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EPL commentators on NBC: Aug. 20 to 22

Just two games in, there is already a certain air around certain clubs in the English top flight. Liverpool’s two draws has them a quick four points back of Manchester City and Arsenal. Those two clubs are the only clubs with two wins through two. However, plenty of teams have high moments over the first two matchdays.

Spurs and Chelsea sit on four points after a heated draw at Stamford Bridge. Newcastle and Brighton picked up a win in matchday one before failing to find a difference-maker in their matchday two fixture. Finally, Brentford is tied for the best goal differential after ripping apart Manchester United, 4-0.

Manchester United’s dreadful start to the season does not get any easier. The Red Devils are back at home, which can be good. However, the team they face is a Liverpool side that is likely frustrated with its opening two games. Worse off for United, Liverpool won both the previous two encounters at Old Trafford by a combined score of 9-2.

Other notable games this weekend include Leeds United against Chelsea. There is certainly a hefty helping of American intrigue with this game. However, with Christian Pulisic’s name on the transfer rumor mill, could it be his last game for the Blues?

A quietly interesting game to keep an eye on is that between Newcastle and Manchester City. Newcastle cannot compete with Manchester City’s talent, but the Magpies are a dark horse for European qualification this season.

NBC coverage this weekend

Rebecca Lowe takes her normal seat behind the NBC desk this weekend. Alongside her are Robbie Mustoe and Tim Howard. The trio are responsible for Premier League Morning, Premier League Live and Goal Zone at the end of each day’s games.

Goal Rush is also back for the third-straight week to start the season. The whip-around style show focuses on one game, but provides all the goals and major moments from the other grounds in a certain timeslot. This weekend, it is the Saturday at 10 a.m. window, with the highlighted game being Leicester City against Southampton.

Certain Premier League games are also available in 4K each matchday. For matchday three, those games are Tottenham hosting Wolves on Saturday at 7:30 in the morning. On Sunday, the 11:30 a.m. kickoff between Newcastle and Manchester City is also in 4K.

EPL Commentators on NBC: Matchday Three

Saturday, Aug. 20

7:30 a.m. — Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — IN 4K. — Daniel Mann and Matt Holland.

10 a.m. — Leicester City vs. Southampton. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — David Stowell and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

10 a.m. — Everton vs. Nottingham Forest. Peacock Premium — Pien Meulensteen and Leon Osman.

10 a.m. — Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa. Peacock Premium — Gary Taphouse and Lee Hendrie.

10 a.m. — Fulham vs. Brentford. Peacock Premium — Paul Gilmour.

12:30 p.m. — Bournemouth vs. Arsenal. NBC, Universo, Peacock Premiumfubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — Peter Drury and Lee Dixon.

Sunday, Aug. 21

9 a.m. — Leeds United vs. Chelsea. USA Network, Telemundo, fubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — Seb Hutchinson and Jim Beglin.

9 a.m. — West Ham United vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium — Andy Bishop and Matt Upson.

11:30 a.m. — Newcastle vs. Manchester City. USA Network, Telemundo, fubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — IN 4K. — Joe Speight and Stephen Warnock.

Monday, Aug. 22

3 p.m. — Manchester United vs. Liverpool. Peacock Premium — Peter Drury and Lee Dixon.

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42 Comments

42 Comments

  1. Shriniwas Patwardhan

    August 25, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    The dislike towards Drury is primarily from an American audience that is bathed in the American way of doing commentary. Drury is WILDLY popular for his poetic intros in Europe. Especially his champions league commentaries are legendary.

    • John

      August 26, 2022 at 10:39 am

      Exactly right. Some of the fun of watching the EPL from here in the US is that it is a storied, foreign league, and setting the scene, introducing the conflicts in a “poetic” way suits it well, as I see it.

      Not sure what Fox plans for commentary for the World Cup, but assuming it will be lots of their usual American voices, many not even at the stadiums, it will be a disappointment

  2. John Culea

    August 22, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    I was disappointed with the performance of Peter Drury in the Man United-Liverpool game. His comments seemed more scripted than usual and were beyond “flowery.” He must stay up late thinking of all the “majestic” word images he can paint. A professional announcer does not draw attention to himself by the words he uses, but should enhance the game’s atmosphere and experience for the viewer.
    It was also obvious to me that he was heavy in the corner for Man Utd, practically urging them on. Thankfully, Lee Dixon was in the booth to counter Drury and his pompous prose.

    • Rob

      August 23, 2022 at 1:41 am

      Spot on! He thinks he is as important as the game, There are much better commentators out there that just call the game without being dramatic and pompous

      • MarkB

        August 23, 2022 at 10:43 am

        Sometimes Drury is enjoyable to listen to, and sometimes his verbosity grates on the nerves. I still prefer him to Arlo’s sugared up 10 year old style and “Arlogasms” or Tyler’s sleep inducing drone.

        • MarkB

          August 23, 2022 at 10:46 am

          I also would take any of those three over Pein’s banshee screeching.

          • John Culea

            August 23, 2022 at 4:07 pm

            100% agreement on Pein’s leather-lung assault. I think the women who do studio work (with the exception of Kate “I love myself” Abdo) contribute a lot on game days, so this is not a sexist point of view. But Pien is being shoved in our ears for one reason only.

  3. BillyS

    August 21, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Wish they’d sort the sound out.
    All during the pre-game (and commercials) there is a great, proper, full-speaker surround sound.
    As soon as the game starts (i.e. Leeds v Chelsea on USA right now) all that disappears and we are left with just single, front speaker sound.
    Result being is that the sound of the crowd is low. On a good broadcast you get that all filling your room – really adds to it. Not on USA. Is this deliberate so that we have less chance of hearing an offensive chant? If so – pathetic.

