WATCH: Premier League TV Schedule – What to look out for in Week 2

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This weekend the Premier League enters Week 2 and after an incredible opening weekend, plenty of storylines are already brewing ahead of the second slate of games.

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 2, 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

Fulham v. Arsenal (Craven Cottage) 7:45 am EST: *NBCSN

The Gunners need to bounce back from an opening day defeat to Villa, but a tough trip across London to face Fulham isn’t the easiest game, especially after a long midweek trip to Istanbul after beating Fenerbache 3-0. Anything but a win will see Wenger’s men under severe pressure.

Southampton v. Sunderland (St. Mary’s) 10:00 am EST: *NBCSN

A closely fought encounter between two ambitious and rambunctious managers. The aim for the Saints and the Black Cats was to avoid relegation last term, now they want to push on. Southampton’s youngster vs. Altidore and co. will be a great advert to see how far they’ve both come.

Newcastle v. West Ham United (St. James’ Park) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

Newcastle were hammered against Manchester City but will be hoping it’s a different story when the West Ham come to town. The Hammers won comfortably vs. Cardiff last weekend and could cause the Magpies plenty of trouble. Watch out as West Ham manager Sam Allardyce returns to his former club along with plenty of former Newcastle players.

Everton v. West Brom (Goodison Park) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

The first chance for Everton fans to see Roberto Martinez’ attacking revolution up close. Big story in this one will be about Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. After Manchester United had a bid rejected for the duo this week, could it be their final game at home for the Toffees?

Hull City v. Norwich City (KC Stadium) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

A really winnable game for Hull sandwiched in between that opening day away defeat to Chelsea and a tough trip to Manchester City next week. Expect a tough game and watch out for the Tigers two combative midfielders, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, plenty of tackles flying around here.

Stoke City v. Crystal Palace (Britannia Stadium) 10:00 am EST: *Premier League Extra Time

Both teams need a win. Badly. Mark Hughes men were outplayed at Liverpool but almost snatched a draw, this is a must win to get the home fans on his side in Hughes’ first home game in charge since taking over. While Ian Holloway lamented his sides lack of belief vs. Spurs last weekend, can the Eagles cause a big upset at the Britannia?

Aston Villa v. Liverpool (Villa Park) 12:30 pm EST *NBC

What a corker this should be in Birmingham on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers’ free-flowing side take their style and verve to a pacey, young and confident Villa outfit. A win on opening day against Arsenal and almost nabbing a draw at Chelsea on Wednesday is an indicator of how much the Villans have improved. But the Reds mean business this season. Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Villa’s Christian Benteke are the men to watch in this one.

SUNDAY

Tottenham Hotspur v. Swansea City (White Hart Lane) 11:00am EST *NBCSN

Will we get a glimpse of Gareth Bale? Probably not, so this game will be all about how Spurs look for the future without the Welshman as his move to Real Madrid edges ever closer. Swansea pose a much better test for Tottenham than Palace did last weekend, can Roberto Soldado becomes the new hero for Spurs fans?

Cardiff City v. Man City (Cardiff City Stadium) 11:00am EST *Premier League Extra Time

A real humdinger down on the banks of the River Taff in the Welsh capital. Cardiff’s first-ever Premier League home game will see a lively atmosphere dominate but Man City will look to punish any slack defending and Manuel Pellegrini’s new-look side looked superb against Newcastle.

MONDAY

Manchester United v. Chelsea (Old Trafford) 3:00pm EST *NBCSN

Here it is, the first real biggy of the season. José Mourinho heads to Old Trafford to face David Moyes in United’s first-home game since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. This will be a cracker, so many storylines here. Who will will the battle of wits between Mourinho and Moyes? Will this be Rooney’s final game for United before he signs for Chelsea? Can Robin van Persie get the better of John Terry? Watch it all unfold on the NBC Sports Network.

FULL TV SCHEDULE

Saturday’s matches:
7:45 am EST: Fulham v. Arsenal (Craven Cottage) *NBCSN
10:00 am EST: Southampton v. Sunderland (St. Mary’s) *NBCSN
10:00 am EST: Newcastle v. West Ham United (St. James’ Park) *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: Everton v. West Brom (Goodison Park) *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: Hull City v. Norwich City (KC Stadium) *Premier League Extra Time
10:00 am EST: Stoke City v. Crystal Palace (Britannia Stadium) *Premier League Extra Time
12:30 pm EST: Aston Villa v. Liverpool (Villa Park) *NBC

Sunday’s matches:
11:00am EST: Tottenham Hotspur v. Swansea City (White Hart Lane) *NBCSN
11:00am EST: Cardiff City v. Man City (Cardiff City Stadium) *Premier League Extra Time

Monday’s matches:
3:00pm: Manchester United v. Chelsea (Old Trafford) *NBCSN

For full schedules of the matches going forward, bookmark this link.

Everton’s Silva: ‘It is concerning about the goals we didn’t score’

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Like in the two games leading into Friday night, Everton have done their part in creating clear-cut chances.

They haven’t done their part in finishing, however. A major point of concern for manager Marco Silva following his side’s 2-0 loss against Aston Villa. From the BBC:

“It is really difficult to see how we can lose this game when we create so many chances to score. It is a tough place to play football.”

The Toffees have now outshot all three opponents they’ve faced this season (34-21), but have only a goal to speak for their attacking dominance. Against Villa, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Theo Walcott squandered ideal chances in the first and second halves, respectively. In the minutes following his Everton debut, Alex Iwobi was the closest to converting for the visitors, hitting the post in the closing minutes of the match.

