It feels like it has been a month since the Premier League teams competed. In some cases, that is not far off. For example, Manchester United last played a Premier League game on March 12.
The FA Cup quarterfinals and the international break is all wrapped up now. This weekend, all 20 EPL teams are in action as we enter the final stretch. No more international breaks, it is all to play for.
This weekend’s fixtures lack the title-challengers of Liverpool and Manchester City. Those two sides play clubs in the relegation zone. However, Everton, which has a reputation for finishing in the top half of the table, is just above that relegation zone. The Toffees take on West Ham, which still holds on to the chance of competing in Europe next season. Of course, the Hammers are still in the Europa League quarterfinals with a tie against Lyon coming up. But, it is nice to have the domestic league placement to fall back on.
Manchester United, which sits just two points above West Ham, is currently outside of the Champions League and Europa League spots. It has been a throwaway season for the Red Devils. Yet, in order to make sure that the club returns to European action next season, it needs results. That remains true as United hosts Leicester City, another team experiencing a disappointing season.
The relegation battle is something to keep an eye on. Leeds, Brentford and Newcastle all created some breathing room leading up to the international break. However, dropped points over the remaining games could prove damaging in terms of staying up.
On Saturday and Sunday, Rebecca Lowe reprises her role as the host of NBC’s pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. Then, on Monday, Paul Burmeister takes over as the host. Tim Howard and Robbie Mustoe are the analysts this weekend.
Premier League Mornings precedes the earliest game on Saturday and Sunday. Then, Premier League Live is the buffer coverage between games each day. Finally, Goal Zone wraps up all the day’s action in the Premier League.
Also this weekend, Goal Rush returns during the 10 a.m. kickoff window on Saturday. There are five games scheduled for that time slot, ensuring an abundance of goals that can be followed on the whip-around style show that follows all the games simultaneously.
Keep an eye out this weekend for the two games airing in 4K resolution. Subscribers to fuboTV, DirecTV and YouTubeTV will be able to see Liverpool host Watford and Manchester United battle Leicester in 4K. Hulu + Live TV and Sling Blue do not carry 4K resolution, so only the three aforementioned providers carry the higher quality.
NBC Commentator Schedule: Apr. 2-4
Saturday, April 2
10 a.m. — Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Norwich City. Peacock Premium. — Andy Bishop and Efan Ekoku.
10 a.m. — Burnley vs. Manchester City. Peacock Premium. — Phil Blacker and Rob Green.
10 a.m. — Leeds vs. Southampton. Peacock Premium. — Gary Weaver and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.
Sunday, April 3
Monday, April 4
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