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PL Sunday preview: Man City vs. Arsenal — one last top-four battle

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Leicester City are 2015-16 Premier League champions … now what? Even though the Foxes lifted the trophy on Saturday, much is left to be decided: second, third and fourth are all still up for grabs.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton — 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra

Tottenham will be without Dele Alli (suspension) and Mousa Dembele (suspension) for the remainder of the season, but Mauricio Pochettino‘s side still has a second-place finish to secure with two games left to play. Spurs’ quest to finish second and top Arsenal, their north London rivals, for the first time in 21 years continues on Sunday when Pochettino’s former club, Southampton, make their annual visit to White Hart Lane. A win over Saints would put Spurs six points clear of Arsenal (who play later on Sunday), essentially assuring north London’s top spot in the league table given their insurmountable goal-differential advantage (+39 to +25).

INJURIES: Tottenham — OUT: Nabil Bentaleb (knee)| Southampton — None

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Manchester City vs. Arsenal — 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra

The last of the season’s meetings of top-four and/or top-four-aspiring sides is set for Sunday when the Gunners visit Man City at the Etihad Stadium. With City eliminated from the UEFA Champions League this week, securing a top-four finish is the Citizen’s last avenue to Champions League qualification ahead of Pep Guardiola’s arrival in Manchester this summer. City’s lead on fifth-place Manchester United currently sits at one points (Man United play their 37th game of the season on Tuesday, vs. sixth-place West Ham United), making the math extremely simple in Manuel Pellegrini‘s final days at the Etihad: win their final two games (at Swansea City next weekend), and they’ll finish third with Arsenal fourth (again).

INJURIES: Man City — OUT: Vincent Kompany (thigh), David Silva (hamstring), Pablo Zabaleta (calf) | Arsenal — OUT: Per Mertesacker (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Carl Jenkinson (knee)

Liverpool vs. Watford — 11 a.m. ET, on Live Extra

Whereas Tottenham, Man City and Arsenal are only concerned with where they finish in the league table this season, the focus of Jurgen Klopp is solely on Liverpool’s UEFA Europa League final (Wednesday, May 18). The German genius was more than happy to select a side half-full of youngsters last weekend, and the baby Reds were thumped by Swansea. Following an emotional night at Anfield on Thursday, expect something similar on Sunday as Liverpool are fully locked into an eighth-place finish at minimum, with a chance to climb into the top-six. As for Watford, 44 points and a 10-point gap to the relegation zone with two games remaining will do just fine for the Hornets.

INJURIES: Liverpool — OUT: Jordan Henderson (knee), Divock Origi (ankle), Mamadou Sakho (suspension), Danny Ings (knee), Brad Smith (suspension) | Watford — OUT: Etienne Capoue (knee), Joel Ekstrand (hamstring)

Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

[ VIDEO: Nketiah leads Arsenal win ]

Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

[ MORE: Guardiola hails KDB ]

Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

[ MORE: Guardiola hails KDB ]


Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

[ REPORT: Man Utd locks up De Gea ]

It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.