Fans of the Premier League see September as when the clouds start to settle for the season. The closure of the transfer market, teams starting to find their rhythm and the table spreads out. Some teams still have more questions than answers, and the first batch of midweek games expedites the pressure.
A number of players put out stellar performances in matchday four. Erling Haaland grabbed a hat trick in Manchester City’s comeback against Crystal Palace. Roberto Firmino lit up Bournemouth for a pair of goals and a hat trick of assists.
Now with depth playing more of a role due to increased fixtures, the going gets tougher for those at the top. For league leaders Arsenal, a disappointing Aston Villa side travels to North London. Steven Gerrard has one win in four games this season, with Aston Villa struggling against less-than-great opposition.
Other London clubs include West Ham and Tottenham, who battle on Wednesday afternoon. West Ham picked up a crucial win this past weekend against the aforementioned Aston Villa to get off the bottom of the table. Meanwhile, Tottenham rolled on with a win against Nottingham Forest courtesy of a Harry Kane brace.
Finally, Leicester City, which now sits at the bottom of the table, takes on a Manchester United coming off a second-consecutive win. Leicester City’s struggles come at a time when players are departing, showing the situation is going from bad to worse at the King Power.
As things stay, the packed schedule will continue with the Premier League season taking over a month off. These early season games before the fatigue sets in are especially important in 2022/23. Teams need to secure points where they can get them.
EPL Commentators on NBC: Matchday five
All of the following times are US Eastern Time.
Two of the games midweek are available in 4K. Those are the Leeds-Everton contest and the Liverpool game against Newcastle. To watch games in 4K, you need the right subscription and the right hardware. Not all TVs are 4K-compatible. fuboTV has an additional 4K plan, while DirecTV, YouTube TV and other providers have options for 4K streaming as well.
Tuesday, Aug. 30
2:30 p.m. — Crystal Palace vs. Brentford. Peacock Premium — Chris Wise and Efan Ekoku.
2:30 p.m. — Fulham vs. Brighton. Peacock Premium — Tony Jones and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.
2:45 p.m. — Southampton vs. Chelsea. Peacock Premium — Jim Proudfoot and David Prutton.
Wednesday, Aug. 31
2:30 p.m. — Bournemouth vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. Peacock Premium — Gary Taphouse and Liam Rosenior.
2:30 p.m. — Arsenal vs. Aston Villa. Peacock Premium — Pien Meulensteen and Matt Holland.
2:30 p.m. — Manchester City vs. Nottingham Forest. Peacock Premium — Conor McNamara and Leon Osman.
2:45 p.m. — West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur. Peacock Premium — Seb Hutchinson and Andy Townsend.
Thursday, Sep. 1
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