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PL preview: Man United, Spurs, Saints in action on a busy, 4-game Sunday

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With just five games played on Saturday — and one on Friday — Sunday’s slate of Premier League fixtures is a big one: four games, including returns to domestic competition for Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, across the morning and afternoon.

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Watford vs. Manchester United — 7 a.m. ET, on CNBC and

Following a 3-for-3 start to the 2016-17 Premier League season, Jose Mourinho suffered his first — and second — defeat as Man United boss this week. Sunday offers a chance to bounce back with a trip to Vicarage Road, a ground the Red Devils haven’t failed to win at, let alone lost, since Sept. 16, 1986. Phil Jones (knee) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (thigh) will both miss out through injury, but Luke Shaw (hamstring) is expected to be available once again after sitting out United’s Europa League fixture on Thursday.

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Southampton vs. Swansea City — 9:15 a.m. ET, on

Southampton are third from bottom of the PL table after four games (two points), so a visit from 14th-place Swansea (four points) could be just what the doctor ordered as new Saints boss Claude Puel seeks his first PL victory. Sofiane Boufal (knee), Saints’ record signing from the summer transfer window, is still weeks away from making his PL debut. Meanwhile, Nathan Dyer (ankle) is expected to miss two months, while Borja Baston, Swansea’s club-record signing, hopes to make the bench after edging closer toward full fitness.

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Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City — 9:15 a.m. ET, on CNBC and

One point from four games is hardly an ideal way to start the season but that’s exactly where Mark Hughes and Stoke find themselves ahead of Sunday’s trip to Selhurst Park. Alan Pardew‘s Eagles picked up their first victory of the season last weekend, courtesy of club-record signing Christian Benteke‘s first goal for the club. Palace will be without Loic Remy (thigh) and Papa Souare (car crash), while Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Bakary Sako (groin) are expected to return. Xherdan Shaqiri (calf), Jack Butland (ankle surgery) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee surgery) will be unavailable for Stoke, but Glen Johnson (knee) is expected to make his 2016-17 debut.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland — 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and

Like United, European competition was far from kind to Tottenham this week, thus Mauricio Pochettino will expect a bounce-back performance to extend his side’s unbeaten run to five game to start the season. Sunderland haven’t won at White Hart Lane since Aug. 23, 2008 (seven games without a win), with Sunday their final chance to do so before the stadium’s demolition next summer. Danny Rose (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Spurs, as have Fabio Borini (groin), Sebastian Larsson (knee) and Vito Mannone (elbow) for Sunderland, all of whom are out for until December at the earliest.

LIVE — USMNT seeks ‘payback’ v. Canada in CONCACAF Nations League

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The USMNT’s CONCACAF Nations League hopes are on the line when it meets Canada in Orlando at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

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The Yanks seek to avenge a 2-0 loss to the Canucks in Toronto last month, one that heaped pressure on coach Gregg Berhalter.

If the USMNT fails to win on Friday, a match Canada also needs for its World Cup qualifying hopes, it will bow out of the tournament before the semifinal round.

There’s no place for DeAndre Yedlin in the back line, as Tim Ream‘s been chosen to play right back with a center back pairing of John Brooks and Aaron Long. Sergino Dest starts on the right.

The midfield will have Jackson Yueill lying deep, with Weston McKennie and Sebastian Lletget also getting the call.

Gyasi Zardes starts at center forward with Jordan Morris and Paul Arriola on the wings.

EURO qualifying wrap: Sweden joins Finland in qualifying

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Finland and Sweden have qualified for EURO 2020 after posting big wins on Friday, the former doing it at home to relative minnows Liechtenstein while the latter scored an impressive win away to Romania.

[ WATCH: G. Jesus’ comical penalty miss ]

Romania 0-2 Sweden

Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison scored first half goals as Sweden qualified for its sixth-straight EURO. Both are having decent starts to the club season. The veteran Berg has scored five times for Krasnodar, while the 26-year-old Quaison has scored four times for Mainz this season.

Spain 7-0 Malta

The Spanish had seven different goal scorers beginning with Alvaro Morata and Santi Cazorla providing a 2-0 halftime lead. Spain out shot Malta 25-1, with Pau Torres, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, and Gerard Moreno also scoring for an experimental squad.

And what if we told you Jesus Navas scored? Cause he did.

Denmark 6-0 Gibraltar

Christian Eriksen scored twice in the final five minutes after Robert Skov’s brace came sandwiched around Christian Gytkjaer and Martin Braithwaite goals. The Danes climbed to the top of Group D, one point better than the Swiss and three better than Republic of Ireland (who it meets on the last match day).

Switzerland 1-0 Georgia

Granit Xhaka went 90 minutes and Cedric Itten scored the game’s lone goal as the Swiss joined the Danes in climbing above Republic of Ireland.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-3 Italy

The Azzurri were clinical on Friday, with Francesco Acerbi, Lorenzo Insigne, and Andrea Belotti bagging

Norway 4-0 Faroe Islands
Finland 3-0 Liechtenstein — RECAP
Armenia 0-1 Greece

WATCH: Gabriel Jesus comically misses penalty; Messi pots winner on Argentina return

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As long as Lionel Messi is on the field, Argentina and Brazil is going to be must-watch no matter the location.

Messi converted a rebound of his own won and saved penalty to score his 69th international goal in Argentina’s 1-0 win in a Saudi Arabia-hosted friendly on Friday.

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It was Messi’s first match with Argentina since the summer, when he was banned three months for claiming the 2019 Copa America tournament was fixed for hosts Brazil.

Let’s be real, though: You should be here for this terrible penalty miss from Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian also won his penalty, but his miss was a dreadful dribble wide of the frame. It clicked three boxes of terrible: no direction, no conviction, no technique.

Pique: Griezmann growing into Barca role “little by little”

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This summer, there was plenty of talk that Barcelona’s players wanted Neymar in town and quite the opposite regarding Antoine Griezmann.

The Atletico Madrid star was the player purchased by Barcelona.

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Griezmann, 28, has four goals and three assists in 15 matches, but the bulk of that outlay came in two matches and he’s without a goal or assist in the UEFA Champions League.

A bit different from his 21 goals and 10 assists in 48 matches last season, at least on the goals end, but the Frenchman is settling into a new club and city.

While it’s not like his new teammates think he’s garbage, they aren’t sugarcoating their opinion of his transition nor downplaying their lofty opinion of Barca.

Here’s Gerard Pique, via

“Real Sociedad and Atlético were teams who played for Griezmann. That’s not the case at Barca, because the level is higher and he has to find his place in the side. Little by little he’s finding it. He’s got the quality and talent for it.”

Pique also blew off Barca’s extra rest before the new El Clasico date, and talked about Leo Messi’scontract talks as well as his relationship with Sergio Ramos. It’s all here.