Silva, as critical as ever before, acknowledges that despite his team succeeding when it comes to creating chances, they desperately need to move the ball past the white line.

“The most difficult thing is to create and when you do you have to put the ball in the net,” the 42-year-old added. “It is concerning about the goals we didn’t score and of course we should score more. Against Palace we created lots of chances to score and didn’t and again today.”

With a challenging bout against Wolves at Goodison Park next on the schedule, the Portuguese will certainly look to tinker his attack to improve the team’s poor conversion rate. Despite falling to score 10 yards in, Iwobi contributed positively for Everton at Villa Park. Moise Kean, still adjusting to the rigors of the league, can be another prudent option to consider.

Luckily, Everton have time – and a match against Lincoln City midweek – to weigh their options. Silva, as he clearly explained at Villa Park, would want the goals to come in sooner rather than later.

Villa’s Wesley hopes to ‘continue like this’ after scoring first goal

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Anwar El Ghazi was the x-factor Friday night, giving every Aston Villa supporter in attendance at Villa Park the excuse to roar at the top of their lungs following his composed finish in the dying seconds of stoppage time.

But about an hour earlier, Villa’s $28-million striker, Wesley, gave the same supporters a reason to believe that they had a chance against Everton, and, most importantly, that Villa made the right decision in securing his signature just months ago.

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With a timely run and a well-paced strike, the Brazilian opened his Premier League and Aston Villa account. Something manager Dean Smith knew was bound to happen. From the BBC:

“Wesley is not rewarding me but this performance was very good tonight. I believe in him, I have watched him for a while at Club Bruges, playing in the Champions League so I know the calibre of player we were bringing in. You can’t judge someone after two games.”

Prior to Friday, Wesley was less effective than expected in the claret and blue, recording only two shots on target in his first 164 minutes in the league. Smith was swarmed with questions about the striker’s ineffectiveness as the pressure continued to pile on.

Against Everton, however, with the Villa struggling to keep possession and most playing through frenetic counter attacks, the 22-year-old made the most out of the small number of chances he saw. 21 minutes in, he scored. A couple of minutes later – if it wasn’t for a superb last-second tackle from Everton’s Yerry Mina – the Brazilian would have had a brace.

When he wasn’t aiming for goal, the striker was effectively displacing Everton’s back four with his clever runs and brawny hold-up play. One could tell that the Brazilian was playing the game to his strengths, in peace.

“I am very happy tonight, what a performance from the team,” Wesley said after the match. “We worked hard, played very well and we hope to continue like this week by week then we will see what happens.

“The manager knows me, he sees me everyday working hard and the supporters know me too. I keep calm, I know my qualities and today you saw that I can do.

“I hope to continue like this, the last two games were very difficult but now I have to help my team with goals.”

Time will tell if Wesley will continue on the same path, but after a slow start, its quite crystal clear that everyone at Aston Villa is behind the Brazilian striker.

Late El Ghazi goal seals Aston Villa victory over Everton

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With three points under their belt and Villa Park rocking like never before, it now feels like Aston Villa are finally back in the Premier League.

Pinned back the majority of the second half, trying to conserve a 1-0 lead, Anwar El Ghazi‘s last-gasp goal sealed the deal for Villa, edging Everton 2-0 on Friday.

Wesley‘s cathartic welcome to the Premier League 21 minutes in gave Dean Smith‘s side the room to breathe, despite being behind the ball the majority of the match.

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Four things we learned

1. Certainly not the case last time they featured in the Premier League, Villa now have the luxury of boasting game-changing choices off the bench like El Ghazi, who can come in and finish things off.

2. Three matches in, and the Toffees’ glaring void is a clinical finisher up top. They’ll need to find a solution, sooner rather than later.

3.  In the 30-minute cameo, Alex Iwobi displayed that he can turn out to be a difference-maker for Everton this season, if utilized properly.

4. On a good night, there aren’t many stadiums that roar louder than Villa Park.

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Jota, positive for 77 minutes on the right side of the midfield, combined time and time again with Villa right back Frederic Guilbert for the greater good of creating energetic counters. The Spaniard’s first assist of the season came in similar fashion, when Wesley finished off his precise through ball.

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Everton, like in the first half, imposed themselves on the home side, dominating control of the ball. A lack of fishing and creativity in the final third, however, complicated things for Marco Silva‘s side. As the clocked ticked, the ingenuity was nowhere to be found.

Shortly after coming on, Iwobi put forward the clearest chance Everton had experienced all night. The substitute’s shot, though, struck post, denying any chances of a brilliant debut by the former Arsenal man.

Villa continued to sit back with its four-man backline and Douglas Luiz right above as the No. 6, while remaining attentive on when to spring forward and take advantage of an unbalanced Everton.

El Ghazi surprised many, riffling a shot from 25 yards out. Pickford, vigilant as ever before, calmly blocked it out of danger.

Right before stoppage time, the Toffees were a couple of feet from walking away from Villa Park with a vital point. Theo Wolcott, however, failed to keep his strike leveled, skying the ball well over the bar.

Just minutes later, substitute El-Ghazi showed those watching how to finish, leading Villa to their first Premier League win since 2016.

AT HALF: Wesley scores first goal for Aston Villa

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With pressure certainly on, Wesley scored his first Premier League goal, which has Aston Villa 45 minutes out of their first points since their return to the big stage.

Following a sublime through ball from Jota, the Brazilian didn’t shy away from slotting the ball past Jordan Pickford and into the back of the net.

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Such timely run and clinical finish showcased by the 22-year-old put into perspective why Villa were willing to shell out $28 million for the striker this summer.

Welcome to the Premier League, Wesley.