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Chelsea to launch Sky Sports coverage of Premier League season

PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS Manchester City, runners-up Manchester United and UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea kick off the Barclays Premier League 2012-13 season on Sky Sports.

In conjunction with the Premier League, Sky Sports today announced the first 42 Barclays Premier League fixtures to be shown exclusively live from August to November 2012, with every club featured by 6 October.

Ford Super Sunday kicks off the season with Wigan Athletic against Chelsea followed by Manchester City against newly promoted Southampton. Ford Monday Night Football returns with League runners-up Manchester United away to Everton.

Commenting on the live matches, Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: "We're all looking forward to the start of the Premier League and we begin with a bang; Champions League winners Chelsea, Premier League Champions Manchester City and Manchester United all in our opening weekend.

"These selections provide our viewers with huge head to heads, major derbies and every team at least twice, all in the first three months of the season. We have the biggest names providing the most insightful analysis and commentary plus a wealth of unrivalled support programming. I'm sure it'll be another fascinating football season on Sky Sports."

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