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Man City, silky Silva saunter past Newcastle United

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Manchester City was back in fine form on Wednesday, riding a David Silva masterclass to a 5-0 win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium.

Silva had a goal and two assists, joining Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, and a Newcastle own goal on the score sheet.

MANCHESTER CITY – NEWCASTLE FULL MATCH REPLAY

Man City moves onto 69 points, 20 behind champions Liverpool, and has 86 goals on the season with matches remaining against Brighton, Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City.

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Newcastle’s 43 points are good for 13th place. Newcastle drew City earlier this year at St. James’ Park before losing an FA Cup quarterfinal against Pep Guardiola’s men last month.


Three things we learned

1. Silva turns back the clock: Not that he’s usually anything but classy, but David Silva turned back the clock on Wednesday in a virtuoso performance for City. The Spaniard scored a classy free kick and also picked up the first and last assists of the day in showcasing why he’s one of City’s all-time best players. He had 134 touches and completed 106-of-112 passes on the day as his delightful City career waltzes toward its conclusion (SofaScore).

Here’s his assist to open the scoring.

2. Assist watch: Kevin De Bruyne moved onto 18 assists, two shy of matching Thierry Henry’s single season Premier League record. KDB has Brighton, Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich City left on its docket, and that should worry Arsenal’s French legend. Heck, if Phil Foden had his finishing boots on Wednesday, KDB would’ve hit 20 by the final whistle.

3. Yedlin struggles: It has not been a good season for American right back DeAndre Yedlin, and the Newcastle veteran struggled like many do at City. The hosts feasted on Newcastle’s right side, as Yedlin’s first start since Feb. 1 and third of 2020 was a rough one.

Man of the Match:

Silva — A remarkable man. Look at this free kick.


Man City – Newcastle recap

Man City was in control from moment No. 1 and there was little surprise when they took the lead through Jesus’ in-tight finish from Phil Foden’s feed.

City forced another save out of Dubravka after a dozen minutes, and then scored a second goal in the 21st when Foden set up De Bruyne. The Belgian then spotted Mahrez for 2-0.

Foden missed a 40th-minute chance to increase the lead to three, dragging a shot just wide of the far post.

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Foden missed another chance off a De Bruyne feed after halftime, as the Belgian could’ve had the PL single season record wrapped up should the lively Foden had finished a bit better.

A Jesus run led to a Federico Fernandez own goal when Matt Ritchie’s attempted clearance turned off the defender and inside the near post.

David Silva made it four with a fine free kick after the hour mark.

City handed a Premier League debut to Tommy Doyle with 15 minutes to play, and the youngster got a close-up view of Silva’s assist to Sterling near the final whistle.

Man City gives Liverpool guard of honor, 4-star thumping

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Raheem Sterling scored, won a penalty, and forced an own goal out of his former side as Manchester City gave Liverpool a guard of honor and then battered the newly-crowned champions 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.

Kevin De Bruyne had a goal and an assist to move within three assists of equalling Thierry Henry’s PL single-season record for assists (20). It would’ve been two but Sterling’s second goal was changed to an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain own goal.

MANCHESTER CITY – LIVERPOOL FULL MATCH REPLAY

Phil Foden scored City’s other goal and Riyad Mahrez has a stoppage-time fifth chalked off by VAR under questionable circumstances. The runners-up are 20 points back of Liverpool with six matches left each.

The four goals allowed were the most by Liverpool in a Premier League game since an Oct. 2017 loss at Tottenham.


Three things we learned

1. Weirdest… guard of honor… ever: Man City gave the new Premier League champions a richly-deserved guard of honor, as the champs walked onto the pitch between two lines of applauding runners-up. The empty stands helped deliver an extremely awkward first welcome for the new kings of England.

2. Sterling cuts up the champs: Ex-Liverpool star Sterling twice got the better of Joe Gomez in the first half. The first time was an unholy battle in the box where the winger didn’t go down after a few legit fouls before hitting the deck under a lesser shove. De Bruyne fooled Alisson Becker and converted his penalty just before the first half water break.

The second goal was class even if his first touch to fool the center back was a little heavy before slotting past Alisson. HIs third went down as Alexander-Arnold own goal but was headed home anyway.

3. Hangover, Pt. IV? Liverpool did not have its finishing boots or foreheads in the first half-hour despite having a good amount of dangerous chances, so their performance coming out of the gates makes it hard to put the blowout down to mentality. Although maybe the club’s perpetual drive to become a title-winner took a that will take a minute to reclaim.

