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Frank Lampard’s Derby County kick off Sky Sports’ live Sky Bet EFL coverage

9:22 am, 21st June 2018

The former Chelsea and England midfielder will begin his tenure at the club on Friday August 3 when he travels to Reading for the opening game of the Sky Bet Championship campaign (8pm).

He will come up against his former coach and ex-Derby manager Paul Clement, who will also begin his first full season at Reading after taking over from Jaap Stam in March.

Sky Sports will show two live EFL matches on Saturday August 4 with Sunderland welcoming Charlton Athletic to the Stadium of Light for a 12.30pm kick-off in League One, before relegated Swansea City start their Championship campaign at Sheffield United, live on Sky Sports Football from 5.15pm.

Fellow Sky Bet Championship new boys Stoke City will also be in action live on Sky Sports on Sunday August 5 when they travel to Leeds United, who have Marcelo Bielsa in charge for the first time (4.30pm).

On Monday August 6, Aston Villa look to overcome their play-off final heartbreak when they travel to Hull City (7.45pm) before Sky Sports shows West Brom’s trip to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday August 7.

In addition to the opening Sky Bet EFL matches, the following ties from the Carabao Cup Round One draw have also been selected for broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Tuesday August 14: Yeovil Town v Aston Villa 7.45pm
Thursday August 16: Sunderland v Sheffield Wednesday 7.45pm

Throughout the course of the 2018/19 season, Sky Sports will exclusively show 127 live matches from the Sky Bet EFL season – including the Play-Offs – as well as 15 matches from the Carabao Cup and at least three from the Checkatrade Trophy.

Get Sky Sports’ dedicated football channels for over 500 live games next season including exclusively live coverage of the Sky Bet EFL in 2018/19 including all the drama of the Sky Bet Play-Offs. Find out more.