Six must-see Premier League games on NBC Sports early in 2014-15 season

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With the announcement of the 2014-15 Premier League TV schedule on NBC Sports Group arriving on Wednesday ahead of the new season, there are some cracking games coming your way.

There is just one month until it all begins on NBCSN, NBC, CNBC and across the network of channels.

[RELATED: 2014-15 PL TV schedule]

Massive clashes between title contenders, local derbies and plenty more mouth-watering matchups are coming your way during the first three months of the season. Below are details on the top six matches to pencil into your planner, plus every single game in the first three months of the season and how you can watch them via NBC Sports.

You will not want to miss these.

Don’t forget: all Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

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NBC Sports Group’s “Pick Six” Matches for the First Three Months of the Season

LIVERPOOL V. SOUTHAMPTON: Sunday, Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Two teams on the heels of a successful 2013-14 season will meet in the Premier League’s opening weekend: Liverpool, which earned a Champions League berth as league runners-up, and Southampton, which finished eighth, equaling their best-ever Premier League finish. The Reds acquired former Southampton teammates and England internationals Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert this summer, but face Southampton without Premier League leading scorer Luis Suarez (31 goals) who was transferred to FC Barcelona. The match will be Southampton manager Ronald Koeman’s first with the club.

MANCHESTER CITY V. LIVERPOOL: Monday, Aug. 25, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Last season’s top two teams face off as Liverpool head to the Etihad for a Monday matinee with defending champions Manchester City. In the most recent meeting between the two clubs on April 13, the Reds edged City, 3-2, in an unforgettable match that many consider the best of the 2013-14 season. The win put Liverpool in control of the title race, but a loss to Chelsea was followed by a shocking 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace, and Manchester City went on to win their final five games and lift the trophy on Championship Sunday.

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Chelsea and Man City will square off early in the season.

MANCHESTER CITY V. CHELSEA: Sunday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Last season, despite beating eventual champions Manchester City in both league meetings, Chelsea finished third under manager Jose Mourinho. This summer they’ve strengthened their attack by bringing in Spanish international forward Diego Costa, who led La Liga champions Atletico Madrid with 27 goals last season, and his World Cup teammate Cesc Fabregas, a 27-year-old playmaker who has starred for both FC Barcelona and Arsenal during his 11-year club career.

“DOUBLE DERBY DAY:” LIVERPOOL V. EVERTON: Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN:

The sixth week of the Premier League season is highlighted by two of the biggest derbies in English soccer. First, the Merseyside derby takes center stage, as Everton and U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard (15 clean sheets last season, third-most among BPL ‘keepers) make the less-than one mile trip across Stanley Park to face neighbors Liverpool. Everton looks to build upon last year’s success under manager Roberto Martinez, who guided the Toffees to a fifth place finish in his debut season to earn a Europa League berth.

“DOUBLE DERBY DAY:” ARSENAL V. TOTTENHAM: Saturday, Sept. 27, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN:

Following Liverpool-Everton is a London Derby featuring rivals Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates, where Spurs haven’t won since 2010. Last season, the Gunners completed the season double over Tottenham with a pair of 1-0 wins and finished ahead of their rivals for the 19th straight year. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the longest-tenured manager in the league, guided the club to the 2013-14 FA Cup title, ending a nine-year trophy drought. Spurs will be looking to re-establish themselves as top-four contenders under newly appointed manager Mauricio Pochettino.

MANCHESTER UNITED V. EVERTON: Sunday, Oct. 5, 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Everton travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United and new manager Louis van Gaal, who will join the squad this week after leading Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup. The Toffees came out victorious in both meetings last season, completing the season double over United for the first time in 44 years.

Full NBCUniversal schedule for the first three months of the Premier League season

(NOTE: TBD indicates that there will be one match in that time slot on NBCSN, in some cases one match on mun2, and remaining non-NBCSN games on Premier League Extra Time. Final channel assignments for those matches will be made in the coming weeks.)

