Five Sunderland games have been selected by Sky Sports to be shown live, as the first round of television fixtures were released earlier today.
The club's first appearance of the season will see them travel to Selhurst Park to face newly promoted Crystal Palace. This game will still take place on August 31st, but has been moved to 5.30 PM, the first of our matches to be shown on Sky Sports' new Saturday evening show.
The first game televised live at the Stadium of Light will see
David Bre Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side travel up to Wearside, a game now taking place on Sunday 29th September at 4 PM.
The following week sees the visit of Champions Manchester United, with the game being moved to a 5.30 PM kick off on Saturday 5th October.
The end of October sees the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season, taking place at The Stadium of Light. Unsurprisingly the game has been selected by Sky, and has been moved to a day later, now taking place on October 27th. The match is scheduled for 4 PM, but will likely be moved to an earlier kick-off. It is quite baffling that Sky haven't worked out that that always happens.
The final game selected in the first round of TV fixtures, sees Manchester City visit Wearside, with Sky hoping for similar drama to the last 3 meetings at the Stadium of Light. This match will now take place on Sunday 10th November at the unusual time of 2.05 PM.
BT Sport, a new provider for Premier League football, have chosen not to show any Sunderland matches during the opening months of the season, depriving supporters of Michael Owen.