2016-17 Premier League schedule released

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The fixtures for the 2016-17 Premier League season have been announced.

Time to get planning.

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This day is always one of great excitement as it signals the beginning of the new season and helps to keep some focus on the two months ahead without PL action.

Some mouthwatering clashes have been set up on the opening day as Arsenal host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, while there’s a London derby at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host West Ham United.

On Sept. 10 there’s a Manchester derby at Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola clash for the first time in the PL, while on Boxing Day a tasty clash between Southampton and Tottenham has been set up. On Nov. 15 Manchester United vs. Liverpool takes center stage and the final day of the season will be on May 21.

Remember, for the first time Friday night games will become a regular occurrence on the schedule and New Year’s Eve games are also an intriguing addition to the calendar.

Below is the full schedule as all games kick off at 10 a.m. ET unless otherwise stated, with times and dates subject to change as the European schedule will impact the fixtures.


13 August 2016 (Matchweek 1)

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United    #BOUMUN
Arsenal v Liverpool    #ARSLIV
Burnley v Swansea City    #BURSWA
Chelsea v West Ham United    #CHEWHU
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion    #CRYWBA
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur    #EVETOT
Hull City v Leicester City    #HULLEI
Manchester City v Sunderland    #MCISUN
Middlesbrough v Stoke City    #MIDSTK
Southampton v Watford    #SOUWAT

20 August 2016 (Matchweek 2)

Leicester City v Arsenal    #LEIARS
Liverpool v Burnley    #LIVBUR
Manchester United v Southampton    #MUNSOU
Stoke City v Manchester City    #STKMCI
Sunderland v Middlesbrough    #SUNMID
Swansea City v Hull City    #SWAHUL
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace    #TOTCRY
Watford v Chelsea    #WATCHE
West Bromwich Albion v Everton    #WBAEVE
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth    #WHUBOU

27 August 2016 (Matchweek 3)

Chelsea v Burnley    #CHEBUR
Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth    #CRYBOU
Everton v Stoke City    #EVESTK
Hull City v Manchester United    #HULMUN
Leicester City v Swansea City    #LEISWA
Manchester City v West Ham United    #MCIWHU
Southampton v Sunderland    #SOUSUN
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool    #TOTLIV
Watford v Arsenal    #WATARS
West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough    #WBAMID

10 September 2016 (Matchweek 4)

AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion    #BOUWBA
Arsenal v Southampton    #ARSSOU
Burnley v Hull City    #BURHUL
Liverpool v Leicester City    #LIVLEI
Manchester United v Manchester City    #MUNMCI
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace    #MIDCRY
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur    #STKTOT
Sunderland v Everton    #SUNEVE
Swansea City v Chelsea    #SWACHE
West Ham United v Watford    #WHUWAT

17 September 2016 (Matchweek 5)

Chelsea v Liverpool    #CHELIV
Crystal Palace v Stoke City    #CRYSTK
Everton v Middlesbrough    #EVEMID
Hull City v Arsenal    #HULARS
Leicester City v Burnley    #LEIBUR
Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth    #MCIBOU
Southampton v Swansea City    #SOUSWA
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland    #TOTSUN
Watford v Manchester United    #WATMUN
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United    #WBAWHU

24 September 2016 (Matchweek 6)

AFC Bournemouth v Everton    #BOUEVE
Arsenal v Chelsea    #ARSCHE
Burnley v Watford    #BURWAT
Liverpool v Hull City    #LIVHUL
Manchester United v Leicester City    #MUNLEI
Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur    #MIDTOT
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion    #STKWBA
Sunderland v Crystal Palace    #SUNCRY
Swansea City v Manchester City    #SWAMCI
West Ham United v Southampton    #WHUSOU

1 October 2016 (Matchweek 7)

Burnley v Arsenal    #BURARS
Everton v Crystal Palace    #EVECRY
Hull City v Chelsea    #HULCHE
Leicester City v Southampton    #LEISOU
Manchester United v Stoke City    #MUNSTK
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion    #SUNWBA
Swansea City v Liverpool    #SWALIV
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City    #TOTMCI
Watford v AFC Bournemouth    #WATBOU
West Ham United v Middlesbrough    #WHUMID

15 October 2016 (Matchweek 8)

AFC Bournemouth v Hull City    #BOUHUL
Arsenal v Swansea City    #ARSSWA
Chelsea v Leicester City    #CHELEI
Crystal Palace v West Ham United    #CRYWHU
Liverpool v Manchester United    #LIVMUN
Manchester City v Everton    #MCIEVE
Middlesbrough v Watford    #MIDWAT
Southampton v Burnley    #SOUBUR
Stoke City v Sunderland    #STKSUN
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur    #WBATOT

22 October 2016 (Matchweek 9)

AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur    #BOUTOT
Arsenal v Middlesbrough    #ARSMID
Burnley v Everton    #BUREVE
Chelsea v Manchester United    #CHEMUN
Hull City v Stoke City    #HULSTK
Leicester City v Crystal Palace    #LEICRY
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion    #LIVWBA
Manchester City v Southampton    #MCISOU
Swansea City v Watford    #SWAWAT
West Ham United v Sunderland    #WHUSUN

