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Fixtures – Risk of Change

Colour Coded Fixture List 2019-20

There’s nothing more infuriating than booking train tickets for an away match, or making arrangements around a home fixture, only to find that the game has suddenly moved, usually to accommodate live TV. This seems to have been a bigger challenge this season with several matches moved for TV already.

We have also had a game moved because of an unusual clash with a Chelsea fixture and later in the season matches run the risk of being moved to accommodate either Fulham or opposition Cup fixtures.

Sky match selection guidelines

Information about the announcement dates and process for selecting TV fixtures is available on the EFL web site. There are a number of points to note from this page

  • illustrative dates for the announcement of batches of TV matches
  • five week minimum notice commitment allowing matches to move even after the illustrative date
  • rolling four week notice period in operation for matches from 7th March onwards
  • three week notice period for the penultimate weekend of the season
  • final day notification after penultimate games, but all matches kick off together.

Sky don’t always stick to the illustrative dates and often don’t announce all of the matches in a batch at the same time, so good indicators of whether a fixture is still at risk of being moved are the minimum notice commitment and whether the obvious TV slots for the weekend in question have been filled (by EFL, Premier League, Scottish or Northern Irish matches).

Championship TV slots

The TV slots used for Championship weekend fixtures tend to be

  • Friday evening : 19:45 or 20:00
  • Saturday lunchtime : 12:00 or 12:30
  • Sunday lunchtime : 12:00 or 12:30
  • Monday evening : 19:45 or 20:00

The current list of matches selected by Sky is available here.

Colour coding the fixture list

This is quite a lot to digest, so we have put together a simplified fixture list below based on an assessment of all of the factors above. We classify fixtures as follows

  • green – game should no longer be at risk of change *
  • amber – be careful, game date could still be changed
  • red – game date has changed
  • grey – game completed.

The fixture also list explains the reason for the colour code of each match.

We will update this fixture list throughout the season and have also included useful information identifying international breaks and Cup weekends which could impact our fixtures even if we are out of the Cup.

* Please also do your own research, especially if you are committing to an expensive train fare, and let us know if you have any further insights.

Recent updates

Last colour update made Friday 6th December 2019

Middlesbrough (Home, 18 Jan 2020) red as moved to Friday 17 Jan 2020 for Sky TV

Aston Villa (Home, 4 Jan 2020, FA Cup 3) amber as TV picks not yet announced and Chelsea, QPR, Brentford all drawn at home.

Hull (Away, 11 Jan 2020) now green as final TV slot taken by Cliftonville v Linfield. Game now on sale.

