English Premier League Kicks Off

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Coverage begins at 6 a.m. on NBCSN with Premier League Live followed by Manchester United v. Swansea City at 6:45 am, and continues throughout the season on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. The weekend schedule can be found below and is part of my Soccer on TV Calendar to ensure you never miss a game.

NBC Sports offers their “Pick Six” Matches for the First Three Months of the Season and there is one in this opening weekend. The remaining five can be found at the bottom of this report.

Sunday, August 17, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN:
LIVERPOOL v. SOUTHAMPTON
Two teams on the heels of a successful 2013-14 season will meet in the Premier League’s opening weekend: Liverpool, which earned a Champions League berth as league runners-up, and Southampton, which finished eighth, equaling their best-ever Premier League finish. The Reds acquired former Southampton teammates and England internationals Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert this summer, but face Southampton without 2013-14 Premier League leading scorer Luis Suarez (31 goals), who was transferred to FC Barcelona. The match will be Southampton manager Ronald Koeman’s first with the club.

Here’s the weekend schedule. I have input all games through the end of November into my Soccer on TV calendar and this year I’ve added the EPL Table and the Next Fixtures list into the right sidebar. Scroll down to take advantage of this handy tool while keeping up-to-date on the best of the game locally here on my site.

TV SCHEDULE
Date Time Home Away Network
Sat Aug. 16 6:45 a.m. Man United Swansea City NBCSN
Sat Aug. 16 9 a.m. Leicester City Everton NBCSN
Sat Aug. 16 9 a.m. West Ham Tottenham Extra Time
Sat Aug. 16 9 a.m. Stoke City Aston Villa Extra Time
Sat Aug. 16 9 a.m. Queens Park Rangers Hull City Extra Time
Sat Aug. 16 9 a.m. West Brom Sunderland Extra Time
Sat Aug. 16 11:30 a.m. Arsenal Crystal Palace NBC
Sun Aug. 17 7:30 a.m. Liverpool Southampton NBCSN
Sun Aug. 17 10 a.m. Newcastle Man City NBCSN
Mon Aug. 18 2 p.m. Burnley Chelsea NBCSN

The coverage will inlcude 68 Live TV Game Windows through Nov. 30, including:
* 54 Matches on NBCSN, 11 on NBC, 3 on CNBC
* 47 on Telemundo/mun2 & 62 on Premier League Extra Time
* All 130 Matches in First 3 Months Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

NBC Sports Group will debut NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a weekly one-hour program that will showcase the news and highlights of the sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, this Sunday, August 17 at 10:30 p.m. CT on NBCSN.

For those who saw the announcement this Summer regarding Live Premier League Games in movie theaters, the closest locations are Chicago and Kansas City. Details here.

Here are the final five picks from NBC Sports Group’s “Pick Six” Matches for the First Three Months of the Season

Monday, August 25, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN & mun2:
MANCHESTER CITY v. LIVERPOOL
Last season’s top two teams face off as Liverpool head to the Etihad for a Monday matinee with defending champions Manchester City. In the most recent meeting between the two clubs on April 13, the Reds edged City, 3-2, in an unforgettable match that many consider the best of the 2013-14 season. The win put Liverpool in control of the title race, but a loss to Chelsea was followed by a shocking 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace, and Manchester City went on to win their final five games and lift the trophy on Championship Sunday.

Sunday, September 21, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN & Telemundo:
MANCHESTER CITY v. CHELSEA
Last season, despite beating eventual champions Manchester City in both league meetings, Chelsea finished third under manager Jose Mourinho. This summer they’ve strengthened their attack by bringing in Spanish international forward Diego Costa, who led La Liga champions Atletico Madrid with 27 goals last season, and his World Cup teammate Cesc Fabregas, a 27-year-old playmaker who has starred for both FC Barcelona and Arsenal during his 11-year club career.

Saturday, September 27, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN & mun2:
“DOUBLE DERBY DAY:” LIVERPOOL v. EVERTON
The sixth week of the Premier League season is highlighted by two of the biggest derbies in English soccer. First, the Merseyside derby takes center stage, as Everton and U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard (15 clean sheets last season, third-most among BPL ‘keepers) make the less-than one mile trip across Stanley Park to face neighbors Liverpool. Everton looks to build upon last year’s success under manager Roberto Martinez, who guided the Toffees to a fifth place finish in his debut season to earn a Europa League berth.

Saturday, September 27, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN & mun2:
“DOUBLE DERBY DAY:” ARSENAL v. TOTTENHAM
Following Liverpool-Everton is a London Derby featuring rivals Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates, where Spurs haven’t won since 2010. Last season, the Gunners completed the season double over Tottenham with a pair of 1-0 wins and finished ahead of their rivals for the 19th straight year. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the longest-tenured manager in the league, guided the club to the 2013-14 FA Cup title, ending a nine-year trophy drought. Spurs will be looking to re-establish themselves as top-four contenders under newly appointed manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Sunday, October 5, 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN & mun2:
MANCHESTER UNITED v. EVERTON
Everton travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United and new manager Louis van Gaal, who will join the squad this week after leading Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup. The Toffees came out victorious in both meetings last season, completing the season double over United for the first time in 44 years.

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