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There’s nothing quite like the sense of optimism that you get when a new football season’s getting underway.

With a full fixture list spreading out in front of you, the odd tasty new signing or two in your team and last term’s disappointments all but forgotten, it’s a pretty magical time.

But it’s also a time when you’ll want to make sure you’ve got everything in place to follow your team through the sweat, blood, toil and tears of the season.

Best for Provider What you get Broadband speed [1] The package Cost
Sports fans on a budget BT All BT Sport channels + ESPN
(BT Sport HD free for 12 months when added at checkout)
Up to 17Mb TV Starter pack + Unlimited Broadband + Weekend Calls £5 a month [2]
£17.99 line rental [3]
£49 installation fee
12 month contract
A bit of sport with fibre broadband BT BT Sport Lite: online/app access to BT Sport 1
(Can upgrade to all BT Sport channels for £5 a month)
Up to 38Mb Unlimited BT Infinity 1 + Weekend Calls + BT Sport Lite £10 a month [2]
£17.99 line rental [3]
12 month contract
Sports with basic all-round TV TalkTalk All 7 Sky Sports channels
6 Sky entertainment channels
Up to 17Mb Plus TV, broadband, anytime calls & SIM &#43 Sky Sports Boost £25 first 3 months [2]
£40 thereafter
16.70 line rental
18 month contract
Sport & TV fans Sky All 7 Sky Sports channels
Over 35 premium channels
Up to 17Mb Sky Broadband Unlimited, Original Bundle TV & Sky Sports £34.12 a month [2]
£16.40 line rental
£10 installation fee
12 month contract
The works Virgin Media All BT Sport channels + ESPN
All 7 Sky Sports channels
Over 230 channels
Up to 152Mb Big Kahuna Sports £40 first 6 months [2]
£80 thereafter)
£16.99 line rental
18 month contract
Deals and information correct as at 3 August 2015
[1] The ‘up to’ speed displayed in Mb is the maximum possible speed you are likely to receive for this product. The actual speed you will get depends on your cabling, your area and (with non-fibre optic products) time of day and how far you are from the telephone exchange. Most providers will tell you the likely speed you will receive when you begin your online sign up – this may differ from the speed displayed in the table. [2] Online exclusive price. [3] Line rental £17.99 from 1 September 2015.
Deals may also offer additional non-sport channels and FREE gifts including a Sainsbury’s Gift Card worth £75, a mobile SIM worth £90, and credit off your bill worth £75. See individual deals for gifts.

The bad news is that right now that's harder and often more confusing than it should be.

Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League and Football League games are now spread across a range of channels. As is action from the more glamorous European leagues of Serie A and La Liga.

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And that's before you start to think about other crown-jewels sports events, such as The Ashes or The Ryder Cup.

More vexing still is that some of those sports channels are only available if you take other services from your provider too.

With all that in mind, here we’ve named what we think are the best sports and broadband packages around. And we've outlined exactly what you’ll get when you sign up.

We’ve covered fans on a budget. We’ve covered packages if you’re only interested in the Premier League games or domestic football. We’ve also picked out the best packages for Champions League and European games.

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And we’ve named the best if you want an-all round sports package and a big bundle that includes water-cooler TV shows too.

Scan the table above and you should find a sports TV and broadband bundle that’s got exactly what you need. Got a question for us? Let us know in the comments section and we’ll get back to you.

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