2021 on BT Sport - What's to come over the next 12 months as we bring you our biggest and best year yet!

From the Premier League to the Champions League, domestic and European rugby as well as even more cricket, UFC, boxing and MotoGP, we've got it all in 2021!

By George Mills Published: 6 January 2021 - 3.10pm

Since the sporting world resumed after an unscheduled hiatus in the spring, we've brought you non-stop action from all corners of the globe to close out an infamous year.

With a brand new start promised in 2021, here's a taste of what we've got coming up over the next 12 months in a year that promises to be much better than the last!

Premier League

A monster season of Premier League coverage continues on BT Sport from January – a month that sees us bring you a whopping 20 games, featuring every single team in the division.

It looks set to be one of the most tightly-contested title races in many seasons as the chasing pack close the gap of years gone by between themselves and perennial challengers Liverpool and Manchester United.

With fans still agonisingly separated from their spiritual homes in the stands, we’ll bring you as close to the action as possible with exclusive interviews, previews and unmissable coverage of all the big games.

And if you’re watching the Premier League on the BT Sport app or BTSport.com, you can take advantage of our revolutionary enhanced video player, giving you more control over your viewing experience with an interactive timeline, exclusive camera angles, live stats and VR 360.

Click here to find out more.

Champions League

The road to Istanbul resumes in 2021 with 16 of Europe’s most elite teams vying for the coveted Champions League trophy when the knockout stages get underway in February.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool carry England’s hopes of bringing the trophy back to British shores as they face Borussia Monchengladbach, Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig respectively.

Defending champions Bayern Munich face Lazio while Real Madrid, who made it through to the Round of 16 by a whisker, take on Serie A dark horses Atalanta.

As ever, we’ll have exclusive coverage of every single game throughout the tournament and BT Sport customers watching on our digital platforms can enjoy the action with the enhanced video player.

Who will make it to the final at the Ataturk Stadium on 29 May? Find out right here with us.

Europa League

Play time is over for the British teams in the second tier of European football as the big boys from the Champions League join the Europa League party.

Joining Tottenham, Arsenal, Leicester and Rangers, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will go in search of their first victory in the competition since winning the trophy in 2017 when they take on Real Sociedad in the Round of 32.

Jose Mourinho – who steered United to victory that year – will hope to emulate that achievement now as Spurs boss, beginning with a clash with Wolfsberger AC in February.

Arsenal face a tricky assignment in the form of Benfica, while Leicester take on Slavia Prague and Rangers play Antwerp.

Thursday nights are the perfect time to take advantage of our live goal alerts and multi-game match switcher on the enhanced video player, allowing you to follow the action across any of the games.

Will there be a British winner in the tournament finale in Gdansk in May? BT Sport is the only place to find out.

Other football

There's plenty more live football in prospect on BT Sport in 2021, not least in the shape of the FA Cup.

We'll be showing a huge selection of games from the third round all the way through to the final as Arsenal's defence of the trophy they won by defeating Chelsea last August begins.

Our coverage of European football doesn't stop with the Champions League and Europa League, either.

BT Sport will remain the home of the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in 2021 as Bayern Munich and Paris-Saint Germain look to retain their respective league crowns. 

Over in France, the arrival of Maurico Pochettino as PSG's new manager will provide added interest to a league that already boasts two of the most exciting players on the planet in the form of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. 

Will the Parisian giants be crowned kings of France for a fourth successive season or will high-flying Lyon dethrone them to make it a debut half-season to forget for Pochettino?

Across the Rhine in Germany, Bayern Munich remain the team to beat as they bid to win a record-extending 29th league title.

Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are both knocking on the door but don't bet against the Bavarians sweeping all before them in 2021.

As if that wasn't enough, there's also the battle for a place in the fourth tier of English football as 23 clubs from the National League look to reach the promised land of the Football League.

We'll also be bringing you the best of the action from the FA Women's Super League as the race for the title hots up, plus the latter stages of both domestic cup competitions.

Elsewhere, subscribers will be able to watch the Coppa Italia, England Under-21 internationals, the A-League, the W-League and more.

UFC

The UFC was one of the first sports back in action following the enforced coronavirus hiatus – and since returning with a bang in May momentum has not stopped.

With an incredible slate of shows already announced for the opening few weeks of 2021 – including Conor McGregor’s return in a must-see rematch against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 – there are even more reasons to tune into the most exhilarating sport on the planet.

Building on a brilliant year of MMA coverage on BT Sport, we’ll bring you more Open Mat episodes with Dan Hardy, Adam Catterall and Nick Peet, as well as even more exclusive fighter interviews and our award-winning fight promos.

On top of that, fight fans with access to the BT Sport app can take advantage of our ever-increasing library of fight cards, KO clips, historical interviews and much more through our fighter hub, which is located on the UFC page.

And we’ll continue our commitment to bringing you spoiler-free replays of almost every fight card throughout the year, available as soon as the TV broadcast finishes.

Stay tuned!

Rugby

BT Sport is your one-stop shop for club rugby action in 2021 with wall-to-wall live coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, Heineken Champions Cup, European Challenge Cup and Premiership Rugby Cup to enjoy.

In the Gallagher Premiership, 2021 is already shaping up to be an unmissable year as reigning champions Exeter Chiefs look to go back-to-back, with the chasing pack hot on their heels in pursuit of their crown.

The Chiefs are once again the team to beat on the continent after they broke their European hoodoo to win their first Champions Cup crown.

Can the all-conquering Devonians maintain their stranglehold on club rugby's greatest prize or will another pretender emerge to become kings of Europe?

As if that wasn't enough, the upcoming British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa adds extra spice to club competition in the UK and Ireland.

All eyes will be on the race for selection as players across the country vie for a coveted spot in Warren Gatland's touring party and BT Sport will be the only place to watch the battle for a seat on the plane to South Africa.

Boxing

The year ended on a high with two stunning upsets brought to you by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Boxing.

First, the young prodigy Daniel Dubois was outgunned, outfought and outwitted by wily veteran Joe Joyce as the Olympic silver medallist leapfrogged Dubois into world title contention with a 10th round TKO win.

Then King Arthur slayed The Lion just a week later as former world title challenger Anthony Yarde came unstuck against Lyndon Arthur via the judges’ scorecards.

The rewards for Joyce and Arthur will be on show during a huge 2021 as both go in search of the big fights that will take them a step closer to the major belts – and we’ll have all the action right here on BT Sport when they do.

Tyson Fury will also return to action to defend his WBC heavyweight championship for the first time when he fights in 2021, while a host of other top-drawer fighters, including Liam Williams, Hamzah Sheeraz, Willy Hutchinson and Nathan Gorman, will also grace the ring during what promises to be a bumper year of boxing.

MotoGP

Strap yourselves in for another thrilling year of MotoGP in 2021 as the fastest show on two wheels returns with the provisional calendar running from March until November.

A wildly unpredictable 2020 season concluded with Spaniard Joan Mir, 23, winning the world title for the first time, becoming the first Suzuki rider to win the championship since 2000 despite claiming only one victory at the European Grand Prix.

The season was blown wide open after Marc Marquez fractured his arm in July’s season opener and we were treated to some of the most captivating races in recent memory as the other contenders battled for supremacy.

With some huge changes for 2021 including Pol Espargaro joining Repsol Honda and Fabio Quartararo swapping places with Valentino Rossi at Yamaha, don’t miss what promises to be another unforgettable year.

Cricket

Another sensational year of cricket kicks off in style, with the Test series between historic rivals Australia and India finely poised at 1-1 with two matches remaining.

The destination of the Border-Gavaskar trophy will be determined with every ball live and exclusive on BT Sport.

What’s more, you can watch the number one ranked Test side New Zealand as they look to consolidate top spot against Pakistan and reach the World Test Championship final at Lord’s.

In a pivotal year for international cricket, watch full live coverage from Australia and New Zealand on BT Sport. 

The Big Bash, one of the world’s most explosive Twenty20 tournaments, also continues to thrill from Australia alongside its New Zealand counterpart the Super Smash - another recent addition to our line-up.

WWE

BT Sport will continue to be your home of WWE in 2021 – and the only place to watch all the action from the three flagships brands in the UK and Ireland.

Every single episode of Raw, SmackDown and NXT will be shown exclusively live across our TV and digital platforms.

And if you can’t tune in live, the enhanced player on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app is your ideal companion for catching up in full at your leisure.

We’ll also be bringing you the best of the emerging domestic talent in NXT UK, while we’ll still be airing every single pay-per-view event, including favourites such as the Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series.

Motorsport

It’s not just two-wheeled action on offer for petrolheads, either, although there’s plenty more of that in the shape of Tai Woffinden’s latest tilt at Speedway Grand Prix glory, FIM CEV Repsol, Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, British Talent Cup, Asia Talent Cup and more.

BT Sport is the home of the World Rally Championship, showing every second of every session from the thrilling series.

Can Britain’s Elfyn Evans go one better in 2021 after agonisingly falling short of winning the title at the death last year?

Elsewhere, we’ll be showing all two-session qualifying and races from DTM, the prestigious German touring car championship, plus every race in the World Endurance Championship (Le Mans aside).

There will also be regular live action from the International GT Open Championship and Australia’s V8 Supercars series.

Still want more?

No problem – that’s not all the world-class live sport to look forward to on BT Sport in 2021.

If American sport is your thing, for instance, we’ve got you covered with hundreds of live Major League Baseball matches and a plethora of college basketball and football games.

BT Sport is the UK home of international hockey, with a huge range of live fixtures from the men’s and women’s Pro League and Euro Hockey League.

And there will also be a host of live action, highlights and magazine shows coming your way from other sports such as badminton, fishing, sailing and more.