29 October 2016 (Matchweek 10)

Crystal Palace v Liverpool    #CRYLIV
Everton v West Ham United    #EVEWHU
Manchester United v Burnley    #MUNBUR
Middlesbrough v AFC Bournemouth    #MIDBOU
Southampton v Chelsea    #SOUCHE
Stoke City v Swansea City    #STKSWA
Sunderland v Arsenal    #SUNARS
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City    #TOTLEI
Watford v Hull City    #WATHUL
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City    #WBAMCI

5 November 2016 (Matchweek 11)

AFC Bournemouth v Sunderland    #BOUSUN
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur    #ARSTOT
Burnley v Crystal Palace    #BURCRY
Chelsea v Everton    #CHEEVE
Hull City v Southampton    #HULSOU
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion    #LEIWBA
Liverpool v Watford    #LIVWAT
Manchester City v Middlesbrough    #MCIMID
Swansea City v Manchester United    #SWAMUN
West Ham United v Stoke City    #WHUSTK

19 November 2016 (Matchweek 12)

Crystal Palace v Manchester City    #CRYMCI
Everton v Swansea City    #EVESWA
Manchester United v Arsenal    #MUNARS
Middlesbrough v Chelsea    #MIDCHE
Southampton v Liverpool    #SOULIV
Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth    #STKBOU
Sunderland v Hull City    #SUNHUL
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United    #TOTWHU
Watford v Leicester City    #WATLEI
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley    #WBABUR

26 November 2016 (Matchweek 13)

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth    #ARSBOU
Burnley v Manchester City    #BURMCI
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur    #CHETOT
Hull City v West Bromwich Albion    #HULWBA
Leicester City v Middlesbrough    #LEIMID
Liverpool v Sunderland    #LIVSUN
Manchester United v West Ham United    #MUNWHU
Southampton v Everton    #SOUEVE
Swansea City v Crystal Palace    #SWACRY
Watford v Stoke City    #WATSTK

3 December 2016 (Matchweek 14)

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool   #BOULIV
Crystal Palace v Southampton    #CRYSOU
Everton v Manchester United    #EVEMUN
Manchester City v Chelsea    #MCICHE
Middlesbrough v Hull City    #MIDHUL
Stoke City v Burnley   #STKBUR
Sunderland v Leicester City    #SUNLEI
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City    #TOTSWA
West Bromwich Albion v Watford    #WBAWAT
West Ham United v Arsenal    #WHUARS

10 December 2016 (Matchweek 15)

Arsenal v Stoke City    #ARSSTK
Burnley v AFC Bournemouth    #BURBOU
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion    #CHEWBA
Hull City v Crystal Palace    #HULCRY
Leicester City v Manchester City   #LEIMCI
Liverpool v West Ham United    #LIVWHU
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur   #MUNTOT
Southampton v Middlesbrough   #SOUMID
Swansea City v Sunderland   #SWASUN
Watford v Everton   #WATEVE

13 December 2016 (Matchweek 16)

(7:45pm kick-off unless stated)
AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City    #BOULEI
8pm Crystal Palace v Manchester United    #CRYMUN
Middlesbrough v Liverpool    #MIDLIV
Sunderland v Chelsea    #SUNCHE
8pm West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City    #WBASWA
West Ham United v Burnley    #WHUBUR

14 December 2016

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
Everton v Arsenal    #EVEARS
8pm Manchester City v Watford    #MCIWAT
8pm Stoke City v Southampton    #STKSOU
8pm Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City    #TOTHUL

17 December 2016 (Matchweek 17)

AFC. Bournemouth v Southampton    #BOUSOU
Crystal Palace v Chelsea    #CRYCHE
Everton v Liverpool    #EVELIV
Manchester City v Arsenal     #MCIARS
Middlesbrough v Swansea City    #MIDSWA
Stoke City v Leicester City     #STKLEI
Sunderland v Watford    #SUNWAT
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley    #TOTBUR
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United    #WBAMUN
West Ham United v Hull City     #WHUHUL

26 December 2016 (Matchweek 18)

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion     #ARSWBA
Burnley v Middlesbrough     #BURMID
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth     #CHEBOU
Hull City v Manchester City     #HULMCI
Leicester City v Everton     #LEIEVE
Liverpool v Stoke City    #LIVSTK
Manchester United v Sunderland     #MUNSUN
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur     #SOUTOT
Swansea City v West Ham United    #SWAWHU
Watford v Crystal Palace     #WATCRY

31 December 2016 (Matchweek 19)

Arsenal v Crystal Palace    #ARSCRY
Burnley v Sunderland    #BURSUN
Chelsea v Stoke City    #CHESTK
Hull City v Everton    #HULEVE
Leicester City v West Ham United    #LEIWHU
Liverpool v Manchester City    #LIVMCI
Manchester United v Middlesbrough    #MUNMID
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion    #SOUWBA
Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth    #SWABOU
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur    #WATTOT

