If it feels like you have not watched the Premier League in a while, that is because you have not. In fact, proposals existed that there would be no Premier League until October, making it a month without the English top flight.
For six teams, that is the case. There are three games, Manchester United-Leeds, Brighton-Crystal Palace and a highly coveted Chelsea-Liverpool that are postponed due to situations regarding The Queen’s funeral.
Regardless, there are still seven games on the schedule for Premier League fans. However, after that, there is the September international break. The hiatus lasts two weeks as international teams play two or three games.
The highlight of the abbreviated schedule this weekend in the Premier League is up for debate. There is not one game that truly jumps out. Yet, a number of games are quietly intriguing.
There are two games on Friday to get the weekend started. Villa hosts Southampton at the same time two promoted teams, Nottingham Forest and Fulham, battle.
The following day, Tottenham hosts a struggling Leicester City to cap off three games on the schedule. Tottenham is unpredictable. A 2-0 loss in the Champions League is the most recent result. Anyhow, Spurs sit in third after six games, while Leicester still seek its first win of the season.
Sunday also brings a pair of interesting games. It is a 7 a.m. kickoff between Brentford and Arsenal. The two London clubs want to continue decent starts to the season. Brentford’s Community Stadium has not been kind to visitors this season.
Finally, Everton and West Ham face off in the finale of the weekend from Goodison Park.
There is surely much to talk about among the NBC crew, which consists of Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe and Tim Howard on Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s coverage keeps Mustoe, but brings in Ahmed Fareed and Danny Higginbotham.
Games this weekend are spread out, to say the least. The only overlap in schedule comes on the two games on Friday. Therefore, there is no Goal Rush, as there is no need to bounce around between games. Effectively, it is the antithesis of Championship Sunday, where all 20 teams play at the same time.
EPL commentators on NBC; Sep. 16 to 18
All of the following times are US Eastern Time.
Friday, Sep. 16
3 p.m. — Nottingham Forest vs. Fulham. Peacock Premium — Rob Palmer and David Phillips.
Saturday, Sep. 17
Sunday, Sep. 18
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