According to the released fixtures for the 2016-17 Premier League, the season will commence with the first matches taking place over the weekend of August 13-14, though the league is keen to host more games on Friday nights.
The event will see Leicester City defending their title as champions, while it will also expect Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull City clubs making their return to the top spots. New team developments that we have seen include Pep Guardiola, head of Manchester City, meeting with Jose Mourinho of Manchester United in a derby for the first time, as well as management changes in clubs, such as Chelsea, Everton and Southampton, to start the season.
Because of the European Championship, the season is set to begin a week later than last year, which means that it will start on the same day as the Rio Olympic Games’ Super Saturday.
League Matches Broadcast
TV networks, Sky and BT Sport, have paid for the live TV rights to broadcast the Premier League. While the fixtures are already out, it is said that fans are yet to plan their travels to watch the matches live, until these companies announce which matches they will broadcast. They are yet to confirm the schedule of live top-flight games for the months of August and September early in July.
This season marks the beginning of a new TV Deal of the league, which is a staggering 8.3billion pounds and a 50% increase of the previous deal, which also includes the two companies to show a total of 168 matches between themselves every season until 2019.
Participating Teams and Venues
All in all, 20 football clubs are going to compete in the 2016-17 season of the Premier League, including the top 17 from the previous season and 3 that were promoted the European Championship. Burnley became the first team to be promoted after they finished with a 1–0 win against Queens Park Rangers, guaranteeing them an automatic place. Basically, this is return to the league after being absent for one season. The second team to be promoted was Middlesbrough after a 1–1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion, allowing them to join the league for the first time since the 2008-2009 season, while the third is Hull City, after finishing a 1-0 win over Sheffield at the Championship’s play-off finals, secure a return to the league after also being absent for one season. These three promoted clubs replaces Norwich City, Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
As for the stadia, the league will cover the usual locations, from the Dean Court in Bournemouth to the Olympic Stadium in London.
Planning Your Travel to Watch the League Matches
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