2 January 2017 (Matchweek 20)

AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal    #BOUARS
Crystal Palace v Swansea City    #CRYSWA
Everton v Southampton    #EVESOU
Manchester City v Burnley    #MCIBUR
Middlesbrough v Leicester City    #MIDLEI
Stoke City v Watford    #STKWAT
Sunderland v Liverpool    #SUNLIV
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea    #TOTCHE
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City    #WBAHUL
West Ham United v Manchester United    #WHUMUN

14 January 2017 (Matchweek 21)

Burnley v Southampton    #BURSOU
Everton v Manchester City   #EVEMCI
Hull City v AFC Bournemouth    #HULBOU
Leicester City v Chelsea    #LEICHE
Manchester United v Liverpool    #MUNLIV
Sunderland v Stoke City    #SUNSTK
Swansea City v Arsenal    #SWAARS
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion    #TOTWBA
Watford v Middlesbrough    #WATMID
West Ham United v Crystal Palace    #WHUCRY

21 January 2017 (Matchweek 22)

AFC Bournemouth v Watford    #BOUWAT
Arsenal v Burnley    #ARSBUR
Chelsea v Hull City    #CHEHUL
Crystal Palace v Everton    #CRYEVE
Liverpool v Swansea City    #LIVSWA
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur    #MCITOT
Middlesbrough v West Ham United    #MIDWHU
Southampton v Leicester City    #SOULEI
Stoke City v Manchester United    #STKMUN
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland    #WBASUN

31 January 2017 (Matchweek 23)

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace    #BOUCRY
Arsenal v Watford    #ARSWAT
Burnley v Leicester City    #BURLEI
8pm Manchester United v Hull City    #MUNHUL
Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion    #MIDWBA
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur    #SUNTOT
Swansea City v Southampton    #SWASOU
West Ham United v Manchester City    #WHUMCI

1 February 2017

8pm Liverpool v Chelsea    #LIVCHE
8pm Stoke City v Everton    #STKEVE

4 February 2017 (Matchweek 24)

Chelsea v Arsenal    #CHEARS
Crystal Palace v Sunderland    #CRYSUN
Everton v AFC Bournemouth    #EVEBOU
Hull City v Liverpool    #HULLIV
Leicester City v Manchester United    #LEIMUN
Manchester City v Swansea City    #MCISWA
Southampton v West Ham United    #SOUWHU
Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough    #TOTMID
Watford v Burnley    #WATBUR
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City    #WBASTK

11 February 2017 (Matchweek 25)

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City    #BOUMCI
Arsenal v Hull City    #ARSHUL
Burnley v Chelsea    #BURCHE
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur    #LIVTOT
Manchester United v Watford    #MUNWAT
Middlesbrough v Everton    #MIDEVE
Stoke City v Crystal Palace    #STKCRY
Sunderland v Southampton    #SUNSOU
Swansea City v Leicester City    #SWALEI
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion    #WHUWBA

25 February 2017 (Matchweek 26)

Chelsea v Swansea City    #CHESWA
Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough    #CRYMID
Everton v Sunderland    #EVESUN
Hull City v Burnley    #HULBURN
Leicester City v Liverpool    #LEILIV
Manchester City v Manchester United    #MCIMUN
Southampton v Arsenal    #SOUARS
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City    #TOTSTK
Watford v West Ham United    #WATWHU
West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth #WBABOU

4 March 2017 (Matchweek 27)

Leicester City v Hull City    #LEIHUL
Liverpool v Arsenal    #LIVARS
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth #MUNBOU
Stoke City v Middlesbrough    #STKMID
Sunderland v Manchester City    #SUNMCI
Swansea City v Burnley    #SWABUR
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton    #TOTEVE
Watford v Southampton    #WATSOU
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace    #WBACRY
West Ham United v Chelsea    #WHUCHE

11 March 2017 (Matchweek 28)

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United    #BOUWHU
Arsenal v Leicester City    #ARSLEI
Burnley v Liverpool    #BURLIV
Chelsea v Watford    #CHEWAT
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur    #CRYTOT
Everton v West Bromwich Albion    #EVEWBA
Hull City v Swansea City    #HULSWA
Manchester City v Stoke City    #MCISTK
Middlesbrough v Sunderland    #MIDSUN
Southampton v Manchester United    #SOUMUN

18 March 2017 (Matchweek 29)

AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City    #BOUSWA
Crystal Palace v Watford    #CRYWAT
Everton v Hull City    #EVEHUL
Manchester City v Liverpool    #MCILIV
Middlesbrough v Manchester United    #MIDMUN
Stoke City v Chelsea    #STKCHE
Sunderland v Burnley    #SUNBUR
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton    #TOTSOU
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal    #WBAARS
West Ham United v Leicester City    #WHULEI

1 April 2017 (Matchweek 30)

Arsenal v Manchester City    #ARSMCI
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur    #BURTOT
Chelsea v Crystal Palace    #CHECRY
Hull City v West Ham United    #HULWHU
Leicester City v Stoke City    #LEISTK
Liverpool v Everton    #LIVEVE
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion    #MUNWBA
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth    #SOUBOU
Swansea City v Middlesbrough    #SWAMID
Watford v Sunderland    #WATSUN

