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Sunday PL preview: Liverpool, Man City clash; Gunners visit Bournemouth

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With only two matches on Sunday’s Premier League docket, there won’t be any shortage of action.

League leaders Manchester City continue their pursuit of history against a dangerous Liverpool side, while the day’s action kicks off with Arsenal and Bournemouth both needing points in the worst of ways.

Below, PST takes a closer look at the day’s PL action.

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Bournemouth vs. Arsenal — 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

The Gunners have won just once in their last six outings across all competitions, and Arsene Wenger‘s side are desperate for a victory.

After crashing out of the FA Cup in extraordinary style against Nottingham Forest, Arsenal following up that performance with a 0-0 draw in its first leg semifinal versus Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.

Arsenal will likely be without Mesut Ozil once again — who remains sidelined due to injury — while Jack Wilshere could be out as well with an ankle injury.

Speaking of desperate, Bournemouth sits on the verge of falling into the relegation zone, and the Cherries are in serious need of three points. The Cherries have won just one of their last 12 matches in all competitions, which leaves Eddie Howe‘s squad on 21 points.

For the Cherries, Jermain Defoe, Tyrone Mings, Joshua King and Junior Stanislas headline a group of injured Bournemouth players, all of whom are likely to be left out of the team on Sunday.

Liverpool vs. Manchester City — 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Two of the top attacks in the world will meet on Sunday at Anfield, as Liverpool is tasked with being the first team in 2017/18 to take down Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola‘s men continue to run away with the Premier League through 22 matches unbeaten, however, Jurgen Klopp and his Reds side boast a talented front group that has tallied 50 goals this season.

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The Cityzens are coming off of a come-from-behind victory against Bristol City in this weekend’s Carabao Cup first leg, so Guardiola may be tested with his lineup selections on short rest. Liverpool have no such issue after playing their last match on Jan. 5.

However, Sunday will be the Liverpool’s first game without playmaker Philippe Coutinho — who joined Spanish side Barcelona in a blockbuster move.

Liga MX wrap: Xolos beats Chivas as Apertura begins

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Liga MX’s Apertura season is off and running with all 18 clubs partaking in a match this weekend.

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Club Tijuana 2-1 Chivas Guadalajara

Scoreless at the half, the weekend’s marquee match sprang to life in the final 45. Juan Martin Lucero gave TJ a 54th minute lead before Jose Van Rankin knotted it up five minutes later.

Lucero assisted Jose Rivero’s 75th minute winner, which was helped in its status when Michael Perez took a red card in the 80th.

Cruz Azul 3-0 Puebla

Elias Hernandez scored a goal and added an assist, and Milton Caraglio put one of his five shots on goal into the net. Andres Renteria also scored in the win.

Tigres 2-0 Leon

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored, and Lucas Zelarayan marked a goal and an assist in the win.

Elsewhere
Necaxa 2-1 Club America
Toluca 2-0 Morelia
Santos Laguna 2-1 Lobos BUAP
Pachuca 0-1 Monterrey
Veracruz 0-2 Pumas UNAM
Atlas 0-0 Queretaro

Report: Colorado acquires USMNT mid Acosta for Badji

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The West’s first place team is switching it up in a big way.

FC Dallas is sending Homegrown Player and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta to Western foes Colorado Rapids in exchange for striker Dominique Badji, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.

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Acosta, 22, has 17 caps and a goal for the U.S., and is primarily a defensive midfielder. He’s also played right and left back.

He’s appeared 139 times for Dallas, scoring 13 times with nine assists, but had fallen out with head coach Oscar Pareja. He’s also struggled mightily on the field, according to WhoScored.

Badji, 25, has seven goals and three assists in 16 matches for the Rapids this season, building on an eight-goal, five-assist campaign last season.

FCD has gotten six goals out of forward Maxi Urruti, and there’s been little production from anyone else. Cristian Colman is out with an ankle injury and managed just a pair of goals in 399 minutes.

The risk of trading Acosta is mitigated by the continued speculation that he may test the waters of European soccer. Badji’s a quality player, but Colorado may’ve gotten a bargain in its push to escape the dregs of the West.

Quintero, Loons pick LAFC apart in five-star win (video)

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Minnesota United throttled LAFC on Sunday, using a Christian Ramirez brace to batter the hot expansion team 5-1 in Minnesota.

Darwin Quintero had a goal and two assists for the Loons, who took advantage of LAFC’s decision not to start dominant forward Adama Diomande and center back Walker Zimmerman.

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Quintero ripped off seven shots, putting five on goal. He now has 10 goals and five assists since joining the Loons after scoring two and eight in 29 matches for Club America last year.

Miguel Ibarra recorded a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Schuller also scored. LAFC’s goal came courtesy Benny Feilhaber.

Minnesota’s Bobby Shuttleworth and LA’s Tyler Miller each made six saves in their goals.

LAFC fails in a bid to make up points on Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, while the Loons now can eye a playoff spot in the West.

Already-thin Liverpool center back corps loses Matip to quad injury

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Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund featured an injury to a position with very little depth.

The Reds lost Joel Matip to what Jurgen Klopp said could possibly be a “small tear” in one of his quads.

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If Matip, 26, needs any significant time to heal up, he’ll put a major question mark into Liverpool’s opening day center back pairing.

Virgil Van Dijk, who scored against BVB on Sunday, already won’t have Dejan Lovren as a partner thanks to a post-World Cup vacation.

That leaves Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan as options next to Van Dijk.

Matches at Crystal Palace and home to Brighton and Hove Albion follow the Aug. 12 visit from West Ham.