WATCH: Premier League TV Schedule – What to look out for in Week 2

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This weekend the Premier League enters Week 2 and after an incredible opening weekend, plenty of storylines are already brewing ahead of the second slate of games.

So make sure you watch NBC Sports Network for our feature games, and remember watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports Live Extra and the NBC Sports Live Extra App.

And below that are the details of where and when you can watch every game in Week 2, and you will definitely want to bookmark the NBC Sports Live Extra page, as that’s where you can watch every single Premier League game this season. Via your TV you can watch the games live on Premier League Extra Time.

So, here’s a quick look at what stories to watch out for in the games this weekend.

SATURDAY

Fulham v. Arsenal (Craven Cottage) 7:45 am EST: *NBCSN

The Gunners need to bounce back from an opening day defeat to Villa, but a tough trip across London to face Fulham isn’t the easiest game, especially after a long midweek trip to Istanbul after beating Fenerbache 3-0. Anything but a win will see Wenger’s men under severe pressure.

Southampton v. Sunderland (St. Mary’s) 10:00 am EST: *NBCSN

A closely fought encounter between two ambitious and rambunctious managers. The aim for the Saints and the Black Cats was to avoid relegation last term, now they want to push on. Southampton’s youngster vs. Altidore and co. will be a great advert to see how far they’ve both come.

Newcastle v. West Ham United (St. James’ Park) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

Newcastle were hammered against Manchester City but will be hoping it’s a different story when the West Ham come to town. The Hammers won comfortably vs. Cardiff last weekend and could cause the Magpies plenty of trouble. Watch out as West Ham manager Sam Allardyce returns to his former club along with plenty of former Newcastle players.

Everton v. West Brom (Goodison Park) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

The first chance for Everton fans to see Roberto Martinez’ attacking revolution up close. Big story in this one will be about Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. After Manchester United had a bid rejected for the duo this week, could it be their final game at home for the Toffees?

Hull City v. Norwich City (KC Stadium) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

A really winnable game for Hull sandwiched in between that opening day away defeat to Chelsea and a tough trip to Manchester City next week. Expect a tough game and watch out for the Tigers two combative midfielders, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, plenty of tackles flying around here.

Stoke City v. Crystal Palace (Britannia Stadium) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

Both teams need a win. Badly. Mark Hughes men were outplayed at Liverpool but almost snatched a draw, this is a must win to get the home fans on his side in Hughes’ first home game in charge since taking over. While Ian Holloway lamented his sides lack of belief vs. Spurs last weekend, can the Eagles cause a big upset at the Britannia?

Aston Villa v. Liverpool (Villa Park) 12:30 pm EST *NBC

What a corker this should be in Birmingham on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers’ free-flowing side take their style and verve to a pacey, young and confident Villa outfit. A win on opening day against Arsenal and almost nabbing a draw at Chelsea on Wednesday is an indicator of how much the Villans have improved. But the Reds mean business this season. Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Villa’s Christian Benteke are the men to watch in this one.

SUNDAY

Tottenham Hotspur v. Swansea City (White Hart Lane) 11:00am EST *NBCSN

Will we get a glimpse of Gareth Bale? Probably not, so this game will be all about how Spurs look for the future without the Welshman as his move to Real Madrid edges ever closer. Swansea pose a much better test for Tottenham than Palace did last weekend, can Roberto Soldado becomes the new hero for Spurs fans?

Cardiff City v. Man City (Cardiff City Stadium) 11:00am EST *Premier League Extra Time

A real humdinger down on the banks of the River Taff in the Welsh capital. Cardiff’s first-ever Premier League home game will see a lively atmosphere dominate but Man City will look to punish any slack defending and Manuel Pellegrini’s new-look side looked superb against Newcastle.

MONDAY

Manchester United v. Chelsea (Old Trafford) 3:00pm EST *NBCSN

Here it is, the first real biggy of the season. José Mourinho heads to Old Trafford to face David Moyes in United’s first-home game since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. This will be a cracker, so many storylines here. Who will will the battle of wits between Mourinho and Moyes? Will this be Rooney’s final game for United before he signs for Chelsea? Can Robin van Persie get the better of John Terry? Watch it all unfold on the NBC Sports Network.

