The Liverpool-Manchester City fixture from a week ago did not disappoint. However, there is no clear front-runner for the EPL title after the 2-2 draw.
Those two teams actually play each other again this weekend. Only, that game is for the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley.
In terms of Premier League action, there are plenty of games of significance. On one hand, the top three teams in the league are all in FA Cup action this weekend. Therefore, keep an eye on the race for top four and the relegation battle this weekend.
A dominant run of form from Antonio Conte’s Tottenham rocketed Spurs back into fourth place. While Arsenal still holds a game in hand, Tottenham holds a three-point edge for that invaluable fourth spot.
Tottenham gets the action going this weekend when it hosts Brighton and Hove Albion. Tottenham beat Brighton both times they played earlier this season, with the reverse fixture in the league coming just a month ago.
Arsenal, who looks to be the biggest challenger for fourth, travels to Southampton seeking a crucial three points. Three losses in the Gunners’ last four EPL games ended what was a strong run of form for Mikel Arteta and company. Southampton, despite sitting in 14th, is not an overly simple game, either.
With the season coming to a close, the Premier League must catch up on teams that hold games in hand. For example, Leicester City played three less games at this point in the season than West Ham.
To accommodate, there are six EPL games midweek from Tuesday to Thursday. The top three sides all return to league action, with Chelsea and Liverpool in major games.
Liverpool hosts an ailing Manchester United at Anfield on Tuesday. Liverpool still trails Manchester City by just one point. Liverpool needs Manchester City to drop points somewhere along the seven remaining games to have a chance.
A major battle between two London clubs could prove pivotal for Champions League qualification. Chelsea, recently knocked out of this season’s UCL, welcomes Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s side looked to be in the driver’s seat for that fourth spot, but a dip in form sent the Gunners to fifth. A crucial game for both sides, although Chelsea looks somewhat secure in its third-place standing.
After a busy weekend live from stadiums in England, the NBC crew returns to the studio on Saturday and Sunday’s coverage. Rebecca Lowe goes behind the desk with Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe. Lowe will also host Thursday’s pregame and postgame coverage of Burnley vs. Southampton. Earle and Danny Higginbotham join Lowe.
Premier League Mornings get fans set before the early kickoffs. Then, Premier League Live on Saturday is just before the 10 a.m. kickoffs.
There is no 12:30 p.m. on Saturday or 11:30 a.m. on Sunday kickoff this weekend. Therefore, Goal Zone comes earlier.
For the Tuesday and Wednesday games, Ahmed Fareed, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe have pre- and post-match coverage of all the games. This means that Premier League Live before the games and Goal Zone after has these three behind NBC’s desk.
Also, keep in mind that select games are in 4K. For this 12-game slate, the Liverpool-Manchester United game on Tuesday and the Chelsea-Arsenal fixture on Wednesday are in 4K. This is only available for EPL fans that use DirecTV, YouTube TV and fuboTV.
EPL commentators on NBC: April 16 to April 21
Saturday, April 16
10 a.m. — Southampton vs. Arsenal. Peacock Premium. — Tony Jones and Efan Ekoku.
Sunday, April 17
9:15 a.m. — West Ham vs. Burnley. Peacock Premium. — Andy Bishop and Tony Gale.
Tuesday, April 19
Wednesday, April 20
2:45 p.m. — Everton vs. Leicester City. Peacock Premium. — Tony Jones and Leon Osman.
2:45 p.m. — Newcastle vs. Crystal Palace. Peacock Premium. — Ian Crocker and Andy Walker.
3 p.m. — Manchester City vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium. — Pien Meulensteen and Lee Hendrie.
Thursday, April 21
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