It is now 18 Premier League Live TV games for NUFC, after the Newcastle v Chelsea match was confirmed on Thursday morning.
Earlier today, I had a piece on The Mag (see below) explaining why it would be one of the three choices.
Now in an official club announcement, NUFC have said that Sky Sports will be screening it live.
Newcastle could ensure a top half finish, whilst Chelsea could still make the Champions League.
Liverpool would also need to lose for that to happen and their home match with Brighton is also selected.
As is Man City’s trip to Southampton, Pep’s boys can still get 100 points with a win, whilst still a remote chance Southampton could go down (see below).
Newcastle United Official Announcement:
‘Newcastle United’s final game of the 2017/18 Premier League season will be televised.
Chelsea are the visitors to St. James’ Park on Sunday, 13th May and kick-off will remain at 3pm BST. The fixture will be screened by Sky Sports.
The Blues can still claim the Premier League’s fourth and final Champions League place but sit two points behind Liverpool with an inferior goal difference.
Liverpool’s home game against Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton v Manchester City will also be shown live by Sky Sports.’
My piece on The Mag – Earlier today (Thursday 10 May):
The final choices of Premier League Live TV games look set to be revealed sometime today.
There is still West Ham v Man Utd to be played tonight before the final set of fixtures but neither team can influence anything at the top or bottom.
Wednesday night results have now surely guaranteed that Newcastle v Chelsea will be one of the games selected for live broadcast in the UK.
Just in case you missed them, here are the results from last night, Newcastle very unlucky to lose:
Chelsea 1 Huddersfield 1
Leicester 3 Arsenal 1
Man City 3 Brighton 1
That leaves the Premier League table now looking like this on Thursday morning:
All remaining Premier League fixtures:
Thursday 10 May
West Ham v Man Utd 7.45pm
Sunday 13 May (all 3pm kick-offs)
Burnley v Bournemouth
Crystal Palace v West Brom
Huddersfield v Arsenal
Liverpool v Brighton
Man United v Watford
Newcastle v Chelsea
Southampton v Man City
Swansea v Stoke
Tottenham v Leicester
West Ham v Everton
Huddersfield’s draw at Chelsea last night, means that the relegation issue is all but done and dusted.
If Huddersfield had lost, then another defeat to Arsenal on Sunday could then have sent them down if Swansea beat Stoke.
However, the only way Swansea can now stay up is if they beat Stoke and Southampton lose to Man City AND there is a 10 goal turn around over the two matches in Swansea’s favour.
It has probably worked out reasonably well for the broadcasters, as they usually show three matches live on the final day, so can still show that Southampton v Man City one – feature the champions to see if they reach 100 points AND cover the vague possibility of Southampton still going down.
That then leaves them two slots for the main issue still to be decided, the fourth Champions League slot.
Chelsea have to beat Newcastle and rely on Brighton winning at Liverpool, so those two matches look nailed on to be chosen, meanwhile a Newcastle victory would ensure they finish in the top half providing those below don’t overtake on goal difference.
If they do so, it will make it 18 Premier League Live TV games for Newcastle this season, meaning that only the top seven in the table have been shown more.
Premier League Live TV games – How many times each club have been/will be shown before final day of season:
28 Arsenal, Man Utd
25 Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea
17 Newcastle United, West Ham
12 Leicester, Crystal Palace, Brighton, Stoke
10 Swansea, Watford
9 West Brom, Huddersfield
The opening 16 Premier League matches saw NUFC selected a remarkable 11 times by the broadcasters. that has dropped off in the second half of the season though and only six of the next 21 have been selected, meaning 17 in total…so far.
Being live on TV hasn’t brought much luck, the 17 games seeing 11 defeats, three draws and only three victories (whereas, in the 19 non-live matches so far, Newcastle have a record of eight wins, five draws and six defeats).
Newcastle United Live TV matches already played:
Sunday 13 August
Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2
Sunday 20 August
Huddersfield Town 1 Newcastle United 0
Sunday 10 September
Sunday 24 September
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Newcastle United 0
Sunday 1 October
Newcastle United 1 Liverpool 1
Sunday 15 October
Southampton 2 Newcastle United 2
Monday 30 October
Burnley 1 Newcastle 0
Saturday 18 November
Man Utd 4 Newcastle United 1
Saturday 2 December
Saturday 9 December
Wednesday 27 December
Newcastle 0 Man City 1
Saturday 20 January
Man City 3 Newcastle 1
Sunday 4 February
Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle 1
Sunday 11 February
Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0
Saturday 3 March
Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0
Sunday 15 April
Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1
Monday 23 April
Everton 1 Newcastle 0