THE first round of Premier League matches to be screened live on TV can be revealed – with Sky Sports primed to show at least four of the Big Six title hopefuls.
All dates for the new 2019/20 season have been published – throwing up some intriguing challenges for the sides hoping to be crowned champions.
Holders Manchester City begin their defence with a trip to West Ham on Saturday 10 August as Pep Guardiola’s side face a potentially tricky fixture.
But the season kicks-off the day before when Liverpool play host to newcomers Norwich at Anfield in a game that will be shown live on Sky Sports with an 8pm kick-off.
Under the new television deal kicking in for the new campaign, Sky have the rights to show 24 matches on either Monday or Friday nights.
And that means their cameras will be in place on Merseyside to watch Jurgen Klopp’s European champions attempt to begin their domestic challenge in style.
Sundays next season sees Sky take control of any matches shown – so they have scooped the rights to the big match of the opening weekend as Manchester United play host to Chelsea on August 11, kick-off 4.30pm.
Earlier that day is Newcastle against Arsenal, which will also be screened by the channel in their new time slot of 2pm.
Sky also have the licence to screen one match at 5.30pm on a Saturday, so they will get to choose one other game to show on the opening weekend.
But BT Sport have first option on that day in the 12.30pm slot, meaning they have plumped for the game at the London Stadium when Pep Guardiola’s side take on the Hammers.
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That leaves Tottenham’s game against newly-promoted Aston Villa will be selected for the tea-time slot on the Saturday.
In total Sky have secured the rights to screen 128 matches through the season, with BT Sport showing 52 games.
New to the market this season are streaming service Amazon Prime, who will screen all ten Boxing Day matches as well as another full midweek programme in December.
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