Sky Sports kicks off Premier League season with Arsenal on Friday Night Football
6th July 2017
Sky Sports will start the new season with record Arsenal signing Alexandre Lacazette’s first competitive game for the Gunners, against Leicester.
It will be the first the time the Premier League season has begun on a Friday night.
Sky Sports venues will be able to show all of the top six teams from 2016/17 - Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United – in the first two weeks of the campaign.
Clubs can also look forward to showing all 20 Premier League sides by the end of September, with Sky Sports visiting 18 different grounds and bringing fans some massive head-to-heads, including Tottenham’s first league match at Wembley Stadium, against champions Chelsea.
The battle between last year’s top two sides is one of a number of key matches Sky Sports venues can look forward to, also including Liverpool v Arsenal, Manchester City v Liverpool and Chelsea v Arsenal.
Following Arsenal v Leicester during the opening weekend, the cameras will then head to Vicarage Road as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face a tricky trip to Watford. And on Super Sunday Newcastle’s return to the Premier League sees them take on Tottenham before Manchester United host West Ham at Old Trafford.
David Rey, managing director of Sky Business said: “These great fixtures, including huge showdowns like Spurs v Chelsea and Liverpool v Arsenal, are the first of 126 Premier League games we’ll bring to Sky Sports clubs this season. In the first fortnight alone we’ll show matches featuring all of last year’s top six teams, kicking off with Arsenal on Friday Night Football. The opening weekend promises to be an unmissable three days of football with some massive names in action, helping clubs to pull in the crowds and drive trade with the games that matter to their members.”
In their first season in the top tier of English football since 1972, Huddersfield Town’s opening home game in the Premier League will be broadcast live, when they host Newcastle.
Elsewhere, the first Monday Night Football of the season sees Ronald Koeman’s new-look Everton travel to Manchester City while Bournemouth will host fellow south-coasters Brighton in the second Friday Night Football of the campaign.
It’s all part of another stellar season of football on Sky Sports which features 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 league derby, the Scottish Cup, Spain’s La Liga, MLS, Eredivisie, the Chinese Super League and more.
Live Premier League Fixtures on Sky Sports
Friday, August 11, 7.45pm
Arsenal v Leicester City
Saturday, August 12. 12.30pm
Watford v Liverpool
Sunday, August 13, 1.30pm
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday, August 13, 4pm
Manchester United v West Ham United
Saturday, August 19, 12.30pm
Swansea City v Manchester United
Sunday, August 20, 1.30pm
Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United
Sunday, August 20, 4pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
Monday, August 21, 8pm
Manchester City v Everton
Saturday August 26, 12.30pm
AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City
Sunday August 27, 1.30pm
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
Sunday August 27, 4pm
Liverpool v Arsenal
Saturday, September 9, 12.30pm
Manchester City v Liverpool
Sunday, September 10, 1.30pm
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Sunday August 27, 4pm
Swansea City v Newcastle United
Monday, September 11, 8pm
West Ham United v Huddersfield Town
Friday September 15, 8pm
AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, September 16, 12.30pm
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Sunday, September 17, 1.30pm
Chelsea v Arsenal
Sunday, September 17, 4pm
Manchester United v Everton
Saturday, September 23, 12.30pm
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday, September 24, 4pm
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United
Monday, September 25, 8pm
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Saturday, September 30, 12.30pm
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday, October 1, 2.15pm
Everton v Burnley
Sunday, October 1, 4.30pm
Newcastle United v Liverpool
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