One reason 7 Premier League teams will go down (and another why not)

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The Premier League has a relegation race again.

And while it’s neither likely that anyone in the bottom three besides Fulham will escape nor that anyone besides Newcastle will drop into the bottom three, we’re going to have some fun and predict scenarios in which anyone in the bottom seven could be relegated or save themselves.

When you check out the list of six-pointers at the bottom of the post, well, maybe?!?()

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We’re not going to include Crystal Palace even with its injuries and current wretched form because being caught by a team 10-points or more behind them is a pretty wild idea. Not impossible, but wild.

Southampton’s seven-point cushion gets included but seems likely to soon be less of a worry due to a really easy fixture run.

Here is one reason why each team will go down, and another why they could stay up.

Southampton

Why they’ll stay up: There are six teams beneath them and Saints play five of them (No Newcastle). With a seven-point advantage, they may already be in a good place.

Why they’ll go down: The loss of Oriol Romeu is huge, the goalkeeping is far from exceptional, and the 9-0 loss to Man United followed up by the 3-2 loss to 9-man Newcastle sapped their confidence to new lows.

Burnley

Why they’ll stay up: Nick Pope is as good a keeper as you’ll find for a project like Sean Dyche’s Burnley, and center back duo Ben Mee and James Tarkowski are just as good of a fit. They may not score enough, but they’ll grind out enough 0-0, 1-1, and 1-0 results to get by

Why they’ll go down: The Clarets have outperformed advanced stats every year and that can’t last forever, right? Scoring 0.69 goals per game is terrible and projects to 26.3 goals over 38 games. Huddersfield Town in 2017-18 scored 28 and is the only team to survive while scoring less than 30 goals in a season in seven seasons.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Why they’ll stay up: This team is a top-five team in expected points, expected goals conceded, and ranks sixth in expected goals. The fact that they are anywhere near the bottom three is wild, but that’ll happen with missed penalties and other sorts of wasteful shooting.

Why they’ll go down: At some point in time, someone from Brighton and Hove Albion aggrieved some sort of malevolent force that demands the sacrifice of its Premier League status.

Burnley - Brighton
Brighton and Hove Albion’s result versus Liverpool could be a difference maker (Photo by Phil Noble/PA Images via Getty Images)

Newcastle United

Why they’ll stay up: There is a lot of quality, especially at the back. Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow have proven their goalkeeping accolades while Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, and Ciaran Clark are key pieces for an injury-hit center back corps. Jonjo Shelvey’s passing range will help created chances even without their best attackers.

Why they’ll go down: Newcastle is without stars Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Miguel Almiron for a couple of months, including matches against West Brom, Brighton, and Burnley. They may be back for a brutal run of fixtures — West Ham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester City, and Man City. By the time they finish with Sheffield United and Fulham, will they be within six points of safety?

Fulham

Why they’ll stay up: Fulham has improved its defense, has an all-world midfielder in Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, and there is some youthful vigor in attack with Ademola Lookman and Josh Maja finding their roles under Scott Parker.

Why they’ll go down: Too many draws the past two months and not enough points likely to arrive before May to keep them alive for a final four matches where nine points is not unreasonable.

West Bromwich Albion

Why they’ll stay up: Something something about Big Sam teaching them how to do something something. The January arrivals have showed promise and Sam Johnstone is a shotstopper’s shotstopper between the sticks.

Why they’ll go down: Their 17 points is the second-worst total in the league but their 17.28 expected point total is more than six points worse than the second-worst (Sheffield United). Their 55 goals conceded is horrendous and their 1-0 win over Brighton was three points and clean sheet only because Brighton missed two penalties and got a goal taken off the board by a wild referee error. xG was 3.12-0.69 in favor of the Seagulls.

Sheffield United

Why they’ll stay up: It’s a huge ask but Blades will meet Southampton, Brighton, Newcastle, and Burnley. Twelve points there brings Chris Wilder’s men to 23 points. Palace, Wolves, and Leeds are also on the docket. Win all of those and maybe get a point or two from shocking opponents while another team like Newcastle falls apart? It’s possible.

Why they’ll go down: It’s just too late for an unlucky team. The club’s two huge buys have failed this year, Sander Berge because he’s been injured for a long time and Rhian Brewster because either he’s not up to the task or his whopping seven appearances longer than one half aren’t enough for any young player to bed-in with a new club in a new league. Oliver McBurnie and Oliver Burke each have one more goal than Brewster’s zero but have done it in about 700 more minutes.

Relegation “six-pointers” the rest of the season

Sheffield United v Southampton — Saturday
West Brom v Newcastle United — Saturday
Crystal Palace v West Brom — March 13
Southampton v Brighton — March 13
Brighton v Newcastle United — March 20
Southampton v Burnley — April 3
Burnley v Newcastle United — April 10
West Brom v Southampton — April 10
Sheffield United v Brighton — April 24
Fulham v Burnley — May 8
Southampton v Fulham — May 12
Newcastle United v Sheffield United — May 15
Fulham v Newcastle United — May 23
Sheffield United v Burnley — May 23

FA Cup fourth round live! Scores, how to watch live, predictions

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The FA Cup always delivers shocks and plenty of Premier League clubs have tricky tasks facing them in the fourth round.

