The games from midweek ended a two-week hiatus from the EPL for many of the top clubs. Now, the top-four race continues to heat up with more games scheduled for this weekend.
Of 20 teams, 18 are in action this weekend. Remember, Chelsea is currently in the United Arab Emirates for the FIFA Club World Cup. The Blues play Palmeiras in the final on Saturday morning for the first trophy awarded in 2022.
However, Chelsea is now a distant third compared to Manchester City, who leads the table after 24 games. After a comfortable disposal of Brentford midweek, Pep Guardiola’s side takes on another newly promoted team this weekend. The Citizens travel down to Carrow Road to play Norwich, which is on a decent run of form, relatively speaking.
The other title contender this season is Liverpool. Yes, the Anfield side is nine points back. However, they do have a game in hand. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané return from their AFCON duel as Liverpool plays Burnley.
The main thing bringing life and ferocity to the Premier League right now is the race for top four. Currently, there are five teams within six points of each other. One of those teams is Arsenal, who scheduled Chelsea for this weekend. That game will have to wait.
Still, keep a close eye on the battle between Tottenham and Wolves. Spurs lost at home against Southampton on Wednesday, while Wolves also dropped points while hosting Arsenal. Both teams are out of European spots right now.
The other two teams in that race are Manchester United and West Ham. United hosts a challenging Tottenham side, while West Ham battles an up-and-down Leicester City.
The relegation race is also heating up. Everton, Newcastle, Norwich, Watford and Burnley only have five points of separation.
NBC coverage this weekend
As part of NBC’s promotion of its Super Bowl coverage, the Premier League studio crew is live from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. Additionally, Rebecca Lowe is on staff for NBC’s Olympic coverage from Beijing.
Therefore, Arlo White, the usual lead commentator for NBC, is behind the desk for studio coverage. Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe and Tim Howard also made the trip out to California as part of the studio coverage.
As usual, Premier League Mornings precedes the earliest games, with in-between coverage coming from Premier League Live.
Also, Goal Rush returns this Saturday to accommodate the three games in the 10 a.m. window.
EPL Commentator Schedule
All of the following times are U.S. Eastern Time. For more information on how to watch the Premier League in the United States, use this guide.
Saturday, Feb. 12
7:30 a.m. — Manchester United vs. Southampton. Peacock Premium. — Peter Drury and Jim Beglin.
10 a.m. — Brentford vs. Crystal Palace. Peacock Premium. — Tony Jones and Efan Ekoku.
10 a.m. — Everton vs. Leeds United. Peacock Premium. — Rob Palmer and Stephen Warnock.
10 a.m. — Watford vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium. — Gary Taphouse and Tony Gale.
Sunday, Feb. 13
9 a.m. — Burnley vs. Liverpool. Peacock Premium. — Ian Crocker and Andy Walker.
9 a.m. — Newcastle vs. Aston Villa. Peacock Premium. — Daniel Mann and Chris Waddle.
9 a.m. — Tottenham vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. Telemundo, Peacock Premium. — Seb Hutchinson and Matt Upson.
11:30 a.m. — Leicester City vs. West Ham. Telemundo, Peacock Premium. — Jim Proudfoot and Andy Townsend.
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