Sunderland to start the new football season on Sky Sports

21st June 2017

Sky Sports will kick off the new Sky Bet EFL season at the Stadium of Light on Friday, August 4, with a tantalising clash between Sunderland and Derby County.

The broadcaster will show three fixtures from the Championship on the opening weekend of the English football season, with Aston Villa versus Hull City and Bolton Wanderers against Leeds United rounding off the live matches.

And on Wednesday, the newly named Carabao Cup begins on Sky Sports with Colchester entertaining Aston Villa, while on Thursday, Bury take on Sunderland.  

Currently managerless, the Black Cats will be looking for a swift return to the Premier League following relegation last season. Derby, perennial promotion contenders, will have their sights set on reaching the top flight for the first time since 2008. A win here for either side will demonstrate their promotion credentials. 

Saturday sees Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce take on his former employers, as the Claret and Blue take on Hull at an expectant Villa Park. And on Sunday it’s Lancashire v Yorkshire as recently promoted Bolton Wanderers face Leeds United.

Gary Hughes, Head of Football at Sky Sports said: “The first three live matches of the new season epitomise the Championship – big names, big clubs and impossible to predict. All six teams will feel they belong back in the Premier League and we can’t wait to see how they begin their respective campaigns. The first game can shape a season so they’ll be desperate to impress in front of the cameras."

David Rey, managing director of Sky Business, added: “Clubs can look forward to kicking off the new football season with some fantastic matches to entertain their members. Sky Sports is the home of football and over the course of the 2017/18 season our customers can look forward to showing 126 exclusively live Premier League matches starting on August 12th, 127 Sky Bet EFL games, SPFL Premiership action and much more. It promises to be a season to remember.”

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.Sky Sports will also 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. 


Confirmed Sky Sports 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

Sky Sports Carabao Cup fixtures:

Wednesday, August 9, 7.45pm
Colchester United v Aston Villa

Thursday, August 10, 7.45pm
Bury v Sunderland


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