Ahead of the start of the Sky Bet EFL this weekend, Sky Sports has revealed the new faces joining their football talent line-up for the 2021/22 season.
Former England and Chelsea captain Karen Carney and ex-Tottenham and England defender Michael Dawson are among the names joining Sky Sports’ coverage of the Premier League, Barclays FA Women’s Super League, Sky Bet EFL and SPFL this season.
Carney, who won over 100 caps for the Lionesses, joins as the lead pundit for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, which comes to Sky Sports for the first time this September. Carney will also be a part of the matchday team for the Premier League and makes her Sky Sports debut on this weekend’s EFL double header.
Speaking about the WSL’s arrival on Sky Sports, Carney said: “I’m really excited, I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to it, going to games, getting into the tactics, the shape, the goals. I’ve really missed it, even with the short time it’s been off and I’m really itching to get back into it.
“Especially for me personally, joining Sky Sports and there’s so much excitement around it here. It’s infectious that everyone is buzzing about it and it goes onto you as well.”
Dawson will join Jeff Stelling and the Soccer Saturday team as a pundit and also as a regular match analyst for the Premier League and EFL.
Michelle Owen, who has been reporting for Soccer Saturday for seven years, will be joining David Prutton as a presenter for Sky Sports’ EFL coverage, while Caroline Barker will become the lead presenter for the Barclays FA WSL. Lynsey Hooper joins as the Barclays FA WSL reporter and commentator Seb Hutchinson also join ahead of the new season.
Joining regulars Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, Roy Keane, Jamie Redknapp, Micah Richards and Graeme Souness, the new Sky Sports Football line-up will cover 128 Premier League matches including the top pick fixture every weekend; 138 matches from the EFL; up to 48 matches from the SPFL and at least 35 matches with top picks from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
The 2021/22 Premier League will start on Friday, August 13 – 33 days after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
The season will end on May 22 2022, with all 10 games kicking off at the same time.
The 2021/22 EFL season will kick off on Friday, August 6.
Next season’s League One campaign will finish on the weekend of April 30 2022, with League Two and the Championship on one of May 7 and May 8 respectively.
The League One play-off final will then be held on Saturday, May 21, the League Two play-off final on Saturday, May 28, and the Championship play-off final on Sunday, May 29.
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has a new home this season on Sky Sports. From world-class stars like Lucy Bronze and Vivianne Miedema, to competitive derby days, there are plenty of reasons to be excited…
Back in March, Sky Sports announced a three-year deal with the FA to become the primary broadcaster of the WSL from September 2021.
The deal will see Sky Sports show at least 35 games exclusively live per season and further strengthens the broadcaster’s commitment to women’s sport.
The excitement has kicked up a gear with Friday’s fixture announcement and there are plenty of reasons why you should watch this season…