Even though it has not even been four months, this feels like a long-awaited season of Premier League play. New signings, new managers and new teams entering the fold shape up for more drama in the Premier League.
As seen back in November, NBC reupped its TV and streaming rights deal with the Premier League to be the lone home in the United States. In fact, this deal stretches all the way through the 2027/28 season.
For now, NBC enters its 10th-straight season broadcasting the top flight in England to American viewers. There is plenty of drama in store throughout the season, and that starts in matchday one.
It all starts in London. Crystal Palace welcomes a revamped Arsenal side that absolutely blitzed through its opposition in its preseason friendlies. New signing Gabriel Jesus racked up the goals with the Gunners, looking to match that in league play.
On Saturday, all three of the clubs promoted from the Championship return to the Premier League. Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are the three clubs entering the top flight. They play Liverpool, Aston Villa and Newcastle, respectively.
Sunday’s highlight game is likely West Ham United against Manchester City. The defending champions look poised to continue their domination at the top of the Premier League. Can any club slow down the Citizens, which have won four of the last five Premier League titles?
NBC coverage on opening weekend in the Premier League
The majority of the games discussed above are exclusively airing on Peacock this weekend. The early start to the season coincides with NBC’s coverage of the 2022 Women’s Open Championship. The only games airing on TV are Friday’s London derby between Arsenal and Palace. Then, on Saturday, Everton and Chelsea play at 12:30. Both of these games air on USA Network and Universo.
Not all is doom and gloom, however. Goal Rush, the whip-around show that covers all the goals and major moments for one window of games, makes its return, as well, on Saturday at 10 in the morning. In that time frame, there are four games on the schedule.
Peacock is also the home of much of NBC’s studio coverage this weekend. Premier League Live on Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at noon are both on USA Network, as is the concluding Goal Zone for those days.
However, the pregame and postgame shows for the other windows are on Peacock, just like the games.
Also, keep an eye out for games airing in 4K. You do need a certain subscription and hardware, but there are games each weekend airing in 4K. For the opening weekend in the Premier League, that is Friday’s Arsenal-Palace game. Then, on Saturday, the Everton-Chelsea contest is also in 4K.
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EPL commentators on NBC: Matchday One
All of the following times are U.S. Eastern Time.
Friday, August 5
Saturday, August 6
7:30 a.m. — Fulham vs. Liverpool. Peacock Premium — Jim Proudfoot and Jim Beglin.
10 a.m. — Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa. Peacock Premium — Gary Taphouse and Tony Gale.
10 a.m. — Leeds United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. Peacock Premium — David Stowell and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.
10 a.m. — Newcastle vs. Nottingham Forest. Peacock Premium — Ian Crocker and Andy Walker.
10 a.m. — Tottenham vs. Southampton. Peacock Premium — Seb Hutchinson and Efan Ekoku.
Sunday, August 7
9 a.m. — Leicester City vs. Brentford. Peacock Premium — Tony Jones and Leon Osman.
9 a.m. — Manchester United vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium — Daniel Mann and Jim Beglin.
11:30 a.m. — West Ham United vs. Manchester City. Peacock Premium — Peter Drury, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux.
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