4 April 2017 (Matchweek 31)

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
Arsenal v West Ham United    #ARSWHU
Burnley v Stoke City    #BURSTK
Hull City v Middlesbrough    #HULMID
Leicester City v Sunderland    #LEISUN
8pm Manchester United v Everton    #MUNEVE
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur    #SWATOT
Watford v West Bromwich Albion    #WATWBA

5 April 2017

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
Chelsea v Manchester City    #CHEMCI
8pm Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth    #LIVBOU
Southampton v Crystal Palace    #SOUCRY

8 April 2017 (Matchweek 32)

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea    #BOUCHE
Crystal Palace v Arsenal    #CRYARS
Everton v Leicester City    #EVELEI
Manchester City v Hull City    #MCIHUL
Middlesbrough v Burnley    #MIDBUR
Stoke City v Liverpool    #STKLIV
Sunderland v Manchester United    #SUNMUN
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford    #TOTWAT
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton    #WBASOU
West Ham United v Swansea City #WHUSWA

15 April 2017 (Matchweek 33)

Crystal Palace v Leicester City    #CRYLEI
Everton v Burnley    #EVEBUR
Manchester United v Chelsea    #MUNCHE
Middlesbrough v Arsenal    #MIDARS
Southampton v Manchester City    #SOUMCI
Stoke City v Hull City    #STKHUL
Sunderland v West Ham United    #SUNWHU
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth    #TOTBOU
Watford v Swansea City    #WATSWA
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool    #WBALIV

22 April 2017 (Matchweek 34)

AFC Bournemouth v Middlesbrough #BOUMID
Arsenal v Sunderland    #ARSSUN
Burnley v Manchester United    #BURMUN
Chelsea v Southampton    #CHESOU
Hull City v Watford    #HULWAT
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur    #LEITOT
Liverpool v Crystal Palace    #LIVCRY
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion    #MCIWBA
Swansea City v Stoke City    #SWASTK
West Ham United v Everton    #WHUEVE

29 April 2017 (Matchweek 35)

Crystal Palace v Burnley    #CRYBUR
Everton v Chelsea    #EVECHE
Manchester United v Swansea City    #MUNSWA
Middlesbrough v Manchester City    #MIDMCI
Southampton v Hull City    #SOUHUL
Stoke City v West Ham United    #STKWHU
Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth    #SUNBOU
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal    #TOTARS
Watford v Liverpool    #WATLIV
West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City    #WBALEI

6 May 2017 (Matchweek 36)

AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City    #BOUSTK
Arsenal v Manchester United    #ARSMUN
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion    #BURWBA
Chelsea v Middlesbrough    #CHEMID
Hull City v Sunderland    #HULSUN
Leicester City v Watford    #LEIWAT
Liverpool v Southampton    #LIVSOU
Manchester City v Crystal Palace    #MCICRY
Swansea City v Everton    #SWAEVE
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur    #WHUTOT

13 May 2017 (Matchweek 37)

AFC Bournemouth v Burnley    #BOUBUR
Crystal Palace v Hull City    #CRYHUL
Everton v Watford    #EVEWAT
Manchester City v Leicester City    #MCILEI
Middlesbrough v Southampton    #MIDSOU
Stoke City v Arsenal    #STKARS
Sunderland v Swansea City    #SUNSWA
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United    #TOTMUN
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea    #WBACHE
West Ham United v Liverpool    #WHULIV

21 May 2017 (Matchweek 38)

Arsenal v Everton    #ARSEVE
Burnley v West Ham United    #BURWHU
Chelsea v Sunderland    #CHESUN
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur    #HULTOT
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth    #LEIBOU
Liverpool v Middlesbrough    #LIVMID
Manchester United v Crystal Palace    #MUNCRY
Southampton v Stoke City    #SOUSTK
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion    #SWAWBA
Watford v Manchester City    #WATMCI

Leicester hammer Nottingham Forest for first win of season (video)

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Leicester vs Nottingham Forest recap: Brendan Rodgers and the Foxes picked up their first win of the 2022-23 Premier League season, as they hit the newly promoted Reds for three goals in 10 minutes, en route to a 4-0 victory, at King Power Stadium on Monday.

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Rodgers’ employment had recently come under a bit of scrutiny, with the Foxes losing six straight games after picking up their only point to date on opening day. Unsurprisingly, Monday’s victory was also Leicester’s first clean sheet of the season, after conceding a Premier League-worst 22 goals in their first seven games (still most in the PL, with Forest one behind on 21).

The result sees the Foxes and Reds swap places in the table, from 20th and 19th, to 19th and 20th, respectively.

