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Sky Sports will kick off its biggest ever season of Sky Bet Football League with three live matches across the opening weekend, beginning with Brighton and Hove Albion’s home match against Nottingham Forest on Friday 7 August.

Sky Sports will show 19 of the Sky Bet Championship clubs by the start of October, and as part of the initial selection of 16 matches to be shown live, there are also matches from League One and League Two.

Thanks to the start of the new broadcasting partnership between Sky and the Football League, viewers can enjoy more matches than ever before; 127 live fixtures including the playoff matches and three finals from Wembley, kicking off with matches from Brighton, Leeds and Preston as the football season returns.

Sky Sports Head of Football Gary Hughes said: “Last season’s Championship was one of the most exciting in recent memory and what you can guarantee with the Football League is competitive games from the opening weekend to the final day of the playoffs.

“With more games than ever on Sky Sports we’ll be able to show more of that story, and cover more clubs up and down the country that the fans are so passionate about.”

From August Sky Sports will be the only place to see the big kick-off with SPFL champions Celtic starting at home against Ross County on Saturday 1 August, and then the Premier League will get underway a week later.

As the domestic leagues shape up in August and September, viewers will also be able to follow the climax to UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying with all the home nation sides in contention for a place in France next summer.

Any sides that finish in the top two of their UEFA qualifying groups will be heading to France, while third place teams could also make it via a playoff in November.

Sky Sports’ coverage of the Football League will include the analysis and expert views of Don Goodman, Peter Beagrie and Andy Hinchcliffe, and hosted by Simon Thomas.

Sky Sports live Football League fixtures:

August

Brighton and Hove Albion v Nottingham Forest Fri 7 Aug 7.45pm
Leeds United v Burnley Sat 8 Aug 12.30pm
Preston North End v Middlesbrough Sun 9 Aug 12noon
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Hull City Sun 16 Aug 12noon
Birmingham City v Derby County Fri 21 Aug 7.45pm
Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday Sat 22 Aug 12.30pm
Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers Fri 28 Aug 7.45pm
Derby County v Leeds United Sat 29 Aug 12.05pm

September

Southend United v Peterborough United Sat 5 Sep 12.05pm
Bristol Rovers v Oxford United Sun 6 Sep 12.15pm
Burton Albion v Coventry City Sun 6 Sep 2.30pm
Reading v Ipswich Town Fri 11 Sep 8pm
Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough Sat 19 Sep 12.30pm
Fulham v Queen’s Park Rangers Fri 25 Sep 7.45pm

October

Rotherham United v Burnley Fri 2 Oct 7.45pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town Sat 3 Oct 12.30pm

*Please note additional fixtures may be added during this time for live televised coverage