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EPL Commentators on NBC: April 23 to April 25

There are just six games remaining for most Premier League teams. Although, some have seven games left like Everton or Chelsea. Then, some have just five left, like a struggling Manchester United or West Ham.

The differences in games only adds to the plotlines as the season’s end nears. Starting with the big one, the EPL title race appears to be coming down to the wire. Manchester City holds a one-point edge over Liverpool with the sides level on games played.

This weekend, both sides have fairly straight forward games. First off, Manchester City hosts a Watford side all but assured of relegation. Liverpool takes on Everton in the Merseyside Derby. While it is not a major game in terms of each team’s form, both sides have major stakes at hand. Remember, Everton is entrenched in the relegation scrap just a point above 18th-spot Burnley.

For European qualification, there are two massive games. Arsenal hosts Manchester Untied at the Emirates. Arsenal’s midweek win over Chelsea worked wonders for its Champions League charge. On the other hand, Manchester United continues to limp into the end of the season, coming off a 4-0 battering from Liverpool.

Another game to keep an eye on is West Ham traveling to London rival Chelsea. West Ham is not the same side that sat in the top four earlier in the season. Yet, at the same time, Chelsea looks to be open for the taking. Chelsea lost its last three home games in all competitions while conceding 11 to scoring just four. Chelsea retains its third-place spot, and it should be secure in that position. However, the five teams trailing Chelsea have everything at stake.

NBC coverage this weekend

The 10 games this weekend are fairly spread out. With Premier League Mornings kicking off the coverage at 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, Premier League Live provides context for the mid-day slate. Goal Zone wraps up each game.

There is no Goal Rush on NBC’s schedule this weekend. There are just three games during both the Saturday at 10 a.m. window and the Sunday at 9 a.m. window.

There are two Premier League games in 4K this weekend. The first of those is the Manchester United game against Arsenal on Saturday morning. Then, on Sunday, the Merseyside Derby is also available in 4K.

Be sure to check if your subscriptions and devices allow for 4K streaming or viewing of these two games this weekend.

EPL Commentators on NBC: April 23 to 25

Saturday, April 23

7:30 a.m. — Arsenal vs. Manchester United. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux.

10 a.m. — Manchester City vs. Watford. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Gary Weaver and Andy Walker.

10 a.m. — Leicester City vs. Aston Villa. CNBC, Peacock Premium, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Phil Blacker and David Phillips.

10 a.m. — Norwich City vs. Newcastle. Peacock Premium. — Paul Gilmour and Garry Birtles.

12:30 p.m. — Brentford vs. Tottenham. NBC, Peacock Premium, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Jim Proudfoot and Efan Ekoku.

Sunday, April 24

9 a.m. — Chelsea vs. West Ham. USA Network, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Bill Leslie and Matt Holland.

9 a.m. — Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Southampton. Peacock Premium. — Gary Taphouse and Matt Upson.

9 a.m. — Burnley vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. Peacock Premium. — Pien Meulensteen and Lee Hendrie.

11:30 a.m. — Liverpool vs. Everton. USA Network, Telemundo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux.

Monday, April 25

3 p.m. — Crystal Palace vs. Leeds. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueHulu + Live TV. — Martin Tyler and Andy Townsend.

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43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. MarkB

    April 25, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Is there any way to find out who the CL announcers are beforehand, or do we just have to wait until kickoff to know who you get?

  2. Jon

    April 25, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    He’s a legend but I wouldn’t mind if Martin Tyler was replaced as the Monday night commentator. He spends the entire game from beginning to end spluttering with laughter at every comment he makes—things as routine as someone putting in a tackle. He didn’t used to do it as recently as five years ago—I wonder if it is characteristic of an older person (and how the brain changes).

    • MarkB

      April 25, 2022 at 8:21 pm

      Jon, I have to agree. I spent many years enjoying Martin and have great respect for him, but in recent times he has become a difficult listen. He’s almost become sleep inducing to me.

      • Michael F

        April 26, 2022 at 12:18 pm

        I have to agree with you both on this. A while back, I made reference to Martin Tyler being dull to listen to in a comment post on this site and I then realized after… I was criticizing a legend and should have been more tactful.

        Sometimes perhaps its a case where one is at their trade for a little too long.

        • rob

          April 26, 2022 at 2:44 pm

          Like Ted The Teddy Bear said – I want to make a bed from your voice and sleep on it, that would be Martin Tyler’s soothing voice. Not to mention the expertise. Yet, in the same chain we talk about someone of Pien’s caliber? Is everything else in the world generally declining to mediocrity and even below it?

