The latest TV selections have been announced, with five Sky Bet Championship matches picked to appear live on Sky Sports in February 2017, while two more are subject to FA Cup commitments.This latest selection covers Matchdays 30 to 34 and comes as the stakes ramp up for EFL clubs with promotion, relegation and Play-Off battles starting to take shape.
Sky Bet Championship Matchday 30 will kick-off with a Friday night fixture in the North West as Wigan host Sheffield Wednesday on the 3rd February at the DW Stadium.
It’s an all Midlands encounter up next between two former European Cup winners, with Aston Villa making the short trip from West to East Midlands to take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday 4th February, in a 5.30pm kick-off.
Sheffield Wednesday are up again for Friday night football on 10th February, hosting Birmingham City at Hillsborough, before Newcastle United make a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 11th February.
Brighton and Reading kick-off Matchday 34 with a Friday night game on the south coast on 24th February; kick-off 7.45pm
That same weekend viewers will then be able to see the first silverware of the 2016/17 season lifted as the 2017 EFL Cup Final will take at Wembley.
Sky Sports will broadcast exclusive live coverage of the match, which is scheduled to kick-off at 4.30pm, although this time is subject to change based on police intelligence.
Confirmed games to be shown live on Sky Sports
Fri 3rd Feb: Wigan Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)
Sat 4th Feb: Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa (5.30pm)
Fri 10th Feb: Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham City (7.45pm)
Sat 11th Feb: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United (5.30pm)
Fri 24th Feb: Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading (7.45pm)
Sun 26th Feb: EFL Cup Final (4.30pm)
Confirmed subject to FA Cup commitments
Sky Sports and the EFL have made a joint commitment to ensure clubs and supporters are given at least five weeks’ notice ahead of any matches selected for live television coverage.
The following games have been selected for live coverage but are subject to the progress of the selected teams in the FA Cup.
A much-anticipated Yorkshire Derby will be played on Monday 6th February with promotion rivals Leeds United and Huddersfield Town going head-to-head at the John Smith’s Stadium if both teams are knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round (without a replay).
If either team is still involved in the FA Cup on Monday 9th January, the match will revert to Sunday 5th February at 12.30pm - its original date and kick-off time, and will not be shown live.
The final game subject to change is on Monday 20th February, with Aston Villa making the journey north to St James’ for an 8pm kick-off against Newcastle United. If either team is still involved in the FA Cup (at the 5th Round stage) then the match will revert to 3pm on Saturday 18th February - its original date and kick-off time, and will not be shown live.
The list of games selected for live coverage are as follows:
Mon 6th Feb: Huddersfield Town v Leeds United (7.45pm)
(Subject to FA Cup Round 3 results)
Mon 20th Feb: Newcastle United v Aston Villa (8pm)
(Subject to FA Cup Round 5 involvement)
Further selections for February are under discussion with the relevant authorities, including the police, and will be confirmed at a later date but within the five week window.
Remaining TV Selection Announcement Dates 2016/17 (Illustrative but subject to a five-week minimum notice commitment)
- Live TV match selections for the first week in March will be announced in mid-January
- From 1st February 2017 a five-week rolling selection commences for matches up to and including the penultimate weekend
- Live TV selections for the final day of the season will be made following the completion of the penultimate round of matches
The EFL has committed to publicly announcing any fixture changes within three working days in order to give EFL supporters as much time as is possible to allow for any alterations to travel plans that may be required.