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Six must-see Premier League games on NBC Sports early in 2014-15 season

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Allen, right, is expecting a tough test from Everton once again in Tuesday’s derby.

Clive Brunskill

With the announcement of the 2014-15 Premier League TV schedule on NBC Sports Group arriving on Wednesday ahead of the new season, there are some cracking games coming your way.

There is just one month until it all begins on NBCSN, NBC, CNBC and across the network of channels.

[RELATED: 2014-15 PL TV schedule]

Massive clashes between title contenders, local derbies and plenty more mouth-watering matchups are coming your way during the first three months of the season. Below are details on the top six matches to pencil into your planner, plus every single game in the first three months of the season and how you can watch them via NBC Sports.

You will not want to miss these.

Don’t forget: all Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

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NBC Sports Group’s “Pick Six” Matches for the First Three Months of the Season

LIVERPOOL V. SOUTHAMPTON: Sunday, Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Two teams on the heels of a successful 2013-14 season will meet in the Premier League’s opening weekend: Liverpool, which earned a Champions League berth as league runners-up, and Southampton, which finished eighth, equaling their best-ever Premier League finish. The Reds acquired former Southampton teammates and England internationals Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert this summer, but face Southampton without Premier League leading scorer Luis Suarez (31 goals) who was transferred to FC Barcelona. The match will be Southampton manager Ronald Koeman’s first with the club.

MANCHESTER CITY V. LIVERPOOL: Monday, Aug. 25, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Last season’s top two teams face off as Liverpool head to the Etihad for a Monday matinee with defending champions Manchester City. In the most recent meeting between the two clubs on April 13, the Reds edged City, 3-2, in an unforgettable match that many consider the best of the 2013-14 season. The win put Liverpool in control of the title race, but a loss to Chelsea was followed by a shocking 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace, and Manchester City went on to win their final five games and lift the trophy on Championship Sunday.

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Chelsea and Man City will square off early in the season.

AP

MANCHESTER CITY V. CHELSEA: Sunday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Last season, despite beating eventual champions Manchester City in both league meetings, Chelsea finished third under manager Jose Mourinho. This summer they’ve strengthened their attack by bringing in Spanish international forward Diego Costa, who led La Liga champions Atletico Madrid with 27 goals last season, and his World Cup teammate Cesc Fabregas, a 27-year-old playmaker who has starred for both FC Barcelona and Arsenal during his 11-year club career.

“DOUBLE DERBY DAY:” LIVERPOOL V. EVERTON: Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN:

The sixth week of the Premier League season is highlighted by two of the biggest derbies in English soccer. First, the Merseyside derby takes center stage, as Everton and U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard (15 clean sheets last season, third-most among BPL ‘keepers) make the less-than one mile trip across Stanley Park to face neighbors Liverpool. Everton looks to build upon last year’s success under manager Roberto Martinez, who guided the Toffees to a fifth place finish in his debut season to earn a Europa League berth.

“DOUBLE DERBY DAY:” ARSENAL V. TOTTENHAM: Saturday, Sept. 27, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN:

Following Liverpool-Everton is a London Derby featuring rivals Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates, where Spurs haven’t won since 2010. Last season, the Gunners completed the season double over Tottenham with a pair of 1-0 wins and finished ahead of their rivals for the 19th straight year. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the longest-tenured manager in the league, guided the club to the 2013-14 FA Cup title, ending a nine-year trophy drought. Spurs will be looking to re-establish themselves as top-four contenders under newly appointed manager Mauricio Pochettino.

MANCHESTER UNITED V. EVERTON: Sunday, Oct. 5, 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Everton travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United and new manager Louis van Gaal, who will join the squad this week after leading Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup. The Toffees came out victorious in both meetings last season, completing the season double over United for the first time in 44 years.

Full NBCUniversal schedule for the first three months of the Premier League season

(NOTE: TBD indicates that there will be one match in that time slot on NBCSN, in some cases one match on mun2, and remaining non-NBCSN games on Premier League Extra Time. Final channel assignments for those matches will be made in the coming weeks.)

DateTime (ET)HomeAwayNetwork
Sat., Aug. 167:45 a.m.Man UnitedSwansea CityNBCSN, mun2
Sat., Aug. 1610 a.m.Leicester CityEvertonTBD
Sat., Aug. 1610 a.m.West HamTottenhamTBD
Sat., Aug. 1610 a.m.Stoke CityAston VillaTBD
Sat., Aug. 1610 a.m.Queens Park RangersHull CityTBD
Sat., Aug. 1610 a.m.West BromSunderlandTBD
Sat., Aug. 1612:30 p.m.ArsenalCrystal PalaceNBC, mun2
Sun., Aug. 178:30 a.m.LiverpoolSouthamptonNBCSN
Sun., Aug. 1711 a.m.NewcastleMan CityNBCSN, Telemundo
Mon., Aug. 183 p.m.BurnleyChelseaNBCSN, mun2
***
Sat., Aug. 237:45 a.m.Aston VillaNewcastleNBCSN
Sat., Aug. 2310 a.m.ChelseaLeicester CityTBD, mun2
Sat., Aug. 2310 a.m.Crystal PalaceWest HamTBD
Sat., Aug. 2310 a.m.SouthamptonWest BromTBD
Sat., Aug. 2310 a.m.Swansea CityBurnleyTBD
Sat., Aug. 2312:30 p.m.EvertonArsenalNBC, mun2
Sun., Aug. 248:30 a.m.TottenhamQueens Park RangersCNBC
Sun., Aug. 248:30 a.n.Hull CityStoke CityExtra Time
Sun., Aug. 2411 a.m.SunderlandMan UnitedNBCSN, Telemundo
Mon., Aug 253 p.m.Man CityLiverpoolNBCSN, mun2
***
Sat., Aug. 307:45 a.m.BurnleyMan UnitedNBCSN
Sat., Aug. 3010 a.m.Man CityStoke CityTBD, mun2
Sat., Aug. 3010 a.m.West HamSouthamptonTBD
Sat., Aug. 3010 a.m.Aston VillaHull CityTBD
Sat., Aug. 3010 a.m.NewcastleCrystal PalaceTBD
Sat., Aug. 3010 a.m.Swansea CityWest BromTBD
Sat., Aug. 3010 a.m.Queens Park RangersSunderlandTBD
Sat., Aug. 3012:30 p.m.EvertonChelseaNBC, mun2
Sun., Aug 318:30 a.m.TottenhamLiverpoolNBCSN, mun2
Sun., Aug 3111 a.m.Leicester CityArsenalNBCSN, Telemundo
***
Sat., Sept. 137:45 a.m.ArsenalMan CityNBCSN, mun2
Sat., Sept. 1310 a.m.ChelseaSwansea CityTBD
Sat., Sept. 1310 a.m.West BromEvertonTBD
Sat., Sept. 1310 a.m.SunderlandTottenhamTBD
Sat., Sept. 1310 a.m.SouthamptonNewcastleTBD
Sat., Sept. 1310 a.m.Crystal PalaceBurnleyTBD
Sat., Sept. 1310 a.m.Stoke CityLeicester CityTBD
Sat., Sept. 1312:30 p.m.LiverpoolAston VillaNBC, mun2
Sun., Sept. 1411 a.m.Man UnitedQueens Park RangersNBCSN, Telemundo
Mon., Sept. 153 p.m.Hull CityWest HamNBCSN
***
Sat., Sept. 207:45 a.m.Queens Park RangersStoke CityNBCSN
Sat., Sept. 2010 a.m.Aston VillaArsenalTBD, mun2
Sat., Sept. 2010 a.m.TottenhamWest BromTBD
Sat., Sept. 2010 a.m.Swansea CitySouthamptonTBD
Sat., Sept. 2010 a.m.NewcastleHull CityTBD
Sat., Sept. 2010 a.m.BurnleySunderlandTBD
Sat., Sept. 2012:30 p.m.West HamLiverpoolNBC, mun2
Sun., Sept. 218:30 a.m.Leicester CityMan UnitedCNBC
Sun., Sept. 2111 a.m.Man CityChelseaNBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Sept. 2111 a.m.EvertonCrystal PalaceExtra Time
***
Sat., Sept. 277:45 a.m.LiverpoolEvertonNBCSN, mun2
Sat., Sept. 2710 a.m.Hull CityMan CityTBD, mun2
Sat., Sept. 2710 a.m.Man UnitedWest HamTBD
Sat., Sept. 2710 a.m.ChelseaAston VillaTBD
Sat., Sept. 2710 a.m.Crystal PalaceLeicester CityTBD
Sat., Sept. 2710 a.m.SunderlandSwansea CityTBD
Sat., Sept. 2710 a.m.SouthamptonQueens Park RangersTBD
Sat., Sept. 2712:30 p.m.ArsenalTottenhamNBCSN, mun2
Sun., Sept. 2811 p.m.West BromBurnleyNBCSN
Mon., Sept. 293 p.m.Stoke CityNewcastleNBCSN
***
Sat., Oct. 410 a.m.LiverpoolWest BromTBD, mun2
Sat., Oct. 410 a.m.TottenhamSouthamptonTBD
Sat., Oct. 410 a.m.Swansea CityNewcastleTBD
Sat., Oct. 410 a.m.Hull CityCrystal PalaceTBD
Sat., Oct. 410 a.m.Leicester CityBurnleyTBD
Sat., Oct. 410 a.m.SunderlandStoke CityTBD
Sat., Oct. 412:30 p.m.Aston VillaMan CityNBC, mun2
Sun., Oct. 57 a.m.Man UnitedEvertonNBCSN, mun2
Sun., Oct. 59:05 a.m.ChelseaArsenalNBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Oct. 511:15 a.m.West HamQueens Park RangersNBCSN
***
Sat., Oct. 187:45 a.m.Man CityTottenhamNBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 1810 a.m.Crystal PalaceChelseaTBD, mun2
Sat., Oct. 1810 a.m.ArsenalHull CityTBD
Sat., Oct. 1810 a.m.EvertonAston VillaTBD
Sat., Oct. 1810 a.m.NewcastleLeicester CityTBD
Sat., Oct. 1810 a.m.SouthamptonSunderlandTBD
Sat., Oct. 1810 a.m.BurnleyWest HamTBD
Sun., Oct. 198:30 a.m.Queens Park RangersLiverpoolNBCSN, mun2
Sun., Oct. 1911 a.m.Stoke CitySwansea CityNBCSN
Mon., Oct. 203 p.m.West BromMan UnitedNBCSN, mun2
***
Sat., Oct. 257:45 a.m.West HamMan CityNBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 2510 a.m.SunderlandArsenalTBD, mun2
Sat., Oct. 2510 a.m.LiverpoolHull CityTBD
Sat., Oct. 2510 a.m.TottenhamNewcastleTBD
Sat., Oct. 2510 a.m.SouthamptonStoke CityTBD
Sat., Oct. 2510 a.m.West BromCrystal PalaceTBD
Sat., Oct. 2512:30 p.m.Swansea CityLeicester CityNBC
Sun., Oct 269:30 a.m.BurnleyEvertonNBCSN
Sun., Oct 26NoonMan UnitedChelseaNBC, Telemundo
Mon., Oct. 274 p.m.Queens Park RangersAston VillaNBCSN, mun2
***
Sat., Nov. 18:45 a.m.NewcastleLiverpoolNBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 111 a.m.ChelseaQueens Park RangersTBD, mun2
Sat., Nov. 111 a.m.ArsenalBurnleyTBD
Sat., Nov. 111 a.m.EvertonSwansea CityTBD
Sat., Nov. 111 a.m.Hull CitySouthamptonTBD
Sat., Nov. 111 a.m.Stoke CityWest HamTBD
Sat., Nov. 111 a.m.Leicester CityWest BromTBD
Sun., Nov. 28:30 a.m.Man CityMan UnitedNBCSN, mun2
Sun., Nov. 211 a.m.Aston VillaTottenhamNBCSN
Mon., Nov. 33 p.m.Crystal PalaceSunderlandNBCSN, mun2
***
Sat., Nov. 87:45 a.m.LiverpoolChelseaNBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 810 a.m.Man UnitedCrystal PalaceTBD, mun2
Sat., Nov. 810 a.m.TottenhamStoke CityTBD
Sat., Nov. 810 a.m.West HamAston VillaTBD
Sat., Nov. 810 a.m.SouthamptonLeicester CityTBD
Sat., Nov. 810 a.m.BurnleyHull CityTBD
Sat., Nov. 812:30 p.m.Queens Park RangersMan CityNBC, mun2
Sun., Nov. 98:30 a.m.SunderlandEvertonNBCSN
Sun., Nov. 98:30 a.m.West BromNewcastleExtra Time
Sun., Nov. 911 a.m.Swansea CityArsenalNBCSN
***
Sat., Nov. 2210 a.m.Man CitySwansea CityTBD, mun2
Sat., Nov. 2210 a.m.ChelseaWest BromTBD
Sat., Nov. 2210 a.m.EvertonWest HamTBD
Sat., Nov. 2210 a.m.NewcastleQueens Park RangersTBD
Sat., Nov. 2210 a.m.Stoke CityBurnleyTBD
Sat., Nov. 2210 a.m.Leicester CitySunderlandTBD
Sat., Nov. 2212:30 p.m.ArsenalMan UnitedNBC, mun2
Sun., Nov 238:30 a.m.Crystal PalaceLiverpoolCNBC
Sun., Nov 2311 a.m.Hull CityTottenhamNBCSN
Mon., Nov. 243 p.m.Aston VillaSouthamptonNBCSN, mun2
***
Sat., Nov. 297:45 a.m.West BromArsenalNBCSN, mun2
Sat., Nov. 2910 a.m.Man UnitedHull CityTBD, mun2
Sat., Nov. 2910 a.m.LiverpoolStoke CityTBD
Sat., Nov. 2910 a.m.West HamNewcastleTBD
Sat., Nov. 2910 a.m.Swansea CityCrystal PalaceTBD
Sat., Nov. 2910 a.m.BurnleyAston VillaTBD
Sat., Nov. 2910 a.m.Queens Park RangersLeicester CityTBD
Sat., Nov. 2912:30 p.m.SunderlandChelseaNBC
Sun., Nov. 308:30 a.m.SouthamptonMan CityNBCSN
Sun., Nov. 3011 a.m.TottenhamEvertonNBCSN