Well, matchday three certainly provided some early season fireworks in the Premier League. Manchester United picked up a much-needed win, while Liverpool now enters desperate times. Meanwhile, Chelsea dropped the ball at Leeds, who blitzed the Blues, 3-0. Finally, Manchester City dropped points in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Newcastle.
So, where does that leave us for this upcoming weekend? Well, the highlight involves two of those upstart teams surprising the ‘big boys’ early on in this campaign. Leeds United travels south to battle Brighton with both teams sitting on an impressive seven points after three games. Both clubs play an entertaining form of soccer, albeit different. Brighton’s methodical play should be an interesting test for and against Leeds’s aggressive nature.
There is a London derby this weekend, even if it does not involve the stereotypical heavyweights. Fulham travels to north London to take on Arsenal at the Emirates. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Gabriel Jesus are both on strong form after three games in a game that looks likely to feature some goals.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all have fairly straightforward games against Leicester, Bournemouth and Palace. All three look to bounce back after disappointing results in the previous matchday.
Finally, a pair of teams that entered the season with high hopes, Aston Villa and West Ham, look for some success against each other this weekend. West Ham is the only team without a point in this infantile season, while Aston Villa’s three points came against Everton.
NBC studio crew and coverage
Despite the fact that there are not many ‘elite’ games this weekend, it still shapes up for exciting stuff across the NBC channels and platforms.
As usual, Rebecca Lowe hosts NBC’s studio coverage this weekend. Her two analysts are Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe.
Goal Rush makes another return for a busy 10 a.m. kickoff window on Saturday. The whip-around style show follows one game in particular, but provides the updates and goals from across the grounds during that time slot.
For fans of the Premier League in 4K resolution, there are three games scheduled for 4K this weekend. On Saturday, the Manchester United game against Southampton, as well as the aforementioned London derby, are in 4K. Then, on Sunday, the game involving Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur is in 4K. Make sure you have the right subscriptions and hardware to watch the Premier League in 4K.
Premier League Commentators: Matchday three
Saturday, August 27
10 a.m. — Brentford vs. Everton. Peacock Premium — Phil Blacker and Garry Birtles.
10 a.m. — Chelsea vs. Leicester City. Peacock Premium — Seb Hutchinson and Matthew Upson.
10 a.m. — Liverpool vs. Bournemouth. Peacock Premium — Gary Weaver and Stephen Warnock.
10 a.m. — Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace. Peacock Premium — Ian Crocker and Leon Osman.
Sunday, August 28
9 a.m. — Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Newcastle. Peacock Premium — Mark Scott and Leon Osman.
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