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Sky Sports to broadcast 19 Football League matches in December

6th October 2016

A total of 19 Sky Bet EFL matches will be screened live in December as part of a festive football feast on Sky Sports.

The televised matches kick-off with QPR hosting Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday 1 December before Championship promotion favourites Newcastle United make the trip down the A1 to Nottingham Forest.  Rafael Benitez’s side will be looking for a repeat of the last time the two sides met in 2011 when the Magpies knocked Forest out of the EFL Cup 4-3.

The opening weekend of the yuletide calendar sees two of the league’s highest profile clubs Leeds United and Aston Villa go head-to-head in front of the cameras.  It’s their first meeting in almost 13 years and both sides will looking for some early Christmas cheer going into the busiest month of the campaign.   

Sheffield Wednesday take a trip to north to Newcastle United on Boxing Day evening with The Owls hoping to secure their first win at St James’ Park for 20 years. The clubs have met once before on Boxing Day with Newcastle the victors in a 2-1 win back in 1988.

The last televised match of 2016 sees Brentford play host to Norwich City at 5:30pm on New Year’s Eve, with the Canaries hoping they can get a repeat of the 3-0 victory they recorded the last time the two sides met in the Championship. 

December 2016 also heralds the return of the successful ‘10 in 10’ which sees back-to-back Sky Bet EFL matches screened exclusively live.  It starts at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on December 9 and the Sky cameras will then travel almost 1,500 miles over a 10-day period before ending up at QPR v Aston Villa on December 18.

Highlights of this season’s ‘10 in 10’ include high-flying Huddersfield Town’s visit to Norwich City and the East Midlands derby between Derby County and Nottingham Forest.  League One clubs are also represented with Bolton v Gillingham on Monday 12 December before Coventry City v Sheffield United 72 hours later on Thursday 15 December.

The increase in live coverage is once again expected to have a positive impact on attendances across the course of the month.  Last season’s December fixtures attracted a record breaking 1.8 million fans through the turnstiles and the EFL’s 72 clubs will be looking to break that figure in 2016.

Shaun Harvey, EFL CEO said: “League football has long been a much-loved staple of the festive period and we’re confident that December’s TV selections will once again provide a unique platform for friends and families up and down the country to get together and watch their favourite EFL team. 

“We are also delighted to welcome back ‘10 in 10’.  It’s a campaign that in its debut season proved to be hugely successful and once again it gives us a real opportunity to focus on showcasing the very best of what the EFL has to offer.

“As a result of the heightened TV exposure, 12 months ago over 1.8million people passed through an EFL turnstile and with this year’s fantastic line-up of fixtures we are hoping to top that number. We will be working closely with all of our clubs and our broadcast partner Sky Sports to make that happen.”

Sky Sports Head of Football Gary Hughes said: “We're very excited to offer fans 19 live matches from the English Football League in December, including 10 in 10, which was a great success last season. The festive period can be one of the most pivotal in the season and our customers can see it all unfold live on Sky Sports.”


December/January EFL fixtures live on Sky Sports

Thurs Dec 1: QPR v Wolves (7.45pm)

Fri Dec 2: Nottingham Forest v Newcastle (7.45pm)

Sat Dec 3: Leeds v Aston Villa (5.30pm) 

Fri Dec 9: Brighton v Leeds (7.45pm)

Sat Dec 10: Preston v Blackburn (5.30pm)

Sun Dec 11: Derby v Nottingham Forest (12.00pm)

Mon Dec 12: Bolton v Gillingham (7:45pm)

Tues Dec 13: Norwich v Aston Villa (7:45pm)

Wed Dec 14: Wigan v Newcastle (7:45pm)

Thurs Dec 15: Coventry v Sheffield United (7:45pm)

Fri Dec 16: Norwich v Huddersfield (7:45pm)

Sat Dec 17: Birmingham v Brighton (5.30pm)

Sun Dec 18: QPR v Aston Villa (TBC  - lunchtime)

Mon Dec 26: Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)

Tues Dec 27: Brighton v QPR (12.30pm)

Tues Dec 27: Derby v Birmingham (3.00pm)

Thurs Dec 29: Aston Villa v Leeds (7:45pm)

Sat Dec 31: Brentford v Norwich (5:30pm)

Mon Jan 2: Blackburn v Newcastle (3.00pm) 

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