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Chelsea's Christian Pulisic gets first Premier League start since August

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Chelsea's Christian Pulisic gets first Premier League start since August

After a strong midweek performance in the Champions League, Christian Pulisic returned to Chelsea's starting lineup Saturday. 

The United States Men's National Team star started in place of Callum Hudson-Odoi against Burnley at Turf Moor, making his first league start for the Blues in nearly two months. 

Pulisic, 21, last started for Chelsea in any competition on Sept. 25 in a 7-1 win over League Two side Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard last started Pulisic on Aug. 31 against Sheffield United, but Pulisic's impact off the bench in the Champions League appears to have swayed Lampard. 

Chelsea beat Ajax 1-0 in Amsterdam on Wednesday, and Pulisic assisted Michy Batshuyahi's 86th-minute winner at Johan Cruyff Arena. In six appearances this season, Pulisic has four assists, tying with Hudson-Odoi for the Chelsea lead. 

"The way he's played, he deserves a starting place regularly in the last few weeks, but so do others and that's what I keep saying is the nice problem that I have," Lampard told reporters Friday (H/T Sky Sports). "But it's brilliant that he's coming on and making the impact that he's making and of course he'll get his starts, that's the reason he's come here. ... So [all of Chelsea's attackers are] good options for me, and Christian is getting stronger and he's getting more in the group. With players that come here and some of them you have to give them a bit of time, particularly young players, but he's playing well, so he's certainly in strong contention."

With a win at Turf Moor, Chelsea can keep pace with third-place Leicester City in the race for Champions League qualification. The Blues would sit fourth based on goal difference following the Foxes' 9-0 shellacking of Southampton on Friday night. 

Wolves-Liverpool live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

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Wolves-Liverpool live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

No Premier League team has stood in the way of Liverpool (21-1-0; 64 points) this season. Can Wolverhampton Wanderers (8-10-5; 34 points) be the first?

Wolves lost 1-0 at Anfield on Dec. 29, but they've only lost twice at Molineux Stadium this season. The Reds picked up a win there in the league last season, yet they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Molineux just over a year ago. Nuno Espirito Santo's side need only one point Wednesday to grab sole possession of fifth place, and ending Liverpool's undefeated season would leave Wolves just three points back of fourth.

The league-leading Reds can extend their unbeaten streak to an astounding 40 matches, and that would leave Liverpool just nine games clear of matching Arsenal's all-time Premier League unbeaten streak (49 games). They would become only the third English club to cross the 40-match plateau, joining Arsenal and Chelsea. 

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Here's how to watch Thursday's Wolves-Liverpool match live online and on TV.

 

When: Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports

Tottenham-Norwich live stream: Watch EPL game online on NBC Sports Gold

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Tottenham-Norwich live stream: Watch EPL game online on NBC Sports Gold

With the end of the winter transfer window looming, every Tottenham Hotspur (8-7-8; 31 points) match could be Christian Eriksen's last.

Spurs manager José Mourinho confirmed the Danish midfielder will be in the squad Wednesday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Norwich City (4-5-14; 17 points), but how much longer is anyone's guess. Eriksen has been linked to a move with Inter Milan, and the club's sporting director said Monday that the Italian giants have submitted a bid. Eriksen reportedly turned down a contract extension with Spurs earlier this season, and the clock is ticking on Tottenham's ability to get any kind of transfer fee for him, as his contract is set to run out this summer. 

Norwich frustrated Tottenham in a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road on Dec. 28, twice taking the lead over Spurs. The Canaries got a big boost in their quest to avoid relegation Saturday, beating fellow cellar-dwellers Bournemouth at Carrow Road. They're still six points from safety, though, so Wednesday's match firmly is in must-win territory. 

[RELATED: Luiz red card sets Arsenal back in wild derby draw with Chelsea]

Here's how to watch Wednesday's Tottenham Hotspur-Norwich City match exclusively streaming on NBC Sports Gold. 

When: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT
Stream: NBC Sports Gold

You can also watch Leicester City-West Ham streaming exclusively on NBC Sports Gold during that window.