With the BBC now broadcasting live Football League matches and the Carling Cup first round, it's a busy first week for the new season with six televised games.

The first taste of live action comes from the Coca-Cola Championship, courtesy of Sky Sports, with Middlesbrough hosting Sheffield United on Friday night at 8pm.

The two teams last went head to head in 2007 when both teams still boasted Premier League status, with the home team running out 3-1 winners. However the last matchup at Bramall Lane, earlier that season, saw all three points go to the Blades.

A lot has changed in the time since their last encounter and with both teams narrowly missing out on playing Premier League football this season, and expecting to be fighting at the top end of the table come May, it is guaranteed to be a hard fought contest.

The weekend's early kick off comes from League 1 and sees Southampton take on Millwall at St Mary's. With a 10 point deficit going into the new season Alan Pardew's side will be looking to take maximum points and get into the black as soon as possible.

After heartbreak in the Coca-Cola League 1 Play-Off Final of 2009, losing to an 85th minute winner from Scunthorpe's Martyn Woolford, The Lions will be looking to go one better this term and secure promotion, to do this they will need a flying start and to hope that the Saints take some time to regroup under the new administration. The match kicks off at 12.45pm and will be shown on Sky Sports.

The BBC's first live Football League game in almost 20 years couldn't be bigger, at 5.30pm on Saturday West Bromwich Albion will host Newcastle United, in a game sure to attract massive interest as both teams will be looking to make a statement of intent.

The Toon Army have won five of the last six encounters between the two sides, with the other ending goalless, however it has been well publicised that there have been changes at St James' since the clubs last met and an extremely mixed pre-season program may have given hope to new Baggies boss, Roberto Di Matteo.

Ipswich Town visit the Ricoh Arena, for the last televised Football League game of the weekend, to take on Coventry City. The match kicks off at 12.45pm on Sunday and is available on Sky Sports.

The Tractor Boys have failed to beat Coventry at the Ricoh since September 2006 but did pick up three points in the opposite fixture at Portman Road on the last day of the 2008/09 season, and with new manager Roy Keane at the helm, they will be looking to start the new season strongly and better last season's 9th place finish.

Chris Coleman will also be hoping to improve on last season's league position and he has made several changes to the squad to try and ensure that happens, and with 11 players out but only two coming in, it doesn't look like he is finished yet.

The Carling Cup also begins this week with Round 1 being played on Monday and Tuesday evenings, the pick of the bunch will be live on Sky Sports at 7.45pm both days. Monday sees Leeds United head to Darlington, and on Tuesday Coca-Cola League 2 side Bury will face West Brom of the Championship.

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