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2016/17 Premier League TV Games – August and September

After the fixtures were announced last month, we found out yesterday which games would be televised during the opening 2 months on both Sky and BT with these being the ones that were chosen.

August:

Sky Sports:
Sat 13: Hull City v Leicester City (12.30pm)

Sun 14: Bournemouth v Manchester United (1.30pm)

Sun 14: Arsenal v Liverpool (4pm)

Mon 15: Chelsea v West Ham (8pm)

Fri 19: Manchester United v Southampton (8pm)

Sat 20: Stoke City v Manchester City (12.30pm)

Sun 21: Sunderland v Middlesbrough (1.30pm)

Sun 21: West Ham v Bournemouth (4pm)

Sat 27: Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool (12.30pm)

Sun 28: West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough (1.30pm)

Sun 28: Manchester City v West Ham (4pm)

BT Sport:

Sat 13: Manchester City v Sunderland (5.30pm)

Sat 20: Leicester City v Arsenal (5.30pm)

Sat 27: Hull City v Manchester United (5.30pm)

September:

Sky Sports:

Sat 10: Manchester United v Manchester City (12.30pm)

Sun 11: Swansea City v Chelsea (4pm)

Mon 12: Sunderland v Everton (8pm)

Fri 16: Chelsea v Liverpool (8pm)

Sun 18: Crystal Palace v Stoke City (2.15pm)

Sun 18: Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland (4pm)

Sat 24: Manchester United v Leicester City (12.30pm)

Sun 25: West Ham v Southampton (4pm)

Mon 26: Burnley v Watford (8pm)

BT Sport:

Sat 10: Liverpool v Leicester City (5.30pm)

Sat 17: Everton v Middlesbrough (5.30pm)

Sun 18: Watford v Manchester United (12pm)

Sat 24: Arsenal v Chelsea (5.30pm)

The next batch of televised games (for October) should be out in early August.

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Euro 2016 2nd Round – Northern Ireland vs Wales

Wales advance to the quarter-final of Euro 2016 thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Northern Ireland’s Gareth McAuley in a tight game at the Parc des Princes to set up a clash with either Belgium or Hungary in Lille on Friday night.

The only real chance of the opening period saw a Stuart Dallas strike turned over by Wayne Hennessy whilst in the second half, Gareth Bale had a free kick saved at the other end by Michael McGovern. Wales took the lead with 15 minutes remaining as Gareth Bale’s cross was turned into his own net by McAuley.

Northern Ireland (4-5-1): McGovern; Hughes, Cathcart, McAuley (Magennis), J.Evans; Ward (Washington), Davis (c), C.Evans, Norwood (McGinn), Dallas; Lafferty

Booked: Dallas [suspended for next match], Davis

Wales (5-3-2): Hennessey; Gunter, Chester, A.Williams (c), Davies, Taylor; Allen, Ramsey, Ledley (J.Williams); Vokes (Robson-Kanu), Bale

Booked: Ramsey, Taylor

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Euro 2016 2nd Round – Poland vs Switzerland

The first game of the knock-out round saw Group A runners-up Switzerland play Group C runners-up Poland.

The opening chance of the game fell to Arkadiusz Milik in the first few minutes who missed an open goal from outside the area whilst the opening goal of the game came from a Poland break as Grosicki’s cross found Jakub Blaszczykowski at the back post who nutmegged Yann Sommer in the Swiss goal.

The first effort of the second half saw Xherdan Shaqiri come inside and hit a left-footed shot straight at Lukasz Fabianski whilst they hit the bar in the 78th minute through Haris Seferovic when Johan Djourou’s shot was blocked and the rebound fell to the striker. The equaliser came in the 82nd minute as a Stephan Lichtsteiner cross was headed to the edge of the area where Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri scored the goal of the tournament so far with a bicycle kick which went in off the inside of the post.

The best chance of extra time saw a Shaqiri cross headed goalwards by Eden Derdiyok but it was saved well by Fabianski

Poland (4-4-2): Fabianski; Piszczek, Gilk, Pazdan, Jedrzejcyzk; Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Maczynski (Jodlowiec), Grosicki (Peszko); Lewandowski (c), Milik

Booked: Jedrzejcyak, Pazdan

Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Lichtsteiner (c), Schar, Djourou, Rodriguez; Behrami (Fernandes), Xkaha; Shaqiri, Dzemaili (Embolo), Mehmedi (Derdiyok); Seferovic

Booked: Djourou, Schar [suspended for next game]

Euro 2016 – Group E Final Games

The final group games of the tournament saw Group E take centre stage as Belgium (3 points) play Sweden (1) whilst already qualified Italy (6) played Republic of Ireland (1) with the tournament’s knack of late goals continuing in both of these games with Radja Nainggolan’s 84th minute strike was enough for Belgium to advance to the knock-out stages in 2nd place [playing Hungary in the next round] whilst Robbie Brady’s header a minute later saw Ireland defeat an Italy side which was heavily rotated.

