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
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.
Sunday, Aug. 21
9 a.m. — West Ham United vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium — Andy Bishop and Matt Upson.
Monday, Aug. 22
3 p.m. — Manchester United vs. Liverpool. Peacock Premium — Peter Drury and Lee Dixon.
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