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Festive fixtures moved

Boxing Day visit from Aston Villa to be shown live on Sky Sports

3 November 2017

Brentford's Boxing Day clash against Aston Villa will now kick-off at 7.30pm on Tuesday 26 December, and be shown live on Sky Sports. Additionally, our trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers has been pushed back a day and will now kick-off at 7.45pm on Tuesday 2 January, due to Wolves' TV game at Bristol City on 30 December.

The game at home to Aston Villa will be one of ten televised Sky Bet Championship games shown over December and January. League leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers will kick off the run of televised Christmas matches when they travel to Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough on Friday 15 December at 7.45pm. Cardiff City will host Hull City in the 5.30pm kick off on Saturday 16 December.

Christmas weekend promises to be a cracker with Aston Villa welcoming Sheffield United to Villa Park on Saturday 23 December in a 5.30pm kick off.  Then on Boxing Day Burton Albion face Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds United side who currently sit in sixth position at 3.00pm before Brentford finish the festivities off by hosting Steve Bruce’s Villa at 7.30pm.

Two of the top four clash at Ashton Gate to round off the calendar year with Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers facing off in a 5.30pm kick off on Saturday 30 December, whilst Friday Night Football returns to Cardiff City 24 hours earlier as they welcome Preston North End on 29 December at 7.45pm.

Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, make the first appearance of 2018 in front of the Sky cameras when they meet at Elland Road on Monday 1 January at 3.00pm.

Later in the month Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United continue their quest for back-to-back promotions after a positive start sees them lying in third position, with their Steel City derby clash with Sheffield Wednesday broadcast live to Sky Sports viewers at 7.45pm on Friday 12 January. Then 24 hours later Villa will travel to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground for a Saturday evening 5.30pm meeting.

The list of games selected for live coverage are as follows:

Friday 15 December Sheffield Wednesday v Wolverhampton Wanderers 7.45pm              

Saturday 16 December Cardiff City v Hull City 5.30pm

Saturday 23 December Aston Villa v Sheffield United 5.30pm

Tuesday 26 December Burton Albion v Leeds United 3.00pm

                                      Brentford v Aston Villa 7.30pm

Friday 29 December Cardiff City v Preston North End 7.45pm

Saturday 30 December Bristol City v Wolverhampton Wanderers 5.30pm

Monday 1 January Leeds United v Nottingham Forest 3.00pm

Friday 12 January Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday 7.45pm

Saturday 13 January Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa 5.30pm 

Throughout the course of the 2017/18 season, Sky Sports will exclusively show 127 live matches from the Sky Bet EFL season - including the Play-Offs - as well as 15 matches from the Carabao Cup and at least three from the Checkatrade Trophy.


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