Premier League 2017/18: Sky & BT announce opening live games

0

The first live televised matches of the 2017/18 Premier League season have been been selected by Sky Sports and BT Sport with Arsenal’s home clash at Leicester City kicking off the new season on a Friday night for the first time.

Sky Sports will get the honour of kicking off the new season with the first of 10 scheduled Friday Night Football clashes on 11 August, before a packed opening weekend of live action takes in a Saturday lunchtime clash between Watford and Liverpool and a Super Sunday double-header that pitches promoted Newcastle against Tottenham and Manchester United versus West Ham.

The top six teams from 2016/17 – Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United – will all be shown live in the first two weeks of the campaign and Sky Sports will broadcast all 20 Premier League sides by the end of September.

Sky’s cameras will visit 18 different grounds during the first two months and bring fans the big head-to-heads – including Tottenham’s first league match at Wembley, against champions Chelsea on Sunday, 20 August.

The battle between last year’s top two sides is one of a number of key early matches on Sky Sports, with Liverpool v Arsenal, Manchester City v Liverpool and Chelsea v Arsenal also on the schedule.

Monday Night Football returns on 21 August as Ronald Koeman’s big-spending Everton travel to Manchester City, while a second Friday night meeting in mid-September sees Bournemouth host fellow south-coasters Brighton.

In their first season in the top tier of English football since 1972, Huddersfield Town feature twice on Sky Sports with a trip to West Ham on Monday, 11 September and a home fixture against Spurs on 1 October.

BT Sport will broadcast eight live games in the opening months of the season with its live matches including the clash between title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City in September, plus Arsenal and Manchester United taking on Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.

Continuing with its regular coverage of the Saturday 5.30pm kick-offs, BT Sport’s Premier League coverage begins on the south coast as league debutant’s Brighton & Hove Albion take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, 12 August.

Other key live matches on BT Sport includes action from Wembley on Saturday, 16 September with Tottenham Hotspur playing home matches there for the duration of the season, while 2015/16 champions Leicester City will welcome BT Sport cameras on Saturday, 23 September, for their match against Liverpool.

The final weekend of the month will see two title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City battle it out at Stamford Bridge with Antonio Conte looking to build on a title-winning season in his first season in English football, followed the next day by Arsenal’s home clash with Brighton & Hove Albion, kicking off at 12pm on Sunday, 1 October.

https://twitter.com/btsport/status/882917039613947908

In total, 168 Premier League matches will be broadcast live on TV this season, with 126 of those on Sky Sports and a further 42 on BT Sport.

In addition to the Premier League, Sky Sports will also show 127 matches from the EFL, the final group matches and play-offs from the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Europe, 30 matches from the SPFL Premiership – including every Old Firm derby – the Scottish Cup, Spain’s La Liga, MLS, Eredivisie and the Chinese Super League.

Commenting on its opening selections, Sky Sports Head of Football Gary Hughes said:

“Showing Arsenal’s record-signing in the first match of the season – under the Friday night lights – is an exciting way to kick things off.

“In the opening seven weeks Sky Sports will show every club, four of the early head-to-heads and get to 18 grounds. We can’t wait for the season to start.”

BT Sport will complement its live Premier League coverage in August, with English football’s traditional curtain-raiser, the FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea, on Sunday 6 August, kicking off at 2pm.

Fans can also watch Liverpool’s two-legged UEFA Champions League play-off in late August as they attempt to get back in the elite European competition, while also setting the scene on the new season will be coverage of the UEFA Super Cup clash between Real Madrid and Manchester United on August 8, kick off 7.45pm.

During the coming season BT Sport channels will once again show 351 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games exclusively live. This is in addition to selected matches from Scotland’s Ladbrokes Premiership, the Emirates FA Cup and European domestic football.

Commenting on BT’s Premier League picks, Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said:

“BT Sport will continue being the home of live Saturday evening Premier League football next season.

We offer football fans a superb Saturday football experience, beginning with the innovative afternoon show BT Sport Score and ending with Premier League Tonight at 8pm.”

The second batch of live televised Premier League matches, covering October and November, are due to be announced in the days prior to opening weekend of the season.

Scroll down for a complete list of all live Premier League games on Sky Sports and BT Sport from August to early October.

FRIDAY 11th AUGUST

Arsenal v Leicester City
Premier League

19:45

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST

Watford v Liverpool
Premier League

12:30

Brighton v Manchester City
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 13th AUGUST

Newcastle Utd v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League

13:30

Manchester Utd v West Ham Utd
Premier League

16:00

SATURDAY 19th AUGUST

Swansea City v Manchester Utd
Premier League

12:30

Stoke City v Arsenal
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 20th AUGUST

Huddersfield Town v Newcastle Utd
Premier League

13:30

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
Premier League

16:00

MONDAY 21st AUGUST

Manchester City v Everton
Premier League

20:00

SATURDAY 26th AUGUST

Bournemouth v Manchester City
Premier League

12:30

Manchester Utd v Leicester City
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 27th AUGUST

West Brom v Stoke City
Premier League

13:30

Liverpool v Arsenal
Premier League

16:00

SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

Manchester City v Liverpool
Premier League

12:30

Stoke City v Manchester Utd
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER

Burnley v Crystal Palace
Premier League

13:30

Swansea City v Newcastle Utd
Premier League

16:00

MONDAY 11th SEPTEMBER

West Ham Utd v Huddersfield Town
Premier League

20:00

FRIDAY 15th SEPTEMBER

Bournemouth v Brighton
Premier League

20:00

SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER

Crystal Palace v Southampton
Premier League

12:30

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 17th SEPTEMBER

Chelsea v Arsenal
Premier League

13:30

Manchester Utd v Everton
Premier League

16:00

SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER

West Ham Utd v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League

12:30

Leicester City v Liverpool
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 24th SEPTEMBER

Brighton v Newcastle United
Premier League

16:00

MONDAY 25th SEPTEMBER

Arsenal v West Brom
Premier League

20:00

SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League

12:30

Chelsea v Manchester City
Premier League

17:30

SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER

Arsenal v Brighton
Premier League

12:00

Everton v Burnley
Premier League

14:15

Newcastle Utd v Liverpool
Premier League

16:30

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *