Four Televised Games to Start Championship Season with a Bang
Fans of the Championship will be looking forward to the start of the season, and even more so now that it has been confirmed Sky Sports will show four games live on the opening weeks. Starting with a game on Friday night to kick start the season into life, they will also cover a game each day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Five of the eight teams involved over that weekend are considered as genuine promotion hopefuls, and the other three teams are all big clubs who will be aiming to put their best foot forward from the off, and impress in front of the live cameras.
The season kicks off with Reading hosting Derby on Friday night, a first chance for everyone to see what Frank Lampard can do as a manager. There is no doubt that Lampard has been a fantastic player, but with a new chapter about to begin for him, all eyes will be watching how he performs. Derby came close to promotion last season, and the same again will be expected despite having a rookie manager in charge.
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After relegation from the Premier League last season, Swansea begin their Championship bid with an away trip to Sheffield United on Saturday evening. During their first season back in the Championship last year, United performed with great credit and they will be looking to serve up the same again for their fans. Swansea have employed Graham Potter as their new boss this summer and he is the man charged with getting them back into the big time, although with it being his first management job in England, he may need time to adjust.
In what looks to be the game of the weekend, Leeds host Stoke City on Sunday, and both of these will have their eye on promotion. Of the three cliubs that were relegated from the Premier League last season, Stoke seem to be the team best equipped to make an instant return, and the first few weeks are going to be vital to their chances, they need to settle well. Leeds have often flirted with promotion but failed to go through with their effort, will that happen again, or can they finally make a prolonged push for glory?
The final game of the weekend is on Monday night when Aston Villa travel to Hull. After defeat in the playoff final, Villa will certainly be under the spotlight, and how they respond to that will determine their chances this season. Hull didn't fare too well last season, and they will be looking for more when the new campaign begins, although they have been handed what is going to be a very difficult start for them.
In just a few weeks, the Championship season will get underway, and fans have a feast of football to enjoy on the opening weekend of the season.