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The Premier League 2020-21 kicked off on September 12, 2020 and is being played behind closed doors with a few exceptions being made.

Liverpool moved three points clear of Tottenham at the top of the Premier League after Roberto Firmino snatched a late winner on Wednesday.

Manchester City drew for a second successive Premier League match as a resolute West Brom fought back to snatch a point in the same matchday that also saw Arsenal’s winless run reach six games after a 1-1 home draw with Southampton as well as Leicester City dropping points against Everton.

Chelsea, too, faced a defeat on Tuesday as Wolves succesffully turning around the result in their favour from a goal down.

Manchester United have a trip to Sheffield on Thursday.
 

Contents

  1. How to watch Premier League in India
  2. Matchday 1 / September 12-15
  3. Matchday 2 / September 19-22
  4. Matchday 3 / September 26-29
  5. Matchday 4 / October 3-4
  6. Matchday 5 / October 17-20
  7. Matchday 6 / October 24-27
  8. Matchday 7 / October 31-November 3
  9. Matchday 8 / November 6-9
  10. Matchday 9 / November 21-22
  11. Matchday 10 / November 28-December 1
  12. Matchday 11 / December 5-8
  13. Matchday 12 / December 12-14
  14. Matchday 13 / December 15-18
  15. Matchday 14 / December 19-22
     

Where to watch or stream the Premier League

The  Star Sports network (Star Sports and Star Sports Select) has the rights to show Premier League matches in India.

Matches will also be available on streaming mobile application  Disney+ Hotstar VIP , allowing supporters to watch multiple games simultaneously and catch the replay of matches.

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Premier League fixtures

Matchday 1

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Sep 12 5pm Fulham  0-3  Arsenal Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Sep 12 7:30pm Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Sep 12 10pm Liverpool 4-3 Leeds United Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Sep 13 12:30am West Ham 0-2 Newcastle Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Sep 13 6:30pm West Brom 0-3 Leicester City Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Sep 13 9pm Tottenham 0-1 Everton Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Sep 14 10:30pm Sheffield United 0-2 Wolves Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Sep 15 12:45am Brighton 0-3 Chelsea Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
TBC TBC Burnley vs Man Utd Star Sports Network TBC
TBC TBC Man City vs Aston Villa Star Sports Network TBC

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 2

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Sep 19 5pm Everton 5-2 West Brom Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 19 7:30pm Leeds United 4-3 Fulham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 19 10pm Man Utd 1-3 Crystal Palace Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 20 12:30am Arsenal 2-1 West Ham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 20 4:30pm Southampton 2-5 Tottenham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 20 6:30pm Newcastle 0-3 Brighton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 20 9pm Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 20 11:30pm Leicester City 4-2 Burnley Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 21 10:30pm Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 22 12:45 am Wolves 1-3 Man City Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 3

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Sep 26 5pm Brighton 2-3 Man Utd Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 26 7:30pm Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 26 10pm West Brom 3-3 Chelsea Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 27 12:30am Burnley 0-1 Southampton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 27 4:30pm Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds United Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 27 6:30pm Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 27 9pm Man City 2-5 Leicester City Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 27 11:30pm West Ham 4-0 Wolves Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 28 10:30pm Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Sep 29 12:45am Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 4

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Oct 3 5pm Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 3 7:30pm Everton 4-2 Brighton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 3 10pm Leeds United 1-1 Man City Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 4 12:30am Newcastle 3-1 Burnley Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 4 4:30pm Leicester City 0-3 West Ham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 4 4:30pm Southampton 2-0 West Brom Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 4 6:30pm Wolves 1-0 Fulham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 4 6:30pm Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 4 9pm Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 4 11:45pm Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 5

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Oct 17 5pm Everton 2-2 Liverpool Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 17 7:30pm Chelsea 3-3 Southampton Star Sports/SSS 2 SD & HD
Oct 17 10pm Man City 1-0 Arsenal Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 18 12:30am Newcastle 1-4 Man Utd Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 18 4:30pm Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 18 6:30pm Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 18 9pm Tottenham 3-3 West Ham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 18 11:45pm Leicester City 0-1 Aston Villa Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 19 10pm West Brom 0-0 Burnley Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 20 12:30am Leeds United 0-1 Wolves Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 6