Date Time (ET) Home Away Network
Sat., Aug. 16 7:45 a.m. Man United Swansea City NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Aug. 16 10 a.m. Leicester City Everton TBD
Sat., Aug. 16 10 a.m. West Ham Tottenham TBD
Sat., Aug. 16 10 a.m. Stoke City Aston Villa TBD
Sat., Aug. 16 10 a.m. Queens Park Rangers Hull City TBD
Sat., Aug. 16 10 a.m. West Brom Sunderland TBD
Sat., Aug. 16 12:30 p.m. Arsenal Crystal Palace NBC, mun2
Sun., Aug. 17 8:30 a.m. Liverpool Southampton NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 17 11 a.m. Newcastle Man City NBCSN, Telemundo
Mon., Aug. 18 3 p.m. Burnley Chelsea NBCSN, mun2
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Sat., Aug. 23 7:45 a.m. Aston Villa Newcastle NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Chelsea Leicester City TBD, mun2
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Crystal Palace West Ham TBD
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Southampton West Brom TBD
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Swansea City Burnley TBD
Sat., Aug. 23 12:30 p.m. Everton Arsenal NBC, mun2
Sun., Aug. 24 8:30 a.m. Tottenham Queens Park Rangers CNBC
Sun., Aug. 24 8:30 a.n. Hull City Stoke City Extra Time
Sun., Aug. 24 11 a.m. Sunderland Man United NBCSN, Telemundo
Mon., Aug 25 3 p.m. Man City Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
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Sat., Aug. 30 7:45 a.m. Burnley Man United NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 30 10 a.m. Man City Stoke City TBD, mun2
Sat., Aug. 30 10 a.m. West Ham Southampton TBD
Sat., Aug. 30 10 a.m. Aston Villa Hull City TBD
Sat., Aug. 30 10 a.m. Newcastle Crystal Palace TBD
Sat., Aug. 30 10 a.m. Swansea City West Brom TBD
Sat., Aug. 30 10 a.m. Queens Park Rangers Sunderland TBD
Sat., Aug. 30 12:30 p.m. Everton Chelsea NBC, mun2
Sun., Aug 31 8:30 a.m. Tottenham Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Aug 31 11 a.m. Leicester City Arsenal NBCSN, Telemundo
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Sat., Sept. 13 7:45 a.m. Arsenal Man City NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Sept. 13 10 a.m. Chelsea Swansea City TBD
Sat., Sept. 13 10 a.m. West Brom Everton TBD
Sat., Sept. 13 10 a.m. Sunderland Tottenham TBD
Sat., Sept. 13 10 a.m. Southampton Newcastle TBD
Sat., Sept. 13 10 a.m. Crystal Palace Burnley TBD
Sat., Sept. 13 10 a.m. Stoke City Leicester City TBD
Sat., Sept. 13 12:30 p.m. Liverpool Aston Villa NBC, mun2
Sun., Sept. 14 11 a.m. Man United Queens Park Rangers NBCSN, Telemundo
Mon., Sept. 15 3 p.m. Hull City West Ham NBCSN
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Sat., Sept. 20 7:45 a.m. Queens Park Rangers Stoke City NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 20 10 a.m. Aston Villa Arsenal TBD, mun2
Sat., Sept. 20 10 a.m. Tottenham West Brom TBD
Sat., Sept. 20 10 a.m. Swansea City Southampton TBD
Sat., Sept. 20 10 a.m. Newcastle Hull City TBD
Sat., Sept. 20 10 a.m. Burnley Sunderland TBD
Sat., Sept. 20 12:30 p.m. West Ham Liverpool NBC, mun2
Sun., Sept. 21 8:30 a.m. Leicester City Man United CNBC
Sun., Sept. 21 11 a.m. Man City Chelsea NBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Sept. 21 11 a.m. Everton Crystal Palace Extra Time
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Sat., Sept. 27 7:45 a.m. Liverpool Everton NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Sept. 27 10 a.m. Hull City Man City TBD, mun2
Sat., Sept. 27 10 a.m. Man United West Ham TBD
Sat., Sept. 27 10 a.m. Chelsea Aston Villa TBD
Sat., Sept. 27 10 a.m. Crystal Palace Leicester City TBD
Sat., Sept. 27 10 a.m. Sunderland Swansea City TBD
Sat., Sept. 27 10 a.m. Southampton Queens Park Rangers TBD
Sat., Sept. 27 12:30 p.m. Arsenal Tottenham NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Sept. 28 11 p.m. West Brom Burnley NBCSN
Mon., Sept. 29 3 p.m. Stoke City Newcastle NBCSN
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Sat., Oct. 4 10 a.m. Liverpool West Brom TBD, mun2
Sat., Oct. 4 10 a.m. Tottenham Southampton TBD
Sat., Oct. 4 10 a.m. Swansea City Newcastle TBD
Sat., Oct. 4 10 a.m. Hull City Crystal Palace TBD
Sat., Oct. 4 10 a.m. Leicester City Burnley TBD
