Sky Sports will show live coverage of Bournemouth v West Brom on Friday August 6th when the Sky Bet EFL season begins 2021/22.
Both teams are aiming for a quick return to the Premier League and the game will also mark the debut of two managers – Scott Parker at Bournemouth and Valerien Ismael at West Brom.
The Baggies were relegated from the first division last season, while Bournemouth was beaten in the play-off semi-finals by eventual winners Brentford.
Another new addition to the Sky Bet Championship, Sheffield United, will also begin its season live on Sky Sports as it will start on the night of Saturday the 7th.
United’s city rivals Sheffield Wednesday will take on promotion hunter Charlton Athletic at The Valley in Sky Bet League One in south London early evening on Saturday 7th August.
On Sunday August 8th, Fulham’s inaugural match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports as they watch Middlesbrough before Coventry City and Nottingham Forest begin their respective seasons later that afternoon.
Sheffield United will be back on TV the following weekend as they travel to defeated play-off finalists Swansea on the night of Saturday 14 August, while Wayne Rooney’s derby travels to Peterborough United earlier in the day.
The first games of the week bring us to a London derby at The Den hosted by Millwall and Fulham and Huddersfield’s game against Preston, both on Tuesday 17th August. A key game between West Brom and Sheffield United follows on Wednesday August 18th.
The following weekend will see Bristol City versus Swansea City on Friday August 20, before Barnsley’s visit to QPR will be shown live on Sky Sports on Saturday August 21.
On the last weekend of August, West Brom will travel to Peterborough on Friday August 27, before a massive Midlands derby between Derby County and Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday August 28.
At the beginning of August there will also be live soccer of the first round of the Carabao Cup on Sky Sports. Derby will host Salford City on Tuesday August 10th before Leyton Orient welcomes QPR on Wednesday August 11th.
Full length live games on Sky Sports
Friday 6th August – Bournemouth vs. West Brom, kick-off at 7.45pm
Saturday, August 7th – Charlton Athletic vs Sheffield Wednesday, kick-off at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 7th August – Sheffield United vs. Birmingham City, kick-off at 8 p.m.
Sunday 8 August – Fulham vs Middlesbrough, kick-off at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday 8 August – Coventry City vs. Nottingham Forest, kick-off at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 14 August – Peterborough United – Derby County, kick-off at 12.30 p.m.
Saturday, August 14th – Swansea City – Sheffield United, kick-off at 8pm
Tuesday 17th August – Millwall vs. Fulham, kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17 – Huddersfield Town vs. Preston, kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Wednesday August 18 – West Brom vs Sheffield United, kick-off at 8 p.m.
Friday 20 August – Bristol City vs. Swansea City, kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Saturday, August 21 – QPR vs Barnsley, kick-off at 12.30 p.m.
Friday, August 27 – Peterborough United vs. West Brom, kick-off at 7.45 p.m.
Saturday 28 August – Derby County vs. Nottingham Forest, kick-off at 12.30 p.m.
Carabao Cup Round One
Tuesday August 10th Derby County – Salford City 1945
Wednesday August 11th Leyton Orient versus Queens Park Rangers 1945
Key dates for the 2021/22 season
The 2021/22 Premier League starts on Friday, August 13th – 33 days after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.
The season ends on May 22, 2022 with all 10 games starting at the same time.
The 2021/22 EFL season starts on Friday, August 6th.
Next season’s League One campaign ends on the weekend of April 30, 2022, League Two and the championship on May 7 and 8, respectively.
The League One play-off final will be played on Saturday, May 21, the League Two play-off final on Saturday, May 28, and the championship play-off final on Sunday, May 29. May.