Sky Sports kicks off Premier League season with Arsenal on Friday Night Football
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.
Pubs 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 pubs 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 landlords to pull in the crowds and drive trade with the games that matter to pub-goers.”
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 derby, the Scottish Cup, Spain’s La Liga, MLS, Eredivisie, the Chinese Super League and more.
Sky Sports live Premier League fixtures:
Arsenal v Leicester City Fri 11 Aug 7.45pm
Watford v Liverpool Sat 12 Aug 12.30pm
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur Sun 13 Aug 1.30pm
Manchester United v West Ham United Sun 13 Aug 4.00pm
Swansea City v Manchester United Sat 19 Aug 12.30pm
Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United Sun 20 Aug 1.30pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea Sun 20 Aug 4.00pm
Manchester City v Everton Mon 21 Aug 8.00pm
Bournemouth v Manchester City Sat 26 Aug 12.30pm
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City Sun 27 Aug 1.30pm
Liverpool v Arsenal Sun 27 Aug 4.00pm
Manchester City v Liverpool Sat 9 Sept 12.30pm
Burnley v Crystal Palace Sun 10 Sept 1.30pm
Swansea City v Newcastle United Sun 10 Sept 4.00pm
West Ham United v Huddersfield Town Mon 11 Sept 8.00pm
Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion Fri 15 Sept 8.00pm
Crystal Palace v Southampton Sat 16 Sept 12.30pm
Chelsea v Arsenal Sun 17 Sept 1.30pm
Manchester United v Everton Sun 17 Sept 4.00pm
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Sat 23 Sept 12.30pm
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United Sun 24 Sept 4.00pm
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion Mon 25 Sept 8.00pm
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur Sat 30 Sept 12.30pm
Everton v Burnley Sun 1 Oct 2.15pm
Newcastle United v Liverpool Sun 1 Oct 4.30pm