Sky Sports adds nine live EFL games in first month of season
3rd July 2017
Sky Sports will visit 11 different stadiums and show 19 teams from the EFL in a bumper start to the season across August and September.
The first match of the season comes from the Stadium of Light as Sunderland take on Derby County on Friday 4th August, with a further nine matches added to the schedule.
Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough welcome Sheffield United for their first home match back in the Championship on Saturday 12th August at 5.30pm, then a week later venues can look forward to showing Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City in action when they visit Burton Albion.
Steve Bruce will hope that by the time he takes Villa to Bristol City for another Friday evening encounter his side will have made a strong start and will be pushing at the top of the table. And after the international break there are two blockbuster fixtures to look forward to as Derby host Hull while fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday entertain Nottingham Forest.
Former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers feature in the first weekend of September as they adapt to life in the third tier of English football and will face Fleetwood Town in an afternoon that also sees Portsmouth host Rotherham.
David Rey, managing director of Sky Business said: “With 14 EFL matches already scheduled for August and early September, there are plenty of reasons for football fans to head to their local club to enjoy the action. Clubs can look forward to lots of opportunities to draw in the crowds as club members’ number one sport gets underway for what promises to be a fantastic season of football.”
Sky Sports will show 127 exclusively live matches from the 2017-18 Sky Bet EFL season - including the play-offs - as well as 15 matches from the Carabao Cup. It’s all part of another stellar season of football on Sky Sports which features 126 matches from the new Premier League season.
Football fans will also be able to enjoy the final group matches and play-offs from the FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers, 30 matches from the SPFL Premiership including every Old Firm derby, the Scottish Cup, Spain’s La Liga, MLS, Eredivisie, the Chinese Super League and more.
Sky Sports live EFL fixtures:
Friday, August 4, 7.45pm
Sunderland v Derby County
Saturday, August 5, 5.30pm
Aston Villa v Hull City
Sunday, August 6, 4.30pm
Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United
Saturday, August 12, 5.30pm
Middlesbrough v Sheffield United
Friday, August 18, 7.45pm
Burton Albion v Birmingham City
Saturday, August 19, 5.30pm
Sunderland v Leeds United
Friday, August 25, 7.45pm
Bristol City v Aston Villa
Saturday, September 2, 12.30pm
Bradford City v Bristol Rovers
Sunday, September 3, 12.15pm
Blackburn Rovers v Fleetwood Town
Sunday, September 3, 2.30pm
Portsmouth v Rotherham United
Friday, September 8, 7.45pm
Derby County v Hull City
Saturday, September 9, 5.30pm
Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest
Sky Sports live Carabao Cup fixtures:
Wednesday, August 9, 7.45pm
Colchester United v Aston Villa
Thursday, August 10, 7.45pm
Bury v Sunderland