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City feature in opening TV matches

July 5, 2012


• Chelsea and Manchester City’s openers to be televised
• ESPN to show Newcastle v Tott enham on first day

The matches involving the Champions League winners Chelsea and the Premier League champions Manchester City will open the new campaign live on television.

Chelsea’s visit to Wigan Athletic on Sunday 19 August (kick-off 1.30pm) will be the first of 42 top-flight games to be screened by Sky Sports between the start of the season and November, the broadcaster confirmed on Thursday.

They will be closely followed by City, who host promoted Southampton later the same day (kick-off 4pm).

Manchester United will be in action against Everton at Goodison Park the following evening.Every Premier League club will be featured at least twice, while the list of games includes five major derbies from the midlands, north London, Tyne and Wear, Merseyside and the north west.

The play-off winners West Ham United will feature for the first time when they travel to Swansea City on 25 August, while Reading host Tottenham Hotspur three weekends later .

Sunday 23 September sees Liverpool host Manchester United and Arsenal visit Manchester City, while Arsenal’s home game against Chelsea will be televised on the following Saturday.

Sunderland’s home derby against Newcastle United will be live on Sunday, October 21, a day after the Tottenham Hotspur manager, André Villas-Boas, attempts to gain revenge on former employers Chelsea at White Hart Lane, while the first Merseyside derby takes place at Goodison the following Saturday.

A day later United renew hostilities with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and then face Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday, November 3.

The Emirates will stage the north London derby on Saturday, 17 November, while new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will return to former club Swansea the following weekend.

ESPN will launch its programme of Saturday evening kick-offs on Tyneside on 18 August when Spurs head to Newcastle, who also feature the following weekend in a tough tr ip to Chelsea.

Manchester United host Spurs on 29 September, while City’s visit to West Ham will be screened on 3 November. Read More


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