Opponent Where Scheduled Revised Comment
Barnsley Away Sat 3 Aug 2019 3:00 pm
Blackburn Rovers Home Sat 10 Aug 2019 3:00 pm
Huddersfield Town Away Sat 17 Aug 2019 3:00 pm Fri 16 Aug 2019 7:45 pm TV - Sky
Millwall Home Wed 21 Aug 2019 7:45 pm
Nottingham Forest Home Sat 24 Aug 2019 3:00 pm
Southampton (LC2) Home Tue 27 Aug 2019 7:45 pm
Cardiff City Away Sat 31 Aug 2019 3:00 pm Fri 30 Aug 2019 7:45 pm TV - Sky
West Brom Home Sat 14 Sep 2019 3:00 pm Sat 14 Sep 2019 12:30 pm TV - Sky
Sheffield Wednesday Away Sat 21 Sep 2019 3:00 pm
Wigan Athletic Home Sat 28 Sep 2019 3:00 pm Fri 27 Sep 2019 7:45 pm Fixture Clash with Chelsea
Reading Away Tue 1 Oct 2019 8:00 pm
Charlton Athletic Home Sat 5 Oct 2019 3:00 pm Sat 5 Oct 2019 12:30 pm TV - Sky
Stoke City Away Sat 19 Oct 2019 3:00 pm
Luton Town Home Wed 23 Oct 2019 7:45 pm
Middlesbrough Away Sat 26 Oct 2019 3:00 pm
Hull City Home Sat 2 Nov 2019 3:00 pm
Birmingham City Away Sat 9 Nov 2019 3:00 pm
QPR Home Sat 23 Nov 2019 3:00 pm Fri 22 Nov 2019 7:45 pm TV - Sky
Derby County Home Tue 26 Nov 2019 7:45 pm
Swansea City Away Sat 30 Nov 2019 3:00 pm Fri 29 Nov 2019 7:45 pm TV - Sky
Bristol City Home Sat 7 Dec 2019 3:00 pm Within 5 weeks. On sale.
Preston North End Away Tue 10 Dec 2019 7:45 pm TV - Sky (not moved)
Brentford Away Sat 14 Dec 2019 3:00 pm Within 5 weeks. On sale.
Leeds United Home Sat 21 Dec 2019 3:00 pm Within 5 weeks. On sale.
Luton Town Away Thu 26 Dec 2019 3:00 pm Within 5 weeks. On sale.
Stoke City Home Sun 29 Dec 2019 3:00 pm Within 5 weeks. On sale.
Reading Home Wed 1 Jan 2020 3:00 pm Within 5 weeks. On sale.
Aston Villa (FA Cup 3) Home Sat 4 Jan 2020 3:01 pm Awaiting TV picks. QPR, Chelsea also at home.
Hull City Away Sat 11 Jan 2020 3:00 pm Within 5 weeks. On sale.
Middlesbrough Home Sat 18 Jan 2020 3:00 pm Fri 17 Jan 2020 7:45 pm TV - Sky
Charlton Athletic / FA CUP 4 Away Sat 25 Jan 2020 3:00 pm FA Cup dependent.
FA CUP 4 Sat 25 Jan 2020 Draw 6 Jan
Huddersfield Town Home Sat 1 Feb 2020 3:00 pm Outside 5 weeks. TV slots available.
Blackburn Rovers Away Sat 8 Feb 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 3 Jan
Millwall Away Wed 12 Feb 2020 7:45 pm Announcement due 3 Jan
Barnsley Home Sat 15 Feb 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 3 Jan
Derby County Away Sat 22 Feb 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 3 Jan
Swansea City Home Tue 25 Feb 2020 7:45 pm Announcement due 3 Jan
Preston North End Home Sat 29 Feb 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 3 Jan
FA CUP 5 Wed 4 Mar 2020 Draw 27 Jan
Bristol City Away Sat 7 Mar 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 7 Feb
Brentford Home Sat 14 Mar 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 14 Feb
Leeds United Away Wed 18 Mar 2020 7:45 pm Announcement due 14 Feb
QPR / FA CUP QF Away Sat 21 Mar 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 21 Feb
FA CUP QF Sat 21 Mar 2020 Draw 4 Mar
INTERNATIONAL BREAK Sat 28 Mar 2020 Mar 23 - Mar 31
Birmingham City Home Sat 4 Apr 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 6 Mar
Nottingham Forest Away Fri 10 Apr 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 13 Mar
Cardiff City Home Tue 14 Apr 2020 7:45 pm Announcement due 13 Mar
West Brom / FA CUP SF Away Sat 18 Apr 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 20 Mar
FA CUP SF Sat 18 Apr 2020 Draw 22 Mar
Sheffield Wednesday Home Sat 25 Apr 2020 3:00 pm Announcement due 3 Apr
Wigan Athletic Away Sat 2 May 2020 12:30 pm All games at same time
PLAY OFF SF 1ST LEG w/c: 4 May 2020 Approx - based on 2019
PLAY OFF SF 2ND LEG w/c: 11 May 2020 Approx - based on 2019
FA CUP FINAL Sat 23 May 2020
PLAY OFF FINAL Mon 25 May 2020
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