WATCH: Premier League live on NBC Sports Live Extra – Week 35

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

On Saturday morning you’re in for a treat, as a London derby between Tottenham and Fulham takes place at White Hart Lane at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Both teams need to win for very different reasons as Spurs are in the hunt for a top four spot, while Fulham are fighting against the drop. Then Cardiff City host Stoke City at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN with the Bluebirds hoping to climb out of the relegation zone with a win. Rounding things off on Saturday, Chelsea face Sunderland on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET as second play 20th in a must-win game for both the title chasing Blues and relegation haunted Sunderland.

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There’s a triple header coming your way on Sunday on NBCSN as league leaders Liverpool travel to Norwich City at 7:00 a.m. ET, then a dress rehearsal of the FA Cup final takes place at the KC Stadium as Hull host Arsenal at 9:05 a.m. ET. To finish off the madness Tim Howard celebrates his new Everton deal by facing his old club Manchester United at 11:10 a.m. ET with David Moyes, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini heading back to Goodison Park.

You can watch NBCSN 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. Enjoy.

FULL TV SCHEDULE

Saturday

7:45 a.m. ET: Tottenham vs. Fulham – NBCSN
10:00 a.m. ET: Cardiff City vs. Stoke City – NBCSN
10:00 a.m. ET: West Ham vs. Crystal Palace – Premier League Extratime
10:00 a.m. ET: Aston Villa vs. Southampton – Premier League Extratime
10:00 a.m. ET: Newcastle vs. Swansea City – Premier League Extratime
12:30 p.m. ET: Chelsea vs. Sunderland – NBC

Sunday

7:00 a.m. ET: Norwich City vs. Liverpool NBCSN
9:05 a.m. ET: Hull vs. Arsenal – NBCSN
11:10 a.m. ET: Everton vs. Manchester United – NBCSN

Monday

3:00 p.m. ET: Man City vs. West Brom – NBCSN

 

Premier League notes: Wanyama, Bolasie return after long layoffs, Sakho injured

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Two Premier League clubs saw a pair of players return to the field after long spells on the sidelines.

Tottenham revealed that Victor Wanyama took part in training on Monday for the first time since suffering a knee injury in late August, which has kept him off the field since then. Wanyama started in both of Tottenham’s first two fixtures of the season before the injury.

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At the same time in the northwest of England, Yannick Bolasie returned to the field for Everton’s reserves for the first time since suffering a torn ACL last December against Manchester United. Everton manager Sam Allardyce hinted recently that Bolasie could even make the first team subs bench before the end of the calendar year as he continues his rehab.

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Report: Sporting KC on verge of signing French midfielder Croizet

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Sporting Kansas City could be adding some European flair to its midfield this offseason.

According to multiple reports, the MLS club is in negotiations to sign French midfielder Yohan Croizet, who currently plays for Belgian first division side KV Mechelen. Croizet, who reportedly cost Mechelen a transfer fee worth more than $1 million, has started all 15 games he’s played for his side this season but has been substituted off on seven occasions and Mechelen are currently struggling in the league, sitting in 13th place with 18 points from 18 games.

Croizet hasn’t played since November 17, and appears on his way out.

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Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes, a Hungarian-American, is no stranger to the European market and has brought over plenty of diamonds in the rough from Europe to star with Sporting KC. Some previous examples, though in different positions from Croizet, include current winger Gerso, Krisztián Németh, Uri Rosell, and Aurelien Collin.

It will be interesting to see where Croizet plays in the Sporting KC side should it sign him, and how he works with Benny Feilhaber, who is turning 33-years old in January.

Arsenal lands Ostersunds in Europa League draw

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Arsenal will face a team with an English connection in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32.

The Gunners were paired with Swedish side Ostersunds in the Europa League knockout stage draw Monday, with matches set to be played on February 15 and February 22. Ostersund are managed by Englishman Graham Potter, who played in the Championship and lower in England before starting his managerial career with Ostersunds in 2010 in the fourth tier of Swedish soccer.

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Ostersunds surprised many earlier this year winning the Swedish Cup to qualify for the Europa League, and then advanced out of a group that included Hertha Berlin and Athletic Bilbao.

It represents an interesting draw for Arsenal, which will have to balance the squad during a tough February. The weekend prior to the first-leg match is the second leg of the North London derby against Tottenham, and following the second match with Ostersunds is a showdown with Manchester City.

Here’s a look at how the rest of the draw shook out:

Champions League last 16 draw sets up huge clashes

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The Round of 16 draw for the UEFA Champions League did not disappoint.

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We have some monster clashes with Chelsea facing Barcelona, once again, and the reigning champs Real Madrid paired with the favorites Paris Saint-Germain.

With five Premier League teams remaining, Tottenham have been handed a tough draw against Italian champions Juventus who were also runners up in the UCL last season, while Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool will all be rather happy with their draws.

United have been drawn against Spanish side Sevilla, Liverpool will face FC Porto and Man City clash with Basel.

Below is the draw in full, while UEFA has also released the schedule for the games with Man City, Spurs, Liverpool and Man United all playing their second legs at home.