The title race between Liverpool and Manchester City is one thing. However, equally enthralling is the battle for Champions League or Europa League qualification.
As things stand, City, Liverpool and Chelsea look to have the top-three spots wrapped up. However, there are five teams within seven points of each other just behind Chelsea. Additionally, those games are made all the more complex due to the fact that some teams, like Manchester United or West Ham, played more games than clubs like Arsenal.
The game of the weekend, with major implications for the title and the Champions league, is between United and City in the Manchester Derby. The ‘noisy neighbors’ of City have a stranglehold on this derby over recent years. However, in the last seven games between the two at the Etihad, United has five wins to City’s one.
United has games against Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester following City, so a result is needed for the Red Devils’ top-four bid.
A game of similar magnitude is between Liverpool and West Ham. Liverpool, with a game in hand, trails City by six points for the league lead. West Ham, without a game in hand, trails United by two points. Liverpool’s run of form is something to be admired of late, but West Ham always plays up, or down, to their opponents.
Looking at the other end of the table, tensions are high for a pair of clubs that are, unexpectedly, in the relegation scrap. Everton and Leeds, which both finished in the top half of the table a season ago, are just one and two points above the relegation zone, respectively.
Leeds takes on an up-and-down Leicester team at the King Power, while Everton travels to London to face a wildly inconsistent Tottenham on Monday.
NBC Coverage this weekend
With the games fairly spread out, there are a number of studio programs for EPL fans to follow this weekend. As usual, Premier League Mornings gets you set on Saturday and Sunday before the 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. kickoffs.
Then, Premier League Live precedes the other fixtures, before Goal Zone wraps up each day’s action.
Fortunately, with five games scheduled in the 10 a.m. window on Saturday, Goal Rush returns to Peacock. This whip-around style tends to follow one game, but dips in and out of the other games happening to show goals and major moments.
EPL Commentators on NBC: March 5 to March 7
Saturday, March 5
10 a.m. — Aston Villa vs. Southampton. Peacock Premium. — Pien Meulensteen and Danny Gabbidon.
10 a.m. — Newcastle vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium. — Ian Crocker and Davie Provan.
10 a.m. — Norwich City vs. Brentford. Peacock Premium. — Tony Jones and Tony Gale.
10 a.m. — Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Crystal Palace. Peacock Premium. — Andy Bishop and Garry Birtles.
Sunday, March 6
Monday, March 7
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