Sky & BT announce opening live Premier League games

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The surprise champions of 2015/16 will kick off the new Premier League season after Sky Sports and BT Sport’s live match selections for the first two months of 2016/17 were released.

Leicester City’s first match of their title defence, away to promoted Hull City, will be shown by Sky Sports at the new regular Saturday lunchtime slot of 12.30pm.

Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri will be hoping that his team do not become the first defending Premier League champions to lose their opening fixture.

BT Sport’s new live package on Saturday evenings will begin with Pep Guardiola’s first Premier League match as Manchester City manager, when his team take on Sunderland and the experienced Sam Allardyce at the Etihad Stadium at 5.30pm.

The first Sky Sports Super Sunday of the season starts with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United travelling to AFC Bournemouth, where the Red Devils lost last season.

This is followed by arguably the biggest fixture of the opening weekend with Arsenal at home to Liverpool. Both matches will be shown on Sky Sports. 

Antonio Conte’s tough introduction as Chelsea head coach in the Premier League, at home to Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United, has been selected by Sky for their first Monday Night Football match of the season.

The second weekend of live fixtures will feature the first of the Friday Night Football matches that Sky can show from this season, when Man Utd host Southampton.

After Sky Sports show Stoke City v Man City at 12.30pm on Saturday, the 5.30pm kick-off on BT Sport is a battle between last season’s top two, Leicester and Arsenal, a match the Gunners won 5-2 last season.

Sky will show Guardiola and Mourinho renewing their rivalry on September 10 with the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

Sky Sports viewers will also be able to watch West Ham United’s first match at the Olympic Stadium, the head-to-head between Chelsea and Liverpool, and the Tees-Wear derby between Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

BT Sport’s initial line-up of Premier League televised fixtures is completed in style with a firecracker of a London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger pitting his wits against new Blues boss Antonio Conte for the first time.

The 2016/17 campaign is the first season under Sky Sports and BT Sport’s multi-billion pound three-year deal to screen more live Premier League games than ever before, with 126 matches on Sky and a further 42 games televised by BT.

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis commented: “It’s our biggest season ever. Our opening set of fixtures offers our viewers some mouth-watering fixtures and we’ll show every club at least once by the end of September.

“Our coverage keeps on getting better.  This season we have new shows including Friday Night Football, live matches at 3pm for viewers in Ireland, and from 5.15pm our customers can watch all the goals from Saturday’s matches on their mobile devices.”

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Football fans can look forward to an exciting start to the Premier League season on BT Sport.

“We will now be broadcasting matches at 5.30pm on Saturday evenings and these opening games include the first Premier League match for Pep Guardiola, as well as chances to see how Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton perform under their new managers Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and Ronald Koeman respectively.

“Three of the four English teams competing in this season’s UEFA Champions League will be shown on BT Sport in the opening weeks of the season and they will also be seen exclusively live on BT Sport once their European campaigns begin.”

In addition to confirming their opening TV games, Sky Sports has also announced that its live Premier League coverage will have new sponsors for the forthcoming season, ending its long-running partnership with car giant Ford.

Bet365 will become the sponsor of Monday Night Football as well as coverage of Sky’s Friday night games, while Nissan take over as broadcast sponsors of Sky’s Saturday lunchtime games and the flagship Super Sunday.

Full details of all confirmed live TV fixtures for August and September can be found below.

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE ON SKY SPORTS & BT SPORT

SATURDAY 13th AUGUST

Hull City v Leicester City
Premier League

12:30

Manchester City v Sunderland
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 14th AUGUST

Bournemouth v Manchester United
Premier League

13:30

Arsenal v Liverpool
Premier League

16:00

MONDAY 15th AUGUST

Chelsea v West Ham United
Premier League

20:00

FRIDAY 19th AUGUST

Manchester United v Southampton
Premier League

20:00

SATURDAY 20th AUGUST

Stoke City v Manchester City
Premier League

12:30

Leicester City v Arsenal
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 21st AUGUST

Sunderland v Middlesbrough
Premier League

13:30

West Ham United v Bournemouth
Premier League

16:00

SATURDAY 27th AUGUST

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
Premier League

12:30

Hull City v Manchester United
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 28th AUGUST

West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough
Premier League

13:30

Manchester City v West Ham United
Premier League

16:00

SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER

Manchester United v Manchester City
Premier League

12:30

Liverpool v Leicester City
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 11th SEPTEMBER

Swansea City v Chelsea
Premier League

16:00

MONDAY 12th SEPTEMBER

Sunderland v Everton
Premier League

20:00

FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER

Chelsea v Liverpool
Premier League

20:00

SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER

Everton v Middlesbrough
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 18th SEPTEMBER

Watford v Manchester United
Premier League

12:00

Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Premier League

14:15

Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland
Premier League

16:30

SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER

Manchester United v Leicester City
Premier League

12:30

Arsenal v Chelsea
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 25th SEPTEMBER

West Ham United v Southampton
Premier League

16:00

MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER

Burnley v Watford
Premier League

20:00

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