WATCH: Premier League TV Schedule – What to look out for in Week 3

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This weekend the Premier League enters Week 3 and plenty of storylines are already brewing ahead of the huge rivalry matches.

Massive derbies between Liverpool and Manchester United and Arsenal and Tottenham headline the weekend action, but across the board intriguing games will play out before the international break arrives.

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 3, 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

Manchester City vs. Hull City (Etihad Stadium) 7:45 am EST: *NBCSN

Manuel Pellegrini’s side will look to get back on track after their 3-2 humbling at Cardiff City, while Hull will be battening down the hatches as they look to grab whatever they can from the Etihad. Big plus for City is the return of Matija Nastasic from injury. The Tigers are set to start with Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore in midfield, as the former Spurs duo impressed in the 1-0 win over Norwich last week. City will be on the prowl to get a big win.

Cardiff City vs. Everton (Cardiff City Stadium) 10:00 am EST: *NBCSN

Can the Bluebirds make it back-to-back wins at home in the Premier League? After picking up their first win in the English top-flight for over 50 years against Man City last Sunday, Cardiff know their home games are crucial if they’re going to survive. Meanwhile Everton are desperate for a win after Roberto Martinez’ side have drawn their first two games of the season. Darron Gibson (knee) and Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) are still missing for the Toffees. Expect another blood and thunder affair down in South Wales as Cardiff grow in confidence.

Newcastle vs. Fulham (St. James’ Park) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

Alan Pardew’s side are still searching for their first win of the campaign after a 0-0 stalemate with West Ham United last week at St. James’ Park. The Magpies are hoping their one and only signing of the summer, Loic Remy, will play some part. As for Fulham, the last time their made the jaunt to the North East they grabbed all three points on the opening day of the season against Sunderland.

Norwich City vs. Southampton (Carrow Road) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

Norwich City will be looking to get their first win of the season as the Saints come to town. The Canaries failed to score against 10-man Hull City in their defeat last time out. Chris Hughton will be hoping new strikers Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander can combine with Gary Hooper still out injured. While Saints are still unbeaten and new club record signing Dani Osvaldo could get his first start for Southampton. Both sides spent big this summer, can the new boys deliver a win?

West Ham United vs. Stoke City (Upton Park) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

The Hammers have had a fine start to the season as Sam Allardyce’s men still haven’t conceded and have four points on the board. Alou Diarra is out for the season for West Ham and the game comes to soon for striker Andy Carroll who is still recovering from injury. Stoke are looking to get back-to-back PL wins as Mark Hughes’ new-look side aim to keep the momentum going. Two strong, physical and direct teams will battle it out in East London.

Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland (Selhurst Park) 12:30 pm EST: *NBC

A massive clash down at Selhurst Park as this is the best chance yet for Ian Holloway’s men to get off the mark this season. Two narrow defeats have shown that Palace aren’t far from being a good side, they just lack a cutting edge up front. As for Sunderland, Paolo Di Canio’s rebuild is taking a while to gel but some good signs are there. Can US national team forward Jozy Altidore shine live on NBC?

SUNDAY

Liverpool vs. Manchester United (Anfield) 8:30am EST: *NBCSN

A massive game at Anfield as these arch rivals go head-to-head. Liverpool have massive defensive problems as Kolo Toure joins Sebastian Coates on the treatment table, while Martin Skrtel has been rushed back from injury. As for United they have a fired up Wayne Rooney to lead them into the cauldron of a North West derby. David Moyes will be eager to win his first Liverpool-United derby. The atmosphere will be electric.

Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Emirates Stadium) 11:00am EST: *NBCSN

Another huge derby game on Sunday, as North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs clash at a sold out Emirates. Tottenham’s rebuild has been the talk of the town as Andre Villas-Boas has splashed the cash this summer. It’s been the opposite at Arsenal as Arsene Wenger hasn’t spent a dime. Maybe the Gunners will dig deep if they don’t beat Spurs in a huge early battle for the top four. Must see.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City (The Hawthorns) 11:00am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

West Brom are still searching for their first win of the 2013-14 season and Swansea will provide a tough test for the Baggies. Striker Nicholas Anelka has returned to training after being handed “compassionate leave” but the Frenchman may have to sit on the bench. Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will shuffle his pack after their midweek trip to Romania in Europa League action. The Danish manager will want to get the Welsh side off and running after losing their first two games to Manchester United and Tottenham.

FULL TV SCHEDULE

Saturday’s matches:
7:45 am EST: Manchester City vs. Hull City (Etihad Stadium) *NBCSN
10:00 am EST: Cardiff City vs. Everton (Cardiff City Stadium) *NBCSN
10:00 am EST: Newcastle vs. Fulham (St. James’ Park)  *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: Norwich City vs. Southampton (Carrow Road) *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: West Ham United vs. Stoke City (Upton Park) *Premier League Extra Time
12:30 pm EST: Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland (Selhurst Park) *NBC

Sunday’s matches:
8:30am EST: Liverpool vs. Manchester United (Anfield) *NBCSN
11:00am EST: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Emirates Stadium) *NBCSN
11:00am EST: West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City (The Hawthorns) *Premier League Extra Time

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Mourinho: Mkhitaryan “disappeared” during games, got dropped

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It would appear that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has become the new Luke Shaw, who not so long ago became the new Juan Mata, who had become the new Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Pepe, who all previously become the new Kaka and Mesut Ozil — players previously perceived to be undroppable, only to fall out of favor and be dropped from Mourinho’s side.

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Similarly to many of the aforementioned stars of Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid sides of the not-so-distant past, Mourinho recently singled out Mkhitaryan for not working hard enough for the team and failing to meet expectations with his performances.

