United open defence live on Sky
Sky Sports have announced the first batch of live Premier League games for the new season - with every side on at least once before November. Champions Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City will all be televised on the opening weekend as Sky Sports kicks off a new season of live Premier League coverage. The games involving last season's top three will be shown live on the opening weekend after Sky confirmed the first batch of fixtures for the 2011/12 campaign. It all starts on Sunday August 14 with last season's runners-up Chelsea travelling to Stoke, before Manchester United launch the defence of their title at West Bromwich Albion later that afternoon. Then the opening Monday Night Football of the campaign sees Manchester City host newly-promoted Swansea City in their first ever Premier League match. In consultation with the Premier League, Sky Sports has confirmed 39 live games up until the end of November. They will show 115 live Premier League fixtures across the season, with every match available in HD and selected matches in 3D. Commenting on the live matches, Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "Manchester United and Chelsea both feature as part of a live Ford Super Sunday double header on the opening weekend of the season, followed by Swansea City's first ever Premier League match when Ford Monday Night Football kicks off on August 15. "In the first set of live Sky Sports HD fixtures we will also see seven major derbies, all top six teams in the opening 10 days and every Barclays Premier League club live before the end of November." ESPN have also announced the first 10 fixtures they'll show live. Their schedule begins with Newcastle v Arsenal on the opening day. Sky live Premier League fixtures for 2011/12: AUGUST Sun 14: Stoke v Chelsea (1.30pm); Sun 14: West Brom v Man Utd (4pm); Mon 15: Man City v Swansea (8pm); Sat 20: Arsenal v Liverpool (12.45pm; Sun 21: Bolton v Man City (4pm); Mon 22: Man Utd v Tottenham (8pm); Sat 27: Aston Villa v Wolves (12.05pm); Sat 27: Liverpool v Bolton (5.30pm); Sun 28: Man Utd v Arsenal (4pm). SEPTEMBER Sun 11: Norwich v West Brom (1.30pm); Sun 11: Fulham v Blackburn (4pm); Mon 12: QPR v Newcastle (8pm); Sat 17: Blackburn v Arsenal (12.45pm); Sun 18: Tottenham v Liverpool (1.30pm); Sun 18: Man Utd v Chelsea (4pm); Sat 24: Man City v Everton (12.45pm); Sun 25: QPR v Aston Villa (4pm); Mon 26: Norwich v Sunderland (8pm). OCTOBER Sat 1: Everton v Liverpool (12.45pm); Sun 2: Bolton v Chelsea (1.30pm); Sun 2: Tottenham v Arsenal (4pm); Sat 15: Liverpool v Man Utd (12.45pm); Sun 16: Man City v Aston Villa (1.30pm); Sun 16: Newcastle v Tottenham (4pm); Sat 22: Wolves v Swansea (12.45pm); Sun 23: Man Utd v Man City (1.30pm); Sun 23: QPR v Chelsea (4pm); Sat 29: Chelsea v Arsenal (12.45pm); Sun 30: Tottenham v QPR (4pm); Mon 31: Stoke v Newcastle (8pm). NOVEMBER Sat 5: Newcastle v Everton (12.45pm); Sun 6: Wolves v Wigan (1.30pm); Sun 6: Fulham v Tottenham (4pm); Sat 19: Norwich v Arsenal (12.45pm); Sun 20: Chelsea v Liverpool (4pm); Mon 21: Tottenham v Aston Villa (8pm); Sun 27: Swansea v Aston Villa (1.30pm); Sun 27: Liverpool v Man City (4pm); Mon 28: Stoke v Blackburn (8pm). ESPN live Premier League fixtures for 2011/12: AUGUST Sat 13: Newcastle v Arsenal (4.45pm); Sat 20: Chelsea v West Brom (4.45pm); Sun 28 Tottenham v Man City (12.45pm) SEPTEMBER Sat 10: Bolton v Man Utd (4.45pm); Sat 24: Stoke v Man Utd (4:45pm). OCTOBER Sat 15: Chelsea v Everton (4:45pm); Sat 22: Liverpool v Norwich (4:45pm); Sat 29: West Brom v Liverpool (4:45pm). NOVEMBER Sat 19 Swansea v Man Utd (4:45pm); Sat 26: Arsenal v Fulham (4:45pm).
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