‘Five of Villa’s first 10 fixtures will be broadcast on Sky’

Two More

The September Sky TV fixtures have been announced and Aston Villa will feature twice, with both Villa’s trip to Barnsley on the 16th September and the following week’s home clash against Nottingham Forest on the 23rd, being selected.

Both games will now be pushed backed to 17.30 kick-off times.

This now means that five of Villa’s first 10 fixtures will be broadcast on Sky.

iFollow Subscription Value

This pick-up rate already indicates that oversea’s viewers might not have got great value with the EPL’s iFollower annual subscription, if the club had taken it up. Instead, they’ll be able to pay for the club’s own streaming on a match-by-match basis (details and price are yet to be announced).

Next Round

Clubs had to be notified of selections for September by 14th July to be in line with the five-week notice period to fans they have committed to (see below). For the TV games that will screen between 7th October to 11th November, the deadline is 25th August, so expect a further announcement in the final week of August.

Full Amended Aston Villa Fixture list

AUGUST

5: Hull City (h) – 17:30 TV

9: Colchester (a) – 19.45 TV

12: Cardiff City (a) – 15:00

15: Reading (a) – 20:00

19: Norwich City (h) – 15:00

25: Bristol City (a) – 19:45 TV

SEPTEMBER

09: Brentford (h) – 15:00

12: Middlesbrough (h) – 19:45

16: Barnsley (a) – 17:30 TV

23: Nottingham Forest (h) – 17:30 TV

26: Burton Albion (a) – 19:45

30: Bolton Wanderers (h) – 15:00

OCTOBER

14: Wolverhampton (a) – 15:00

21: Fulham (h) – 15:00

29: Birmingham City (a) – 12:00 *

31: Preston North End (a) – 19:45

NOVEMBER

4: Sheffield Wednesday (h) – 15:00

18: Queens Park Rangers (a) – 15:00

21: Sunderland (h) – 19:45

25: Ipswich Town (h) – 15:00

DECEMBER

2: Leeds United (a) – 15:00

9: Millwall (h) – 15:00

16: Derby County (a) – 15:00

23: Sheffield United (h) – 15:00

26: Brentford (a) – 14:00 *

30: Middlesbrough (a) – 15:00

JANUARY

1: Bristol City (h) – 15:00

13: Nottingham Forest (a) – 15:00

20: Barnsley (h) – 15:00

27: Sheffield United (a) – 15:00

FEBRUARY

3: Burton Albion (h) – 15:00

11: Birmingham City (h) – 12:00 *

17: Fulham (a) – 15:00

20: Preston North End (h) – 19:45

24: Sheffield Wednesday (a) – 15:00

MARCH

3: Queens Park Rangers (h) – 15:00

6: Sunderland (a) – 19:45

10: Wolverhampton (h) – 15:00

17: Bolton Wanderers (a) – 15:00

30: Hull City (a) – 15:00

APRIL

2: Reading (h) – 15:00

7: Norwich City (a) – 15:00

10: Cardiff City (h) – 19:45

14: Leeds United (h) – 15:00

21: Ipswich Town (a) – 15:00

28: Derby County (h) – 15:00

MAY

6: Millwall (a)

*All fixtures subject to change

Five Week Notice

In case you weren’t aware, 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 matches being selected for live television coverage.

Whether that is enough time for supporters is an on-going debate.

As part of the agreement, the EFL publicly announces 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.

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