Chelsea are the defending champs after finishing seven points atop the table, but a good number of teams will be looking to reclaim the title including Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Man United, and you can enjoy the action when watching the matches at a convenient Australian time using a standard or HD TV, or streaming the broadcasts to an eligible mobile device with a Free trial.
2017-18 EPL Season
When: August 11 – May 13
2017-18 Barclays Premier League Preview
The biggest surprise of last season is undoubtedly Chelsea, who were on top of the table for most of the premiership before claiming the sixth title in their 112 year history. During the same time the previous year Chelsea finished tenth, some thirty points from the top of the ladder. The Foxes can thank their reversal of fortune on Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, who’s scoring complimented a defense that’s was near unbreakable during the key stretch.
Right underneath Leicester City were Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. Both sides tried their very best to close the gap in the final games, as well as finish above each other, but came up a bit short. As for the rest of the league, aside from Liverpool and Arsenal they just played spoiler, and had plenty of opportunities to do so while looking forward to this new season.
In addition to the opening week, one of the most intriguing contests will be the Manchester Derby with the first clash to be played on Saturday, 9 December at Old Trafford, the 175th meeting between cross-town rivals Manchester United and Manchester City. The second meeting will be held at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, 7 April, in the latter part of 2018 season.
Free to Air vs Foxtel
There will be just one EPL Free to Air (SBS) match each week in 2017, while Fox Sports will provide up to six games weekly with the addition of Chelsea (CHELSEATV), Liverpool FC (LFCTV) and Manchester United (MUTV). Each will air on a twelve to sixteen hour delay so you can enjoy the action in prime time, along with great program blocks from Arsenal (Arsenal TV), Manchester City (City TV) and Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs TV), shown across the Fox Sports channels.
EPL Australian TV Times
CHELTV: Chelsea’s most recent match
LFCTV: Liverpool’s most recent match
City TV: Manchester City’s most recent match
MUTV: Man United’s most recent match
Arsenal TV: Arsenal’s most recent match
Spurs TV: Tottenham’s most recent match
Above matches shown as Sydney time and aired on a delay, adjust for regional differences. These Premiere League delayed broadcasts will generally be available within 12-16 hours of the Live match and shown through-out the week.
EPL Streaming and a Free Trial
Foxtel have signed broadcast agreements with six major EPL teams to be included in the Sports Pack at no extra cost. There will be a delay in screening the games played overnight, but viewers will be able to see up to six matches each week along with player interviews, and other exclusive club content directly from the UK.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Play’s Free live TV trial, which will also televise a variety of other International Football online*, as well as offering Premier League mobile streaming to eligible devices through the Foxtel Go app just minutes after setting up.
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Arsenal can only improve one spot from last year, but most experts are tipping to them to slide out of the top four and thus out of the Champions League for next season, which seems a bit odd given their attacked is filled with class and strike power, as well as the new signing of Borussia Monchengladbach for £34m. They have a really tough fixture to kick off the season, with sides such as Liverpool, Leicester and Chelsea in their opening six games. To be a title winning side, you need to have a brilliant start, which is going to be difficult for Manager Arsene Wenger and his squad.
Chelsea produced one of the great slides of the modern era last season, winning the title comfortably the year prior before at times struggling to fight off relegation. Mourinho was given the flick and in comes what some people call the Italion version of ‘The Chosen One’, Antonio Conte, a guy who has had great success previously with Juventus and did a remarkable job with Italy recently in Euro 2016. The big query for Chelsea is what was last season. Was it a one off, or was it a sign that the squad list needs a clean out and they need to start from scratch to reach the great heights they are expected to reach. It won’t be easy given the parity through-out the league, so whether watching on HD or streaming the EPL online, it should be fascinating TV.
After a couple of attempts, Manchester City finally got their man, Pep Guardiola, regarded as the best in the business after the incredible success he has had previously with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. But like City, Guardiola has also been an abject failure in the big tournament- the Champions League, which was a major reason why City went after him. They have performed poorly in the Champions League in recent years and want to strongly challenge. That aside, their performance in the Premier League last season was a failure for their lofty standards and the squad they assembled. Fans demand success and anything less will be not good enough, but you won’t find EPL Free to Air TV in Australia more than once a week this season.
Manchester United have been one of the most talked about clubs in the off season, with Jose Mourinho coming to town, bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and then last week signing Paul Pogba for a world record transfer fee. This is all about redemption for Moutinho after a terrible title defence with Chelsea, which saw him get sacked midway through the year. They showed really good signs in their Community Shield win over Leicester and they have a pretty good draw in their first couple of months, though there is a Manchester Derby against city in the fourth round.