Matchday one in the Premier League was great. Underdogs Brighton, Fulham and Bournemouth pulled off strong results to start their seasons.
Three of the most impressive performances, however, came from the usual suspects. Arsenal kicked off its season with a comfortable win at Selhurst Park. Erling Haaland bagged a brace in his Premier League debut to the surprise of no one. Finally, Tottenham bludgeoned Southampton, 4-1, without Harry Kane or Son Heung-Min appearing on the scoresheet.
Fortunately, matchday two also brings some top-tier talent to television. Arsenal hosts Leicester in a quietly intriguing fixture. The Foxes threw away a two-goal advantage at home to Brentford to draw with the Bees. Meanwhile, Arsenal looks hungry for success after just one game.
On the topic of Brentford, many eyes are on their game against Manchester United. A dismal performance at Old Trafford spelled defeat to start Erik ten Hag’s tenure at Manchester United. With new transfers coming in and rumors still swirling about departure, the early microscope looms for the Dutchman in charge.
However interesting those games are, they lack the star power and significance of the Sunday finale on USA Network. Chelsea, which finished third a season ago, hosts Tottenham, perhaps the favorite to finish third this season. Antonio Conte returns to Stamford Bridge wielding a team rife with talent and desire. Tottenham sits at the top of the table (based off goal differential from matchday one), and Chelsea rolled out a win of their own.
Coverage this weekend
For the weekend’s schedule, NBC’s studio host is Rebecca Lowe. Joining Lowe on Saturday and Sunday are Tim Howard and Robbie Earle. Earle is the only analyst staying for Monday, as Cara Banks hosts with Danny Higginbotham joining as the other analyst.
The Goal Rush whip-around show returns during the 10 a.m. window on Saturday. Watch the goals and highlights from the five games during that time slot as they happen across the grounds. Goal Rush is available exclusively through Peacock.
Also, there are 2 games in 4K this weekend. They are Brentford against Manchester United on Saturday and, of course, Chelsea-Spurs on Sunday. You can watch the Premier League in 4K if you have the right subscription service and a device to support 4K viewership.
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EPL Commentators on NBC: Aug. 13 to 15
All of the following game times are U.S. Eastern Time.
Saturday, Aug. 13
7:30 a.m. — Aston Villa vs. Everton. USA Network, Universo, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV. — Daniel Mann and Matt Holland.
10 a.m. — Manchester City vs. Bournemouth. USA Network, Universo, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV. — Pien Meulensteen and Stephen Warnock.
10 a.m. — Southampton vs. Leeds United. Peacock Premium — Andy Bishop and Dave Edwards.
10 a.m. — Arsenal vs. Leicester City. Peacock Premium — Seb Hutchinson and Matt Upson
10 a.m. — Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Newcastle United. Peacock Premium — Phil Blacker and Efan Ekoku.
10 a.m. — Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Fulham. Peacock Premium — Tony Jones and Tony Gale.
12:30 p.m. — Brentford vs. Manchester United. NBC, Universo, Peacock Premium, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV. — IN 4K. — Peter Drury and Lee Dixon.
Sunday, Aug. 14
9 a.m. — Nottingham Forest vs. West Ham United. USA Network, Telemundo, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV. — Conor McNamara and Jim Beglin.
11:30 a.m. — Chelsea vs. Tottenham. USA Network, Telemundo, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV. — IN 4K. — Peter Drury and Graeme Le Saux.
Monday, Aug. 15
3 p.m. — Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace. USA Network, Universo, fubo TV, Sling Blue, DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV. — Martin Tyler and Jim Beglin.
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