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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.

Pellegrini says announcing departure was mistake; Won’t jump into job

Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini, right, and Bayern Munich's manager Pep Guardiola during the Champions League group D soccer match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini thought it was the right thing to do; His club was reportedly looking for his successor, so why not let them do it in the open.

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What followed Pellegrini’s announcement that he would leave at the end of season were three straight losses and, arguably, City’s chances at a Premier League title.

From Sky Sports:

“After Guardiola said he was coming to England it was my decision [to go public] because all the media was talking about Guardiola here, Guardiola in Arsenal, Guardiola in Manchester United,” he told The Guardian.

“It was not fair for all managers – when everyone knew he was coming here. If I ask if I would do that again… I have some doubts.”

Pellegrini said the announcement didn’t make it difficult for him, but for his players.

The Argentine also said he’ll wait for an interesting job to come calling, and that he could be done managing forever if such an opportunity doesn’t present itself. That said, we think he’ll find a job that’s to his liking given this comment:

“Of course, I would miss it. The challenge keeps me alive.”

Life is a good motivator.

Will upsets continue in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup’s third round?

SANDY, UT - OCTOBER 1: The U.S. Soccer Championship trophy sits on display before the game between DC United and Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium October 1, 2013 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup hits the third round on Wednesday, with NASL teams entering the fray and at least one fourth-tier or lower side guaranteed to advance to face MLS competition.

The USASA had three teams win second round matches, and two will face each other on Wednesday. The L.A. Wolves knocked off the USL’s Orange County Blues, while L Maquina FC handed the NPSL’s Sacramento Gold an ouster. They will tangle for the right to a high-profile match-up with the L.A. Galaxy.

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We’ll also see NASL vs. USL geographical rivalries when Carolina faces Charlotte and Rayo OKC meets Oklahoma City.

Wednesday’s third round matches
Chattanooga FC (NPSL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)
Jacksonville Armada (NASL) vs. Charleston Battery (USL)
New York Cosmos (NASL) vs. Jersey Express (PDL)
Carolina RailHawks (NASL) vs. Charlotte Independence (USL)
Miami FC (NASL) vs. Wilmington Hammerheads (USL)
Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) vs FC Cincinnati (USL)
Rochester Rhinos (USL) vs. Lansdowne Bhoys FC (USASA)
Indy Eleven (NASL) vs. Louisville City FC (USL)
Saint Louis FC (USL) vs. Minnesota United (NASL)
Rayo OKC (NASL) vs Oklahoma City Energy (USL)
Des Moines Menace (PD) vs. San Antonio FC (USL)
Arizona United (USL) vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks (USL)
La Maquina (USASA) vs. L.A. Wolves (USASA)
Kitsap Pumas (PDL) vs. Sacramento Republic (USL)

Iranian woman “sneaks” into Persian League match dressed as a man

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An Iranian woman wanted to see her favorite team play badly, but knew well the unspoken rule: no females at the stadium.

The Independent has the story of a woman who dressed in layers and filmed herself in case trouble came from her attendance.

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Persepolis FC is the name of the club, and they play in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

From The Independent:

There is no official ban on women attending sports events in Iran, but they are often refused entry so it is rare for women to attend.

In a third video, the woman explains that she layered five T-shirts and five pairs of trousers to hide her figure and covered her face with face paint.

I recognize that this is the norm over there, but it’s still a striking story.

Report: Barcelona ready to swoop if Mourinho deems Mata surplus at Manchester United

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - OCTOBER 01: Juan Mata (L) of Chelsea shakes hands with manager Jose Mourinho (R) after being substituted during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between FC Steaua Bucuresti and Chelsea at the National Arena Stadium on October 1, 2013 in Bucharest, Romania.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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It’s a $40 million question for Manchester United: Will Juan Mata and Jose Mourinho work well together?

Their time at Chelsea was fractured when Mourinho deemed Mata surplus to requirement and shipped the Spaniard to Old Trafford.

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Mata, 28, has been a consistent performer for United, but will his reunion with Mourinho be short-lived? It’s easy to imagine both as ready to move on and Barcelona could be an option if that happens.

Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona could make a bid of close to $40 million in order to help the midfield continue to tick. Mata was a key part of United’s possession-based approach under Louis Van Gaal, and as a player really does fit the bill of a Mourinho-minded mid.

We’re just hoping that if Mata moves, he doesn’t switch anywhere that would change his English language blog posts.