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What we learned from Leicester vs Nottingham Forest

Quality of known quantities shines through

James Maddison scored two goals and assisted another; Wilfried Ndidi protected the backline and didn’t get injured; Youri Tielemans linked play and took up dangerous areas on one side while Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall did the same on the other; Harvey Barnes got on the scoresheet. Before the season began, this is more or less how Rodgers drew it up. He would have also been counting on key contributions from last summer’s crown-jewel signings Patson Daka (also scored a goal on Monday), and for Jamie Vardy to remain a frequent goal threat and chip in double-digit goals for the 8th straight season. Vardy didn’t get a goal, but the 35-year-old Leicester legend had four shots (all in the first half) and might have scored two or three on another day. A victory all by itself doesn’t fix a team or save a season, but a team performance like we saw from Leicester on Monday? That might just do the trick.

Unfamiliar faces, familiar results

As previously stated, Forest’s defensive record is only minimally better than that of Leicester, and it’s a hugely worrying trend of late, having conceded 16 goals in their last five games (all defeats, including two against Bournemouth and Fulham, the other two promoted sides). Forest made 22 signings in the summer transfer window, and through eight games they look like a side that has rarely, if ever, played together before. Because, well, they haven’t. Now, attention turns toward Steve Cooper, who could find himself under pressure if owner Evangelos Marinakis wants a quick fix as his club stares down a likely relegation battle this season.


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Leicester (20th place) have conceded more goals (22) than any other side in the Premier League — even Bournemouth, who shipped nine to Liverpool in one game. Wesley Fofana left for Chelsea (for $80 million) just before the transfer deadline, and Leicester made just one (loan) signing during the summer window. Has disinterest in the boardroom turned into disinterest in the locker room? If so, it’s difficult to see how Rodgers weathers this storm.

It’s been a similar story for Forest (19th), who impressed in each of their first three Premier League outings collapsing defensively (14 goals conceded) in four straight defeats, including back-to-back 3-2 humblings at the hands of the other two promoted sides, Fulham and Bournemouth.


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NWSL investigation finds systemic emotional abuse, sexual misconduct on multiple teams

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An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport, impacting multiple teams, coaches and players, according to a report released Monday.

“Abuse in the NWSL is rooted in a deeper culture in women’s soccer, beginning in youth leagues, that normalizes verbally abusive coaching and blurs boundaries between coaches and players,” former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Q. Yates wrote in her report on the investigation.

U.S. Soccer commissioned the investigation by Yates and the law firm King & Spaulding after former NWSL players Sinead Farrelly and Mana Shim came forward with allegations of harassment and sexual coercion dating back a decade involving former coach Paul Riley. Their account was published by The Athletic in September 2021.

Riley, who denied the allegations, was quickly fired as head coach of the North Carolina Courage, and NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird stepped down.

But it was clear the problems were widespread. Five of the 10 head coaches in the NWSL last season either were fired or stepped down amid allegations of misconduct.

“The verbal and emotional abuse players describe in the NWSL is not merely ‘tough’ coaching. And the players affected are not shrinking violets. They are among the best athletes in the world,” Yates wrote.

More than 200 people were interviewed by investigators. Some two dozen entities and individuals provided documents. U.S. Soccer also provided documents and the firm reviewed 89,000 deemed likely to be relevant.

U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone called the findings “heartbreaking and deeply troubling.”

“The abuse described is inexcusable and has no place on any playing field, in any training facility or workplace,” she said in a statement. “As the national governing body for our sport, U.S. Soccer is fully committed to doing everything in its power to ensure that all players — at all levels — have a safe and respectful place to learn, grow and compete.”

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The report made numerous recommendations to prioritize player health and safety. Among them is the requirement that teams accurately disclose coach misconduct to the league and the soccer federation to ensure coaches aren’t allowed to move between teams. It also calls for meaningful vetting of coaches and timely investigation into allegations of abuse.

The NWSL said it was in the process of reviewing the report. The league and the NWSL Players Association is also conducting an investigation.

“We recognize the anxiety and mental strain that these pending investigations have caused and the trauma that many – including players and staff – are having to relive. We continue to admire their courage in coming forward to share their stories and influence all the changes necessary to keep moving our league forward,” NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman said in a statement. “Establishing trust and confidence between the league, its players and other key stakeholders remains a central focus for the NWSL, and we know that we must learn from and take responsibility for the painful lessons of the past in order to move the League into a better future.”

The investigation focused on three former coaches, Riley, Christy Holly of Racing Louisville and Rory Dames of the Chicago Red Stars.

It recounts an April 2021 encounter between Holly and a player, Erin Simon, who now plays in Europe. Holly invited her to watch game film with him and allegedly told her that for every pass she messed up, he was going to touch her. Simon told investigators Holly “pushed his hands down her pants and up her shirt.”

Simon, now with Leicester City, said too many athletes suffer in silence because they are afraid they won’t be heard.

“I know because that is how I felt,” the 28-year-old said in a statement. “Through many difficult days, my faith alone sustained me and kept me going. I want to do everything in my power to ensure that no other player must experience what I did. This report allows our voices to finally be heard and is the first step toward achieving the respectful workplace we all deserve.”

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Holly was terminated for cause but Racing Louisville declined to publicly state the reason. Yates’ report noted that Racing did not provide investigators with details about Holly’s employment, citing mutual nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses.

