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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.

Wenger concerned Chinese wages become benchmark for players

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 15:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on during an Arsenal press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Barcelona at Camp Nou on March 15, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping the high quality of competition in Europe will keep players from leaving for the financial gain in China.

Wenger is facing regular questions about the future of both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and the big money on offer in the Chinese league can complicate negotiations.

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Argentine striker Carlos Tevez joined Shanghai Shenhua last month in a deal worth $40 million over two years.

“The danger (is) that the Chinese offers become the benchmark for Europe,” Wenger said Thursday. “You cannot compete with that, but I still think that, when you’re a footballer, the first thing is that you want to play against the best players in the best teams.”

Wenger said players that want the best compensation for playing in the best quality league need not look to Asia.

“I think that combination is the best in England at the moment, so I don’t see why the players should leave the English Premier League,” Wenger said.

Wenger, whose team is fourth in the standings, has made only one signing in the January transfer window, picking up defender Cohen Bramall from non-league club Hednesford.

Arsenal has also decided to keep captain Per Mertesacker for another season. Wenger announced Thursday that the club has taken up a one-year option to extend the contract of the 32-year-old German, who has not played this season because of a knee injury sustained during a friendly in July.

Mertesacker faces a fight to get back into the team because Shkodran Mustafi, an offseason signing from Valencia, has built a strong partrnership with vice captain Laurent Koscielny at the heart of Wenger’s defense.

Top 5 Premier League Story Lines ahead of Matchday 22

FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: GRADIENT ADDED - COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image numbers (L) 624347276 and 629845764) In this composite image a comparision has been made between Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City (L) and Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester City meet Tottenham Hotspur on January 21, 2017 in a Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium.   ***LEFT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on November 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at Britannia Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The Premier League gives us another battle of Top Four hopefuls, while other competitors will see a key chance to either gain or make up ground.

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Down in the relegation zone, however, is another story. Tough matches await the four lowest sides, with three sides on the road and a fourth hosting Everton.

All that and more, below.

Make or break at the Etihad Stadium?

Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur — Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

If 10 points back of Chelsea isn’t enough for Man City boss Pep Guardiola to concede the PL title — and it shouldn’t be — 13 could do the trick. And Spurs’ seven point gap would feel dire should it dip to 10.

With the Blues expected to handle Hull City at Stamford Bridge, both Spurs and City are facing extreme damage to their title hopes when the London club looks to complete a season sweep of Guardiola’s side.

Time has proven that electric talent doesn’t mandate instant success in the Premier League, but many eyes will be trained on Gabriel Jesus should he debut for City. The Brazilian wonderkid has already made an impact in the Olympics, World Cup qualifying, and the Brazilian top-flight. The PL is next on his list.

 

Relegation candidates sweating bullets

Liverpool vs. Swansea City — Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN
Crystal Palace vs. Everton — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on CNBC
West Brom vs. Sunderland — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on Premier League ExtraTime
Chelsea vs. Hull City — Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

It’s getting to be that time of year, when being more than three points above the drop zone feels like the freshest possible air.

No one in this batch of four knows that feeling well at all.

Crystal Palace and Hull City are level with 16 points, one ahead of Sunderland and Swansea City. Only the Black Cats will truly fancy their chances at a win this weekend.

That said, Hull supporters will feel confidence anew after a couple of transfer buys and a healthy Abel Hernandez joined new manager Marco Silva at the KC. A win over Bournemouth will buoy their confidence, but a trip to Chelsea is a tall task.

Right about now Palace fans are putting their hopes in goal differential and weak fellow relegation candidates rather than “never been dropped” Sam Allardyce. Their goal-leaking side welcomes an Everton side that hung four on Man City.

Sunderland simply needs to find a way to break down Tony Pulis‘ Baggies at the Hawthorns. Given the chance to put heat on the three other candidates, a win would serve much more than a few moments outside the drop zone.

Gunners need to avoid pitfall

Arsenal vs. Burnley — Sunday, 9:15 a.m. ET on NBCSN

The first of two home matches against middle or lower table sides, Arsenal needs all three points against Sean Dyche‘s cagey and well-oiled Clarets. They sit in the top half of the table, and would relish added a big-name to its list of defeated PL sides.

Simply put, Arsenal’s title hopes rest as much on the points it needs to claim as massive encounters like Feb. 4’s trip to Chelsea.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02:  Mesut Ozil of Arsenal (C) battles for possession with Burnley duo Stephen Ward of Burnley (L) and Ben Mee of Burnley (R) during the Premier League match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor on October 2, 2016 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Mourinho’s Red Devils go for 17

Stoke City vs. Manchester United— Saturday, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN

It’s been 16 matches since Jose Mourinho has tasted defeat as Manchester United boss, and Stoke’s recent dates against top sides haven’t gone well. All three were on the road, but the Potters have fallen to Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal by a combined score of 11-4. Does this make it fait accompli? No, but like Arsenal vs. Burnley, you like to think a true title fighter finds a way to three points.

Merseyside encounter holds significant weight

Southampton vs. Leicester City — Sunday, 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Perhaps Saints and Leicester supporters figured their sides might struggle to repeat last season’s heroics, with European competition on the docket and key pieces leaving this offseason from either the dugout or the playing field. But 13th and 15th? Unlikely. Leicester can take another step toward righting the ship by heaping misery on the home side, who sits three points clear of the Foxes and eight ahead of the drop zone.

Premier League previews: News, predictions, analysis – Week 22

Manchester City's Yaya Toure, left, runs with the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur's at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday Feb. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Week 22 of the Premier League is here and it is all getting rather tense at both ends of the table.

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A massive clash between Manchester City and Tottenham headlines, while there are plenty of potential banana skins for the big boys against relegation candidates. This should be very, very interesting.

Below you will find team news, analysis and score predictions on all 10 games this weekend.

Enjoy.


Bournemouth vs. Watford

West Bromwich Albion vs. Sunderland

Crystal Palace vs. Everton

Chelsea vs. Hull City

Liverpool vs. Swansea City

Arsenal vs. Burnley

Stoke City vs. Manchester United

Manchester City vs. Tottenham

Southampton vs. Leicester City

Middlesbrough vs. West Ham United

Bundesliga will be ready to use video review next season

Referee Felix Zwayer shows the red card to Leipzig's Emil Forsberg during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) The Bundesliga says it will be ready to use video review next season.

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FIFA’s rules making panel, known as IFAB, is working with leagues to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VARs) ahead of likely approval for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

FIFA wants video review only for potential “clear errors” in four situations: Goals being scored, penalties being awarded, players being sent off, and cases of mistaken identity.

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IFAB should decide early next year on using VARs at the World Cup.

Germany’s top league kicks off next season in August.

A Bundesliga statement says it opted for a system “where all VARs will be assembled at a single location on the day of play,” as the NBA and MLB use.

In Russia, FIFA could opt for VARs working at the stadium as part of each referee’s support team.