As of Friday the English Premier League opens, strutting in through the double doors, twirling its malacca cane, tipping its purple fedora and doling out another hit of the most colourfully framed footballing drama on earth.
Even in a league where every season is more pantingly hyperbolic than the last, this feels like a significant point for English football’s great project. Most obviously it is an anniversary year. Next weekend marks a quarter of a century since the first Premier League season in 1992, when the talk was of ever-escalating modernity, of self-imposed hock to the broadcasters, and of wildly inflated transfer fees for young English talent following Alan Shearer’s sensational £3.6m move to Blackburn Rovers, an amazing £0.7m uplift on Dean Saunders’ switch to Liverpool the year before. How About A Real Title Race
Match Preview – Arsenal v Leicester City
|Fri||1:45 pm||Arsenal v Leicester City||NBC Sports|
|Sat||6:30 am||Watford v Liverpool||NBC Sports|
|Sat||9:00 am||Chelsea v Burnley||NBC Sports|
|Sat||9:00 am||Everton v Stoke City||CNBC|
|Sat||11:30 am||Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City||KSDK NBC5|
|Sun||7:30 am||Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur||NBC Sports|
|Sun||10:00 am||Manchester United v West Ham United||NBC Sports|
In addition to the Premier League, the English Championship League has a new home on ESPN3, Bundesliga begins with German Cup competition on ESPN3 and League play on Fox Sports (next week) while Ligue 1 (France) continue on beIN Sports. Did I mention the Spanish Super Cup? FC Barcelona face Real Madrid in the 1st Leg on Sunday afternoon on ESPN. All of these games can be found on my Soccer on TV calendar.
Where will you be watching the games? Anyone sign up for the new NBC Sports Gold Pass? Engadget was not impressed with the new business model as you still need a cable subscription PLUS the Gold Pass if you want access to all of the EPL games this year.
Here’s one man’s opinion (a former correspondent for this site) on how things will finish in May. Do you agree? Share your thoughts with him!
8) West Ham
— Mark Dörsey Jr. (@DorseyMZ) August 10, 2017
Arsène Wenger expects this Premier League season to be the hardest he has encountered during his time in charge of Arsenal, saying the “spectacular” spending of rivals such as Manchester City makes the task of winning the title more challenging than ever.