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Everton, Chelsea scrap to stalemate

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  • Chelsea with 13-6 edge in attempts
  • Morata offside to thwart goal
  • Chelsea sinks

Chelsea will not join Liverpool on 30 points after Everton stifled the Blues in a scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

A chippy affair, both teams had their chances in London. Chelsea has 28 points and will finish two points back of Liverpool and at least one behind Man City. Everton stays ninth.

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Chelsea had most of the ball, and earned a dangerous free kick when Yerry Mina collected a yellow card for a 22nd minute tackle on Eden Hazard. Unfortunately for the Blues, Marcos Alonso‘s attempt zipped wide of the near post.

Jorginho saw his own yellow when Gylfi Sigurdsson picked off a lazy David Luiz pass. The Italian clattered into Sigurdsson’s foot, and it might’ve earned him a red card on another day.

Marcos Alonso ripped a shot across goal in the 40th minute, a rare bit of attacking danger in a half more noted for a series of hard fouls. Bernard and Antonio Rudiger were shown yellow cards after the former went head-to-head with the latter, while Alonso stuck his studs into Theo Walcott.

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Jordan Pickford denied an Alvaro Morata chance in the 46th minute, and Sigurdsson took a vicious shot that Kepa Arrizabalaga handled in the 57th.

Chelsea had the ball in the net but would-be goal scorer Morata was offside in the 72nd minute. Moments later, Hazard sliced a shot a yard wide of the far post with the outside of his boot.

Top Premier League storylines for Week 12

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The UEFA Champions League and Europa League midweek action has only set the table for what should be a remarkable weekend of movement on the Premier League table, highlighted by one of the best chess matches in recent managerial memory.

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The Manchester Derby, subtitled Pep vs. Mou, Round 3
Man City vs. Manchester United, 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN [ STREAM ]

Manchester City is firing on all cylinders ahead of this one, with a 12-1 combined scoreline in its last two matches and just a single goal allowed in its last seven matches in all competitions, but its rivals have had that little bit of something to get the job done against the odds in recent weeks (Most recently a 2-1 smash-and-grab comeback defeat of Juventus in the Champions League).

Since Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho ascended to the top chairs of Manchester City and Manchester United, the home team has a record of 1W-1D-3L in the derby. The lone win is United’s 1-0 League Cup ouster of City in 2016.

The last one, of course, was the memorable 3-2 comeback win punctuated by a Paul Pogba– and Alexis Sanchez-authored “not so fast” as Man City attempted to clinch its Premier League title on April 7.

The Foxes return home from owner’s funeral for King Power tribute
Leicester City vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN
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Leicester’s defeat of Cardiff City one week after the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was emotional, but the heavy hearts extended into a trip to Thailand for his funeral and now a first home match without their beloved leader. It’s difficult to imagine what it will be like playing in the building for the first time since the helicopter crash outside the ground that claimed five lives including Srivaddhanaprabha following the 1-1 draw with West Ham. Our thoughts remain with the Leicester community.

Marco Silva‘s Toffees meet massive test at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea vs. Everton, 9:15 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN
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Everton is really finding itself, with Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson the standout performers for new boss Marco Silva. But its another first year manager who is exceeding expectations on the job. Given Man City’s task in facing United for a derby, it’s not crazy to think Maurizio Sarri will have Chelsea atop the Premier League table if it can handle the Toffees.

Reds hope to find mojo against defensively-challenged Fulham
Liverpool vs. Fulham, 7 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN
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The Reds just haven’t been right of late, and that’s underlined, italicized, and bolded by the 2-0 Champions League setback in Serbia. On paper, there is no way Liverpool doesn’t explode for a bunch of goals.

Palace looks to shake slump with derby date against Spurs
Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC
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It’s been 1-0 the last five times these teams have met, with Spurs on a four-match winning run. Tottenham came back to topple PSV Eindhoven earlier this week and kept its Champions League dreams alive, and it heads into Selhurst Park to meet an Eagles team which desperately needs a good and memorable performance.

Premier League player Power Rankings: Week 10

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The latest Premier League player Power Rankings have arrived.

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There are plenty of new entries after the performances in Week 10, while three players remain in our top five.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League and based on them actually playing in the previous Matchweek. If they didn’t play due to injury or suspension, they aren’t going to make this list. Simple.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.


  1. Ross Barkley (Chelsea) – Up 11
  2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Up 2
  3. Riyad Mahrez (Man City) – Even
  4. Roberto Pereyra (Watford) – New entry
  5. Anthony Martial (Man United) – Down 2
  6. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – New entry
  7. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – New entry
  8. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – Down 2
  9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – Up 1
  10. David Silva (Man City) – Up 6
  11. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Down 2
  12. Fernandinho (Man City) – New entry
  13. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – New entry
  14. Jorginho (Chelsea) – Down 2
  15. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) – Down 2
  16. John Stones (Man City) – Down 1
  17. Paul Pogba (Man United) – Up 3
  18. Ben Foster (Watford) – New entry
  19. Mat Ryan (Brighton) – New entry
  20. David Brooks (Bournemouth) – New entry

Manchester United edge past Everton

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  • Pogba, Martial score
  • Sigurdsson PK for Everton
  • Man United unbeaten in three PL games
  • United have back-to-back PL home wins

Manchester United made hard work of it as they beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial put United 2-0 up but Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s penalty kick turned it into a nervy finish for the Red Devils and Jose Mourinho.

