The race for promotion intensifies during the months of February and March in both the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet League One, with nine EFL fixtures set to be screened exclusively on Sky Sports.
Norwich City welcome local rivals Ipswich Town to Carrow Road to kick off the live coverage on Sunday 18 February in what promises to be a hotly contested East Anglian derby.
A battle of promotion candidates takes place at Elland Road later in the day, with Leeds United hosting Lee Johnson’s Bristol City in a 4.30pm start, whilst Bury travel to Blackburn Rovers in Sky Bet League One action on the Monday night.
Leeds will then travel to Gary Rowett’s high-flying Derby County side for the midweek fixture on Wednesday 21 February, whilst there is a double dose of action set for Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February as Hull City face Sheffield United before Fulham welcome current Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough host Leeds the following Friday 2 March in a 7.45pm kick off, with Wolves looking to continue their formidable form against Reading the next day. Both Leeds and Wolves feature again on Wednesday 7 March in the midweek offering at Elland Road to round off the latest selection of EFL coverage.
The list of games selected for live coverage are as follows:
Sunday 18 February Norwich City v Ipswich Town 12.00pm
Leeds United v Bristol City 4.30pm
Monday 19 February Blackburn Rovers v Bury 7.45pm
Wednesday 21 February Derby County v Leeds United 7.45pm
Friday 23 February Hull City v Sheffield United 7.45pm
Saturday 24 February Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers 5.30pm
Friday 2 March Middlesbrough v Leeds United 7.45pm
Saturday 3 March Wolverhampton Wanderers v Reading 5.30pm
Wednesday 7 March Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers 7.45pm
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.
As with 2016/17, the EFL and broadcast partner Sky Sports have again committed to give Clubs and supporters at least five weeks’ notice ahead of any EFL League matches being selected for live television coverage.
As part of the agreement, the EFL will publicly announce any fixture changes within three working days of their selection (following Club consideration) in order to give EFL supporters as much time as is possible to allow for any alterations to travel plans that may be required.
If both the EFL and Sky Sports are unable to meet this timeframe then the clubs involved have the ability to choose not to be broadcast live on television. However, if both Clubs mutually agree to the rescheduling of the fixture within this five-week period then the game will be televised on the new date.
TV SELECTION DATES 2017/18
(Illustrative but subject to a five-week minimum notice commitment)
• Clubs notified of selections for 10 March to 31 March by 19 January
• From 23 February, a minimum five-week rolling selection commences for matches up to and including the penultimate weekend;
• Clubs notified of selections for the final day made following the completion of the penultimate round of matches.
NB: 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.