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Premier League Tuesday, Gameweek 28: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Aston Villa vs West Brom, 2:45pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Lee Dixon
Hull vs Sunderland, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Garry Birtles
Southampton vs Crystal Palace, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Trevor Francis

READ— Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

SEE ALSO:

• Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Soccer Morning (3.3.15) with guests David Amoyal and Jonathan Tannenwald

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests David Amoyal and Jonathan Tannenwald.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Vincent Kompany’s poor form a product of Manchester City’s overall malaise

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The display turned in by Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany against Manchester United during a4-1 win last season at the Etihad Stadium is not one you forget in a hurry.

At the heart of Manuel Pellegrini's back-four, the Belgian was an indomitable presence, shutting out the Red Devils forwards with athleticism, intelligence and an array of expertly implementeddefensive skills.

Luis Enrique aware of Villarreal threat heading into Copa del Rey second leg

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has heaped praise on Villarreal prior to Wednesday night's decisive second legof the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

Villarreal are coming off of an exciting 1-1 draw with league-leaders Real Madrid and have been playing some of the more entertaining football in Spain this season.

Commentators for Premier League midweek matches on NBC Sports, Gameweek 28

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Here's the line-up of commentatorsfor the midweek's Premier League matches:

Tuesday, March 3:

Aston Villa vs West Brom, 2:45pm, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Steve Bower & Lee Dixon
Hull vs Sunderland, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Daniel Mann & Garry Birtles
Southampton vs Crystal Palace, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Taphouse & Trevor Francis

SEE ALSO — Comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators (and co-commentators)

Wednesday, March 4:

West Ham vs Chelsea, 2:45pm, NBCSN andNBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Jim Beglin
Manchester City vs Burnley, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Gary Weaver & Andy Hinchcliffe
Newcastle vs Man United, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jon Champion & Chris Waddle
QPR vs Arsenal, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Jim Proudfoot & Don Goodman
Stoke vs Everton, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Ian Crocker & Barry Horne
Spurs vs Swansea, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Tony Jones & Ray Houghton
Liverpool vs Burnley, 3pm, NBC Sports Live Extra; Joe Speight & Davie Provan

Saturday, March 7:

QPR vs Spurs, 10am, NBCSN andNBC Sports Live Extra;Jon Champion & Clive Allen

SEE ALSO— Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

Louis van Gaal has no concerns over Angel di Maria’s recent form

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said he had no concerns over the recent form of Angel di Maria and went on to say the Argentina international has the capability to be "the best player in the world" in his next match, speaking ahead of his side's midweek trip to Newcastle.

Di Maria was replaced at half-time against Sunderland this weekend after a disappointing effort in the opening 45 minutes of the contest.

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 10-11am ET with David Amoyal and Jonathan Tannenwald

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Today's Soccer Morning features the latest news and talk about soccer, as well as guests David Amoyal and Jonathan Tannenwald.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Was Jose Mourinho being ‘crafty’ opting for a Sky interview rather than with his employers BT Sport?

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Last weekend Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager gave a revealing and exclusive interview to Sky Sports in England, but not everybody was happy with Mourinho's willingness to give the interview with Sky.

Last summer, Mourinho signed a 4 year deal to work with Sky's main rival the broadcaster, BT Sport.

Jose Mourinho guarantees that John Terry will be a Chelsea player next season

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Jose Mourinho says captain John Terry will receive a contract extension to stay at Chelsea beyond the end of this season.

The 34-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the current campaign, but Mourinho believes his form means he will be staying at Stamford Bridge.

"What I can guarantee is he will be a Chelsea player next season," Mourinho said.

Leeds United fan group set to approach Russell Crowe over club investment

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Leeds LLP, a group that supports fan ownership of Leeds United, has confirmed they will approach New Zealandactor Russell Crowe in order to hold face-to-face talks regarding his possible investment in the club.

The Oscar-winner has been a life-long Leeds fan and recently caused a social media storm when he asked his 1.

Atletico Madrid set to announce summer tour of China

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Atletico Madrid are in the process of finalizing the details which will see the reigning champions of Spain embark on a brief summer tour of China this summer.

The confirmed dates for the friendlies are: July 28, August 1 and 4.

The venues and opposition have yet to be confirmed, but it is understood one of the matcheswill take place in the largest city in China, Shanghai.

Predicting the race for the Premier League top four

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With less than three months left of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season, time is running out for clubs to climb up the table into one the top four spots in the standings and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United currently hold down the Champions League qualification spots heading into the midweek matches.

In demand Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette still has a lot to learn

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"Thierry shook me and told me to always question myself, which we tend to forget to do when we're young. It hit me hard. When a player like Thierry Henry speaks to you, you can't ignore what he says. I realised that becoming a great player was a permanent job. When you see a guy like him, who has always sought to progress, and you look at the career he had.

Tottenham legend Dave Mackay dies, aged 80

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Former Tottenham and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay has died aged 80, the Barclays Premier League side have announced.

Mackay, who was part of Spurs' 1961 double-winning team, passed away at hospital in Nottingham on Monday evening.

"We were saddened to hear of the death of our former captain Dave Mackay who passed away at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, this evening (Monday, March 2).

The Lost Savior: A Review of “I Am Sam” by James Durose-Rayner

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What if? It's a question fans of history and sports always like to ask, usually at a pub or in the depths of despair. What if this person did this, or a manager made that decision? When authors write about these decisions, they tend to be straightforward historical retellings. However, author James Durose-Rayner takes a different path to share the story of the lost star of his favorite team.