FULL TV SCHEDULE

Saturday’s matches:
7:45 am EST: Fulham v. Arsenal (Craven Cottage) *NBCSN
10:00 am EST: Southampton v. Sunderland (St. Mary’s) *NBCSN
10:00 am EST: Newcastle v. West Ham United (St. James’ Park) *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: Everton v. West Brom (Goodison Park) *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: Hull City v. Norwich City (KC Stadium) *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: Stoke City v. Crystal Palace (Britannia Stadium) *Premier League Extra Time
12:30 pm EST: Aston Villa v. Liverpool (Villa Park) *NBC

Sunday’s matches:
11:00am EST: Tottenham Hotspur v. Swansea City (White Hart Lane) *NBCSN
11:00am EST: Cardiff City v. Man City (Cardiff City Stadium) *Premier League Extra Time

Monday’s matches:
3:00pm: Manchester United v. Chelsea (Old Trafford) *NBCSN

For full schedules of the matches going forward, bookmark this link.

Statement released on Niasse’s ban for “deception”

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The reasons behind Oumar Niasse‘s ban for “deception of a match official” (diving, or simulation, to you and I) have been explained.

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Niasse, 27, became the first player in Premier League history to be banned retrospectively for simulation with new rules which came into place in May being used.

Everton forward Niasse went down easily in the penalty box after slight contact from Scott Dann in the first half of their 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday and referee Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty kick. However, Niasse was then retrospectively handed a two-game ban for simulation.

Niasse and Everton appealed the ban but the FA upheld the decision from an Independent Commission made up of a former professional player, referee and official, who revealed they were “unanimous” in charging him with diving.

Below is a look at how they came to make the decision.

“The Commission were unanimous that the video footage gave clear and overwhelming evidence that the player had exaggerated the effect of a normal contact in order to deceive the referee.

“The Commission noted that there was contact between Scott Dann and Mr Niasse but the Commission considered the contact to be normal, fair and expected contact in the situation that arose with Mr Niasse ‘taking on’ Mr Dann. The Commission unanimously agree that the nature of the contact made by Scott Dan was minimal in nature and would not have thrown Mr Niasse off balance and knock him down in the way that Mr Niasse portrayed it to have done.

“To the minds of the Commission members the movements of Mr Niasse’s body, in particular the arching of the back and the collapsing of both legs, were simply not consistent with the amount of force exerted upon him by Mr Dann and in exaggerating the effect of the contact made between himself and Mr Dann, Mr Niasse deceived the referee and this led to a penalty being awarded by the referee.”

This decision is truly groundbreaking in the PL.

Last season 22 players were booked for simulation in Premier League games, so this new ruling could see plenty of two-game bans dished out until players finally stop taking a tumble to try and win a penalty kick or free kick.

Of course, there is still a certain amount of subjectivity to all of this but the FA and PL have shown they will take a tough stance against simulation. Good on them. Now, can they keep it up and be consistent in dishing out these bans? That’s the big challenge.

Mourinho slams critics, reveals team news; Fellaini update

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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are almost back to full strength but he has a few concerns.

The Red Devils host Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with Mourinho now having just a handful of injury concerns.

Long-term absentees Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo have all returned to action over the past week, while Mourinho has a small defensive problem with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones out for the visit of the newly-promoted Seagulls.

“They are out. But we are okay because we have [Chris] Smalling, [Marcos] Rojo and [Victor] Lindelof,” Mourinho said.

He also said that Pogba isn’t yet able to play a full 90 minutes as he continue his recovery from a hamstring injury, while Zlatan is improving all the time after jumping off the bench in the victory over Newcastle United last weekend and the midweek defeat at Basel in the UEFA Champions League.

“I prefer him [Ibrahimovic] on the pitch than off the pitch,” Mourinho said. “On the pitch, he’s another option for us and he’s an option of quality. His physicality and his intelligence, the way he moves, the way he plays. But he needs time. We managed to give him 15/20 minutes in both matches, he needs more of that, so hopefully, tomorrow, we play him again.”