Farrelly said the harassment she experienced began in 2011 when she was a player with the Philadelphia Independence of the Women’s Professional Soccer league. Riley was her coach.

She told The Athletic the abuse by Riley continued when she was with the Portland Thorns in 2014 and 2015. Shim, a former Thorns player, also said she experienced harassment. Neither woman is playing in the NWSL now.

The Thorns said they investigated Riley in 2015 while he was with the team and reported the findings to the league. They did not renew his contract but did not make the reasons public.

The report said the Thorns were not forthcoming with certain information and they attempted to prevent investigators from using the team’s 2015 report.

“The Portland Thorns interfered with our access to relevant witnesses and raised specious legal arguments in an attempt to impede our use of relevant documents,” Yates wrote.

Riley went on to coach the Western New York Flash, which later moved to North Carolina and was renamed.

When the scandal broke last year, former Thorns forward Alex Morgan, posted to social media: “The league was informed of these allegations multiple times and refused multiple times to investigate the allegations. The league must accept responsibility for a process that failed to protect its own players from this abuse.”

Morgan also said Shim and Farrelly asked the NWSL earlier last year for a new investigation into Riley’s behavior but were rebuffed.

The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association released a statement: “All Players and employees deserve to work in an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and abusive conduct. The USWNTPA commends the courage of the survivors, current Players, and former Players who came forward to speak out against abusive practices that have become far too normalized in the NSWL and women’s soccer generally. At the same time, USWNTPA is dismayed that some NWSL clubs and USSF staff impeded the investigation; those who have not done so should fully cooperate with the ongoing NWSL/NWSLPA investigation immediately.”

U.S. Soccer said its board of directors and a leadership team would immediately begin implementing the report’s recommendations.

“U.S. Soccer and the entire soccer community have to do better, and I have faith that we can use this report and its recommendations as a critical turning point for every organization tasked with ensuring player safety,” Parlow Cone said. “We have significant work to do, and we’re committed to doing that work and leading change across the entire soccer community.”

Ever Wonder why Arsenal moved from South to North London?

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Our ‘Ever Wonder’ series will run throughout the 2022-23 Premier League season and focuses on key stories behind the history, tradition and culture of all 20 Premier League clubs.

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Have you ever sat there and wondered why certain chants became iconic at a club? Why a team has a certain nickname? Why they play in those colors? How they were founded? Yep, us too.

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This season we will be digging deep to tell the stories of the rich history, tradition and culture from around the Premier League and give you the answers to things you want to know more about.


Ever Wonder why Arsenal moved across London?

Based in Woolwich in south east London, the club was originally founded in 1886 as a group of workers from the Woolwich Arsenal Armament Factory decided to set up a club.

They were originally called Dial Square because of a sun dial atop the entrance to the factory. Seriously.

As for the factory itself, it served the British Army with ammunition and explosives research and 80,000 people worked there during the First World War.


Red jerseys and stadium struggles

Dial Square then became Royal Arsenal and players from Nottingham Forest joined the club, hence the now famous Garibaldi red jerseys which Forest, established 20 years before Arsenal, gave them.

After moving around several stadiums in Plumstead, which was based on the outskirts of London at the time, Arsenal then became Woolwich Arsenal and it stayed that way until 1913.

Struggling financially due to Plumstead being in an isolated area and not easy for people to travel to compared to other London clubs, Woolwich Arsenal were looking for other locations to move to from their Manor Ground home.

Arsenal vs Liverpool at the Manor Ground in Plumstead


Bombing accelerates move

During the suffragettes battle for equality for women in the UK, targeted bombings were carried out at high profile venues.

One such bombing occurred at Arsenal’s home stadium, destroying the grandstand at the Manor Ground in 1913 which would reportedly cost over $1,220 to repair.

With a significant bill to pay to repair the stadium and the club once again teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, the largest shareholder of the consortium who bought the club in 1910, Sir Henry Norris, decided to move the club to Highbury in north London in 1913 after a failed attempt to merge Fulham and Arsenal, the two clubs he was chairman of.

Arsenal moved to Highbury Stadium


Controversial 12-mile move from South to North London approved in 1913

Amid uproar from fans in Woolwich and north London, it still happened and famed stadium architect Archibald Leitch built their home ground at Highbury.

That is when the Arsenal we know today was truly born.

They soon became known as ‘The Arsenal’ in 1914 and then dropped ‘the’ to become known simply as Arsenal in 1919 as football resumed in England following the First World War.


Feud with Tottenham begins

In-between then a feud had already bubbled up with Tottenham. Of course it had.

Arsenal were promoted to the first division at the expense of Tottenham amid huge controversy and after a league vote, Arsenal took Spurs’ place in the first division.

Hence a bitter rivalry was born and Tottenham’s fans like to remind Arsenal to, shall we say, ‘head back to Woolwich, please, because north London is ours.’ The real version is obviously less polite.


The Gunners have never looked back

Financial success, being close to a London Underground station and improved facilities were the main reasons Arsenal moved 12 miles across London to north London in 1913 and it is where they have remained ever since.

London’s most successful team (in terms of the number of major titles and top-flight titles), the decision to move Arsenal across England’s capital city is still bearing fruit over 100 years later.

