One of the many reasons why I enjoy the Premier League is how well organized the league is. Take any weekend during the season and you’ll know when to be sitting in front of the television set ready for the matches. The games run like clockwork. And despite kickoff times being changed to satisfy global TV audiences, the fixture list and TV times of when matches kick off are very predictable. Compare that with other leagues, such as La Liga, and it’s very difficult to know which games will be televised and what the start-time is until a week ahead of time. With the Premier League, we know most of the TV times between now and the end of November.
Looking ahead to the 2011-12 Premier League season, I’ve listed many of the must-see matches below for between August and May. As you’ll see, October will especially be a must-see month (who am I kidding? Every week/month is must-see TV).
With so many matches to look forward to this season, and so much hope and promise that the league will be even stronger than in previous years, I hope you agree that we’re all looking forward to a spectacular season. Here are just 49 of the matches this upcoming season which are highly recommended:
Six to watch: Sunderland v Newcastle (8/20), Arsenal v Liverpool (8/20), Man United v Spurs (8/22), Aston Villa v Wolves (8/27), Spurs v Man City (8/28), Man United v Arsenal (8/28)
Two to watch: Spurs v Liverpool (9/18), Man United v Chelsea (9/18)
Nine to watch: Everton v Liverpool (10/1), Spurs v Arsenal (10/2), Liverpool v Man United (10/15), West Brom v Wolves (10/16), Man United v Man City (10/23), QPR v Chelsea (10/23), Everton v Man United (10/29), Chelsea v Arsenal (10/29), Spurs v QPR (10/30)
Four to watch: Swansea v Man United (11/19), Chelsea v Liverpool (11/20), Arsenal v Fulham (11/26), Liverpool v Man City (11/27)
Six to watch: Aston Villa v Man United (12/3), Chelsea v Man City (12/10), Man City v Arsenal (12/17), Spurs v Chelsea (12/20), Chelsea v Fulham (12/26), Liverpool v Newcastle (12/31)
Four to watch: Fulham v Arsenal (1/2), Man City v Liverpool (1/2), Arsenal v Man United (1/21), Man City v Spurs (1/21)
Five to watch: Chelsea v Man United (2/4), Liverpool v Spurs (2/4), Man United v Liverpool (2/11), Arsenal v Spurs (2/25), Liverpool v Everton (2/25)
Six to watch: Liverpool v Arsenal (3/3), Newcastle v Sunderland (3/3), Spurs v Man United (3/3), Sunderland v Liverpool (3/10), Man City v Chelsea (3/17), Chelsea v Spurs (3/24)
Four to watch: Arsenal v Man City (4/7), Fulham v Chelsea (4/9), Arsenal v Chelsea (4/21), Chelsea v QPR (4/28)
Three to watch: Liverpool v Chelsea (5/5), Swansea v Liverpool (5/13), Spurs v Fulham (5/13)
If you live in the United Kingdom, this season Sky Sports will show 115 live Premier League fixtures with every match available in HD and selected matches in 3D. The confirmed TV listings are until the end of November, with a guaranteed 39 live games.
ALL THE CLUBS: Every Barclays Premier League team will be shown live in the first set of Sky Sports HD fixtures with all three newly-promoted clubs shown live at least three times by the end of November.
BIG HEAD-TO-HEADS: Sky Sports will show 11 matches between last year’s top six teams, including Manchester United v Arsenal on August 28 and Manchester United v Chelsea on September 18.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SPECIAL: Sky Sports will offer more than 129 live matches from the UEFA Champions League on Sky Sports HD2, Sky Sports HD4 and via the red button, including live coverage of the final qualifying round in August. Throughout the tournament Sky Sports will show up to 15 live matches per week across the Group Stage including every match on Tuesday nights.
SKY GO: Sky Sports is also available to view via Sky Go, a service that allows Sky TV customers with Sky Sports access across a range of devices at no extra cost. Sky customers will be able to watch live streaming of every Sky Sports channel on laptops, computers, tablet and mobile devices with Sky Go (watch the Sky Go ad).