          • Michael F

            April 26, 2022 at 3:32 pm

            Fair enough and I can appreciate that. I am not a fan of Pien by any means. That voice IS hard to listen to! Although like many I suppose, my ears are partial and long trained to appeal to a solid male voice for play-by-play in most sports. Similar to the ol’ days of radio with disc jockeys.

          • MarkB

            April 27, 2022 at 10:03 am

            To answer your question, think of the term “customer service”.

  3. dave

    April 24, 2022 at 11:33 am

    I have mostly followed Liga MX, NWSL, and international play this season, but a good EPL relegation battle always seems to draw me in.
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    I found the announcers on Burnley-Wolves to be fine. Easy to ignore background noise during dull stretches. Appropriate changes in volume and pacing for “look up and pay attention” moments. Plenty of banalities and filler, as in many sports broadcasts, but easily cleared my “acceptable” threshold. Just a data point that differs from the commenter consensus.

  4. John Culea

    April 24, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Excellent array of comments on this week’s lineup of commentators, especially about the women behind the mics. Sorry not to have Peter Drury for my telecast.
    On another note, while I enjoy Jim Proudfoot’s play-by-play, I could do without his obvious scripted opening lines. He must stay up the night before writing what he thinks will be clever play on words but are usually trite and corny. He teams well with Jim Beglin.
    Jon Champion is the best. And I miss Alan Perry. Not sure if he still does broadcasts, but in Texas I never hear him. I love it when he says, “Ooof!”

    • Christopher Harris

      April 24, 2022 at 9:44 am

      Alan Parry still commentates Premier League games. He’s on once every few months. Every once in a while you’ll see his name pop up on our EPL Commentators column.

      • John Culea

        April 25, 2022 at 4:42 pm

        Thanks, Chris. I have not had the fun of seeing/hearing Alan Parry do a game in many years.

  5. Jon

    April 23, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Some lab scientist should do an experiment to see what is more physically painful to a human being, the screech of Pia Meulensteen or the sustained, intense hissing sounds Paul Walker makes on English Championship broadcasts. I wouldn’t volunteer for the study! The frustrating thing is that Walker would be a good broadcaster if he didn’t make all the ridiculous hissing and heavy breathing noises (he’s got a good voice).

  6. MarkB

    April 23, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    I have to complement Ms Meulensteen. She has somehow contrived to make the likes of Max Bretos and Gus Johnson from the bad old Fox days sound remotely competent. Well done.

    • rob

      April 23, 2022 at 7:13 pm

      Using dinosaurs like Gus Johnson (was a football commentator from 2013 to 2014) and Max Bretos (resigned from Fox Soccer in 2010) is part hilarious and part mind boggling. Were those 2 forgotten names the best ones you could think of to elevate Queen of Screech, Pien M.

      • MarkB

        April 23, 2022 at 8:35 pm

        No, just pointing out how horrendous she is.

        • Azer

          April 24, 2022 at 9:51 am

          Imagine if ESPN won the PL rights, you’d have Taylor Twellman doing commentary, making it all about himself rather than the game. We wouldn’t even get the world feed with ESPN. I’m not defending Pien Meulensteen but it could be worse, much worse. I’m sure ESPN would have hire JP Dellacamera, imagine that nightmare. Ms. Meulensteen is on the world feed which means she’s heard worldwide, not only in the USA. I wonder if people around the world are complaining about her or is it only the American audience.

    • Tony

      April 23, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      I agree !!! She makes Gus Johnson sound like the best football (soccer) commentator that ever existed !!

  7. rob

    April 23, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Please spare us Pien, if a female commentator is needed, surely there has to be one with a pleasant voice and basic knowledge. Secondly – Andy Walker, a.k.a. Andy Capp, spent the whole Man City – Watford game butting heads with Gary Weaver over the correct pronunciation of “Gabriel Jesus”. Seemed like Gary desperately tried to correct Andy Capp each and every time – no luck, Capp simply refused to be forced to say “Zhezus” but insisted on “Dzeezus”. How is this man still allowed to remain on staff??

  8. Dave C

    April 23, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Ms Muelensteen should switch to WWF or Womens Curling commentary. A far better fit.

  9. Dd

    April 23, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Commentators for Norwich Newcastle who is it

    • Alan

      April 24, 2022 at 9:50 am

      Over in the colonies, I find Pien to be a welcome and fantastic addition to the footie commentating world. She’s enthusiastic and obviously knows the game she loves. All this talk of screech this and that is patriarchal nonsense.

