New Premier League season kicks off with Arsenal vs Sunderland

Striker Robin van Persie completes transfer from Arsenal to Man United.
The new season of English Premier League soccer kicks off this weekend with a must-watch match between Arsenal and Sunderland.

Just days before the start of a new Premier League season, Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie (pictured) has officially jumped ship. He signed a four-year contract, worth a reported 200,000 pounds per week, with rival Manchester United. Although the prolific striker scored 30 goals to win the Golden Boot last year, it isn’t easy to see how he would fit into Sir Alex Ferguson’s already stacked lineup. Even more difficult is to judge how the transfer will affect Arsenal’s chances for a title run.

Arsenal’s opening match against Sunderland on Saturday, Aug. 18 (10am – ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes) will give Gooners a sense of what to expect this season. Van Persie is set to make his United debut against Everton on Monday, Aug. 20 (3pm – ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes).

Soccer on TV this week –

Where to watch the best soccer games on US television networks, including ESPN, Fox Soccer and Telefutura. All times Eastern.

FRIDAY, AUG. 17

TimeLeague or
Competition
TeamsNetworkLive or
Replay?
3:00aUEFA Champions League:
2011/12
FC Barcelona vs. Chelsea FCFox
Soccer
Replay
10:00aUEFA Champions
League: 2011/12
FC BATE Borisov vs. FC BarcelonaFox
Soccer
Replay
11:00aEnglish Premier
League: 2011/12
Manchester City vs. Stoke CityFox
Soccer Plus
Replay
1:00pUEFA
Champions League: 2011/12
FC Barcelona vs. Chelsea FCFox SoccerReplay
1:00pInternational FriendlyPuerto Rico vs.
Spain
ESPN DeportesReplay
3:00pEnglish Premier League:
2011/12
Newcastle vs. TottenhamFox
Soccer
Replay
3:00pInternational
Friendly
Italy vs.
England
GolTVReplay
5:00pF.A. Community ShieldChelsea vs.
Manchester City
Fox Soccer PlusReplay
5:00pInternational FriendlySweden vs.
Brazil
GolTVReplay
8:00pF.A. Community ShieldChelsea vs.
Manchester City
Fox SoccerReplay
9:30pMexican Primera DivisionCorrecaminos
vs. CD Guadalajara
GolTVLive

 
SATURDAY, AUG. 18

TimeLeague or
Competition
TeamsNetworkLive or
Replay?
3:00aUEFA Champions League:
2011/12
Real Madrid CF vs. FC Bayern MunichFox
Soccer
Replay
3:00aMexican Primera
Division
Correcaminos vs. CD
Guadalajara
GolTVReplay
7:00aUEFA Champions League: 2011/12FC
Barcelona vs. Chelsea FC
Fox SoccerReplay
9:30aEnglish Premier LeagueWest Bromwich
Albion vs. Liverpool
Fox SoccerLive
9:50aEnglish Premier LeagueArsenal vs.
Sunderland
ESPN, ESPN DeportesLive
9:53aEnglish Premier LeagueFulham vs.
Norwich City
Fox Soccer PlusLive
10:00aInternational FriendlySweden vs.
Brazil
GolTVReplay
12:00pEnglish Premier LeagueNewcastle vs.
Tottenham
Fox SoccerLive
12:00pInternational FriendlyItaly vs.
England
GolTVReplay
2:30pEnglish Premier LeagueWest Ham vs.
Aston Villa
Fox SoccerTaped
3:30pEnglish Premier LeagueQPR vs. Swansea
City
Fox Soccer PlusTaped
4:30pEnglish Premier LeagueReading vs. Stoke
City
Fox SoccerTaped
5:30pInternational FriendlySweden vs.
Brazil
GolTVReplay
7:00pSoccerIndiana University vs. Chivas de
Guadalajara U-23
Fox SoccerLive
7:30pInternational FriendlyItaly vs.
England
GolTVReplay
8:00pEnglish Premier LeagueFulham vs.
Norwich City
Fox Soccer PlusReplay
10:00pSpanish Supercup 2011, 1st LegReal
Madrid vs. Barcelona
GolTVReplay

