Premier League 2021-22 season grades for all 20 clubs

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The Premier League’s 2021-22 season was kind to some and not to others, whether predictably (like Man City and Liverpool battling it out for the title) or not-so-predictably (like Manchester United trying to find diamond-tipped tools to dig beneath its own rock bottom).

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So once again, our gradebook is open.

And we are 100 percent positive that you will not agree with most of what we had to say concerning your team.

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Arsenal

It’s weird, isn’t it? The Gunners found their footing and helped a bunch of young players take the next steps. Their season saw them rewarded for sticking with Mikel Arteta, even if the Gunners wilted at the last hurdle and finished outside the top four. There were a lot of positives in their fifth-place finish, especially since many pegged the Gunners to finish no higher than seventh. Martin Odegaard took the next step and high-profile signings Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale proved inspired transfers. On the other hand, the new contract handed to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned out to be a huge mistake and Arsenal’s late derby loss to Tottenham should be judged harshly.

Grade: B-


Aston Villa

We guess it depends what you were expecting by Villa and how much you want to pat Steven Gerrard on the pack for briefly reinvigorating the season before looking an awful lot like Dean Smith’s Villa. The Villans’ record was 3W-1D-7L before Gerrard managed his first game, a 2-0 win over Brighton at Villa Park. Gerrard’s men won four of his first six Premier League matches in charge only to show themselves just as capable of long losing runs under “Stevie G.” Villa won just once in seven matches between Boxing Day and Feb. 19, then won three-straight, then lost four on the spin. Villa scored almost nine goals more than xG and finished in 14th place with 45 points and a minus-2 goal differential. Last year they were 11th with 55 points and a plus-9 goal differential. Now comes an even bigger test for Gerrard: Will he be able to sway more players of the ilk of Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho to give Villa a try?

Grade: C-


Brentford

Perhaps no team was rewarded less for good performances than the Bees, whose expected points haul was a full 10 points more than the 46 they claimed in their first Premier League season. Thomas Frank did an exceptional job leading the Bees into battle and signings like Christian Eriksen and Kristoffer Ajer proved inspired ones. Building on this season will provide tough in terms of bettering performances but perhaps not points. Brentford could’ve easily been a top-half team with a little rub of the green.

Grade: A-


Brighton and Hove Albion

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With all due respect to Neal Maupay, a fine player, and savvy veteran Danny Welbeck, the Seagulls might’ve just claimed Potter a Conference League place if they weren’t leaning on playmakers Alexis Mac Allister and Leandro Trossard in the hopes of pushing out center forward-like finishing. Potter navigated the Ben White sale with class and there were high-profile injuries that cost Brighton their Best XI on a handful of occasions. Marc Cucurella was absolutely brilliant and Moises Caicedo looks the real deal (in a small sample size). If Enock Mwepu can find consistency of form and the Seagulls get their aforementioned striker, look out. They also have to “look out” for rivals trying to put Potter in their manager’s chair.

Grade: B+


Burnley

Yes, they were relegated. But the club took interesting shots in the signing of Maxwel Cornet and Wout Weghorst (even if the latter was merely a reaction to Newcastle’s purchase of Chris Wood). It’s difficult to really assess their season without looking toward the next. Cornet and Weghorst won’t stay (you’d have to think), while Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Nick Pope, and Dwight McNeil seem destined for new places. Ashley Barnes isn’t going to wedgie opposition into submission for a promotion claim. The Clarets have a lot of work ahead of them.

Grade: D


Chelsea

Third place in the Premier League is third place in the Premier League, but the reigning UEFA Champions League winners fell so short of the expectations heaped on them when the Blues secured the services of Romelu Lukaku. And while it’s tempting to give the club a pass for the overwhelming drama caused by the punishment of soon-to-be (probably) former owner Roman Abramovich, Thomas Tuchel also couldn’t make a passable attack out of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, and Lukaku — who again was supposed to be the signing of the season for the entire league. Mason Mount was fantastic and the Blues back line was about as good as anyone outside of Man City.

