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Preview: The opening weekend

The EFL action returns with what promises to be a memorable first round of fixtures

1 August 2019

EFL football is back this weekend, with the highly anticipated 2019/20 season officially getting under way on Friday 2 August in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Following a record-breaking campaign across the EFL's respective divisions and competitions in 2018/19, there is certainly plenty to look forward to ahead of the big kick-off. 

Here's a look ahead to the first round of fixtures, which begins with Luton Town v Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship...

When it comes to the Sky Bet Championship, excitement is always a guarantee, and this season is no different. The opening weekend will again see a host of huge clashes taking place up and down the country over four action-packed days, starting at Kenilworth Road.

New to the division for 2019/20 are Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town following relegation from the Premier League, as well as Barnsley, Charlton Athletic and Luton, who all secured promotion from Sky Bet League One last term and will be looking to get off to the best possible start. 

Who will set the pace early on?


The 2018/19 Sky Bet League One campaign produced one the most dramatic ends to a season in recent memory, with the battle against relegation involving several Clubs and going down to the final day, and the Play-Off Final between Charlton and Sunderland settled by a last-gasp winner.    

Bolton Wanderers, Ipswich Town and Rotherham United suffered relegation from the Championship last term, with Bury, MK Dons and Tranmere Rovers coming up from Sky Bet League Two. 

We're set for yet another fascinating campaign this time around.

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With Bradford City, Plymouth Argyle, Scunthorpe United and Walsall the Clubs relegated from League One in 2018/19, this season will see Sky Bet League Two stacked with promotion hopefuls.

Among those will also be Newport County, who were denied promotion in extra-time at May's Play-Off Final against Tranmere Rovers and will be looking to go one better this time.

New to the division, and indeed the EFL, are Salford City, who joined National League champions Leyton Orient in coming up and are now targeting a fifth promotion in just six seasons. Who knows what League Two will bring on the opening day and throughout 2019/20!


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