After Aston Villa, Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth were all knocked out by lower league opponents in round three, plus Everton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Brentford knocked out by fellow Premier League sides, there are only 10 top-flight teams left in the competition.

[ LIVE: Follow FA Cup scores, updates ]

Arsenal lost narrowly at Manchester City in heavyweight clash, while Brighton against Liverpool has the makings of a classic and Manchester United will be on upset alert against Reading and so too will West Ham as they face a tough trip to third-tier Derby County.

Read on for FA Cup stream info, fixtures, and predictions.


FA Cup live scores, schedule, dates, how to watch

Dates: Fourth round (January 27-30)
Times: Below
Online: Live updates via NBCSports.com
How to watch: ESPN+


FA Cup fourth round schedule

All games 10am ET unless otherwise stated

Friday
Man City 1-0 Arsenal – Recap/video highlights

Saturday
Accrington Stanley 1-3 Leeds United
Walsall 0-1 Leicester City
Fulham vs Sunderland
Bristol City vs West Brom
Sheffield Wednesday vs Fleetwood Town
Blackburn Rovers vs Birmingham City
Luton Town vs Grimsby Town
Ipswich Town vs Burnley
Southampton vs Blackpool
Preston North End vs Tottenham Hotspur – 1pm ET
Manchester United vs Reading – 3pm ET

Sunday
Brighton vs Liverpool – 8:30am ET
Stoke City vs Stevenage – 9am ET
Wrexham vs Sheffield United – 11:30am ET

Monday
Derby County vs West Ham – 2:45pm ET


FA Cup fourth round predictions – By Joe Prince-Wright

Friday
Man City 2-1 Arsenal

Saturday
Accrington Stanley 1-3 Leeds United
Walsall 1-2 Leicester City
Fulham 1-2 Sunderland
Bristol City 1-2 West Brom
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Fleetwood Town
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Birmingham City
Luton Town 3-1 Grimsby Town
Ipswich Town 1-3 Burnley
Southampton 2-0 Blackpool
Preston North End 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 2-1 Reading

Sunday
Brighton 2-2 Liverpool
Stoke City 2-1 Stevenage
Wrexham 1-2 Sheffield United

Monday
Derby County 1-1 West Ham


FA Cup third round replays

Tuesday 

Swansea City 1-2 (AET) Bristol City
Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Birmingham City (original tie postponed due to waterlogged pitch)
Wigan 1-2 Luton
Wolves 0-1 Liverpool
West Brom 4-0 Chesterfield

Wednesday

Leeds United 5-2 Cardiff City

Tuesday, January 24

Accrington Stanley vs Boreham Wood


FA Cup third round results

Friday

Manchester United 3-1 Everton

Saturday

Preston North End 3-1 Huddersfield Town
Reading 2-0 Watford
Tottenham 1-0 Portsmouth
Gillingham 0-1 Leicester City
Forest Green Rovers vs Birmingham City — PPD
Crystal Palace 1-2 Southampton
Hull City 0-2 Fulham
Middlesbrough 1-5 Brighton
Fleetwood Town 2-1 QPR
Ipswich Town 4-1 Rotherham
Bournemouth 2-4 Burnley
Blackpool 4-1 Nottingham Forest
Chesterfield 3-3 West Brom
Millwall 0-2 Sheffield United
Boreham Wood 1-1 Accrington Stanley
Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Sunderland
Brentford 0-1 West Ham
Coventry City 3-4 Wrexham
Luton Town 1-1 Wigan
Grimsby Town 1-0 Burton Albion
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Newcastle
Liverpool 2-2 Wolves

Sunday

Bristol City 1-1 Swansea City
Derby County 3-0 Barnsley
Cardiff City 2-2 Leeds
Stockport 1-2 Walsall
Hartlepool 0-3 Stoke City
Norwich 0-1 Blackpool
Aston Villa 1-2 Stevenage
Man City 4-0 Chelsea

Monday

Oxford United 0-3 Arsenal


Weston McKennie set to join Leeds: Is this a good move for the USMNT star?

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USMNT star Weston McKennie is set to sign for Leeds United from Juventus.

“Leeds United States of America” continues to grow with McKennie to join fellow Americans Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson playing for Jesse Marsch and newly-appointed assistant Chris Armas.

Who will be next to turn up at Elland Road, Christian Pulisic?

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Per Fabrizio Romano, McKennie will sign for Leeds on loan for a $1.4 million fee and Leeds have the option to buy him for just under $36 million in the summer.

Juventus boss Max Allegri confirmed that Juventus and Leeds have completed the deal and that the USMNT midfielder will not be available to play for the Italian giants against Monza on Sunday.