Grade: C+


Crystal Palace

It’s easy to forget that Palace was devoid of a full roster heading into August, making the Eagles a popular pick to be relegated in Patrick Vieira’s first season as a Premier League manager. Vieira instead got the most out of his players and was aided big time by the arrival of Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher, who changed at least a half-dozen games with superstar caliber performances. Palace was also unlucky when it came to expected points, claiming 10 points less than advanced stats implied they’d produced through performances.

Grade: A


Everton

What a mess. Credit to the Toffees for avoiding relegation but it was mistake after mistake after mistake from the hiring of Rafa Benitez to the sale of Lucas Digne (Benitez-inspired) to the hiring of Frank Lampard (which, it turns out, wasn’t really any sort of upgrade from Rafa Benitez… and that’s only a surprise to Everton supporters who just really dislike the Liverpool legend). The Toffees were 3-0 when Dominic Calvert-Lewin began a long run on the sidelines but it was their defense that was terrible. Everton had six wins, four draws, and 11 losses when Lampard was hired to replace Benitez. The Toffees won five, drew two, and lost 10 with him. Not good. But, hey, they… made it?

Grade: D


Leeds United

Maybe Marcelo Bielsa ran Leeds’ players into the ground. Maybe it was the 57-combined games missed from Kalvin Phillips, Diego Llorente, and Patrick Bamford. Maybe the club just needed a change in leadership. Regardless, Leeds did not take the “next steps” to becoming a European contender under Bielsa, and can be very happy that Jesse Marsch was able to right the ship. Remember: the American boss’ only losses after claiming his first win were to Chelsea, Arsenal, and Man City (three games in-a-row).

Grade: C


Leicester City

There were injuries. Yes, there were injuries including the significant and unnecessary early loss of Wesley Fofana that lasted most of the season. But a manager with Brendan Rodgers’ reputation probably should’ve been able to rally more points than the 52 scooped up by the Foxes. And when you consider that Leicester’s expected points were almost 10 fewer, well, Foxes fans have to hope that the season was just a series of unlucky bounces compounded by injuries. Still, a disappointment.

Grade: C


Liverpool

How good did the Reds look this season under Jurgen Klopp, which firmed up the boss and his staff’s reputation as elite talent-identifiers and -developers. It’s likely that Liverpool’s last half decade is going to force us to reevaluate how we define dynasties, because the Reds’ only flaw is that they aren’t quite Manchester City. The Reds look certain to address central midfield this summer. Can an upgrade there push them past Man City. And if it doesn’t, should we just give them a pass?

Grade: A+


Manchester City

There’s rarely been a force this powerful in world football. And while the spending deserves a lot of credit, you just have to look across town to see a team that spent a boatload of dough and looked abject.

Grade: A+


Manchester United

You know that ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal? That, but with a lot of hair gel.

Grade: F


Newcastle United

To start off without a win in 14 games and finish 11th is incredible. Many will point to the money spent in January — and that helped big time — but it was also a matter of former owner Mike Ashley being unwilling to fire Steve Bruce, who was not properly utilizing a squad that was bottom half, but not bottom of the barrel. That said, Bruno Guimares is going to make a lot of teams better and Newcastle’s convincing the Brazilian to buy into their takeover project is largely the reason the Magpies are safe to spend on Premier League talent this summer.

Grade: B-


Norwich City

Way too predictable. Way too beatable. Ultimately, this season will be way too forgettable for those who aren’t Canaries fans. The loss (sale) of Emiliano Buendia proved too deep a wound.

Grade: F


Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl had his men ninth on the Premier League table about two-thirds of the way through the season… and won just once the rest of the way. Maybe it was the energy spent getting to ninth one season after struggling to stay safe, but Saints were outright bad down the stretch. Imagine what would’ve been without James Ward-Prowse’s free kick magic. All that said, Saints also lost budding talisman Valentino Livramento down the stretch and that didn’t help hopes of a late resurgence. Better luck next year? Probably, but Hasenhuttl’s gotta deliver better.

