WATCH: Premier League TV Schedule – Week 28

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It’s Friday, you’re heading home from the office and the moment you’ve been looking forward to all week has arrived.

The Premier League action on NBC Sports is upon us my friends.

Kicking off the action on Saturday, we have a ding-dong West London derby between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage. Jose Mourinho’s Blues make the short 1.8 mile trip down Fulham Road and you can watch it unfold live on NBCSN at 10 a.m. ET. Then the late game on NBCSN at 12:30 p.m. ET is Southampton vs. Liverpool, as the Saints aim to bag a third-straight Premier League win over Luis Suarez and co. Saints had four players called into the England squad this week, so expect their young side to be brimming with confidence.


On Sunday the action continues as Tottenham host struggling Cardiff City at White Hart Lane, you can watch that game live on NBCSN as coverage begins from 10:30 a.m. ET. Tim Sherwood’s Spurs need a win to keep in the top four hunt, while Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Bluebirds need anything that can get to try and get out of the bottom three.

You can watch NBC and USA for our feature games and watch every single second of every single game live this season online via NBC Sports Live Extra and the NBC Sports Live Extra App.

Via your TV you can watch the games live on Premier League Extra Time. Here’s your full TV schedule for the coming days. Enjoy.


10am ET: Fulham vs. Chelsea – NBCSN
10am ET: Hull City vs. Newcastle United – Premier League Extratime
10am ET: Stoke City vs. Arsenal – Premier League Extratime
10am ET: Everton vs. West Ham United – Premier League Extratime
12:30pm ET: Southampton vs. Liverpool – NBCSN

11:30am ET: Aston Villa vs. Norwich City – Premier League Extratime
11:30am ET: Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace – Premier League Extratime
11:30am ET: Tottenham vs. Cardiff City – NBCSN

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Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid CF
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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?

Olivier Giroud: “I must harden myself” to unseat Walcott

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Is it just me, or does the press really only ever get noteworthy quotes from players during international breaks?

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I suppose it’s not surprising, given Premier League players get away from the mean ole British press, go back to their respective homelands and speak with journalists they’ve likely known since their early playing days, thus feel more comfortable opening up about key issues.

Anyway, today we have Olivier Giroud essentially calling himself out for having lost the starting striker’s job at Arsenal because he’s been outplayed of late by Theo Walcott. As discussed before, this is bad news for Giroud because he’s now falling down the depth chart for France with next summer’s European Championship on the horizon.

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Giroud, on losing his place at Arsenal — quotes from the Guardian:

“At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change.

“Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. It is something new for me.

“I was in [Walcott’s] place in previous seasons at Arsenal. I imagine what he must have been thinking. But I feel that the coach believes in me.”

Giroud goes on to cast into doubt his own confidence, stating in very certain terms he needs “to believe more in [his] abilities.” Giroud’s always come across as a bit of an existentialist, but it’s always strange to hear players publicly call themselves out — particularly their confidence — as if that’s not going to increase the pressure currently weighing down on them.

[ MORE: Rodgers reportedly chosen to take over at Aston Villa ]

The next eight months are going to be monumentally important in Giroud’s career, as the 29-year-old attempts to prove he’s worth keeping around at Arsenal and deserving of a place in the national team squad for next summer’s EUROs, which are to be played in France.