Christmas has come early for football fans with the Premier League TV schedule serving as a surefire sign that some sort of normality is returning.
Of course, games played behind closed doors aren't really what we're used to but the Premier League TV schedule at least gives us some semblance of planning our lives around the big games. With nine rounds of matches left to play in the English top flight, live TV coverage will be divided up between Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC and Amazon Prime (Premier Sports here in Ireland).
Every game will be broadcast live for the remainder of the season, with the BBC showing live Premier League games for the first time ever. Auntie Beeb's first foray into the live coverage of The Greatest League in the World™ is set to see Bournemouth host Crystal Palace in a meeting which, with all due respect, wouldn't set pulses racing if it was shown on Sky. However, given the BBC's massive viewership, it's expected that the game will attract the largest UK TV audience for a Premier League fixture. Take that, so-called 'Top Six'.
One game that will be of interest regardless of what channel it's on will be the Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool, a game in which the Reds could potentially clinch their first league title for 20 years. The clash between the fierce rivals will be one of Sky Sports' free-to-air games is set to be shown on start on free channel, Pick at 7pm on Sunday, June 21. This date also happens to be Father's Day so it could be a double celebration for any Liverpool-supporting dads out there.
The first games after the return will see Aston Villa take Sheffield United (6pm) and Manchester City v Arsenal (8pm), both of which will be screened live by Sky Sports on Wednesday, June 17.
The #PL will restart behind closed doors on 17 June if all safety requirements are in place
The Premier League today confirmed the fixtures for the first three match rounds of the resumed 2019/20 season
All 92 matches will be broadcast live in the UK ➡ https://t.co/MhXpFrg2nu pic.twitter.com/5cYPDij53a
— Premier League (@premierleague) June 5, 2020
This will be followed by a blockbuster Friday night clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United two days later, also on Sky Sports (8.15pm).
The full schedule for the first three rounds of the Premier League TV schedule can be found below or via this link...
18:00 Aston Villa v Sheff Utd (Sky Sports)
20:15 Man City v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
Friday 19 June
18:00 Norwich City v Southampton (Sky Sports/Pick)
20:15 Spurs v Man Utd (Sky Sports)
Saturday 20 June
12:30 Watford v Leicester City (BT Sport)
15:00 Brighton v Arsenal (BT Sport)
17:30 West Ham v Wolves (Sky Sports)
19:45 AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (BBC)
Sunday 21 June
14:00 Newcastle United v Sheff Utd (Sky Sports/Pick)
16:15 Aston Villa v Chelsea (Sky Sports)
19:00 Everton v Liverpool (Sky Sports/Pick)*
Monday 22 June
20:00 Man City v Burnley (Sky Sports)
Tuesday 23 June
18:00 Leicester City v Brighton (Sky Sports)
20:15 Spurs v West Ham (Sky Sports)
Wednesday 24 June
18:00 Man Utd v Sheff Utd (Sky Sports/Pick)
18:00 Newcastle United v Aston Villa (BT Sport)
18:00 Norwich City v Everton (BBC)
18:00 Wolves v AFC Bournemouth (BT Sport)
20:15 Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports)
Thursday 25 June
18:00 Burnley v Watford (Sky Sports/Pick)
18:00 Southampton v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
20:15 Chelsea v Man City (BT Sport)
Saturday 27 June
12:30 Aston Villa v Wolves (BT Sport)
Sunday 28 June
16:30 Watford v Southampton (Sky Sports/Pick)
Monday 29 June
20:00 Crystal Palace v Burnley (Amazon Prime Video)
Tuesday 30 June
20:15 Brighton v Man Utd (Sky Sports/Pick)
Wednesday 1 July
18:00 Arsenal v Norwich City (BT Sport)
18:00 AFC Bournemouth v Newcastle United (Sky Sports/Pick)
18:00 Everton v Leicester City (Sky Sports)
20:15 West Ham v Chelsea (Sky Sports)
Thursday 2 July
18:00 Sheff Utd v Spurs (Sky Sports)
20:15 Man City v Liverpool (Sky Sports)*
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