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EFL opening day fixtures as Huddersfield face Burnley in curtain-raiser

The new campaign has an earlier start than usual and the Championship will go on an extended break mid-season due to the World Cup taking place in winter for the first time

Burnley will begin life back in the Championship with a trip to Huddersfield Town for the 2022-23 curtain-raiser

The fixtures for the 2022-23 EFL season are finally out, with some mouth-watering games in store first up.

To kick off the new campaign, recently-relegated Burnley face a tough task away at Huddersfield Town. The Terriers were beaten play-off finalists last season, losing out to Nottingham Forest in the Wembley showpiece back in May.

The clash at the John Smith’s Stadium is the curtain-raiser for the new season, and also Vincent Kompany’s first game as Clarets’ boss. It will be televised live on Sky Sports on Friday, July 29. Kick-off is 8pm. The following day sees Norwich City, who were also relegated from the Premier League, travel to Cardiff City in one of eight 3pm kick-offs.

Middlesbrough versus West Brom is a 5.30pm kick-off, with newly-promoted Sunderland hosting Coventry on Sunday, July 31 at 12pm.

The first batch of fixtures is rounded off with Watford, the other side demoted from the top flight, hosting Sheffield United on Monday, August 1 at 8pm.

In League One, Derby County begin their first season in the third tier since 1986 with a home game against Oxford United first up.

Elsewhere, other relegated sides Barnsley and Peterborough are both on the road away at Plymouth Argyle and Cheltenham Town respectively. Forest Green Rovers, who sealed the League Two title last term, begin their first-ever season at this level with an away game at fellow promoted side Bristol Rovers. It will be a first competitive game in the dugout for boss Ian Burchnall who takes over from Watford-bound Rob Edwards.

Ian Burchnall replaced Rob Edwards as manager of Forest Green

The other two promoted sides are Exeter City, who face Lincoln away first up, and Port Vale, who host Fleetwood Town.

Sheffield Wednesday face Portsmouth at Hillsborough in a repeat of the final day game from last season.

In League Two, Stockport County will host Barrow at Edgeley Park on the opening day in their first EFL game for 11 years. Grimsby Town, who earned an immediate promotion back to the fourth tier by beating Solihull in the play-off final, face a long trip to Leyton Orient for their first game of the season.

There is a Yorkshire derby on the first day with Mark Hughes’ Bradford City welcoming relegated Doncaster Rovers, whilst two of the bookmakers’ favourites for promotion meet on day one with Salford City hosting Mansfield Town.

Opening weekend fixtures in EFL (3pm unless stated)

Championship

Friday, July 29

Huddersfield Town v Burnley (8pm)

Saturday, July 30

Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers

Blackpool v Reading

Cardiff City v Norwich City

Hull City v Bristol City

Luton Town v Birmingham City

Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion (5.30pm)

Millwall v Stoke City

Rotherham United v Swansea City

Wigan Athletic v Preston North End

Sunday, July 31

Sunderland v Coventry City (12pm)

Monday, August 1

Watford v Sheffield United (8pm)

League One

Saturday, July 30

Accrington Stanley v Charlton Athletic

Bristol Rovers v Forest Green Rovers

Cambridge United v Milton Keynes Dons

Cheltenham Town v Peterborough United

Derby County v Oxford United

Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers

Lincoln City v Exeter City

Morecambe v Shrewsbury Town

Plymouth Argyle v Barnsley

Port Vale v Fleetwood Town

Sheffield Wednesday v Portsmouth

Wycombe Wanderers v Burton Albion

League Two

Saturday, July 30

A.F.C. Wimbledon v Gillingham

Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers

Carlisle United v Crawley Town

Harrogate Town v Swindon Town

Leyton Orient v Grimsby Town

Northampton Town v Colchester United

Rochdale v Crewe Alexandra

Salford City v Mansfield Town

Stockport County v Barrow

Sutton United v Newport County

Tranmere Rovers v Stevenage

Walsall v Hartlepool United

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