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 11 to Thursday 17 September 2020.
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The first live football on offer in the ESPN selection this week arrives on the evening of Friday 11 September with the Championship season opener between Watford and Middlesbrough (20:40 LIVE on ESPN).
The Hornets recently made a major signing by securing the services of veteran striker Glenn Murray from Brighton & Hove Albion, with the 36-year-old describing the move to Vicarage Road as a “no brainer”.
“No it wasn’t a tough decision it was just one of those things,” Murray explained. “I didn’t think I’d get the game time to be able to get anywhere near that target, so for me it was a no brainer to go out on loan and play football while I still can. That’s the whole idea behind it, I want to play football while I still can and enjoy it and score as many goals as possible.”
The second-tier English action continues on Saturday 12 September with Birmingham City v Brentford (13:25 LIVE on ESPN) before a Scottish Premiership clash between Ross County and champions Celtic City (15:55 LIVE on ESPN).
The Dutch top flight takes centre stage on Saturday evening with PEC Zwolle v Feyenoord (19:50 LIVE on ESPN), before the Major League Soccer (MLS) features back-to-back clashes early on the morning of Sunday 13 September: New York City v Cincinnati (00:50 LIVE on ESPN) and Real Salt Lake v Colorado Rapids (03:30 LIVE on ESPN).
Rapids coach Robin Fraser is hoping his team can restore their early-season form and start bulding some momentum: “There are a lot of things to deal with, stops and starts, different levels of ability to train – we know all the teams have gone through this and some teams have handled it perhaps better than others,” Fraser said.
“But we’re still the same group. For us, it’s just about getting back to the level of confidence we were playing with before. It certainly felt like as we continue on that we are getting more and more confident, and as we do that hopefully then we see the results go the way we want.”
The Eredivisie will have a hat-trick of games on the afternoon of Sunday 13 September, with Emmen v VVV (12:10 LIVE on ESPN), Sparta v Ajax (14:20 LIVE on ESPN) and Groningen v PSV (16:35 LIVE on ESPN) to round out ESPN’s live football coverage for the weekend.
Dutch giants Ajax recently suffered a major blow when they saw midfielder Donny van de Beek depart for Manchester United, but manager Erik ten Hag sees Ghanaian Mohammed Kudus as a potential replacement.
“Kudus is a multifunctional player, with many European top clubs behind him,” ten Hag said. “He is versatile, has also played in many different positions in Denmark – as a striker, behind the striker, as a midfielder [or] on the flanks.”
The MLS continues early on Monday morning with back-to-back clashes, Sporting Kansas City v Minnesota United (02:30 LIVE on ESPN) and LAFC v Portland Timbers (05:00 LIVE on ESPN). The Timbers’ defence has been an Achilles heel of late, with coach Giovanni Savarese hoping to see an improvement in this regard.
“We’re not satisfied. We’re not content. We need to see more clean sheets going forward,” said the Portland tactician.
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ESPN Football Broadcast Details
Friday 11 September
20:40: Championship, Watford v Middlesbrough – LIVE on ESPN
Saturday 12 September
13:25: Championship, Birmingham City v Brentford – LIVE on ESPN
15:55: Scottish Premiership, Ross County v Celtic – LIVE on ESPN
19:50: Eredivisie, PEC Zwolle v Feyenoord – LIVE on ESPN
Sunday 13 September
00:50: MLS, New York City FC v Cincinnati FC – LIVE on ESPN
03:30: Real Salt Lake v Colorado Rapids – LIVE on ESPN
12:10: Eredivisie, FC Emmen v VVV Venlo – LIVE on ESPN
14:20: Eredivisie, Sparta Rotterdam v Ajax – LIVE on ESPN
16:35: Eredivisie, FC Groningen v PSV Eindhoven – LIVE on ESPN
Monday 14 September
02:30: MLS, Sporting Kansas City v Minnesota United – LIVE on ESPN
05:00: MLS, LAFC v Portland Timbers – LIVE on ESPN