An action-packed New Year TV schedule has been announced, with 10 Sky Bet EFL matches being picked to appear live on Sky Sports in the opening weeks of 2017.The latest round of matches, which will follow on from the festive 10 in 10 series, kicks off with a Thursday night game at the Madejski Stadium where Reading host QPR on 12th January. That match will kick-start a run of four games in five days, with important fixtures at Elland Road, Molineux and Griffin Park following in quick succession.
Brighton have a Friday night encounter with promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday on 20th January. It’s then a derby double-header on Saturday 21st January as QPR host London neighbours Fulham at Loftus Road in a lunchtime kick-off before Leeds make the short trip to Oakwell to take on Yorkshire rivals Barnsley at 5.30pm.
Finally for this round of TV fixtures, it’s three midweek games in succession as Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa travel to Brentford on Tuesday 31st January ahead of QPR making the trip north to Newcastle on Wednesday 1st February. The midweek action is then wrapped up with another Thursday night tie, this time with early-season table-toppers Huddersfield hosting 2016 Play-Off semi-finalists Brighton.
This announcement is being made as part of an ongoing commitment between the EFL and Sky Sports to ensure clubs and their fans are given at least five weeks’ notice ahead of any matches selected for live television coverage.
The list of games selected for live coverage are as follows:
Thurs 12th Jan: Reading v QPR (8pm)
Fri 13th Jan: Leeds v Derby (7.45pm)
Sat 14th Jan: Wolves v Aston Villa (5.30pm)
Mon 16th Jan: Brentford v Newcastle (7.45pm) *subject to FA Cup replays
Fri 20th Jan: Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)
Sat 21st Jan: QPR v Fulham (12.30pm)
Sat 21st Jan: Barnsley v Leeds (5.30pm)
Tue 31st Jan: Brentford v Aston Villa (7.45pm)
Wed 1st Feb: Newcastle v QPR (7.45pm)
Thurs 2nd Feb: Huddersfield v Brighton (7.45pm)
TV Games: Click here to see the list of confirmed EFL matches to be shown on Sky Sports
Remaining TV Selection Announcement Dates 2016/17 (dates are Illustrative but subject to a five-week minimum notice commitment)
February games – announced early December
March games (first week) – announced mid-January
March (remainder) / April / May games – announced on a five week rolling basis from start of February
Final day matches – following completion of penultimate games
NB: The EFL has committed to confirming and publicly announcing any fixture changes for television selections 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.