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Sky Sports announces first set of fixtures for 2011/12 season

Last Updated: 13/07/11 7:46am

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Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City will all be in action as Sky Sports kicks off a new season of live Barclays Premier League coverage.

"We will see seven major derbies, all top six teams in the opening 10 days and every Barclays Premier League club live before the end of November."
Barney Francis, Sky Sports Quotes of the week

The games involving last season's top three will be shown live on the opening weekend after Sky Sports confirmed the first batch of fixtures for the 2011/12 campaign.

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It all starts on Sunday August 14 with last season's runners-up Chelsea travelling to Stoke City, before Manchester United launch the defence of their title at West Bromwich Albion.

Then the opening Monday Night Football of the campaign sees Manchester City host newly-promoted Swansea City in their first ever Premier League match.

In consultation with the Premier League, Sky Sports has confirmed 39 live games up until the end of November. This season Sky Sports will show 115 live Premier League fixtures with every match available in HD and selected matches in 3D.

The latest fixtures - updated throughout the season here on skysports.com - include:

ALL THE CLUBS: Every Barclays Premier League team will be shown live in the first set of Sky Sports HD fixtures with all three newly-promoted clubs shown live at least three times by the end of November.

BIG HEAD-TO-HEADS: Sky Sports will show 11 matches between last year's top six teams, including Manchester United v Arsenal on August 28 and Manchester United v Chelsea on September 18.

MAJOR DERBIES: Sky Sports HD will show seven major derbies including Everton v Liverpool on October 1, Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal on October 2 and Manchester United v Manchester City followed by Queens Park Rangers v Chelsea on October 23.

Commenting on the live matches, Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: "Manchester United and Chelsea both feature as part of a live Ford Super Sunday double header on the opening weekend of the season, followed by Swansea City's first ever Premier League match when Ford Monday Night Football kicks off on August 15.

"In the first set of live Sky Sports HD fixtures we will also see seven major derbies, all top six teams in the opening 10 days and every Barclays Premier League club live before the end of November."

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This season Sky is the only place to watch all Sky Sports HD coverage of the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, npower Football League, Carling Cup, Scottish Cup, Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Spain's La Liga and Euro 2012 Qualifiers for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

Sky Sports will offer more than 129 live matches from the UEFA Champions League on Sky Sports HD2, Sky Sports HD4 and via the red button, including live coverage of the final qualifying round in August. Throughout the tournament Sky Sports will show up to 15 live matches per week across the Group Stage including every match on Tuesday nights.

The npower Football League season kicks off with Hull City v Blackpool live on Sky Sports HD1 on Friday August 5. Sky Sports will show 65 live games from across all three divisions, plus the end of season Play-Offs and all three Play-Off Finals from Wembley Stadium, all available in HD.

The live coverage is supported by a range of football programmes including Soccer AM, Gillette Soccer Saturday, Goals on Sunday and Sunday Supplement plus Sky Sports News HD, which will provide a depth of sports news, breaking stories, results and interviews in the best picture quality, 24 hours a day.

Sky Sports is also available to view via Sky Go, a service that allows Sky TV customers with Sky Sports access across a range of devices at no extra cost. Sky customers will be able to watch live streaming of every Sky Sports channel on laptops, computers, tablet and mobile devices with Sky Go.

Confirmed live Premier League fixtures for 2011/12:

AUGUST

Sun 14: Stoke v Chelsea (1.30pm)
Sun 14: West Brom v Man Utd (4pm)
Mon 15: Man City v Swansea (8pm)
Sat 20: Arsenal v Liverpool (12.45pm)
Sun 21: Bolton v Man City (4pm)
Mon 22: Man Utd v Tottenham (8pm)
Sat 27: Aston Villa v Wolves (12.05pm)
Sat 27: Liverpool v Bolton (5.30pm)
Sun 28: Man Utd v Arsenal (4pm)

SEPTEMBER

Sun 11: Norwich v West Brom (1.30pm)
Sun 11: Fulham v Blackburn (4pm)
Mon 12: QPR v Newcastle (8pm)
Sat 17: Blackburn v Arsenal (12.45pm)
Sun 18: Tottenham v Liverpool (1.30pm)
Sun 18: Man Utd v Chelsea (4pm)
Sat 24: Man City v Everton (12.45pm)
Sun 25: QPR v Aston Villa (4pm)
Mon 26: Norwich v Sunderland (8pm)

OCTOBER

Sat 1: Everton v Liverpool (12.45pm)
Sun 2: Bolton v Chelsea (1.30pm)
Sun 2: Tottenham v Arsenal (4pm)
Sat 15: Liverpool v Man Utd (12.45pm)
Sun 16: Man City v Aston Villa (1.30pm)
Sun 16: Newcastle v Tottenham (4pm)
Sat 22: Wolves v Swansea (12.45pm)
Sun 23: Man Utd v Man City (1.30pm)
Sun 23: QPR v Chelsea (4pm)
Sat 29: Chelsea v Arsenal (12.45pm)
Sun 30: Tottenham v QPR (4pm)
Mon 31: Stoke v Newcastle (8pm)

NOVEMBER

Sat 5: Newcastle v Everton (12.45pm)
Sun 6: Wolves v Wigan (1.30pm)
Sun 6: Fulham v Tottenham (4pm)
Sat 19: Norwich v Arsenal (12.45pm)
Sun 20: Chelsea v Liverpool (4pm)
Mon 21: Tottenham v Aston Villa (8pm)
Sun 27: Swansea v Aston Villa (1.30pm)
Sun 27: Liverpool v Man City (4pm)
Mon 28: Stoke v Blackburn (8pm)

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