It’s Friday, you’re heading home from the office and the moment you’ve been looking forward to all week has arrived.
Premier League action on NBC Sports is upon us my friends, and don’t forget to set your alarm clocks one hour later this weekend as daylight savings doesn’t impact the UK.
Kicking off the action on Saturday, we head to Old Trafford at 8:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN as Manchester United and their under-fire boss David Moyes are reeling from their derby demolition, and face Aston Villa at home. Defeat is not an option. Then title-chasing Chelsea travel across the capital to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, with both teams needing the points for very different reasons, you can watch that live on NBCSN at 11 a.m. ET. Then live on NBCSN we round off Saturday in style with Arsenal hosting Manchester City at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Gunners have been struggling and are hanging onto fourth spot, while City are looking imperious as their title charge gathers steam.
Then on Sunday Fulham host Everton on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. ET, then title chasers Liverpool lock horns with top four hopefuls Tottenham at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. A tremendous Sunday awaits.
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 for the coming days. Enjoy.
FULL TV SCHEDULE
8:45 a.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Aston Villa – NBCSN
11 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea – NBCSN
11 a.m. ET: Southampton vs. Newcastle United – Premier League Extratime
11 a.m. ET: Stoke City vs. Hull City – Premier League Extratime
11 a.m. ET: Swansea City vs. Norwich City – Premier League Extratime
11 a.m. ET: West Bromwich Albion vs. Cardiff City – Premier League Extratime
1:30 p.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Manchester City – NBCSN
8:30 a.m. ET: Fulham vs. Everton – NBCSN
11 a.m. ET: Liverpool vs. Tottenham – NBCSN
3 p.m. ET: Sunderland vs. West Ham – NBCSN
Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to sporting a reasonable hairstyle atop his head, people are talking about the foliage on his face.
[ RECAP: Morocco 0-1 Portugal ]
Ronaldo, 33, drew speculation when he stroked his chin following a goal in his hat trick performance against Spain in the World Cup opener. Some said he was demonstrating defiance against Lionel Messi posing with a goat (Greatest Of All Time) in a recent photograph.
Ronaldo scored again on Wednesday, and there was seemingly little doubt his goatee was a wink to the speculators. But what did it mean, CR7? From ESPN:
“This goatee? It’s a joke I had with [Ricardo] Quaresma. “We were in the sauna [before Friday’s match against Spain] and I started to shave and I left the goatee. I said if I score tomorrow, I would leave it for the rest of the tournament. And it gave me luck.
“I scored in that game, I scored in this one, so it stays.”
Personally, I like to imagine Ronaldo starting to get as wild with his facial hair as he did his head hair.
Perhaps a beatnik style, or something like Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Get nuts, C-Ron.
Could Southampton be selling one of its most creative forces?
Dusan Tadic, 29, is in the middle of a World Cup run with dark horse Serbia, but the Saints star is also being talked about as a purchase item for Ajax.
[ MORE: Serbia tops Costa Rica ]
The celebrated Eredivisie has traditionally been a selling club for the Premier League, but could be a $20 million buy for Ajax.
The report says director of players Marc Overmars and financial director Jeroen Slop have flown to Southampton to work out a deal.
Tadic starred for Dutch sides Groningen and Twente between 2010-14 before moving to St. Mary’s for a reported $12 million.
He’s scored 24 goals with 35 assists in 162 appearances for Saints, 21 and 30 of which came in the Premier League.
Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono is going to stay Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono.
[ RECAP: Morocco 0-1 Portugal ]
The newly-capped USMNT backstop, 24, has been attracting interest from abroad since breaking past Clint Irwin to win the TFC job and guiding the club to multiple MLS Cup Finals.
Now general manager Tim Bezbatchenko has locked down his young goalkeeper to an undisclosed contract extension. From TorontoFC.com:
“Alex was a big part of our success last season. He set club records for wins and clean sheets and was a critical piece of our championship team,” said Toronto FC Sr. Vice-President, Soccer Operations & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Since joining the club as a first round pick in 2015, Alex’s ability to make key saves in big moments has been critical to our success.”
The Syracuse-born product of Syracuse University has made 64 appearances for the Reds.
France, Denmark, and Croatia can clinch knockout round berths on Thursday in Russia, the last nation also holding the opportunity to help deprive the World Cup of an extended Lionel Messi run.
[ MORE: Latest 2018 World Cup news ]
Messi’s Argentina drew Iceland in its opener, the megastar infamously missing a penalty, and will look to beat a Croatian side that looked quite good in dispatching Nigeria.
That’s the final match of the day, which begins with Denmark facing Australia and continues with a tasty match-up between France and Peru.
Below is Thursday’s schedule in full.
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2018 World Cup schedule – Wednesday, June 20
Denmark vs. Australia: Samara, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
France vs. Peru: Yekaterinburg, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
Argentina vs. Croatia: Nizhny Novgorod, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE