Premier League preview: How to watch with Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports

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(Paul Rosales/Yahoo Sports)
(Paul Rosales/Yahoo Sports)

Welcome to Yahoo Soccer’s Premier League Starting XI. This lineup of stories will get you ready for the upcoming season as we count down to kickoff on Friday.

The Premier League is the richest and most-watched soccer circuit on the planet, in part because it’s the most competitive and consistently fascinating.

There’s more parity than in Spain, Italy or Germany, where Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich have hoarded most of the domestic titles this decade. That extends from the top, where Manchester City and Liverpool are set for an epic duel once again, to the bottom, where nearly half the table will be under serious relegation threat at one point or another.

That’s just how it goes in the Premier League. And more surprises are surely in store this campaign.

You can watch the drama all season on Yahoo Sports through our partners at NBC Sports, the American television rights holder, and we cherish that privilege. Here’s everything you need to know.

Liverpool fans react after Manchester City's Kyle Walker cleared the ball off the line from a shot by Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the Community Shield soccer match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Fans watch as Manchester City faces Liverpool in the 2019 Community Shield. (AP)

When does the season start?

The 2019-20 Premier League season begins on Friday at 3 p.m. ET, when Liverpool hosts newly promoted Norwich City.

How can I watch?

All season long, Yahoo Sports will prominently feature match streams on our home, soccer and Premier League pages. Typically, these will be matches simultaneously broadcast on TV.

Most matches will be shown on NBC or NBC Sports Network, available through cable providers or app-based devices such as Roku. Occasionally, games will be broadcast on affiliates such as CNBC, MSNBC or the USA Network.

What do I need to watch?

Besides a TV or computer, you’ll need authentication via cable log-in.

How can I watch matches that aren’t shown on TV?

The NBC Sports Gold Package will live stream 140 matches, with all 380 matches this season available to watch as on-demand replays. Multiple passes are available for a price, with various levels of content access. For more information, visit the official Gold Premier League page.

What are the biggest opening weekend matches?

The three featured matches, all free with a cable log-in, are:

Liverpool vs. Norwich City, 3 p.m. ET Friday

Liverpool finished with the most points ever for a Premier League runner-up last season, and hopes to break a three-decade title drought.

West Ham United vs. Manchester City, 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday

City has won the last two league titles and four in the past eight seasons. They also won the first domestic treble in English history last spring. They’re really, really good.

Manchester United vs. Chelsea, 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday

American star Christian Pulisic has a big opportunity in his first match for the Blues, while both United and Chelsea figure to take part in an epic battle for Champions League spots this season.

Do you have the rest of the Week 1 links handy?

We sure do! These will all be available with the Gold package:

Crystal Palace vs. Everton, 10 a.m. ET Saturday

Burnley vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. ET Saturday

Watford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion, 10 a.m. ET Saturday

Bournemouth vs. Sheffield United, 10 a.m. ET Saturday

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa, 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Newcastle United vs. Arsenal, 9 a.m. ET Sunday

Leicester City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, 9 a.m. ET Sunday

Will matches also stream on mobile?

Yes, through the NBC Sports app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play.

Yahoo Soccer’s Premier League Starting XI

(Paul Rosales/Yahoo Sports)
(Paul Rosales/Yahoo Sports)