ESPN has confirmed its exclusively live Barclays Premier League fixtures for the first four months of the 2012/13 season:
- Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 18th August from 4.30pm
- ESPN’s Barclays Premier League matches all on Saturdays at 5:30pm
- Premier League coverage also includes ESPN Goals and ESPNFC.com
On the opening weekend ESPN visits St James’ Park as Newcastle United take on Tottenham Hotspur. The match presents new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas with a testing first league match at the helm while Magpies chief Alan Pardew will want to send a signal that last season’s fifth-place was not a one-off.
The action continues the following week as Newcastle United travel to West London. ESPN viewers will have an early opportunity to see last season’s UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea as newly-installed permanent manager Roberto Di Matteo looks to build on their 6th place finish last season.
Champions Manchester City will feature three times on ESPN as they welcome Queens Park Rangers on 1st September and Swansea City on 27th October to the Etihad Stadium, before they make an away trip to play newly-promoted West Ham United on 3rd November.
ESPN viewers will also get a look at Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side as they face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 15th September. Manchester United make their first appearance on ESPN on 29th September as they host Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs’ north London rivals, Arsenal, will feature in the first of their three away fixtures on ESPN, first at West Ham United on 6th October, before travelling to East Anglia to face Chris Hughton’s Norwich City on 20th October. The 24th November will see Arsenal visit Villa Park, a happy hunting ground in recent years, to play an Aston Villa side under the stewardship of new boss, Paul Lambert. Manchester United complete ESPN’s November line up as they play Norwich City at Carrow Road on 17th November.
ESPN’s coverage will be presented by Ray Stubbs with Kevin Keegan alongside him as lead analyst. Robbie Savage, Martin Keown as well as former Liverpool legends Steve McManaman and John Barnes will also be part of ESPN’s line-up of football analysts.
In the commentary box, Chris Waddle will join Jon Champion, with ESPN’s Rebecca Lowe continuing to get the exclusive stories from managers and players from pitchside.
PREMIER LEAGUE COVERAGE ON ESPN DIGITAL MEDIA
ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of the Barclays Premier League next season also includes ESPN Goals, the mobile app that hosts ESPN’s exclusive mobile highlights rights to all 380 Barclays Premier League matches. The rights allow ESPN to deliver every single goal to mobile devices within minutes of the action. ESPN also provides complete news, analysis and coverage of UK and international football on ESPN.co.uk. In the coming weeks around the new season, ESPNFC.com will provide football fans with a new global connection to worldwide soccer.
SCHEDULE: BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES TELEVISED ON ESPN
|Saturday 18th||Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur||5:30pm|
|Saturday 25th||Chelsea v Newcastle United||5:30pm|
|Saturday 1st||Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers||5:30pm|
|Saturday 15th||Sunderland v Liverpool||5:30pm|
|Saturday 29th||Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur||5:30pm|
|Saturday 6th||West Ham United v Arsenal||5:30pm|
|Saturday 20th||Norwich City v Arsenal||5:30pm|
|Saturday 27th||Manchester City v Swansea City||5:30pm|
|Saturday 3rd||West Ham United v Manchester City||5:30pm|
|Saturday 17th||Norwich City v Manchester United||5:30pm|
|Saturday 24th||Aston Villa v Arsenal||5:30pm|
Live HD television coverage of the Barclays Premier League on ESPN is complemented by exclusive live televised coverage of the FA Cup, Aviva Premiership Rugby, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, UEFA Europa League, continental European league football, international football, plus the best in American sports, motorsports, UFC and much more.