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EFL confirm four more matches to be shown on TV in September

EFL confirm four more matches to be shown on TV in September with the opening weekend selections made following Fixture Release Day.

There are now a total of seven league games across the English Football League for the opening month of the 2020/21 season.

League One champions Coventry City host Queens Park Rangers in the Friday night football offering on the 18 September, before Nottingham Forest entertain Cardiff City the next day in a 12:30pm kick-off.

The following weekend sees a clash between two sides to come down from the Premier League last season, as AFC Bournemouth welcome Norwich City to the Vitality Stadium on Friday 25 September.

To round off the latest selections, League One Play-Off Final winners Wycombe Wanderers will play host to Swansea City at Adams Park in a 12:30pm start.

Sky Sports Selections

Friday 11 September – Watford v Middlesbrough, 19:45
Saturday 12 September – Birmingham City v Brentford, 12:30
Sunday 13 September – Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic, 12:00
Friday 18 September – Coventry City v Queens Park Rangers, 19:45
Saturday 19 September – Nottingham Forest v Cardiff City, 12:30
Friday 25 September – AFC Bournemouth v Norwich City, 19:45
Saturday 26 September  – Wycombe Wanderers v Swansea City, 12:30

Sky Sports and the EFL are set to ensure supporters don’t miss any of the EFL action when the season returns next month after agreeing a new flexible framework that will ensure league matches are either available for broadcast or streaming whilst access to matches is restricted.

The broadcaster will show 130 live EFL league matches throughout season 2020/21, kicking-off with the Championship fixture between Watford and Middlesbrough on Friday 11 September 2020 before another two fixtures are televised throughout the opening weekend.

And whilst the doors remain shut to fans, or with limited spectators allowed through the turnstiles, an arrangement exists whereby all matches that are NOT LIVE on Sky Sports will be available to stream by Clubs on iFollow (or Club equivalent service), for a match pass price of £10.

In addition, Season Ticket holders will, under the newly agreed framework, be provided access to all HOME GAMES, subject to the agreement of the Club where the supporter holds a season ticket. In the Championship access to AWAY MIDWEEK matches will also be available as part of the season ticket package if Clubs choose to offer it.

The match by match streaming and season ticket offer is a TEMPORARY measure that has only been put in place whilst Clubs operate at a zero or reduced capacity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be subject to regular review with the first set for early October. Subject to Clubs choosing to provide access to Season Ticket holders this is only available if supporters purchase their 2020/21 ticket by October 4.

EFL Chief Executive David Baldwin said: “There is no argument that attending live matches is what the League, its Clubs and fans want to see and, clearly, the overriding objective is to get supporters back into stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, this framework allows our Clubs, if they so wish, to reward their most loyal supporters by providing what we hope is only short-term access to watch their matches.

“It’s important that whilst the doors remain fully, or part shut, we ensure there is the ability for fans of all EFL Clubs to be able to gain access and watch their team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sky Sports for their support in this matter. Collectively, it’s not our preferred situation but given the circumstances COVID has presented us it gives us a temporary option whilst we finalise our plans for fans returning.”

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