Player ratings from Liverpool’s victory at Arsenal

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LONDON — Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday in an enthralling encounter during the opening weekend of the Premier League.

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Philippe Coutinho score a brace and a goal each from Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane put Liverpool 4-1 up after Theo Walcott had given Arsenal the lead, yet a late surge came from the Gunners as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers got on the score sheet in a wild game in north London which ended in Jurgen Klopp‘s side winning the seven-goal thriller.

Here’s a mark out of 10 for each player on the pitch.


Arsenal

Petr Cech – 6 – Couldn’t stop the goals and did whatever he had to with ease.

Hector Bellerin – 5 – Caught out defensively at times and failed to get forward as much as he usually does.

Rob Holding – 6 – Tried to hold things together but started to drop deeper and deeper after reading the game well early on.

Calum Chambers – 5 – Played midfielders into trouble time and time again. Scored but not a great display.

Nacho Monreal – 5 – Tried to support attacking players but spent most of his time trying to stop Sadio Mane. That didn’t go well for him.

Mohamed Elneny – 5 – Started well but was put under pressure on the ball by his center backs.

Francis Coquelin – 6 – Won the ball back for Walcott’s opener and was his usual combative self.

Alex Iwobi – 5 – Had a few good runs in first half but hooked off in the second half with a thigh injury.

Theo Walcott – 7 – Mixed bag for Walcott who missed a PK then 69 seconds later scored. Drifted in and out of the game.

Aaron Ramsey – 6 – Tried to influence the game from central attacking area and then suffered a hamstring injury.

Alexis Sanchez – 6 – Looked a little lost up to on his own in a central role. Much better when drifting out wide to his natural position.

Subs: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7 – Got a goal and looked to have plenty of drive and power in the final third; Granit Xhaka – 5 – No real time to influence the game; Santi Cazorla – 6 – Did little wrong but skied an effort over the bar from the edge of the box.


Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – 6 – Saved Walcott’s PK but came for a few crosses he didn’t need to and always makes defenders nervy.

Nathaniel Clyne – 6 – Got better as game wore on. Still some issues defensively but his brilliant cross set up Coutinho’s second goal.

Dejan Lovren – 6 – Arsenal’s second goal deflected in off him but overall stopped the threat of Sanchez.

Ragnar Klaven – 6 – A solid outing. His distribution needs work but he just sticks to defending and clearing balls.

Alberto Moreno – 3 – Wretched outing highlighted by a horror two-minute spell in first half as he gave away a PK and let Walcott in to score.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6 – Played in an unfamiliar holding role alongside Henderson and struggled on the ball in first half. Improved in second half and wonderful cross set up Lallana to put Liverpool ahead.

Jordan Henderson – 6 – Drove Liverpool on from midfield and launched himself into tackles.

Adam Lallana – 7 – Classy finish for his goal to put Liverpool 2-1 up and linked up well with Mane, Coutinho and Firmino.

Sadio Mane – 8 – His pace is terifying for opposition defenders and he belted in an absolute screamer to make it 4-1.

Philippe Coutinho – 8 – Scored a beauty of a free kick and a clever flick to put Liverpool 3-1 up. Always threatening in the box.

Roberto Firmino – 6 – Lashed one effort just wide in the second half. Often took one touch too many.

Subs: Emre Can – 6 – Helped Liverpool shore things up a little in midfield; Divock Origi – 5 – Only had 15 minutes and hardly touched the ball; Kevin Stewart – N/A – Played seven minutes near the end.

Arsenal uses thrilling comeback to win Europa League group

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Nothing Arsenal-related is allowed to be easy, it seems.

The Gunners used a goal and an assist from Bukayo Saka to come back from a two-goal deficit and draw Standard Liege 2-2 in Belgium on Thursday, winning its Europa League group when Vitoria came back to beat Eintracht Frankfurt on a wild afternoon of soccer.

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Arsenal trailed on second half goals from Samuel Bastien and Selim Amallah, but rallied behind Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette to score a second-straight win for interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.

Saka sent in a laser cross in the 78th minute and Lacazette did quite well to power it under the bar.

He’s loving this competition, having made a serious entrance earlier in the tournament versus Eintracht Frankfurt. The 18-year-old now has two goals and five assists across all competitions this season.

The Gunners needed just three more minutes to tie the score on a day they outshot the hosts 15-11.

Saka showed his nose for goal to tie the score five minutes later with a dribble to the top of the 18 and a sly finish to the keeper’s left.

This was all happening around the same time Vitoria scored twice in three minutes to take a 3-2 lead on Eintracht Frankfurt.

