Kelly Cates returns to Sky Sports to present Sky Bet English Football League coverage

Sky Sports will show 127 live Sky Bet English Football League games in the 2016/17 season
Image: Sky Sports will show 127 live Sky Bet English Football League games in the 2016/17 season

Sky Sports has strengthened its coverage of the Sky Bet English Football League with the addition of Kelly Cates, who will host live Saturday evening matches this season.

Cates will present this brand new set of fixtures which kick-off at 5.30pm - opening with Norwich City hosting Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 13 August. 

The schedule over the first four weeks features Newcastle United and Aston Villa live on the opening weekend of the season as well as matches including Leeds United, Brighton, Nottingham Forest and newly promoted Burton Albion.

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An accomplished broadcaster, Kelly began her career on Sky Sports News in 1998 before moving on to BBC Radio 5Live's 606 show and more recently presenting highlights of the Football League on Channel 5.

Kelly will present alongside Ian Holloway and joins a team of EFL experts and analysts that includes Scott Minto, Don Goodman and Peter Beagrie to cover the 127 matches from across the three leagues available to Sky Sports viewers.

Image: Simon Thomas (right) will present EFL Cup games alongside our host of expert pundits

Speaking about her new role, Cates said: "I'm so excited about coming back to Sky Sports and presenting live matches on Saturday evenings. The EFL is more competitive than ever, and there will be great stories for us to bring to viewers throughout the season. I'm joining a great team and I can't wait to start."

Kelly joins Minto who will present matches scheduled for broadcast on Friday and Sunday, as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals from Wembley, and Simon Thomas who will present coverage of the EFL Cup.

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Gary Hughes, Head of Football at Sky Sports, added: "Kelly is a highly respected presenter who will strengthen our EFL coverage even further.  Alongside Scott and the team, she will guide viewers through what is certain to be another dramatic and memorable season."

Sky Sports' live Sky Bet EFL fixtures for August and September

August

Friday 5 August - Fulham v Newcastle (7.45pm, Sky Sports 1)

Sunday 7 August - QPR v Leeds (12.00pm, Sky Sports 1)

Live EFL

Sunday 7 August - Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa (4.30pm, Sky Sports 1)

Friday 12 August - Brighton v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm, Sky Sports 1

Saturday 13 August - Norwich v Sheffield Wednesday (5.30pm, Sky Sports 1)

Saturday 20 August - Derby v Aston Villa (5.30pm, Sky Sports 1)

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Scott Minto (R) and Ian Holloway work as pundits for Sky Sports during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off First Leg match betw
Image: Scott Minto (right) will present Sky Sports' live EFL coverage on Friday and Sunday

Sunday 21 August - Ipswich v Norwich (12pm, Sky Sports 2)

Friday 26 August - Burton v Derby (7.45pm, Sky Sports 1)

Saturday 27 August - Newcastle v Brighton (5.30pm, Sky Sports 1)

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September

Saturday 3 September - Peterborough v Swindon (12.15pm, Sky Sports 1)

Sunday 4 September - Northampton v MK Dons (12pm, Sky Sports 1)

Sunday 4 Septemeber - Gillingham v Sheffield United (2.15pm, Sky Sports 1)

Live EFL

Friday 9 September - Reading v Ipswich (8pm, Sky Sports 1)

Saturday 10 September - Derby v Newcastle (5.30pm, Sky Sports 1)

Sunday 11 September - Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest (1.15pm, Sky Sports 1)

Saturday 17 September - Cardiff v Leeds (12.30pm, Sky Sports 1)

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Saturday 17 September - Birmingham v Sheffield Wednesday (5.30pm, Sky Sports 1)

Friday 23 September - Preston v Wigan (7.45pm, Sky Sports 1)

Saturday 24 September - Aston Villa v Newcastle (5.30pm, Sky Sports 1)

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