2nd Round Fixtures in Full:

Sat 2pm – Switzerland vs Poland (Saint-Etienne)

Sat 5pm – Wales vs Northern Ireland (Parc des Princes)

Sat 8pm – Croatia vs Portugal (Lens)

Sun 2pm – France vs Rep. Ireland (Lyon)

Sun 5pm – Germany vs Slovakia (Lille)

Sun 8pm – Hungary vs Belgium (Toulouse)

Mon 5pm – Italy vs Spain (Stade de France)

Mon 8pm – England vs Iceland (Nice)

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Euro 2016 – Group F Final Games (Austria vs Iceland and Hungary vs Portugal)

Today’s early games sees the closest group play as group leaders Hungary (4 points) play Portugal (2) whilst Austria (1) face Iceland (2). If both games end as a draw, then goals scored, fair play rules or even FIFA World Ranking could separate Portugal and Iceland.

Hungary opened the scoring as Zoltan Gera took the ball down on his chest and fired past Rui Patricio on the half-volley from just outside the area whilst Portugal equalised after 42 minutes as Cristiano Ronaldo’s through ball was converted by Nani. Hungary retook the lead as Hungary’s captain Balazs Dzsudzsak scored with a deflected free kick and Ronaldo flicking home a right-wing cross. Dzsuzsak scored with another deflected shot from outside the area before Ronaldo scored a header from a Quaresma left-wing cross.

In the other game, Iceland took the lead through Aron Gunnarsson’s long throw which was flicked on by Kari Arnason and finished by Bodvarsson whilst Austria could have equalised in the 37th minute from the penalty spot as David Alaba fouled but Dragovic’s penalty hit the base of the post. Austria equalised thanks to a solo effort from Schopf whilst in the 93rd minute, Iceland broke through Theodor Bjarnsson who got in a cross for Arnor Traustason to slide in and beat keeper Robert Almer at the near post.

In the knock-out stages, Hungary will play the 2nd placed team in Group E (Sun 8pm in Toulouse), Iceland will play England (Mon 8pm in Nice) whilst Portugal will face Croatia on Saturday night at 8pm in Lens.

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Euro 2016 – Final Group D Games – (Croatia vs Spain and Czech Republic vs Turkey)

Group D’s final games saw the top 2 of the group clash with Spain (6 points) playing Croatia (4) and Czech Republic facing Turkey (0) with the potential advance of 3rd place in this group.

Spain took the lead as David Silva played the ball through to Cesc Fabregas squared the ball for Alvaro Morata to score his 3rd goal of the tournament whilst Croatia could have equalised but Ivan Rakitic’s chip hit the bar and post which fell into David de Gea’s hands. Croatia equalised in the final minute of the first half as Nikola Kalinic flicked in Ivan Perisic’s left-wing cross. Perisic scored a winner in the 87th minute at the near post after being played through by Kalinic.

In the other game, Burat Yilmaz as he turned in a right-wing cross into the top corner of Petr Cech’s goal whilst they added a second midway into the second period as Tufan added a second to confirm Turkey as 3rd place in the group although their -2 goal difference may not be enough to see them advance.

Croatia will play one of Slovakia or the 3rd place teams in either Group E or F (Sat 8pm in Lens), Spain will face Italy (Mon 5pm at Stade de France) whilst Turkey would face Wales (Sat 5pm at Parc des Princes) or France (Sun 5pm in Lyon).

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Euro 2016 – Group C Final Games (Germany vs Northern Ireland and Poland vs Ukraine)

In today’s early games, we saw Germany (4 points) take on Northern Ireland (3) whilst Poland (4) faced Ukraine (0). Northern Ireland knew that a win would take them into the knock-out stage ahead of Germany, with a point almost guaranteeing them at least one of the 3rd place spots whilst Poland would have to better Germany’s maargin of result to top the group should they finish level on points.

Germany took the lead on 29 minutes as Thomas Muller set up Mario Gomez after 3 or 4 decent chances that either Michael McGovern saved or hit the post. It was a tale of McGovern vs Germany as he once again kept out Gomez and Sami Khedira.

In the other game in the group, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski missed a sitter as he managed to scoop an Arkadiusz Milik cross over from just outside the 6 yard box whilst Andriy Yarmolenko could have scored a 1-on-1 at the other end but curled it wide under pressure from Lukasz Fabianski. Poland took the lead in the 54th minute with Jakub Blaszczykowski finding the top corner after a reverse ball from Milik.

Germany will face either Albania or Slovakia (Sun 5pm in Lille), Poland will face Switzerland (Sat 2pm in Saint-Etienne) and Northern Ireland could face either Wales (Sat 5pm at Parc des Princes) or France (Sun 2pm in Lyon).