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Five must-watch football fixtures on TV this week

Football is back with the new season up and running and there is no shortage of must-watch football fixtures on the TV this coming week.

Once again we’re back with the best games set to be televised over the next seven days, featuring Premier League derbies, European qualifiers and more!

(Kick-off times are all British Summer Time Zone).

Five must-watch football fixtures on TV this week:

  • Crystal Palace vs Arsenal – Premier League

Arsenal opened the season with a narrow win over Nottingham Forest and next face a tough test with a trip to face Crystal Palace under the lights.

Selhurst Park can be a raucous ground at the best of times and a first home game of the season against local rivals will be sure to get the Palace fanbase in full voice.

Arsenal passed this test with ease to demonstrate their title credentials last season, but can the Gunners repeat the trick against Roy Hodgson’s improving Eagles?

When is it on? 8pm, Monday, August 21.

What channel? Sky Sports Main Event.

 

  • Rangers vs PSV Eindhoven, UEFA Champions League Qualifying

Rangers take on PSV Eindhoven with a place in the Champions League proper at stake, a rematch of last season’s showdown that saw the Scottish side take their place in Europe’s elite.

Michael Beale’s men saw off Servette in unconvincing fashion in the previous round and face a step up against a PSV team who finished as runners-up in the Eredivisie last season.

The absence of Noa Lang for PSV – signed for a club-record fee this summer – will be a boost for Rangers, with the winger not expected to travel as part of the PSV party heading to Ibrox.

When is it on? 8pm, Tuesday, August 22nd.

What channel? TNT Sports 1.

  • Chelsea vs Luton, Premier League

Luton Town are a Premier League team for the first time after promotion last season, with the Hatters earning a place in the top division despite a comparatively modest budget to their Championship rivals.

Their second fixture of the season will see Rob Edwards side take on Chelsea in a David vs Goliath clash at Stamford Bridge. Before this summer, Luton’s transfer record was the £1.3m fee paid to sign Carlton Morris from Barnsley. For context, that’s just 1.13% of the fee Chelsea paid to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton this month.

It will be the first league meeting between the teams since December 1991. The score that day? Luton 2-0 Chelsea.

When is it on? 8pm, Friday, August 25th.

What channel? Sky Sports Main Event.

  • Brighton vs West Ham, Premier League

Brighton have shown no ill effects despite big name exits once again this summer, with the Seagulls having made a flying start to the new season.

Consecutive 4-1 wins over Luton and Wolves have placed Roberto De Zerbi’s side top of the early Premier League table, the first time ever that Brighton have topped the top flight.

Brighton take on a West Ham team who have made their own strong start after beating Chelsea at the weekend, with James Ward-Prowse the architect of their 3-1 win at the London Stadium. This weekend’s clash with be a battle of contrasting styles, but one that should make for a must-watch match up.

When is it on? 5:30pm, Saturday, August 26.

What channel? Sky Sports Main Event.

  • Newcastle vs Liverpool, Premier League

Newcastle and Liverpool have produced some of the Premier League’s greatest games and for the first time in some time, both teams start a season with ambitions of challenging at the top.

Newcastle were given a reality check after losing at Manchester City at the weekend, a reminder of the gap that still exists between the improving Magpies and the Premier League’s best side. Liverpool are unbeaten in their two fixtures to date, but issues remain in midfield and Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to throw in new signing Wataru Endo for a baptism of fire at St James’ Park.

Liverpool were the only team to do the double over Newcastle last season and are unbeaten since December 2015 against this weekend’s opponents, winning the last four meetings.

What channel? Sky Sports Main Event.

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