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PL Sunday preview: Arsenal, United and Everton all in action

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While many of the Premier League’s big boys took care of their business on Saturday, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton will all have an opportunity to remain in the spotlight in Sunday’s slate of matches.

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Watford vs. Stoke City — 7 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com

Two of the league’s least talked about sides, Watford and Stoke will both have an opportunity gain the PL’s attention with a victory on Sunday. The Hornets currently sit eighth in the table, and a victory could potentially propel the side up to sixth if other results go their way. Following a dismantling at the hands of Liverpool two weeks back, Watford bounced back nicely last weekend with a 2-1 win against defending champions Leicester City.

Stoke City finally had its unbeaten streak snapped against Bournemouth last Saturday, so Mark Hughes and co. will be looking to come back quickly after the result. Stoke has been marred by injury as of late, with American defender Geoff Cameron, Jack Butland and Phil Bardsley among the absentees for the club.

Arsenal vs. Bournemouth — 9:15 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com

Three consecutive draws has Arsenal in a bit of a funk, particularly following the club’s midweek 2-2 affair against Paris Saint-Germain at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger and co. have dropped to fourth in PL, and Sunday’s test against Bournemouth won’t be a cake walk. The Gunners continue to play without Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck, while Lucas Perez and Hector Bellerin are also sidelined.

Bournemouth is up to 10th in table and is currently playing good soccer at the moment. The Cherries are fresh off of defeating Stoke a week ago, while they have also gained results against Hull City and Tottenham dating back to last month. Manager Eddie Howe could get Jordan Ibe back for Sunday’s encounter with the Gunners, while Andrew Surman and Artur Boruc‘s statuses are also in question.

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Manchester United vs. West Ham — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Jose Mourinho’s side has had its share of its ups and downs in 2016, but United’s midweek Europa League win against Feyenoord will surely lift the team’s spirits ahead of the upcoming PL schedule. The Red Devils are currently thin at the back, with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both sidelined, and Sunday will pose a test as United has deal with Dimitri Payet and the West Ham attack.

The Hammers are winless in their last three league matches, leaving the team in a cluster at the bottom of the PL table. West Ham has posted just 13 goals this season, making it quite difficult to nick results on a consistent basis.

Southampton vs. Everton — 11:30 a.m. ET, on CNBC and NBCSports.com

Southampton could miss out on several key figures on Sunday when the club faces off against Everton, including Jose Fonte, Matt Targett and Dusan Tadic. The Saints have won one match in November, leaving the club in 11th place through 12 matches.

The Toffees have won just once in their last six fixtures, leaving Ronald Koeman‘s men in seventh place after a hot start to the PL calendar. Romelu Lukaku continues to lead the way for Everton in 2016, providing seven goals and three assists.

UEL, LIVE — Arsenal meets Eintracht before Man Utd, Wolves play

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The Europa League group stage begins play on Thursday, with Arsenal in Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga side is missing a lot of familiar faces after a tumultuous summer saw Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, and Ante Rebic.

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Arsenal will follow suit with some youth, as Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Joe Willock drawing starts.

Kickoff is at 12:55 p.m. ET, with Manchester United and Wolves set to kick-off their respective matches against Astana and Braga at 3 p.m. ET.

Full slate

12:55 p.m. ET
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

3 p.m. ET
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

Report: Man City’s David Silva in “likely” Inter Miami move

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Arguably the greatest player in Manchester City history could become the first star player of Inter Miami.

That’s the story coming out of England, where The Independent reports that David Silva will “likely” join Inter Miami CF for its inaugural MLS run in 2020.

It’s well-known that Silva is leaving Man City this summer after one last-go at his first UEFA Champions League title.

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David Beckham has been recruiting some of the top names in the game, and has been linked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Silva, 33, checks all the boxes. The Spanish star won two EUROs and a World Cup, and is still playing at a very high level. He has five assists in six matches for City this season.

If healthy, it would be foolish to expect anything but dominance out of Silva, though beware the think pieces out there about how he “might find it tougher than he thinks.” We’re talking about a world beater who posted 10 goals and 14 assists for City last season.

Even at his age, he’d carry one of the top resumes of any player to join Major League Soccer (Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would like a word).

He has 71 goals and 134 assists in 402 matches for City, and would eventually line up against fellow City Football Group club NYCFC.

NBC Sports’ Premier League Fan Fest heading to Austin

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Everything is bigger in Texas. And this will be no different.

NBC Sports and the Premier League have announced details for the first Premier League Mornings Live Fan Fest event of the season, and we are heading to Austin, Texas in October.

Just like the events in Washington D.C., New York City and Boston last season, fans will be able to watch all of the PL action together with the live studio show taking place in front of them.

This time it takes place at Scholz Garten in downtown Austin.

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The two-day celebration of Premier League fandom will take place on Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27. The Scholz Garten venue is inclusive of a full street closure, courtyard space, and indoor bar.

All sections of the venue will be packed with fun activities and of course plenty of viewing areas for fans to watch all of the action.

The event will feature the NBC Sports studio broadcast live onsite with special appearances throughout the day. We’ll also have free merchandise and giveaways throughout the day, plus food, drink and plenty more.

Premier League Interim Chief Executive, Richard Masters, said: “After a successful season of Premier League Mornings Live, we are delighted to be visiting Austin, Texas, for the first event of 2019-20. Last year we saw how passionate our American fans are, as we brought the Premier League experience to Washington D.C., New York and Boston.

”This season we are once again working with NBC Sports and bringing many of our clubs, partners and some famous faces to unique locations in different cities. Those attending in Austin can expect some great activations and I am sure there will be plenty of entertaining football for them to enjoy as we have some exciting fixtures taking place over the weekend.”

Report: Newcastle United tracking Atlanta United’s Martinez

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A report out of Newcastle says the Magpies may be returning to Atlanta United’s ranks for a January transfer swoop.

MLS record goal scorer Josef Martinez is the name mentioned as among Newcastle’s targets, though journalist Lee Ryder says there may be trepidation given Miguel Almiron’s failure to find goals at St. James’ Park.

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Martinez, 26, scored twice more Wednesday evening for the Five Stripes, including a sensational solo goal. He has scored in 15-straight league matches and is five goals away from matching his MLS single season record set last season.

Atlanta signed Martinez through the 2023 season. Transfermarkt puts his market value around $11 million, comparing him with players like Jurgen Locadia, Yoshinori Muto, and Manolo Gabbiadini.

Newcastle broke its transfer record to land Almiron last season, then smashed it sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim in August. The Magpies have also splashed cash on Allan Saint-Maximin and there’s a clear focus on upgrading the attack.

Maybe the Magpies would view the move as a bargain which could help Almiron get back to his form of last season, but it seems there would be numerous hurdles to clear before a firm bid would be made for Martinez. If Saint-Maximin or Almiron finds form, would there be room for Martinez running underneath Joelinton? Or maybe we’re wrong and Mike Ashley is ready to spend to provide adequate depth?

Lots of questions here.