What football matches are coming to the Peacock in January

Hosting in 2023 means hosting a number of major football matches in January, shown exclusively on the Peacock.

That’s right, the Peacock’s only football property is the Premier League. However, that means only about four or five games on the service each weekend. Often this includes big games. Derbies, top four battles and especially relegations are commonplace at the Peacock and it’s no different for football games in January.

In the past, NBC would tape its primetime games for USA Network or even NBC on Saturdays at 12:30pm ET. As you can see, this is not necessarily the case for January. Perhaps to lure subscribers to the Peacock, NBC has placed some of the biggest contests of the season on the service.

Football matches at the Peacock in January

For now, Peacock remains at $4.99 per month or $49.99 for the annual option. It provides access to most of NBC’s content, including exclusive shows and movies, in addition to Premier League matches.

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Thursday, January 5 – Chelsea – Man City

Midweek games are more frequent on Peacock simply because of other content on USA Network or NBC. However, regardless of Chelsea’s relative struggles, it remains a massive fixture. Pep Guardiola had Chelsea’s numbers after losing to the Blues in the 2021 Champions League final. But Graham Potter needs to steer the ship in the right direction, with Chelsea looming in the bottom half of the table.

Saturday 14 January – Brighton v Liverpool

As for Graham Potter, his former employers are doing fairly well despite losing their England manager. Brighton are back in the top half of the table with notable results at Chelsea, Manchester United and tough draws at Anfield. It’s the 3-3 draw that makes this Brighton-Liverpool clash so interesting. A few months ago, that game might have been the game of the season, as Leandro Trossard scored a hat trick.

Saturday, January 14 – Manchester United – Manchester City

One of the few games this season between Brighton and Liverpool that ended in a 3-3 draw was the first Manchester Derby of the season. “City” defeated “United” with a score of 6:3 at Etihad. However, it is a United team that has changed a lot since that game. Erik ten Hag’s United have sunk, and that’s especially true at home. The Red Devils have not conceded a goal at home since the start of September, picking up 19 points from a possible 21 since the opening day loss to Brighton.

For Manchester City, this is more of an important game than bragging rights. Arsenal are developing something of a cushion at the top of the table with eight points going into this game. Therefore, City have no time to lose points even though they still have two games against Arsenal.

Saturday 14 January – Everton v Southampton

Yes, one of the January 14 football matches is only available on Peacock. But this is not a derby, nor a battle for teams fighting for European places or titles. On the contrary, it is more hopeless. Currently, “Everton” and “Southampton” are fighting for the lower league. These games against each other cannot be underestimated. Dropping points is one thing, but it allows direct opponents to gain points and therefore get out of the heist. Emotions run high as teams chase results.

Monday 23 January – Fulham v Tottenham

One of the underrated spots this season is newly promoted Fulham. After a disappointing season in the Championship, the Craven Cottage side are flying in the top flight. In fact, there are reasons to believe that Fulham can legitimately challenge for a place in Europe. It’s a lofty goal, but the end results will have no bearing on it.

It’s a disappointment for Tottenham, even higher in the table. Antonio Conte himself admitted that getting into the top four is a serious challenge that even he can struggle with. As a result, this London derby has a new significance traditionally reserved for the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.

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