Sky Sports has unveiled its refreshed on-screen line-up for the new Premier League season which kicks off on Saturday, August 13.
This season Sky Sports will show 126 matches from England’s top flight, including 26 first picks, with a schedule of live matches that begins with four games in three days, featuring champions Leicester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Among the new range of programming for the new campaign, a familiar face in former Valencia manager and England assistant coach Gary Neville has confirmed his return to Sky Sports as one of the broadcaster’s lead pundits
He will take his place alongside Sky Sports regulars Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness in the studio, as well join Carragher for guest appearances on Monday Night Football.
For the first time, Sky Sports will show up to ten live matches on Friday evenings, with coverage of these fixtures to be presented by Jeff Stelling alongside his former Countdown co-star Rachel Riley.
Providing a different perspective and tone of coverage for Sky’s new Friday night games, the pair will be joined alongside Sky’s regular pundits, as well as special guests from inside and outside the world of sport.
David Jones has been confirmed as the new presenter of Sky’s flagship Super Sunday and Monday Night Football fixtures, replacing Ed Chamberlin who left the broadcaster at the end of last season, while Simon Thomas has been installed as the host of Sky’s Saturday lunchtime matches.
On Saturday evenings, Hayley McQueen will present Game of the Day beginning at 8.30pm, followed by Match Choice from 10.15pm. She will also host live 3pm Saturday fixtures for viewers in the Republic of Ireland.
Outlining Sky’s revamped line-up Gary Hughes, Head of Football for Sky Sports, said: “It’s Sky Sports’ biggest ever Premier League season and our viewers can enjoy the best matches, the best analysis and the best shows.
“Following Leicester City’s incredible triumph, we all know anything can happen this season and Sky Sports viewers can watch all the stories unfold at both ends of the table from next month through to May.”
Commenting on his return to Sky Sports, Neville said: “I am delighted to be rejoining Sky Sports and can’t wait for the start of the new football season, especially as there will be a variety of new programming on the channel.
“It is important for me that my role will be slightly different, and I am looking forward to the challenge of working on some new, creative and exciting projects.”
Leicester’s defence of the Premier League starts on Sky Sports on Saturday, August 13, when they visit newly promoted Hull City.
Sky Sports customers can look forward to more football than ever before this season, with over 700 games, including 126 from the Premier League and 127 matches from the Sky Bet EFL, EFL Cup and EFL Trophy.
Also available is SPFL football including every Old Firm derby, as well as hundreds of matches from Spain’s La Liga, the Copa del Rey Final, the William Hill Scottish Cup, the Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and MLS.
Sky Sports will also show exclusively live coverage of the qualification matches for 2018 FIFA World Cup for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as well as highlights of England’s matches.
For the first time on Sky Sports, customers with the Sky Q Silver subscription will be able to watch 124 live matches across the season in the enhanced detail and clarity of Ultra HD.
Sky Q Silver viewers will also be able to enjoy exclusive blockbuster movies, documentaries and brand new dramas as part of the UK’s most comprehensive Ultra HD service.
Details of Sky Sports’ refreshed weekend football programming line-up can be found below.
– Fantasy Football Club – Hosts Max Rushden, Paul Merson, Rachel Riley and guests including Premier League legends give their predictions to the weekend’s matches.
– Friday Night Football – Sky’s weekend of live Premier League football begins with Jeff Stelling joined by Rachel Riley and guests for a brand new show of ten Friday evening fixtures a season starting at 6.30pm.
– Soccer AM – John ‘Fenners’ Fendley, Helen Chamberlain and the team kick off the day at 10.00am with a mix of fun features, guests and interviews with stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment.
– Premier League Live – At the heart of Saturday’s schedule, this brand new slot of matches presented by Simon Thomas is the centre-piece of a full day of live football. Coverage begins at 11.30am building up to kick off at 12.30pm.
– Soccer Saturday – Jeff Stelling and panellists Charlie Nicholas, Phil Thompson, Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier provide the ultimate guide through all Saturday’s matches from across the leagues from 12.00pm, with live scores from 3.00pm.
– Game of the Day & Match Choice – Hayley McQueen presents coverage of one of the day’s outstanding matches from 8.30pm, and will be joined in the studio by a special guest to analyse and review another of the day’s key games from 10.30pm.
– Sunday Supplement – Starting off a Sunday of football, presenter Neil Ashton and a panel of Fleet St’s finest football writers join together for lively discussion on the stories shaping the game from 9.00am.
– Goals on Sunday – Chris Kamara, Ben Shephard and guests take an in-depth look at the goals and talking points from the weekend’s matches so far from 10.00am.
– Super Sunday – David Jones presents back-to-back coverage of two of the weekend’s biggest games on Sunday afternoon from 12.30pm, with a promise of more interviews and analysis from the tunnel, touchline and gantry from Sky’s team of experts.
– Monday Night Football – Presented by David Jones, Jamie Carragher and guests use the latest technology to analyse and review the live match and have the final say on the weekend’s football in the RTS award-winning show from 7.00pm.