Grade: C-


Tottenham Hotspur

You almost want to dock them a full ‘A’ mark because it’s clear that hiring Antonio Conte instead of Nuno Espirito Santo (not a bad manager in his own right) from August instead of waiting until midseason was the right move all along. Why it was so hard to accept that one of the world’s very biggest winners was worth the money and sacrifice of ego is beyond us, unless of course Spurs still feel burnt by Jose Mourinho. Any way, holding onto Harry Kane despite his outspoken desire to leave turned out to work out well by the time the English striker and co-pilot Heung-min Son were joined by Dejan Kulusevski in January. There’s a legitimate chance that Spurs will overtake Chelsea this offseason as “team most often mentioned as a dark horse rival to Liverpool and Man City.”

Grade: A-


Watford

Poor planning cost them as much as injuries. Maybe it’s revisionist history to lambaste the Hornets for their managerial merry-go-round costing them Premier League status, but as we sit here exhausted by another long Premier League season, we’re happy to be using our edit button on the ol’ textbooks.

Grade: F


West Ham United

David Moyes is back where he belongs, getting credit for overachieving squads but being willing to trade that credit for just one big trophy. A three-time LMA League Manager of the Year from his time at Everton, Moyes boasts only the Second Division crown from his time with Preston North End and the Community Shield from his ill-fated stint at Manchester United. All that said, Moyes built on last season and got his team into Europe a second time. The Irons also fought to the brink of the Europa League Final, and neutrals would’ve joined the West Ham faithful in hoping he claimed a trophy. Now can they hold onto team MVP Declan Rice in the manner or will the team be without its best player and its mainstay, retiring Mark Noble, come August?

Grade: B+


Wolverhampton Wanderers

How would Wolves replace Nuno Espirito Santo, a man who had given so much to the club’s surge back into the Premier League’s regular crowd? With Bruno Lage, who was a cool and steady hand. But Wolves never got Raul Jimenez back in form and failed to take advantage of a first 2/3 of the season that propelled them into the European discussion, wilting down the stretch and losing a full letter from its grade. There’s some good young talent in the pipeline, but hanging onto Ruben Neves — a long shot — is task 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2.

Grade: B-

Japan vs Spain: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Top spot in Group E will be on the line when Spain and Japan face off in their group-stage finale at the 2022 World Cup on Thursday.

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A draw will likely do the trick and see leaders Spain (4 points) to finish top of Group E, unless Costa Rica (3 points – 3rd) pull off a second colossal upset of the tournament and beat Germany (1 point – 4th). Japan (3 points – 2nd) could also advance with a draw, pending the result of Costa Rica vs Germany.

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Here is everything you need for Japan vs Spain. 


How to watch Japan vs Spain live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Thursday (December 1)
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Spain were at their brilliant best as they put seven goals past Los Ticos in their opener, before coughing up a late lead and settling for a 1-1 draw with the desperate Germans in game no. 2. All in all, it’s been a good start to the World Cup for Luis Enrique’s exciting, young side. Six different attacking players have scored a goal for Spain, with Alvaro Morata and Ferran Torres the only ones to find the back of the net twice thus far.

As for Japan, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions this World Cup. Their comeback victory over Germany in the opener seemed to signal their arrival in a new tier on the world’s biggest stage, before falling flat on their faces in a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica, who had conceded seven goals just four days earlier. Instead of clinching their place in the round of 16 with a win, Japan need at least a draw from their toughest group game in order to move on.


Japan quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 24
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 7
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC
Coach: Hajime Moriyasu
Key players: Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Takumi Minamino, Daichi Kamada

Spain quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 7
World Cup titles: 1 (2010)
World Cup appearances: 16
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Luis Enrique
Key players: Rodri, Pedri, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba

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Costa Rica vs Germany: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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2014 world champions Germany need not only a win over Costa Rica in their final group game to reach the knockout rounds of the 2022 World Cup, but they also need some help from Spain in the other Group E finale on Thursday.

