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EPL Weekend Viewing Guide: Gameweek 6

Feb. 27, 2010 - London, UNITED KINGDOM - epa02057682 Wayne Bridge (C) of Manchester City clears the ball in front of Chelsea's Florent Malouda (R) during the Premiership game between Chelsea FC and Manchester City in Stamford Bridge Stadium in west London, Britain, 27 February 2010. ManCity won 4-2.

Last week’s 4-star match certainly lived up to its billing! And do we already have the goal of the season from Berbatov, just 5 matches in?

This weekend leads off with a fantastic 4-star match, Man City v Chelsea. Ancelotti’s team finally face a stiffer test, after their Wednesday exit from the League Cup, and they have Marseille and Arsenal visiting Stamford Bridge too before the international break. No tea-time (noon for us on the East Coast) Saturday match this weekend, so Fox Soccer Channel has delayed the showing of the Hammers-Spurs derby til noon (die-hards who need to watch live can see it at 10 on Fox Sports Español, though I’ll wait til noon for the hi-def). Look closely for the staggered kick-off times on Sunday.

**** Must-see. Cancel all other activities. Do not even DVR as even in America you might hear the score!
*** Strong match; worth watching live; DVR a must if you can’t see live
** Flip through quickly to see the goals, red cards, injuries, and perhaps watch the last 5 minutes + injury time if close
* Only if you’re a die-hard

Also, don’t forget to bookmark the most updated version of the Premier League TV schedule for viewers in the United States.

Matches shown in chronological order:

Saturday, September 25 (all times EDT)
**** Man City v Chelsea, 7:45 am, ESPN2 &
I love when the best match of the weekend is the 7:45am ESPN match. We get a proper pre-game build-up and a terrific picture from ESPN with better audio than Fox. I’ve heard no further word of whether Ian Darke has now signed officially to call all these ESPN matches, but it would be terrific to have him for this cracker of a match. There were 9 goals in these two fixtures last year, and City won both matches, with red cards, Terry vs. Bridge, some awful goalkeeping from Hilario, and Tevez, Tevez, Tevez. We get some extraordinary matchups in this one: Tevez v Terry, Drogba v Kompany, Milner v his england teammate Cole, Essien v Toure. It should be end-to-end, with an Italian coaching battle on the sideline too. Get up early, make a proper breakfast, and enjoy!

** Arsenal v West Brom, 10 am, FSC & 12 pm (delayed) FSE
It’s probably a sign of the difference in American support for the Gunners and Spurs that Fox picks this match ahead of the Spurs’ London derby for the live 10 am match on the prime channel.

*** Liverpool v Sunderland, 10 am, FS+ &
There were signs of life for parts of the United match last week, but it still feels like Hodgson is trying to work things out. Gyan has started nicely for Sunderland, but the defense has been spotty. The away side did not score in the two matches last year.

*** West Ham v Tottenham, 10 am, FSE & 12 pm (delayed) FSC
Are things actually looking up for the league’s worst team? A well-fought draw at Stoke last Saturday followed by a mid-week League Cup win at Sunderland have the East London side’s fans more optimistic. This derby has been a fun one over the years, including Tevez’s first ever EPL goal (in a game Spurs won 4-3 in injury time), and, of course, the infamous Canary Wharf lasagna match in 2006 that cost Spurs the Champions League. Last year Spurs won at Upton Park 1-2, and I’m still not sure who can mark Gareth Bale.

** Fulham v Everton, 10 am, & 4 pm (delayed) FS+
* Birmingham v Wigan, 10 am, & 5 pm (delayed) FSC

* Blackpool v Blackburn, 10 am, (no broadcast)
Notwithstanding the Tangerines’ strong start, I think that Fox got this one correct: if there had to be one of the 10 matches shown only on the Internet, this was the match.

Sunday, September 26
** Bolton v Man Utd, 7 am, FS+ &
United has to start beating the minnows handily, like Chelsea has. Last year, it was nil-4 to Sir Alex.

*** Wolverhampton v Aston Villa, 9:05 am, FS+ &
Another week, another Midlands derby, and Houllier’s league debut. Both fixtures ended in draws last season.

** Newcastle v Stoke, 11:10 am, FSC
Joey Barton vs. the dirtiest team in the league? Could be interesting.

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  1. Terrel

    September 25, 2010 at 3:21 am

    My predictions:

    Manchester City 2 – Chelsea 1
    Aresenal 4 – West Bromich Albion 2
    Liverpool 1 – Sunderland 0
    West Ham United 1 – Totenham Hotspur 0
    Fulham 1 – Everton 2
    Birmingham City 2 – Wiganm Athletic 2
    Blackpool 1 – Blackburn Rovers 1
    Bolton Wanderers 1 – Manchester United 0
    Wolverhamptom Wanderers 1 – Aston Villa 3
    Newcastle United 2 – Stoke City 1

  2. Hugin

    September 25, 2010 at 2:20 am

    My predictions for this gameweek:

    Man.City-Chelsea 1-1
    Arsenal-WBA 3-1
    Liverpool-Sunderland 2-0
    West Ham-Tottenham 2-1
    Fulham-Everton 2-2
    Birmingham-Wigan 1-0
    Blackpool-Blackburn 2-1
    Bolton-Man.Utd 0-2
    Wolves-Aston Villa 1-1
    Newcastle-Stoke 3-2

  3. Carolyn

    September 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I just thought I should let the moderator of the EPL schedule know that Manchester City vs Juventus is not being shown on Gol TV. This according to the Gol Tv schedule on their website. They will be showing Utrecht vs Liverpool at 1 PM and Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen at 3 PM. You might want to confirm before changing the schedule. Thanks.

