Fixtures released! Key dates to look out for

Fixtures released! Key dates to look out for

The EFL have today revealed provisional fixture list for all 72 clubs across their three divisions.

In a break from the recent pattern, Wednesday will travel away on the opening day, crossing the Pennines to face Preston North End at Deepdale.

It promises to be a terrific atmosphere if North End release their full away end to Wednesday fans.

Last season, a late Adam Reach leveller rescued a point for Carvalhal’s boys in what was a dire New Year’s affair.

Wednesday round off their campaign with the visit of Norwich City who, after a season of re-adjustment to Championship fayre, look set to mount a promotion challenge this term.

Boxing Day sees Wednesday visit the City Ground; usually a good trip for fans that has been spoiled in recent seasons by a reduced allocation – despite empty seats in the home ends.

Sky have confirmed that Wedneseday are mercifully/disappointingly not selected for opening weekend television coverage.

Expect both Leeds fixtures to feature in their schedule however, as well as the eagerly awaited Steel City derbies.

Wednesday host the first meeting in five years at Hillsborough on September 23rd, with the return fixture scheduled for January 13th at Bramall Lane.

Gary Megson’s Owls were famous victors in our last meeting, with the win acting as a catalyst for an unbeaten run that overturned a seemingly insurmountable gap to United in the race for automatic promotion.

The last meeting at this level was also at Hillsborough: the two sides shared a 1-1 draw in April 2010.

Derbies pack the agenda this season, with Leeds visiting Hillsborough in the week after United’s hop across town.

Barnsley head to Hillsborough after a quiet October, while Wednesday visit Oakwell in February.

Our first home fixture sees QPR travel north on Saturday 12th August.

Sunderland return to this level after a ten year absence, and we can look forward to welcoming a large a vociferous following from Wearside on Tuesday 15th August: our second home game.

We have a tough-looking run in to negotiate: trips to Hull and Wolves are split by the visit of Reading and followed by Norwich on the final day.

League action aside, we welcome Chesterfield to Hillsborough in the League Cup first round on August 8th.

Stick with Owls Alive for more news and features over the summer; look forward to new player profiles, a raft of our features and the usual season previews.

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