It honestly feels like the Euros and Copa America just wrapped up yesterday, but here we are at the start of a new Premier League soccer season. For the first time since NBC acquired the rights to the world’s most popular league, ratings on were down in the 2020 season. According to Sportspromedia, the reason was chalked up to a late start to the season and more matches being played in their own window because of the PL’s need to air almost every match in its own time slot for domestic audiences in the UK. This meant there were more early kick-off times stateside. There was also a pandemic going on, so maybe soccer wasn’t the most pressing thing on people’s minds. Regardless, here is how you can watch the English Premier League on Sling TV.
How to watch the Premier League on Sling
To watch NBCSN: You will need Sling Blue to watch NBCSN. This channel will feature a significant number of games throughout the season. Which would be a good start if you caught the soccer bug this summer and are just getting into the Premier League.
To watch NBC: NBC is available in select markets through Sling Blue. If you live in Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hartford/New Haven, Los Angeles, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, or Washington DC, NBC is included in your subscription at no extra charge. If you are not in one of these markets you will need either an over the air antenna or use a locals solution to watch matches on NBC. NBC matches will also be available on Peacock this season.
To watch Peacock: Every game that isn’t on NBCSN will be available on Peacock for a price of $4.99 a month.
Why you should watch the Premier League on Sling
The Battle for Top 4 and Top 6
Manchester City won the league last year 12 points clear of cross town rival Manchester United, and are heavy favorites to do it again with the addition of Jack Grealish. But other top clubs have reloaded, despite a tough transfer market due to COVID.
Manchester United: United brought on offensive and defensive reinforcements with the electric Jadon Sancho and former Real Madrid man Raphaël Varane.
Chelsea: The Champions League winners are on the verge of a £97.5 million fee that will bring Romelu Lukaku back to London.
Liverpool: Meanwhile Jurgen Klopp’s bunch will get Virgil van Dijk back from injury along with new center back Ibrahima Konaté, so their defense won’t have the same depth issues as last year.
On the outside looking in
Arsenal: What was going to be the club's biggest overhaul in its history has seen only a couple of new additions. The versatile and £50 million Ben White is the headliner, but Arteta needs more reinforcements to get the Gunners back into European competition.
Tottenham: A new manager in Nuno Espírito Santo will lead a Tottenham team fighting off rumors about Harry Kane leaving to Manchester City.
Leicester City: The always solid Foxes and Brendan Rodgers made some solid additions, including the young and talented Boubakary Soumaré. LCFC barley missed out on Champions League football last season and will look to challenge again. As it was last year, the battle for the top 4 and 6 was fierce and this year looks no different.
Parity and upsets (sort of)
Though Manchester City winning the league last year didn’t surprise anyone, there were plenty of results that did. So when you see Arsenal playing Brentford or Chelsea playing Brighton, don’t write off those smaller clubs. The Premier League has can surprise you: Don’t forget Liverpool hadn’t lost a PL home game since April 2017 until last season. They ended up losing 6 in a row, which included losses to Brighton and relegated Fulham.
Check out the Odds via DraftKings below, along with the Matchweek 1 schedule on Sling.
Odds to Win the Premier League via DraftKings
Manchester City -165
Manchester United +750
Leicester City +5000
West Ham +15000
Aston Villa +15000
Crystal Palace +60000
Premier League Soccer
|Time (ET)||Matchup||Channel||Sling Package|
|Friday, August 13|
|3:00 PM||Brentford vs Arsenal||NBCSN||Sling Blue|
|Saturday, August 14|
|7:30 AM||Manchester United v Leeds||NBCSN||Sling Blue|
|7:30 AM||Leicester City v Wolves||USA||Sling Blue|
|10:00 AM||Everton v Southampton||NBCSN||Sling Blue|
|12:30 PM||Norwich City v Liverpool||NBC||Sling Blue (Select Markets)/ Locals*|
|Sunday, August 15|
|9:00 AM||Newcastle v West Ham||NBCSN||Select Markets/ Locals*|
|11:30 AM||Spurs v Man City||NBCSN||Select Markets/ Locals*|