Some clubs played in the Champions League this week, others featured in the Europa League. Those are both competitions that a number of England’s best want to get to next season.
The main way that will happen will be decided in the race for the top-five. There are, practically at least, five teams fighting for the fourth and fifth spots. This weekend, none of those five teams (Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham, Manchester United and Tottenham) go head to head. Still, every game matters in the hunt for European qualification.
As things stand, Manchester United holds that fourth spot following a midweek victory against Brighton, 2-0. United battles Leeds in the Roses Derby, with Leeds in the relegation battle.
Last weekend, Wolves made things much more competitive with a win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Wolves looks for a fifth win in six Premier League games when they welcome Leicester City to Molineux. On the other hand, Tottenham may still have games in hand, but the honeymoon period with Antonio Conte seems to be fading.
The situation with Spurs looks bleak. A good result against Wolves was necessary considering who Tottenham plays this weekend. A trip to the Etihad to play a Manchester City machine unbeaten in its last 13 in all competitions. Interestingly, Tottenham defeated Manchester City in both clubs’ season opener.
Since then, Manchester City has 20 wins, three draws and a lone loss. The only club near the Citizens in the title hunt is Liverpool. Liverpool welcomes Norwich City to Anfield on Saturday.
Other notable games include a revamped Newcastle side against top-four challengers West Ham. Also, Arsenal seeks revenge for the season-opening defeat against Brentford on Saturday.
With Rebecca Lowe still on NBC’s Olympics coverage, fans of studio coverage will see something different this weekend. Arlo White, Graeme Le Saux and Lee Dixon are the studio crew, rather than a commentary crew. The trio is live from the Sky Sports Studio in the U.K. This marks the second-consecutive week with Arlo White behind the desk from a new location. Last week, NBC put its EPL coverage at SoFi Stadium ahead of the Super Bowl.
From Sky Sports Studio, NBC’s Premier League coverage remains relatively unchanged. Premier League Mornings, Premier League Live and Goal Zone serve as pre- and post-match coverage before and after each game.
Unfortunately, there is no Goal Rush this weekend, despite six games in the Saturday at 10 a.m. window.
Premier League Commentators on NBC
All of the following times are U.S. Eastern Time.
Saturday, Feb. 19
7:30 a.m. — West Ham United vs. Newcastle. Peacock Premium. — Jim Proudfoot and Matt Holland.
10 a.m. — Arsenal vs. Brentford. Peacock Premium. — Seb Hutchinson and Efan Ekoku.
10 a.m. — Aston Villa vs. Watford. Peacock Premium. — David Stowell and Rob Green.
10 a.m. — Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Burnley. Peacock Premium. — Andy Bishop and Matthew Upson.
10 a.m. — Southampton vs. Everton. Peacock Premium. — Tony Jones and Garry Birtles.
10 a.m. — Liverpool vs. Norwich City. Peacock Premium. — Ian Crocker and David Provan.
Sunday, Feb. 20
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