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The race at the top of the English Premier League table is getting tougher by the week, and that tightening competition will make today's showdown between Tottenham and Manchester United all the more important.

Arsenal's recent run of form suddenly has the Gunners just four points behind Tottenham for third place in the Premier League, meaning Spurs don't have much room for error. They'll look to hold serve at home against a Manchester United side looking to close the gap on Manchester City for first place to two points with a road win.

Sunday's action also features some intense derbies, as Roma and Lazio collide in the Rome Derby, while Newcastle and Sunderland clash in the Tyne-Wear Derby.

If you are hoping to see some Americans in action, look no further than the Bundesliga, where TSG Hoffenheim is in action. Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams started in the U.S. national team's win against Italy, and should play roles for Hoffenheim against Cologne.

If you will be watching today's soccer action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today's soccer TV schedule is after the jump):

TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV

6:30 a.m. - ESPN3.com - Parma vs. Napoli

7 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Newcastle vs. Sunderland

7:45 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Cardiff City vs. West Ham 

9 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Roma vs. Lazio

9 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Fulham vs. Wolverhampton

10 a.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Sociedad

10:30 a.m. - ESPN3.com - PSV vs. FC Twente

11 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Paris-St. Germain vs. Ajaccio 

11 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Caen vs. Brest

11 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Tottenham vs. Manchester United

11:30 a.m. - GOLTV - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. FC Cologne

12 p.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Granada vs. Valencia

1 p.m. - Univision - Toluca vs. Pumas UNAM

2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Inter Milan vs. Catania

3 p.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Lorient vs. Stade Rennes

3 p.m. - GOLTV - San Lorenzo vs. Boca Juniors

3:30 p.m. - ESPN3/ESPN Deportes - Real Madrid vs. Espanyol

5 p.m. - Fox Deportes/Azteca America - Puebla vs. Chivas de Guadalajara

5 p.m. - Univision - America vs. Jaguares

94 comments
  • Todd Marsch

    I don’t know. After watching Bolton the past couple weeks, I don’t see how they stay up. They just seem inept and disorganized all over the field. I hope they stay up for the sake of Ream and Holden, but their only hope seems to be other bottom dwellers just being worse somehow.

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  • away goals

    After pobryankzk’s hat trick today, there are now 43 players who have equalled or surpassed the combined five league goals scored by torres and carroll.

    They were overpriced, is what I’m saying.

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  • NATO making strides in Afghanistan?

    quite interesting since he had only 1 goal in 14 matches for Stuttgart this season before joining. Fulham need to shove out the money to keep him

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  • malkin

    Would have loved to see Chandler in place of Williams against Italy. However, that’s only because of the rest of the injuries that we had on the team. I think we’re still best putting Chandler at LB and Fabian on LW as long as dolo is performing…although to be honest I am excited about the prospect of Chandler at RB and Fabian at LB given how stacked we are in the midfield (just as long as that doesn’t mean Danny Williams is at RW of course).

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  • cajun

    Hmmm, so that’s what a “perfect” hat trick is. From the P guy for Fulham, One with the left foot, one with the right foot and one with a header…Oh, and nice brace Deuce!

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  • away goals

    Johnson starting at left back for hoffenheim. Neither williams nor gyau made the matchday roster. From yahoo.uk.

    I assume williams is serving an accumulation suspension as he took a yellow in their last game. But I don’t know for sure.

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  • kevin

    Dempsey needs a film on his life ready before the WC in 2014. whose with me?

    what A-list star can pull off a performance of Deuce? I want Soderbergh to direct

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  • away goals

    Controversy in the two games featuring americans. Hoffenheim have a goal disallowed after a questionable offside interpretation. Spurs have one wiped out for an adebayor handball.

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  • malkin

    Ya…wondering why Ives is tweeting that Williams is on the bench. Certainly everything I’m seeing shows him not on the roster.

