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Premier League Sunday preview: Gunners and City mix it up after Hammers, Tigers go head-to-head

Arsenal Training Session

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on January 17, 2015 in St Albans, England. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Two big matches for different reasons, as West Ham looks to stay near the London elite, Hull looks to get closer to safety, and two Premier League giants hold court at the Etihad Stadium.

Ooh, it’ll be a fun morning.

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West Ham United vs. Hull City – Live on NBCSN and Live Extra, 8:30 a.m ET

Big Sam and Steve Bruce matching wits on a cold Sunday morning in London? Seems about as British as things get around the Premier League.

There’s a lot to sweat here, for both sides. Hull is still in the final relegation slot and would love at least the point that would allow them to look upon themselves as safe for the next couple weeks. And a win would feel sublime.

But Big Sam has another problem. Liverpool has begun winning with regularity, as have a host of the big-named teams. The Hammers are down to 8th place, and of the seven teams ahead of them, five have already won this weekend and two play each other on Sunday.

Manchester City vs. Arsenal – Live on NBCSN and Live Extra, 11 a.m ET

Well here you are again, Arsenal fans, wondering whether you oft-high-flying squad is going to deliver in a huge match. One hand is the knowledge that Alexis Sanchez looked Ballon d’Or-worthy in his last outing and is the sort of player that can give Vincent Kompany and Man City’s back line absolute fits.

Arsenal’s last win at City dates back to 2010, a year the Gunners finished fourth in the Premier League. Surely Arsenal fans are counting on their club returning to the Top Four, but it’s just as certain that winning a match like this, in a weekend where every other team in the Top 7 has won, would be a huge lift.

That said, the reigning champs have something to say here. City is also in that Top 7, and wants all three points to keep pace with Chelsea in the race for the top spot. Should be a fun morning of TV on NBCSN.

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