Setanta rolls out football line-up

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres

Setanta Sports has confirmed the first of their 71 exclusively live Barclays Premier League games for the 2013/14 season which for the first time includes 12:45 Saturday kick-offs on BT Sport. Fans of Ireland’s most supported Barclays Premier League clubs can look forward to Setanta and BT Sport’s first selections as Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal each feature six times during the opening weeks.

First up on BT Sport on August 17 at 12:45pm is Liverpool-Stoke, followed by Arsenal-Aston Villa at 3pm on Setanta. The selections also include BT Sport’s Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool on November 23. Steven Gerrard’s testimonial against Olympiacos will be shown on BT Sport on August 3.

On August 9, BT Sport will show Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial when Man United take on La Liga side Sevilla. September 28 sees former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas hoping his Tottenham side can defeat his former mentor, Jose Mourinho, who has been reinstated as the gaffer at Stamford Bridge.

Other highlights include the Man United-Tottenham encounter at Old Trafford at lunchtime on November 30.

From the start of August, Setanta subscribers will receive three new channels: BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN, with an increase from 33 matches to 71 Premier League matches over the coming season. Setanta subscribers will have 28 BT Sport Saturday games with a 12.45pm kick-off and 18 of these will be top games.

Pictured above is Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

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