Villa and Newcastle both see four fixtures moved for TV

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

Sky Sports have revealed their television football league fixtures for the opening two months of the season.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conferenceFans will get to see a lot of Villa Park and Roberto Di Matteo on Sky this season

Recently relegated Aston Villa and Newcastle United will see nearly half of their opening ten fixtures of the new season moved for television as they begin life in the Championship.

Sky Sports have today unveiled the fixtures they will be broadcasting from England’s hugely competitive second tier, and with two former big name Premier League sides set to compete in the Championship, the TV cameras are set to follow their every step.

Both Newcastle and Villa are coached by Champions League winning managers in Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo respectively, and with the two sides backed by their owners to return to the top flight at the first time of asking, they will certainly be big draws for television audiences.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceRafa Benitez will be in charge of Newcastle next season

The two sides themselves will meet on Saturday 24th September in what could be a huge promotion showdown, and Sky’s cameras will be there to see it all – pushing kick off back to 5:30pm.

Leeds United meanwhile have escaped the cameras by their own standards, with the former top flight champions set to be broadcast just twice in the opening two months of the new campaign.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoAnti-Sky, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

This will be music to Massimo Cellino’s ears, after he threatened to lock Sky out for their scheduled televised fixture against Derby in December of last year.

That game would have been their ninth to be shown on television, more than any other league side.

General view before the game - Villa ParkAston Villa play Newcastle on 24th September

Leeds ultimately relented after initially banning production staff, allowing the game to be broadcast.

Other big names in the Championship, including Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Brighton and Hove Albion have also, like Leeds, seen two fixtures moved to accommodate tv cameras, whilst Sheffield Wednesday have had three fixtures moved for their opening two months of the new campaign.

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