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Premier League Sunday preview: Four top-half teams with something to play for

Lucasz Fabianski, Stevan Jovetic

Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetic, center right, scores past Swansea goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Swansea at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


There’s plenty to play for in Sunday’s NBCSN doubleheader of Premier League matches.

Whether Top Four placement or a battle for a UEFA Europa League slot, all four teams should be plenty motivated for Sunday kickoff.

Swansea City vs. Manchester City8:30 a.m. ET on CNBC and Extra Time

Garry Monk! The Swansea manager has watched as Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham kept the door open for his club to sneak into the Europa League. Both Saints and Spurs responded on Saturday, and that means Swansea needs a win to keep its Top Six hopes alive. It would be a miracle to catch Liverpool, but a win would keep Swans one back of Southampton and two of Tottenham. By the way, all three have tricky final week match-ups.

As for Man City, second place is still an option. The Citizens lead Arsenal by three points, though Arsenal has played one match less. The Gunners get Manchester United in the business end of our doubleheader, so a six-point advantage is not out of the question.

Manchester United vs. Arsenal — 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Extra Time

Okay, so maybe this one’s lost a bit of its luster over the past decade, but it’s on the rise again at Old Trafford. United’s slim chances of finishing in the Top Three need to begin with all three points against the visiting Gooners, who will have one eye on its rivals and another on the result of the earlier match. Tune in!

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