Sky Sports has added nine live games to its English Football League (EFL) schedule for August and September. The broadcaster will show 12 league games and two Carabao Cup matches exclusively live in the first five weeks of play, visiting 11 different stadiums and involving 19 teams.
The first match takes place on Friday 4th August, and sees Sunderland host Derby County.
Other highlights from the first few weeks include Middlesborough facing Sheffield United (12th August), Burton Albion taking on Birmingham City (18th August), Bristol City vs Aston Villa (25th August), Derby County vs Hull (8th September), and Sheffield Wednesday vs Nottingham Forest (9th September).
In all, Sky will show 127 exclusively live matches from the 2017-18 Sky Bet EFL season, and 15 games from the Carabao Cup (formerly known as the EFL Cup).
"There are big names and big clubs right across the ELF and Sky Sports will tell the whole story this season," said Gary Hughes, head of football at Sky Sports. "The first six weeks of the season are impossible to predict, so expect dramatic matches and great moments that will set the tone."
Sky is rumoured to be rebranding its Sports channels and changing its subscription model in a bid to lower prices. It's thought this is to compete with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, which cost a lot less per month.