Portsmouth's early TV start

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Fratton Park will welcome in the new Premiership season and net promoted Portsmouth a six-figure sum in the process. Sky have selected the match against Aston Villa to kick off their schedule for the new campaign, which will see the season begin with a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday, 16 August.

Portsmouth will net in the region of £600,000 compared to around £60,000 for a First Division game, and with the trip to Fulham in November also picked for television, the club are already looking at TV earnings of just over £1m.

The first live Sunday game is Liverpool's home match against Chelsea on 17 August, while Manchester United's first live game is at Newcastle the following Saturday.

Every Premiership club will have been shown in a live game by the final week of October, with other highlights including Manchester United against Arsenal at Old Trafford on 21 September and the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool on 30 August.

LIVE PREMIERSHIP MATCHES FOR FIRST HALF OF SEASON

AUGUST

Sat 16: Portsmouth v Aston Villa. Sun 17: Liverpool v Chelsea. Sat 23: Newcastle v Manchester Utd (Noon). Sun 24: Middlesbrough v Arsenal. Mon 25: Blackburn v Manchester City. Wed 27: Manchester Utd v Wolves. Sat 30: Everton v Liverpool. Sun 31: Manchester City v Arsenal.

SEPTEMBER

Sun 14: Birmingham v Fulham. Mon 15: Leicester v Leeds. Sat 20: Wolves v Chelsea. Sun 21: Manchester Utd v Arsenal. Fri 26: Arsenal v Newcastle. Sun 28: Manchester City v Tottenham.

OCTOBER

Sat 4: Liverpool v Arsenal. Sun 5: Aston Villa v Bolton. Sun 19: Everton v Southampton. Mon 20: Blackburn v Charlton. Sat 25: Bolton v Birmingham. Sun 26: Tottenham v Middlesbrough.

NOVEMBER

Sun 2: Leicester v Blackburn. Mon 3: Birmingham v Charlton. Sun 9: Liverpool v Manchester Utd (12.30pm). Sun 9: Chelsea v Newcastle. Mon 10: Blackburn v Everton. Sun 23: Tottenham v Aston Villa. Mon 24: Fulham v Portsmouth. Sat 29: Wolves v Newcastle. Sun 30: Chelsea v Manchester Utd.

DECEMBER

Sat 6: Newcastle v Liverpool. Sun 7: Southampton v Charlton. Sat 13: Manchester Utd v Manchester City. Sun 14: Leeds v Fulham.

Kick-off times (unless stated): Saturday: 12.30pm. Sunday: 4.05pm. All other matches: 8pm.

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