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Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City: Aguero hits hat trick as City cruises

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  • Man City moves into third
  • City four points clear of United
  • Aguero has 21 PL goals this season
  • Courtois sees late red card

Sergio Aguero completed a hat trick with an 80th minute penalty as Manchester City moved into third place in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

City leads Arsenal by one point and neighbors United by four, though it’s played one more match than the Gunners (who play Sunday at home to Crystal Palace).

Chelsea remains in 10th place with 44 points.

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Gary Cahill saved Chelsea’s early bacon when he blocked Sergio Aguero’s third minute chance, which came after Jesus Navas made a lung-busting run down the field to play Kevin De Bruyne toward the end line.

The other end saw Hart making a tackle to clean up a mess in his own 18, and City and Chelsea were trading chances in a fiery start.

City was the more dangerous side in the first half hour, with De Bruyne leading the fray. The Belgian set Aguero up for the opener in the 33rd minute, his deflected pass collected and finished by the Argentine striker.

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Chelsea looked ready to level things moments after the break, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek couldn’t get good contact on an in-tight chance and City was able to clear the ball.

Aguero doubled City’s lead in the 54th minute on a breakneck counterattack, as Nasri slipped him through and the Argentine did the rest with a hard right-footed shot.

Thibaut Courtois was shown a red card when Fernandinho skipped past Cahill for a 1v1 with the keeper. Courtois slid at the City player, who went down and drew the PK.

Aguero? Yeah, he finished just fine from the spot.

Liverpool – Burnley stream: How to watch, start time, prediction, odds

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Premier League champions Liverpool continue their pursuit of history with a visit from Europa League-chasing Burnley at Anfield on Saturday (Watch live at 10am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Liverpool looks for win No. 31 in 35 tries this league season, the hosts opening the day with 92 points and a 23-point lead on second-place Man City.

Burnley is in 10th with 49 points and can go eighth with a draw or seventh with a win.

Team news

Jurgen Klopp hands starts to youngsters Neco Williams and Curtis Jones.

Chris Wood is back in the lineup for Burnley, who moves Jay Brownhill inside to face the champions.

 

How to Watch Liverpool – Burnley

Start time: 10am ET
TV Channel: NBCSN
Stream Online: NBCSports.com

Leeds United legend, World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies

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One of English football’s brightest stars passed away on Friday.

Longtime England and Leeds United center back Jack Charlton, 85, suffered from a “long illness,” reports Sky Sports.

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Charlton played every game of the 1966 World Cup for champions England and was a one club man with Leeds. He’s the older brother of Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton, a teammate on the World Cup-winning side.

Coming up with their academy, Charlton played 762 times for Leeds with 95 goals. He was the 1967 Football Writers Association’s Player of the Year and won both the Second and First Division with Leeds.

Charlton went on to manage Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday, and the Republic of Ireland.

This is from a Charlton family statement, via Sky Sports:

“We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life. He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people.”

Norwich-West Ham, Watford-Newcastle: Stream, start time, how to watch

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The Premier League weekend kicks off with two matches that could clear up the relegation picture.

First Norwich City can essentially see its fate sealed as a member of the bottom three if it cannot get full points when 17th-place West Ham United visits Carrow Road on Saturday (Watch live at 730am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Also, Watford tries to move six points clear of the bottom three when it welcomes Miguel Almiron and Newcastle United to Vicarage Road (Watch live at 7:30am ET on NBC Sports Gold at NBCSports.com).

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Newcastle can move 11th with a win away from St. James’ Park.

Team News / Lineups

The Canaries hope Teemu Pukki can recapture his finishing magic and will have Todd Cantwell available off the bench.

Mark Noble is back in the lineup for West Ham, who has plenty of weapons on the bench in Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, and Sebastien Haller.

Dwight Gayle will lead the line for Newcastle, with DeAndre Yedlin and Joelinton among those on the bench.

 

How to Watch Norwich – West Ham

Start time: 7:30 a.m. ET
TV Channel: NBCSN
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How to Watch Watford – Newcastle

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Transfer news: Dembele to Man United; Sarr to Arsenal

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In the latest transfer news Ousmane Dembele has been linked with Manchester United, while Malang Sarr could be heading to Arsenal.

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Starting in Manchester, it has been reported by multiple outlets that Manchester United want Ousmane Dembele to arrive as a right-winger. With Jadon Sancho set to stay at Borussia Dortmund for at least another season, Dembele could be a cheaper and more available option as his form and fitness has been a big problem for Barcelona.

Dembele, 23, joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 as Neymar’s replacement but he’s never really settled at the Nou Camp and has been unlucky with injuries. Reports are saying that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a right winger, center back and center forward. Dembele has two years left on his contract at Barcelona but quite why Man United want to sign a new winger is baffling.

Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are stars in attack, while Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are pulling the strings underneath them. With Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Daniel James and Odion Ighalo in reserve too, attacking options is not something Solskjaer is short of. That said, Lingard could leave, James has stalled a little and Ighalo’s loan ends in January 2021, so a few gaps could open up.

Dembele will be a lot cheaper than Sancho and if he can put his injuries to one side, there’s clearly a very good attacking player there. It seems worth a gamble, especially as Dortmund want over $130 million for Sancho.

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Heading to north London, Arsenal have been linked with a sensible deal, for once, as the Gunners could sign free agent Malang Sarr.

The Nice defender, 21, has let his contract run out and a report from Marca says that the Gunners have made an approach for the young French center back. RB Leipzig are also interested in Sarr, who played 16 times for Patrick Vieria’s side in Ligue 1 this season as they finished in fifth place.

We know that Arsenal may not have a lot of cash to spend and Mikel Arteta’s side look unlikely to qualify for the Champions League. William Saliba will boost Arsenal’s defensive options for next season, while Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Sokratis, David Luiz, Pablo Mari and Shkodran Mustafi are still around too.

There’s no way Arsenal can have that many center backs at the club and there will surely be an almighty clear out this summer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang potentially leaving, Matteo Guendouzi on the outs and Alexandre Lacazette possibly leaving too.

Sarr would be a bargain buy and Arsenal certainly need to keep solidifying their defensive unit as they have the attacking weapons to hurt anyone.