  4. Selepe

    August 20, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    So is Peter Drury doing NBC Commentary while in England or he relocated to USA?

    • SteveK

      August 20, 2022 at 5:53 pm

      He’s in the stadiums standing right next to Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux. It is just the studio talent that is based in the US.

      • Selepe

        August 21, 2022 at 8:36 am

        Okay noted and thanks

  5. John

    August 20, 2022 at 11:14 am

    I’m wondering if there’s a mistake in the sched above- surely Drury & Dixon will be calling one of the games on USA tomorrow?

    I understand NBC wants to prop up Peacock, but what can be so important on USA Monday that the Liverpool/ Man U match has to be streaming only? An SVU marathon?

    • greg

      August 20, 2022 at 12:52 pm

      No, even more important; a Chicago PD marathon. I’m not even kidding. They’re shuttling Liverpool Man U to Peacock so that USA can show Chicago PD reruns. Shameful.

  6. Aw

    August 20, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Horrible commentary for Leicester vs Southampton. Please get some former pros or someone knowledgeable. Please fix

    • Tony

      August 21, 2022 at 11:30 am

      Totally agree Courtney Sweetman-Kirk was just terrible

  7. David

    August 20, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Another plea to WST: please give us the names of the World Feed commentators who are usually on the 4K feeds.

  8. sam

    August 19, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Drury >>> White and it’s not even close

  9. Azer

    August 19, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    This is the first time a Premier League game Fulham vs Brentford will have a sole commentator.

    • Ron

      August 20, 2022 at 10:29 am

      Tony Gale is co-commentator

  10. Greg

    August 19, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Everton – Notts Forest on mute this week.

    • Tony

      August 19, 2022 at 9:13 pm

      Its the Pien Meulensteen effect ! Bloody horrible to listen to. I always pray that she is not doing a game I want to see and if she is doing it I hope that it is on universo if not I am with you and the mute button is a buddy.

      • David

        August 20, 2022 at 1:26 am

        I agree completely with Greg and Tony. It’s absolutely horrendous in Pien World.

    • Mercator

      August 20, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      It was the Goalrush game this week and Goalrush uses different commentators.

  11. MarkB

    August 19, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Upside: Not having Martin Tyler’s sleep inducing drone on Monday. I don’t dislike him at all, but I think his time has passed. He just sounds so disinterested.The downside, of course, is Meulensteen and unfortunately Everton v Forest isn’t available on Universo.

  12. Selepe

    August 19, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Why did Steve Banyard leave EPL productions in 2014 if m not mistaken?

    • Ron

      August 22, 2022 at 9:29 am

      He didn’t leave

      As far as I’m aware he has continued to do voiceover work in the intervening period

  13. John P

    August 19, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    See’s Pien Meulensteen. And my weekend is ruined.

    • John Culea

      August 19, 2022 at 2:19 pm

      Everton-NF: Cursed with the Pien-factor.

  14. Anthony

    August 19, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    What’s the verdict on Drury so far? I feel like he is trying a bit too hard the past couple of weeks

    • John

      August 19, 2022 at 1:34 pm

      I enjoy Drury, and the second weekend I thought his back & forth with Dixon and Le Saux was more comfortable and even humorous. He obviously knows his stuff, has a real talent for the live call and the bigger picture. Not sure how he’s trying too hard- so far I think he’s mostly been in shirtsleeves and tieless on camera (heat wave)

    • John Culea

      August 19, 2022 at 2:21 pm

      I like Drury’s call, but I don’t like his obvious scripted lines to open the match. Some are trite and a bit corny. He did this before being promoted to the top spot, so it is not just nerves or pressure to perform.

    • Eplnfl

      August 19, 2022 at 6:47 pm

      While Drury is very good is the broadcast team as a whole in need of an American voice for it’s American audience?

      • Michael F

        August 19, 2022 at 8:09 pm

        No. And this is coming from an American.

      • Tony

        August 20, 2022 at 7:40 am

        No, and this is also coming from an American. As a comparison I was in London a few years ago and there was an English commentator standing in on a NFL game and it was awful.

      • cmasia

        August 20, 2022 at 1:50 pm

        No!
        Actually, Hell NO !

      • MarkB

        August 22, 2022 at 12:06 pm

        No, I rather not be subjected to such gems as: “On frame”, “pee-kay” and “In the six”.

    • greg

      August 20, 2022 at 2:38 am

      Huuuuuge upgrade over Arlo. Allows the visuals to speak for the game, doesn’t overload with useless stats, keeps the unrelated story-telling from Dixon or Le Seaux to a minimum. Yeah, the openings are a bit overwrought and self-consciously poetic (as are some goal calls) but I’ve always liked him better than most other lead commentators.

      Jim Proudfoot and Gary Taphouse are probably my next two faves. Most of the rest are interchangable, bland, but not bad. I don’t mind Mulensteen like some here do.
      Agree on Tyler, his time might be done.

      Among co-comms, Jim Beglin and Andy Townshend stand out.

  15. Dd

    August 19, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Who’s the world feed co commentator for Fulham Brentford. Who’s the world feed commentator for Bournemouth arsenal and man UTD Liverpool

    • fishlipsmcgee

      August 19, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      Jim Proudfoot & Jim Beglin for Man Utd – Liverpool on Monday night.

      Note that Joe Speight & Stephen Warnock are exclusive to NBC this week. They are NOT world feed comms.

      • MIB Fan

        August 19, 2022 at 2:01 pm

        Arlo White wasn’t available? hehehe

      • Ron

        August 20, 2022 at 4:54 am

        It’s Conor McNamara at Old Trafford

        Proudfoot & Prutton at Newcastle

        • Ron

          August 22, 2022 at 10:46 am

          McNamara & Townsend on world feed tonight

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