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Premier League Sunday preview: Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool all in play

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The battles at the summit of the Premier League table continue as three of the top six teams take the field on Sunday.

The title race is still white hot, with both Manchester City and Liverpool swinging back and forth with every positive result. City jumped back into the lead with the win on Saturday over Tottenham, a point in front with four matches remaining on both the dockets.

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The fight for the Champions League places also looks a good one, with four teams battling for just two places. Tottenham sits precariously in third on 67 points, while Arsenal and Chelsea are level on 66 with the Gunners holding the goal differential tiebreaker by five. Manchester United is in sixth on 64 points, still in the mix.


Everton v. Manchester United — 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

The Red Devils are the first of the Champions League contenders to take the field as they visit Goodison Park. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s honeymoon period in charge of Manchester United is over and it’s time for him to prove he belongs. The Norwegian boss was given the permanent position after a record start to his interim tenure, but the timing was still odd and as the season winds down, the Red Devils could be left out of the mix for Europe’s biggest competition. Luke Shaw is suspended for the match for yellow card accumulation, but otherwise the injury news is good with Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, and Alexis Sanchez all reportedly available.

Everton, meanwhile, sits in a similar position as Manchester United, battling for a European place but bringing up the rear. The Toffees sit in 10th, back of the pack among a crowded fight for the last Europa League place. Everton is still just three points back of Watford who currently holds that spot, and while they can break everyone’s hearts by upsetting Manchester City in the FA Cup final, a loss would give the Europa League position to whoever finishes seventh.

INJURIES: Everton —  OUT: Yerry Mina (hamstring), Andre Gomes (suspension). | Manchester United — OUT: Luke Shaw (suspension).


Cardiff City v. Liverpool — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

Liverpool yet again has to put pressure on Manchester City to have any hope in the Premier League title race. Ahead of the midweek Manchester derby, the Reds have the opportunity not just to take the lead but to stay there should City slip up at all against the Red Devils with their game in hand.

They’ll need a result against a team fighting for its life. Cardiff City is in 17th in the Premier League table, three points shy of safety. A shocking win would put Cardiff in much better position, while a loss would see them potentially fall two games out. They’ve lost three straight and haven’t scored in their last two, so Liverpool will be licking its chops.

INJURIES: Cardiff City —  OUT: Souleymane Bamba (knee), Callum Paterson (ankle), Matthew Connolly (ankle), Harry Arter (calf), . QUESTIONABLE: Aron Gunnarsson (back). | Liverpool — OUT: none. QUESTIONABLE: Dejan Lovren (illness), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee).


Arsenal v. Crystal Palace — 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Gold and NBCSports.com

The Gunners will know Manchester United’s result before taking the field, to see whether they will be looking to strengthen their Champions League position or hoping to recapture it. Arsenal is currently in fourth, clinging barely to its spot in the top European competition, but they have been strong of late and have a soft schedule to finish the season, so there is no reason not to lock the spot down. Still, the injuries are rampant and there are fears that Aaron Ramsey‘s Arsenal career will end with the thigh injury he picked up midweek in Europa League play. Coupled with the three long-term injuries to Bellerin, Welbeck, and Holding plus Sokratis’ suspension, the Gunners are thin.

Crystal Palace has little to play for at this point, sitting in 14th on 39 points but unlikely to be sucked into the relegation battle. Roy Hodgson has led the squad to five wins since the start of February, good enough form to keep them out of the maelstrom at the bottom of the table. They put up a decent fight against title leaders Manchester City last time out, and kept two straight clean sheets in the matches before that. However, they lost two important players recently in James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp who both will miss the rest of the season after long-term injuries.

INJURIES: Arsenal —  OUT: Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Hector Bellerin (knee), Rob Holding (knee), Danny Welbeck (ankle), Sokratis (suspended). QUESTIONABLE: Granit Xhaka (groin). | Crystal Palace — OUT: James Tomkins (groin), Jeffrey Schlupp (ankle), Mamadou Sakho (knee).

