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Thursday, August 4th, 2022
PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON BEGINS TOMORROW, FRIDAY, AUG. 5 – A LOOK AT PROMOTED CLUB NOTTINGHAM FOREST
Following a 23-Season Absence, Forest Return to Premier League and Visit Newcastle this Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on Peacock
Arsenal Visit Crystal Palace in Season-Opener Tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network and Universo
Peacock Features 8 Matches This Saturday and Sunday, Including Defending Champion Manchester City’s Opener at West Ham
Goal Zone Whip-Around Show Available on Peacock this Saturday at 10 a.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 4, 2022 – The 2022-23 Premier League season kicks off tomorrow across the platforms of NBCUniversal, marking NBC Sports’ 10th year as the exclusive U.S. media home of the Premier League, as three newly-promoted clubs – Fulham, Bournemouth, and Nottingham Forest – are in action this weekend.
Nottingham Forest, the historic club founded in 1865, are back in the Premier League following a 23-season absence, the longest gap ever between two PL campaigns.
Following is a profile of Nottingham Forest heading into the 2022-23 Premier League season:
First match: Saturday, August 6 – Newcastle v. Nottingham Forest at 10 a.m. ET on Peacock
Nottingham Forest return to the Premier League for the first time since 1998-99 after finishing fourth in the Championship last year and earning promotion via the Play-Offs, topping Huddersfield Town, 1-0, in the Play-Off Final.
Founded in 1865, Nottingham Forest are one of the oldest clubs in England and were one of the Premier League’s founding 22 members. The club’s highest finish in the Premier League was third place in 1994-95 and they have won one top-flight title (1977-78). Forest are one of four English clubs (Liverpool, Manchester United & Chelsea) to have won multiple European Cups/Champions League titles (two, 1979 and 1980).
After beginning last season winless in their first seven Championship matches, Nottingham Forest appointed head coach Steve Cooper on Sept. 21, 2021, and went on to total 76 points under Cooper, the most in the Championship during that span.
Twenty-one-year-old Forest forward Brennan Johnson led the club with 18 goals and 10 assists last season and was named the 2021-22 Championship Young Player of the Season.
Based in Nottingham, the club plays at The City Ground, which has been located on the banks of the River Trent for 124 years.
THE 2 ROBBIES PODCAST
“The 2 Robbies” podcast returns as Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe are back from summer break to preview the 2022-23 Premier League season. Click here to listen to the season preview episode or click here to watch on YouTube.
Throughout the season, Earle and Mustoe discuss and dissect the top Premier League storylines after every matchweek on “The 2 Robbies” podcast. The “2 Robbies” podcast is available anywhere you listen to podcasts.
Following is the NBC Sports’ schedule for the first weekend of the Premier League season (all times ET, subject to change):
|Fri., Aug. 5||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||USA Network|
|Fri., Aug. 5||3 p.m.||Crystal Palace v. Arsenal||USA Network, Universo|
|Fri., Aug. 5||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||USA Network|
|Sat., Aug. 6||7 a.m.||Premier League Mornings||Peacock|
|Sat., Aug. 6||7:30 a.m.||Fulham v. Liverpool||Peacock|
|Sat., Aug. 6||9:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||Peacock|
|Sat., Aug. 6||10 a.m.||Bournemouth v. Aston Villa||Peacock|
|Sat., Aug. 6||10 a.m.||Leeds United v. Wolverhampton Wanderers||Peacock|
|Sat., Aug. 6||10 a.m.||Newcastle v. Nottingham Forest||Peacock|
|Sat., Aug. 6||10 a.m.||Tottenham v. Southampton||Peacock|
|Sat., Aug. 6||10 a.m.||Goal Rush||Peacock|
|Sat., Aug. 6||Noon||Premier League Live||USA Network|
|Sat., Aug. 6||12:30 p.m.||Everton v. Chelsea||USA Network, Universo|
|Sat., Aug. 6||2:30 p.m.||Goal Zone||USA Network|
|Sun., Aug. 7||8 a.m.||Premier League Mornings||Peacock|
|Sun., Aug. 7||9 a.m.||Leicester City v. Brentford||Peacock|
|Sun., Aug. 7||9 a.m.||Manchester United v. Brighton & Hove Albion||Peacock|
|Sun., Aug. 7||11 a.m.||Premier League Live||Peacock|
|Sun., Aug. 7||11:30 a.m.||West Ham v. Manchester City||Peacock|
|Sun., Aug. 7||1:30 p.m.||Goal Zone||Peacock|
NBC Sports will feature coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network this season. Peacock continues its expansive coverage of the Premier League this season, and USA Network kicks off its first full season as the cable home of the PL.
The season opens on Friday, Aug. 5 as offseason acquisition Gabriel Jesus and Arsenal visit Crystal Palace at 3 p.m. ET on USA Network and Universo. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET on USA Network with a special, season-opening edition of Premier League Live.
NBC Sports’ match commentary team of Peter Drury, who makes his debut as lead Premier League play-by-play commentator, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux will call a season-opening tripleheader, beginning with Friday’s match live from Selhurst Park.
NBC Sports’ Premier League Mornings and Premier League Live team returns to the studio this season, featuring host Rebecca Lowe alongside analysts Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe, Tim Howard, and Danny Higginbotham.
On Friday, Lowe hosts the season-opening edition of Premier League Live alongside Mustoe and Howard (2 p.m. ET on USA Network).
Saturday’s coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Mornings on Peacock, followed by Mohamed Salah and Liverpool, who finished second in the Premier League last season, visiting newly promoted Fulham at 7:30 a.m. ET on Peacock. Four matches will be presented at 10 a.m. ET on Peacock: newly promoted Bournemouth v. Aston Villa, Leeds United v. Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle v. newly promoted Nottingham Forest, and Tottenham v. Southampton. Goal Rush whip-around show will stream live on Peacock at 10 a.m. ET, providing viewers the most compelling action in real time and on replay so they won’t miss a single goal or key play.
At 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Everton host Christian Pulisic and Chelsea on USA Network and Universo. Drury, Dixon and Le Saux will call the action live from Goodison Park. Following Everton-Chelsea is Goal Zone at 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.
Sunday’s coverage kicks off with Premier League Mornings at 8 a.m. ET on Peacock, followed by two matches at 9 a.m. ET on Peacock as Brentford visit Leicester City, while Manchester United and their new manager Erik ten Hag host Brighton & Hove Albion. At 11:30 a.m. ET on Peacock, defending PL champions Manchester City visit West Ham. Drury, Dixon and Le Saux will call the match live from London Stadium.
Opening weekend coverage concludes with Goal Zone at 1:30 p.m. ET on Peacock.
This season, Peacock will once again stream all games airing on the NBC broadcast network live. In addition, Peacock will feature studio shows, full match replays and the Premier League TV channel. All matchdays and windows exclusively on Peacock will feature NBC Sports’ Premier League studio coverage.