Palace to make history when they go live on Match Of The Day

Crystal Palace can rest easy in the assurance that, on this occasion at least, they are guaranteed to be Gary Lineker’s first match up on Match Of The Day.

Wilf Zaha and his Palace teammates will be making a bit of TV history later this month

That’s because when the football season resumes, Roy Hodgson’s Eagles will be the only match on the programme, playing in the first Premier League game to be shown live by the BBC when they meet Bournemouth for an evening game on June 20.

The BBC has held highlights package rights to top-flight English football since the first Premier League season started in August 1992. But they have never before shown a Premier League match live.

The first details of the re-arranged fixtures for the end of the 2019-2020 season in the top-tier of English football were released last night, including some games free-to-air.

With all matches being played “behind closed doors” to avoid the risk of covid-19 contagion among fans, and to clear up the backlog of fixtures, it has been agreed that Premier League and FA Cup games will be shared among Sky Sports, BT Sport and the Beeb, plus Amazon and the Freeview channel Pick (channel 11), where Sky will be showing 25 matches free-to-air.

Palace’s game against Burnley on June 29 (8pm kick-off) will be streamed free by Amazon.

All fixtures and times announced so far are still provisional.

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