FOOTBALL: Sky Sports & ESPN reveal first set of live Premier League games

Sky Sports and ESPN have announced their opening live Barclays Premier League matches for the first four months of the 2012/2013 season.

Defending champions Manchester City, runners-up Manchester United and UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea will kick off the new season on Sky Sports.

The first televised match of the season will be screened by ESPN on the opening day of the campaign, with Newcastle United taking on Tottenham Hotspur.

Full details of which channel is covering what matches below:

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Sky Sports have announced their first 42 televised Premier League matches to be shown exclusively live from August to November 2012, with every club featured by October 6.

Super Sunday kicks off the new season on Sky Sports with Wigan Athletic against Chelsea, followed by Manchester City against newly-promoted Southampton.

Monday Night Football returns with last season’s runners-up Manchester United away at Everton.

Sky Sports viewers will be able to watch all the biggest games between last season’s top eight teams exclusively live.

They will face each other 17 times including Liverpool v Manchester City on August 26 and Arsenal v Chelsea on September 29.

Sky Sports will show five major derbies from the Midlands, north London, Tyne-Wear, Merseyside, and the North West, including Liverpool v Manchester United on September 23.

Every Barclays Premier League team will be shown live at least twice in the first set of Sky Sports fixtures, with all three newly promoted clubs shown live at least three times.

These fixtures are the first of 115 live Premier League matches that Sky Sports will show during the 2012-13 season, with every match available in HD, with many in 3D.

In addition, Sky Sports subscribers will also enjoy over 129 live UEFA Champions League matches, 75 live games from across all three npower Football League divisions, Capital One Cup fixtures and international fixtures.

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “We’re all looking forward to the start of the Premier League and we begin with a bang; Champions League winners Chelsea, Premier League Champions Manchester City and Manchester United all in our opening weekend.

“These selections provide our viewers with huge head-to-heads, major derbies and every team at least twice, all in the first three months of the season.

“We have the biggest names providing the most insightful analysis and commentary plus a wealth of unrivalled support programming.

“I’m sure it’ll be another fascinating football season on Sky Sports.”

Sky Sports viewers with Sky Go will be able to enjoy all the action wherever they want on PC, laptop, iPhone, iPad and compatible Android phones.

Support programming includes Soccer AM, Gillette Soccer Saturday, Goals on Sunday and Sunday Supplement as well as Sky Sports News HD.

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ESPN has announced its first 11 televised fixtures in its final season of screening live Premier League football.

On the opening day, ESPN’s Matchday Live cameras will be at St James’ Park to see Newcastle United face Tottenham Hotspur.

The match presents new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas with a testing first league match at the helm while Magpies chief Alan Pardew will want to send a signal that last season’s fifth-place was not a one-off.

ESPN viewers will have an early opportunity to see last season’s UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea on August 25, as newly-installed permanent manager Roberto Di Matteo looks to build on their sixth-place finish last season.

Champions Manchester City will feature three times on ESPN as they welcome Queens Park Rangers on September 1, and Swansea City on October 27 to the Etihad Stadium, before they make an away trip to play newly-promoted West Ham United on November 3.

ESPN viewers will also get a look at Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side as they face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on September 15th.

Manchester United make their first appearance on ESPN on September 29 as they host Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal will feature in the first of their three away fixtures on ESPN, first at West Ham United on October 6, before travelling to East Anglia to face Chris Hughton’s Norwich City on October 20, and then to Villa Park on November 24 to face an Aston Villa side under the stewardship of new boss, Paul Lambert.

Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice President TV Channels, ESPN, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Football fans watching ESPN’s Barclays Premier League coverage in the coming months will be able to follow the very top sides as well as the newly-promoted outfits.

“Alongside ESPN’s offering of top football coverage from around the UK and Europe, we look forward to the start of what promises to be another fantastic season of football on ESPN.”

This will be ESPN’s last season of covering live Premier League football, after being outbid for the rights by telecoms giant BT. 

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Full list of live Premier League broadcast selections below:

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Kick-off times stated
 
Saturday 18th August
Newcastle Utd v Tottenham Hotspur
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 19th August
Wigan Athletic v Chelsea
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
Manchester City v Southampton
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 20th August
Everton v Manchester Utd
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 25th August
Swansea v West Ham Utd
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
Chelsea v Newcastle Utd
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 26th August
Stoke City v Arsenal
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
Liverpool v Manchester City
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 1st September
West Ham Utd v Fulham
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
Manchester City v QPR
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 2nd September
Liverpool v Arsenal
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
Southampton v Manchester Utd
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 15th September
Norwich City v West Ham Utd
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
Sunderland v Liverpool
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 16th September
Reading v Tottenham Hotspur
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 17th September
Everton v Newcastle Utd
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 22nd September
Swansea City v Everton
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
Sunday 23rd September
Liverpool v Manchester Utd
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
Manchester City v Arsenal
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 29th September
Arsenal v Chelsea
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
Manchester Utd v Tottenham Hotspur
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 30th September
Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 1st October
QPR v West Ham Utd
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 6th October
Manchester City v Sunderland
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
West Ham Utd v Arsenal
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 7th October
Southampton v Fulham
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
Newcastle Utd v Manchester Utd
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 20th October
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
Norwich City v Arsenal
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 21st October
Sunderland v Newcastle Utd
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
QPR v Everton
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 27th October
Everton v Liverpool
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
Manchester City v Swansea City
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 28th October
Aston Villa v Norwich City
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
Chelsea v Manchester Utd
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 3rd November
Manchester Utd v Arsenal
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
West Ham Utd v Manchester City
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 4th November
QPR v Reading
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
Liverpool v Newcastle Utd
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 5th November
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 10th November
Aston Villa v Manchester Utd
17:30 – Sky Sports
 
Sunday 11th November
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
Chelsea v Liverpool
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 17th November
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
Norwich City v Manchester Utd
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 18th November
Fulham v Sunderland
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Monday 19th November
West Ham Utd v Stoke City
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Saturday 24th November
Swansea City v Liverpool
12:45 – Sky Sports
 
Aston Villa v Arsenal
17:30 – ESPN
 
Sunday 25th November
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion
13:30 – Sky Sports
 
Chelsea v Manchester City
16:00 – Sky Sports
 
Tuesday 27th November
Aston Villa v Reading
20:00 – Sky Sports
 
Wednesday 28th November
Wigan Athletic v Manchester City
20:00 – Sky Sports
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