Hello and welcome to the first edition of This Week in the Championship. Following the success of This Week in the Premier League, this new piece will look at the matches in the Championship, and attempt to single out which matches should be the most exciting.
This season sees the return of Millwall, Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull to the Championship, helping to contest what is already an exciting tournament.
Image from Sky Sports- Sunderland return to the Championship
This year, the competition kicks off with:
Friday 4th August:
Nottingham Forest v Millwall (7:45pm Kick off).
Sunderland v Derby (7:45pm Kick off).
Saturday 5th August:
Bristol City v Barnsley (3:00pm Kick off).
Burton v Cardiff (3:00pm Kick off).
Fulham v Norwich (3:00pm Kick off).
Ipswich v Birmingham (3:00pm Kick off).
Preston v Sheffield Wednesday (3:00pm Kick off).
Queens Park Rangers v Reading (3:00pm Kick off).
Sheffield United v Brentford (3:00pm Kick off).
Wolverhampton v Middlesbrough (3:00pm Kick off).
Aston Villa v Hull (5:30pm Kick off).
Sunday 6th August:
Bolton v Leeds (4:30pm Kick off).
A lot of eyes will be on Sunderland v Derby, Wolverhampton v Middlesbrough, Fulham v Norwich and Aston Villa v Hull, mainly because Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull were recently relegated from the Premier League, and will be wanting to go up as soon as possible. Gary Monk at Middlesbrough has spent a lot of money to try and get a title chasing squad, whereas Sunderland under Simon Grayson are not attracting the names they hoped they would. After Darren Gibson’s recent outburst, the mood at Sunderland is likely to be quite sour.
Image of Terry signing for Aston Villa from Sky Sports
All eyes will be on Wolverhampton and Aston Villa, who have both added well to their ranks, and are looking to end a few years of hurt in the Championship. In Wolves’ case, they boast promising star Rueben Neves, and have a lot of Jorge Mendes players on their books. Villa signed ex-Chelsea captain John Terry, as well as Stoke’s Glen Whelan as they look to promotion in Steve Bruces’ first full season at the club.
There you have it, and as everyone knows, the Championship is so unpredictable it’s hard to pinpoint who will win it this season. However we won’t be short on excitement.