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Updated: Wednesday 21 June 2017

Sky Sports announce first week of fixtures for 2017-18 EFL season

Sky Sports today announced its opening round of English Football League fixtures for the starts of the 2017-18 season.

Relegated Premier League side, Sunderland, will host Derby at the Stadium of Light on Friday 4 August in the first of 127 games that Sky will show from the EFL this season- including the play-offs – as well as 15 matches from the Carabao Cup.

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

On Wednesday 9 August, the newly named Carabao Cup begins on Sky with Colchester entertaining Aston Villa, while on Thursday (10th), Bury take on Sunderland.

Friday 4th August 2017 – Championship
Sunderland v Derby County – 7.45pm

Saturday 5th August – Championship
Aston Villa v Hull City – 5.30pm

Sunday 6th August – Championship
Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United – 4.30pm

Wednesday 9th August – Carabao Cup
Colchester United v Aston Villa – 7.45pm

Thursday 10th August – Carabao Cup
Bury v Sunderland – 7.45pm