BT Sport have managed to secure live rights to two of the Premier League’s biggest derby matches, as the first list of live fixtures were released today.
The all London fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday September 28, as well as the Merseyside derby on Saturday November 23 - when Everton face Liverpool.
The Reds will also feature in the broadcaster’s very first live Premier League match when they host Mark Hughes’ Stoke City at Anfield on August 17, which will be the first game of the new season.
This is the first season in which a broadcaster other than Sky has been given first choice picks on games, and director of BT Sport Simon Green, is happy with the result of the initial bidding, where live fixtures from the start of the season until the start of December were decided.
He said in a press release sent to GiveMeSport: “We are thrilled that BT Sport viewers will be able to enjoy these top-of-the-table matches free with BT broadband.
“We have only used five of our top picks, which means that BT Sport will have another 13 throughout the remainder of the season, so our viewers have many more excellent Premier League games to come.
“In the first 13 Premier League rounds until December, we will show the biggest clubs at least twice including Tottenham taking on serious title contenders in both matches, against Manchester United and Chelsea.
“We have Manchester United twice, Manchester City twice, Arsenal twice, Chelsea twice, Everton twice and Liverpool three times."
Reigning champions Manchester United will be shown twice on the channel - firstly at home to newly-promoted Crystal Palace on September 14 and then away to Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham on November 30.
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