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PL Saturday roundup: Top three win convincingly, United held to draw

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No mistakes were made by the league’s top three sides on Saturday, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool all putting up four-goal performances.

However, not everyone had it so easy as Jose Mourinho and Manchester United were tripped up against Burnley.

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Here, we take a look back at Saturday’s action from around England’s top flight.

Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal — RECAP

Braces from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez helped pace the Gunners on Saturday to help the side keep chase with the rest of the PL’s elite clubs. Arsene Wenger‘s group are arguably the hottest side in England at the moment, having gone unbeaten in their last 14 matches across all competitions. Meanwhile, Sunderland continues to sit bottom of the table and David Moyes and co. are still in search of their first win of 2016/17.

Manchester United 0-0 Burnley — RECAP

It certainly wasn’t how Jose Mourinho drew it up, and two more dropped points is the story of the day for United, who now sit eight points off the pace set by rivals Manchester City. Despite an overwhelming amount of chances in the Burnley half, a combination of the Red Devils struggling to score and Tom Heaton‘s brilliance in net for the Clarets prevented United from breaking the deadlock. Heaton finished with an astonishing 11 saves on the day.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Bournemouth — RECAP

Gaston Ramirez was the star for the Boro, notching one of the best individual goals you’ll see. After picking the ball up well in his own half of the field, Ramirez decided to take on the entire Bournemouth team before finishing in the 39th minute. Stewart Downing doubled the lead for the hosts after halftime, temporarily halting the momentum for the Cherries.

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West Brom 0-4 Manchester City — RECAP

Sergio Aguero took care of business prior to halftime and then it was Ilkay Gundogan‘s chance to finish things off for the Citizens. Pep Guardiola and City remain atop the PL on 23 points, however, Saturday’s win served as a bigger confidence boost as it ended the team’s six-match winless streak in all competitions. Meanwhile, West Brom has now extended its winless streak to five straight games, leaving Tony Pulis‘ team three points out of the relegation zone.

Tottenham 1-1 Leicester City — RECAP

Spurs will be a bit disappointed not to have come away with a victory on Saturday but a point against the reigning champions is nothing to admonish. Mauricio Pochettino‘s men remain the only unbeaten side left in the PL through 10 matches, however, Tottenham currently sits three points out of first place. The Foxes continue to hover around mid table, but the team has now gone unbeaten in its last three matches across all competitions. Possibly a sign of positive things to come.

Watford 1-0 Hull City — RECAP

Hull continues to plummet in its first season back in England’s top flight, and Michael Dawson‘s late own goal certainly won’t help the spirits around the club. While Watford goes up to seventh place with Saturday’s result, the Tigers sit just above Swansea and Sunderland, giving Mike Phelan and co. very little room for error or else things could completely spiral out of control.

Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool — RECAP

There were goals galore at Selhurst Park; six to be precise. Liverpool continues to impress under second-year manager Jurgen Klopp, putting the Reds in the thick of things at the top along with City and Arsenal. Despite James McArthur‘s strong start for Palace, the Reds put together an equally impressive response to keep Palace winless in its last four games.

Josef Martinez scores 2 more in win, including sensational solo work

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Josef Martinez scored his 25th and 26th goals of the MLS season, and if he challenges his MLS record of 31, he may also stare down soccer royalty.

The Venezuelan striker scored two more on Wednesday in a 2-0 defeat of FC Cincinnati in Ohio to give him goals in 15-straight league contests.

He now has 76 goals in 80 MLS games, which is good.

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On the season, he’s six goals shy of matching the Major League Soccer record he set with last season’s 31 regular season goals.

According to MLSSoccer.com, he’s six games shy of tying Lionel Messi’s world record for consecutive league matches with a goal.

Even that’s a little tricky: Messi scored in 21-straight games in which he was eligible for selection, but 19-straight before missing two matches for injury. In that remarkable run of 21, he also had a run of six-straight braces.

It’s not really worth it to attempt to compare the two streaks: If Martinez gets to 21 (or even 19), it’s amazing stuff and worth celebrating on a worldwide level. Everyone has a bad game every now and again, but Martinez still finds the score sheet in ’em.

Look at the magician’s tricks he used for this one, including a back heel first touch and two freeze-frame cut moves. That’s not even mentioning the finish.

USWNT announces final matches of World Cup-winning year

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CHICAGO (AP) The Women’s World Cup champion U.S. team will wrap up 2019 with matches against Sweden and Costa Rica.