Mourinho also took exception to a question about the criticism his team receives about their defensive style of play, with the Portuguese coach pointing towards United’s superb home record this season.

“I don’t know who is more ambitious than us,” Mourinho said. “We played against Newcastle with Pogba, Rashford, Martial, Mata, Lukaku, the full backs are not full backs, everybody knows they are wingers, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young. So, I don’t know what you want.”

United have won all six PL home games this season and have scored 19 goals, conceding just once. So, yeah, he has a point but the only real test they’ve had so far at home was against Tottenham Hotspur.

Aside from an injury update and hitting back at critics, Mourinho also gave an update on Fellaini’s contract situation and revealed he is concerned the Belgian midfielder may leave.

Fellaini, 30, is out of contract at the end of the season and Mourinho has praised the lanky midfielder on numerous occasions over the past few months. Is he worried Fellaini will leave for nothing?

“Yeah,” Mourinho said. “This is a discussion between the player and the board. I’m not involved in contracts, in deals, and I respect both – I respect the player because he has the right to decide his future. So I just wait wishing they will have an understanding, but it’s out of my control.”

Bayern fans unhappy with Champions League ticket prices

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich fans were unhappy with the price of tickets for their team’s match at Anderlecht in the Champions League.

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The fans held banners during Wednesday’s game saying, “Are your necks not full? Is your greed now finally satisfied?”

A Bayern fan group, Club Nr. 12, issued a statement saying Anderlecht had made 85 percent of the tickets available to the German club’s fans priced at 100 euros ($118).

“Even by the standards of the generally high-priced Champions League, this represents a new dimension for a first-round game,” said the statement, which thanked Bayern for supplementing the tickets so fans had could pay 70 euros ($82.50).

Many Bayern fans avoided the trip to Brussels altogether, while 91 percent of more than 2,500 Club Nr. 12 members said in a survey that ticket prices were “completely unacceptable.”

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Anderlecht spokesman David Steegen told The Associated Press that Bayern fans were charged “exactly the same price” as home fans who bought single tickets to the game. He said fans who bought a three-game Champions League bundle were offered a reduction.

UEL roundup: AC Milan advances after big win; Arsenal, Everton fall

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Both Premier League sides fell in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League play, but for one side the result didn’t effect their progression into the next round.

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Arsenal dropped a 1-0 result to Cologne, however, the Gunners still moved into the Round of 32 after their Group H counterparts, Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov settled for a scoreless draw.

Meanwhile, Everton’s 2017/18 woes continued on the day as the Toffees suffered a brutal 5-1 defeat at home against Serie A side Atalanta. The win secures Atalanta’s place in the knockout phase, along with fellow Group E club Lyon — who also won on Thursday.

AC Milan put up five goals of its own in a convincing win against Austria Wien, while Lazio, Nice and Red Bull Salzburg were among the other sides to move into the next round after picking up the necessary results.

Below are all of the scores from Thursday’s Europa League action.

Astana 2-3 Villareal
Konyaspor 1-1 Marseille
Rosenborg 0-1 Real Sociedad
Lazio 1-1 Vitesse
Viktoria Plzen 2-0 Steaua Bucuresti
Lokomotiv 2-1 Copenhagen
Zenit 2-1 Vardar
Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 Vitoria
Athletic Bilbao 3-2 Hertha Berlin
BATE 0-0 Red Star Belgrade
Ostersunds 2-0 Zorya
Koln 1-0 Arsenal
Nice 3-1 Zulte Waregem
Lugano 1-0 Beer-Sheva
Ludogorets 1-2 Istanbul
Braga 3-1 Hoffenheim
AEK 2-2 Rijeka
AC Milan 5-1 Austria Vienna
Lyon 4-0 Apollon
Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-2 Slavia Praha
Sheriff 1-0 Zlin
Partizan 2-1 Young Boys
Skenderbeu 3-2 Dynamo Kyiv
Everton 1-5 Atalanta