Sky Sports kicks off Premier League season with Manchester United on Friday Night Football
Whilst all eyes are currently firmly on the fantastic World Cup™ in Russia the much-anticipated return of the Premier League is growing nearer everyday - we can now all relax in the knowledge that we will have less than a month to wait without football when the last ball is kicked in Russia.
Both Sky Sports and BT Sport have now announced their first run of the games for the exciting 2018/19 Premier League, and publicans can now look to complete all of their preparations for the new season.
Manchester United will be trying to look good as all eyes are on them with a fiery Friday Night Football matchup against Leicester City at Old Trafford shown live on Sky Sports. Attention will then turn to Saturdays matches – when Newcastle host Golden-boot hopeful Harry Kane’s Spurs and newly promoted Wolves in their first Premier League match since 2012 as they host Everton.
The first Super Sunday of the season continues a massive first weekend with the biggest opening weekend game as last year’s runaway champs Manchester City take on Arsenal and Liverpool host West Ham.
There first month and a half of the season will see a mammoth 32 games of live football, with all 20 clubs making at least one appearance, including Tottenham’s welcome Liverpool to their brand new stadium on the 15thSeptember.
The latest football rights deals have secured Sky Sports as the major broadcaster until 2022 with 128 games and BT Sport with 52, but it also sees the intriguing entry of Amazon into the live football fold. Amazon secured the rights to show 20 matches a season until 2022. This means that every game in the first round of midweek fixtures in December will be shown live for the first time in the UK.
With England showing the world that we can take a penalty and giving the Nation hope, anticipation for this season is sure to reach fever-pitch levels of excitement, and where better to watch it than in the pub.
David Rey, managing director of Sky Business, said: “It really is a stellar opening weekend, with big guns Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City all in action in the first three days of the season. The line-up will help pubs and clubs across the country pull in the crowds, and throughout the season Sky Sports will continue to show the biggest games on our dedicated Premier League channel, with another season of 126 matches live only on Sky Sports.”
“August and September will see the Premier League return with a bang on BT Sport," said Simon Green, head of BT Sport. "Many of the best players on show at the FIFA World Cup will feature on BT Sport, including the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane. BT Sport is showing a huge amount of exclusively live football over these two months, including a potential playoff for Celtic as they bid to enter the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, plus matchday one of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stages.
"Outside of football, rugby fans can count on BT Sport as their home of rugby with exclusively live coverage of the start of the Premiership Rugby season and the European Rugby Champions Cup.”
Matches will be available for publicans on MatchPint to start advertising immediately, but you can see the first list of all live games below: