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Nine more Sky Bet Championship fixtures added in December and January

Last Updated: 08/11/18 1:48pm

Sky Sports has announced its latest selection of live Sky Bet EFL fixtures, with promotion hopefuls and local rivals going head to head over Christmas and the New Year.

Nine further Sky Bet Championship fixtures have been added to the schedule for December and the start of January as part of a bumper festive offering following Sky Sports' latest Premier League picks.

Latest confirmed games - December

Fri 14 Sheff Utd vs West Brom 7.45pm
Sat 15 Bristol City vs Norwich 5.30pm
Mon 17 Derby vs N Forest 7.45pm
Sat 22 Hull vs Swansea 5.30pm
Sun 23 Aston Villa vs Leeds 1.30pm
Wed 26 Sheff Utd vs Derby 3pm
Tom Lawrence's Derby and Jack Colback's Forest clash in front of the Sky cameras in December

Tom Lawrence's Derby and Jack Colback's Forest clash in front of the Sky cameras in December

Live action in the run-up to Christmas includes an East Midlands showdown between rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest on Monday, December 17, rounding off a weekend that also sees West Brom travel to Sheffield United and high-flying Norwich visit Bristol City.

Heavyweights Aston Villa and Leeds meet at Villa Park on Sunday, December 23, while the Sky cameras return to Bramall Lane on Boxing Day as Chris Wilder's Blades look to avenge their Pride Park defeat to Derby.

Latest confirmed games - January

Tue 1 N Forest vs Leeds 3pm
Fri 11 Leeds vs Derby 7.45pm
Sat 12 Millwall vs Blackburn 5.30pm
Kemar Roofe and his Leeds team-mates face trips to Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest during the festive period

Kemar Roofe and his Leeds team-mates face trips to Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest during the festive period

2019 kicks off with a cracker at the City Ground as Nottingham Forest take on Leeds, with Marcelo Bielsa facing Frank Lampard the weekend after as Derby travel to Elland Road.

Swansea's trip to Hull and Blackburn's meeting with Millwall are also on the schedule as the competition at both ends of the table hots up.

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November

Fri 9: Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm)

Sat 10: West Brom vs Leeds (5.30pm)

Sat 17: Fleetwood vs Walsall (midday)

Fri 23: Ipswich vs West Brom (7.45pm)

Sat 24: Rotherham vs Sheffield United (12.30pm)

Sat 24: Brentford vs Middlesbrough (5.30pm)

Sun 25: Aston Villa vs Birmingham City (midday)

Tue 27: Leeds vs Reading (7.45pm)

Wed 28: Stoke vs Derby (8pm)

Billy Sharp faces former club Leeds at the start of December, with Sheffield United hosting West Brom and Derby later in the month

Billy Sharp faces former club Leeds at the start of December, with Sheffield United hosting West Brom and Derby later in the month

December

Sat 1: Sheffield United vs Leeds (12.30pm)

Sat 1: Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa (5.30pm)

Mon 3: West Brom vs Brentford (8pm)

Fri 7: West Brom vs Aston Villa (8pm)

Sat 8: Reading vs Sheffield United (5.30pm)

Fri 14: Sheffield United vs West Brom (7.45pm)

Sat 15: Bristol City vs Norwich City (5.30pm)

Mon 17: Derby County vs Nottingham Forest (7.45pm)

Sat 22: Hull City vs Swansea City (5.30pm)

Sun 23: Aston Villa vs Leeds (1.30pm)

Wed 26: Sheffield United vs Derby County (3pm)

Bradley Dack's Blackburn head to The Den in January

Bradley Dack's Blackburn head to The Den in January

January

Tue 1: Nottingham Forest vs Leeds (3pm)

Fri 11: Leeds vs Derby County (7.45pm)

Sat 12: Millwall vs Blackburn Rovers (5.30pm)

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Callum Wilson & Wayne Rooney called up by England for USA game

Rooney deserves best possible send off - Southgate

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has received his first senior international call-up for England's games against the United States and Croatia.

Former England captain and record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has been included for the US friendly only.

Everton centre-back Michael Keane is recalled to the squad for the first time in a year.

England play USA on Thursday, 15 November before hosting Croatia in the Nations League the following Sunday.

Midfielders Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard return after missing the last round of internationals through injury, with Mason Mount and James Maddison dropping out of the squad.

Winger Jadon Sancho, 18, retains his place, while uncapped trio - Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk, Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy - have been called-up again.

Rooney, 33, will win his 120th and final England cap as he comes out of international retirement for the game against the US at Wembley which will raise money for the Wayne Rooney Foundation.

Callum Wilson has scored six goals in the Premier League this season

The DC United forward, who has scored 53 international goals and made his last international appearance in a 3-0 victory over Scotland in November 2016, will be used as a second-half substitute.

England boss Gareth Southgate said discussions about paying tribute to Rooney started 12 months ago and the player declined the opportunity to be honoured before the World Cup.

"I am still able to look to the future with the squad we've picked, but we've talked a lot about the history of the shirt," he said. "I think all the players respect Wayne's contribution and that he deserves the best possible send-off."

Former England Under-21s striker Wilson has been rewarded for his form this season, scoring six Premier League goals.

"He's a threat in terms of running in behind defences," said Southgate. He's been involved with either scoring or assists, with a high number of goals this season, so it's a good opportunity for us to have a look at him and see how he fits into what we do, and for him to get a feel of working with the senior team."

Rooney played for Everton and Manchester United in the Premier League

Is Rooney's return devaluing England caps?

England's record appearance-maker is former keeper Peter Shilton, with 125 appearances for his country.

He said caps should not be "given out like gifts" and that he was "surprised" Southgate had allowed Rooney's inclusion.

"The value of caps is very difficult to be precise on," said Southgate.

"You can come on with two minutes to go because you need a change - I've played when we've changed the whole team at half-time.

"I hope Wayne gets the appropriate response, because he's been a tremendous servant.

"We're a strange country in that we bemoan the fact we haven't achieved as much as we like, and then we have a player who should be held in the highest regard and we're justifying including him.

"I'm sure the crowd will give him the treatment he deserves."

England squad in full: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Lewis Dunk (Brighton ), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Michael Keane (Everton), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (DC United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Harry Winks (Tottenham).


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‘We were tremendous… I’m extremely proud’

WHAT HAPPENED

We secured our place in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday night, as we ran out 3-1 winners over Forest Green.

The opening exchanges proved to be a tightly contested midfield battle, with Gedion Zelalem and Joe Willock making a number of crunching tackles in the middle of the park. 

Shortly after Tyreece John-Jules’ left-footed effort stung the gloves of James Montgomery, before Bukayo Saka beat his man and forced the Rovers keeper into a fine save from inside the six-yard box. 

John-Jules and Saka then came close once more from close range, before the latter produced a moment of sheer quality to open the scoring.

The 17-year-old winger carried the ball from just inside the Rovers half and stormed into their box, before forcing a foul from George Williams. Willock stepped up and made no mistake in finding the top  corner from 12 yards. 

With less than three minutes remaining before the break, Saka played an inch-perfect pass behind the hosts’ defence to pick out Willock, who found the back of the net for his second of the evening. 

We maintained our attacking intensity in the second half - and seconds after the restart, Saka and Trae Coyle were denied twice in quick succession by Montgomery.

But despite seemingly taking control of the game, the hosts pulled one back on the hour mark through substitute Dayle Grubb.

Coyle then fired a powerful effort at goal following a fluid passing move, but his first-time volley was turned behind by Montgomery.

We continued to trouble the Rovers defence on the counter as the hosts pushed for an equaliser - and in the 85th minute John-Jules grabbed his reward for an impressive performance. Cohen Bramall delivered a dangerous cross to the far post and the 17-year-old applied the finishing touch from inside the six-yard box.

WHAT IT MEANS

We’ve advanced to the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy

Checkatrade Trophy table

WHAT’S NEXT

Our under-23s are in action against Derby County in the Premier League 2 on Monday, November 26.

The game will take place at Loughborough University Stadium with kick-off at 7pm (UK time).

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Arsenal v Sporting CP: The Brief

The equation heading into Matchday Four of the Europa League is relatively simple - and the rewards undeniably ample.

Should we beat Sporting CP and Vorskla fail to defeat Qarabag on Thursday evening, we will seal top spot in Group E with two games to spare.

That will allow Unai Emery the freedom to rotate his squad en masse for our remaining two fixtures of the group stage, both played during an increasingly busy time in an increasingly tense battle at the top of the Premier League. 

Our head coach will be well aware of the rewards, and having dispatched Sporting at the Jose Alvalade Stadium two weeks ago he will be confident of his side holding up their end of the bargain.

But just as important to him will be extending an unbeaten run that stretches back to late August, spanning 14 games, while continuing the progress we have made in that time.

Read on for a comprehensive match preview, Emery's thoughts on the game, the latest team news, stats, and analysis of the opposition.

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Hernandez focus: Bielsa’s on-field brain

Pablo Hernandez is a key man for Leeds United

Pablo Hernandez is a key man for Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa has put him alongside Alexis Sanchez, Dimitri Payet and Ariel Ortega - but why is Pablo Hernandez so important to Leeds? Tom Mordey takes a look...