Standard Liege goes from the knockout rounds to nothing in a blink, while Eintracht goes from winning the group to second.

The field for the Europa League is looking fierce, with Inter Milan, Benfica, Ajax, Club Brugge, Olympiacos, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, and Red Bull Salzburg joining the competition via transfer from the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal joins Premier League sides Wolves and Manchester United in the knockout rounds, having lost the Europa League final to rivals Chelsea at the end of last season.

The Gunners beat West Ham on Monday and host Manchester City at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Matchweek 17 is here in the Premier League as the games continue to come thick and fast during the festive season.

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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.

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

Chelsea 3-0 Bournemouth – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Liverpool 3-1 Watford – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM] 

Crystal Palace 3-1 Brighton – (Monday, 2:45 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Leicester 3-0 Norwich – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]


DON’T TOUCH THIS…

Southampton 1-1 West Ham – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) – [STREAM]

Sheffield United 2-1 Aston Villa – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

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


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

Arsenal 3-3 Man City – (Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Wolves 1-2 Tottenham – (Sunday 9 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

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

Premier League TV, streaming schedule

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Matchweek 17 of the Premier League season is here, as the busy festive season continues.

Get in there.

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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 for the coming days.


FULL TV SCHEDULE

Saturday
7:30 a.m. ET: Liverpool v. Watford – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Chelsea v. Bournemouth – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Burnley v. Newcastle – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Leicester City v. Norwich City – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Sheffield United v. Aston Villa – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: Southampton v. West Ham – NBC [STREAM]

Sunday
9 a.m. ET: Wolves v. Tottenham – NBCSN [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Man United v. Everton  – NBC Sports Gold[STREAM]
11:30 a.m. ET: Arsenal v. Man City – NBCSN [STREAM]

Monday
2:45 p.m. ET: Crystal Palace v. Brighton – NBCSN [STREAM]

Miami ready to arrive as global soccer city

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This weekend the Premier League on NBC Sports crew are heading to Miami Beach to host the second Premier League Mornings Live Fan Fest of the season.

And Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Kyle Martino, along with several high-profile guests, will be arriving in a city which is primed to re-enter the discussion as a truly global soccer city.

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With David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF franchise arriving in Major League Soccer for March 2020, CONCACAF’s HQ in Miami, plus many of the biggest clubs in the world visiting Miami to play in friendly games each summer — and of course the USMNT and USWNT both playing regularly in South Florida — Miami is already well on its way to becoming a key U.S. hub for the global game.

But things are changing. Rapidly.

After the Miami Fusion folded in early 2002 and the heyday of the NASL long gone, there was a soccer void in MIA, but now teams are popping up in both MLS and USL, and if you wander around Miami you will spot jerseys from just about every club on the planet.

Peter Smith (who played for the U.S. Futsal Team in the 1989 world championships) is involved in soccer in the Miami area where he runs his company, Smash Soccer, a consultancy agency.

He has seen a huge upturn in the popularity of the sport in and around Miami in recent years.

“There will be a big turnout and a great atmosphere at the Clevelander because their is such a passion for the sport in Miami and South Florida,” Smith said. “Miami is more of an international city than an American city. You always see Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus, Boca Juniors, River Plate and Flamengo jerseys, as well as plenty of Liverpool, Man United, Man City and Chelsea shirts and there is so much interest in the global game.

“Miami has such a mix of tourists and residents that you will always have PL interest in and around the bars and on the streets and there really is a growing interest in the Premier League. There are plenty of fan bars on gamedays, and in particular areas of Miami where you have specific bars for fans supporting clubs in South America and Europe. It’s a real mix and it is wonderful.”

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When you start to ask around the Miami area, it is clear soccer is on the minds of many.

Mike Ryan Ruiz is the Executive Producer for The Dan Le Batard Show and Host of Chelsea’s new U.S. focused podcast, “Chelsea Mike’d Up.” 

Aside from his focus on all things Premier League with the Blues, Ruiz believes the arrival of Inter Miami CF will be a key part of the puzzle in soccer getting back on the map in Miami.

“The soccer community is really buzzing down here for Inter Miami, even though it’s in Fort Lauderdale initially. Our supporters groups, I think, are going to be the talk of MLS. There are three main groups but the wildest is Vice City,” Ruiz explained. “I really think Inter is going to be a success story. The town is desperate for a winner and I think they’re well positioned even as an expansion team. We’ve been waiting on this for so long. It felt like the day might never come… but we’re here.”

It is sure to be one heck of a party at the Clevelander Hotel in Miami Beach this weekend as Miami continues to grow as a worldwide soccer destination.

All the details for our Fan Fest can be found right here.