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Manchester United vs. Arsenal: Starting XIs and Team News from Premier League

Manchester United all but guaranteed their place in next season’s Champions League with their win against Crystal Palace last time out, and their qualification for the competition was confirmed when the south Londoners defeated Liverpool on Saturday.

However, they will be looking even higher when Arsenal visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Gunners have also finalised their position in next season’s elite European competition and will guarantee a finish of at least third if they leave Manchester with three points.

Arsene Wenger’s men knocked United out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at the Theatre of Dreams in March, while United won by the same scoreline in November’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal’s lineup was posted by the team’s official Twitter account:

Wenger’s team was tweeted by the Gunners’ account:

United will be buoyed by Arsenal’s recent loss to Swansea City and looking to sign off this season at Old Trafford in style.

15 Ordinary Activities Making Us Dumber

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Hey Stupid: 15 Everyday Things That Are Making Us Dumber

Have you ever felt like you were smarter when you were younger? You may be right! There are things we do everyday that deplete our cognitive functions and literally kill brain cells. Activities like chewing gum and working with the window shut that we deem ordinary, are making us stupid.

Hit the flip to read 15 everyday things that are making us dumber.

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Mariah Carey Sang Background For Who?

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Back That Thang Up: 15 Celebrities You Never Knew Started Out As Background Singers

Several famous singers today started out by lending vocals on songs or on tour with other known acts. Some of the following celebrities have even surpassed the fame of their former bosses. Did you know these celebs started out in the background?

Hit the jump to see a list of celebrities you never knew started out as background singers.

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WWE Payback 2015: Biggest Themes Established in Build to Event

After Extreme Rules utterly disappointed the vast majority of wrestling fans, the hope is that WWE understands it most come up with something huge and make the 2015 edition of Payback unforgettable.

On paper, the card doesn’t look overly impressive. However, there have been several marquee storylines built on the road to the pay-per-view, and the WWE Universe is willing to give the show a chance.

Here are the biggest themes established during the build to WWE’s Payback 2015.

 

The Odds Are Stacked Against Seth Rollins

Over the last several weeks, WWE has done everything in its power to make it look like Seth Rollins has the odds stacked against him and could lose the WWE World Heavyweight title at Payback. Just like Cena, Rollins isn’t going to lose his belt.

As if making it a Triple Threat match featuring Randy Orton and Roman Reigns wasn’t enough, the company went one step further and made it a Fatal 4-Way that also includes the Lunatic Fringe Dean Ambrose.

To a casual fan, the odds do look stacked against Rollins, but with Brock Lesnar eventually coming back, Rollins must hold the world title until at least SummerSlam. The result now is a predictable outcome.

WWE deserves some credit for at least putting together an intriguing Fatal 4-Way bout that will, at the very least, be fun to watch in the ring. Most fans know Rollins is going to win, but the 25 minutes before the pinfall could see some of the best wrestling all year.

 

Neither John Cena nor Rusev Will Quit

Everyone who has watched WWE over the last decade knows that Cena does not quit, but the company has also spent the last several weeks showcasing that neither does Rusev. Something must give at Payback.

The vast majority of the WWE Universe knew that Rusev was in trouble as soon as the “I Quit” stipulation was announced, but the caveat that this will be the final match of the series regardless of who wins or how it happens leads people to believe a swerve could be planned.

With visions of the Rock and Mankind from 1999 dancing in our heads, the hope is that Lana and Rusev’s tension has been a ruse all along. When Cena passes out in the Accolade, Lana—who was sent to the back early in the match—can play the pre-recorded clip of Cena saying “I Quit.”

Cena and the WWE officials can do whatever they want to discredit the win, but with the no-rematch clause, this would be Rusev’s way of stealing the victory and building even more heel heat.

 

Most of Payback Doesn’t Matter

The biggest theme established during the build to Payback is that the PPV doesn’t matter at all, with another WWE Network exclusive show announced for just two weeks later: Elimination Chamber.

From the tag team championship match that is now moot due to an Elimination Chamber tag team match later in May to all of the singles matches that will be grouped together for the Intercontinental Championship Elimination Chamber match, Sunday’s outcomes are irrelevant.

Why should the WWE Universe care about the outcome of Dolph Ziggler versus Sheamus when it is clear both men will be entering the Elimination Chamber PPV with the same chance of winning the IC title?

With much of the card predictable and made even more moot by its proximity to the Elimination Chamber PPV, the biggest note about Payback is that it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of WWE booking.

 

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Premier League Relegation 2015: Table, Predictions Ahead of Final Fixtures

The Premier League relegation dogfight has gone down to the final weekend, and Newcastle United, Hull City and Sunderland are competing to avoid the drop.

Leicester City secured safety with a 0-0 draw against Sunderland on Saturday, while Aston Villa, despite succumbing to a 6-1 humiliation at Southampton, were also ensured Premier League football next season as Hull slipped to a 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane.

Here’s how the table currently stands and a prediction for how the relegation battle will play out.

League table correct as of 10 a.m. BST on Sunday 17.

 

Predictions

Sunderland to Claim a Point from Their Final 2 Games

Sunderland have the hardest task of the three sides that can still go down, as they play Arsenal and Chelsea away.

Football writer Jonathan Wilson isn’t confident about Sunderland’s chances of survival:

Even so, the Black Cats are in the best position of the three and can hang onto top-flight football for another season.

Sunderland have lost just once since the start of April, winning three games and drawing two under Dick Advocaat’s tutelage.