U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday that the U.S. will face Sweden in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 7 and Costa Rica in Jacksonville, Florida, on Nov. 10.

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The team is wrapping up its World Cup victory tour next month with matches against South Korea on Oct. 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and on Oct. 6 in Chicago.

Coach Jill Ellis is stepping down following the match in Chicago after leading the team to a pair of consecutive World Cup titles.

The United States is 15-1-2 this year and currently riding a 14-game winning streak.

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Report: Mane to get big raise, Liverpool contract through 2025

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Liverpool’s Senegalese sensation looks set to stay at Anfield deep into his 30s.

Sadio Mane is in talks with the Reds hierarchy over a new deal that will run through 2024-25, and pay him more than $15 million per season.

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Mane, 27, currently has a deal through 2023, but surely wouldn’t mind a raise. And Liverpool will be happy to tie him down on Merseyside a bit longer.

He’s scored six times in seven matches this season, also grabbing an assist. That’s on a better pace than his 26 goals and five assists over 50 appearances in 2018/19.

Mane has 70 Premier League goals at the moment. Do you tip him to eclipse 100 while still at Anfield? 125?

Europa League preview: Man Utd, Wolves, Arsenal begin group stage

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The Europa League begins its group stage on Thursday, with the three Premier League combatants taking on clubs from Kazakhstan, Portugal and Germany.

Manchester United’s kids are gonna get some playing time when Astana visits Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Teenager Mason Greenwood and 21-year-old Axel Tuanzebe will start, and Sergio Romero will be between the sticks.

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And the Manchester Evening News notes that Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes could also start at Old Trafford, meaning the veterans in the fray will be quite important.

Enter Fred, the forgotten $68 million man from Shaktar Donetsk. The 23 minutes he played last week versus Leicester City account for his lone time on the pitch this season.

Here’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:

“I’m sure we’ll see more and more of Fred. We spoke about it earlier, he’s had some great games in midfield with Scott against PSG and Arsenal, for example, and we’re just waiting for that to flourish.”

Fred had an odd record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, barely in the squad when the team started hot but trusted against PSG and Barcelona in the Champions League.

Speaking of little-used midfielders, Arsenal boss Unai Emery is getting a little grief for leaving Mesut Ozil behind for the Gunners’ trip to Germany for a big match with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ozil made his first start of the season in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Watford at the weekend, playing 71 minutes and departing with the club up 2-1.

So why not even bring him abroad? Rest.

“Because we are going to play another match on Sunday,” Emery said, via The London Evening Standard. “My decision is because he played and also I’m thinking tomorrow the focus and the first 11 and after that I decided who are the players who can be the best for tomorrow and also the players not and that is Sokratis and Mesut.”

Sokrastis Papastathopoulos is also out, having played a big role in the embarrassing performance at Watford.

There have been tough times for Wolves as well, who sit in the relegation zone after five matches of the Premier League season.

They’ve been quite good in Europa League, though, dispatching a pair of minnows before winning both legs against Serie A side Torino.

Why the inconsistency? It’s not fixture congestion, according to Ruben Neves:

“I don’t think fatigue has anything to do with it, Neves said, via The Birmingham Mail. “We’re all top players, we’re used to it, we’re used to playing a lot of games in quick succession. I don’t think the Europa League has (anything) to do with our position in the Premier League. Obviously, we haven’t had the start that we’ve wanted, but it’s been a beautiful journey into the Europa League. This is a historic moment for Wolves and we’re going to do our best in this competition.”

Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men are in Portugal to meet Braga, one of three tricky opponents in Besiktas and Slovan Bratislava.

Full slate

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CFR Cluj v. Lazio
LASK v. Rosenborg
Getafe v. Trabzonspor
PSV Eindhoven v. Sporting Lisbon
Basel v. Krasnodar
APOEL Nicosia v. Dudelange
Copenhagen v. Lugano
Standard Liege v. Vitoria SC
Qarabag v. Sevilla
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Arsenal
Rennes v. Celtic
Dynamo Kiev v. Malmo

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Wolfsburg v. Oleksandriya
Espanyol v. Ferencvaros
Rangers v. Feyenoord
Porto v. Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava v. Besiktas
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Wolfsberg
Partizan v. AZ Alkmaar
AS Roma v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Gent v. Saint-Etienne
Manchester United v. Astana
Wolves v. Braga
Ludogorets Razgrad v. CSKA Moscow