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  • ACS

    PSV was destroyed by Twente 6-2, AZ all alone at the top the table now. PSV and Twente one point back

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  • away goals

    Williams interviewed at halftime of the hoffenheim game for sky. He was asked about the usmnt and jk, but I don’t speak german so I couldn’t tell you what was said.

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  • marco

    Spurs are toast. They’ll have a difficult time holding 4th. Harry put out a side that one could not see being top of table, Livemore, Saha, Sandro, etc, no Bale, VDV, or Parker. What’s worst, Moldric is in terrible form. Also both Spurs FBs were beaten for goals once more.

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  • Citronomics

    Commentators for ManU v. Spurs said Giggs is at 901 club appearances. Apparently, he needs 2 more (?) to break Paolo Maldini’s record. Phenomenal stuff.

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  • away goals

    So you like both arsenal AND chelsea to overtake them? The same chelsea side that just lost to west brom?

    Obviously there are no sure things, but spurs are still heavy favorites to finish top four.

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  • Andy in Atlanta

    Ben Foster… has that sharp face with an edge and a gritty tough look… plus I would imagine Foster could at least not look retarded running around on the field when filming footballing scenes…

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  • away goals

    Yeah definite handball, no real controversy on that one.

    Not sure if your gunners disclaimer is to make you sound more impartial… or less.

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  • MemRook

    Right, you’re an Arsenal fan so presumably you “detest” Spurs. Therefore, your “…and I’m a Gunners fan…” statement would only discredit your opinion on a Tottenham call, no? (By the way I totally agree with you, Adebayor clearly handled, just think your Gunner statement was irrelevant.)

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  • Michael Stypulkoski

    That’s the third hat-trick by a Fulham player this season, only Manchester United has as many.

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  • JS

    I believe his Gunner’s claim is to show his distaste for Man U…not Tottenham

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  • Dimidri

    So Deuce now has 16 goals across all competitions(12 in the PL leaving him tied for 7th, 3 in the FA Cup, and 1 in the Europa League). Where does that place him among all time American scorers in the EPL? I presume he’ll have a hard time breaking the non-PL scoring record which I think is Bradley’s with 25 with Heereveen(Sp)?

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  • Dimidri

    Yeah, according to the Europa League webpage he only has 1 goal, but Wikipedia says 3. This also isn’t counting the post keeper ‘own goal’ which the dubious goals panel might overturn.

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  • Dimidri

    Never mind you’re right, it’s 18, the europa league website is only counting goals from 2012 in the part I was at for some reason, because here are 2 from august in the europa league– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqmNScMohHc
    So yeah 18(12 league+ 3 FA Cup+ 3 Europa League + maybe 1 dubious goal)

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  • Shounen Bat

    So, um, was Chandler never really injured? It just seems like a miraculous recovery/very convenient timing. I would say it makes sense that his coach wouldn’t want to release him, but the game was in Europe. I don’t know, maybe the extra three or so days really made the difference…

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  • abc

    That Mexican beer he does commercials for?

    I forget the name, not Dos Equis or Corona…

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  • abc

    Can you at least say made up German-sounding words with an accent? Schleizenbargen.

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  • timmytwoshoezzz

    If Dempsey wants to play European football, particularly Champions League football, next year, he isn’t going to be playing in ‘Pool.

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  • Brett

    Probably so. Manager puts him on the injured list to keep Klinsmann from making a call-up. Smart move for a team that needs every point it can get. Hopefully Chandler still wishes to play for the US. I believe he can still switch.

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  • Mhat

    In Serie A action, Inter down 2-0 against Catania in the first 45. they pull back two late to make it 2-2 in the 80th minute. 84th now and Inter have created a few more chances. Very exciting contest in the final minutes.

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  • Indigo Montoya

    I think he’s outgrown Liverpool at the moment in terms of potential suitors – he can’t score like Carroll that’s for sure. I don’t believe he’ll move to another club in England if he leaves Fulham – he’s headed to the continent to a CL club.

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  • marco

    I see Spurs dropping points in 6 of their remaining matches. Chelsea has new skipper Gunners are very hot. There may be a battle for 3rd and 4th.

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