each of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Fernandes have scored twice during the winning run, with new boy Antony also getting in on the fun on his debut. With space in behind (and the proper service from deep), Ten Hag might just have his first winning formula (albeit quite unlike him).


Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), John Stones (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Aymeric Laporte (knee)

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Harry Maguire (hamstring), Marcus Rashford (thigh), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE, Donny van de Beek (knock), Martin Dubravka (knock)

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WATCH: Lionel Messi spins gorgeous free kick goal past Nice’s Schmeichel

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Lionel Messi got the better of Kasper Schmeichel with an outstanding free kick as Paris Saint-Germain outlasted Nice 2-1 on Saturday at the Parc des Princes.

The world’s greatest scorer was fouled to set up a free kick just inside the arc. Nice, of course, got into a wall and former Leicester City keeper Kasper Schmeichel arranged it to his liking.

As he does so many times, however, Messi spun a free kick just over the wall. The ball, which came so close to taking a slight turn off a leaping wall member (actually, did it?), tumbled down and right into the side netting to give PSG a 1-0 lead before the match was a half-hour old.

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Gaetan Laborde tied the match before halftime, and Nice’s revamped roster looked set to hold tight for a point (The club’s signed familiar Premier League names Schmeichel, Ross Barkley, Aaron Ramsey, and Mario Lemina).

Even that wouldn’t be enough, though, as Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to replace young Hugo Ekitike to finish a Nordi Mukiele assist for a 2-1 win.

PSG has eight wins and a draw this season, good for a two-point lead on second-place Marseille. Messi has five goals and a joint-league-best seven assists, tied with Neymar. Mbappe and Neymar are tied for the league goals lead with eight.

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USMNT’s Ricardo Pepi defies xG with relentless goal (video)

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USMNT forward Ricardo Pepi’s goal while trying to will Groningen back into an eventual 4-1 loss to AZ Alkmaar on Saturday will not be one of the expected variety.

The 19-year-old striker, on loan from Augsburg, ran onto an audacious long pass from 20-year-old defender Neraysho Kasanwirjo but had plenty of work to do with AZ leading 2-0.

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Pepi sees one defender fall in a race to the ball, then bodies up AZ’s Sam Beukema a little outside the six-yard box.

Hand-to-hand combat sees both players hit the turf, and Pepi probably could won a penalty.

But the World Cup hopeful spins while on the pitch and snaps a shot past charging AZ goalkeeper Hobie Verhulst to make it 2-1.

Video after the jump.

Ricardo Pepi
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Ricardo Pepi goal video: Fantastic start to Groningen loan

Pepi now has a goal or an assist in his first three Eredivisie outings, not unlike his fantastic start to life in a USMNT shirt.

His goal contributions have taken a dive since his first two USMNT matches — World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Jamaica — and he only has one assist from the following 10 outings in a U.S. shirt.

Still, Pepi is clearly one of Gregg Berhalter’s favorite options for the upcoming World Cup, and his performances will be measured against Union Berlin’s Jordan Pefok, FC Dallas’ Jesus Ferreira, and others.

In a tournament where every moment matters, his work for this scrappy finish will be well-noted by the USMNT staff.

Josef Martinez scores vicious overhead kick in Atlanta United loss (video)

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If this is the last goal of Josef Martinez’s (likely) final season with Atlanta United, it will be very appropriate.

So for Martinez, even in a losing effort, to go airborne for an overhead kick that is a simply sensational feat of athleticism and power, well, it just feels right.

The 29-year-old Venezuelan forward joined the Five Stripes in 2017 in what seemed a massive capture for the club at the time and now seems downright gargantuan, but he’s fallen out with current manager Gonzalo Pineda and was even suspended for a match last month.

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Martinez has nine goals and four assists in an injury-abbreviated 25-game season, giving him 111 goals in 156 appearances for ATL UTD. The former Torino and Young Boys striker is still being capped for Venezuela and would leave with an MLS Cup, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and Campeones Cup as well as a boatload of individual honors.

Atlanta lost 2-1 to New England on Saturday and returns home for their season finale next weekend versus New York City FC. The Five Stripes won’t make the playoffs unless at least two teams decide not to field teams, so if the NYCFC game doesn’t go well, let’s pretend this one was his final appearance for the club.