Premier League fixtures 2014/15: Louis van Gaal to begin Manchester United reign on BT Sport
Both BT Sport and Sky Sports have announced their televised matches for the first four months of the season
BT Sport have confirmed that they will show Louis van Gaal’s first match in charge of Manchester United, as their Premier League opening match against Swansea has been selected for the day’s early kick-off on 16 August.
Van Gaal is set to begin his role as the United manager on Wednesday, and he will do so in the knowledge that his first match at Old Trafford will screened to millions around the world, eager to see whether he is indeed the answer to United’s current problems.
The sport broadcasters, who are heading into their second season of live Premier League coverage, will show United three time in the first 13 rounds, and they’ll also show their rivals Manchester City as many times – plus the curtain-raising Community Shield at Wembley a week before the Premier League gets underway.
With United taking centre stage on BT Sport, Sky Sports will show their main title contenders all on the opening round, as Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea will all feature on Sky from 16-18 August.
Arsenal have been selected as the late kick-off on the Saturday when they host Crystal Palace, while Liverpool v Southampton will begin a Super Sunday that also includes Newcastle v Manchester City. To wrap up the first round, newly promoted Burnley will welcome Chelsea to Turf Moor, and Sean Dyche’s side won’t have to wait long before featuring on television once more as they face United in round three – which will be live on BT Sport.
A repeat of the Community Shield will feature on 13 September as BT Sport screen Arsenal v Manchester City, with the defending champions heading to the Emirates after appearing taking on Liverpool in a clash between last season’s top-two – live on Sky Sports.
BT Sport will have the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton on Saturday 27 September, while the North London derby on 27 September will see Arsenal and Spurs kick-off in the evening match on Sky Sports.
October will see United play their third match on BT Sport with Sky Sports serving up the all-London clash between Chelsea and Arsenal – where Arsene Wenger will be looking for revenge for last season’s 6-0 mauling in his 1,000th match in charge, an Jose Mourinho’s side will meet Van Gaal’s United towards the end of the month which is also due to be screened on Sky.
Can Manchester City retain their Premier League title? November kicks off with a bang as Sky Sports will show the first Manchester derby of the season – providing they don’t meet in the League Cup – with United meeting Arsenal later in the month. For BT, they will look to Liverpool’s encounter against Chelsea at Anfield as their main draw for the month.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Saturday 16, 5:30pm
Liverpool v Southampton, Sunday 17, 1:30pm
Newcastle United v Manchester City, Sunday 17, 4pm
Burnley v Chelsea, Monday 18, 8pm
Everton v Arsenal, Saturday 23, 5:30pm
Hull City v Stoke City, Sunday 24, 1:30pm
Sunderland v Manchester United, Sunday 24, 4pm
Manchester City v Liverpool, Monday 25, 8pm
City and Liverpool will meet early in the season, with the 3-2 win for the Reds at Anfield still fresh in the memory Everton v Chelsea, Saturday 30, 5:30pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool, Sunday 31, 1:30pm
Leicester City v Arsenal, Sunday 31, 4pm
Liverpool v Aston Villa, Saturday 13, 5:30pm
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers , Sunday 14, 4pm
Hull City v West Ham United, Monday 15, 8pm
West Ham United v Liverpool, Saturday 20, 5:30pm
Leicester City v Manchester United, Sunday 21, 1:30pm
Manchester City v Chelsea, Sunday 21, 4pm
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday 27, 5:30pm
The last time the two North London sides met Arsenal ran out 1-0 winners at White Hart Lane West Bromwich Albion v Burnley, Sunday 28, 4pm
Stoke City v Newcastle United, Monday 29, 8pm
Aston Villa v Manchester City, Saturday 4, 5:30pm
Chelsea v Arsenal, Sunday 5, 2:05pm
West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers, Sunday 5, 4:15pm
Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool, Sunday 19, 1:30pm
Stoke City v Swansea City, Sunday 19, 4pm
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, Monday 20, 8pm
Swansea City v Leicester City, Saturday 25, 5:30pm
Burnley v Everton Sunday 26, 1:30pm
Manchester United v Chelsea, Sunday 26, 4pm
Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa, Monday 27, 8pm
November kicks off with a bang, with United hoping for better fortunes this season in the Manchester derby NOVEMBER
Manchester City v Manchester United, Sunday 2, 1:30pm
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur, Sunday 2, 4pm
Crystal Palace v Sunderland, Monday 3, 8pm
Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City, Saturday 8, 5:30pm
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United, Sunday 9, 1:30pm
Swansea City v Arsenal, Sunday 9, 4pm
Arsenal v Manchester United, Saturday 22, 5:30pm
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Sunday 23, 1:30pm
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur, Sunday 23, 4pm
Aston Villa v Southampton, Monday 24, 8pm
Sunderland v Chelsea, Saturday 29, 5:30pm
Southampton v Manchester City, Sunday 30, 1:30pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton, Sunday 30, 4pm
Manchester United v Swansea, Saturday 16, 12:45pm
Van Gaal will face Swansea in his first game in charge Aston Villa v Newcastle United, Saturday 23, 12.45pm
Burnley v Manchester United, Saturday 30, 12:45pm
Arsenal v Manchester City, Saturday 13, 12:45pm
Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City, Saturday 20, 12.45pm
Liverpool v Everton, Saturday 27, 12:45pm
Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez pictured during the 222nd Merseyside derby October
Manchester United v Everton, Sunday 5, 12.00pm
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Saturday 18, 12:45pm
West Ham United v Manchester City, Saturday 25, 12.45pm
Newcastle v Liverpool, Saturday 1, 12.45pm
Liverpool v Chelsea, Saturday 8, 12:45pm
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal, Saturday 30, 12:45pm
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