Permier League March matches revealed for ESPN

FA Cup on ESPN / SKY 3DBoth Merseyside clubs set to feature alongside Manchester United as ESPN unveiled the Barclays Premier League fixtures that it will broadcast live in March. Full details including other league matches including the FA Cup.

Current league leaders Manchester United, as well as both Merseyside clubs Liverpool and Everton, are set to feature. The new games join a host of live football on ESPN during the coming months, including the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Rounds of the FA Cup, the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, plus Rangers matches from the Irn-Bru Scottish Football League. In addition to top British football, ESPN will bring fans televised coverage of European leagues including Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, and the UEFA Europa League.

Saturday 2nd March will see relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic host Liverpool at the DW Stadium. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was heavily linked with the Anfield job last summer before Brendan Rodgers was confirmed in the post. Having found consistency of late, Liverpool have their sights set on the UEFA Champions League places, but have an indifferent record against Wigan.

ESPN’s second game in March features Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford, with both teams having shared seven goals when these teams met in early December. Currently top of the Barclays Premier League table, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will be strong favourites against Reading, as the Royals continue their fight to climb away from the relegation zone.

The final live Barclays Premier League match this month on ESPN sees Stoke City travel north to Everton on Saturday 30th March. The Potters remain one of the hardest teams to beat in the top flight and continue to challenge for the European places next season. After an impressive first half of the season, Everton are just outside of the top four and will be keen to improve on their 1-1 draw at the Britannia as they chase a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Simon Potter, head of programming and production, ESPN, EMEA, said: “This is another great set of games to add to our schedule as the Barclays Premier League approaches the business end of the season. ESPN’s last three live Premier League games have produced a total of 21 goals, so we’re looking forward to bringing fans more compelling action from the title race, the challenge for European places and the battle against relegation.”

ESPN January

Barclays Premier League

Saturday 19th West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa 4:30pm

FA Cup – Fourth Round

Saturday 26th Manchester United v Fulham 4:30pm

Sunday 27th Brentford v Chelsea 11:00am

Sunday 27th Leeds v Tottenham Hotspur 2:00pm

Clydesdale Bank Premier League

Sunday 20th Motherwell v St. Johnstone 2.15pm

Wednesday 30th St. Johnstone v Aberdeen 7:00pm

Irn-Bru Scottish Football League

Sunday 20th Peterhead v Rangers 11:30am

*Live European league fixtures to be confirmed shortly

ESPN February

Barclays Premier League

Saturday 2nd Fulham v Manchester United 4:30pm

Saturday 9th Southampton v Manchester City 4:30pm

FA Cup – Fourth Round Replay

Tuesday 12th Fixture TBC 7:15pm

FA Cup – Fifth Round

Friday 15th Fixture TBC 7:00pm

Saturday 16th Fixture TBC 12:00pm

Sunday 17th Fixture TBC 3:15pm

FA Cup – Fifth Round Replay

Wednesday 27th Fixture TBC 7:00pm

Clydesdale Bank Premier League

Saturday 9th Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Celtic 11:15pm

Sunday 24th Dundee United v Hibernian 4:15pm

Irn-Bru Scottish Football League

Saturday 23rd Berwick Rangers v Rangers 11:30am

UEFA Europa League – Round of 32

Thursday 14th Sparta Prague v Chelsea 5:30pm

Thursday 14th Newcastle United v Metalist Kharkiv 8:00pm

Thursday 21st Fixture TBC 5:30pm

Thursday 21st Fixture TBC 8:00pm

ESPN March

Barclays Premier League

Saturday 2nd Wigan v Liverpool 4:30pm

Saturday 16th Man Utd v Reading 4:30pm

Saturday 30th Everton v Stoke City 4:30pm

[Reported by Ian Westhead]

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