They’ve come a long way from a team set up in a factory which made explosives for the British Military.

UEFA Champions League, live! How to watch, predictions, updates, scores, schedule, fixtures

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The 2022-23 UEFA Champions League group stage is here and we are ready to roll between now and November.

With a congested schedule due to the 2022 World Cup kicking off in November, we will have midweek Champions League action every week between now and early November (aside from the international break in late September).

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Can Real Madrid win back-to-back Champions League titles? Or will the Premier League giants continue to reach the final (at least one PL team has reached four of the last five finals with two all-English finals in the last four) and go one better this season?

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Inter Milan are together in the “group of death,” while Tottenham were handed a (relatively) easy draw with Eintracht Frankfurt, Sporting CP and Marseille in Group D. Manchester City will face perennial European noise-makers in Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla in Group G, while PSG and Juventus were paired up in Group H.

Rangers are back in the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2010, joining bitter Glasgow rivals Celtic to give the Scottish Premiership two clubs in the UCL group stage for the first time in 15 years.

Elsewhere, Benfica, Copenhagen, Dinamo Zagreb, Viktoria Plzen and Maccabi Haifi made it through the playoffs, while this is the first time the Bundesliga has had five teams in the group stage after Frankfurt won the Europa League last season to qualify.

Below is everything you need following the UEFA Champions League group stage.


UEFA Champions League schedule, dates, how to watch

Dates: Group stage to be played September to November
Online: Live updates via NBCSports.com
How to watch: TUDN, Paramount+


Champions League group stage fixtures (all kick off times ET)

Matchday 3

Tuesday, 4 October
Bayern vs Plzen (12:45)
Marseille vs Sporting CP (12:45)
Liverpool vs Rangers (3:00)
Ajax vs Napoli (3:00)
Porto vs Leverkusen (3:00)
Club Brugge vs Atletico (3:00)
Inter vs Barcelona (3:00)
Frankfurt vs Tottenham (3:00)

Wednesday, 5 October
Salzburg vs Dinamo Zagreb (12:45)
Leipzig vs Celtic (12:45)
Chelsea vs AC Milan (3:00)
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar (3:00)
Man City vs Copenhagen (3:00)
Sevilla vs Dortmund (3:00)
Juventus vs Maccabi Haifa (3:00)
Benfica vs Paris (3:00)


JPW’s Champions League predictions – Matchday 3

Tuesday, 4 October
Bayern 4-1 Plzen
Marseille 2-2 Sporting CP
Liverpool 4-2 Rangers
Ajax 2-2 Napoli
Porto 1-2 Leverkusen
Club Brugge 1-2 Atletico
Inter 1-1 Barcelona
Frankfurt 1-2 Tottenham

Wednesday, 5 October
Salzburg 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Leipzig 3-1 Celtic
Chelsea 2-1 AC Milan
Real Madrid 3-1 Shakhtar
Man City 4-1 Copenhagen
Sevilla 2-1 Dortmund
Juventus 3-1 Maccabi Haifa
Benfica 1-4 Paris


Matchday 1

Tuesday, 6 September
Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea — Highlights, Tuchel’s furious response
Dortmund 3-0 Copenhagen — WATCH: Reyna’s two assists
Salzburg 1-1 AC Milan — Dest makes Milan debut off bench
Celtic 0-3 Real Madrid — Carter-Vickers’ Bhoys eventually falter
Leipzig 1-4 Shakhtar — Ukrainians off to rollicking start
Sevilla 0-4 Man City– Highlights, Guardiola’s glowing reaction
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Juventus — McKennie scores in loss
Benfica 2-0 Maccabi Haifa — Cohen makes 3 saves in loss

Wednesday, 7 September
Ajax 4-0 Rangers — Dutch giants hammer Gers as Alvarez gets ball rolling
Frankfurt 0-3 Sporting CP — Portuguese giants led by Edwards’ opener
Napoli 4-1 Liverpool — Highlights as Klopp’s boys run ragged
Atletico 2-1 Porto — Griezmann scores 101st minute winner amid late drama
Club Brugge 1-0 Leverkusen — Sylla seals big win for Belgian champs
Barcelona 5-1 Plzen — Lewandowski hat trick leads rout
Inter 0-2 Bayern — Sane unplayable as Bayern ease to win
Tottenham 2-0 Marseille — Richarlison the late hero on his UCL debut

Matchday 2

Tuesday, 13 September
Plzen 0-2 Inter — Goal, assist for Dzeko in win over 10-man hosts
Sporting CP 2-0 Tottenham – Conte rues details plus video highlights
Liverpool 2-1 Ajax –Klopp relief at rebound win; Video highlights
Porto 0-4 Club Brugge — Four different scorers highlight blowout
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Atletico Madrid — Frimpong sets up two late goals
Bayern Munich 2-0 Barcelona — Wasteful finishing haunts Lewandowski return
Marseille 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt — Late first-half Lindstrom goal the difference

