The massive matches coming your way on BT Sport as we look forward to the new campaign
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It’s been a summer full of footballing joy and heartache – and there’s plenty more of that to come on the home front.
The efforts of England, Scotland and Wales ensured football fans across the land had plenty of reasons to visit pubs and clubs this summer.
And there will be many more when the stars of the tournament return to action in European and domestic competition live on BT Sport.
Here’s what’s coming up:
Chelsea vs Villareal
Wednesday August 11, 8pm
It’s been quite the summer for Jorginho and Emerson, with Euro 2020 medals secured alongside the Champions League ones they bagged in May. They’ll join the rest of the Chelsea squad – including England’s Mason Mount, Reece James and Ben Chilwell – for this enticing looking season opener.
The Blues take on Europa League winners Villareal in the Super Cup at Belfast’s Windsor Park. Can they bring back even more silverware to London?
Manchester United vs Leeds
Saturday August 14, 12.30pm
We start the new Premier League season with a lunchtime clash between these two rivals from across the Pennines. Man Utd will be looking to get a fast start to the campaign after early poor home form hindered their title aspirations last season. This time they will be keen to last the course. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have picked up plenty of fans – but how will they fare in that tricky second season back in the top flight?
Liverpool vs Burnley
Saturday August 21, 12.30pm
Pub Quiz question: Before losing 1-0 at home to Burnley in January 2021, how many home games had Liverpool gone without defeat?
It was a stunning result for the Clarets as they condemned the then champions to the taste of defeat at Anfield for the first time since April 2017. It was the kind of result that really derailed the Reds’ title defence and one they will be very keen to avoid repeating. The presence of the Anfield faithful could make it even tougher for Burnley this time.
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Saturday August 28, 12.30pm
Mikel Arteta will take his Arsenal side to his former place of work in the hope of causing an upset. He managed it in the FA Cup back in July 2020, but other than that the apprentice has struggled to get the better of the master. Pep, of course, will be looking to guide City to another title and help his charges get over that Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.
Crystal Palace vs Spurs
Saturday September 11, 12.30pm
We return after the international break with a London derby featuring two new managers. To be fair, Palace boss Patrick Viera knows a fair bit about taking on Spurs, while their new man Nuno, isn’t short of Premier League experience.
Wolves vs Brentford
Saturday September 18, 12.30pm
We take our first look at Premier League new boys Brentford when they travel up to Wolves. The hosts will have new manager Bruno Lage in the dugout, continuing that Portuguese influence.
Chelsea vs Man City
Saturday September 25, 12.30pm
Hold onto your hats, this one could be a cracking lunchtime treat. The Champions League final re-run will see Man City heading to Stamford Bridge looking to gain a modicum of revenge for that defeat. So far Tuchel has been getting the better of these battles, winning three on the spin against the champions.
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