With the win United move up to eighth place on 17 points and are just five points off the top four, while Marco Silva‘s Everton slip to ninth on 15 points.

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Early on Everton threatened on the break as Sigurdsson’s cross almost found Bernard at the back post but Ashley Young did enough to put the Brazilian off.

Andre Gomes had a free header from a corner which he sent straight at David De Gea as the Toffees continued to cause United problems. At the other end Anthony Martial’s fine cross found Juan Mata unmarked in the box but his header was straight at Jordan Pickford.

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United did take the lead soon after as Martial was fouled in the box by Idrissa Gueye and although Pogba’s penalty kick was saved by Pickford, the Frenchman slotted home the rebound to make it 1-0.

That goal sparked United into life as Pogba’s shot was then saved and Marcus Rashford finished but he was offside. Before half time Sigurdsson then headed towards goal but his effort was right at De Gea as Everton had some promising moments despite trailing at the break.

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At the start of the second half United went 2-0 up as Pogba found Martial and the French forward curled home a fine finish into the far corner for his fourth goal in his last three Premier League games.

Moments later Everton should’ve pulled a goal back as Bernard raced free from Ashley Young, rounded De Gea but put his effort into the side-netting.

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Pogba was denied by Pickford after a fine pass from Mata as United threatened to run riot late on, while Seamus Coleman fired over after a rare break from Everton.

The Toffees did get the goal they deserved. Pogba gave the ball away after showboating in midfield and Chris Smalling then lunged in on Richarlison in the box to concede a penalty.

Sigurdsson slammed home the spot kick to make it 2-1 and although Everton pinned United back they didn’t have any big chances to draw level, with Pickford denying Martial late on after a breakaway.

PL Sunday preview: Chelsea, Arsenal chasing title pacers

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One half of the Premier League’s “big six” will be in action, spread across three games, on Sunday.

Chelsea seek to remain in the PL title race; Arsenal seek to extend their winning streak to 12 games; Manchester United seek to reassert themselves and turn their season around.

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Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal — 9:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

It’s been a while since Arsenal last dropped points — let alone lost a game. You have to go back to the second week of the PL season to find the most recent blemish on Unai Emery‘s otherwise sparkling record. No side in Europe can claim a better ongoing run of results (11 straight wins, by a combined score of 31-9 – all competitions). The Gunners will look to make it a dozen wins in a row on Sunday, when they visit Selhurst Park. The club’s longest-ever winning streak is 14 games — achieved in the fall of 1987. Wins over Palace, Blackpool (League Cup) and Liverpool would see Emery and Co., match the record.

Things couldn’t be going much worse for Palace at the moment. Roy Hodgson‘s Eagles have lost three straight league games (winless in four) and slipped to 15th in the PL table, now just two points clear of the relegation zone, during the slide.

INJURIES: Crystal Palace — OUT: Christian Benteke (knee), Scott Dann (knee) | Arsenal — OUT: Laurent Koscielny (achilles); QUESTIONABLE: Sead Kolasinac (hamstring), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (fitness)


Burnley vs. Chelsea — 9:30 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold

Chelsea remain one of three unbeaten PL sides (Liverpool and Manchester City) ahead of Sunday’s trip to Turf Moor. Maurizio Sarri‘s side has, however, dropped points in three of their last four games (draws with West Ham United, Liverpool and Man United). That mini-skid has seen the Blues fall five points back of leaders Liverpool (and potentially City, who play on Monday, as well). Eden Hazard has been arguably the PL’s best player through nine games, but the Belgian superstar’s status is unknown due to a lingering back injury suffered during last week’s 2-2 draw with Man United.

Speaking of Belgian centerpieces, midfielder Steven Defour is back and available for the Clarets after nine months out following knee surgery. Likewise, winger Robbie Brady is expected to be available for selection for the first time in 10 months following a knee operation of his own. The two represent a different class of players capable of delivering Burnley back into the PL’s top-half to build upon last season’s seventh-place finish.

INJURIES: Burnley — OUT: Ben Gibson (fitness), Nick Pope (shoulder), Stephen Ward (knee) | Chelsea — QUESTIONABLE: Eden Hazard (back)


Manchester United vs. Everton — 12 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCSports.com

Seven points — and five places in the table — currently separate Man United from the top-four, thanks to the Red Devils’ dreadful start to the season (just four wins, and three losses, in the first nine games). European competition hasn’t treated them much better, as they were completely outplayed and beaten by Juventus at Old Trafford this week. Jose Mourinho isn’t expected to have Alexis Sanchez or Jesse Lingard to pick from on Sunday, meaning Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford should start by default. Martial bagged a brace in the draw with Chelsea, while Rashford hasn’t scored a league goal since Sept. 29; it’s been even longer for Lukaku, whose last PL tally came on Sept. 15.

On the other side, Marco Silva has Everton playing some great soccer late: three straight wins, by a combined score of 7-1. Even better, six of the seven goals have been scored by Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernad, Theo Walcott or Cenk Tosun, the Toffees’ five most important attacking players. With summer signings Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina making the startling lineup and bench for last week’s victory over Palace, Silva has everyone around Goodison Park feeling exceedingly hopeful ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.

INJURIES: Man United — OUT: Alexis Sanchez (groin), Marouane Fellaini (groin), Scott McTominay (knee), Jesse Lingard (groin) | Everton — OUT: None