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Sky Sports brings venues big EFL derbies in October and November

31st August 2017

Local rivalries throughout the country will be the centre of attention in October and November with high-profile derbies across the Sky Bet EFL set to appear live on Sky.

EFL matches up until Sunday 1 October were confirmed on the 19 July and the latest round of TV games has been confirmed today, with fixtures finalised up until Leeds United’s clash with Middlesbrough on Sunday 19 November.

Before the derbies take centre stage, 2017 Checkatrade Trophy winners Coventry City are up first, with their Sky Bet League Two visit to Barnet being switched to a 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday 7 October. Gillingham host Portsmouth in League One on Sunday 8 October at 2.30pm.

The Midlands then comes into focus as Wolves’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Aston Villa takes place at 5.30pm on Saturday 14 October, ahead of Nottingham Forest’s visit to local rivals Derby County on Sunday 15 October.

East Anglia is up next with Ipswich Town welcoming Norwich City in a 12pm kick-off on Sunday 22 October before the TV cameras head north for an all-Yorkshire affair at Elland Road as Leeds United host Sheffield United on Friday 27 October.

Hull City then take on Nottingham Forest in a 5.30pm kick-off on the Saturday, before Steve Bruce’s Villa are back on live TV as they take on Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City for a 12pm fixture on Sunday 29 October.

The Derbies continue into November, with Sunderland’s match at Middlesbrough set to take place in front of the Sky Sports cameras at 12.15pm on Sunday 5 November and Rotherham’s visit to nearby Doncaster on Saturday 11 November.

The final weekend of confirmed TV fixtures sees Preston North End hosting North West rivals Bolton Wanderers on Friday 17 November, ahead of Derby’s visit to Fulham on Saturday 18 November. 

The list of games selected for live coverage are as follows:

OCTOBER

Saturday 7 October                         Barnet v Coventry City                                                   12:30pm

Sunday 8 October                            Gillingham v Portsmouth                                              2:30pm

Friday 13 October                            Birmingham City v Cardiff City                                    7.45pm

Saturday 14 October                       Wolves v Aston Villa                                                       5.30pm

Sunday 15 October                          Derby County v Nottingham Forest                         1.15pm

Saturday 21 October                       Millwall v Birmingham City                                           5.30pm

Sunday 22 October                          Ipswich Town v Norwich City                                      12pm

Friday 27 October                            Leeds United v Sheffield United                               7.45pm

Saturday 28 October                       Hull City v Nottingham Forest                                     5.30pm

Sunday 29 October                          Birmingham City v Aston Villa                                     12pm

NOVEMBER

Friday 3 November                         Bristol City v Cardiff City                                                7.45pm

Saturday 4 November                    Brentford v Leeds United                                             5.30pm

Sunday 5 November                       Middlesbrough v Sunderland                                     12.15pm

Saturday 11 November                 Doncaster Rovers v Rotherham United                  12.30pm

Sunday 12 November                    AFC Wimbledon v Peterborough United               2.30pm

Friday 17 November                       Preston North End v Bolton Wanderers                 7.45pm               

Saturday 18 November                 Fulham v Derby County                                                 5.30pm

Sunday 19 November                    Leeds United v Middlesbrough                                  1.15pm


Throughout the course of the 2017/18 season, Sky Sports will exclusively show 127 live matches from the Sky Bet EFL season - including the Play-Offs - as well as 15 matches from the Carabao Cup and at least three from the Checkatrade Trophy.

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