Premier League action on NBC Sports is upon us my friends.
On Saturday we kick things off with silky soccer taking center stage as Southampton host Everton live on NBCSN at 7:45 a.m. ET, then a Fulham’s survival bid takes center stage as they host Hull City at Craven Cottage. You can watch Felix Magath’s men take on the Tigers, who still aren’t out of danger, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Then we switch our attention to Old Trafford as Manchester United take on Norwich City live on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET, as the Red Devils usher in a new era with Ryan Giggs in charge.
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On Sunday we have another triple-header coming your way, as Sunderland and Cardiff clash in a relegation six-pointer at the Stadium of Light at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN, then the big one has arrived at Anfield. Liverpool host Chelsea at 9:05 a.m. ET on NBCSN, with the Reds knowing a win will all but eliminate Chelsea from the title race. Can Jose Mourinho’s men scupper Liverpool’s title charge? Then we switch to Selhurst Park, as in-form Crystal Palace welcome Manchester City at 11:10 a.m. ET. The Citizens know they must win to keep their title hopes alive. Defeat is not an option.
To finish things off, on Monday Arsenal host Newcastle live on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET with the Gunners hoping to tighten their grip on fourth place.
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
7:45 a.m. ET: Southampton vs. Everton – NBCSN
10:00 a.m. ET: Fulham vs. Hull City – NBCSN
10:00 a.m. ET: West Brom vs. West Ham – Premier League Extratime
10:00 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Aston Villa – Premier League Extratime
10:00 a.m. ET: Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League Extratime
12:30 p.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Norwich City – NBC
7:00 a.m. ET: Sunderland vs. Cardiff – NBCSN
9:05 a.m. ET: Liverpool vs. Chelsea – NBCSN
11:10 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City – NBCSN
3:00 p.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Newcastle – NBCSN
Goals and controversial penalty decisions are a big part of Saturday morning’s quartet of Premier League matches, all of which are at the break.
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Arsenal 1-1 Stoke City
Joe Allen took an elbow from Granit Xhaka inside the 18, and Lee Mason awarded a PK that Charlie Adam converted to give the visitors an early lead. But Theo Walcott scored his 100th goal as a Gunner off a classy Hector Bellerin cross to make it 1-1 before the break.
Burnley 2-1 Bournemouth
The Cherries will have to dig out of another hole this week, and it all began with Jeff Hendrick‘s phenomenal opener. Fellow Irishman Steven Ward scored an economical to goal to double the lead.
But Ryan Fraser continued his fine December with an assist on Benik Afobe‘s goal before halftime.
Hull City 1-0 Crystal Palace
Robert Snodgrass drew a penalty with a pretty easy grass grab, and the Tigers have a
Swansea City 0-0 Sunderland
Not much cooking at the Liberty Stadium.
One win in 10 for Ronald Koeman‘s Everton has the Dutchman on the hot seat.
Koeman seems to be clawing for air after the Toffees’ latest setback, a 3-2 loss at Watford.
The loss puts the Hornets ahead of Everton on the PL table, and — while unlikely — it’s a mathematical possibility that the Toffees could be a bottom half team by the end of the weekend.
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That’s a brutal development for a club expected to challenge for a European place this season.
“I see a lot of similar problems in the team. The team is too much reactive. Of course it’s maybe a lack of confidence, but if you start the game well, 1-0 up, you need a bigger belief in the team and not going back and defending, and nervous, and not enough ball possession. In my opinion that’s a problem.”
A big problem with that? It can be put down to the manager. Is Koeman in trouble already?
Jeff Hendrick, take a bow.
Burnley’s Republic of Ireland international midfielder pulled off a stunning piece of skill on Saturday to put the Clarets ahead against Bournemouth.
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A long ball forward was flicked on to Hendrick and he took a stunning first touch to tee himself and then settled himself before spanking a volley into the top corner.
Sensational goal from Burnley’s club-record signing.
Click play on the video above to watch it.
There’s a danger in observing Lionel Messi on a week-by-week basis, and it has a lot to do with how he makes greatness look routine.
So while it’s easy to dismiss yet another mazy dribble through a defense, one of those “Frogger” style with calm-but-vicious cutbacks, try to consider everything that goes into Messi’s second goal against Osasuna early Saturday.
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On first look, you might count 9 touches for Messi starting with his right-footed collection of the ball. But move to the slow motion replays, and recognize the truth: Often Messi is letting the ball do the work for him, essentially moving the duo closer to goal while he used his preferred left foot as a must-respect threat.
That he does it in such traffic and at full speed is incredible. It’s literally one of those goals in which a linguistic luminary like Ray Hudson would have trouble over-emphasizing the greatness.
Messi now has 11 La Liga goals in 12 matches, and 22 in 19 overall.