Ahead of this Wednesday’s critical Manchester Derby, NBC Sports presents wall-to-wall, pre-match coverage live from the pitch at Old Trafford. Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux, who will call the match, begin coverage at a special pitch-side desk for NBCSN’s Premier League Live at 2 p.m. ET – a full hour before Manchester United v. Manchester City kicks off at 3 p.m. ET.
This week’s Manchester Derby holds massive implications for the Premier League title; with wins in all remaining games, Manchester City will clinch a second-straight and fourth overall Premier League title. In addition, Manchester United look to rebound from a tough loss to Everton in the fight for a top-4 finish and qualification for Champions League next season.
Leading up to the match, NBC Sports will utilize on-air teams in the U.S. and the U.K. Rebecca Lowe will be joined by former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle, and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe from NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., while White, Dixon, and Le Saux will highlight the electric environment at Old Trafford.
Viewers will have a front-row seat to player warm-up coverage, starting when players take the pitch (roughly 2:15 p.m. ET) until they head back into the dressing room (roughly 2:45 p.m. ET), and then again as the players return to the tunnel just prior to kickoff. Coverage will include a breakdown of all 22 starting players in a pre-match “on the pitch” segment.
Coverage continues Tuesday on NBCSN at 2 p.m. with Premier League Live, followed by Tottenham v. Brighton & Hove Albion on NBCSN and Watford v. Southampton on NBC Sports Gold. Third-place Tottenham, who advanced to the Champions League Semi-Finals last week, continue to push for a top-4 finish with an important win at home this week.
Here’s the schedule of soccer commentators for the midweek Premier League matches (all times Eastern):
Tuesday, April 23
Watford vs. Southampton, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Gold — Tony Jones and Tony Gale
Wednesday, April 24
Wolves vs. Arsenal, 2:45pm, NBC Sports Gold — Ian Crocker and Garry Birtles