Despite the tireless work Sky do to bring the best programmes in from around the world for their entertainment channels, there's still little doubt that Sky consider their sporting channels to be the jewel in their considerable crown. Sky Sports remains the biggest draw for the company, and although BT are coming up behind them in terms of coverage and broadcasting quality, there's still no real match for Sky Sports. That's particularly true when it comes to Premier League matches, of which Sky boast an overwhelming majority of matches on their service. Nevertheless, there's nothing to be gained from sitting still, and Sky Sports are gearing up to broadcast yet more live Premier League matches over the next few months.
Today's announcement, intended to enthuse existing customers and drive potential ones towards the Sky TV number, means that Sky will have broadcast from each of the 20 stadiums that are wired up for broadcast in the Premier League by the end of the year. It's a great achievement for Sky, and a great boon for customers, who will now get an extra 16 live Premier League fixtures between December and the new year.
With the season now well underway and the league table starting to take some shape, Sky have shown plenty of games, and will have shown 62 by the turn of the year, with each Premier League side being featured on Sky Sports at least three times, and last seasons top four appearing at least nine times each. Through December and into the new year, 17 different Premier League clubs will feature on Sky Sports, including those two clubs who have made the top of the league their own - Manchester City and Arsenal. Indeed, those two teams will face each other on what will be a crucial match just four days before Christmas.
Also added to the schedule is Bournemouth's clash with Chelsea. The seaside club are enjoying their first season in the Premier League, and will come up against a wounded Chelsea side who topped the table last year but currently sit in the bottom half of the 2015/2016 table. It's a tough fixture for the league newbies, but it'll get even harder the following week as a strong Manchester United side travel to the Vitality Stadium looking to pick up three points. In total, Sky Sports viewers will see 116 live Premier League matches this season, alongside 127 games from the Football League, 300 matches from La Liga and games from the Capital One Cup, EUFA Euro 2016, SPFL, Scottish Cup, MLS and Eredivisie matches. They're the kind of numbers which keep customers from the Sky TV number, and Sky know it.
Sky Sports head of football Gary Hughes said: “It’s been an exciting start to the season on Sky Sports, and with these fixtures into the New Year we will continue to tell the full story of the Barclays Premier League.
“With at least three games a week, every team at least three times by the turn of the year and every stadium, Sky Sports is the best place to follow the most exciting league in the world.”
These are the Sky Sports Premier League Fixtures for the rest of the year:
Watford v Arsenal, Sat 17 Oct, 5.30pm Newcastle United v Norwich City, Sun 18 Oct, 4pm Swansea City v Stoke City, Mon 19 Oct, 8pm Arsenal v Everton, Sat 24 Oct, 5.30pm Sunderland v Newcastle United, Sun 25 Oct, 12noon Manchester United v Manchester City, Sun 25 Oct, 2.05pm Liverpool v Southampton, Sun 25 Oct, 4.15pm
Everton v Sunderland, Sun 1 Nov, 1.30pm Southampton v Bournemouth, Sun 1 Nov, 4pm Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa, Mon 2 Nov, 8pm Stoke City v Chelsea, Sat 7 Nov, 5.30pm Aston Villa v Manchester City, Sun 8 Nov, 1.30pm Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, Sun 8 Nov, 4pm Manchester City v Liverpool, Sat 21 Nov, 5.30pm Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United, Sun 22 Nov, 4pm Crystal Palace v Sunderland, Mon 23 Nov, 8pm Leicester City v Manchester United, Sat 28 Nov, 5.30pm West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion, Sun 29 Nov, 2.05pm Norwich City v Arsenal, Sun 29 Nov, 4.15pm
Chelsea v Bournemouth, Sat 5 Dec, 5.30pm Newcastle United v Liverpool, Sun 6 Dec, 4pm Everton v Crystal Palace, Mon 7 Dec, 8pm Bournemouth v Manchester United, Sat 12 Dec, 5.30pm Aston Villa v Arsenal, Sun 13 Dec, 1.30pm Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, Sun 13 Dec, 4pm Leicester City v Chelsea, Mon 14 Dec, 8pm Newcastle United v Aston Villa, Sat 19 Dec, 5.30pm Watford v Liverpool, Sun 20 Dec, 1.30pm Swansea City v West Ham United, Sun 20 Dec, 4pm Arsenal v Manchester City, Mon 21 Dec, 8pm Stoke City v Manchester United, Sat 26 Dec, 12.45pm Sunderland v Liverpool, Wed 30 Dec, 7.45pm
Watford v Manchester City, Sat 2 Jan, 5.30pm Crystal Palace v Chelsea, Sun 3 Jan, 1.30pm Everton v Tottenham Hotspur, Sun 3 Jan, 4pm
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