Sk Sports have rejigged the format of Friday Night Football and debuted it at the Emirates on, well, Friday night. It is not fronted by the brilliant Kelly Cates and featured her and Gary Neville roaming about the ground, with pre-match analysis by the touchline, half-time chat in the gantry, and post-match interviews conducted by her and Neville.
Not everyone has been convinced by Neville conducting the post-match interviews, while brother Phil mocked how thrilled he was to meet Shkodran Mustafi (whom he coached at Valencia):
Carragher/Neville were very good at it, just think it compromises them in their roles as pundits
— Richie Sadlier (@RichieSadlier) August 11, 2017
— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) August 11, 2017
Another innovation for the season ahead has been a change in how team-line ups are displayed. Gone are the days of players striding to camera and folding their arms. Instead, Sky are showing stills of each player pulling a pose alongside teammates.
Here's an example:
— ?? Liam (@CoutiNoLoyalty) August 12, 2017
This was beautifully skewered by Arsenal's Hector Bellerin:
Album coming soon... pic.twitter.com/Y0H4OuT2fj
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) August 12, 2017