Premier League football underway as the UK prepares for a festival of football

The Premier League has resumed following its extended delay after coronavirus (Covid-19) safety regulations forced professional football leagues worldwide to a halt. The Premier League will play its remaining games behind closed doors in what many pundits have described as a ‘festival of football’.

The football resumed on Wednesday 17June with Man City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa kicking off against Sheffield United. With empty stadiums galore in the first weekend, the fixtures that followed felt more like pre-season friendlies than high octane football games that we have come to expect from the Premier League. However, the return of the Premier League still provided football fans with a much-needed respite from the chaos that interrupted the season in the first place. Football fans have taken to playing at football related UK slot sites and managing their favourite teams in football simulator video games since the Premier League season was halted. However, with the full backlog of 90 matches set to be played, football fans are in for a treat as an unusually high proportion of the remaining matches will be broadcast live on either free-to-air TV or subscription channels.

Which broadcasters have got which matches?

All of the remaining Premier League games will be live on TV.

For the first time since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, the BBC will broadcast a Premier League game live. In fact, the BBC will host four Premier League matches. The first match and been and gone however, the BBC chose to host Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace on Saturday June 20.

Sky Sports have the rights to the largest amount of Premier League games; they will show 64 games: that is the 39 they would already have had plus an additional 25 games.

BT Sport will show 20 matches, 12 more then they originally had.

Amazon Prime will show four matches.

What was the first Premier League game to be played post coronavirus?

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United resumed the season live ay 6pm on June 17 before the Man City vs Arsenal match on the same day took place at 8pm. The first two games were available only to Sky Sports subscribers.

Will Sky Sports make Premier League games available for free?

However, Sky Sports will be making games available for free. Sky Sports will be showing 25 games on their free-to-air ‘Pick’ channel. Pick is available on channel 159 on Sky and 144 on Freeview. The Merseyside Derby was the first game which Sky made available to all television viewers on June 21.

Will BT Sport make Premier League games available for free?

At time of writing BT Sport will not be showing any of their live Premier League games for free. Only BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the matches live.

What will Amazon do?

Amazon are the newest entrants to Premier League rights terrain and have announced that UK football fans will be able to watch all four of their games online for free – you do not need to be a paying member of Amazon Prime to watch them. The games will be made available live on their Twitch streaming service as well as on the Prime Video app.

Like their broadcasting rivals, Amazon games will contain all the usual build up to the action with the usual combination of commentary and punditry.

Confirmed free to air Premier League Games

Wednesday June 24

Manchester United vs Sheffield United – 6pm Sky Pick

Norwich vs Everton 6pm BBC

Thursday June 25

Burnley vs Watford 6pm Sky Pick

Sunday June 28

Watford vs Southampton 4.30pm Sky Pick

Monday June 29

Crystal Palace vs Burnley 8pm Amazon

Tuesday June 30

Brighton vs Manchester United 8.15pm Sky Pick

Wednesday July 1

Bournemouth vs Newcastle 6pm Sky Pick

Saturday July 4

Leicester vs Crystal Palace 3pm Sky Pick

Sunday July 5

Burnley vs Sheffield United 12pm Sky Pick

Southampton vs Manchester City 7pm BBC One/iPlayer

Tuesday July 7

Watford vs Norwich 6pm Sky Pick

Thursday July 9

Bournemouth vs Tottenham 6pm Sky Pick

Everton vs Southampton 6pm Amazon

Saturday July 11

Watford vs Newcastle 12.30pm Amazon

Sunday July 12

Wolves vs Everton 12pm Sky Pick

Bournemouth vs Leicester 7pm Sky Pick

Man Utd vs Southampton 8pm Sky Pick

Premier League football underway as the UK prepares for a festival of football

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