May on BT Sport: Champions League, Europa League and Heineken Champions Cup headline blockbuster month

BT Sport will also be showing live Premier League matches, some stacked UFC cards and three MotoGP race weekends.

By Tim Williams Published: 25 August 2021 - 10.28am

Finals month has arrived on BT Sport and we have an unmissable schedule of live action in May.

Settle in for what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to the Champions League and Europa League, as well as a must-watch climax to European rugby’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.

Here are the events you can’t afford to miss...

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Champions League & Europa League

BT Sport will broadcast the semi-final second legs and finals of the Champions League and Europa League in May.

Manchester City entertain Paris Saint-Germain in the second act of their blockbuster semi-final on Tuesday 4 May, while Chelsea host 13-time winners Real Madrid in their second leg 24 hours later.

The winners will go head-to-head for Europe’s ultimate prize at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on Saturday 29 May.

In the Europa League, Manchester United will look to progress to the final at the expense of Roma on Thursday 6 May. On the same night, Arsenal entertain Villarreal and former manager Unai Emery at the Emirates in their semi-final second leg.

The final is set to take place at Gdansk Stadium in Poland on Wednesday 26 May.

We also have an unmissable double-header from the Women’s Champions League on Sunday 2 May.

First up, Barcelona host Paris Saint-Germain with the tie in the balance after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. Then, Emma Hayes’ Chelsea look to continue their remarkable season with a come-from-behind aggregate win over Bayern Munich who took the first leg 2-1.

Check out our Champions League and Europa League schedule here.

Premier League

May begins in superb style on BT Sport, with an intriguing double-header from the Premier League.

Champions-elect Man City begin proceedings on Saturday 1 May when they make the trip to London to take on Crystal Palace.

Pep Guardiola’s side are still chasing a treble after defeat in the FA Cup and it’s only a matter of time before they secure a third league title in four years.

Part two of our super Saturday sees European hopefuls Everton entertain Aston Villa at Goodison Park. The Toffees are an outside bet to finish in the top four and will be confident of picking up all three points against a Villa side still without talisman Jack Grealish.

The action continues a week later when Leeds host Tottenham at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa’s men have showed no signs of slowing down in the latter stages of the season and they will be eyeing another scalp against Ryan Mason’s side.

The next day, Sunday 9 May, Arsenal meet West Brom at the Emirates in what could be Sam Allardyce’s last chance to mastermind the greatest of escapes.

With more matches to be announced, don’t miss any of Premier League action on BT Sport in May.

View our Premier League schedule in May here.

Heineken Champions Cup & Challenge Cup

The kings of European rugby will be crowned in May and we have all the action from the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup on BT Sport.

Champions Cup semi-finals

Match previews and broadcast details for both matches this weekend.

In the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals, we have an all-French clash between four-time winners Toulouse and Bordeaux-Begles on Saturday 1 May, with Ronan O’Gara’s La Rochelle taking on Leinster the next day.

La Rochelle eased past Sale to reach the last four while Leinster dumped out holders Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

The winners will meet on Saturday 22 May at a venue to be announced.

In the Challenge Cup, one of the finalists will be determined in April when an improving Leicester Tigers welcome Ulster to Welford Road.

Challenge Cup semi-finals

Match previews and broadcast details for both matches this weekend.

England’s other representative Bath face a tough assignment in the second semi-final on Saturday 1 May when they face Montpellier.

Like the Champions Cup, the venue for the Challenge Cup final is still to be determined after the finals were moved from Marseille for the second consecutive season.

Don’t forget, we’ll also be showing every single Gallagher Premiership match as we build-up to the final in June.

BT Sport's Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches in May.


Fight fans can look forward to yet another huge month of UFC on BT Sport with four events scheduled in May.

The action begins on Saturday 1 May when former title challenger Dominick Reyes looks to return to winning ways after successive defeats against Jiří Procházka at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

The following week T.J. Dillashaw was set to make his return after a two-year suspension against Cory Sandhagen, but the former bantamweight champion suffered a cut above the eye in training and it's put a halt to that fight - for now. We await confirmation of what that now means for the main event, but we're sure it'll be one to watch whatever Dana White decides!

There’s a huge night in store at UFC 262 on Saturday 15 May when former Bellator champion Michael Chandler meets Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Leon Edwards will also take on Nate Diaz in the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history. The Brit is on an eight-fight winning streak and on the verge of a title shot after an imperious run.

Tony Ferguson will also be in action against the prospect Beneil Dariush, and former lightweight contender Edson Barboza will be looking to get another win at featherweight against Shane Burgos.

A truly box-office month concludes on Saturday 22 May when former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt meets top contender Rob Font.

See all our upcoming UFC cards here.


After a two-week hiatus, the 2021 MotoGP season is back up and running in May with three races in Europe.

France’s Fabio Quartararo took the lead in the World Championship standings with victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix last time out, with Francesco Bagnaia finishing second and world champion Joan Mir third.

Six-time world champion Marc Marquez also returned, finishing seventh after a nine-month injury absence.

Marquez will be looking to go even better in his homeland at the Grand Prix of Spain on Sunday 2 May. After a week’s break, the season will reconvene in France at the legendary Le Mans circuit on Sunday 16 May.

The final race of the month will take place in Mugello, Italy on Sunday 30 May.

We'll build up to every race with full and uninterrupted coverage of every Free Practice and Qualifying session. We’ll also, of course, be showing every Moto2 and Moto3 session - including the races - in full.

And after you catch your breath, Chequered Flag will round up the weekend's talking points with the very best analysis from our pundits and high-profile guests.

Check out our MotoGP schedule here.