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EPL commentator schedule: September 16-18

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.

NBC coverage

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.

Be sure to watch the Premier League in 4K, if possible. This weekend, there is just one 4K game. Wolves hosts Manchester City in 4K, with kickoff set for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

EPL commentators on NBC; Sep. 16 to 18

All of the following times are US Eastern Time.

Friday, Sep. 16

3 p.m. — Aston Villa vs. Southampton. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — Joe Speight and Andy Townsend.

3 p.m. — Nottingham Forest vs. Fulham. Peacock Premium — Rob Palmer and David Phillips.

Saturday, Sep. 17

7:30 a.m. — Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester City. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — IN 4K. — Stewart Gardner and Jim Beglin.

10 a.m. — Newcastle vs. Bournemouth. USA Network, Universo, fubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — Pien Meulensteen and Stephen Warnock.

12:30 p.m. — Tottenham vs. Leicester City. NBC, Universo, Peacock Premiumfubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — Peter Drury and Graeme Le Saux.

Sunday, Sep. 18

7 a.m. — Brentford vs. Arsenal. USA Network, Telemundo, fubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — Jim Proudfoot and Efan Ekoku.

9:15 a.m. — Everton vs. West Ham United. USA Network, Telemundo, fubo TVSling BlueDirecTV StreamHulu + Live TV. — Conor McNamara and Stephen Warnock.

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34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. John

    September 26, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    And if anyone ever looks back on this thread, right now Fox on FS1 has two American dudes calling the England v Germany game , sounding a bit at sea. Obviously they both are sitting in Connecticut or wherever. Thank hod there are other sound feeds

  2. David

    September 20, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Having suffered through Pien’s hamfisted, raucous commentary on Sat during the Newcastle game, I was extremely disappointed to get up early to watch Chelsea Women open the WSL on Sunday morning to be greeted by Mien’s non-dulcet tones. Here she didn’t have the benefit of Warnock alongside her and her limitations were exposed for all to hear. She had no explanation for Chelsea’s best player, Harder, being withdrawn just before the match; she had no idea about the tactics being deployed by either side, couldn’t identify many of players until the numbers on the backs of their shirts were displayed; and was in general her usual amateurish self, bereft of humor and insight.
    Courtney Sweetman-Kirk has proved herself to be an accomplished commentator on the BBC, and Jacqui Oakley isn’t far behind. Does Pien live in the north of England and therefore could more easily travel to Newcastle and Liverpool? She really is quite dreadful.

  3. FlatBackFour

    September 19, 2022 at 1:27 am

    For those of you who object to female commentators, you really should aim your dislike at American commentators covering English football matches. There is truly nothing worse. I presume Fox will destroy the World Cup with Americans. And I am half-American.

    • John

      September 19, 2022 at 3:57 pm

      I’m with you. No problem here with Americans calling American sports, or even international sports where Americans are playing, but European football or international football is different. The accent isn’t a problem, but it’s a pitch, not a field; the man or woman guarding the net is a keeper, not a goalie…. Penalty kicks are not PKs and “nil” is a word.

      These kind of things are why NBC has been successful importing the EPL to to the US, I think. Respect the norms.

  4. Azer

    September 17, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Just wait until Fox Sports releases its list of commentators for the World Cup in Qatar, you’ll be begging for Pien Meulensteen.

    • Tony

      September 17, 2022 at 9:34 pm

      I hate to admit it but you might be right.

  5. Chronos

    September 17, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    At what point does this just become a hate site against certain commentators? I mean, every week it is the same thing. Criticism is one thing; this is piling on. Fine. You don’t live Pien. Get over it.

    • Chronos

      September 17, 2022 at 6:14 pm

      Of course I meant to say like. You don’t like her. Fine. Get over it.

      • SteveK

        September 17, 2022 at 7:52 pm

        I suspect many here hope to effect change, that if Pien is found to be so universally shrill and objectionable week after week and not seen to be improving perhaps the Sky and Comcast decision makers may select Jacqui Oatley or Courtney Sweetman-Kirk for the token female slot, they are both quite good and wouldn’t rankle anywhere near Pien levels.

        • greg

          September 18, 2022 at 4:52 am

          But she’s not “universally shrill and objectionable” (assuming you mean “universally found to be shrill and objectionable…”)

          I find her no worse than any generic male announcer. She did one of the Champions League matches this week, Copenhagen v Sevilla, and she was fine. Let the game flow, didn’t talk too much…same as the last couple of EPL matches I’ve heard her do.

          The piling on and comments like “token female slot” give a lot away. There’s a fair amount of people here who just do not like women announcers for men’s football. There is no equivalent piling on for any one male announcer (maybe there was for Arlo). At a certain point the sexism is what it is.

