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Fixture Release Day: Key dates to look out for

20 June 2017

The excitement is building across the EFL ahead of Fixture Release Day, with clubs eagerly anticipating who they will kick the 2017/18 campaign off against on the weekend of 5th August.

Club staff will be looking out for the fixtures when they are released at 9am on Wednesday morning, while fans will also be looking out for who's up first, planning ahead for away days up and down the country, and where they'll be heading on key dates.

Click here for more information on the 2017/18 season's key dates

After a first week which will see the season get under way and Round One of the Carabao Cup take place, the next set of key dates arrive late in the year – a busy period which will see four matchdays played between 23rd December and New Year's Day, sandwiching clashes on Boxing Day and 30th December.

Despite the matches coming thick and fast, Sky Bet League One champions Sheffield United negotiated the festive period with ease last term, with three wins in a week. Will it be more of the same for Chris Wilder and his newly-promoted Blades on their Sky Bet Championship return?

The beginning of 2017 was a memorable one for strikers Nelson Oliveira and Josh Magennis, starting the year in style with respective hat-tricks for Norwich City and Charlton Athletic. No doubt those two players will be looking to see who they will face over the New Year period this time around.

Over the weekend of the 5th May, the regular season will come to a close, and if 2016/17 is anything to go by, we are in for a treat!

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Portsmouth claimed the Sky Bet League Two crown last year, leaping from third to first on a thrilling final day, which also saw Newport County complete a miracle escape at the other end.

And in the Sky Bet Championship, Aston Villa's Jack Grealish broke Brighton & Hove Albion hearts with a last-gasp goal which sent the title to Newcastle United.

And then comes the drama of the Sky Bet Play-Offs, which will be played over the Bank Holiday Weekend of 26th to 28th May 2018.

Huddersfield Town, Millwall and Blackpool were the trio who enjoyed Wembley success back in May. Who will taste glory this time around?

Click here to view the EFL Key Dates page

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