Brighton stun Crystal Palace with derby win (video)

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  • Brighton do double over Palace for first time since 1984
  • Palace just 1 win in last 7 home games
  • Knockaert scores superb winner
  • Murray has scored in his last 4 games for Brighton v. Palace

Brighton & Hove Albion beat bitter rivals Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday, as Anthony Knockaert scored an incredible late winner in the M23 derby.

Glenn Murray (who was supposed to start on the bench but Florin Andone‘s injury meant he came into the team) opened the scoring against his former club, but Luka Milivojevic scored a penalty kick to make it 1-1 early in the second half.

Knockaert then delivered the win, as Brighton now have 33 points and are level on points with Crystal Palace. The Seagulls and Eagles are now eight points above the drop zone.

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Early on plenty of challenges were flying in as Knockaert and Yves Bissouma both caught Milivojevic, with the former lucky to not be sent off.

Michy Batshuayi had a shot from distance which was deflected and Mat Ryan saved, with Palace pressing hard.

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Brighton took the lead totally against the run of play, as a long ball over the top wasn’t dealt with by James Tomkins and Murray came back to haunt his former team once again with a fine volleyed finish.

Zaha was then denied by a brilliant last-ditch tackle from Lewis Dunk as Palace cranked through the gears before half time but couldn’t grab an equalizer.

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At the start of the second half Palace were handed a great opportunity to get back in the game as Davy Propper dangled out his leg and brought Andros Townsend down in the box to give away a penalty kick.

Despite gusty winds knocking the ball off the penalty spot, Milivojevic stepped up and slotted the spot kick home to make it 1-1.

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The game then turned into a scrappy encounter which Palace dominated, but just like the first half Brighton hit them with a hammer blow.

A long ball out to the right found Knockaert and he then cut inside and curled a magnificent effort off the far post and in. The Frenchman was then subbed off as it was his final touch of the game and it was a goal worthy of winning any game.

Jeffrey Schlupp volleyed a tough chance over late on as Palace tried to grab an equalizer, but Brighton held on for a massive win which significantly boosts their survival hopes.

Crystal Palace ease to victory at Burnley (video)

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  • Zaha, Batshuayi, Bardsley (OG) for Palace
  • Burnley lose second-straight game
  • Eagles on 33 points

Crystal Palace beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday, as the Eagles continue to soar towards midtable.

A Phil Bardsley own goal put Palace ahead and second half goals from Michy Batshuayi and Wilfried Zaha sealed the victory. Ashley Barnes scored a consolation in stoppage time.

With the win Palace move on to 33 points, while Burnley are on 30 points.

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The Eagles took the lead early on as Wilfried Zaha found Jeffrey Schlupp at the back post and his ball back towards goal was knocked into his own net by Bardsley.

Wayne Hennessey then made a fine save to deny Chris Wood as Burnley cranked through the gears and put Palace under serious pressure.

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Jeff Hendrick then had a volley blocked as Burnley pushed hard to get back into the game.

Plenty of tackles were flying in as players from both teams piled in during a major flash point right on half time.

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At the start of the second half Palace doubled their lead in fine fashion. Aaron Wan Bissaka raced down the right and delivered a perfect cross for Batshuayi to hammer home his second goal in his last three Palace games.

Burnley piled the pressure on Palace, as Barnes missed from close range but the Eagles were happy to deal with plenty of long balls and crosses into their box.

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On the break Schlupp and Basthuayi both went close for Palace, and Zaha finished the job with a fine low finish to make it 3-0.

Barnes scored a consolation and Peter Crouch went close moments later, but Palace were more than worthy of the three points.

Roy Hodgson‘s men are now looking to break into the top 10 after three wins in their last five games.

Man United battle to victory at Palace (video)

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  • Lukaku scores twice 
  • United unbeaten in 11 PL games under Solskjaer
  • Palace five points above relegation zone

An injury-hit Manchester United beat battling Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Wednesday to further underline the progress they have made under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Two goals from Romelu Lukaku set United on their way to victory and despite Joel Ward pulling one back, Ashley Young sealed a ninth win in 11 PL games for Solskjaer. With so many injuries going into this game and teenagers handed their debut off the bench, this win was hugely impressive.

