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The Premier League is back! How did we survive the summer without it?!
Between Sky Sports, eir Sport and NOW TV, we have more choice than ever before when it comes to how and where to watch.
Let’s take a look how to watch this weekend’s key games.
There are five live games available on Irish TV this weekend, with Tottenham vs Chelsea the pick of the bunch.
Saturday, August 19th
12.30pm - Swansea vs Man United - live on Sky Sports
5.30pm - Stoke vs Arsenal - live on BT Sport (included with eir Sport)
Sunday, August 20th
1.30pm - Huddersfield vs Newcastle - live on Sky Sports
4pm - Tottenham vs Chelsea - live on Sky Sports
Monday, August 21st
8pm - Manchester City vs Everton - live on Sky Sports
The stage is set for another exciting weekend, here’s how I see it going.
Swansea 0-2 Man United - I expect a super professional showing from United and another brace for Lukaku.
Stoke 1-0 Arsenal - this is a fixture Arsenal fans dread every season, and I reckion fears to be realised once again (sorry, Gooners).
Fun fact! Stoke have five Champions League winners in their squad this season...Arsenal have one. Can you name them?
Huddersfield 3-2 Newcastle - I’ve a feeling Huddersfield will continue their strong start to the season and exploit a defensively-weak Newcastle, without captain Shelvey (but maybe that’s not such a bad thing).
Tottenham 3-0 Chelsea - this is already a crucial game for Chelsea after last weekend’s debacle against Burnley. It’s a nightmare fixture for the Champions and I reckon Spurs will send the Conte and co into full crisis mode at the final whistle.
Manchester City 3-1 Everton - this should be a great game, as two former Barcelona legends go head-to-head. It’ll be open and free-flowing, but City will just have too much for the Blues.
Tweet us your predictions at @bonkers_ie, we're always up for a fun footy-related debate!
There's never been more choice available to footy fans heading into a new Premier League season, with Sky Sports, eir Sport and NOW TV all offering certain advantages.
Let's take a look at how they compare.
eir Sport has rights to 42 live Premier League games this season as well as every Champions League game.
After Liverpool’s first-leg win over Hoffenheim, it looks like there’ll be a record five English team competing in Europe’s top tournament this season. So, lots of potential for exciting games.
eir Sport is completely free for new and existing eir broadband customers. It comes in at around €20 a month with Sky and Vodafone and, unfortunately, it isn’t available to Virgin Media customers this season.
Sky Sports has the rights to a massive 126 live Premier League games this season, four of which will be shown this weekend.
If you aren’t a customer yet but are thinking of signing up, we have some good news for you.
Both Sky and Vodafone are offering Sky Sports for half price for six months right now. So, it’ll be €20 a month for half a year, €40 a month after that.
eir TV customers can get Sky Sports for €40 a month and Virgin Media customers can sign up for €32 a month for 12 months, €40 thereafter.
If you love football but hate long-term contracts as much as Diego Costa or Alexis Sanchez, NOW TV is well-worth considering.
NOW TV is Sky’s new contract-free TV service and it allows you to subscribe to Sky Sports on a monthly (€50), weekly (€15) or daily basis (€10) with no contract.
So, if you don’t have Sky Sports, but really want to watch Huddersfield vs Newcastle and Tottenham vs Chelsea live this Sunday, you could just sign up for a day for €10 and enjoy the live action from the comfort of your own home, on any device.
If you sign up for NOW TV’s monthly pass, you’ll get it for €25 for the first month.
Whether you're a die-hard or fair-weather fan, there are lots of ways for you to enjoy the thrills and spills of the new Premier League season in a way that suits your budget, preferences and habits.
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