Sat., Oct. 4 10 a.m. Sunderland Stoke City TBD
Sat., Oct. 4 12:30 p.m. Aston Villa Man City NBC, mun2
Sun., Oct. 5 7 a.m. Man United Everton NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Oct. 5 9:05 a.m. Chelsea Arsenal NBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Oct. 5 11:15 a.m. West Ham Queens Park Rangers NBCSN
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Sat., Oct. 18 7:45 a.m. Man City Tottenham NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Crystal Palace Chelsea TBD, mun2
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Arsenal Hull City TBD
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Everton Aston Villa TBD
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Newcastle Leicester City TBD
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Southampton Sunderland TBD
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Burnley West Ham TBD
Sun., Oct. 19 8:30 a.m. Queens Park Rangers Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Oct. 19 11 a.m. Stoke City Swansea City NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 3 p.m. West Brom Man United NBCSN, mun2
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Sat., Oct. 25 7:45 a.m. West Ham Man City NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 25 10 a.m. Sunderland Arsenal TBD, mun2
Sat., Oct. 25 10 a.m. Liverpool Hull City TBD
Sat., Oct. 25 10 a.m. Tottenham Newcastle TBD
Sat., Oct. 25 10 a.m. Southampton Stoke City TBD
Sat., Oct. 25 10 a.m. West Brom Crystal Palace TBD
Sat., Oct. 25 12:30 p.m. Swansea City Leicester City NBC
Sun., Oct 26 9:30 a.m. Burnley Everton NBCSN
Sun., Oct 26 Noon Man United Chelsea NBC, Telemundo
Mon., Oct. 27 4 p.m. Queens Park Rangers Aston Villa NBCSN, mun2
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Sat., Nov. 1 8:45 a.m. Newcastle Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 1 11 a.m. Chelsea Queens Park Rangers TBD, mun2
Sat., Nov. 1 11 a.m. Arsenal Burnley TBD
Sat., Nov. 1 11 a.m. Everton Swansea City TBD
Sat., Nov. 1 11 a.m. Hull City Southampton TBD
Sat., Nov. 1 11 a.m. Stoke City West Ham TBD
Sat., Nov. 1 11 a.m. Leicester City West Brom TBD
Sun., Nov. 2 8:30 a.m. Man City Man United NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Nov. 2 11 a.m. Aston Villa Tottenham NBCSN
Mon., Nov. 3 3 p.m. Crystal Palace Sunderland NBCSN, mun2
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Sat., Nov. 8 7:45 a.m. Liverpool Chelsea NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 8 10 a.m. Man United Crystal Palace TBD, mun2
Sat., Nov. 8 10 a.m. Tottenham Stoke City TBD
Sat., Nov. 8 10 a.m. West Ham Aston Villa TBD
Sat., Nov. 8 10 a.m. Southampton Leicester City TBD
Sat., Nov. 8 10 a.m. Burnley Hull City TBD
Sat., Nov. 8 12:30 p.m. Queens Park Rangers Man City NBC, mun2
Sun., Nov. 9 8:30 a.m. Sunderland Everton NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 9 8:30 a.m. West Brom Newcastle Extra Time
Sun., Nov. 9 11 a.m. Swansea City Arsenal NBCSN
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Sat., Nov. 22 10 a.m. Man City Swansea City TBD, mun2
Sat., Nov. 22 10 a.m. Chelsea West Brom TBD
Sat., Nov. 22 10 a.m. Everton West Ham TBD
Sat., Nov. 22 10 a.m. Newcastle Queens Park Rangers TBD
Sat., Nov. 22 10 a.m. Stoke City Burnley TBD
Sat., Nov. 22 10 a.m. Leicester City Sunderland TBD
Sat., Nov. 22 12:30 p.m. Arsenal Man United NBC, mun2
Sun., Nov 23 8:30 a.m. Crystal Palace Liverpool CNBC
Sun., Nov 23 11 a.m. Hull City Tottenham NBCSN
Mon., Nov. 24 3 p.m. Aston Villa Southampton NBCSN, mun2
***
Sat., Nov. 29 7:45 a.m. West Brom Arsenal NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Man United Hull City TBD, mun2
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Liverpool Stoke City TBD
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. West Ham Newcastle TBD
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Swansea City Crystal Palace TBD
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Burnley Aston Villa TBD
Sat., Nov. 29 10 a.m. Queens Park Rangers Leicester City TBD
Sat., Nov. 29 12:30 p.m. Sunderland Chelsea NBC
Sun., Nov. 30 8:30 a.m. Southampton Man City NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 30 11 a.m. Tottenham Everton NBCSN

