Those who watch the Barclays Premier League are familiar with the term Super Sunday, used to describe a major double – or triple – header of soccer on a Sunday in the Premier League. This is the first of two in the next month. Here are the details of this Sunday’s coverage.
Setanta Sports will show Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City to kickoff their coverage on Sunday, with kickoff at 8:30am ET. Then at 11am ET Arsenal head to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. All four of these teams are playing in Europe this season, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal taking part in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Spurs will play in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. Coverage will begin at 7:30am ET with pre-match buildup.
Also this weekend two teams that have surprised through two games to be near the top of the table, Wolves and Aston Villa, meet Saturday morning at 7am ET on TSN2. Saturday afternoon features Liverpool against Bolton Wanderers at 12:25pm ET on Sportsnet One.
La Liga also kicks off with coverage this weekend. Real Zaragoza plays Real Madrid at 1:55pm ET on Sunday, followed by Sevilla Malaga at 3:55pm ET. On Monday Barcelona plays Villarreal at 2:55pm ET in a battle of two Champions League clubs. All three games will air on GolTV Canada.
Premier League on Fox
In other news, Fox (as in the over-the-air channel) has announced that it will carry some Barclays Premier League games this season. They will show 3 games on tape delay this fall, and live coverage of a game in February. The 3 games this fall will complement their NFL coverage on Sunday afternoons. They are Manchester United vs. Chelsea on September 18, Spurs vs. Arsenal on October 2 and Chelsea vs. Liverpool on November 20. The games will air on weeks where Fox has a NFL singleheader. They will air at 2pm ET in markets that get an NFL game at 4pm ET; and at 4:30pm ET in markets that get an NFL game at 1pm ET.
Fox will also show the return leg of Chelsea vs. Manchester United on Super Bowl Sunday. Coverage of that game will begin at 10:30am ET. I have to say, I am very pleased to see the attention that soccer is getting in the US. It is finally catching up to Canada where the Premier League and Champions League have been on basic cable for 10+ years. Viewers in the US can now see many top Premier League, Champions League and La Liga with subscriptions to ESPN2, FSN and FX. More expensive channels like FSC, FS+ and GolTV are no longer necessary. It is a great way to bring in more fans south of the border.