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Choosing which TV provider to go with to watch your Premier League team has become increasingly difficult since BT started screening games once-held by Sky. 

Whichever Premiership side you follow, you want to watch them on the telly. But since BT bought the rights to certain games across the season, it’s no longer a straightforward matter of signing up to Sky. So which provider is the better pick for your particular team?

New research

Research carried out by MoneySuperMarket examined when and where football fans could watch their favourite Premiership teams on television, either at the pub or in the comfort of their own home.

The most televised games for any one team was 54 - the number of Manchester United fixtures last season.

This is more than some teams have had over five seasons: Bournemouth have had 34 televised games in total in five years, Brighton 52, Burnley 46, Huddersfield 25, Stoke 49 and West Bromwich Albion 51.

Somewhat surprisingly, Chelsea fans have seen their team less year on year, even though Chelsea have won the league twice in three seasons.

The West Londoners live TV appearances went down from 44 games in the 2012-13 season to just 33 games last season – a 25% decrease.

Historically, the start of the football season sees an increase in customers searching for and taking out subscription packages, but the 2017-18 has seen a massive 1000% increase in customers across both Sky and BT, an influx due to the great value deals available this year.

To help fans work out where to see their team, MoneySuperMarket has created a televised fixtures guide page showing who gets the most coverage.

Games shown

Over the past five football seasons, Manchester United have topped the tables of games shown (214 over both Sky and BT), followed by Arsenal at 200. Third place is shared by Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City at 195 games shown.

The smaller teams in the Premiership are still getting a decent amount of coverage, but probably not as much as their fans would like.

Team Total games W D L Goals for Goals against

Manchester United

214

113

49

52

342

225

Arsenal

200

106

43

49

353

266

Chelsea

195

108

40

45

363

199

Liverpool

195

94

51

50

335

230

Manchester City

195

104

35

54

386

231

Tottenham Hotspur

164

85

39

40

287

198

Everton

111

42

30

39

173

156

Newcastle United

103

37

21

45

117

152

West Ham

97

32

23

42

120

161

Leicester City

78

32

16

30

113

116

Swansea City

77

23

16

38

91

113

Southampton

74

25

17

32

95

106

Crystal Palace

58

20

8

29

73

82

Brighton

52

18

13

21

67

69

West Brom

51

14

14

23

65

72

Stoke City

49

14

11

24

46

75

Burnley

46

16

15

15

51

54

Watford

44

11

10

23

50

71

Bournemouth

34

11

7

16

42

50

Huddersfield Town

25

9

6

10

26

38

Sky vs BT

Since the European Commission broke Sky’s monopoly of televised football in 2005 and BT started buying the rights to certain Premiership games in 2013, the research shows that an armchair supporter has a choice to make.

Sky still has a larger percentage of games shown for the Premier League, but BT has exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions League. So which is the way to go for your team?

The tables below should give some indication for which subscription to go for, for each particular team. 

Team Total games W

Chelsea

25

10

Manchester United

24

16

Manchester City

24

13

Arsenal

23

15

Liverpool

23

14

Tottenham Hotspur

17

9

Everton

13

6

Newcastle United

13

4

West Ham

11

8

Leicester

11

5

Swansea City

10

3

Southampton

10

6

Brighton

10

1

West Brom

8

2

Stoke City

8

1

Burnley

8

1

Crystal Palace

8

4

Watford

7

2

Bournemouth

5

1

Huddersfield Town

4

0

As you can see, the big six teams in the Premier League get the most coverage, with more games on both providers’ channels. The two Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Liverpool are top scorers, with Chelsea getting much more love from Sky than BT.

But overall it is much more likely that you will see your team play on Sky.

That said, the big six derby games and title contender games are a bit more equal, with only the Manchester derby exclusive to Sky.

If you are an Arsenal or Liverpool fan, you are almost just as likely to see your team play on BT as Sky.  

Team BT games Sky games Total

Arsenal v Chelsea

5

8

13

Arsenal v Liverpool

5

6

11

Arsenal v Manchester City

4

8

12

Arsenal v Manchester United

1

9

10

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

3

8

11

Chelsea v Liverpool

3

9

12

Chelsea v Manchester City

1

10

11

Chelsea v Manchester United

1

10

11

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

5

6

11

Liverpool v Manchester City

3

8

11

Liverpool v Manchester United

2

11

13

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

3

7

10

Manchester City v Manchester United

0

10

10

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

4

6

10

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

4

5

9

Dan Plant, MoneySuperMarket’s editor-in-chief, says: “We’ve analysed the games, the goals and ratio of big games across all broadcasters and found that Sky are still airing more games per Premier League team despite BT gaining exclusive rights to European competitions in 2015/2016.

“Year-on-year, BT are closing the gap in regard to number of live games but the data shows that regardless of who you support, Sky are likelier to televise more of your team’s matches.”

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