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Germany (1 point) sit dead last after two games, having thrown away a late lead and lost 2-1 to Japan (3 points – 2nd place), before coming from behind themselves to draw Spain (4 points – 1st) in game no. 2.

Costa Rica (3 points – 3rd) conceded seven goals to La Roja as the world watched and wrote them off for good, but a shocking upset over Japan breathed new life into Los Ticos, who will advance with a victory over Germany, no matter the result of Japan vs Spain.

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Here is everything you need for Costa Rica vs Germany. 


How to watch Costa Rica vs Germany live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Thursday (December 1)
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

For Germany, it’s been a struggle to finish scoring chances rather than waste loads of expected goals (3.09 vs Japan, and 1.29, double that of Spain). 26 shots, 5 big chances nearly 700 passes translated to just one goal against the Samurai Blue, and they were made to pay for their transgressions. Hansi Flick is undoubtedly already under immense pressure ahead of Thursday’s game, through very little fault of his own.

As for Costa Rica, it seemed beyond impossible that they could be in such a position heading into the third game. Even in the victory over Japan, they manufactured all of 0.11 expected goals on 4 shots attempted. Win, lose or draw, that’s paltry offensive output that you might be able to overcome and steal one result at a World Cup, but for most sides it proves to be their undoing. They couldn’t it again, could they?


Costa Rica quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 31
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified from CONCACAF via interconfederation playoffs
Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
Key players: Keylor Navas, Joel Campbell, Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz

Germany quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 11
World Cup titles: 4 (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
World Cup appearances: 20
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA (1st place)
Coach: Hansi Flick
Key players: Manuel Neuer, Antonio Rudiger, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka

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World Cup 2022 schedule – how to watch, groups, calendar, match schedule, brackets, dates

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The World Cup 2022 schedule is locked in and the start to the tournament in Qatar has been sensational as action throughout November and December will capture the imagination of the world.

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Saudi Arabia, Japan and Morocco have already pulled off huge upset wins over Argentina, Germany and Belgium respectively as the tournament has got off to a flying start.

From the USMNT drawing against England the day after Thanksgiving to Lionel Messi saving Argentina against Mexico in the group stages, Spain squaring off with Germany and upsets galore, there are plenty of intriguing games in the opening round.

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Then we have the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and final to look forward to. Bring. It. On.

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Below is the schedule in full, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need..

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World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

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Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

Group A schedule (all kick off times ET)

Recap/highlights: Qatar 0-2 Ecuador – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Qatar 1-3 Senegal – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Tuesday, November 29: Netherlands vs Qatar (preview) – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 10am
Tuesday, November 29: Ecuador vs Senegal (preview)–  Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Group B schedule

Recap/highlights: England 6-2 Iran – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: USA 1-1 Wales – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: England 0-0 USA – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Wales 0-2 Iran – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Tuesday, November 29: Wales vs England (preview) – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm
Tuesday November 29: Iran vs USA (preview) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Group C schedule

Recap/highlights: Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Mexico 0-0 Poland – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Argentina 2-0 Mexico – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Wednesday, November 30: Poland vs Argentina (preview) – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm
Wednesday, November 30: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (preview) – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Group D schedule

Recap/highlights: France 4-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Denmark 0-0 Tunisia – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: France 2-1 Denmark – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Tunisia 0-1 Australia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Wednesday, November 30: Tunisia vs France (preview) –  Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
Wednesday, November 30: Australia vs Denmark (preview) – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Group E schedule

Recap/highlights: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Germany 1-2 Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Spain 1-1 Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Japan 0-1 Costa Rica – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Thursday, December 1: Japan vs Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm
Thursday, December 1: Costa Rica vs Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Group F schedule