Wednesday, 14 September
AC Milan 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Shakhtar 1-1 Celtic
Chelsea 1-1 Salzburg – RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers 0-3 Napoli
Real Madrid 2-0 RB Leipzig
Man City 2-1 Dortmund – RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS
Copenhagen 0-0 Sevilla
Juventus 1-2 Benfica
Maccabi Haifa 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain


Matchday 3

Tuesday, 4 October
Bayern vs Plzen (12:45)
Marseille vs Sporting CP (12:45)
Liverpool vs Rangers (3:00)
Ajax vs Napoli (3:00)
Porto vs Leverkusen (3:00)
Club Brugge vs Atletico (3:00)
Inter vs Barcelona (3:00)
Frankfurt vs Tottenham (3:00)

Wednesday, 5 October
Salzburg vs Dinamo Zagreb (12:45)
Leipzig vs Celtic (12:45)
Chelsea vs AC Milan (3:00)
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar (3:00)
Man City vs Copenhagen (3:00)
Sevilla vs Dortmund (3:00)
Juventus vs Maccabi Haifa (3:00)
Benfica vs Paris (3:00)


Matchday 4

Tuesday, 11 October
Copenhagen vs Man City (12:45)
Maccabi Haifa vs Juventus (12:45)
Dinamo Zagreb vs Salzburg (3:00)
AC Milan vs Chelsea (3:00)
Shakhtar vs Real Madrid (3:00)
Celtic vs Leipzig (3:00)
Dortmund vs Sevilla (3:00)
Paris vs Benfica (3:00)

Wednesday, 12 October
Napoli vs Ajax (12:45)
Atletico vs Club Brugge (12:45)
Rangers vs Liverpool (3:00)
Leverkusen vs Porto (3:00)
Barcelona vs Inter (3:00)
Plzen vs Bayern (3:00)
Tottenham vs Frankfurt (3:00)
Sporting CP vs Marseille (3:00)

Matchday 5

Tuesday, 25 October
Salzburg vs Chelsea (12:45)
Sevilla vs Copenhagen (12:45)
Dinamo Zagreb vs AC Milan (3:00)
Celtic vs Shakhtar (3:00)
Leipzig vs Real Madrid (3:00)
Dortmund vs Man City (3:00)
Paris vs Maccabi Haifa (3:00)
Benfica vs Juventus (3:00)

Wednesday, 26 October
Club Brugge vs Porto (12:45)
Inter vs Plzen (12:45)
Napoli vs Rangers (3:00)
Ajax vs Liverpool (3:00)
Atletico vs Leverkusen (3:00)
Barcelona vs Bayern (3:00)
Tottenham vs Sporting CP (3:00)
Frankfurt vs Marseille (3:00)

Matchday 6

Tuesday, 1 November
Porto vs Atletico (18:45)
Leverkusen vs Club Brugge (18:45)
Liverpool vs Napoli (21:00)
Rangers vs Ajax (21:00)
Bayern vs Inter (21:00)
Plzen vs Barcelona (21:00)
Sporting CP vs Frankfurt (21:00)
Marseille vs Tottenham (21:00)

Wednesday, 2 November
Real Madrid vs Celtic (12:45)
Shakhtar vs Leipzig (12:45)
Chelsea vs Dinamo Zagreb (3:00)
AC Milan vs Salzburg (3:00)
Man City vs Sevilla (3:00)
Copenhagen vs Dortmund (3:00)
Juventus vs Paris (3:00)
Maccabi Haifa vs Benfica (3:00)


Knockout stage dates

Round of 16 draw: 7 November
Round of 16: 14/15/21/22 February & 7/8/14/15 March 2023
Quarter-final and semi-final draw: 17 March 2023
Quarter-finals: 11/12 & 18/19 April 2023
Semi-finals: 9/10 & 16/17 May 2023
Final: 10 June 2023


Champions League group stage standings

Group A
Napoli — 6 points (+6 GD)
Ajax — 3 (-2)
Liverpool — 3 (+3)
Rangers — 0 (-7)

Group B
Club Brugge — 6 (+5)
Bayer Leverkusen — 3 (1)
Atletico Madrid — 3 (-1)
Porto — 0 (-5)

Group C
Bayern Munich — 6 (+4)
Barcelona — 3 (+2)
Inter Milan — 3 (0)
Viktoria Plzen — 0 (-6)

Group D
Sporting CP — 6 (+5)
Tottenham Hotspur — 3 (0)
Eintracht Frankfurt — 3 (-2)
Marseille — 0

Group E
AC Milan — 4 (+2)
Dinamo Zagreb — 3 (-1)
Red Bull Salzburg — 2 (0)
Chelsea — 1 (-1)

Group F
Real Madrid — 6 (+5)
Shakhtar Donetsk — 3 (+3)
Celtic — 1 (-3)
RB Leipzig — 0 (-5)

Group G
Manchester City — 6 (+5)
Borussia Dortmund — 3 (+2)
Copenhagen — 1 (-3)
Sevilla — 1 (-4)

Group H
Paris Saint-Germain — 6 (+3)
Benfica — 6 (+3)
Juventus — 0 (-2)
Maccabi Haifa — 0 (-4)