Sky set to broadcast 33 games with 3pm Saturday starts

Everton v Tottenham will launch a new experience for Irish viewers on August 13 — Saturday 3pm matches live on Sky Sports.

Sky have secured Irish rights to English football’s traditional kick-off time for the first time and will broadcast 33 games matches in that slot during the 2016/17 season, beginning at Goodison Park on the opening weekend. These games will not be broadcast live in the UK.

In all, Sky Sports will offer Irish customers a record 159 Premier League games during the new campaign, up 43 on last season.

Regular Friday Night Football also makes its debut, with Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford bow featuring first when Manchester United host Southampton on August 19th at 8pm.

There will be 12 Friday games screened, with Antonio Conte’s Chelsea entertaining Liverpool in the second Friday night fixture on the September 16th.

Champions Leicester City will get the season underway when they travel to newly-promoted Hull City on August 13th for a 12.30 kick-off that will be screened on Sky Sports.

New television company eir Sport - which acquired Setenta Sports - will also show Premier League fixtures in Ireland on BT Sport 1 and 2.

BT open with Pep Guardiola’s first official game as Manchester City boss (Saturday August 13th, 5.30pm) and will screen the clash of last season’s top two on August 20th, when Arsenal visit the King Power Stadium for Leicester’s first home game.

Liverpool’s home tie with Leicester on September 10th and Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea on September 24th also feature on eir Sport’s schedule for the first two months.

Sky Sports

August: 13: Hull City v Leicester City, 12.30pm; Everton v Tottenham, 3pm. 14: Bournemouth v Manchester United, 1.30pm; Arsenal v Liverpool, 4pm. 15: Chelsea v West Ham, 8pm. 19: Manchester United v Southampton, 8pm. 20: Stoke v Manchester City, 12.30pm; Burnley v Liverpool, 3pm. 21: Sunderland v Middlesbrough, 1.30pm; West Ham v Bournemouth, 4pm. 27: Tottenham v Liverpool, 12.30pm; Watford v Arsenal, 3pm. 28: West Brom v Middlesbrough, 1.30pm; Manchester City v West Ham, 4pm.

September: 10: Manchester United v Manchester City, 12.30pm; Stoke v Tottenham, 3pm. 11: Swansea City v Chelsea, 1.30pm. 12: Sunderland v Everton, 8pm.

16: Chelsea v Liverpool, 8pm. 17: Hull v Arsenal, 3pm. 18: Crystal Palace v Stoke, 1.30pm; Tottenham v Sunderland, 4pm. 24: Manchester United v Leicester City, 12.30pm; Swansea v Manchester City, 3pm. 25: West Ham v Southampton, 1.30pm. 26: Burnley v Watford, 8pm.

Eir Sport

August: 13: Manchester City v Sunderland, 5.30pm. 20: Leicester City v Arsenal, 5.30pm. 27: Hull City v Manchester United, 5.30pm.

September: 10: Liverpool v Leicester City, 5.30pm. 17: Everton v Middlesbrough, 5.30pm. 18: Watford v Manchester United, 12pm. 24: Arsenal v Chelsea, 5.30pm.


Last week, I wrote about 'small is beautiful' as a key to an improved environment for all living things after this Covid crisis is finally over. As I wrote, I saw, in the mind's eye, the village where I live in west Cork and from which my wife and I are temporarily exiled.Damien Enright: Community spirit can ensure we pull through - together

Fifty years ago, a fox was spotted in Dublin’s St. Stephen’s Green. The unfortunate animal was chased by local ‘gurriers’. It took refuge in a tree but was promptly stoned to death.Richard Collins: Wildlife taking back the streets of our cities

The north pier on Cape Clear has been eerily quiet these last few months as no visitors disembark. The ferry is not unloading boatloads of tourists from Baltimore, 45 minutes away, or from Schull, as it would normally.The Islands of Ireland: Cape Clear tells its side of the story

If the Donegal postman and amateur weather forecaster has it right, we could be in for water shortages in the coming months. Michael Gallagher, who predicted the scorching summer of 2018 and the 2010 freeze-up, says we’ll have a ‘lovely’ summer.Donal Hickey: Demand for water to soar

More From The Irish Examiner