Schar stars as Newcastle sends Cardiff into 18th (video)

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Fabian Schar scored twice as Newcastle United picked up a 3-0 win over Cardiff City in a relegation six-pointer at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Ayoze Perez also scored for the Magpies, whose 21 points are two more than their now-18th place visitors.

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Cardiff keeper Neil Etheridge slapped an Ayoze Perez header off the cross bar in the 13th minute off a corner kick.

If you had defender Fabian Schar dribbling through the heart of the Cardiff box to put Newcastle ahead, feel free to buy us a couple lottery tickets in your local place of wagers. The Swiss 27-year-old cut inside and swung a sweet 12-yard ball past Etheridge for 1-0.

A rare opportunity for Cardiff saw Victor Camarasa lash a knuckling effort over the goal just before halftime.

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Perez could’ve easily won a penalty by hitting the deck under a Ryan Bennett challenge in the 58th minute, but stayed up. Bennett then got hit in the face with a full-fledged rip from Salomon Rondon.

Karma smiled on the Magpies as Schar struck again! Jamaal Lascelles‘ flick took a turn off the Swiss man for a less impressive but just as important marker.

Rondon got a deserved assist on Perez’s stoppage time insurance marker.

Watch Live: Liverpool, Man United in action; six 10am ET games

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Six Premier League games take place at 10 a.m ET on Saturday, with Liverpool and Manchester United both in action.

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Liverpool host Crystal Palace, Man United welcome Brighton to Old Trafford and Everton head to Southampton, while Cardiff travel to Newcastle in a massive relegation six-pointer, Watford host Burnley and Bournemouth host West Ham.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new¬†‚ÄúPremier League Pass‚ÄĚ via NBC Sports Gold¬†which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all six games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Liverpool v. Crystal Palace ‚Äď NBCSN¬†[STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Man United v. Brighton ‚Äď CNBC¬†[STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v. West Ham ‚Äď NBC Sports Gold¬†[STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Newcastle v. Cardiff City ‚Äď NBC Sports Gold¬†[STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Southampton v. Everton ‚Äď NBC Sports Gold¬†[STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Watford v. Burnley ‚Äď NBC Sports Gold¬†[STREAM]

Top Premier League storylines for Week 23

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From the title race, to a four-way battle for top-four, to the relegation dogfight currently unfolding, this weekend’s slate of Premier League fixtures is full with a little bit of everything‚Ķ

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Top-four battle at the Emirates
Arsenal v. Chelsea, 12:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, on NBC [ STREAM ]

Chelsea occupy fourth place heading into the 23rd round of games this weekend, but Arsenal and Manchester United aren’t a million miles back of the Blues ‚ÄĒ only six points each, to be exact. Saturday’s showdown at the Emirates Stadium could see a six-point swing either way, or an opening of the door for the resurgent Red Devils to leapfrog Arsenal for fifth and trim the deficit between themselves and the UEFA Champions League places.


Will Liverpool slip up/Can Man City keep up?
Liverpool v. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. ET, Saturday, on NBCSN [ STREAM ]
Huddersfield v. Man City, 8:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, on NBCSN [ STREAM ]

Newsflash: the title race is a pretty important storyline and (likely) will continue to be so for the remainder of the season, barring a collapse by one of Liverpool or Manchester City. The defending champions have the easier matchup, on paper, this weekend as they’ll visit last-place and relegation-bound Huddersfield Town on Sunday. It should be a straightforward challenge for the Reds as well, though, with 14th-place Crystal Palace visiting Anfield on Saturday.


Life without Kane (and Son) begins… again
Fulham v. Tottenham Hotspur, 11 a.m. ET, Sunday, on NBCSN [ STREAM ]

No player in the PL has scored a higher percentage of his team’s goal this season than Tottenham’s Harry Kane (30 percent, tied with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang). The trouble with that is that Kane is¬†set to miss the next two months due to his annual mid-to-late-winter ankle injury. Thus, Mauricio Pochettino will be forced to pick between deploying Fernando Llorente as his starting center forward, or playing without a natural forward, thanks to Son Heung-min’s simultaneous call-up to the South Korea squad for the Asian Cup. Statistically speaking, Dele Alli has had a quiet season thus far (four goals, one assist), but Spurs desperately need Alli to show up and show out in a big way the next month or two.


Solskjaer goes for no. 6
Man United v. Brighton, 10 a.m. ET, Saturday, on CNBC [ STREAM ]

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t know what it’s like to lose as manager of Man United. Heck, he couldn’t tell you the first thing about dropping points while in charge at Old Trafford. Five PL games in charge (six in all competitions), and whether or not the “interim” tag should be removed from his title is already an earnest topic of discussion. It wasn’t pretty, but United held on for dear life against Spurs last weekend and secured three points in Solskjaer’s biggest challenge to date. Up next is a visit from 13th-place Brighton & Hove Albion, who toppled United in their first meeting earlier this season.


Relegation six-pointer for Newcastle, Cardiff
Newcastle United v. Cardiff City, 10 a.m. ET, Saturday, on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Much like the top of the table, the race at the bottom of the league is heating up. Heading into the weekend, Huddersfield are bringing up the rear, eight points adrift of safety, while Fulham occupy 19th place, five points back of 17th. Newcastle United, who sit 18th and are one point from exiting the relegation zone, will host Cardiff City, the side currently sitting 17th in the table, on Saturday. When you’ve struggled the way these sides have for 22 games, genuine chances at three points don’t come along often. When they do, you absolutely have to take them to have any hopes of surviving the drop.

FA Cup: Newcastle wins in extra time

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Newcastle United was the only Premier League club in action during a trio of FA Cup third round replays on Tuesday.

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The Magpies overcame a lost 2-goal lead to defeat Blackburn Rovers and earn a fourth round home FA Cup date with Watford.

Blackburn Rovers 2-4 (aet.) Newcastle United

Joselu‘s goal in the first half of extra time

Lively from minute No. 1, the Magpies took a 2-0 lead through a pair of 21-year-olds and their first senior goals: A deflected Sean Longstaff strike and clinical side-footed finish from Callum Roberts are moments the pair won’t soon forget.

But ex-Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong pulled one back for Blackburn, and Darragh Lenihan mashed a bullet header into the goal to leave it level at the break.

Fabian Schar’s 105th minute rip was parried to a questionably onside Joselu, and the Spaniard slotted past countryman David Raya. Another Spaniard, Ayoze Perez blasted a tight-angled shot off Raya’s right hand and into the side panel in the 107th.

Stoke City 2-3 Shrewsbury Town

Tyrese Campbell scored twice, the 19-year-old helping his Potters to what could’ve been an easy enough victory had they finished a few more chances at the bet365 Stadium. James Bolton pulled one back for the Shrews with just over a quarter-hour left in the second half.

The League One visitors made it 2-2 through a Fejiri¬†Okenabirhie penalty, opening up their hopes for a fourth round visit from Watford. That arrived when¬†Josh Laurent scored Shrewsbury Town’s third goal in 11 minutes.

Luton Town 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Longtime Owls striker Atdhe Nuhiu scored just after halftime. Wednesday will head to Chelsea on Jan. 27 for the fourth round.

LIVE, FA Cup replays: Blackburn v. Newcastle headlines action

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The FA Cup third round replays kick off on Tuesday, as three games take place for a spot in the fourth round.

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Premier League side Newcastle United head to Blackburn Rovers, while third-tier Luton Town host Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City host third-tier Shrewsbury Town.

The winner of Blackburn v. Newcastle will host Watford in round four, while Stoke or Shrewsbury will host Wolves and the winner of Luton v. Sheffield Wednesday will head to Chelsea.

Below is a look at the schedule for the FA Cup replays on Tuesday evening, as all games will go to extra time and penalty kicks if needed.


FA Cup replays, Tuesday

Blackburn Rovers v. Newcastle United – 2:45 p.m. ET
Luton Town v. Sheffield Wednesday – 2:45 p.m. ET
Stoke City v. Shrewsbury Town – 3 p.m. ET