When the calendar flipped Wednesday, Liverpool's 30-year wait came tantalizingly closer to ending for Reds supporters.
Liverpool are halfway through their 2019-20 season, 10 points clear in the Premier League lead. With two matches in hand on Leicester City, Liverpool's double-digit lead could grow even further. With a win Thursday over Sheffield United, Liverpool can open 2020 on the right foot.
The Blades are completing just about the toughest set of consecutive fixtures any team has had this season. Sheffield United lost to reigning champion Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, and the promoted side now travel to Anfield to start 2020. Liverpool have not lost a home match in nearly three years, but United have surprised plenty of teams away from home this season, so a Blades result wouldn't necessarily be a shock.
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Here's how to watch Thursday's Liverpool-Sheffield United match online and on TV.
When: Thursday, Jan. 2 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
Online: NBC Sports
The pressure is on Chelsea (12-5-8; 41 points).
The fourth-place Blues are only a point ahead of fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur (and former manager José Mourinho) in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification. Chelsea are winless in their last three matches, and dropped points Monday against Manchester United (9-8-8; 35 points) at Stamford Bridge would set up a scintillating showdown between the London rivals next Saturday. A win would rob Mourinho of his desired drama, however, and the Blues would have some much-needed separation between them and their closest rivals.
Manchester City's Champions League ban could ultimately make it a moot point, but United now have an opportunity thanks to their cross-town rivals. Manchester United are five points back of Spurs (and six back of Chelsea), so an away win would go a long way towards ensuring a legitimate race for the final Champions League spot down the stretch. United haven't won a Premier League match away from home this decade (they beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor on Dec. 28, 2019), and the Red Devils will need to find their form fast.
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Here's how to watch Monday's Chelsea-Manchester United match online and on TV.
When: Monday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
Live stream: NBC Sports
Be on alert for boo-birds at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Arsenal (6-13-6; 31 points) have drawn four straight Premier League matches under manager Mikel Arteta. Squint hard enough and the Gunners have a path to the UEFA Champions League, but they need to start winning matches and Arsenal supporters might not be patient with more dropped points Sunday against Newcastle United (8-7-10; 31 points).
The 12th-placed Magpies are only behind the Gunners on goal difference, but Steve Bruce's squad selection could draw jeers from the opposing supporters section. Newcastle trotted out three one-time Tottenham Hotspur players in their last match before the winter break (loanee Danny Rose and former Spurs Nabil Bentaleb and DeAndre Yedlin), and conceivably could do so again.
Rose famously scored a stunner on his Premier League debut against Arsenal a decade ago, and his new club will hope old habits die hard Sunday.
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Here's how to watch Sunday's Arsenal-Newcastle United match live online and on TV.
When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT
Online: NBC Sports