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Five things you may have missed from Fixture Release Day

23 June 2022

The 2022/23 EFL fixtures are out and you can find out who you're Club will be facing on the opening day of the campaign.

Here are five things to look out for, including some of the most highly anticipated clashes, local derbies and managerial debuts...

Kompany makes managerial bow

New Burnley boss Vincent Kompany will make his managerial bow in English football in the opening game of the EFL season with the Clarets. The former Manchester City skipper, who most recently served as head coach at Anderlecht, are away to Huddersfield Town live on Sky Sports in the Friday night football offering.

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The Terriers lost out to Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final, whilst Burnley’s five-year stay in the top-flight came to an end after they suffered relegation on the Final day of the Premier League season. 

Worth the wait 

The wait is finally over for Stockport County. After an 11-year absence from the League, the Hatters won promotion in style, clinching the National League title. And Dave Challinor’s side will get their campaign underway at home to Barrow on Saturday 30 July. 

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Meanwhile, Forest Green Rovers will hit the road for their first-ever fixture in Sky Bet League One. The League Two champions will make the trip to Bristol Rovers, who also achieved automatic promotion from League Two in a dramatic final day showdown last season.

Local rivalries reignited

Newly promoted Wigan Athletic welcome North West neighbours Preston North End to the DW Stadium on the opening day. The two teams meet for the first time in the League since February 2020.

In Sky Bet League Two, there’s a Yorkshire derby on the cards as Bradford City manager Mark Hughes kicks off his first full season at the helm at Valley Parade with the visit of Doncaster Rovers.

Back with a bang

After relegation in 2018, Sunderland are finally back in the Championship after their Play-Off Final win over Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley Stadium. 

The Wearsiders are at home to Coventry City, with the two sides going head-to-head in a televised clash selected for live broadcast on the Sunday.

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Blockbuster openers

Two League One heavyweights - Sheffield Wednesday and Portsmouth will lock horns on the opening day, as both Darren Moore and Danny Cowley look to mount their promotion charges.

Meanwhile, fellow promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town will pit their wits against Ian Evatt's Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road. 


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