From new signings and new kits to watching the action on the go, get up to speed on the new campaign with our essential guide
The 2019-20 Premier League season, from Friday 9 August, 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
If a summer spent twiddling your thumbs in anticipation has left your hands a knotted mass of distressed digits, we have some good news. With 128 matches exclusively live on Sky Sports, the biggest Premier League season ever is preparing for kick off.
Can’t wait for the action to start? We don’t blame you. Before the campaign bursts into life, find every single fixture, including all the confirmed televised games, in one place with our handy fixtures guide.
Can Manchester City make it three titles in a row, or are Liverpool ready to finally topple the champions? What about the stars of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea? And who will be scrapping it out for survival? Whatever happens between now and May, you don’t have to miss a magic moment.
The action gets under way on Sky Sports on Friday 9 August as title contenders Liverpool take on new boys Norwich City before Spurs face play-off winners Aston Villa the following day. The first Super Sunday of the season starts with Newcastle hosting Arsenal, then it’s off to Old Trafford for something very special indeed, as Manchester United go head to head with Chelsea. And that’s just the opening weekend.
It’s all set up to be a campaign full of drama from start to finish, and with Sky Sports you can get right to the heart of the action. But before the footy fuse is lit, allow us to bring you up to speed with ten things you need to know about the new season…
1. VAR is here
Love it or hate it, the video assistant referee will be used in the Premier League for the first time this season. Designed to eradicate clear and obvious errors, it’s generated more headlines than Paul Pogba’s agent since it was introduced at the 2018 World Cup. Will it be a success? Watch this space…
2. Saturday night’s alright for footy
For the first time ever, Sky Sports will be showing eight live Premier League matches on Saturday nights throughout the season. No offence Casualty, but we’d rather see Mo Salah smash one in from 30 yards.
3. Transfer records have been broken
That sound you hear is Jim White rupturing his vocal cords in excitement. Why? Because the cash has most definitely been splashed in the transfer market this summer. Last month, Tottenham paid a record £55 million to Lyon for French international midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, City broke their own transfer record to sign Atlético Madrid midfielder Rodri for £62.8 million, and West Ham spent £45 million on striker Sébastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt.
4. Frank is in charge of Chelsea
Having completed just one full season as a manager, eyebrows were raised when Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was named as the club’s new boss at the start of July. Despite 13 glorious years as a player with the Blues, it remains to be seen whether their all-time record goalscorer can handle the pressure of the Stamford Bridge dugout. And it’s not as if Roman Abramovich is known for his patience.
5. New teams, new challenges
There’s something very 1992 about seeing Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United back in the Premier League following their respective spells in the Championship. Can these old faces make an instant impact, or will they be fighting for their lives come May?
6. Arsenal’s home kit is a winner
The Gunners have turned back the clock and gone retro with their new home strip, evoking memories of the George Graham years at Highbury. Nick Hornby will be pleased. If titles were decided on style alone, Arsenal would be champions.
7. A legend is saying goodbye
Manchester City magician David Silva confirmed earlier this summer that this would be his last season with the champions. It’s been ten years of dazzling entertainment from the Spaniard, who has hinted he won’t sign for another Premier League club. Our advice is that you savour every physics-bending, defence-splitting pass while you can. Adiós David!
8. The (old) boys are back in town
Frank Lampard isn’t the only man to be returning to a former club ahead of the new season. Ex-Arsenal midfielder Edu is the Gunners’ new technical director, Jay Rodriguez has rejoined Burnley and Sheffield United legend Phil Jagielka is back at Bramall Lane after leaving Everton. Don’t these reunions give you all the feels?
9. City are going for the three-peat
Only Manchester United have won the title three consecutive times since the Premier League was formed in 1992. Not content with making their neighbours’ lives a misery these past few years, the Blues can make it three on the trot if they reclaim the crown this term. Liverpool might have something to say about that, though…
10. You can watch it on the Sky Sports app
Not only will Sky Sports be showing 128 Premier League matches exclusively live this season, you can also follow all of the drama on the go with the Sky Sports app! What better way to spend a family gathering than by standing in a corner watching the game on your smartphone or device? Find out more about downloading the app at the bottom of the page.
Premier League opening weekend fixtures on Sky Sports
Liverpool v Norwich City
Friday 9 August, 7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Saturday 10 August, 5pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Sunday 11 August, 1pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Manchester United v Chelsea
Sunday 11 August, 4pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
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