Everton 1-0 Newcastle: Walcott blast has Toffees up to eighth

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Everton earned a 1-0 win against Newcastle on Monday behind Theo Walcott‘s second-half strike at Goodison Park.

The victory puts the Toffees into eighth place, leaping over Leicester City for the time being — as the Foxes have an extra game in hand.

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The former Arsenal man broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half when Walcott blasted the ball into the roof of the net following a lofted cross from Yannick Bolasie.

For Walcott, it’s his third goal since joining Everton in 2017/18 from the Gunners.

The visitors had their fair share of opportunities on the day, particularly through Ayoze Pérez, who was active all throughout the match.

Perez nearly broke the deadlock after the half hour mark when he tested goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 31st minute with a diving save in the bottom left corner.

Phil Jagielka came close four minutes later when his close-range attempt narrowly missed the top left corner after Michael Keane‘s flicked header off a corner kick.

The Spanish forward was at it again in the second stanza, and nearly found the back of the net when his header was saved in the center of the goal off of a cross from Kenedy.

Newcastle pushed hard for an equalizer in the dying moments, and even played up a man for a few minutes when Leighton Baines was tended to for a head injury, but the Magpies couldn’t even the score.

Sweden coach: Ibrahimovic must call in order to have chance at World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently raised the stakes when he said, “I am going to the World Cup, yes!” despite having previously declared his retirement from international soccer.

Although the LA Galaxy forward’s comments on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show may not be a clear indication of his involvement in this summer’s World Cup in Russia, Ibrahimovic certainly has an interest in representing his native Sweden once again.

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Now, all the veteran goalscorer has to do is pick up the phone and call Sweden coach Janne Andersson, according to the manager.

“He can do it,” Andersson told kicker. “But If he changes his opinion, contacts me and tells me ‘yes, I want to be part of it,’ then we’ll sit down and discuss what that would mean, how we play these days and so on. But that’s all speculation.

“I don’t know [if he’d still fit into the team]. But I also don’t think about it. I take the things as they come if they come. If you want to be part of it, you must call me. Easy as that.”

The 36-year-old retired from the international game following Sweden’s involvement in EURO 2016, and Andersson says that he had no intention of calling up Ibrahimovic prior to the media-driven questions surrounding the striker.

Ibrahimovic ranks first all-time for his homeland in goals scored (62) since debuting for Sweden back in 2001.

“Not him, or anyone else who retired. But there’s this media noise,” he said. “I have no problem with those questions [about a possible return]. Not with what he says or what is written in media.”

Several of Sweden’s current players, including goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson recently stated that bringing Ibrahimovic back into the fold may disrupt the rhythm created within the squad — who handled Italy in their World Cup qualifying playoff to reach the final tournament in June.

FIFA subjects 2026 Morocco World Cup bid to fresh scrutiny

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Morocco’s World Cup bid is facing fresh scrutiny this week with the arrival of another delegation from FIFA after an initial task force found deficiencies in the proposals for the 2026 tournament.

In a downbeat conclusion to the visit by the FIFA inspectors last week, Morocco’s bid leader acknowledged it had to improve the quality of the submission made to FIFA in March because inadequacies were identified by football’s governing body.

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The previously unplanned second inspection of Morocco is an indication of the more rigorous process introduced by FIFA following criticism in 2010 that World Cups were awarded to the riskiest nations in 2018 (Russia) and 2022 (Qatar).

There will also be closer scrutiny of human rights of the bidders before the vote on June 13 when Morocco is currently due to be taking on a joint challenge from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Associated Press revealed last week Morocco did not declare its anti-LGBT law to FIFA in the human rights risk assessment included in the bid book. The documents – along with the North American submission – will now be scrutinized for any gaps by human rights experts.

“That process involves an expert third-party assessment of the robustness of the human rights content of both bids that will directly inform the administration’s own evaluation,” Rachel Davis, who sits on FIFA’s human rights advisory board, told the AP.

“We are confident that the process will result in a fair assessment of the human rights situation in all four countries involved in the bids, and a roadmap for how to deal with any deficiencies that FIFA will then require the successful bidder to commit to.”

Davis, who is managing director of the Shift human rights organization, said an evaluation of the human rights in the bidding nations will be included in a report to the FIFA Council, which will also assess the verdict of the evaluation task force. A bid with low scores can be blocked by the council from advancing to a vote of up to 207 football nations at the FIFA Congress on June 13.

While Morocco has said it needs to spend almost $16 billion on infrastructure for the 48-team World Cup, including building or renovating all 14 stadiums, North American does not require any tournament-specific building work. Morocco bid president Moulay Hafid Elalamy said at the end of the FIFA inspection that officials “made some remarks on the conditions of some of the stadiums.”

The new batch of technical staff being deployed from FIFA HQ to Morocco did not make a similar follow-up visit to North America after the task force inspected the rival bid’s facilities this month.

“Following the visit of the 2026 bid evaluation task force to Morocco last week, it was decided to have an additional working visit this week to complement the initial analysis of the task force and clarify some aspects of the bid,” FIFA told the AP.

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Watch Live: Everton v. Newcastle

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Everton host Newcastle United on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with the Toffees and Magpies both sitting pretty in midtable.

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Sam Allardyce and Rafael Benitez have both been around the block a few times but at the moment Allardyce is under pressure and Benitez is working miracles with four wins on the spin as the newly-promoted Magpies have stayed solid defensively all season.

In team news Everton start Tosun, Walcott and Bolasie in attack with Wayne Rooney in midfield.

Newcastle make one change with Islam Slimani making his first start for the Magpies as he comes in for Dwight Gayle.

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