Regardless, when we wrote about the “What now?” of post-title Liverpool, we pointed out that the Reds’ biggest obstacle to boasting the best league season of all-time is what City did two seasons ago.

In 2017-18, City lost twice and drew four times, collecting 100 points while scoring 106 goals with a plus-79 goal differential. The Reds are now at two losses and two draws with six to play, sitting on 70 goals and a plus-46 GD.

Still the champions, though, and you wouldn’t put it past them to score six-a-game for a while.

Man of the Match (and Player of the Year)

De Bruyne. He’s just incredible, one of only five players to score 10-plus goals and 10-plus assists across Europe’s top five leagues (Jadon Sancho, Lionel Messi, Alassane Plea, Serge Gnabry).


Man City – Liverpool recap

Gabriel Jesus was offside when he potted a third-minute breakaway.

Mohamed Salah could’ve had it 1-0 at the other end but his less-than-ideal take was collected by Ederson.

Liverpool put the first two shots on target before Kevin De Bruyne led a charge that finished with a blocked shot in the Reds’ 18.

The Reds countered through Sadio Mane, but the Senegalese sensation’s shot spun wide.

Salah then beat Ederson but not the goal post as Liverpool kept knocking at the door.

De Bruyne might’ve won a penalty off Virgil van Dijk in the 23rd minute, but referee Anthony Taylor blew his whistle and gave a foul in the run-up.

Sterling then did win a penalty off Joe Gomez in a minuscule bit of revenge for their early season dust-up(s).

Ederson deployed his best Manuel Neuer in racing well outside the 18 to deny Salah with a slide before clearing the danger with a second touch.

Sterling made it 2-0 on a Phil Foden-led rush, beating Gomez and then Alisson with a cool finish despite a tough first touch.

Foden delivered a goal of his own before halftime to make it 3-0, a tremendous 1-2 with De Bruyne to put the Belgian within three of Thierry Henry’s single-season assist record.

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Jesus had a 49th-minute chance to provide City’s fourth but sputtered his shot to a stooping Alisson. Then Sterling drove the middle before taking a shot that was deflected just wide of the far post.

De Bruyne took an incredible first-touch pass and neatly had another assist when he found a shoved Foden for a missed effort.

Mane won a free kick on the edge of the 18 in the 56th as Liverpool hoped for a penalty.

Instead, City scored again when De Bruyne cued up Sterling for a shot that was slid into the Liverpool goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It should’ve been 5-0 when Mahrez beat Alisson in stoppage time, but the ball hit Foden’s arm in the build-up when Fabinho dragged the City man to the turf.

Man City blasts undermanned Burnley

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Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden each scored twice as Manchester City clobbered Burnley 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

The match was tainted by a vile incident just post-kickoff, as a plane with a banner that read “White Lives Matter Burnley” flew over the stadium moments after players from both teams took a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

[ MORE: Ben Mee fumes after ‘White Lives Matter’ banner flown ]

Bernardo Silva had two assists and David Silva also scored for City, whose 63 points are 20 back of Liverpool. It wasn’t all good news for City, who lost Sergio Aguero to a first-half injury.

City maxes out at 87 points and plays Chelsea on Thursday before meeting Liverpool on July 2.

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Liverpool now cannot win the Premier League title with a win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Here are the other dates and how the Reds can claim their first PL era title.

Burnley’s 39 points remain 11th and the Clarets remains three points back of the Europa League places.

MAN CITY – BURNLEY FULL MATCH REPLAY


Three things we learned

1. Young Foden continues to show promise: Left-footed. Low. Lethal. Foden’s third Premier League goal was a terrific shot from beyond the arc that left a flying Nick Pope clawing through air.

Foden has 13 goals and 10 assists in 64 first team appearances for Man City and he just turned 20 late last month.

His fourth goal of the season was a terrific bit of Pep-inspired team play.

2. Shorthanded Burnley victim to board errors: The Clarets started with just 17 of the 20 available players available to a match day squad during Project Restart, and five of the players on the bench had no Premier League experience while midfielder Josh Brownhill had one minute and was making his first start since arriving from Bristol City in January. Manager Sean Dyche did not mince words before the game in explaining how short-sighted delays from directors are costing Burnley.

