Where to keep your eyes on and who to look forward to as the Premier League nears its return.
Premier League 2020/21 fixtures are already out and the season is all set to kick start from 12th September. Match between Crystal Palace and Southampton is to be the first match of this season.
Premier League 2020/21 was supposed to start a while ago. Generally, the Premier League starts around August but due to the delay caused to the 2019/20 season by the coronavirus outbreak, the next season has been postponed. The fixtures of the previous seasons have been accommodated at later dates and following the transfer market stoppage, the season will begin later than usual.
Now let’s have a glance at the teams that can mount a title challenge:
- Liverpool: Last season’s champions, there’s really no weak links in this well-drilled team. There were calls for the recruitment of backups and evidently, Klopp obliged. Recruitment of left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas from Greek club Olympiacos is to provide the necessary cover if Robertson is injured or out of form. Whether there would be any more purchases or not, it remains to be seen but the existing unit looks pretty solid and surely they’ll once again challenge for the title. The Reds have been in hot pursuit of Thiago as the Bavarian Giants and the UEFA Champions League winners look to offload the 29-year old central midfielder in the coming season.
- Manchester City: 2019/20 was an underwhelming season for City as well as for Pep Guardiola himself. They finished nineteen points adrift Liverpool and defensive lapses have been frequently highlighted as their downfall. The city has already signed Ferran Torres as the replacement of Leroy Sane but their defence needs fortification if they mean to usurp Liverpool. The club has been heavily linked with the charismatic superstar and prince of modern football- Lionel Messi, amidst Barcelona’s failure to win a convincing title and early European exits for years now.
- Chelsea: Transfer ban has been a boon in disguise for the London club as they integrated promising youngsters into their mainstay the previous season. However, they have already significantly strengthened their team by bringing in Ziyech and Werner. Kai Havertz is another upcoming German talent that is on the Blues’ radar for some time now. A number of defensive recruitment will essentially revamp the team into a serious title contender.
- Manchester United: Though the prestigious club stayed trophyless in the 2019/20 season, Ole’s future in the club seems secure with some prolific football that has impressed the fans and the former greats that the club has produced over the years. A magnificent display of football has also hoisted the club from the darkness that the former boss Mourinho left it in to claim European football spot in the coming season. Though the club was heavily linked with the Bundesliga phenomenon Jadon Sancho, signing the English star seems bleak now amidst financial crisis due to the pandemic. Still, the age-old club is linked with a number of rising Premier League stars like Jack Grealish and David Brooks who could fill in the blanks left due to the inability to sign potential targets. All in all, United fans are more upbeat than ever with the turnaround in fortunes and hope for better things to come in the near future.
Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers might likely be the dark horses of the tournament and cause upsets. They might also challenge for European spots themselves. Shrewd recruitment and good management will give these teams a chance to perform beyond expectations. Leeds United who is making their way back into the league after sixteen years managed by Marcelo Bielsa will be an exciting watch as well. The first time the mercurial manager will be managing in the English Premier League and like always, there would be excited to see what he conjures up.
Where to watch the English Premier League Live?
There’s still no news about when fans in England can get back into the stadium. Of course, the virus is still present and that’s the reality that needs to be dealt with in order to continue the season seamlessly. The fans will be able to catch the matches only on their screens. Here’s where to look:
Where to watch the matches in the USA?
NBC and NBCSN will be telecasting the EPL in the United States. The games will also be live-streamed on NBC’s online platform, Peacock. The NBC Sports subscription offers a unique chance to the fans as they can catch all the sporting action of their preferred sport with a sporting pass subscription that allows them to abstain from other sports and pay a substantially lesser subscription fee. The Premier League Matchday Pass allows all the fans to catch live English Premier League action in HD with just a meagre subscription rate of 34.99 USD annually.
Where to watch the matches in the UK?
Sky Sports will be broadcasting the lion’s share of the matches, 128 out of 200. Rest of the matches will be shown on BT Sports (52 matches) and 20 matches will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
If a fan opts for a complete Sky Sports package coupled with Sky Entertainment, it will cost him 55 GBP per month. Other than that, Sky Sports and Sky Entertainment combo will cost 40 GBP monthly, wherein he can choose his preferred channels. There is also a third option to get Sky Sports alone for 30 GBP per month.
The BT Sport application along with the online player is available for BT Broadband subscribers. The first three months are free and that comes as a huge bonus. The BT Broadband subscribers can start paying only 10 GBP monthly after the free subscription ends to keep watching BT Sports on their preferred devices. BT TV, Sky TV and TalkTalk TV allow you to subscribe to the app and online player for free.
Where to watch the matches in India?
Matches will be telecasted on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select HD 1. Most of the renowned DTH and cable platforms provide the above-mentioned channels in their sports packages at different pricing options. The fans can also catch the Livestream of the matches on Disney+ Hotstar.
For the fans of other countries:
Countries like Japan, Indonesia, Philippines and Spain will be able to catch the EPL on the DAZN network. The DAZN network is one of the foremost sports-dedicated channels of the world. Though there are different pricing options for different countries, the standard rate is 19.99 USD for a month-to-month subscription and 99.99 USD for an annual subscription.
How to watch on Reddit?
If you are a person who loves free things in life including your soccer live streams, then Reddit is the way to go. There is nothing much to be told here. We are sure that you might already be aware of Reddit. Just create an account on it and join the relevant subreddits that would be the soccer ones in this case. Post which you just have to wait and the free live streaming links would be shared soon. Follow them and enjoy the game that too absolutely free of cost and its in supreme quality.