Football League announce early matches to be shown live on Sky Sports

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Sheffield United entertain Notts County in the first of the live Sky games released by the Football League for the opening months of the season.

The Bramall Lane fixture on Friday, August 2, is one of six chosen to mark the 125th anniversary of the League's first season in 1888/1889.

The following day, Sky Sports' cameras will be at Turf Moor for Burnley against Bolton and 24 hours later the third of the special games sees Derby County entertain Blackburn Rovers at Pride Park.

The attention switches to the Capital One Cup over the next two days with Blackpool travelling to Preston on Monday, August 5 and Morecambe playing hosts to Wolverhampton Wanderers the following evening.

Later in the month relegated Wolves feature in live League One action for the first time when they take on Crawley at Molineux on Friday, August 23.

The following day sees Harry Redknapp's QPR continue their quest for an immediate return to top-flight action with a trip to Bolton and they take to the road again to face Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday, August 31.

Opening Sky Live fixtures:

Friday, August 2: Sheffield Utd v Notts Co - 1945

Saturday, August 3: Burnley v Bolton - 1215

Sunday, August 4: Derby v Blackburn - 1600

Monday, August 5: Preston v Blackpool - 1945

Saturday, August 10: Accrington v Portsmouth - 1215

Sunday, August 11: Leicester v Leeds - 1630

Saturday, August 17: Leeds v Sheff Wed - 1215

Friday, August 23: Wolves v Crawley - 1945

Saturday, August 24: Bolton v QPR - 1215

Saturday, August 31: Leeds v QPR - 1215

Monday, September 9: Preston v Oldham - 1945

Sunday, September 21: Charlton v Millwall - 1215

Saturday, September 28: Nottm Forest v Derby - 1215

Saturday, November 2: Watford v Leicester - 1215

Saturday, November 9: Reading v QPR - 1215

Saturday, November 23: Sheff Wed v Huddersfield - 1215

Saturday, November 30: Bournemouth v Brighton - 1215

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