While the interest in Aston Villa’s fixtures may wane for Sky Sports TV, as Dean Smith’s men slip out of promotion contention, there is still a good chance Villa’s fixtures may see changes for television, especially when you consider they play two of the title contenders in their last two fixtures.
When it comes to the penultimate weekend of the season, the usual period of five weeks notice for fixture changes, shortens to three weeks ‘in order to ensure the most appropriate matches are picked for broadcast’, according to the EFL & Sky.
Fixtures have already been chosen up until March 30th, so only seven Villa games are now up for grabs.
Apart from Villa’s final two games, there’s not really much to excite Sky TV selectors. Villa’s away trip to Sheffield Wednesday on April the 6th, sees them face their ex-boss Steve Bruce, but it’s very much a deadwood fixture for the neutral.
The home clash against Bristol City, who are in the play-off mix, maybe an option though.
The next round of TV matches will be announced the end of this week, with the five-week notice period coming into play, with the deadline for choosing games between 6th April and 10 April, made by 1 March.
Remaining Aston Villa 2018/19 Fixture List
SKY – denotes Sky TV game
2: Derby County (h) 3pm
10: Birmingham City (a) 12noon SKY
12: Nottingham Forest (a) 7.45pm (SKY red button)
16: Middlesbrough (h) 3pm
30: Blackburn Rovers (h)3pm
6: Sheffield Wednesday (a) 3pm
10: Rotherham United (a) 7.45pm
13: Bristol City (h) 3pm
19: Bolton Wanderers (a) 3pm
22: Millwall (h) 1pm
27: Leeds United (a) 3pm
5: Norwich City (h) 12.30pm
(Sky Sports changes will be subject to a five-week minimum notice commitment)
SKY TV selection dates 2018/19
- Selections for 6 April and 10 April by 1 March
- Selections for 13 April by 8 March
- Selections for 19 April to 22 April by 15 March
- Selections for 27 April by 5 April