From the East End to Istanbul, the football’s back with a bang on the box this week
From Saturday 10 August, 12pm, BT Sport
BT Sport has two cracking football clashes to enjoy this week, with both the Premier League and UEFA Super Cup in the spotlight. First, champions Manchester City start their title defence with a tricky trip to West Ham. Then, just four days later, Liverpool and Chelsea will battle it out for the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.
Want to know more about this double dose of entertainment? Read on for previews of both matches and a tactical breakdown of the action…
Premier League: West Ham United v Manchester City
Saturday 10 August, 12pm, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)
The champions (just) are back in action for the first of 52 live Premier League matches on BT Sport this season. It took every last bit of Manchester City’s vast resources to hold off Liverpool for the title last season, and now they’ve got to do it all over again.
The first step on their journey? To win away at West Ham – a West Ham buoyed by the record signing of their new star striker, Sébastien Haller. Pep’s Blues have flashy signings of their own of course. This could be the first chance we get to see £62.8 million midfielder Rodri in meaningful action. But where will the game be won and lost? Click/hover on the icons below to find out more.
UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool v Chelsea
Wednesday 14 August, 7pm, BT Sport 2 HD (CH 528)
When you think of English football in the noughties, you think of Roy Keane versus Patrick Vieira. You think of the Arsenal Invincibles and the birth of “the Special One”. And you think of Liverpool and Chelsea’s classic clashes in the Champions League.
These two English titans haven’t met in Europe in a decade, which is a crying shame. Now, finally, they’re ready to do battle again, and with the UEFA Super Cup on the line. Do Champions League winners Liverpool have the edge, or are Europa League champions Chelsea about to deliver Frank Lampard his first trophy as a manager? Discover the key battles by clicking/hovering on the icons below.
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