The win sees United stay in fifth but they are just one point back of fourth-place Arsenal, while Palace sit in 14th on 30 points.

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Palace had plenty of the ball early on but it was United who had a glorious chance to take the lead.

Romelu Lukaku somehow smashed over from close range as he got a clean connection on the ball, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ruing the missed chance.

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Palace almost took the lead themselves moments later with a similar chance, as James McArthur did superbly to find Andros Townsend at the near post but he shot wide. Townsend flashed another effort just wide soon after, then United took the lead.

Lukaku brushed off his earlier miss as Luke Shaw did well to find him on the edge of the box and the Belgian finished well. 1-0. Jeffrey Schlupp missed a glorious chance to make it 1-1 as he somehow nodded wide, with Palace far from out of it at the break.

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United were given a glorious chance to wrap up the win early in the second half, as a lovely ball clipped in from Diogo Dalot found the onrushing Pogba unmarked but he sent his header just over the bar.

Palace forced their way back into the game as David De Gea saved well from Zaha’s effort at the near post, and then the Eagles made it 2-1.

Schlupp’s cross to the back post found Ward charging forward from right back and his diving header set up a tense finish for United. Game on.

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After Palace scored plenty of tackles flew in, but youngster Scott McTominay excelled in midfield and settled things down.

As United kept their cool, they sealed the win.

Pogba teed up Young perfectly and their skipper slammed home to make it 3-1 to keep the Red Devils’ unbeaten run going under Solskjaer.

FA Cup: Crystal Palace, Swansea reach quarterfinals (video)

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Crystal Palace and Swansea City reached the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday, as they eased to victory.

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Palace travelled to third-tier Doncaster Rovers and two first half goals steered Roy Hodgson‘s men into the last eight. As for Swansea City, they trailed Brentford at half time but four goals from the Swans and a red card for the Bees swung the games in the favor of the Welsh side.

Swansea are one of just two teams from outside the Premier League to be in the last eight.

Below are the details from Sunday’s final two FA Cup fifth round games, as the two teams join Wolves, Manchester City, Brighton, Watford and Millwall in the hat for the last eight draw.

The final team in the last eight will be either Chelsea or Manchester United, who play at Stamford Bridge on Monday.


Doncaster 0-2 Crystal Palace

Jeffrey Schlupp gave Palace the lead with a fine individual effort as he was played in after a wonderful interception from Luka Milivojevic. Schlupp’s shot across goal took a slight deflection and flew into the far bottom corner to make it 1-0.

Doncaster went close on a few occasions in the first half but Palace held them at arms length and right on half time made it 2-0.

Milivojevic again created the goal as his looped ball over the top found Andros Townsend who headed the ball towards Meyer and he nodded home.

In the second half Doncaster pushed hard to get back into the game and went close on several occasions from set piece situations, with Alfie May heading their best chance just over.

Overall, Palace held on quite comfortably for the win and secured a spot in the last eight.


Swansea City 4-1 Brentford

The away side took the lead after a wonderful counter-attack was finished off emphatically by Ollie Watkins, but that was to be as good as it got for the west Londoners.

In the second half Swansea came flying out of the traps and drew level in fortunate circumstances, with a free kick from Bersant Celina bouncing off Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels and in. 1-1.

Moments later the Swans were 2-1 up as Dan James scored a superb goal to turn the games on its head.

The highly-touted winger surged in on goal and beat Daniels to send the home fans wild.

Brentford ended the game with 10 men as James was then cynically brought down by Ezri Konsa and shown a red card.

Celina then made it 3-1 after a lovely run, and the excellent James and Celina combined to set up George Byers to make it 4-1 in stoppage time to cap off a brilliant day for Graham Potter and his Swans.

Despite their relegation from the Premier League last season and being in midtable in the second-tier, Swansea are in the last eight of the FA Cup for the second season in a row.