Burnley Face Tricky Championship Opener As 2022-23 Fixtures Unveiled

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Burnley will visit 2021-22 Championship Play-Off Finalists Huddersfield Town in the opening match as 2022-23 fixtures are revealed.

Vincent Kompany’s bow as the Clarets’ boss will come away at the John Smith Stadium against Huddersfield who lost last season’s Play-Off Final, with the fixture scheduled as the opening match at 8pm BST on Friday 29 July live on Sky Sports.

This match will also mark Burnley’s first match back in the second-tier following six seasons in the top flight, as well as their first Championship campaign without Sean Dyche at the helm since October 2012 following his departure in April.

Sky will also televise Middlesbrough’s clash against West Brom at 5:30pm BST on Saturday 30 July, as well as Sunderland’s home match against Coventry at 12pm BST on Sunday 31 July which sees the Black Cats back in the second tier for the first time since May 2018.

Watford return to the Championship after suffering relegation at end of last season from the Premier League, with Rob Edwards‘ Hornets hosting Sheffield United in Monday Night Football at Vicarage Road from 8pm BST on Monday 1 August.

Here are the opening matchweek fixtures in full with kick-off at 3pm BST unless stated otherwise:

  • Huddersfield v Burnley (8pm, Friday 29 July)
  • Blackburn v QPR
  • Blackpool v Reading
  • Cardiff v Norwich
  • Hull v Bristol City
  • Luton v Birmingham City
  • Millwall v Stoke
  • Rotherham v Swansea
  • Wigan v Preston
  • Middlesbrough v West Brom (5:30pm, Saturday 30 July)
  • Sunderland v Coventry (12pm, Sunday 31 July)
  • Watford v Sheffield United (8pm, Monday 1 August)

Like the Premier League, England’s second tier will also take a mid-season break due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with the following round of fixtures prior to the pause taking place across the weekend of 11-13 November:

  • Birmingham City v Sunderland
  • Bristol City v Watford
  • Burnley v Blackburn
  • Cardiff v Sheffield United
  • Coventry v QPR
  • Huddersfield v Swansea
  • Hull v Reading
  • Luton v Rotherham
  • Norwich v Middlesbrough
  • Preston v Millwall
  • West Brom v Stoke
  • Wigan v Blackpool

Championship fixtures however will resume on the weekend of 10-11 December – whilst Premier League returns on Boxing Day – with the following fixtures confirmed for the first weekend of when the season resumes:

  • Blackburn v Preston
  • Blackpool v Birmingham City
  • Middlesbrough v Luton
  • Millwall v Wigan
  • QPR v Burnley
  • Reading v Coventry
  • Rotherham v Bristol City
  • Sheffield United v Huddersfield
  • Stoke v Cardiff
  • Sunderland v West Brom
  • Swansea v Norwich
  • Watford v Hull

Xmas fixtures will be played on 26, 29 December plus 1 January although any fixtures moved back 24 hours from any of the aforementioned dates will mean subsequent fixtures involving those clubs also moving back a day to ensure three-day rest between fixtures.

Festive highlights include a clash between two promoted clubs at DW Stadium as Wigan host Sunderland on Thursday 29 December, whilst Norwich meet Watford on New Year’s Day in a potentially huge clash in the race for promotion.

The season will conclude on Saturday 6 May 2023 with all three of last season’s relegated teams –  Burnley, Norwich and Watford at home on the final day;

  • Birmingham City v Sheffield United
  • Burnley v Cardiff
  • Huddersfield v Reading
  • Luton v Hull
  • Middlesbrough v Coventry
  • Millwall v Blackburn
  • Norwich v Blackpool
  • Preston v Sunderland
  • QPR v Bristol City
  • Swansea v West Brom
  • Watford v Stoke
  • Wigan v Rotherham

This season will also see the competitive return of the Tees-Wear derby for the first time since February 2018, with Middlesbrough hosting Sunderland on weekend of 2-5 September followed by the return leg at Stadium of Light on weekend of 20-23 January.

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