There's an old cliche about fine wines and age. And at Leeds United this season, there's a Spanish vintage continuing to delight the people of west Yorkshire. Pablo Hernandez will turn 34 before the season is out but under one of the world's football's most demanding coaches, there's no suggestion that the legs have caught up with Hernandez just yet.

The playmaker is into his third season at Elland Road and it's no exaggeration to say he's one of the club's best signings since Premier League relegation in 2004. A former Spanish international, Hernandez's career was drifting into obscurity out in Qatar before his former Swansea team-mate Garry Monk brought him back to these shores as he aimed to add some sparkle into his new Leeds side.

The results have been remarkable.

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While Chris Wood grabbed the headlines for his goals in Leeds' play-off charge in 2016/17, Hernandez conducted the orchestra behind him, providing six goals and eight assists from midfield. And if Hernandez proved his ability to deliver in a winning team, his follow-up season underlined his true quality.

Leeds' initial charge to the top of the Sky Bet Championship under Thomas Christiansen fell away, but worse was to follow under Christiansen's replacement - Paul Heckingbottom.

For Hernandez to produce seven goals and eight assists in a side that drifted out to 13th, and won just four games in all competitions after Boxing Day, is remarkable. The Spaniard walked the Player of the Season vote, able to hold his head high among a group of players that let theirs drop too easily during a difficult end to the campaign.

With Hernandez out of contract, paper talk of a reunion with Garry Monk at Birmingham soon surfaced, but Leeds got their key man tied to a new two-year deal as April came to a close. He spoke of a Premier League challenge in interviews after inking the contract and Hernandez might now be in a team capable of doing more than just challenge.

Marcelo Bielsa has guided Leeds to the top of the Championship

Marcelo Bielsa has guided Leeds to the top of the Championship

It wasn't easy initially to work out where Hernandez would play in one of Marcelo Bielsa's free-flowing, highly energetic formations. But he settled quickly out wide in a dazzling month of August, interchanging with Samuel Saiz when necessary. After the 3-0 demolition of Norwich at Carrow Road, Bielsa had high praise for his winger.

"He is one of the best players in his best position that I have worked with in my career."

Just pause to remember Bielsa has also coached playmakers such as Alexis Sanchez, Dimitri Payet and Ariel Ortega on his travels across world football. And Bielsa didn't stop there. He called Hernandez the complete player and when asked how he could improve him, replied: "I think he can make me a better head coach."

Bielsa talked about Hernandez's football intelligence and it's easy from this season's statistics to see how the winger makes Leeds tick. Hernandez has four goals and four assists from his eight starts and one substitute appearance and there's more to it than that:

For Leeds, he's provided the most assists per game, most chances created per game and played the most passes in the opposition half per game. Only Kemar Roofe has more goals per game. Hernandez also shapes up well in those areas compared to his fellow Sky Bet Championship midfielders - only Blackburn's Bradley Dack beats him in terms of goals and only Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane in terms of assists.

And when Hernandez scores, Leeds tend not to lose.

He's scored in 17 matches for the club and United have gone on to win 13 and draw four - a win rate of 76.5 per cent. That's the best ratio for any player featuring in the Championship since 2015/16.

The impact in terms of numbers when Hernandez plays is obvious. And the impact in terms of results is clear as well.

His untimely injury at the end of August blunted Leeds' sensational start. With Hernandez starting - Leeds have played eight, won six and drawn two, lost none. Without Hernandez, Leeds have played eight, won two, drawn four and lost two - although Hernandez did come on as second-half substitute in the defeat to Blackburn.

That's 2.5 points a game with him starting, which is halved to 1.25 points a game when he doesn't.

3:06 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Leeds United.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Leeds United.

The question is whether Hernandez can stay fit. There's a common theme to his injuries. Hernandez missed 17 games in Swansea's 2013/14 season with hamstring trouble. The problem resurfaced on loan at Rayo Vallecano in 2015/16. He missed over a month of his first season at Leeds with the same injury and spent time out in December in the last campaign. And the hamstring issue reared its head again before the Middlesbrough game in August.

The Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday nature of the Sky Bet Championship puts plenty of strain on any professional footballer and Leeds need to protect such a star asset. The worry over any further absences for Hernandez is clear for all to see.

When he went down wincing in the second half against Wigan, the whole away end winced with him, holding their breath.

Clearly, Hernandez is crucial to any chance Leeds have of promotion this season.

He is the brains of the operation, the one capable of producing the surgical incisions Bielsa requires from the mountains of possession Leeds enjoy each game. Hernandez was the only player over 30 in United's squad against Wigan and his experience is vital in helping out a relatively young squad.

So the Spanish vintage at Elland Road continues to prosper, but will it be champagne corks Hernandez and his team-mates are popping come the end of the season?

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