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Premier League watchability, Week 6: Chelsea vs Arsenal is the cream of the crop

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The first match of the weekend is also the best, but there's a couple other gems you can take in.

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After a tough run of luck for most of the English Premier League teams who partook in European competitions midweek, it's time for the biggest league in the world to get back in the saddle again. While the fixture list is a little less kind to neutrals this weekend than it was a week ago, there's still plenty of enticing action to watch, starting from the very first match on Saturday morning.

The weekend even finishes strong for once, which is kind of a novelty this season. See, it's not all bad!

All games can be seen on NBC Sports Live Extra and Deportes Telemundo En Vivo Extra in the United States. For listings from more countries, check out Live Soccer TV.

Match Date/Time (ET) TV
Chelsea vs Arsenal Saturday, 7:45 a.m. NBCSN
Swansea City vs Everton Saturday, 10 a.m. Live Extra/Extra Time only
Stoke City vs Leicester City Saturday, 10 a.m. Live Extra/Extra Time only
AFC Bournemouth vs Sunderland Saturday, 10 a.m. Live Extra/Extra Time only
Newcastle vs Watford Saturday, 10 a.m. Live Extra/Extra Time only
Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion Saturday, 10 a.m. Live Extra/Extra Time only
Manchester City vs West Ham United Saturday, 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Live Extra/Extra Time only
Liverpool vs Norwich City Sunday, 11 a.m. Live Extra/Extra Time only
Southampton vs Manchester United Sunday, 11 a.m. NBCSN

Pick of the bunch: Chelsea vs Arsenal

One of the biggest in-city derbies in England, this battle for London supremacy is made all the more interesting given both team's relative struggles so far this season, including Arsenal beating Chelsea in the Community Shield in August. Arsenal started the year strong but have looked much weaker of late, including a shock Champions League loss to Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb. Chelsea, however, managed to pull things together for their Champions League match, beating up on Maccabi Tel-Aviv in a big way. We'll see if that trend of momentum holds, but in this rivalry, momentum rarely matters.

Your best 10 a.m. Saturday option: Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion

Speaking of derbies, while the West Midlands derby isn't seen as being one of quite the same scale and impact as Chelsea-Arsenal or Liverpool-Manchester United, this is still a match that is always fought hard and to the bitter end, with a number of memorable ties over the years. West Brom are a point above Villa in the table right now, but the Villa Park will not be a friendly place for them to try to extend that lead. This match will likely wind up with no holds barred -- anything and everything can happen.

The best of Sunday: Southampton vs Manchester United

If you watch this match, it might be a good idea to keep the rosters in front of you. Several once-key Southampton players are now playing in a different shade of red, including once-beloved midfield anchor Morgan Schneiderlin. There's some small amount of tension between the clubs because of Manchester's raids, so we'll have to see what kind of reception the Red Devils get when they walk out at St Mary's Stadium. Unfortunately, Southampton fans won't get to see former youth star Luke Shaw, after he suffered a badly broken leg in Champions League play on Tuesday.