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Why Setanta Is A Dream Come True For Footy Fans

If you’re an English Premier League fan in North America and you have Setanta Sports, you’re in heaven.

Last night’s League Cup match between Chesterfield and West Ham United was entertaining to watch, but more importantly it was a pleasure to see the SkySports feed uninterrupted — including the analysis from former Hammer Tony Cottee before and after the match and during half-time. Hats off to Chesterfield for a gutsy performance and they definitely matched the Hammers throughout the match.

But it wasn’t just the commentary that I enjoyed. It was also the cameras in the cramped changing rooms, the interviews with the players and manager after the match and more. There’s no comparison between this level of coverage and how Fox Soccer Channel presents matches. With Setanta’s League Cup coverage, they show the SkySports feed without interruption as we would see it in England if we were there.

As a result, we get more out of the matches. We hear Cottee’s insightful analysis. And we get to savor every minute of Chesterfield’s shock win against West Ham. Could Alan Pardew be out of a job if the Hammers lose against Blackburn on Sunday (11am ET, FSC)?

If you don’t have Setanta Sports yet, what are you waiting for? You can order it from ITVN today by clicking the banner below and get a free set top box with a one year subscription. Then you just pay $15 a month for the Setanta channel and you can watch the channel on your TV over an internet connection.

Remember that EPL Talk was the first to interview ITVN when we broke the news in mid-August. Plus we were the ones that convinced ITVN to launch their Setanta service in time for the beginning of this season rather than their original plan of September.

Today on Setanta we have the League Cup tie between Crewe and Man United from Gresty Road. Crewe probably won’t achieve the same success as Chesterfield, but Dario Gradi’s side has a host of talented youngsters that’ll give the United defenders a few headaches.


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