          • John

            September 18, 2022 at 11:00 am

            Well said.

      • Ron

        September 18, 2022 at 3:28 am

        Totally agree with this comment. Pien is a young broadcaster with real potential.

        No broadcaster is to everyone’s taste, but the “criticism” on here is in no way constructive or thoughtful.

      • Michael F

        September 18, 2022 at 9:30 am

        I have to agree with Chronos here. It’s one thing to just state once that you don’t care for a announcer of football, it’s quite another to fly insults about this one on a weekly basis.

        How old is this bunch here commenting? Would you so easily make these comments to her in person? And if someone possibly has no issue with her as an announcer, do you have a problem with that person? Btw, I have no opinion of Pien, but my goodness – it’s a weekly lashing and it’s childish. Same with Arlo White before. I guess it’s cool to be negative and extremely critical of someone. You give soccer fans a bad reputation.

        • Ron

          September 18, 2022 at 3:31 pm

          Perfect summary

  6. Fat Bastard

    September 17, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Has anyone heard Arlo yet on his new gig LIV golf commentating ? I hate to think what he may be doing armed with pages of golf stats.

  7. John

    September 17, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Is it possible that Pien M is quite popular with viewers in Britain?
    She’s not to my taste either, but I think maybe over there they are more used to women covering sports (or “sport” as they would say). Eleanor Aldroid has been covering cricket for the BBC for like 20 years and is a celebrity there.

    I still think the commentators Fox will foist on us during the World Cup, many calling from the US watching monitors, will be worse.

    • dennis wise

      September 17, 2022 at 12:26 pm

      UK dislike for incompetence is the same the world over.

      to bring up fox doing the WC makes the few words heard before hitting mute makes it even worse…..

      • Ron

        September 19, 2022 at 7:35 am

        Define incompetence…does she make factual or identification errors?

        Nothing beyond natural human fallibility….I’ve actually never noticed a mistake from her in her commentaries.

        Interpretation of incidents can be subjective..xx

        If you’re saying you don’t like a commentator’s voice – well that does not equal incompetence…that is just opinion.
        We all have our preferences….

        It is time to stop the Pien pile-on on this site

        You have all expressed your views….it is not “fun” as one poster keeps suggesting every time. It is weird and disturbing

  8. SteveK

    September 17, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Am I correct in this: because the Newcastle game is at 3pm, and is the only 3pm game, does that mean it is blacked out in the UK and not televised live there? So it is Sky and Comcast going out of their way to hire Pien for this and in the UK it will only be made available cut and snipped as highlights?

    And as a result of this Sky/Comcast loyalty to Pien the rest of the world except for Ireland has to suffer?

  9. Where's Rebecca?

    September 17, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Ahmed Fareed is filling in for Rebecca Lowe on Saturday morning.

    Did Lowe call in sick again?

  10. BNalliah

    September 17, 2022 at 2:40 am

    I also think they should bring back more of Steve Banyard back for more PL matches?

  11. David K.

    September 16, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I love the Telemundo doubleheaders on Sundays. Keep them coming!

  12. John

    September 16, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    So after having last weekend completely off, and looking to a two week international break coming up, Peter Drury and Graeme are doing just one match all weekend for NBC Sports?

    I completely understand the postponement of matches last weekend, and even the few called off this weekend for security reasons, but the table is going be screwy until after the World Cup break, right?

  13. John Culea

    September 16, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Rob Palmer and David Philips doing a good job tonight.
    Sorry that Lee Dixon is not in the mix this week. Graeme Le Saux adds nothing.
    Fortunately, Pien is doing a garbage game.

    • Tony

      September 16, 2022 at 5:56 pm

      But she is doing the only game on at that time !!! Somebody hates us John…..

      • John Culea

        September 16, 2022 at 9:43 pm

        Hard to understand the decision-making of the suits and/or skirts.

      • Jim

        September 17, 2022 at 5:12 am

        @Tony Matchday Live is your friend if you’re among the legions of Pien avoiders

  14. Miguel Angel

    September 16, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Great publication

  15. BNalliah

    September 16, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    So Stewart Gardner left MUTV for PL world feed.

    • Ron

      September 16, 2022 at 2:07 pm

      No. He is still at MUTV

      • MIB Fan

        September 16, 2022 at 5:06 pm

        Does this mean he will be biased against City? That would be funny

        • Ron

          September 17, 2022 at 2:38 am

          Of course not. He is a professional.

  16. Tony

    September 16, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    No escaping Pien Meulensteen this week as no other game on at the same time
    ;-(. Thats why we can watch on Universo !!

  17. Ron

    September 16, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Proudfoot & Holland world feeding at Tottenham

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