Beginning this Saturday, NBC Sports presents a Premier League packed holiday season with 39 “festive fixtures” in 13 days, highlighted by a pair of top-five matchups this weekend. First on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo, it’s second-place Leicester City visiting third-place Manchester City, followed on Sunday by fourth-place Chelsea at fifth-place Tottenham at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo.
This weekend’s coverage kicks off with Premier League Mornings at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by Everton v. Arsenal at 7:30 a.m. ET. Next, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN, eighth-place Wolverhampton Wanderers host Norwich City as Wolves look to rebound from last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham.
At 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Manchester City host Leicester City on NBC and Universo in a pivotal matchup between two top-three clubs chasing first-place Liverpool. Leicester City, led by top Premier League goalscorer Jamie Vardy (16 goals this season), have won eight of their past nine PL matches, while Manchester City are coming off a 3-0 victory over Arsenal, powered by Kevin De Bruyne’s two goal effort. Arlo White and Lee Dixon will call the match from Etihad Stadium.
Sunday’s coverage begins with a two-hour Premier League Mornings at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by Watford v. Manchester United at 9 a.m. ET as Manchester United look to keep up momentum following last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Everton and victories over Tottenham and Manchester City two weeks ago. Next, Jose Mourinho welcomes his former club to his new home, as Christian Pulisic and fourth-place Chelsea visit fifth-place Tottenham at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. White, Dixon and Graeme Le Saux will call the action.
Next week, NBC Sports presents 10 mid-week matches, including nine on Boxing Day, Thursday, Dec. 26. The day is highlighted by Leicester City v. Liverpool at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo, in a showdown between the top two teams in the table. Liverpool, who competed in the Club World Cup on Wednesday (2-1 victory v. Monterray) and will face Flamengo in the Final on Saturday, return to Premier League action for the first time since their Dec. 14 victory over Watford.
Rebecca Lowe and Ahmed Fareed host Goal Zone, Premier League Mornings, and Premier League Live throughout the week and weekend, joined by former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle, former USMNT player Kyle Martino, and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.
Here’s the schedule of soccer commentators for the weekend Premier League matches (all times Eastern):
Saturday, December 21
Bournemouth vs. Burnley, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — Guy Havord and Tony Gale
Aston Villa vs. Southampton, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — Ian Crocker and Keith Andrews
Brighton vs. Sheffield United, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — Gary Taphouse and Andy Walker
Newcastle vs. Crystal Palace, 10am, NBC Sports Gold — Rob Palmer and Davie Provan
Sunday, December 22
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