ESPN brings greater variety of football action

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epa08253569 Celtic's manager Neil Lennon reacts during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg, soccer match between Celtic Glasgow and FC Copenhagen in Glasgow, Britain, 27 February 2020. EPA/ROBERT PERRY

Viewers on DStv and GOtv can look forward to a greater variety of football action, with ESPN bringing you a selection of ‘The Beautiful Game’ from Friday 7 Thursday 13 August 2020.

The first live football on offer in the ESPN selection this week is a Scottish Premiership clash early on the afternoon of Saturday 8 August, as St. Johnstone host Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park in Perth (13:25 LIVE on ESPN).

Aberdeen will be looking to bounce back from a narrow opening defeat to Rangers, with captain and goalkeeper Joe Lewis encouraged by his team’s performance despite the negative result.

epa08249691 Ajax Amsterdam’s head coach Erik ten Hag (R) and goalkeeper Andre Onana (L) attend a press conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 26 February 2020. Ajax Amsterdam will face Getafe CF in their UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg soccer match on 26 February 2020. EPA/OLAF KRAAK

“With the goalmouth scramble at their end, it could have easily ended up in the net and we could have taken a point. We are very disappointed to lose the game, but we have to be encouraged by some of what we saw,” he explained, before adding: “Ultimately we lost the game and we have got to look at where we can improve. We have got to get some good training in and make sure we are right for Saturday.”

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Later the same day, Eredivisie sides Ajax and RKC Waalwijk will clash for a pre-season friendly (18:40 LIVE on ESPN).

Sunday 9 August brings more all-Dutch friendly action as local rivals Feyenoord and Sparta Rotterdam face off (14:30 LIVE on ESPN), before more top-flight Scottish action as champions Celtic head to Rugby Park to face hosts Kilmarnock (17:25 LIVE on ESPN).

The Glasgow giants opened their campaign with a 5-1 win over Hamilton last weekend, with striker Odsonne Edouard netting a hat-trick to further underline why he has become the subject of transfer interest.

epa08254029 Quincy Promes (L) of Ajax reacts during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg, soccer match between Ajax and Getafe at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 27 February 2020. EPA/OLAF KRAAK

“You can’t help the attention. It is inevitable,” said Celtic manager Neil Lennon. “But we will try to stave off any admirers. I am sure there is plenty out there. We love having him here and he enjoys being here. He will be well on the radar of clubs before this season. He got 27 goals until March last year and I was delighted with that goal return. He has the potential to be anything he wants to be.”

Further Scottish Premiership action arrives in midweek, with Dundee United v Hibernian on Tuesday 11 August (18:55 LIVE on ESPN) and St. Mirren v Celtic the following evening (18:55 LIVE on ESPN).

The final live football before the weekend for viewers on ESPN is the pre-season friendly between Ajax and FC Utrecht on Thursday 13 August (18:40 LIVE on ESPN), with both teams counting down the days to the start of the Eredivisie season on September 12.

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is having to cope with an exodus of players, having already watched Moroccan star Hakim Ziyech move to Premier League giants Chelsea, but he is determined to ensure that standards do not drop for the Amsterdam club.

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND – JULY 26: Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis is seen during the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round 1st leg match between Aberdeen and Burnley at Pittodrie Stadium on July 26, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“If you lose players who have had a big influence on the game, the playing style will change,” ten Hag explained. “You lack specific qualities. But of course the intentions remain the same. You should always set the bar higher than last season. The challenge is to get even more out of the players who are there now.”

Visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream the action on DStv Now.

ESPN Football Broadcast Details

Saturday 8 August
13:25: Scottish Premiership: St. Johnstone v Aberdeen – LIVE on ESPN
18:40: Pre-season friendly: Ajax v RKC Waalwijk – LIVE on ESPN

Sunday 9 August
14:30: Pre-season friendly: Feyenoord v Sparta Rotterdam – LIVE on ESPN
17:25: Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock v Celtic – LIVE on ESPN

Tuesday 11 August
18:55: Scottish Premiership: Dundee United v Hibernian – LIVE on ESPN

Wednesday 12 August
18:55: Scottish Premiership: St. Mirren v Celtic – LIVE on ESPN

Thursday 13 August
18:40: Pre-season friendly: Ajax v FC Utrecht – LIVE on ESPN

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