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Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
MANCHESTER UNITED-LIVERPOOL RIVALRY HIGHLIGHTS PREMIER LEAGUE PROGRAMMING THIS WEEKEND
NBCSN’s Saturday Classic PL Matches Feature Several Comebacks, Including Liverpool’s Infamous “Crystanbul” Draw in 2014
NBCSN’s Encore Doubleheader This Sunday Features Liverpool’s 2018 Home Victory Against Manchester United
Encore Episodes of “In the Shadow of the Kop” Hosted by Roger Bennett, Begin Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC; Followed at 2 p.m. ET by Liverpool Documentary, “Klopp’s Promise”
Gary Neville’s Chat with His Brother, Former Manchester United Standout Phil Neville, Highlights Saturday’s Soccerbox Marathon Beginning at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 15, 2020 – NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage continues this weekend with more than 14 hours of programming, highlighted by several thrilling comebacks on Saturday, April 18, including Liverpool’s infamous “Crystanbul” draw in 2014, and full event replays of memorable Liverpool-Manchester United games on Sunday, April 19.
This week’s coverage begins tomorrow, Thursday, April 16, as members of the Premier League on NBC team will provide commentary as they look back on classic Premier League matches. Episodes are available every Thursday across NBC Sports’ digital properties, including NBC Sports’ YouTube channel, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. This week, Graeme Le Saux and Lee Dixon offer special present-day commentary, sharing stories and discussing their rivalry, on the October 1999 Chelsea-Arsenal match – in which they played on opposite sides of the pitch.
Saturday’s classic matches feature 30-minute versions of some of the most memorable games in Premier League history beginning at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. The games begin with 2017-18 Premier League champions Manchester City handing Liverpool their first Premier League defeat of the 2018-19 season, a result that turned the title race on its head. A first-half strike from Sergio Aguero and a 72nd-minute winner from Leroy Sane propelled Manchester City into second place, four points behind Liverpool. Then relive a comeback thriller at 10:30 a.m. ET, as late goals from Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry saw Arsenal earn a dramatic 2-1 win over league leaders Manchester United in 2007.
One of the most epic comebacks in Premier League history airs Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN, when Newcastle fought back from four goals down to earn a 4-4 draw against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Feb. 5, 2011. In 19 minutes, goals from Joey Barton (two), Leon Best and Cheick Tiote contributed to the classic draw. Then, at 11:30 a.m. ET, in a memorable Leicester City match, Jamie Vardy and the Foxes came back from 3-1 down to beat Manchester United 5-3 on Sept. 21, 2014. This marked Leicester City’s first win against the Red Devils since 1998.
Relive “Crystanbul” at Noon ET on NBCSN, when, in May 2014, Liverpool squandered a three-goal lead in the final 11 minutes at Crystal Palace. The draw dealt a severe blow to the Reds’ 2013-14 title hopes.
On Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. ET, NBCSN presents full event replays of a couple of the most unforgettable matches from the Liverpool-Manchester United rivalry, one of the most intense rivalries in world football. First, Manchester United extended their Premier League winning streak to six games with a 3-0 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Dec. 14, 2014. David De Gea produced a man-of-the-match performance with eight saves, while United received goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie.
Then at 10 a.m. ET, tune in as Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to score two goals in the second half to lead Liverpool to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Dec. 16, 2018. The win kept Liverpool’s unbeaten season alive and moved them back to the top of the Premier League. It also marked Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge of Manchester United.
Saturday’s coverage also includes Premier League Goals of the Season beginning at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN with highlights from the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, while Sunday kicks off at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Season in Review, highlighted by the top storylines and action from the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, with the latter seeing Arsenal’s “Invincibles” go the entire campaign unbeaten.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE KOP
Originally debuted in March 2019, NBC will encore the first two episodes of the exclusive, multiplatform series “In the Shadow of the Kop” this Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. ET. Hosted by Roger Bennett, the series highlights Liverpool’s rich history, unique connection to their supporters and return to become one of English football’s most dominant clubs.
In the debut episode, Bennett sat down with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to discuss the history of Liverpool’s managers, the importance of thanking fans, the pressures of a title race and the true meaning of winning. The second episode follows with journalists, supporters, former players and Liverpool CEO Peter Moore telling Bennett what Liverpool’s 29-year title drought means to the fans of Merseyside and why the future of the club looks undeniably bright.
NBC airs an encore presentation of the documentary, “Klopp’s Promise,” this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. Narrated by Roger Bennett, the show highlights Liverpool’s journey in the four-plus years under manager Jurgen Klopp, from winning the Champions League, to closing in on their first league title in 30 years, to having to wait for that title due to the Premier League season being suspended.
On Soccerbox, Manchester United legend Gary Neville sits down with former Premier League stars to discuss their time in the game and some of the notable matches in which they played against one another. The show kicks off this weekend’s Premier League programming with four consecutive episodes, starting Saturday at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Special guests include former Manchester United standout and Gary’s brother Phil Neville, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
PREMIER LEAGUE “GROUP CHAT” & THE 2 ROBBIES
NBC Sports presents a new slate of podcasts this week featuring two Premier League podcasts. On this week’s episode of the Premier League “Group Chat,” Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino, Robbie Mustoe, Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux react to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley reportedly agreeing a deal to sell the club and discuss how they individually prepare for a broadcast. Episodes are available through “Premier League on NBC” and “The 2 Robbies” podcast channels. On a new episode of “The 2 Robbies,” Earle and Mustoe continue their “State of the Premier League” series with Leicester City and Chelsea.
Premier League coverage on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed on NBCSports.com. 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.
Following is this weekend’s NBC Sports programming schedule (all times ET, subject to change):
|Sat., Apr. 18||6 a.m.||Soccerbox – Jamie Carragher||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||6:30 a.m.||Soccerbox – Dimitar Berbatov||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||7 a.m.||Soccerbox – Phil Neville||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||7:30 a.m.||Soccerbox – Thierry Henry||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||8 a.m.||Premier League Goals of the Season 2005-06||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||9 a.m.||Premier League Goals of the Season 2006-07||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||10 a.m.||Premier League Classic Match: Manchester City v. Liverpool (Jan. 3, 2019)||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||10:30 a.m.||Premier League Classic Match: Arsenal v. Manchester United (Jan. 21, 2007)||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||11 a.m.||Premier League Classic Match: Newcastle v. Arsenal (Feb. 5, 2011)||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||11:30 a.m.||Premier League Classic Match: Leicester City v. Manchester United (Sept. 21, 2014)||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||Noon||Premier League Classic Match: Crystal Palace v. Liverpool (May 5, 2014)||NBCSN|
|Sat., Apr. 18||1 p.m.||In the Shadow of the Kop – Episode 1: Jurgen Klopp||NBC|
|Sat., Apr. 18||1:30 p.m.||In the Shadow of the Kop – Episode 2: 29-Year Title Drought||NBC|
|Sat., Apr. 18||2 p.m.||Klopp’s Promise||NBC|
|Sun., Apr. 19||6 a.m.||Premier League Season in Review 2002-03||NBCSN|
|Sun., Apr. 19||7 a.m.||Premier League Season in Review 2003-04||NBCSN|
|Sun., Apr. 19||8 a.m.||Premier League Match of the Week: Manchester United v. Liverpool (Dec. 14, 2014)||NBCSN|
|Sun., Apr. 19||10 a.m.||Premier League Match of the Week: Liverpool v. Manchester United (Dec. 16, 2018)||NBCSN|