United open defence live on Sky

Champions Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City will all

be televised on the opening weekend as Sky Sports kicks off a new

season of live Premier League coverage. The games involving last

season’s top three will be shown live on the opening weekend after

Sky confirmed the first batch of fixtures for the 2011/12 campaign.

It all starts on Sunday August 14 with last season’s runners-up

Chelsea travelling to Stoke, before Manchester United launch the

defence of their title at West Bromwich Albion later that

afternoon. 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. They will show 115 live Premier League fixtures across

the season, with every match available in HD and selected matches

in 3D. 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.” 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).