Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes begin the defence of their title away to newly promoted Hull City in the first of 126 live matches on Sky Sports this season – more than ever before.
The opening weekend also offers Sky Sports viewers coverage of José Mourinho’s first game in charge of Manchester United at Bournemouth, Arsenal v Liverpool in the first big head to head of the season, plus Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at home to West Ham United.
The first ever ‘Friday Night Football’ will be in the second week of the season, as Manchester United fans welcome José Mourinho to Old Trafford for their home fixture against Southampton. The much anticipated Manchester derby involving Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will also be live on Sky Sports.
Sky Sports viewers will be also able to watch West Ham United’s first ever match at the Olympic Stadium, the head to head between Chelsea and Liverpool, and the Tees–Wear derby between Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said: “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.”
In another first, viewers in the Republic of Ireland will also be able to enjoy live coverage of the Premier League in a regular slot on Saturday afternoons at 3pm. Sky Sports customers will also be able to use an expanded mobile clips service delivered by the Sky Sports’ Football Score Centre app providing highlights of Premier League and Football League matches on their phones on match days.
Last season 49 of the top 50 most viewed matches were shown on Sky Sports for a third successive year.
Sky Sports customers can look forward to more football than ever before this season, with over 700 games, including 126 from the Premier League, 127 matches from the Sky Bet EFL and EFL Cup, 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 and MLS. Sky Sports will also show live coverage of qualification matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as well as highlights of England’s matches.
Sky Sports also announced today that its live football coverage would be supported by bet365 and Nissan for the next three seasons. bet365 has become the exclusive sponsor of Monday Night Football as well as coverage of Sky’s Friday night games. Furthermore, bet365 will also sponsor all the Premier League games shown on the dedicated Sky Sports channel available in pubs, bars, hotels and clubs across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Nissan will become the exclusive weekend sponsor of Sky Sports’ Premier League games shown on Saturday lunchtime as well as Super Sundays. In the Republic of Ireland, this also means games broadcast on Saturday at 3pm. In addition to live TV, Nissan will be the sole sponsor of all the Premier League previews, reviews, editorial articles, stats, facts and figures on skysports.com.
Sky Sports live Premier League Fixtures
Hull City v Leicester City, Sat 13 Aug, 12.30pm
Bournemouth, v Manchester United, Sun 14 Aug, 1.30pm
Arsenal, v Liverpool, Sun 14 Aug, 4.00pm
Chelsea, v West Ham United, Mon 15 Aug, 8.00pm
Manchester United v Southampton, Fri 19 Aug, 8.00pm
Stoke City, v Manchester City, Sat 20 Aug, 12.30pm
Sunderland v Middlesbrough, Sun 21 Aug, 1.30pm
West Ham United, v Bournemouth, Sun 21 Aug, 4.00pm
Tottenham Hotspur, v Liverpool, Sat 27 Aug, 12.30pm
West Bromwich Albionv Middlesbrough, Sun 28 Aug, 1.30pm
Manchester City, v West Ham United, Sun 28 Aug, 4.00pm
Manchester United v Manchester City, Sat 10 Sept, 12.30pm
Swansea City vChelsea, Sun 11 Sept, 4.00pm
Sunderland v Everton, Mon 12 Sept, 8.00pm
Chelsea v Liverpool, Fri 16 Sept, 8.00pm
Crystal Palacev Stoke City, Sun 18 Sept, 2.15pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland, Sun 18 Sept, 4.30pm
Manchester United v Leicester City, Sat 24 Sept, 12.30pm
West Ham United v Southampton, Sun 25 Sept, 4.00pm
Burnley v Watford, Mon 26 Sept, 8.00p
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