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PL Sunday preview: Arsenal’s post-Emery era; Man Utd host Villa

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Sunday’s slate of Premier League fixtures features four games, including (but not limited to) the first game of the post-Unai Emery era at Arsenal, Manchester United with a chance to climb into fifth place, and what could be the final game of Marco Silva‘s tenure at Everton.

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Arsenal v. Norwich City — 9 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Unai Emery was fired by Arsenal on Friday, making way for the Freddie Ljungberg (interim) era to begin on Sunday. With no obvious candidate standing out from all the others, Ljungberg, a long-time favorite as a Gunners player, could be given the chance to impress and have the “interim” tag removed, a la Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a year ago. After taking just three points from their last five PL games, Arsenal have fallen to ninth place, eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea, and could finish the weekend as low as 10th place. On the other hand, a win over 19th-place Norwich would see them climb up to fifth, a point ahead of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Norwich’s Teemu Pukki, who took the PL by storm with five goals in his first three games, hasn’t found the back of the net since Sept. 14, a run of eight straight goal-less games for the Fininish forward.

INJURIES: Arsenal —  OUT: Dani Ceballos (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: Hector Bellerin (hamstring), David Luiz (ribs), Shkodran Mustafi (foot) | Norwich  — OUT: Alexander Tettey (personal), Grant Hanley (groin), Timm Klose (knee); QUESTIONABLE: Jamal Lewis (knee), Josip Drmic (hamstring)


Wolves v. Sheffield United — 9 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold

Through 13 games of their debut season in the PL, Sheffield United are threatening to “do a Wolves,” in so much that the newly promoted side currently sits seventh — where Wolves finished last season — following a red-hot start. Following a poor start of their own (zero wins from their first six games), Wolves have rebounded nicely (unbeaten in their last eight, including four wins) and climbed all the way up to sixth (each side sat a place higher coming into the weekend).

INJURIES: Wolves —  OUT: Willy Boly (ankle), Ryan Bennett (groin), Romain Saiss (suspension), Morgan Gibbs-White (back) | Sheffield United  — OUT: None


Man United v. Aston Villa — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Nearly four months into the season, Man United are still without back-to-back PL victories. In fact, they’ve not repeated the same result — win, loss or draw — in consecutive league games all season. The Red Devils ave been, if anything, consistently inconsistent. After drawing Sheffield United 3-3 last time out, the best Solskjaer’s side can do on Sunday is get halfway there ahead of Tottenham’s blockbuster visit, and Jose Mourinho’s return, on Wednesday. United’s injury list remains extensive — and expensive — as Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly remain out, with Nemanja Matic perhaps set to return on Sunday. As for Villa, Dean Smith‘s side snapped a three-game losing skid last time out by thoroughly besting Newcastle United at Villa Park to put four points between themselves and the relegation zone. Following Southampton’s victory on Saturday, that gap is already down to two points.

INJURIES: Man United —  OUT: Paul Pogba (ankle), Eric Bailly (knee), Marcos Rojo (undisclosed), Diogo Dalot (groin); QUESTIONABLE: Nemanja Matic (groin), Scott McTominay (ankle) | Aston Villa  — OUT: Jed Steer (calf), Jota (hernia); QUESTIONABLE: Bjorn Engels (hip)


Leicester City v. Everton — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold

Every defeat in the coming days could prove to be the final day of Silva’s employment as Everton manager, with the Toffees entering Sunday’s trip to the King Power Stadium in 17th place. It’s not just the number of losses for Everton (seven) on the season thus far, but the sides to which they’ve lost (Villa, Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich, to name most of them) that stands out as most embarrassing for a club that thought it would be competing for the top-six this season. Leicester, meanwhile, have happily and swiftly taken their place as the side most likely to break up the monotony of the same clubs finishing atop the table every season. The Foxes entered the weekend in second place (they have since fallen to second), eight points back of Liverpool (now 11), on the back of five straight league victories. Jamie Vardy‘s 12 goals have garnered most of the headlines, but the play-making duo of James Maddison and Youri Tielemans have been arguably more enjoyable to watch

INJURIES: Leicester —  OUT: Matty James (achilles) | Everton  — OUT: Andre Gomes (ankle), Theo Walcott (knock), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (thigh), Morgan Schneiderlin (knock), Fabian Delph (hamstring), Cuco Martina (knee); QUESTIONABLE: Bernard (knee)

Norwich City 1-0 Southampton: Tettey wins it late on

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  • Tettey’s drive wins it
  • Wanyama sent off
  • Norwich now one point behind Saints

Norwich City beat 10-man Southampton 1-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday with Alexander Tettey‘s cool finish grabbing all three points.

