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Watch Live: Southampton vs. Everton, Man United vs. West Ham

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Manchester United and Everton both need points to keep pace at the top of the table, and while their title challenges are slim at this point, the fight for the Champions League is bloated, and any slip-ups could see them shoved aside.

Both will have the opportunity for points today, as Manchester United welcomes defensively porous West Ham to Old Trafford and Everton visits Southampton at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The Red Devils have named Wayne Rooney, Basitian Schweinsteiger, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all on the bench as they take on the Hammers live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

[ WATCH LIVE: Manchester United vs. West Ham United live on NBCSports.com ]

Mkhitaryan’s exclusion from the starting lineup continues to be the most baffling as they struggle to score goals, with just four in their last five matches. The Armenian international impressed midweek in the Europa League win, but still cannot crack Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven. Zlatan Ibrahmiovic returns after yellow card suspension, while Anthony Martial doesn’t even make the matchday squad.

West Ham, meanwhile, sees captain Mark Noble return after suspension, while Winston Reid misses out due to a ban, with manager Slaven Bilic utilizing a back three to minimize the effects of losing a first-choice full-back.

[WATCH LIVE: Southampton vs. Everton live on NBCSports.com ]

Ronald Koeman returns to the place he left this summer, and could face mixed reactions from the home fans at St. James Park. Both teams are in poor form, and a win for either could give them a real boost moving forward, with the Toffees looking to challenge at the top of the table, while the Saints just want to get back into the top half.

For Everton, they get Gareth Barry back from suspension and he slides right into the starting lineup, but much of the lineup remains the same despite just one win in their last seven. Southampton, meanwhile, has also been struggling, with just one win in six. Manager Claude Puel does have stalwart defender Jose Fonte in the lineup despite a foot injury, while the creative Dusan Tadic is not fit enough to make the squad, with a broken nose keeping him out.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Herrera, Pogba, Rashford, Mata, Lingard, Ibrahimovic.
Subs: Romero, Blind, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Mkhitaryan, Young, Rooney.

West Ham: Randolph; Kouyate, Collins, Ogbonna; Antonio, Noble, Obiang, Cresswell; Payet, Sakho, Lanzini.
Subs: 


Southampton: Forster; Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Sims, Redmond, Austin.
Subs: Taylor, Yoshida, Clasie, Long, Rodriguez, Reed, Mcqueen.

Everton: Stekelenburg; Baines, Jagielka, Williams, Coleman, Barry, Gana, Bolasie, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.
Subs: 
Joel, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Cleverley, Valencia, Funes Mori, Holgate.

10-man Real Madrid comes back to draw 10-man Arsenal

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Maybe Zinedine Zidane ought to rethink his stance on Gareth Bale?

Of course it’s just preseason, but the on-the-market Real Match forward subbed into Tuesday’s match in Maryland on Tuesday and spearheaded a comeback 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Real won in penalties, as all International Champions Cup matches must have a winner.

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Real was down a man after 10 minutes when Nacho Fernandez handled a ball on the goal line, and Arsenal also went down a man when Sokratis Papastathopoulos saw his second yellow of the contest in the 40th minute.

Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty, then set-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a goal 14 minutes later as the Gunners handled their business early.

The chemistry between two remains very real.

Real started new boys Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Jovic in addition to Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, and Sergio Ramos.

Bale came in for Hazard at halftime and poked a 57th minute rebound home and Marcelo set up Marco Asensio two minutes later to complete the comeback.

Asensio, sadly, would only last a few more minutes, needing to be stretchered off with injury.

Champions League wrap: PSV strikes late to win thriller (video)

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Five first legs of the UEFA Champions League’s second qualifying round are in the books, including a thrilling back-and-forth with a show-stopping stoppage time winner.

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PSV Eindhoven 3-2 FC Basel

Bruma scored a debut opener for the Dutch hosts, who fell behind 2-1 in the 79th minute before Sam Lammers and Donyell Malen struck in the 89th minute and second minute of stoppage, respectively, to put PSV ahead.

Basel will be okay taken two away goals home via Albian Aljeti and Omar Alderete.

Lammers came in for Mexican star Hirving Lozano in the 79th minute to score the leveler within 10 minutes before Malen, who went the full 90, kept his focus to deliver this clever winner.

The New Saints 0-2 Copenhagen

Pieros Sotiriou and Robert Skov scored on either side of halftime to give the Danish powers a healthy advantage heading into the second leg.

Elsewhere
FK Sutjeska 0-1 APOEL Nicosia
Saburtalo 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb
Viktoria Plzen 0-0 Olympiacos

Wednesday
BATE Borisov v. Rosenborg — 1 p.m. ET
Ferencvaros v. Valletta — 2 p.m. ET
CFR Cluj v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2 p.m. ET
Maribor v. AIK — 2:15 p.m. ET
Red Star Belgrade v. HJK Helsinki — 2:45 p.m. ET
Dundalk v. Qarabag — 2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic v. Nomme Kalju — 2:45 p.m. ET

Rodgers says no close bids for Maguire

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Those tired of seeing Harry Maguire‘s name in the headlines, hoping his transfer saga had concluded with weekend reports that Manchester United agreed to a fee with Leicester City, well, they are going to be sorely disappointed.

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers credited Maguire for his professionalism — the center back scored in a friendly win on Tuesday — and said that the club’s vice chairman Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha has not received a fitting bid for the 26 year old’s services.

From The Leicester Mercury:

“There’s no big pressure to sell any player. If a player does leave Leicester City, then the player would need to be met because we have a top-level player, coveted by top-level clubs and I respect that,” Rodgers said. “Harry is on a long contract here and there’s been no valuation or near to that which would make Top have a look.”

Nooooooooooo.

Look, we’ve still got a few weeks until the close of the window, and every supporter has a target they want their club to acquire and some have some assets they hope stay in the same shirt at the deadline.

The Maguire story is getting a bit tedious now. He wants to go to Manchester United, but Rodgers is happy to keep him at Leicester. Maguire’s not the player who will quit on the club if he’s not sold, and Leicester’s hope of landing a replacement will dip as the deadline draws nearer and clubs like Burnley (James Tarkowski) realize their replacements options have been lessened by the wait.

Janssen leaves Spurs for Liga MX in $8M deal

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Vincent Janssen‘s less-than-ideal tenure with Tottenham Hotspur has come to its end, and he’s moving his way to this side of the Atlantic.

Liga MX side Monterrey has agreed to buy Janssen, Spurs announced Tuesday. The deal is for a reported $8 million.

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The Dutchman turned 25 this summer. He played just 42 times for Spurs after arriving from AZ Alkmaar for around $25 million in 2016, scoring six times, but did manage five goals and four assists in a half-year loan to Fenerbahce in 2017-18.

Janssen saw his time with the Netherlands national team peter out during his tenure at Spurs. After a red-hot start, he has not been capped since 2017. Janssen has seven goals in 17 caps.

His time at Spurs cannot be labeled as anything but a gigantic bust, but Janssen is still pretty young and has a chance to recapture his career momentum.

And he looks pretty happy about it.