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Oct 24 12:30am Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds United Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 24 5pm West Ham 1-1  Man City Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 24 7:30pm Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 24 10pm Man Utd 0-0  Chelsea Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 25 12:30am Liverpool 2-1  Sheffield United Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 25 7:30pm Southampton 2-0 Everton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 25 10pm Wolves 1-1 Newcastle Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 26 12:45am Arsenal  0-1  Leicester City Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 26 11pm Brighton 1-1 West Brom Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 27 1:30am Burnley  0-1  Tottenham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 7

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Oct 31 1:30am Wolves 2-0 Crystal Palace Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 31 6pm Sheffield United 0-1 Man City Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 31 8:30pm Burnley 0-3 Chelsea Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Oct 31 11pm Liverpool 2-1 West Ham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 1 5:30pm Aston Villa 3-4 Southampton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 1 7:30pm Newcastle 2-1 Everton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 1 10pm Man Utd  0-1 Arsenal Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 2 12:45am Tottenham  2-1 Brighton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 2 11pm Fulham 2-0 West Brom Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 3 1:30am Leeds United 1-4 Leicester City Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 8

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Nov 6 11pm Brighton 0-0 Burnley Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 7 1:30am Southampton 2-0 Newcastle Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 7 6pm Everton 1-3 Man Utd Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 7 8:30pm Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds United Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 7 11pm Chelsea  4-1 Sheffield United Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 8 1:30am West Ham 1-0 Fulham  Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 8 5:30pm West Brom  0-1 Tottenham Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 8 7:30pm Leicester City 1-0 Wolves Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 8 10pm Man City 1-1 Liverpool Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Nov 9 12:45am Arsenal  0-3 Aston Villa Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 9

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Nov 21 6pm Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 21 8:30pm Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 21 11pm Tottenham 2-0 Man City Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 22 1:30am Man Utd 1-0 West Brom Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Nov 22 5:30pm Fulham 2-3 Everton Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Nov 22 7:30pm Sheffield United 0-1 West Ham Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Nov 22 10pm Leeds United 0-0 Arsenal Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Nov 23 12:45am Liverpool 3-0 Leicester City Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 23 11pm Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 24 1:30am Wolves 1-1 Southampton Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 10

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Nov 28 1:30am Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 28 6pm Brighton 1-1 Liverpool Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 28 8:30pm Man City 5-0 Burnley Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 28 11pm Everton 0-1 Leeds United Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 29 1:30am West Brom 1-0 Sheffield United Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 29 7:30pm Southampton 2-3 Man Utd Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 29 10pm Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 30 12:45am Arsenal 1-2 Wolves Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Nov 30 11pm Leicester City 1-2 Fulham Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 1 1:30am West Ham 2-1 Aston Villa Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 11

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Dec 5 1:30am Aston Villa vs Newcastle (POSTPONED)
Dec 5 6pm Burnley 1-1 Everton Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 5 8:30pm Man City 2-0 Fulham Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 5 11pm West Ham 1-3 Man Utd Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 6 1:30am Chelsea 3-1 Leeds United Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 6 5:30pm West Brom 1-5 Crystal Palace Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 6 7:45pm Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester City Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 6 10pm Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 7 12:45am Liverpool 4-0 Wolves Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 8 1:30am Brighton 1-2 Southampton Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 12

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Dec 12 1:30am Leeds United 1-2 West Ham Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 12 6pm Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 12 8:30pm Newcastle 2-1 West Brom Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 12 11pm Man Utd 0-0 Man City Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 13 1:30am Everton 1-0 Chelsea Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 13 5:30pm Southampton 3-0 Sheffield United Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 13 7:45pm Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 13 10pm Fulham 1-1 Liverpool Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 14 12:45am Leicester City 3-0 Brighton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Dec 14 12:45am Arsenal 0-1 Burnley Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 13

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Dec 15 11:30pm Wolves 2-1 Chelsea Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 16 1:30am Man City 1-1 West Brom Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 16 11:30pm Arsenal 1-1 Southampton Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 16 11:30pm Leicester City 0-2 Everton Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Dec 16 11:30pm Leeds United 5-2 Newcastle Star Sports 3
Dec 17 1:30am Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 17 1:30am West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace Star Sports Select 2 SD & HD
Dec 17 1:30am Fulham vs Brighton Star Sports 3
Dec 17 11:30pm Aston Villa vs Burnley Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD
Dec 18 1:30am Sheffield United vs Man Utd Star Sports Select 1 SD & HD

