Sunday, 27 September 2020 05:40

New Zealand's Spark Sport adds Matchday Live to boost EPL coverage

New Zealand's Spark Sport adds Matchday Live to boost EPL coverage Pixabay

New Zealand's Spark Sport has started broadcasting the full English Premier League match-day studio program, Matchday Live.

The broadcaster said the program was hosted by a number of presenters with Steve Bower and Seema Jaswal to provide the headline act. Guests include Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Steve McManaman and Ryan Giggs among other.

The program runs for all of Saturday, Sunday and Monday matchdays when multiple kick-offs occur.

The show made its debut on Saturday, with the early fixture between Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United, followed by Kiwi Chris Wood's side, Burnley, hosting Southampton at 8am on Sunday NZT (with daylight saving factored in).

Sunday's matchday program, which begins late on Sunday night (New Zealand time which is two hours ahead of AEDT) will also cover four back-to-back Premier League fixtures, while Monday's matchday program will include Fulham and Aston Villa followed by current Champions Liverpool hosting Arsenal on Tuesday morning (NZT).

The addition of Matchday Live is expected to improve the EPL coverage on Spark, which already shows all 380 games live and on-demand. Up to seven weekly magazine shows and a large number of media conferences and highlights are also being screened.

Spark Sport chief Jeff Latch said: "We absolutely understand how important professional commentary and analysis is to football fans and we're proud to be working with the Premier League to deliver this program to New Zealand.

"Having delivered a great first season of the Premier League including 11 concurrent live Premier League events on the final day, we're very pleased to be able to expand our offering in this way.

"With Liverpool winning the league last season and with the arrival of more big names like the return of Gareth Bale this season, the analysis offered in Matchday Live will further enrich the Premier League experience on Spark Sport."

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