Last week’s top-of-the-table clash put Manchester City well on the path for another Premier League crown. Simultaneously, Chelsea’s defeat at the Etihad appeared to drop the blues out of the title race.
Now, Chelsea looks to hold on to a spot in the Champions League. There are a number of teams fighting for that fourth spot this season, and Chelsea looks to build on its position just above that this weekend. Its opponent is Tottenham, in one of the London derbies.
Antonio Conte, who won a Premier League title with Chelsea, has Tottenham fighting for European positioning, especially after a dramatic victory over Leicester City midweek. Moreover, Spurs have games in hand due to several issues regarding COVID-19. The contest between Chelsea and Tottenham could go a long way in both sides’ quests for Champions League qualification.
Two teams battling with Tottenham in the table are Manchester United and West Ham. Inconsistency could be the key word for both these sides. A solid run of form ends with a confusing draw or loss. The Red Devils battle West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday. The first time these two played, drama ensued. A match-winning penalty save by United’s David de Gea secured all three points down in London.
The two main contenders for the Premier League title this season have relatively calm weekends. Manchester City travel to Southampton while Liverpool take on Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.
It could also not be a bad idea to look down at the relegation battle. Getting things started this weekend, Norwich, currently in the relegation zone at 18th, faces Watford, occupying 17th. Both sides only got promoted this past season, and the drop is a serious threat.
NBC’s studio coverage rolls on in the expected times with Rebecca Lowe hosting alongside Tim Howard and Robbie Mustoe before, between and after each game.
EPL commentator schedule for January 21-23
Much to fans’ delight, Goal Rush returns during the 10 a.m. window on Saturday. There are only three games in that slot, but those are some of this weekend’s most significant games for league positioning.
Also, do not forget that NBCSN is not a channel anymore. All Premier League games this weekend are either on USA Network, NBC or Peacock Premium.
All of the following times are in Eastern Time.
Friday, Jan. 21
Saturday, Jan. 22
10 a.m. — Manchester United vs. West Ham United. Peacock Premium. — Ian Crocker and Leon Osman.
10 a.m. — Brentford vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers. Peacock Premium. — Andy Bishop and Tony Gale.
Sunday, Jan. 23
9 a.m. — Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool. Peacock Premium. — Seb Hutchinson and Matt Holland.
9 a.m. — Leicester City vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium. — Tony Jones and Iain Dowie.
11:30 a.m. — Chelsea vs. Tottenham. Peacock Premium. — Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux.
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