Football fans are to be given an early Christmas present this year as Sky Sports will show 10 live matches from the Sky Bet Football League in 10 consecutive days this December, in what is a first for The Football League.
Starting with Nottingham Forest’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday 11th December, Sky Sports’ ‘10 in 10’ kicks off a festive fixture programme that will see 180 Sky Bet Football League matches played during the three weeks around Christmas and New Year.
As part of ‘10 in 10’, viewers can also look forward to seeing if Brighton & Hove Albion can retain their status as the only unbeaten team in the top four divisions as they travel to play in front of the cameras at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday 15th December and then host rivals Middlesbrough four days later. A further eight Sky Bet Championship sides feature as part of ’10 in 10’, as well as two League 1 clashes which see Sheffield United host Coventry City, and Walsall take on Port Vale.
Sky Sports’ dedicated series of live matches from the Sky Bet Football League signals the start of the festive action and will be followed by full fixture programmes on Boxing Day, the Bank Holiday on 28th December and the first fixtures of 2016 on 2nd January. Traditionally one of the most popular times of year for going to watch football, a combined total of over 1 million fans will attend Football League club grounds for these fixtures alone.
The full list of matches to be shown live for 10 in 10 are:
Fri 11 Dec Wolverhampton W v Nottingham Forest 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1 & 5
Sat 12 Dec Milton Keynes Dons v Ipswich Town 12.30pm, Sky Sports 1
Sun 13 Dec Sheffield United v Coventry City 12.00pm, Sky Sports 2
Mon 14 Dec Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest 7.45pm, Sky Sports 2
Tue 15 Dec Queens Park Rangers v Brighton & HA 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1 & 5
Wed 16 Dec Hull City v Reading 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1 & 5
Thu 17 Dec Wolverhampton W v Leeds United 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1
Fri 18 Dec Birmingham City v Cardiff City 7.45pm, Sky Sports 1
Sat 19 Dec Brighton & Hove Albion v Middlesbrough 12.30pm, Sky Sports 1
Sun 20 Dec Walsall v Port Vale 12.00pm, Sky Sports 2
Speaking about Football League 10 in 10, Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League said: “The festive period has always been a special time for football fans, and with 10 matches in 10 days live on Sky Sports to start it all off, this season promises to be better than ever.
“The live games will showcase the drama of and excitement of the Sky Bet Football League, and we’d encourage everyone to come and join the fun as big crowds gather at grounds across the country over Christmas and the New Year”
Sky Sports Football League expert Ian Holloway, who will be a studio guest for all 10 matches, added: “Christmas has come early! It’s been a brilliant start to the season and what better way to celebrate the festive season than by showing ten matches in ten days from the most exciting League in football. I’m delighted that fans will get the chance to enjoy nearly two weeks of non-stop Football League action exclusively live on Sky Sports.”
Sky Sports News HQ will provide daily reports from around the grounds and cities throughout 10 in 10, and viewers can enjoy analysis from our team of experts including Don Goodman, Andy Hinchcliffe and David Prutton both online and across social media. Sky Sports viewers will be able to watch all the goals from the days’ matches as usual on Saturday evenings on Sky Sports News HQ, and highlights of every match in 10 in 10 will be available on skysports.com.
Football League 10 in 10 is part of Sky Sports’ biggest ever Football League season which includes live coverage of 127 live fixtures from the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet Leagues 1 and 2, including the Sky Play-Off Semi-Finals and all three Finals from Wembley.
Fans can watch the action from ’10 in 10’ live wherever they are on mobile, laptop and selected tablets via Sky Go. Non-subscribers of Sky Sports can also catch the action without a contract though online TV streaming service NOW TV. With a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, viewers can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels on TV with a NOW TV Box, on the web or via a range of devices.