It’s a wonderful time to be alive for football fans. Just seven weeks after Liverpool lifted the English Premier League trophy, the kick-off for season 2020-21 is already here. Opening day fixtures commence Saturday, September 12.
Here is The Roar’s guide to watching the Premier League for Australian residents.
After enduring a torrid 16-year exile, Leeds United are finally back in England’s top flight, along with West Bromwich Albion and Fulham.
As a consequence of the lengthy disruption to the 2019-20 season due to COVID, the off-season has been virtually non-existent. Manchester City are odds-on to lift the trophy, while Liverpool are rated a $3.25 chance to defend their title.
How to watch the Premier League via live stream
There is once again only one option for tuning into the EPL for Aussies, with Optus Sport holding a monopoly on the rights.
For $14.99 a month, you can watch every Premier League match live. This is actually good value, considering the price also includes access to live coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
It’s also free if you’re an Optus customer. If you’re not one, if for no other reason, it might be time to switch Telco providers.
How to watch the Premier League on TV
Gone are the days of viewer’s choice on Fox. Unfortunately, due to Optus owning the rights, the Premier League will not be available on normal TV channels. If you want to watch the EPL on TV without an Optus membership, you might have to do it at your local pub.
What else does Optus Sport offer?
The full range of services is quite extensive, and if you do fork out $14.99 a month, rest assured you will get bang for your buck.
As well as live coverage, Optus users have access to replays of every match. If you’d prefer to just check out the weekend’s best goals over your morning coffee, they also do highlights packages.
Optus also provides league news, stats, and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as interviews and expert analysis.