    • The Gaffer

      September 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm

      Good catch Carolyn. The schedule is now updated to reflect the changes.

      The Gaffer

      • bradjmoore48

        September 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

        That match will be on GolTV on delay, Friday night, Oct. 1 at 8pm. It’ll be on DirecTV live.

  4. Robert

    September 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Several media reports Espn has hired Ian Darke weather it’s quick enough for him to on this broadcast I don’t know.

  5. Cricketlover

    September 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Just thought you should know that the Europa League match between Utretcht and Liverpool is being shown live at 1 PM on Gol TV on Thursday September 30.

    • The Gaffer

      September 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Cricketlover. I’ll update the page.

      The Gaffer

  6. coachie ballgames

    September 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    The eternal sunshine (except this summer), In N Out and being able to play footie in cool, crisp evening weather year-round are some small consolations for living in L.A., but at 4:45 it’s hard to digest anything besides water when catching those matches. to be honest, I usually only catch the second half of those games.

  7. UpTheBlues

    September 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Absolutely pumped for the match! Saturday 7:45 couldn’t come fast enough!

    • Duke

      September 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      I’m looking forward to it, too, but with some trepidation.

      If Chelsea loses, City fans will be (even more) insufferable, at least until they trip up, and the “pundits” will question the age of the team. If Chelsea wins, we’ll get some who will want to call off the rest of the season and hand them the trophy, and a bunch of haters saying how Chelsea cheated, etc.

      It should be a good match, but WAAAAY too much importance is being placed on it. I just can’t see this one being all that important come May. Also, I hope there’s not too much stoppage time, as I have to get my kid to his soccer match by 9:00…

      • UpTheBlues

        September 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

        I agree… this match is more important for City than it is for Chelsea…

      • Yespage

        September 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm

        I don’t know. I’ll believe in City if they produce a good result against Chelsea, otherwise, they are an overpaid squad of too much talent.

        This game could be a snoozer, with Chelsea winning rather easily.

        • UpTheBlues

          September 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm

          I like the way you think. Come on Chels! 🙂

        • Yespage

          September 26, 2010 at 7:51 am

          Yeah, I was just a tad bit off with that prediction. See, that is why I don’t gamble. :^P

  8. pacificStyle

    September 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    So I have woken up at 0445hrs a lot of times to watch the match of the day. I have to say i can’t remember shyy8 during the day and end up watching the replays anyway 🙁 Oh well – there’s always In-N-Out!

  9. IanCransonsKnees

    September 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    “the dirtiest team in the league?”

    Prove it.

    • Mitch

      September 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      watch the highlights from tuesday’s carling cup match against fulham

      • IanCransonsKnees

        September 24, 2010 at 2:45 am

        I was there. I saw Dempsey boot Shawcross in the air off the ball and Danny Murphy throw the ball into his face. Both red card offences but neither made the highlights package. Wilkinson got a deserved yellow, which was more than Craddock got for making the same tackle and causing similar injury to Jones, but there was no whining about that.

      • IanCransonsKnees

        September 24, 2010 at 2:50 am,,12306,00.html

        Funnily enough the stats in the link show that it is in fact Wolves and lo and behold Arsenal are considered dirtier than Stoke! Whatever next.

  10. coachie ballgames

    September 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I hate when the best match of the weekend is the 7:45 AM ESPN match…..because it’s on at 4:45 AM for those of us on the West Coast!

  11. jackandpele

    September 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    We on the west coast are weary of waking up at 4am for the Match of The Day!

    • Yespage

      September 24, 2010 at 10:12 pm

      That’s the price you pay for getting all the scores in the paper in the morning (though the Internet has made that easier on the East Coast). And the price you pay to have Monday Night Football or the NBA playoff games over before it is time to head to work the following day. :^P

  12. Ramesh

    September 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    David- I don’t see the Manchester United vs Sunderland match on Saturday, October 2, 2010 listed on the EPL Viewing Guide. I know there is nothing listed for the ESPN2 HD game for that week. Any confirmation on what channel we will be able to watch that fixture?

    • David the Yank

      September 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Hi, Ramesh. I only think 1 week ahead! And I don’t keep the EPL listing sheet for epltalk, just write this column. But, yes, ESPN lists the Sunderland v ManU match on their web site to be shown at 10am ET on ESPN2.

    • The Gaffer

      September 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      Ramesh, this has been fixed. The Monday, October 4th game between Wigan and Wolves has now been moved to Saturday, October 2nd and will be shown live on ESPN2 at 7:45am ET.

      Right now, the Man United v Sunderland game is not listed on FS+, FSC, ESPN2 or, but it’s more than likely to appear on We’ll have to wait and see until they make it official though.

      The Gaffer

      • David the Yank

        September 26, 2010 at 11:10 am

        Gaffer, we must be looking at different sources. ESPN2 had Man United v Sunderland on their schedule all week, they promoted it heavily during yesterday’s City v Chelsea match, and I still see it on their official public listings here: So I think, barring changes, we will get that match live at 10, so 3 live matches simultaneously at 10 am next Saturday.

        Sorry, I’m going to disagree with you again, but Wigan v Wolves I am now seeing as live on only, with ESPN2 scheduled to go back to their fishing show. (Hopefully that gets fixed and you are proven correct!)

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