Highlights of the Euro 2020 qualifying play-off match between Scotland and Israel August saw the start of an exclusive five-year deal with the SPFL to show up to 48 live matches each season, from the competition that delivered the very first live football on Sky Sports in 1991. In addition to Scotland’s UEFA Nations League matches and FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Sky Sports subscribers also have access to more than 140 live Premier League games and up to 158 from the EFL this season. 5:50 – Advertisement – Highlights of the Euro 2020 qualifying play-off match between Bosnia & Herzegovina and Northern Ireland – Advertisement – Sky Sports has announced that Scotland and Northern Ireland’s decisive UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers will be made available to all viewers in the UK free-to-air.The decision will allow fans from both nations to watch what is sure to be a dramatic night of football. Scotland seek to book their place in a major international tournament for the first time since 1998, while Northern Ireland look to repeat their qualification for UEFA Euro 2016 – their first major tournament for 30 years. 4:27 Image:Steve Clarke and Andy Robertson celebrate Scotland’s shootout win over Israel Sky Sports has made these matches of historic, national significance available in recognition of the unique circumstances and the impact the pandemic is having on fans. Domestic football and other live sporting events will continue to be exclusively available to Sky Sports customers, whose support enables Sky to provide sport with near-term financial security and sustained investment in the future. In the same week as these two decisive matches, Sky Sports subscribers will be able to enjoy The Masters from Augusta, Belgium vs England in the UEFA Nations League, Lewis Hamilton’s bid to equal Michael Schumacher’s illustrious record of seven F1 world titles at the Turkish Grand Prix and the IPL Final. Also, in the UEFA Nations League Scotland face Slovakia, Wales face Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland play Austria. Image:Northern Ireland players celebrate their penalty shootout victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina Thursday November 12, 7.45pmSerbia vs Scotland – Live on Sky One, Pick and Sky Sports FootballNorthern Ireland vs Slovakia – Live on Challenge and Sky Sports Premier LeagueSky Sports Managing Director Rob Webster said: “We know how significant these fixtures could be for fans of Scotland and Northern Ireland. With two sides on the brink of qualifying for a major tournament, we felt it was the right moment in these exceptional and unique circumstances to make the games more widely available.“Sky Sports is a proud partner to many sports, both in the UK and around the world, and we have strived to stand alongside sport in unprecedented circumstances this year.”Fans will also be able to access the matches via NOWTV, on the go on your mobile, laptop or tablet on SkyGo with clips and highlights on SkySports.com, YouTube and Sky Sports social media channels. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
United are now two points behind City, who lost to Burnley on Saturday, and they are just one point adrift of third-place Arsenal, who visit Old Trafford on the penultimate weekend of the season. And Smalling is convinced finishing second above City is not just a pipe dream. “Yes, I think we could (finish second), especially after City’s result on Saturday,” the United defender said. “It is all very close. “I think it’s very open all the way up to second place and we will be aiming for that, especially when we are playing those teams coming up. “We want Champions League football back here. It’s a must. Fourth is the minimum but when it’s there, second is a realistic target and if we keep on performing like that I don’t see why we can’t give it a good push.” United face Liverpool, Aston Villa, City and Chelsea in the next four weeks. Many viewed the difficult run-in as a reason why United could fail to qualify for the Champions League, but Smalling views the situation differently. Press Association Chris Smalling insists Manchester United are capable of overtaking bitter rivals Manchester City and finishing second in the Barclays Premier League. “These games are six-pointers,” the England centre-back said. “We can do ourselves a favour and do our rivals big damage as well. “Sunday was the first step. It was the perfect time to put in a performance like that, especially with our run of fixtures. “Confidence will be good it’s one of the biggest games of the season and hopefully we can play like that again.” For Michael Carrick, it felt like old times at Old Trafford on Sunday. The midfielder has become irritated at the lack of big mid-week action against top clubs at United this season and is pining for the return of Champions League football. “For this club it’s the place to be isn’t it? We had been in it for so long and not being involved on the big nights makes you realise what it is all about,” said Carrick, who scored the second goal against Tottenham. “Hopefully when that pressure kicks in, and it goes up and up, then we perform even better and we’re going to have to in the weeks to come.” Louis van Gaal’s methods had come into question after a series of slow, unimaginative displays, but Carrick says he and his team-mates support their manager. “The players are behind him, of course,” Carrick said. “It is just that results prove everything don’t they? “We can improve on the training pitch, we can get better there, but it is all about what we do on game day really. “And Sunday was a big step for us. “I think it will give everyone a big boost and big shot of confidence. “And it shows we are moving in the right direction, which is good.” United put on their best display of the season on Sunday as they swept aside Tottenham in a near-effortless 3-0 victory at Old Trafford. The impressive performance raised hopes and expectation levels at the club and Smalling thinks United are well-equipped to maintain that performance level for the rest of the season.