The Blues’ curtain-raiser against Swansea on Saturday, August 8 is the first of 24 live matches on Sky Sports from the opening seven rounds of the new 2015/16 season, with Arsenal and Liverpool starring in the first Super Sunday clashes, Manchester City featuring in the return of Monday Night Football and Manchester United in front of the cameras in a one-off Friday night game.
Sky Sports will show every team live by the end of September and the schedule features 14 matches involving last season’s top four, as well as mouthwatering head-to-heads including Manchester City v Chelsea, Arsenal v Liverpool and Manchester United v Liverpool.
The live matches are the first of 116 Barclays Premier League fixtures to be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports with unrivalled analysis from Thierry Henry, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness.
Sky Sports viewers can enjoy another huge season of live football kicking off in August, including 127 matches from the Football League – more than ever before – Capital One Cup, the climax of UEFA Euro 2016 qualification and action from Scotland in the SPFL and Scottish Cup, as well as MLS and Eredivisie.
Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said: “Sky Sports will be live from the home of the champions as another Premier League season kicks off, and with these first seven rounds of games there is much to look forward to.
“In our opening 24 matches we will show every Premier League team, telling the complete story as the season starts to take shape, as well as the big head-to-heads like Man City v Chelsea and Man Utd v Liverpool.
“With 116 games from the Premier League it will be another huge season of live football on Sky Sports, with more Football League games than ever before and the Euro 2016 qualifiers coming to a conclusion with all the Home Nations in with a shot at getting to France next summer.”
Global football icon Thierry Henry said: “I can’t wait for the Premier League season to begin so we can get back into the studio on Sky Sports.
“Starting at Chelsea, everyone will be looking at them to see if they can retain their title, and on that opening weekend we also have Man City and Arsenal from last season’s top three; they will want to show they can put up a challenge.
“It’s also important that we tell the whole story of the Premier League, all 20 clubs in the first two months so we can understand each team, how they start the season will be crucial and Sky Sports will be there to show it.”
From August Sky Sports will be the only place to see the big kick-off with SPFL champions Celtic starting at home against Ross County on Saturday, August 1, and then in the Football League with Brighton welcoming Nottingham Forest on Friday, August 7, a day before Chelsea take on Swansea City in the opening game of the Premier League.
The first Super Sunday of the season will see Liverpool return to Stoke following their defeat on the final day of last season. The following day Monday Night Football returns as West Brom welcome Manchester City, and a week later Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher will cover Bournemouth’s visit to Anfield for the first time as a Premier League club.
Monday Night Football will also see Arsenal face Liverpool in August, as well as Slaven Bilic come up against Steve McClaren when West Ham face Newcastle in September – eight years on from England’s Euro 2008 qualifier at Wembley.
Premier League teams will be looking to make additions to their squad before the big kick-off and Sky Sports News HQ will follow all the transfer news through to deadline day, our dedicated Transfer Centre available at skysports.com/football and via the Sky Sports apps for supporters on the go.
Sky Sports will offer at least four more seasons of the Premier League, with 116 lives games coming this season increasing to 126 each term from the 2016/17 season.
Sky Sports’ live Premier League fixtures:
Sat 8: Chelsea v Swansea City (5.30pm)
Sun 9: Arsenal v West Ham United (1.30pm)
Sun 9: Stoke City v Liverpool (4pm)
Mon 10: West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City (8pm)
Fri 14: Aston Villa v Manchester United (7.45pm)
Sun 16: Crystal Palace v Arsenal (1.30pm)
Sun 16: Manchester City v Chelsea (4pm)
Mon 17: Liverpool v Bournemouth (8pm)
Sun 23: West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea (1.30pm)
Sun 23: Everton v Manchester City (4pm)
Mon 24: Arsenal v Liverpool (8pm)
Sat 29: Tottenham Hotspur v Everton (5.30pm)
Sun 30: Southampton v Norwich City (1.30pm)
Sun 30: Swansea City v Manchester United (4pm)
Sat 12: Manchester United v Liverpool (5.30pm)
Sun 13: Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur (1.30pm)
Sun 13: Leicester City v Aston Villa (4pm)
Mon 14: West Ham United v Newcastle United (8pm)
Sat 19: Manchester City v West Ham United (5.30pm)
Sun 20: Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace (1.30pm)
Sun 20: Southampton v Manchester United (4pm)
Sat 26: Newcastle United v Chelsea (5.30pm)
Sun 27: Watford v Crystal Palace (4pm)
Mon 28: West Bromwich Albion v Everton (8pm)
Find all this season’s fixtures at www.skysports.com/football or via the Sky Sports apps.