Though the Dutchman’s side have not always performed convincingly in that time, Sunderland have got the all-important points and have their destiny in their own hands.

Despite their difficult games, the Black Cats can earn a point to secure survival.

Arsenal are in excellent form, having lost just once in their last 10 games, but their 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea City demonstrates their vulnerability to upsets and will give Sunderland great heart going into their midweek clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have yet to lose at home this season, but Sunderland were the side who famously ended their 77-game unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge last season.

As the Blues have already wrapped up the title, they will not have quite the same level of desire they usually possess.

That being the case, Sunderland are certainly capable of drawing one of their final matches.

 

Hull to Beat Manchester United

For the Tigers to have any chance of staying up on the final day, they must claim all three points at home to Manchester United.

Getting the win is a big ask for Steve Bruce’s beleaguered charges, but the Red Devils have little to play for and have been inconsistent in recent games.

Prior to their win over Crystal Palace, United lost three games in a row, serving as an effective reminder that they still do not possess the air of invincibility they enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Hull gave Chelsea a real scare at the KC Stadium in March in a 3-2 defeat to the eventual champions, and with everything riding on their final game, they can do enough to sneak a dramatic win over United.

 

Newcastle to Lose to West Ham

Newcastle face West Ham United at home on the final day, but the omens aren’t good for the side rooted firmly to the bottom of the Premier League form table.

A semi-encouraging draw with West Bromwich Albion briefly reignited hopes of a Toon turnaround, but the Magpies proceeded to throw away a 1-0 lead against a poor, relegated Queens Park Rangers team on a day when they could have secured survival.

Chronicle Live’s Lee Ryder and Mark Douglas were full of criticism for woeful Newcastle:

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, who was in temporary charge when Newcastle suffered relegation in 2009, continued his witty start to life on Twitter at John Carver’s expense:

The Toon have lost nine of their last 10 games in an abysmal run of form.

Newcastle have the second-worst defensive record in the league, having conceded a dreadful 63 goals, and they have fared little better at the other end of the pitch, with only Papiss Cisse reaching double figures and Ayoze Perez the only other player to have scored more than four.

There is very little to suggest that they are capable of collecting three points on Sunday, so Sam Allardyce and Kevin Nolan can expect a winning return to St James’ Park.

Unfortunately for Newcastle supporters, owner Mike Ashley’s controversial tenure is set for another dark turn.

 

Final Prediction: Newcastle relegated

Premier League Promotion 2015: Latest Play-off Scores, Prediction for Final

Middlesbrough and Norwich City will face each other in the battle for promotion to the Premier League in the Championship play-off final on May 25.

Dubbed the “richest game in football,” the winner can expect to receive around £120 million thanks to promotion to the top tier of English football, BBC Sport.

Middlesbrough were the first to secure their place in the final as they swatted Brentford aside over two legs, winning 5-1 on aggregate.

Norwich enjoyed two “Old Farm” derbies with arch-rivals Ipswich Town. After drawing 1-1 in the first leg, a deserved red card for Christophe Berra in the second swung the tie in favour of the Canaries, who ran out 3-1 winners as they bid for an immediate return to the top flight.

Here is how the second legs played out and a look at what to expect in the final.

 

Attack vs. Defence

The final is set for a classic “attack vs. defence” matchup.

Norwich possess the Championship’s third-best attack having scored 88 goals this season, while Boro boast the meanest defence with just 37 goals conceded.

The pair last faced off in April, where Middlesbrough‘s valiant defence saw them squeeze out a 1-0 victory at Carrow Road.

Per Anthony Vickers of the Evening Gazette, Boro have lost just once this season when first-choice pairing Daniel Ayala and Ben Gibson have started together in central defencethe 4-3 epic with Fulham in the penultimate game of the campaign.

Ayala in particular has impressed, winning 52 per cent of his tackles and 136 aerial duels this season, per Squawka.

Aitor Karanka’s side will prove tough to break down, but Norwich have goals throughout their team.

Bradley Johnson has netted 15 times from midfield this season, while forwards Cameron Jerome, Gary Hooper and Lewis Grabban—who will return from suspension for the final—have all reached double figures as well.

It’s going to be a thrilling, closely contested match in the final.

 

Nathan Redmond Could Be Key

Nathan Redmond has had a fine season for Norwich, and he could end the campaign on the high of gaining his team promotion to the Premier League.

The winger scored five goals and made 13 assists in the Championship this season, as well as creating an incredible 116 chances. Redmond is also a quick and tricky dribbler, successfully completing 106 take-ons, per Squawka

The 21-year-old’s efforts saw him rewarded with a Young Player of the Year nomination, per sports reporter Ian Abrahams.

Redmond was conspicuously benched for the Canaries’ match against Middlesbrough in April, as noted by BT Sport commentator Ian Darke:

After playing such a key role in Norwich’s second leg with Ipswich, there’s little chance of Redmond not starting.

It was Redmond’s goal-bound shot that Berra handled on the line to produce a red card and a penalty in Norwich’s favour, before the youngster scored his side’s second goal and assisted the third with an outstanding through ball:

Middlesbrough will have to take precautionary measures against Redmond or he could tip the balance in Norwich’s favour. 

Redmond’s vision and creativity make him a strong threat for the entire match, and Neil will likely use him as the team’s counter-attacking outlet thanks to his pace.

In a game of fine margins, Redmond could prove the decisive factor that clinches promotion for Norwich.