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Opening Season Fixtures: Sheffield Wednesday vs Southampton on Friday, August 4th

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Opening Season Fixtures: Sheffield Wednesday vs Southampton on Friday, August 4th

Leeds United to feature in one of the three televised games on Sunday

The Championship season will commence with newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday hosting relegated Southampton at Hillsborough on Friday, August 4th.

Leicester City’s return to the second tier after relegation will kick off a series of Sunday matches, including a local derby against Coventry, who were runners-up in the playoffs.

Leeds, also relegated from the top flight, will face Cardiff, while newly promoted Ipswich will visit Sunderland.

On Saturday, August 5th, League One champions Plymouth will host Huddersfield, among the eight matches scheduled for 3:00 PM BST that afternoon. Highlights include Middlesbrough vs Millwall and Blackburn Rovers vs West Bromwich Albion.

Unlike the previous season, there will be no break in the fixtures due to the World Cup, and the season will conclude on Sunday, May 4th, 2024.

Please find below the complete list of Championship fixtures for the 2023-24 season:

Reading vs Peterborough (League One opening day)
Wrexham vs MK Dons (League Two opening day)

First round of fixtures in full:

Friday, August 4th:

Sheffield Wednesday vs Southampton [8:00 PM BST]

Saturday, August 5th:

Blackburn Rovers vs West Bromwich Albion
Bristol City vs Preston North End
Middlesbrough vs Millwall
Norwich City vs Hull City
Plymouth Argyle vs Huddersfield Town
Queens Park Rangers vs Watford
Stoke City vs Rotherham United
Swansea City vs Birmingham City

Sunday, August 6th:

Leicester City vs Coventry City [12:00 PM BST]
Leeds United vs Cardiff City [2:30 PM BST]
Sunderland vs Ipswich Town [5:00 PM BST]

Southampton’s new manager, Russell Martin, aims to guide the team back to the top tier after their relegation. His initial games include matches against newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich, followed by an away trip to Plymouth.

Leicester City, led by Enzo Maresca following their relegation, will face Southampton on September 16th in their first encounter against another relegated side. Maresca, previously part of Manchester City’s coaching staff during their treble-winning season, will experience a local derby against Coventry, who narrowly missed out on a Premier League spot last season.

Leicester will then visit Huddersfield and later host Cardiff at the King Power Stadium, while Coventry will play their first home game against Middlesbrough, their play-off rivals from last season, and then travel to Swansea.

Leeds United is yet to appoint a manager, but they can anticipate an intense atmosphere when they face old rivals Cardiff City at Elland Road on the first Sunday afternoon of the season. West Brom, managed by former Leeds coach Carlos Corberan, will visit Leeds in the third round. Leeds will also meet Southampton, another relegated team, on September 30th.

Promoted side Plymouth, back in the second tier after 14 seasons, will have home fixtures against Huddersfield and Southampton in the opening rounds, as well as an away game against Watford. Their longest away trip of the season will be a 826-mile round trip by coach to Sunderland on February 10th.

Ipswich’s promotion reintroduces the East Anglian derby against Norwich, with the first match taking place at Portman Road on December 16th, and the return leg at Carrow Road on April 6th.

Sheffield Wednesday will face Hull in a Yorkshire derby at the MKM Stadium in the second round, and their first encounter with Leeds will be on September 2nd.

Middlesbrough, managed by Michael Carrick, reached the playoffs last season along with their northeast rivals Sunderland. The two derbies are scheduled for October 7th at the Stadium of Light and February 3rd at the Riverside.

Middlesbrough will begin their season with matches against Millwall, Coventry (away), and Huddersfield (led by former manager Neil Warnock). Sunderland’s opener against Ipswich will be followed by an away game against Preston North End and a home match against Rotherham.

Neil Warnock, based in Cornwall and remaining at Huddersfield after ensuring their survival, will have a short trip for his first game at Plymouth. Watford’s new manager, Valerien Ismael, will have the opportunity to face his former club West Bromwich Albion on September 20th when they visit Vicarage Road.

Erol Bulut, the new manager of Cardiff City, will begin his tenure with a match against Leeds on the first Sunday of the campaign, followed by a home game against QPR and an away trip to Leicester.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Championship season

When does the Championship season start?

The Championship season starts on Friday, August 4th with the match between Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton.

Will there be televised games in the Championship?

Yes, there will be televised games in the Championship. Leeds United will be involved in one of the three Sunday televised games.

Which teams were promoted and relegated?

Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton were relegated from the Premier League and will participate in the Championship. Ipswich Town and Plymouth Argyle were promoted to the Championship.

Who are the newly appointed managers for some teams?

Russell Martin has been appointed as the manager for Southampton, while Enzo Maresca has taken charge of Leicester City. Leeds United is yet to appoint a manager.

Are there any notable rivalries or derbies?

Yes, there are several notable rivalries and derbies in the Championship. Some of them include the Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City, the East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City, and the rivalry between Leeds United and Cardiff City.

When does the Championship season end?

The Championship season will conclude on Sunday, May 4th, 2024.

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FootballFan23 June 22, 2023 - 4:15 pm

wow!! cant wait for the champinship season. sheffield wednesday and southampton kicking off the match, soooo excited. leeds in televeded games, amazing. relegation and promoted teams, lots of drama. new managers russel martin and enzo maresca taking charge. derbies like sheffield vs hull, ipswich vs norwich, intense rivalries. end on 4 may 2024. gonna be epic!!!

SoccerLover101 June 23, 2023 - 3:43 am

championship season startin on august 4th with sheffield vs southampton. televised games gonna be lit. leeds without a manager yet. russel martin takin over southampton. enzo maresca at leicester. derbies and rivalries gonna spice things up. cant wait for the action to begin. it’s gonna be a blast!!


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