 
SUNDAY, AUG. 19

TimeLeague or
Competition
TeamsNetworkLive or
Replay?
12:00aSpanish Supercup 2011, 2nd
Leg
Barcelona vs. Real
Madrid
GolTVReplay
1:50aWomen’s Soccer: FIFA U-20 World
Cup
Brazil vs. ItalyESPNULive
3:00aSoccerIndiana University vs. Chivas de
Guadalajara U-23
Fox SoccerReplay
3:00aInternational FriendlySweden vs.
Brazil
GolTVReplay
4:00aWomen’s College Soccer: 2011 College Cup,
Championship
Duke vs. StanfordESPNUReplay
6:10aWomen’s
Soccer: FIFA U-20 World Cup
Japan vs.
Mexico
ESPNULive
8:25aEnglish Premier LeagueWigan vs.
Chelsea
Fox SoccerLive
10:30aEnglish Premier LeagueManchester City
vs. Southampton
Fox SoccerLive
11:00aInternational FriendlyItaly vs.
England
GolTVReplay
12:00pInternational FriendlyPuerto Rico vs.
Espana
ESPN DeportesReplay
1:00pMexican Primera DivisionNeza vs. Pumas
Morelos
GolTVLive
2:00pUEFA Champions League: 2011/12FC Bayern
Munich vs. Chelsea FC
Fox SoccerReplay
2:00pEnglish Premier LeagueFulham vs.
Norwich City
Fox Soccer PlusReplay
3:00pBrazilian SoccerSantos vs.
Corinthians
GolTVLive
4:00pWomen’s College Soccer: 2011 College Cup,
Championship
Duke vs. StanfordESPNUReplay
5:00pMLS
Soccer
Philadelphia Union at D.C. UnitedNBC Sports
Network
Live
5:30pWomen’s Soccer:
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Japan vs.
Mexico
ESPNUReplay
6:10pArgentine SoccerTigre vs. River
Plate
GolTVLive
7:00pMLS
Soccer
Portland Timbers en New York Red
Bulls
GalavisionLive
7:30pWomen’s Soccer: FIFA U-20 World
Cup
Brazil vs. ItalyESPNUReplay
9:30pThe FA Classic CollectionWimbledon vs.
Manchester United
Fox SoccerReplay
9:30pMLS 36Fredy MonteroNBC Sports
Network
Replay

 
MONDAY, AUG. 20

TimeLeague or
Competition
TeamsNetworkLive or
Replay?
12:00aWomen’s College Soccer: 2011
College Cup, Championship
Duke vs. StanfordESPNUReplay
12:30aMexican
Primera Division
Neza vs. Pumas
Morelos
GolTVReplay
2:50aWomen’s Soccer: FIFA U-20 World
Cup
Ghana vs. United StatesESPNULive
5:50aWomen’s Soccer: FIFA U-20 World
Cup
Argentina vs. CanadaESPNULive
2:55pEnglish Premier LeagueEverton vs.
Manchester United
ESPN2, ESPN DeportesLive
3:00pSoccerIndiana University vs. Chivas de
Guadalajara U-23
Fox SoccerReplay
3:00pMexican Primera DivisionNeza vs. Pumas
Morelos
GolTVReplay
8:00pEnglish Premier LeagueManchester City
vs. Southampton
Fox SoccerReplay
9:00pWomen’s Soccer: FIFA U-20 World
Cup
Ghana vs. United
States
ESPNUReplay

 
TUESDAY, AUG. 21

TimeLeague or
Competition
TeamsNetworkLive or
Replay?
3:00aSoccerIndiana
University vs. Chivas de Guadalajara U-23
Fox
Soccer
Replay
12:00pUEFA Champions
League, Qualifying
FC Spartak Moskva vs.
Fenerbahce
Fox Soccer PlusLive
2:00pUEFA Champions League,
Qualifying
Helsingborgs IF vs. Celtic FCFox SoccerLive
10:00pCONCACAF Champions LeagueReal Salt
Lake vs. Tauro
Fox SoccerLive
10:00pCONCACAF Champions LeagueXelaju MC vs.
Chivas
GalavisionReplay

 
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22

TimeLeague or
Competition
TeamsNetworkLive or
Replay?
1:50aWomen’s Soccer: FIFA U-20
World Cup
Brazil vs. NigeriaESPNULive
6:10aWomen’s Soccer: FIFA U-20 World
Cup
Japan vs. New ZealandESPNULive
1:30pThe FA Classic
Collection
Southampton vs. Tottenham HotspurFox
Soccer Plus
Replay
2:00pWomen’s
Soccer: FIFA U-20 World Cup
Brazil vs.
Nigeria
ESPNUReplay
2:00pMexican Primera DivisionNeza vs. Pumas
Morelos
GolTVReplay
2:00pUEFA Champions League, QualifyingSC
Braga v Udinese Calcio
Fox SoccerLive
2:00pUEFA Champions League, QualifyingAEL
Limassol FC v RSC Anderlecht
Fox Soccer
Plus
Live
2:30pEnglish Premier
League
Chelsea vs. ReadingESPN2, ESPN
Deportes
Live
4:00pInternational
Friendly
Sweden vs.
Brazil
GolTVReplay
10:00pCONCACAF Champions LeagueCD FAS vs.
Houston Dynamo
Fox SoccerLive
10:00pCONCACAF Champions LeagueLD
Alajuelense vs.
Tigres
GalavisionLive

 
THURSDAY, AUG. 23

TimeLeague or
Competition
TeamsNetworkLive or
Replay?
3:00aU.S. Open Cup 2012,
Final
Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders
FC
GolTVReplay
5:50aWomen’s Soccer: FIFA U-20 World
Cup
China vs. United StatesESPNULive
10:00aCONCACAF Champions League
Soccer
Real Salt Lake vs. TauroFox
Soccer
Replay
2:00pWomen’s Soccer:
FIFA U-20 World Cup
China vs. United
States
ESPNUReplay
3:00pInternational FriendlyItaly vs.
England
GolTVReplay
7:00pWomen’s College SoccerDayton vs. Boston
University
Fox SoccerLive
9:00pWomen’s Soccer: FIFA U-20 World
Cup
China vs. United
States
ESPNUReplay
10:00pCONCACAF Champions LeagueL.A. Galaxy
vs. Isidro Metapan
Fox Soccer, GalavisionLive

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