The Premier League is back! And it’s back with an episode of Friday night football that’s particularly compelling. Liverpool, which came oh-so-close to pipping Manchester City at the post in last year’s Premier League, welcomes Norwich City back to the Prem with a match at Anfield. The Reds, while they didn’t win the league, are now reigning Champions League winners, and bring back all the key players from their successful campaign of last year. While other challengers have bolstered their rosters over the summer, the conventional wisdom early on is that the Premier League is a two-team race, with Liverpool decidedly being one of those teams.
Liverpool vs. Norwich City
- When: 3pm ET, Friday, Aug. 9
- Where: Anfield in Liverpool, England
- Streaming: NBCSN
2019-20 Premier League live stream: Watch Liverpool vs. Norwich City online
The match is on NBCSN; the following services provide a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch Premier League matches for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here.) If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1, and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with NBC and NBCSN, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League actions via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. NBC and NBCSN (where the Premier League live) are part of the Core package of channels that offer soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
Liverpool vs. Norwich City in the Premier League opener: What to watch for
Liverpool is still rounding into form after a summer in which most players embarked on a tour of the U.S. One notable exception was Sadio Mane, who had Africa Cup of Nations duty for a Senegal team that made it to the finals, gave up a 2nd-minute goal to Algeria, and couldn’t find an equalizer. In the Community Shield match on Sunday, the Reds were edged by title rivals Manchester City 5-4 in PKs. While a Community Shield win is a nice way to kick off the season, losing it is certainly not indicative of how the season’s going to go for Liverpool. Getting an opening match at home against a newly promoted team, after all, is about the easiest pathway available to a title favorite.
That newly promoted team, Norwich City, got back to the Prem by winning the Championship outright. It’s certainly got a lot of history; the first-ever football chant is “On the Ball, City,” penned for the Canaries in 1890 and still used today. Truth is, though, they still have a Championship-caliber side on the ball, with veteran Dutch keeper Tim Krul and Swiss striker Josef Drmic among their most-recognizable players. Many pundits have Norwich to slot into the bottom three—specifically, 19th place—and only spending a year in England’s top-flight league before returning to the second tier.
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