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There will be Saturday night Premier League games from 2019 to 2022

There will be a lot more Premier League football on TV from the 2019/20 season
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Sky Sports There will be a lot more Premier League football on TV from the 2019/20 season Credit Sky Sports
Stacy Diaz | 09 December, 2017, 05:38

As part of a new broadcast package eight Premier League games will be played at 19:45 on Saturdays in the 2019/20 season.

What will be the biggest change that fans will see to Premier League matches being shown on TV as a result of the next deal?

The division is offering domestic bidders for the 2019-20 to 2021-22 seasons the chance to show three midweek rounds of fixtures and a set of bank holiday matches in their entirety. This new deal will replace the 2015 television deal, which was a record £5.136 billion deal.

The games would consist of three midweek rounds of fixtures and a bank holiday programme, meaning whole schedules of games being available to armchair viewers for the first time.

Premier League football will go up against Saturday night prime-time programming like Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor from 2019 onwards.

The news means that a possible bidding war make once again commence between Sky and Bt to gain the rights to host these extra televised fixtures, although the state of the current climate means it's unlikely to reach the heights of their previous tussles. They show 126 live Premier League matches, including the first ever Friday night football, and paid £4.176 billion to do so.

Seven packages will be on offer to broadcasters for live TV rights, totalling 200 matches per season. The auction for rights is to be held in February, according to reports.