Mkhitaryan last featured in Man United’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Nov. 5, prior to the most recent international break. He played just 62 minutes, to follow an UEFA Champions League appearance of just 45 minutes against Benfica. Mkhitaryan was then absent from the substitute’s bench for a victory over Newcastle United and a defeat to Basel.

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In Mourinho’s mind, Mkhitaryan hasn’t merited a place in the team — quotes from the Guardian:

“I was not happy with his last performances. I’m not speaking about one or two, I’m speaking about three, four or five. He started the season very well and after that, step by step, he was disappearing. His performance levels in terms of goalscoring and assists, pressing, recovering the ball high up the pitch, bringing the team with him as a no. 10, were decreasing.

“That was enough [to drop him] because the others worked to have a chance. Everybody works to have a chance. It’s as simple as that.”

“I don’t know if Mkhitaryan will start but, for sure, he will be back in the group. For him to be back to the group, it means that somebody is going to leave the group.”

Davinson delights Pochettino, who predicts “massive” strides

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It’s still very early days for Davinson Sanchez as a Tottenham Hotspur player, but the early returns are extremely positive as the Colombian center back has featured in 14 of the club’s 17 games in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League this season.

[ MORE: Spurs beat Dortmund again to win group with Real Madrid ]

What’s more encouraging than Sanchez’s initial performances? The 21-year-old’s “massive” room for improvement and the expectation he’ll one day soon be one of the world’s best defenders, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

After signing for Spurs in August, Sanchez went straight into Pochettino’s starting lineup, slotted in between stalwarts Toby Aldeweireld and Jan Vertonghen, who together last season led the defense with the PL’s best record (26 goals conceded in 38 games), as part of a back-three. Sanchez has taken to Tottenham like a duck to water, in Pochettino’s estimation — quotes from ESPN FC:

“You saw against against Dortmund how many times he was with [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang one-versus-one. How many central defenders can play one-versus-one and escape and go, be tight and press? If you run, I run because I am so confident when running. I think not many center backs in the world can do this.

“Or against Swansea against Tammy Abraham: how many times he was one vs. one and the ball was behind him, he was on the halfway line and running was not a problem? And against Cristiano Ronaldo, too?”

“We expect more from him, but I am so happy with him. He is doing well, very well. He’s only 21 years old, but he shows more maturity [than that], and he’s so aggressive when he’s marking, his concentration [is good] and then with the ball he’s good, but I think he can improve.

“There is massive scope to improve potentially, it’s massive for him. In only a few months, he’s showing he’s doing a fantastic job for us. [He can improve in] every single aspect, tactic, physical condition, technique.

“We need with him one and a half months or two months preseason every day, and then I’m sure he’s going to show a different level. I think he’s one of the best today, but has potential to improve a lot more.

“Because he’s so clever, and he’s very humble, and he’s very open to learn, he’s a player when you tell something his reaction is to be open, and be critical with himself, and that is a massive skill from a player, when he’s so open to improve, and then the conditions he has are amazing to be one of the best center halves in the world.”

To state the completely obvious, Pochettino was wise to utilize Aldeweireld and Vertonghen as training wheels for Sanchez, if you will, upon his arrival. His athleticism and pace make him 1) the ideal complement to a pair of players who read the game so well; and, 2) perfectly positioned to operate as the last-man, emergency defender on the rare occasion either Belgian is breached.

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For the first time all season, Sanchez started out wide in Alderweireld’s absence (hamstring) against Arsenal last weekend, and for the first time since his arrival, he appeared a flawed — which is to say, human — defender. To his credit, Sanchez gave a quality account of himself on the whole, and finished the game much stronger than he’d started.

No one was more aware of this than Pochettino, though, as he slid Eric Dier into Aldeweireld’s spot for Tuesday’s Champions League triumph over Borusia Dortmund, again deploying Sanchez in the middle. With Aldeweireld expected to miss a couple more weeks at minimum, the Tottenham teamsheet should routinely read Vertonghen-Sanchez-Dier from left to right until he returns.

Lille appoint four interim managers to replace Bielsa

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LILLE, France (AP) A four-man coaching team will take provisional charge of French soccer club Lille in the wake of Marcelo Bielsa’s dismissal.

Lille says Fernando Da Cruz, Joao Sacramento, Benoit Delaval and Franck Mantaux will be in charge of the team until further notice.

Lille announced earlier this week that Bielsa had been suspended “as part of a procedure started by the club” following a 3-0 loss at Amiens.

The northern side is in 19th place and next travels Saturday to Montpellier, which has the best defense in the league.

Bielsa joined Lille this season but failed to make the club competitive. After finishing a disappointing 11th last season, Lille hired the coach – affectionately known as El Loco Bielsa (Crazy Bielsa) – with the aim of returning to the Champions League.

Irregular heartbeat the cause of Carrick’s recent absence

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Manchester United captain Michael Carrick hasn’t played for his club since Sept. 20, a confounding period of more than two months now, and the reason for the 36-year-old midfielder’s absence has finally come to light: an irregular heartbeat.

[ MORE: Mourinho slams critics (again), gives injury updates ]

The condition, which Carrick announced himself on Friday, was first detected after Man United’s League Cup victory over Burton Albion. He has since undergone a cardiac ablation, a procedure to scar or destroy tissue in your heart that’s allowing incorrect electrical signals to cause an abnormal heart rhythm, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Carrick was named the new United captain this summer following the departure of Wayne Rooney. As told in the above statement, he is working toward full fitness and once again being available for selection in Jose Mourinho’s side.

Hooray for modern technology and medicine, which allow otherwise baffling medical conditions to be diagnosed, treated and recovered from in a matter of weeks or months.