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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Dempsey, Sounders steal a point on wild night in Portland

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The game in 100 words (or less): An entire game can change in the blink of an eye. For the Seattle Sounders, that blink came in the 44th minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers. Up 1-0 by way of Joevin Jones’ opener in the 27th minute, the defending MLS Cup champs were poised to head into halftime with a one-goal advantage and every belief imaginable that they’d been the better team for the entire first half. Blink. Brad Evans wrapped his legs around Darlington Nagbe, giving away a penalty and earning himself a red card, just like that, in the blink of an eye. Fanendo Adi stepped up to convert from the spot, but it still was to be a hard-fought 1-1 scoreline from Seattle’s perspective. Then, Dairon Asprilla got loose, completely unmarked atop the six-yard box, on a corner kick, and it was 2-1 after four minutes of first-half stoppage time. 45 more minutes pass, and the Timbers… blink. Clint Dempsey, 34 years old but fresh off the bench 40 minutes earlier, out-leaps everyone in the box and heads past Jake Gleeson to steal a point for Seattle.

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Three Four moments that mattered

27′ — Jones gets two chances, puts the second away — It’s a classic case of “I dropped my controller” from Alvas Powell, who just stops as Jones cuts across the penalty area. There’s no reason Jones should get a second look on this one.

44′ — Evans brings down Nagbe in the box, sees red — Goodbye, lead. Goodbye 11 versus 11. Things would unravel very quickly for Seattle.

45+4′ — Asprilla rises above to make it 2-1 — Seattle’s marking of Asprilla was nonexistent, and the Colombian showed off some serious hops to get his head to David Guzman’s corner kick.

90+4′ — Dempsey heads home deep in stoppage time — A costly turnover by Asprilla, a hit-it-and-pray cross by Roman Torres, and Dempsey snatches a point at the death.

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Man of the match: Cristian Roldan

Goalscorers: Jones (27′), Adi (45′ – PK), Asprilla (45+4′), Dempsey (90+4′)

Russia has reasons for optimism despite Confed Cup exit

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MOSCOW (AP) When the anger subsides after another group stage exit and another goalkeeping blunder, Russian fans might find they can be proud of their team at the Confederations Cup.

Russia failed to reach the knockout rounds of a fourth major tournament in a row, but there’s no shame in losing by one goal to European champion Portugal and North American champion Mexico.

“We will move on,” coach Stanislav Cherchesov said after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Mexico. “We have won (the fans’) hearts and minds to a certain extent in this month that we have been together … I think that we have given some reasons to feel optimistic about us.”

If Russia’s fans agreed with Cherchesov that Russia had done well to limit Portugal to a single Cristiano Ronaldo goal, there was frustration that Russia hadn’t done better against a poor Mexican side.

Russia wasted chances to exploit Mexico’s ragged defending and add to Alexander Samedov’s opener, while goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev performed an inexplicable lunge which allowed Hirving Lozano to head in the winner. Akinfeev was lucky not to be red-carded, too, after his foot caught Lozano in the chest.

Akinfeev was the immediate scapegoat for Russia’s exit, with fans and newspapers calling for his removal.

The most-capped player in the squad – the Mexico game was his 101st international appearance – Akinfeev’s bulletproof consistency in the Russian Premier League has kept him the undisputed national-team No. 1 for years.

When the world is watching, though, he gets flustered and makes mistakes.

Against South Korea at the 2014 World Cup, an innocuous long shot slipped from his grasp and went in, paving the way for another early Russian exit from the tournament. There have been more than a few blunders in the 43 games since Akinfeev last kept a clean sheet for CSKA in the Champions League, too.

But it’s hard to see who could replace him. The naturalized Brazilian reserve keeper Guilheme is agile but injury prone, while Vladimir Gabulov is a solid but unspectacular veteran. Zenit St. Petersburg’s Yuri Lodygin challenged Akinfeev for a while, but was brought low by his own tendency for embarrassing errors.

On the positive side for Russia, defender Georgy Dzhikiya was solid in all three group games after having only made his debut on June 5, and Cherchesov’s three-man back line was mostly reliable.

Less successful was Cherchesov’s attempt to bolster the midfield by starting Roman Shishkin – usually a defender – in a defensive midfield role against Portugal and Mexico, while 33-year-old ex-Chelsea winger Yuri Zhirkov did his World Cup hopes no favors with a red card Saturday.

Russia’s run of injuries before the tournament weakened the midfield in particular, with Alan Dzagoev and the promising Roman Zobnin both missing out. Forward Artyom Dzyuba’s absence left Cherchesov relying heavily on Fyodor Smolov, who showed touches of class but missed a good chance against Portugal.

Perhaps the biggest damage from Russia’s Confederations Cup exit will be to Russian pride.

Officials have often bragged that the home advantage for next year’s World Cup could drive Russia to new heights, perhaps a repeat of South Korea’s charge to the semifinals in 2002. Those expectations are now being reviewed.

Just one World Cup host in history – South Africa in 2010 – has failed to get out of the group stage. Avoiding a repeat may be the most Russia can hope for.

FOLLOW LIVE: Timbers host Sounders in PNW showdown

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They don’t get much bigger, or more heated, than this one in MLS — it’s Portland versus Seattle, the Timbers versus the Sounders, tonight at Providence Park (10 p.m. ET).

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Seattle won the first meeting between these sides, 1-0 back on May 27, on their home turf at CenturyLink Field. Cristian Roldan, who’ll depart for U.S. national team camp following Sunday’s game, scored the only goal that afternoon in Seattle, a 4th-minute header from three yards out.

Mustafi: Arsenal players powerless, hope “brilliant” Sanchez will stay

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Shkodran Mustafi admits that he, along with his Arsenal teammates, feels helpless with over the ongoing transfer saga of Alexis Sanchez.

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The Chilean superstar is linked with a move away from Arsenal this summer, as the Gunners fell out of the Premier League’s top-four and the 28-year-old’s contract is set to expire next summer. Perhaps most importantly, Sanchez hasn’t so much as publicly stated a desire to remain at the club, which, from the outside, appears to have left his future in even greater doubt.

Mustafi admits he hasn’t a clue how things will shake out in the coming weeks, but he’s quick with a pleading sales pitch for Sanchez to stay — quotes from Goal.com:

“I have no idea. Obviously the other players cannot make that decision, he has to make that decision.

“I’m not too much involved. I hope he stays because he is a really brilliant football player but there’s nothing in my hands that I can do.”

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Arsenal would likely have to double (if not more) Sanchez’s current $180,000 weekly wages in order to convince him to forego a season in the UEFA Champions League and commit his long-term future to a club presently trending in the wrong direction.