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Thursday, December 27th, 2018
1ST-PLACE LIVERPOOL V. 5TH-PLACE ARSENAL THIS SAT., DEC. 29 AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBC & UNIVERSO HIGHLIGHTS NBC SPORTS’ PREMIER LEAGUE “FESTIVE FIXTURES” THIS WEEKEND
Live Match Coverage Kicks off this Saturday at 10 a.m. with 2nd-place Tottenham Hotspur v. Wolverhampton Wanderers on NBCSN and Four Exclusive Matches on NBC Sports Gold
“It’s in your blood. You’re born into this. It’s like a religion in the U.K.” – Rebecca Lowe Discusses Premier League Fandom on The Mike Tirico Podcast This Week
NBC Sports’ Premier League Pick ‘Em Features $50,000 Grand Prize & Minimum of $5,000 in Weekly Prizes
New Episode of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW featuring John Oliver on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 27, 2018 – NBC Sports Group continues a Premier League packed holiday season with extensive match coverage this weekend, highlighted by first-place Liverpool v. fifth-place Arsenal on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo. Arlo White calls the match, joined by Graeme Le Saux and Lee Dixon.
This weekend’s live TV coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET with Premier League Mornings, followed by second-place Tottenham Hotspur v. Wolverhampton Wanderers at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Tottenham come off a decisive 5-0 win over Bournemouth, while Wolves look for three points after a 1-1 draw with Fulham yesterday.
Also at 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold presents four exclusive matches: Brighton & Hove Albion v. Everton, Fulham v. Huddersfield Town, Leicester City v. Cardiff City, and Watford v. Newcastle.
Following Saturday’s match coverage, NBC presents a new episode of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by popular soccer personalities Michael Davies and Roger Bennett on at 3:30 p.m. ET. Late-night television host John Oliver will appear as a guest on Saturday’s episode.
Sunday features a triple-header on NBCSN. At 7 a.m. ET, Crystal Palace host fourth-place Chelsea. Chelsea come off a 2-1 win over Watford yesterday, while Crystal Palace look for another upset after defeating Manchester City last week.
At 9:15 a.m. ET, Southampton host third-place Manchester City. Manchester City look for redemption after a crushing 2-1 loss to Leicester City yesterday, knocking them down to third-place in the table. Also at 9:15 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold presents Burnley v. West Ham.
Match coverage on Sunday concludes with Manchester United v. Bournemouth at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. Manchester United look for their third straight win under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Bournemouth aim to rebound after a 5-0 loss at Tottenham.
Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Mornings, Premier League Live, and Goal Zone, joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino, and former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle.
REBECCA LOWE JOINS THE MIKE TIRICO PODCAST
Rebecca Lowe also joins The Mike Tirico Podcast this week to discuss her experience as a sportscaster, Premier League fandom in the U.K. and the U.S., and her thoughts on the relegation system. The Mike Tirico Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and podcasting apps. Click here for this week’s episode.
30:30 – Lowe examines the similarities and differences between the Premier League and the NFL.
32:00 – Lowe explains the religious nature of soccer in the U.K.
36:00 – Tirico and Lowe discuss the possibility of relegation and promotion for Major League Soccer in the U.S.
PREMIER LEAGUE PICK ‘EM
NBC Sports’ Premier League Pick ‘Em is the first game from the new, free-to-play NBC Sports Predictor games app. The app, developed with Boom Fantasy, is available in the App Store and Google Play Store, and will give eligible fans the chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes over the next year. Each match week, Premier League Pick ‘Em will feature at least $5,000 in weekly prizes, with a $50,000 grand prize for a “perfect week” – picking the correct scores of all five Premier League matches in that match week’s competition (information on scoring, prizing, and Official Rules here).
Matches in Play for Premier League Pick ‘Em this Weekend:
Match Week 20
|Sat., Dec. 29||10 a.m. – NBCSN||Tottenham v. Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Sat., Dec. 29||12:30 p.m. – NBC||Liverpool v. Arsenal|
|Sun., Dec. 30||7 a.m. – NBCSN||Crystal Palace v. Chelsea|
|Sun., Dec. 30||9:15 a.m. – NBCSN||Southampton v. Manchester City|
|Sun., Dec. 30||11:30 a.m. – NBCSN||Manchester United v. Bournemouth|
NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product – “Premier League Pass” features 150 exclusive Premier League matches live and on-demand, an extensive suite of daily and weekly news shows, plus classic archive programming never available before in the U.S. “Premier League Pass” features more than 1,000 hours of additional non-match content throughout the season. Fans can purchase by visiting NBCSportsGold.com for the 2018-19 season of “Premier League Pass,” priced at $49.99. Click here for more information.
NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.
Premier League games on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports app is powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
Following is the match schedule for this week’s Premier League coverage (all times ET, subject to change):
|Sat., Dec. 29||9 a.m.||Premier League Mornings||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 29||10 a.m.||Tottenham v. Wolverhampton Wanderers||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 29||10 a.m.||Brighton & Hove Albion v. Everton||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 29||10 a.m.||Fulham v. Huddersfield Town||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 29||10 a.m.||Leicester City v. Cardiff City||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 29||10 a.m.||Watford v. Newcastle||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 29||10 a.m.||Goal Rush||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 29||12:30 p.m.||Liverpool v. Arsenal||NBC, Universo|
|Sat., Dec. 29||2:30 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBC|
|Sat., Dec. 29||3:30 p.m.||THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW||NBC|
|Sun., Dec. 30||6:30 a.m.||Premier League Mornings||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 30||7 a.m.||Crystal Palace v. Chelsea||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 30||9:15 a.m.||Southampton v. Manchester City||NBCSN, Universo|
|Sun., Dec. 30||9:15 a.m.||Burnley v. West Ham||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sun., Dec. 30||11:30 a.m.||Manchester United v. Bournemouth||NBCSN, Telemundo|
|Sun., Dec. 30||1:30 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
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