3. City rests up for Chelsea: The fixture list worked out well for Pep Guardiola, who used most of its top choice guys in the win over Arsenal and kept Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, and Aymeric Laporte rested for Chelsea on Thursday. Liverpool is going to win the league but the question will be whether they are the best team to every do the darn thing. If Liverpool isn’t, it’s likely because City’s 2017-18 team holds the distinction. If City beats Chelsea and then Liverpool, the debate is a lot more interesting even if the Reds go 34-2-2.

Man of the Match

Riyad Mahrez — The Algerian’s incredible goal in the first half was a beauty and his penalty combined with it to give Mahrez 11 goals and 15 assists in 2585 minutes across all competitions. Read more on his extraordinary season here. He left after 60 minutes for Kevin De Bruyne.


Man City – Burnley recap

Burnley adequately stymied City for the first 15 minutes but the hosts should’ve been ahead when David Silva’s pass to Riyad Mahrez was ripped wide by an unwitting and charging Bernardo Silva.

Foden put City ahead with a lethal, low, left-footed strike from beyond the arc that a diving Nick Pope could not reach.

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Mahrez got his goal in stunning fashion, barbecuing Charlie Taylor with a dribble before fizzing a shot past Pope.

Then there was an exit for Sergio Aguero, who was fouled by Ben Mee with a wayward foot in the box. VAR reviewed the non-call before righteously deemed it a penalty.

Aguero couldn’t take it — he was replaced by Gabriel Jesus — so Mahrez smacked the shot past Pope for 3-0.

It was 4-0 just after halftime when Bernardo Silva set up David Silva for another good-lookin goal.

Kevin De Bruyne led the drive for five when his outlet pass led to a tic-tac-toe, right-to-left, with Gabriel Jesus cueing up Foden for the finish.

Leroy Sane entered the match for Foden with 11 minutes to play, his first first team action since injuring his knee in a Community Shield defeat of Liverpool.

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Stay and Play Cup: Start time, live stream info, more

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We are still some time from seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold lead Liverpool against Phil Foden and Manchester City, but the players and their clubs will be on screen in competition this week.

Players from 20 clubs are participating in the EA Sports FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup beginning Wednesday, including professional footballers from Premier League sides Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, and Tottenham Hotspur.

There’s an American in the fray, too, as Sergino Dest will lead Ajax into the fray as one of four clubs with a first-round bye.

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Alexander-Arnold will lead Liverpool versus Vinicius Junior’s Real Madrid, while Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta meets the winners of Marseille versus Brondby.

Foden and City also have a bye and will meet either PSV Eindhoven or AIK, while Serge Aurier leads Spurs versus FC Porto (Full bracket below).

Telemundo Deportes will have Spanish-language coverage of the FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup through the tournament’s conclusion on Sunday.

START TIME and STREAM LINKS: The FIFA Stay and Play Cup will be live stream on the Telemundo Deportes appTelemundoDeportes.com and Telemundo Deportes’ TwitterFacebookTwitch and Youtube, starting Wednesday at Noon ET.

THE PLAYERS: 

How will Man City, Man Utd line up in Sunday’s derby?

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The Manchester derby will be missing some key pieces when City visits United on Sunday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

Harry Maguire is doubtful for the Red Devils, likely to join Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford as key pieces unable to tangle with the “noisy neighbors.”

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City’s banged up, too, as Kevin De Bruyne is in doubt to play while Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane remain absent.

It will likely be City’s first look at Bruno Fernandes, who has three goals and two assists in seven appearances for the Red Devils.

Both teams played at midweek against Championship competition, City outlasting Sheffield Wednesday and United taking care of Derby County.

How the managers respond to derby stakes but fixture congestion is interesting, especially for City; The two-time reigning league champions have a rescheduled match with Arsenal on Wednesday.

Manchester United projected XI

De Gea

 Wan-Bissaka — Lindelof — Bailly — Williams

McTominay — Matic —  Fred

Fernandes

Martial — Greenwood

Why: Solskjaer will bring his hard men to the midfield and hope Fernandes, Martial, Greenwood, and his fullbacks can carve up City on the counter. He’ll save Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira to come off the bench.

Manchester City projected XI

Ederson

Walker — Otamendi — Fernandinho — Mendy

Rodri — Gundogan

Mahrez — Foden — Sterling

Aguero

This could see Bernardo Silva played centrally for Foden and Jesus over Aguero, but we have Guardiola rewarding Foden for his sensational League Cup Final.