The football you should be watching on TV in October
There’s some cracking football matches coming up this month – and the good news for armchair fans is that a fair few of them will be on the telly.
Sky Sports has the pick of the upcoming Premier League and EFL games but there’s also some mouth-watering Champions League action over on BT Sport.
But with so many games to choose from and without limitless amounts of free time in which to watch them, how on earth do you start to narrow down the list?
We don’t know, but we’ve had a go anyway. So for what it’s worth, here’s our rundown of the football you should be watching in October.
Bayern Munich v Celtic, Champions League, BT Sport, Wednesday 18 October 7.45pm
Chelsea and Man Utd are also in Champions League action tonight but we’ve gone for Celtic’s visit to the Allianz Arena.
The Scottish champions were battered by PSG in their opening game but bounced back to beat Anderlecht 3-0 and are top of the SPL, as you’d expect.
Bayern were said to be in crisis after losing 3-0 in Paris and sacking Carlo Ancelotti, but now have Jupp Heynckes in charge for a third time and hammered Freiburg in his first game back last weekend.
Chelsea v Watford, Premier League, Sky Sports, Saturday 21 October 12.30pmChelsea boss Antonio Conte will be hoping his side can close the gap on leaders Man City with a win over Watford
Watford have had an impressive start to the season under new boss Marco Silva and will be looking to follow up last week’s comeback win over Arsenal by beating another London rival.
Chelsea haven’t had a great start by their high standards but are only two points behind fourth-placed Watford and won’t want to fall too far behind the Manchester clubs in the title race – or face the wrath of Troy Deeney.
Barcelona v Malaga, La Liga, Sky Sports, Saturday 21 October 7.45pm
Okay it’s not El Classico, but the chance to see Messi, Suarez, Iniesta et al in action should not be passed up lightly. Suarez’s goal 10 minutes from time salvaged a draw in Madrid last weekend as Atletico brough Barca’s perfect start to the domestic season to an end.
The Catalan giants are top of the league and already five points ahead of arch rivals Real Madrid, while poor Malaga are yet to record a victory. You never know in football, but Barca could rack up a cricket score here.
Ipswich v Norwich, Championship, Sky Sports, Sunday 22 October 12pm
The first East Anglian – or Old Farm – derby of the season is a tough one to call. Ipswich had a flying start to the season but have been hit and miss in recent weeks, while Norwich are unbeaten in eight in all competitions after Nelson Oliveira’s late goal rescued a point against Hull on Saturday.
Both games last season ended in 1-1 draws so expect it to be tight.
Man Utd v Spurs, Premier League, Sky Sports, Saturday 28 October 12.30pmRomelu Lukaku will look to continue his rich vein of form in the Premier League
Unless one of them picks up an injury in the next 11 days, this is almost certain to be billed as a shootout between two of the league’s hottest strikers.
Harry Kane has won the golden boot in each of the past two seasons but Romelu Lukaku improved in each of his four years at Everton in terms of goals scored and has already broken one of Sir Bobby Charlton’s many Manchester United records by hitting 10 goals in his first nine games for the club.
Birmingham v Aston Villa, Championship, Sky Sports, Sunday 29 October 12pm
The second-city derby is never short of passion or intrigue and the first meeting of Blues and Villa this season will be no exception.
As seems to be the case these days, the game will be the first Birmingham derby for one of the managers, with Steve Cotterill in the home dugout following Harry Redknapp’s sacking after only 13 games.
Steve Bruce took four points off his old club last season and will be hoping for more of the same this time around.
Paris St Germain v Anderlecht, Champions League, BT Sport, Tuesday 31 October 7.45pm
PSG won their first two Champions League group games, scoring eight goals without reply while Anderlecht were beaten comfortably by both Bayern and Celtic.
Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani and co will fancy their chances in front of what is sure to be an expectant home crowd.
How can I watch the Champions League?
In order to watch UCL games you'll need a subscription to BT Sport. There's various ways of doing that, because nothing in this life is simple.
It's easiest and cheapest if you're already a BT TV customer, in which case you can add all the BT Sport channels to your package for £3.50 a month.
BT broadband customers can currently get the BT Sport app free for three months and watch on your mobile or tablet – or stream to your TV if you've got Apple TV or Chromecast. From month four of the 12-month contract the app costs £7 a month.How everybody watches football at home
If you want to watch BT Sport through your Sky box, it's currently free for three months if you take a 12-month contract. From month four it will cost you £10 a month if you're a BT broadband customer and £22 if you're not.
TalkTalk customers can also get BT Sport free for three months and then pay £22.99 for the rest of the 12-month contract, plus a £20 activation fee. Or £22.99 for one month and a £35 activation fee.
If you're with Virgin Media you can add BT Sport to your TV package for £18 a month.
There is another option if you're an EE pay monthly mobile customer and you haven't already taken advantage of a 'free BT Sport offer'. If this is you, you can get BT Sport free for three months then a fiver a month after that.
What about the Premier League, EFL and La Liga?
A BT Sport subscription will get you 42 live Premier League games this season, but if you want more you'll need Sky Sports.
Sky TV customers can currently get all the Sky Sports channels for an extra £20 a month or Sky Sports Football on its own for £18 a month if you're not bothered about other sports.
BT TV customers can make sure they see all of the Premier League games by getting Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Extra for £27.50 a month, or £33.50 a month if they want to watch in HD.
TalkTalk customers have to pay a whopping £34 to get Sky Sports added to their TV package while for Virgin customers its £19 to watch in standard definition, £26 for HD.
Virgin also bundles both BT Sport and Sky Sports together in some of its bigger TV packages.
If you're looking for a bit more flexibility, you may want to consider a Sky Sports pass from NOW TV. These get you access to all the Sky Sports channels but without tying you into a long contract.
A day pass costs £6.99, a week pass is £10.99 and a rolling monthly pass is £33.99.
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