      • Tony

        April 24, 2022 at 9:59 am

        What do you smoke in the colonies ????????

        • Alan

          April 24, 2022 at 12:16 pm

          Equanimity

      • Jim

        April 25, 2022 at 2:43 am

        @Alan patriarchal nonsense? What complete rubbish—she’s awful, that is all that matters.

        • rob

          April 25, 2022 at 7:22 pm

          Patriarchal? That is a lazy excuse, kind of expected one. Everybody here could listen to Rebecca Lowe and Kate Abdo all day, and enjoy their observations and eloquence – but Pien – somehow, suddenly – a consensus, a BIG NO, voice, instincts, calls, observations, zero-zilch. So, patriarchal excuse is nonsense.

      • MarkB

        April 25, 2022 at 8:16 pm

        No, If by in the colonies as you put it, you mean the US, your notion of patriarchal nonsense is just BS. I don’t judge her on her gender, but rather on her annoying incompetence. But, if you enjoy Pien, then knock yourself out.

  10. Delaware_Gooner

    April 23, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Where is Peter Drury?

    • Christopher Harris

      April 23, 2022 at 11:23 am

      He did the Arsenal-Man United game for the world feed.

  11. SaintsFan

    April 23, 2022 at 8:43 am

    Wish they’d sort the sound out. Watching Arsenal v Man Utd and it’s single channel (no surround) and you can barely hear the crowd at all.
    Of course – once the half finishes and the commercials come on – full channel sound miraculously returns.
    If they are doing it deliberately to minimize the chance of someone getting offended by a rude word shouted by the crowd then NBC should never have been given the contract. Absolutely clueless.

    • Christopher Harris

      April 23, 2022 at 9:13 am

      For what it’s worth, the audio mix sounds great on the NBC Sports 4K broadcast I’m watching for Arsenal-United. Peter Drury and Andy Townsend in 4K with no commercials.

      https://worldsoccertalk.com/2022/04/15/how-to-watch-the-premier-league-in-4k/

      • SaintsFan

        April 23, 2022 at 9:53 am

        I don’t subscribe to anything with the 4K option and think I’d stick to the poor crowd sound rather than having to suffer Drury!

        Interesting though. Definitely seems to be poor sound when NBC override the world feed. It’s like they aren’t at the game – but they are. Hopefully they’ll sort it out (one day…).

      • David

        April 25, 2022 at 12:14 pm

        ….And, as a result, no Arlo. Allelujah.

    • Tony

      April 23, 2022 at 9:51 am

      I agree , hardly any crowd noise .

    • SteveK

      April 23, 2022 at 12:30 pm

      Just like to add another data point, watched Arsenal ManU through the Apple TV and agree that the audio mix very heavily pushed the guys in the booth forward and suppressed the crowd noise too much.

    • Tony

      April 24, 2022 at 9:31 am

      Once again ……. It appears that there are fans at stamford bridge watching the Chelsea vs West Ham game on USA but you can’t hardly hear them .

  12. Jon

    April 23, 2022 at 2:30 am

    Some interesting combinations. I’ll take Tony Jones and Garry Birtles on Norwich v Newcastle please.

  13. Adonijah Mpinga

    April 22, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    I would much prefer Jacqui Oatley to Pien Meulensteen, as Jacqui hs a great knowledge of the game and has a nice voice for the call as well. She also knows when not to talk and she doesn’t say too much, and she talks well with her co-commentators. Cannot say the same about Pien unfortunately.

    • Jim

      April 23, 2022 at 2:26 am

      Jacqui was perfectly fine in the Watford v Brentford game, although shouting “Louza” at the luckless Watford midfielder seemed harsh. On the other hand Pien Meulensteen has got to be the worst thing to happen to EPL broadcasts in years. A game ruiner.

  14. MarkB

    April 22, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Ronaldo will be back for the match against Arsenal, so be prepared for an Arlogasm!

  15. Tony

    April 22, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS Burnley and Wolves fans !!!!!!!!!!!! You are the winners of the Pien Meulensteen train wreck this week, chalkboard scratching , high pitched rambling , irritating , you have to reach for the mute button commentary this week !!!! CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN !

    • MarkB

      April 22, 2022 at 2:10 pm

      Ha ha, was just looking at the lineup for Saturday and my first reaction was : Thank you Jesus, no Meulensteen. My commiserations to Burnley & Wolves fans. Although two of the matches I am planning to watch are Arlo’d.

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