Southampton and Norwich traded plenty of chances throughout the game but just three minutes after Victor Wanyama was sent off for two bookable offences, Norwich made their numerical advantage count and continue their recent good form.

With the win Norwich now have 23 points which takes them just one point behind a Southampton side sliding down the table after seven defeats in their last nine games.

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Saints started the brighter of the two teams and Shane Long headed a looping cross just over as Declan Rudd came flapping and got nowhere near the ball.

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Norwich grew into the game Jonny Howson latched onto a bouncing ball after getting the best of Jose Fonte but sent his effort just wide.

Before half time both teams had chances with James Ward-Prowse sending a tame effort in on goal and Dieumerci Mbokani almost bundling home a deflected cross from Russell Martin.

Long then had a fantastic chance to give Saints the lead but Rudd smothered his effort and then Long forced Rudd into another save from his header from the resulting corner. The chances kept coming in the first half with Jordy Clasie forcing Rudd into a fine stop and Mbokani poking another cross just over.

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In the second half Norwich put plenty of pressure on Southampton’s goal with set pieces flying in from every angle but the Canaries couldn’t quite get on the end of a string of dangerous deliveries.

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With 17 minutes to go Saints were reduced to 10-men as Wanyama was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on substitute Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe and Norwich then laid siege to the Southampton goal in the closing stages.

Odjidja-Ofoe then teed up Tettey for the game-winning goal as the Norwegian midfielder slotted home into the top corner to give the Canaries all three points and pull them further away from the bottom three.

Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City: Countering Canaries shock Red Devils

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  • United’s stingy home streak broken
  • Tettey, Jerome score for Norwich
  • Martial gets lone Red Devils’ goal

Wayne Rooney‘s 500th Manchester United appearance did not go as planned, and Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal will be looking over his shoulder after Norwich City went into Old Trafford and shocked the Red Devils 2-1 on Saturday.

Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey scored on each side of halftime for the Canaries, while Anthony Martial pulled one back for the Red Devils off a 67th minute mess in the box

The loss was Manchester United’s first loss to a newly-promoted club since 2001.

United drops to fifth while Norwich leaps out of the drop zone and into 16th.

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It was clear from the get-go that Norwich would sit back and allow United to operate, and the Red Devils put together some solid combination play particularly on the left side of their attack.

Pushing through the middle found the ball in the back of the Norwich net, but both passer and shooter were offside in Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney.

Yet while United dominated, Juan Mata gave up a dangerous free kick to the Canaries from about 22 yards out. The 36th minute curler from Robbie Brady was easily handled by the Red Devils.

Norwich would find the lead when a counterattack had the Red Devils looking messy at the back. Jerome darted between defenders to power a point-blank shot past David De Gea. 1-0.

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Tettey made it 2-0 just after half off a similar break going the other way, as Norwich killed the Red Devils with the pair of counter attacks.

Martial cut the deficit to one when he pounced on a loose ball in the box to give United hope on a rain-soaked pitch in Manchester.

EURO 2016: Dutch disaster as Netherlands fail to qualify

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The group stage of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship has come to a close, and one of the top teams in the world will not be playing in France next summer.

Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic

The Netherlands finished second at the 2010 World Cup and third at the 2014 World Cup, but have failed to qualify for EURO 2016. Playing in front of a home crowd in a must-win match against the Czech Republic, the Dutch got off to a dreadful start, falling behind 2-0 as manager Danny Blind was forced to make a substitution within the opening 40 minutes. The Czech Republic was sent to ten men before the break, but an own-goal from Robin Van Persie made it 3-0 as the Dutch couldn’t recover. A disastrous result for the Netherlands, as big changes will surely come from the top down.

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Italy 2-1 Norway

Italy finishes atop Group H without a loss after defeating Norway 2-1 today. Norway took the lead through Norwich City’s Alexander Tettey, but late goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Southampton’s Graziano Pelle gave the Italians all three points.

Malta 0-1 Croatia

With Norway’s loss, Croatia jumped into second place in Group H and secured qualification to EURO 2016 with a 1-0 win away at Malta. Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic scored the game’s only goal, as Croatia advances despite having one point deducted due to inappropriate actions from their fans.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group A

Turkey 1-0 Iceland
Latvia 0-1 Kazakhstan

Group B

Belgium 3-1 Israel
Wales 2-0 Andorra
Cyprus 2-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group H

Bulgaria 2-0 Azerbaijan