Struggling Liverpool and Arsenal square off in Premier League clash

Two teams struggling for form a bit this winter meet at Anfield Saturday as Liverpool entertains Arsenal (12:30 p.m., ET, NBC). The Gunners are in fourth place at the moment, but the Reds can swap places with them by earning a win. Man in the middle: Robert Madley will be the man in charge of […]

EFL Cup final: Manchester United, Southampton clash Sunday at Wembley

For the 57th time, a EFL Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday as Manchester United and Southampton meet at Wembley Stadium (11;25 a.m. ET, Bein Sports). Man in the middle: Andre Marriner draws the plum assignment of the weekend. He’s also done an FA Cup final, so now he has the matching set. A […]

FA Cup preview: Getting to know upstarts Lincoln City, Sutton United

The fifth round of the FA Cup is set for this weekend, and it’s a stage usually reserved for teams near the top of the English pyramid. That’s not always true, however. In this year’s edition, Lincoln City and Sutton United — members of the National League, the fifth tier of said pyramid — have […]

Arsenal downs Hull City, 2-0

A quick glance at the headline suggests that Arsenal coasted to an easy 2-0 home win Saturday at The Emirates. The truth is that the three points weren’t in the bag for Arsenal until Alexis Sanchez completed his brace with a penalty in stoppage time. After consecutive losses in the premier League, Arsenal moved into […]

Chelsea and Arsenal set for Premier League clash Saturday

League-leading Chelsea entertain Arsenal (7:30 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) Saturday with a chance to create even more separation at the top of the league table. Of course, Arsenal doesn’t see it that way. The Gunners will be hoping to reel in the front-running Blues a bit with a win at Stamford Bridge. Table watch: […]

Man City and Tottenham both look to strengthen their top four aspirations

Two teams chasing Chelsea, and battling each other for a spot in the top four, collide on Saturday at the Eithad when Tottenham Hotspur visits Manchester City (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC). Man in the middle: Andre Marriner draws the prime assignment for the weekend. He was the referee for Spurs’ 3-0 win over Hull City […]

Top 5 Premier League players in the African Cup of Nations

The African Cup of Nations gets cranked up on Saturday, and while an international tournament in the dead of winter is fun for soccer fans, it’s less than ideal for club sides. There are 24 Premier League players that will be in Gabon for the tournament, and thus away from club sides. All of them […]

Manchester United hosts Liverpool, looks to gain ground in race for Europe

One of the biggest games in England arrives again on Sunday (11 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) when Manchester United entertains Liverpool. Man in the middle: Michael Oliver draws the plum assignment for this one, and fans will note that Liverpool is 4-0 in matches he’s worked this campaign. United, if you’re curious, is 1-1. […]

The most intriguing FA Cup third round matches this weekend

The FA Cup is always a fun diversion from the Premier League schedule. It’s a competition that any team in England (and Wales) can win, and it sometimes serves up some matches not often seen. In January 2013, Luton Town, playing in the fifth tier of the pyramid of what is now known as the […]

Harry Kane, Dele Alli power Tottenham past Watford, 4-1

Tottenham Hotspur got its new year off to a bright start with a 4-1 win over Watford Sunday at Vicarage Road. Harry Kane scored a pair of first-half goals, courtesy of assists from Kieran Trippier, to take command of the match early. The first arrived in the 27th minute: Six minutes later, the two connected […]