Premier League Sunday preview: A derby, a relegation scrap and another Saints/Reds reunion


I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Nick, this Saturday in the Premier League was totally bonkers, and my favorite team hasn’t even played yet.”

Great news, friend: if you’re thinking that, then your favorite Premier League team plays on Sunday, and we can all watch it together through the wonder of television and the Internet.

[ MORE: Premier League’s Saturday roundup ]

Will West Ham keep the upset train rolling? Can Leicester City keep Everton’s top-flight status in question? Who’s more of a threat for Europe: Liverpool or Southampton?

Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham UnitedLive on NBCSN and Live Extra, 7 a.m ET

The Hammers can kiss their fading European dreams goodbye without a win at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but Derbies tend to level out the playing field regardless of venue and Spurs are coming off a Europa League match on Thursday. The onus is on Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho to keep West Ham supporters confident in the absence of Andy Carroll, and they’ll have a good chance to catch tired Tottenham legs. Will they?

Everton vs. Leicester CityLive on NBCSN and Live Extra, 9:05 a.m. ET

The Toffees thumped Young Boys in Thursday’s Europa League action behind a Romelu Lukaku hat trick, but are they going to bring that form against a hungry, desperate and last-place Leicester City crew? The Foxes are five points behind the other two relegation candidates, and need something, anything, to lift the hopes of Leicester. Will it come at Goodison Park?

Southampton vs. LiverpoolLive on NBCSN and Live Extra, 11:15 a.m. ET

The Reds can pull to within a point of fifth-place Southampton with all three points at St. Mary’s, but are also dealing with a tough Europa League match against Besiktas on Thursday. It’s another big reunion party, with Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert all potentially featuring against their old Saints teammates. Forget those theatrics, though, as Southampton knows it can again move third place in the Premier League with a win.