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Monday, December 23rd, 2019
FIRST-PLACE LIVERPOOL VISIT SECOND-PLACE LEICESTER CITY IN BOXING DAY BLOCKBUSTER, THIS THURS., DEC. 26 AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN & UNIVERSO, AS NBC SPORTS’ PREMIER LEAGUE “FESTIVE FIXTURES” CONTINUE
Weekend Coverage Features NBC Broadcast Doubleheader on Saturday, and Arsenal v. Chelsea on Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN & Universo
NBC Sports Gold Presents Exclusive Live Coverage of 14 Matches from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day; Available Now for $64.99
THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Continues Boxing Day Tradition with Special Guest John Oliver on Thursday, Dec. 26; Edwin van der Sar Joins the Show on January 1
Jamie Vardy joins Arlo White on “Inside the Mind,” Debuting This Friday on NBC Sports’ YouTube Channel
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 23, 2019 – NBC Sports presents the Premier League’s traditional Boxing Day slate, this Thursday, Dec. 26, highlighted by a blockbuster matchup between the league’s top two teams as second-place Leicester City host first-place Liverpool at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo.
Leicester City, led by the Premier League’s leading scorer Jamie Vardy (17 goals this season), look to bounce back after a 3-1 loss at Manchester City on Saturday. Liverpool, who beat Brazilian champions Flamego 1-0 in the Club World Cup Final on Saturday, return to Premier League action for the first time since their Dec. 14 victory over Watford. The Reds are unbeaten in league play this season and sit 10 points clear of Leicester City at the top of the table. Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux call the match from King Power Stadium.
NBC Sports’ Boxing Day quadruple-header coverage kicks off this Thursday with Premier League Mornings at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by Harry Kane and Tottenham v. Brighton Hove & Albion at 7:30 a.m. ET. Next, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN, fourth-place Chelsea host Southampton, as the Blues look to build upon Sunday’s 2-0 win at Tottenham. Then at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Manchester United host Newcastle.
NBC Sports Gold presents exclusive live coverage of five matches at 10 a.m. ET on Boxing Day – Aston Villa v. Norwich City; Bournemouth v. Arsenal; Crystal Palace v. West Ham; Everton v. Burnley; and Sheffield United v. Watford.
The weekday matches conclude on Friday, Dec. 27 as Manchester City visit Wolverhampton Wanderers at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. Coverage begins on NBCSN at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live.
THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW, hosted by soccer personalities Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, will continue their Boxing Day tradition when they are joined by special guest John Oliver on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. On January 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will join the show.
NBC Sports’ “Festive Fixtures” coverage continues on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Mornings, followed by a slate of morning matches. Then, it’s an NBC doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET as Tottenham visit Norwich City in a match that will be called by Clive Tyldesley and Danny Higginbotham. At 2:45 p.m. ET on NBC and Universo, Manchester United visit Burnley. Arlo White and Lee Dixon will call the second match on NBC.
Sunday’s coverage begins with a two-hour Premier League Mornings at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by Arsenal v. Chelsea at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. Arsenal-Chelsea on NBCSN will be called by Tyldesley and England women’s national team head coach Phil Neville. Then at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN (and Telemundo), White and Dixon will be at Anfield as first-place Liverpool host Wolverhampton Wanderers.
NBC Sports’ “Festive Fixtures” coverage concludes with a 10-match midweek slate on Jan. 1-2 (full schedule below).
Rebecca Lowe and Ahmed Fareed host Goal Zone, Premier League Mornings, and Premier League Live throughout the week and weekend, joined by former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle, former USMNT player Kyle Martino, and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.
“INSIDE THE MIND” OF JAMIE VARDY
On this week’s episode of “Inside the Mind,” Arlo White is joined by Premier League scoring leader Jamie Vardy of Leicester City. New episodes of “Inside the Mind” will be available every Friday at NBC Sports’ YouTube Channel.
THE 2 ROBBIES PODCAST
Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe discuss and dissect the top Premier League storylines after every match day on The 2 Robbies podcast. On the latest episode, the Robbies recap Match Week 18 with a focus on Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Tottenham and discuss Arsenal and Everton’s new head coaches.
PREMIER LEAGUE PICK ‘EM
NBC Sports’ Premier League Pick ‘Em returns this season from the 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 gives 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 $2,500 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 Week:
Match Week 19
|Thur., Dec. 26||10 a.m. – NBCSN||Chelsea v. Southampton|
|Thur., Dec. 26||10 a.m. – NBC Sports Gold||Bournemouth v. Arsenal|
|Thur., Dec. 26||12:30 p.m. – NBCSN||Manchester United v. Newcastle|
|Thur., Dec. 26||3 p.m. – NBCSN, Universo||Leicester City v. Liverpool|
|Fri., Dec. 27||2:45 p.m. – NBCSN, Universo||Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Manchester City|
Match Week 20
|Sat., Dec. 28||12:30 p.m. – NBC||Norwich v. Tottenham|
|Sat., Dec. 28||2:45 p.m. – NBC, Universo||Burnley v. Manchester United|
|Sun., Dec. 29||9:00 a.m. – NBCSN, Universo||Arsenal v. Chelsea|
|Sun., Dec. 29||11:30 a.m. – NBCSN, Telemundo||Liverpool v. Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|Sun., Dec. 29||1 p.m. – NBC Sports Gold||Manchester City v. Sheffield United|
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.
NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product – has launched its upgraded “Premier League Pass” for the 2019-20 season. For the first time, “Premier League Pass” will also include full-event replay for all 380 matches on demand*, new Sky Sports content, and more than 1,400 hours of the most robust offering of Premier League shoulder programming ever available in the U.S. Fans can purchase the enhanced “Premier League Pass,” priced at $64.99, today by visiting NBCSportsGold.com. Also available for purchase on NBCSportsGold.com is the new “MatchDay Pass” for $39.99, which features 140 live matches.
Following is the match schedule for the Premier League “Festive Fixtures” coverage (all times ET, subject to change):
|Thur., Dec. 26||7 a.m.||Premier League Mornings||NBCSN|
|Thur., Dec. 26||7:30 a.m.||Tottenham v. Brighton Hove & Albion||NBCSN|
|Thur., Dec. 26||9:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Thur., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Chelsea v. Southampton||NBCSN|
|Thur., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Aston Villa v. Norwich City||NBC Sports Gold|
|Thur., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Bournemouth v. Arsenal||NBC Sports Gold|
|Thur., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Crystal Palace v. West Ham||NBC Sports Gold|
|Thur., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Everton v. Burnley||NBC Sports Gold|
|Thur., Dec. 26||10 a.m.||Sheffield United v. Watford||NBC Sports Gold|
|Thur., Dec. 26||12 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Thur., Dec. 26||12:30 p.m.||Manchester United v. Newcastle||NBCSN|
|Thur., Dec. 26||3 p.m.||Leicester City v. Liverpool||NBCSN, Universo|
|Thur., Dec. 26||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Thur., Dec. 26||6:30 p.m.||THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW||NBCSN|
|Fri., Dec. 27||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Fri., Dec. 27||2:45 p.m.||Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Manchester City||NBCSN, Universo|
|Fri., Dec. 27||4:45 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 28||7 a.m.||Premier League Mornings||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 28||7:30 a.m.||Brighton Hove & Albion v. Bournemouth||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 28||9:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 28||10 a.m.||Newcastle v. Everton||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 28||10 a.m.||Southampton v. Crystal Palace||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 28||10 a.m.||Watford v. Aston Villa||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 28||12 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., Dec. 28||12:30 p.m.||Norwich City v. Tottenham||NBC|
|Sat., Dec. 28||12:30 p.m.||West Ham v. Leicester City||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sat., Dec. 28||2:45 p.m.||Burnley v. Manchester United||NBC, Universo|
|Sun., Dec. 29||7 a.m.||Premier League Mornings||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 29||9 a.m.||Arsenal v. Chelsea||NBCSN, Universo|
|Sun., Dec. 29||11 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sun., Dec. 29||11:30 a.m.||Liverpool v. Wolverhampton Wanderers||NBCSN, Telemundo|
|Sun., Dec. 29||1 p.m.||Manchester City v. Sheffield United||NBC Sports Gold|
|Sun., Dec. 29||3 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 1||7 a.m.||Premier League Mornings||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 1||7:30 a.m.||Brighton Hove & Albion v. Chelsea||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 1||7:30 a.m.||Burnley v. Aston Villa||NBC Sports Gold|
|Wed., Jan. 1||9:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 1||10 a.m.||Southampton v. Tottenham||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 1||10 a.m.||Newcastle v. Leicester City||NBC Sports Gold|
|Wed., Jan. 1||10 a.m.||Watford v. Wolverhampton Wanderers||NBC Sports Gold|
|Wed., Jan. 1||12 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 1||12:30 p.m.||Norwich City v. Crystal Palace||NBC Sports Gold|
|Wed., Jan. 1||12:30 p.m.||West Ham v. Bournemouth||NBC Sports Gold|
|Wed., Jan. 1||12:30 p.m.||Manchester City v. Everton||NBCSN, Universo|
|Wed., Jan. 1||2:30 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 1||3 p.m.||Arsenal v. Manchester United||NBCSN, Universo|
|Wed., Jan. 1||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Wed., Jan. 1||6:30 p.m.||THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW||NBCSN|
|Thur., Jan. 2||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Thur., Jan. 2||3 p.m.||Liverpool v. Sheffield United||NBCSN, Universo|
|Thur., Jan. 2||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|