“There’s an agreement ready between clubs to sell McKennie. He won’t be available tomorrow,” Allegri said.


Would a move to Leeds be a good fit for Weston McKennie?

Stylistically the Premier League is a great fit for Weston McKennie and Leeds are probably one of the best teams he could move to.

He loves to fly into tackles and drive forward from midfield and playing just in front of Tyler Adams and Marc Roca or to the right of them would be a perfect spot for him at Leeds.

It would give Leeds more control of games and the Yorkshire club also play to his strengths. it’s a really good fit.

McKennie has struggled to have a big impact at Juve this season as injuries have taken their toll on him over the last few years. That would perhaps be the one concern about his move to the Premier League, as McKennie seems to pick up quite a few knocks.

However, looking at his stats below from this season at Juventus, the chances he creates per game and the shots per game will improve and his accurate passing will help Leeds become less susceptible on the counter.

McKennie is a player who rattles into tackles, feeds off the energy of his fans and his mentality is perfect for the aggressive side Jesse Marsch has created at Leeds.

The Texas born midfielder has always wanted to play in the Premier League and he’s got his wish at a club where he will play week in, week out and one which suits his style of play perfectly.

Weston McKennie
Graphic via FotMob.com

USMNT vs Colombia live: How to watch, stream link, start time

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Anthony Hudson takes the reins for his second friendly in charge of the USMNT, two days after the U.S. Soccer Federation confirmed that he’ll be the interim coach through a hiring process that could take through the end of the summer.

Hudson’s first game was a 2-1 loss to Serbia on Wednesday, as Julian Gressel cued up a Brandon Vazquez goal but a mistake at the back and a brilliant free kick helped the Serbians to victory.

[ MORE: Follow FA Cup scores, updates ]

San Jose star Cade Cowell impressed with his electric pace and engine, while Chelsea goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina was put in some tricky spots over his time. Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long split time at center back, next to LA Galaxy youngster Jalen neal.

Colombia’s first game of 2023 is just its fifth since the conclusion of World Cup qualifying in 2022.

Los Cafeteros, like the USMNT, will not have a ton of usual suspects, but Frank Fabra will be joined by Cucho Hernandez, now with Columbus Crew, as well as five other MLS players.


How to watch USMNT vs Colombia live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 7:30pm ET, Saturday (January 28)
Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, Calif.
TV channels in English: TNT
TV channels en Español: Universo
Streaming en Español: Peacock


USMNT vs Colombia Preview

The Yanks fell 2-1 to Serbia in a match about as scattered as you’d expect for a largely out-of-season, MLS-based side and a Serbia team with droves of uncapped players.

Saturday’s opponents will be of similar ilk, as no player besides veteran Frank Fabra of Boca Juniors boasts more than three caps.

[ MORE: Grades for USMNT players at 2022 World Cup ]

With recent USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter currently under investigation by the U.S. Soccer Federation after he admitted kicking his now wife in 1991 when they were in college together, assistant coach Anthony Hudson will lead the USMNT. Hudson has been leading practice during the January camp and will take charge until the USMNT tabs a new coach by the end of summer.

Five players who went to the 2022 World Cup with the USMNT are on this roster (Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, Kellyn Acosta, Sean Johnson and Jesus Ferreira).


USMNT quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 13
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 11
Coach: Anthony Hudson (temporary)

Colombia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 17
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 6
Coach: Nestor Lorenzo


USMNT vs Serbia video highlights, Brandon Vazquez goal video

Manchester United vs Reading: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Manchester United looks to stay in the mix for a pair of domestic cups when it hosts old pal Paul Ince and Reading in the fourth round of the 2022 FA Cup on Saturday.

United scored a solid win at midweek to move within 90 minutes of the League Cup Final and of course also harbors hopes of winning the Europa League and, perhaps less so, the Premier League.

[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ] 

Reading sits 14th in the Championship, five points off the playoff places and fairly clear of the relegation mess.


Manchester United vs Reading, FA Cup fourth round: How to watch live, stream link

Kick off: 3pm ET, Saturday
TV Channel: ESPN+
Online: Updates via NBCSports.com


Key storylines & in-form players to watch 

Tom Ince, Paul’s son, is leading the club both in goals and assists, and sits among the leaders in pretty much everything else from tackles to completed dribbles.  Yakou Meite has also been a busy piece of what Reading has done well.

United’s stars are well-known, as Marcus Rashford continues to thrive at forward. Wout Weghorst picked up his first Man Utd goal at midweek and could be in line for more playing time while Anthony Martial recovers from injury.


Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

Manchester United won’t have Anthony Martial, Axel Tuanzebe, Diogo Dalot, Donny van de Beek, and Jadon Sancho, while Luke Shaw is a question mark with an illness.

Reading team news, injuries, lineup options

Paul Ince’s bid to upset United will not include Naby Sarr, Sam Hutchinson, and old foe Andy Carroll.