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Matchday 14

Date Time (IST) Match TV Channel/stream*
Dec 19 6pm Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Star Sports TBC
Dec 19 8:30pm Southampton vs Man City Star Sports TBC
Dec 19 11pm Everton vs Arsenal Star Sports TBC
Dec 20 1:30am Newcastle vs Fulham Star Sports TBC
Dec 20 5:30pm Brighton vs Sheffield United Star Sports TBC
Dec 20 7:45pm Tottenham vs Leicester City Star Sports TBC
Dec 20 10pm Man Utd vs Leeds United Star Sports TBC
Dec 21 12:45am West Brom vs Aston Villa Star Sports TBC
Dec 21 11pm Burnley vs Wolves Star Sports TBC
Dec 22 1:30am Chelsea vs West Ham Star Sports TBC

*All Premier League matches may be streamed online on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Not so elementary, my dear Watson.

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Jan. 18: Watson likes Instagram post linking him to Jets

Source: Instagram detectives

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Jan. 18: Texans have no interest in dealing Watson, Panthers interested

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

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Jan. 18: Watson not answering calls from Texans organization

Source: Sarah Barshop, ESPN

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Jan. 18: ‘Great lather’ to get Watson out, but leverage in his favor

Source: Josina Anderson, ESPN

Anderson reminds everyone a key point: Watson has a no-trade clause, and it’s not entirely in the Texans’ best interest to trade away a superstar of Watson’s caliber. In any case, it’s a weak argument, especially if the team is going to continue to do poorly by its star player.

Jan. 18: Watson has yet to ask for a trade

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Despite all the smoke surrounding Watson and the Texans at the moment, the superstar QB has yet to ask for a trade, per Rapoport. That hasn’t stopped teams from calling to check on Watson’s availability, though, 

Jan. 17: Watson has ‘played his last snap for Houston’

Source: Adam Schefter/Chris Mortensen, ESPN

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Jan. 16: Watson ‘just wants out’ of Houston

Source: Greg Bishop, Jenny Vrentas, Sports Illustrated

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Jan. 15: A single tweet sets NFL world on fire

Source: Deshaun Watson’s Twitter

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Jan. 15: Watson photographed in Falcons gear

Source: Instagram

A curious wardrobe decision by Watson, with a photo on an Instagram story showing Watson in a Falcons jacket, coincidentally, outside of a building in New York City. Watson is a Georgia native and likely grew up a Falcons fan.

It’s just a jacket, but let your imagination run wild.

Jan. 12: Texans request interview for Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

The Chiefs OC is a hot commodity on the coaching scene, and was even recommended to Watson by some guy named Patrick Mahomes. While the Chiefs hadn’t initially put in an interview with Bieniemy — missing the window in which coordinators can interview during the playoffs — new GM Nick Caserio is interested in speaking with him. Because of tampering policies, the Texans won’t be allowed to speak with Bieniemy until after the Chiefs are eliminated.

Jan. 12: Andre Johnson speaks, offers Watson advice

Source: Andre Johnson via Twitter

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Jan. 10: Watson’s anger reaching boiling point

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

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Jan. 10: More details emerge about rift; Dolphins could be a trade destination

Source: Chris Mortensen, ESPN

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Jan. 7: The Texans name Nick Caserio new GM

Source: “Literally us, the  Houston Texans.”

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Jan. 5: J.J. Watt offers an ominous apology 

Source: JJ Watt’s mouth

After the Texans fell in Week 17 to the Titans in Week 17, NFL cams caught JJ Watt and Deshaun Watson in a candid moment as the two were walking off the field. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Watt said. “We wasted one of your years.” The Texans would finish 4-12.

Oct. 5: Texans fire Bill O’Brien

Source: “Literally us, the  Houston Texans.”

Well, about a year, many losses and one too many trades too late, the Texans decided to fire head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien after a sluggish start to their 2020 season. The team would name Romeo Crennel the interim head coach.

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April 2019: Jack Easterby hired by Houston

Source: The Texans

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