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The new Barclays Premier League season gets underway with a bang on Sky Sports next month, with viewers able to watch 11 live games during August.

Arsenal v Crystal Palace kicks off Sky Sports' 2014-15 coverage, with the Eagles' trip to the Emirates live at 5:30pm on Saturday August 16th.

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A huge TV audience is expected for this game, with Sky Sports offering free access to all Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and UPC households on the opening day of the season.

Last season's nearly men Liverpool are also in TV action on the first weekend of the new campaign. Their home game against Southampton will be broadcast at 1:30pm on Sunday August 17th.

Ex-Saints Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana - who joined the Reds this summer - could make their Liverpool league debuts against their former side.

Champions Manchester City are in action on Sky Sports immediately afterwards, as they travel north for a 4pm kick-off at Newcastle United.

And newly promoted Burnley get an early outing on their Barclays Premier League return - the Clarets host Chelsea at Turf Moor at 8pm on Monday August 18th.

Sky Sports viewers have a host of other games to look forward to during the remainder of August: Everton v Arsenal, Hull City v Stoke City, Sunderland v Manchester United, Manchester City v Liverpool, Everton v Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool and Leicester City v Arsenal.

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, noted that 49 out of the 50 most-watched top-flight games were shown on Sky Sports last season.

"A quick look at our opening schedule of fixtures shows Sky Sports is still the place to go for more of the games that matter," he stated.

"And for the first time, we’re inviting every Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and UPC household to enjoy all seven Sky Sports channels free for the opening day of the season.”

Sky Sports will show a total of 116 Barclays Premier League matches in 2014-15, while BT Sport will air 38.

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