|Johannesburg, September 10 – The 2020/21 soccer season starts up this weekend with fans spoiled for choice on SuperSport.
On Friday, the Watford-Middlesbrough match officially heralds the beginning of another soccer epic. It’s game one of match-day one of the SkyBet English Football Championship, heralding a furious rush of other action this weekend.
The soccer offering constitutes just one part of a mega-weekend of live sport scheduled across SuperSport and ESPN, both on the DStv platform, with a combined total of 302 hours from Friday to Monday.
Saturday, of course, marks the resumption of the Premier League with the all-London derby between Fulham and Arsenal kicking the season off. The Cottagers will doubtless be hoping for better form than the last time they played, having been humbled 4-1 in January.
Yet most eyes will be on champions Liverpool, who open their title defence against Leeds United, also on Saturday. The weekend’s other choice showdown is Tottenham Hotspur versus Everton on Sunday.
Everton were narrowly beaten when last the sides played, but with big-name signing James Rodriguez on board, plus French defender Abdoulaye Doucoure, could be transformed in the new season.
In South Africa, the Nedbank Cup final will be played out on Saturday evening between Bloemfontein Celtic and newly-crowned PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
Also on Saturday, Spain’s LaLiga makes a welcome return with Granada hosting Athletic Bilbao. Fans of champions Real Madrid will have to wait a week longer, however, with Los Blancos resting up for several more days.
The Serie A season, which begins next weekend, will add even more to the SuperSport offering when it resumes.
There are 19 live matches scheduled from Friday through to Monday and SuperSport’s new thematic channel line-up will ensure that all matches are broadcast in real time. Where there is simultaneous action, additional fixtures can be located on the Variety (spillover) channels and elsewhere, as the schedules below indicate:
8.40pm: SkyBet English Football League Championship – Watford vs Middlesbrough (SS Football/ GOtv Select 2/SS Maximo/SS Variety 4 Africa).
12.30pm: Premier League – Fulham vs Arsenal (SS Premier League/SS Maximo/Maximo 360/GOtv Football).
1.30pm: SkyBet English Football League Championship – Birmingham City vs Brentford (SS Football/ SS Variety 4 Africa/GOtv Select 2).
2.45pm: Super Diski: GladAfrica Championship – Tshakhuma FC vs Black Leopards (GOtv Select 2/SS PSL/SS Variety 4 Africa).
3.30pm: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs Southampton (SS Premier League/SS Maximo/SS Football Plus Africa/GOtv Football).
3.55pm: LaLiga Santander – Eibar vs Celta Vigo (GOtv LaLiga /SS La Liga/Maximo2).
6.30pm: Premier League – Liverpool vs Leeds United (SS Premier League/SS Maximo).
6.30pm: LaLiga Santander – Granada vs Athletic Bilbao (SS Football Plus/GOtv Football/SS Maximo 2/SS Max 360/GOtv LaLiga /SS LaLiga).
7pm: Nedbank Cup Final – Bloemfontein Celtic vs Mamelodi Sundowns (SS PSL/SS Variety 4 Africa/ GOtv Select 2).
9pm: Premier League – West Ham United vs Newcastle United (SS Premier League/SS Maximo).
8.55pm: LaLiga Santander – Cadiz vs Osasuna (GOtv LaLiga /SS LaLiga/SS Football Plus Africa/GOtv Football /SS Maximo 2/SS Max 360).
2pm: LaLiga Santander – Alaves vs Real Betis (SS LaLiga/Maximo 2/GOtv LaLiga).
3pm: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs Leicester City (SS Premier League/SS Maximo).
4pm: LaLiga Santander – Valladolid vs Real Sociedad (SS LaLiga/Maximo 2).
5.30pm: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton (SS Premier League/SS Maximo).
6.30pm: LaLiga Santander – Villarreal vs Huesca (SS LaLiga/SS Maximo 2/ GOtv LaLiga).
8.55pm: LaLIga Santander – Valencia vs Levante (SS Maximo 2).
7pm: Premier League – Sheffield United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (SS Premier League/Maximo 1).
9.15pm: Premier League – Brighton and Hove Albion vs Chelsea (SS Premier League/Maximo 1).