Recap/highlights: Belgium 1-0 Canada – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Morocco 0-0 Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Belgium 0-2 Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
Recap/highlights: Croatia 4-1 Canada – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan
Thursday, December 1: Croatia vs Belgium (preview) – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
Thursday, December 1: Canada vs Morocco (preview) – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 10am

Group G schedule

Recap/highlights: Brazil 2-0 Serbia – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
Recap/highlights: Switzerland 1-0 Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Recap/highlights: Brazil 1-0 Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 11am
Recap/highlights: Cameroon 3-3 Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Friday, December 2: Cameroon vs Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
Friday, December 2: Serbia vs Switzerland – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Group H schedule

Recap/highlights: Portugal 3-2 Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha
Recap/highlights: Uruguay 0-0 South Korea – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Recap/highlights: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm
Recap/highlights: South Korea 2-3 Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan
Friday, December 2: South Korea vs Portugal – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am
Friday, December 2: Ghana vs Uruguay – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am


Round of 16 schedule

Match 49 – Saturday, December 3: Winner Group A vs Runners up Group B – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 50 – Saturday, December 3:  Winners Group C vs Runners up Group D – Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm

Match 52 – Sunday, December 4: Winners Group D vs Runners up Group C – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 51 – Sunday, December 4: Winners Group B vs Runners up Group A – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

Match 53 – Monday, December 5: Winners Group E vs Runners up Group F – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10am

Match 54 – Monday, December 5: Winners Group G vs Runners up Group H – Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm

Match 55 – Tuesday, December 6: Winners Group F vs Runners up Group E – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 56 – Tuesday, December 6: Winners Group H vs Runners up Group G – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm


Quarterfinal schedule

Match 58 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 10am

Match 57 – Friday, December 9: Winners Match 49 vs Winners Match 50 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Match 60 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 10am

Match 59 – Saturday, December 10: Winners Match 51 vs Winners Match 52 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Semifinal schedule

Match 61 – Tuesday, December 13: Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2pm

Match 62 – Wednesday, December 14: Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm


Third-place play-off

Match 63 – Saturday, December 17: Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2pm


Final

Match 64 – Sunday, December 18: Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 10am

Iran vs USA: How to watch live, USMNT stream link, team news

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The United States men’s national team seeks a return to the knockout rounds and that’ll only come with a win over Iran at 2pm ET Saturday inside Al Thumama Stadium in Al Khor.

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It doesn’t matter what Wales does vs England at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan because England already has four points and a draw would give Iran four as well.

The Yanks’ two draws mandate a win-or-go-home mentality on Saturday and there are multiple generations worth of redemption up for grabs after the USMNT was felled by Iran at the 1998 World Cup and failed to qualify for the 2018 tourney in Russia.

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How can Gregg Berhalter unlock the USMNT attack to get the goal or goals he’ll need to reach a date with Group B’s winner or runner-up?

Here is everything you need for Iran vs USA.


How to watch Iran vs USA live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Tuesday Nov. 29
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

For Iran, it’s about riding the momentum of a huge win after finding inspiration in a huge loss. There’s an ocean’s worth of difference in emotion between the 6-2 tournament-opening loss to England in Al Rayyan and the 2-0 triumph over Wales In the same city. Can Mehdi Taremi or Sardar Azmoun succeed where Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling could not and break down the USMNT defense for a goal?

Meanwhile, the Yanks may still be lamenting a 1-1 draw with Wales as much as they are celebrating a strong performance that kept them unbeaten against England at the World Cup after a scoreless draw with Gareth Southgate’s men In Al Khor. Gregg Berhalter has to find a way to unlock the USMNT’s final-third woes when they hit Al Khor on Tuesday.


Iran quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 20
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group A)
Coach: Dragan Skocic
Key players: Ehsan Hajsafi, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi

USA quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 16
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 9
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONCACAF (3rd place)
Coach: Gregg Berhalter
Key players: Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams