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EPL Commentators on NBC: Jan. 1 to Jan. 3

NBC wraps up its batch of festive fixtures after welcoming in 2022 this weekend.

Kicking off the new year, we first say goodbye to NBCSN. NBC will make USA Network the home of its Premier League coverage, with a number of games still featuring on Peacock.

That means we have another weekend of fixtures to get excited for after any New Year’s Eve and Day festivities.

As usual, NBC’s slate of studio shows gets fans in the right mindset before settling in to watch soccer. Premier League Mornings, Premier League Live and Goal Zone are all on USA Network, a notable change with NBCSN closing upon the new year. Tim Howard and Robbie Mustoe join Rebecca Lowe behind the desk. Then, on Monday, Mustoe sticks around as Paul Burmeister and Danny Higginbotham step in.

On Saturday, a massively important game gets the actual fixtures started as Arsenal hosts Manchester City. Earlier in the year, Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the Gunners, 5-0. Frankly, that was a different Arsenal. Now, the Gunners sit in a Champions League spot just passed the halfway point in the season.

Other notable games on Saturday include Watford hosting Tottenham and West Ham battling fellow-London club Crystal Palace.

Sunday features a jam-packed 9 a.m. window with four games. However, all eyes are on the ‘late’ game on Sunday. Chelsea hosts Liverpool in a game with massive consequences for both sides. Liverpool slipped up at Leicester, forcing them to look up at Manchester City, which leads the table. Chelsea’s recent struggles rocked them out of the title race, at least for now. A win for Thomas Tuchel’s squad puts them back in the mix, but a loss would be catastrophic at home.

Action concludes on Monday with Manchester United hosting Wolves, both sides eyeing European spots.

EPL Commentators on NBC, USA Network and Peacock

Keep in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic could cancel a number of these games. After all, one game this weekend already saw a postponement. The game between Leicester City and Norwich, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, got postponed on Thursday.

Stay up-to-date with all news and notes by checking World Soccer Talk.

All of the following times are in Eastern Time.

Saturday, Jan. 1

7:30 a.m. — Arsenal vs. Manchester City. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Peter Drury and Matt Holland

10 a.m. — Watford vs. Tottenham. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Jonathan Beck and Garry Birtles

POSTPONED — Leicester City vs. Norwich

12:30 p.m. — Crystal Palace vs. West Ham. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Jim Proudfoot and Efan Ekoku

Sunday, Jan. 2

9 a.m. — Everton vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. USA Network, Telemundo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Jacqui Oatley and Leon Osman

9 a.m. — Brentford vs. Aston Villa. Peacock Premium. — Chris Wise and Andy Townsend

9 a.m. — Leeds United vs. Burnley. Peacock Premium. — Phil Blacker and Rob Green

POSTPONED — Southampton vs. Newcastle United

11:30 a.m. — Chelsea vs. Liverpool. USA Network, Telemundo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Arlo White and Lee Dixon

Monday, Jan. 3

12:30 p.m. — Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Martin Tyler and Jim Beglin

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  1. Nosferatu

    January 3, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Watching the pregame live hit with Martin Tyler and Jim Beglin pitch-side with the Old Trafford sprinklers slowly closing in on them–and then finally hitting them–was some high-level entertainment.

  2. dennis wise

    January 2, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Jacqui was good today, forced me onto peacock to watch that megaclub from west london do the business over villa.

    Why she is just fine….well I’m interested in listening to someone who can add value to my perspective of the match. Peyton and Eli have bags of insight and experience to offer which is why they are marvelous and the mutts on the ESPN MNF telecast need to go. You mention Arlo, I love the looks le saux and dixon give him when they show the b/cast booth….the ‘what are you talking about’ glares.
    My beef is with any b/caster that can merely read off a script of a player’s b/ground and yak on about the obvious. Then there are the MLS flunkies that know so so much about top level world football which are another level down in the Inferno. You know where I’m going? Audi has a model of his initials…..

  3. SteveK

    January 2, 2022 at 11:03 am

    Just so you don’t feel all alone in defense against the anti Jacqui Oakley mob that is forming, greg, I find her charming, erudite, someone who clearly prepares for her job and she is perfectly fine as a co-comm. Not every tool in the box needs to be strong in the same style. Her Wolves podcasts, by the way, last year were excellent.

    I, too, found the Howard comments about the Lukaku situation interesting, as in revealing he wouldn’t be saying anything until after the meeting on Monday and I inferred from what Howard was saying is that Romelu may not be backing down, he may not be “making nice” after Tuchel escalated this situation and I doubt he’ll accept any sort of fine graciously. This may not be going away, and frankly, if I were a $100 million dollar player I wouldn’t accept any team imposed limitation on my speech, in this case Lukaku is Lebron James. Does anyone think Lebron would tolerate his coach speaking out against him?

  4. greg

    January 2, 2022 at 10:43 am

    NBC doesn’t do commentary assignments except when they put Arlo White in the booth.

    By “just fine” I mean she’s good…as good as most announcers who aren’t Drury or Proudfoot.

    Explain exactly why she’s mediocre, or annoying. I don’t get the criticism.

  5. dennis wise

    January 2, 2022 at 10:35 am

    When I watch ESPN’s MNF I mute the normal mutts, first thing I do is see if peyton and eli are on. I would have liked to watch the everton game, but ‘just fine’ doesn’t cut it. chris waddle was added to the line-up, he’s strong because he was a strong player. maybe for folks that are learning they find mediocre adequate or fine…. if they insist on mediocre, put them on peacock, not the primary game!

  6. greg

    January 2, 2022 at 10:22 am

    A few things…not getting the dislike for Jacqui Oatley. Watching Everton v Brighton & she’s doing fine. Good chemistry with Osman…she doesn’t talk too much, let’s him pitch in.

    Howard’s value showed this morning – knows Lukaku from Everton so had a brief text exchange with him. Nothing super insightful that he offered up, but to be that connected? Helpful. Agree that he needs to get smoother on the team intros but he often has halting patterns in his speech which may be part of the Tourettes & OCD that he deals with.

    I like Higginbotham on air but his twitter presence is nothing but basic platitudes & surface-level insights and constantly uses “should of” instead of “should have”. Doesn’t he have someone to help him on that part of his media presence?

  7. SteveK

    January 2, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Could have sworn there was a post saying that there was NOT going to be a Goal Rush today on Peacock which I found inexplicable and was all set to lay into Comcast a la Hans-Mercator style. Turns out we are getting Goal Rush for the 3 games on at 9am EST so a big thanks to the Peacock person not asleep at the wheel.

  8. cmasia

    January 1, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    SteveK: Thanks for the nod.
    It was a nice – and welcome – surprise to hear from GB today, especially after the miserable 2020 and 2021 he lived through.
    And it was even more welcome to know he returned with his “bite” intact.

    Re Howard: He’s not bad, he’s not illuminating. But thank God NBC saw fit to get him off the gantry and into the studio.

  9. Tony

    January 1, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    Jacqui Oatley —-Why Why Why ——–So many good commentators and we get an irritating rookie commentator. WHY WHY WHY

  10. SteveK

    January 1, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    The other day cmasia wrote “Every week I look for an old favorite, Garry Birtles. His unvarnished commentary was always a welcome change from those who praise everything and criticize nothing” and found myself agreeing today during the Tottenham game, he was largely unimpressed and wasn’t afraid to keep saying why. I hope he keeps getting games.

    Tim Howard has improved a lot, the one thing he does not do well, introducing a teams lineup with some confidence, rhythm and pace, I can look past. There’s a place for a younger voice especially one who has actually played in the PL for a long time.

    Any criticism of the NBC teams falls on my deaf ears, collectively they are superb.

  11. greg

    January 1, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Yes, someone who sees the entire field for most of the match and can see play unfold is definitely someone with no credibility. Someone who’s played at the highest levels has no credibility.

    I’ve played all positions on the field (HS, college & rec leagues), and my time as keeper was great for helping me to really see the game.

    He’s fine, has good insight into how a keeper sees things, especially in the defensive areas. As is they have a forward/attacking mid (Earle), a defensive mid (Mustoe) & a defender (Higginbotham). Earle & Mustoe have done their coaching badges. All have credibility to talk about every aspect of the matches.

  12. Dave Churchman

    January 1, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    USA should look at replacing Tim Howard in the studio. Keepers have zero cred in assessing outfield players and tactics. Howard is not as bad as the inept Casey Keller, but surely the network could find a more qualified ex player as a replacement.

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