Having broadcast 49 of the 50 most watched Premier League matches last season, Sky Sports has announced a schedule that includes all of last season’s top four at least six times and every club at least three times.
Viewers can also enjoy seven live Manchester United fixtures - including Louis van Gaal’s toughest tests against Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Only on Sky Sports can viewers see the opening matches of last season’s top four teams, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Premier League champions City begin their title defence away to Newcastle United.
Following Sky’s best ever Premier League season, viewers can enjoy 43 live matches - at least three live fixtures every week - before the end of November:
There will be more of the games that matter including:
Manchester City v Manchester United
Manchester City v Liverpool
Arsenal v Manchester United
Manchester City v Chelsea
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Chelsea
Chelsea v Arsenal
Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal will all be shown at least six times and every club will be on at least three times with a match coming from all 20 Premier League grounds.
And in an added bonus, all seven Sky Sports channels will be free to every Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and UPC household on Saturday August 16. This means more than 15 million homes can enjoy a full day of unrivalled live sport from Sky Sports, including football from the Sky Bet Championship, Scottish Premiership and Eredivisie as well as England Test cricket, golf from Europe and the USA, rugby union and ATP tennis. Sky Sports customers can also get 2 years' free unlimited broadband.
Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “49 out of 50 of the most popular Premier League games were shown on Sky Sports last season and a quick look at our opening schedule of fixtures shows Sky Sports is still the place to go for more of the games that matter. With more football than ever before, including the launch of our fantastic new European football channel Sky Sports 5, our customers have never had such an unrivalled choice of football. And for the first time, we’re inviting every Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and UPC household to enjoy all seven Sky Sports channels free for the opening day of the season.”
Gary Neville, Sky Sports analyst, added: “I can’t wait for the new season and I can’t wait for Sky’s live matches. There are so many stand out fixtures here to look forward to, including must-see head to heads, big tests for the top four and all the promoted sides. We’ll see all the teams at least three times, visit all the grounds and tell the complete Premier League story throughout the opening three months and beyond. I can’t wait to get back into the studio.”
The first 43 of 116 Premier League fixtures on Sky Sports are as follows:
Sat 16: Arsenal v Crystal Palace (5.30pm)
Sun 17: Liverpool v Southampton (1.30pm)
Sun 17: Newcastle United v Manchester City (4pm)
Mon 18: Burnley v Chelsea (8pm)
Sat 23: Everton v Arsenal (5.30pm)
Sun 24: Hull City v Stoke City (1.30pm)
Sun 24: Sunderland v Manchester United (4pm)
Mon 25: Manchester City v Liverpool (8pm)
Sat 30: Everton v Chelsea (5.30pm)
Sun 31: Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool (1.30pm)
Sun 31: Leicester City v Arsenal (4pm)
Sat 13: Liverpool v Aston Villa (5.30pm)
Sun 14: Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers (4pm)
Mon 15: Hull City v West Ham United (8pm)
Sat 20: West Ham United v Liverpool (5.30pm)
Sun 21: Leicester City v Manchester United (1.30pm)
Sun 21: Manchester City v Chelsea (4pm)
Sat 27: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (5.30pm)
Sun 28: West Bromwich Albion v Burnley (4pm)
Mon 29: Stoke City v Newcastle United (8pm)
Sat 4: Aston Villa v Manchester City (5.30pm)
Sun 5: Chelsea v Arsenal (2.05pm)
Sun 5: West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers (4.15pm)
Sun 19: Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool (1.30pm)
Sun 19: Stoke City v Swansea City (4pm)
Mon 20: West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United (8pm)
Sat 25: Swansea City v Leicester City (5.30pm)
Sun 26: Burnley v Everton (1.30pm)
Sun 26: Manchester United v Chelsea (4pm)
Mon 27: Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa (8pm)
Sun 2: Manchester City v Manchester United (1.30pm)
Sun 2: Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur (4pm)
Mon 3: Crystal Palace v Sunderland (8pm)
Sat 8: Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City (5.30pm)
Sun 9: West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United (1.30pm)
Sun 9: Swansea City v Arsenal (4pm)
Sat 22: Arsenal v Manchester United (5.30pm)
Sun 23: Crystal Palace v Liverpool (1.30pm)
Sun 23: Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur (4pm)
Mon 24: Aston Villa v Southampton (8pm)
Sat 29: Sunderland v Chelsea (5.30pm)
Sun 30: Southampton v Manchester City (1.30pm)
Sun 30: Tottenham Hotspur v Everton (4pm)
These fixtures are the first of 116 chosen in conjunction with the Premier League and are part of Sky’s unrivalled football coverage, which this August includes the launch of Sky Sports 5, the new home of European football. The channel will show up to 600 live matches next season from European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, UEFA Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey, Coppa Italia and Eredivisie.
Analysis will again be provided by the best football experts on British television: Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness. Coverage is presented by Ed Chamberlin and Dave Jones with commentary from Martin Tyler, Rob Hawthorne and Alan Parry.
Sky Sports will show more football next season than ever before - up to 800 live matches. As well as Barclays Premier League, viewers can enjoy live coverage of European qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, UEFA Champions League, SkyBet Football League, SPFL, Capital One Cup, La Liga, Eredivisie, Copa del Rey and Coppa Italia, Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and Sky Sports Victory Shield.
All of Sky Sports’ live matches will be available to watch in HD, on demand and on the go through Sky Go, the leading sports mobile TV service in the UK. To support the live match experience, Sky Sports customers can also benefit from the innovative Sky Sports smartphone and iPad apps, which offer additional viewing options and analysis.