Cardiff City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (Noon PT, NBCSN)
Manchester City vs. Bournemouth (7:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley (7:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Huddersfield Town vs. Brighton (7:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Leicester City vs. Watford (7:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Newcastle United vs. West Ham (7:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Southampton vs. Manchester United (9:30 AM PT, NBC)
Chelsea vs. Fulham (4:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur (6:05 AM PT, NBCSN)
Liverpool vs. Everton (8:15 AM PT, NBCSN)
3. Chelsea vs. Fulham
Sunday’s day of Premier League derbies begins with a local matchup that contains a lot more intrigue than it did a few weeks ago. That’s because Chelsea suddenly look vulnerable after last weekend’s loss to Spurs (LINK), while Fulham suddenly look alive after last week’s memorable comeback win over Southampton. The Blues still have a great league record with just one defeat, and they’ll be heavy favorites in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful against a Fulham side that still props up the table. But Maurizio Sarri’s club hasn’t looked like quite the same beast over the past few weeks, and that will be a big boost for the visiting Cottagers as Claudio Ranieri returns to one of his (many) past stomping grounds. A little bit of confidence might be enough for Fulham to take this game to Chelsea; again, the Blues should win, but this is trickier than it may look, particularly against a neighbor with a point to prove.
2. Liverpool vs. Everton
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1. Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Sometimes, it’s really easy to pick the best game of the week. Arsenal haven’t lost in 18 games in all competitions and have found their form in front of goal, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang combining for 16 goals so far. Tottenham are riding high after two crucial wins, the 3-1 victory over Chelsea that doubles as their best performance of the season and a gritty 1-0 win over Inter Milan that keeps their Champions League campaign alive. These are two teams in excellent form
Under-the-Radar Game to Watch
Leicester City vs. Watford
It’s an interesting battle between two (current) top-half teams that are out of form despite otherwise solid first thirds of the season. Watford have one point to show from their last three games, while the Foxes have one win in their last six. Both sides are far from the relegation battle, so that isn’t their worry, but each would like to remain in the hunt in what is turning out to be a wide open Europa League race. There might be flashier teams in the time slot, but this matchup combines the best class with the most evenly setup sides. It’s worth a peek in the middle slot on Saturday.
European Games of the Week
RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (Sunday 12/2/18, 6:30 AM PT, FS1)
An amazing race is quickly emerging in the Bundesliga, with second-place Gladbach and fourth-place RB Leipzig trying to chase down leaders Borussia Dortmund. Both challengers have been great in their last six games, losing twice combined, with Gladbach being particularly impressive, having tallied 18 goals in that stretch. Leipzig have been no slouches either, three times scoring three or more in the same period, and that means this could be a wide-open affair that plays great for the neutrals. It’s a tight table at the moment, so both will desperately want the points to remain above fifth-place Bayern (who have to turn it around at some point … right?) and stay in the UCL places. It’s not a great time of day,
Besiktas vs. Galatasaray (Sunday 12/2/18, 9:00 AM PT, BeIN Sports)
Turkish football always has its share of thrills and spills, and those moments are heightened when any of Istanbul’s big three meet up. Right now, however, all three are looking up at a few surprising names near the top of the table. Gala sit in third, three points ahead of Besiktas, but they are off the pace of leaders Istanbul Basaksehir and shocking second-place side Kasimpasa, with Gala and Besiktas’ dire rivals, Fenerbahce, languishing just outside of the relegation zone. When Besiktas host Gala at Vodafone Park on Sunday, it’ll be two of the top three offensive clubs in the league doing battle, and it should provide its fair share of attacking intensity and flair. This may not be the most talent-laden contest on the docket this weekend, but it could end up being among the most exciting.