It’s Southampton vs. Arsenal Thursday as the English Premier League’s doubleheader of soccer action kicks off (to later finished with Chelsea vs. Manchester City). The early match features two teams in the middle of the pack in the EPL standings and fighting to better their position. Southampton (11-4-15, 37 points) is riding high after its 3-0 victory over Norwich City last time out. They’re led offensively by Danny Ings, who’s natter 16 goals in 30 matches this season. Meanwhile, Arsenal (9-13-8, 40 points) sits in 11th place. Their top scorer this year has been Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17 goals in 28 matches).
Thursday’s match will air on NBC Sports Network on your local TV provider. You can watch the games for free online if you sign up for a free trial with Sling, fuboTV or Hulu + Live TV. The Sling trial is for three days while the Hulu + Live TV trial runs for seven days.
Southampton vs. Arsenal
Start time: 1 p.m. EST
Upcoming English Premier League Schedule
Saturday, June 27
Aston Villa vs. Wolverton | 7:30 a.m. | TV: NBCSN | Live stream: Sling (free trial)
Sunday, June 28
Watford vs. Southampton | 11:30 a.m. | TV: NBCSN | Live stream: Sling (free trial)
Monday, June 29
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley | 3 p.m.
Tuesday, June 30
Brighton vs. Manchester United | 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1
Bournemouth vs. Newcastle | 1 p.m.
Everton vs. Leicester City | 1 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Norwich City | 1 p.m.
West Ham vs. Chelsea | 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 2
Sheffield United vs. Tottenham | 1 p.m.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool | 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 4
Norwich City vs. Brighton | 7:30 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace | 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Bournemouth | 10 a.m.
Wolverton vs. Arsenal | 12:30 p.m.
Chelsea vs. Watford | 3 p.m.
More coverage via the Associated Press
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool is on the verge of ending its 30-year league title drought after cruising to a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday with an attacking display that exemplified a dominant campaign.
Jürgen Klopp’s side can even clinch the Premier League title on Thursday without playing if Manchester City fails to beat Chelsea. It then plays City, the second-placed defending champion, next Thursday.
Trent Alexander-Arnold curled in a free kick to start the rout against Palace and Mohamed Salah swept in the second before half time.
Fabinho powered in the third from distance in the 55th minute and Sadio Mane completed a counterattack in the 69th to make it 16 wins in 16 home games in the league this season.
The victory moved Liverpool 23 points ahead of City with seven games remaining of a campaign that will end without any fans in the stadium to celebrate the Reds’ first championship triumph since 1990.
Football returned to Anfield for the first time since March 11, when Liverpool lost in the Champions League to Atletico Madrid on the day the WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic and some medical experts believed mass gatherings should already have been shut down in England.
One hundred and five days later, the Kop was silent for the visit of Palace. The seats were covered with a tapestry of banners and slogans rather than being packed with the fans who form the choir for club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
One Liverpool great among the 300 people allowed into the stadium was Kenny Dalglish — the manager who who won the league title in 1990, three years before the Premier League trophy was handed out for the first time.
Two Champions League titles have been won since then — including last year — but not the biggest prize in English football. What was once a record haul of 18 titles has been eclipsed by now 20-time English champion Manchester United.