GET OUR TOP TIPS

FOLLOW Footballtips

The Championship opening weekend fixture schedule and preview

A man wearing the new Cardiff City home shirt displays the newly designed crest prior to the pre-season match between Cardiff City and Newcastle United at Cardiff City Stadium on August 11, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

The race for a Premier League golden ticket begins this weekend with Bolton and Leicester kicking off the season as favourites for promotion.

Cardiff and Huddersfield kick off proceedings on Friday as they meet at the Cardiff City Stadium for the Welsh club’s first game following their re-branding. The Bluebirds will, from this season onwards, now where red as their home kit. Malky Mackay’s side are the 10/11 favourites to kick off their new era with a win, while Huddersfield are 3/1 to begin life in the Championship with three points.

The early kick off on Saturday sees Wolves visit Elland Road to take on Leeds in a fixture between two fallen giants of the game. Home advantage means that it is Leeds who are narrow favourites with the bookmakers, but a closely contested game is expected.

The remaining 10 games are all traditional 3pm kick offs. Leicester kick off their title challenge with a home game against relegation-threatened Peterborough, while Bolton are away to Burnley.

Nottingham Forest begin an era of Kuwaiti rule against Bristol City, Millwall host Blackpool, Blackburn go to Ipswich and Hull host Brighton.


Opening Weekend Championship Fixtures

Friday 17th August

19:45 Cardiff v Huddersfield


Saturday 18th August

12:45 Leeds v Wolves

15:00 Barnsley v Middlesbrough

15:00 Birmingham v Charlton

15:00 Burnley v Bolton

15:00 Crystal Palace v Watford

15:00 Derby v Sheff Wed

15:00 Hull v Brighton

15:00 Ipswich v Blackburn

15:00 Leicester v Peterborough

15:00 Millwall v Blackpool

15:00 Nottm Forest v Bristol City

comments powered by Disqus

All The Championship News

Recent The Championship News Articles

  • 2013-14 Sky Bet Championship outright betting odds

    QPR are odds-on with a couple of bookmakers for the Sky Bet Championship title as they resume action after the international break with a London derby at Millwall. ...

  • Sky Bet Championship betting tips - October 5-6 fixtures and best bets

    Burnley FC are the surprise new leaders of the Championship and aim to secure that position going into the international break by winning at home to Reading. ...

  • Sky Bet Championship enhanced accumulators for Tuesday October 1

    Tuesday night plays host to an almost full set of fixtures in the Championship, and Football League sponsors SkyBet are offering a number of enhanced accumulators covering the action in English football’s second tier....

  • Sky Bet Championship betting tips - September 14-16 fixtures and best bets

    The Sky Bet Championship resumes after the international break on September 14 with QPR having established themselves as clear favourites for the title. ...

  • 2013-14 Championship sack race betting odds

    Millwall FC boss Steve Lomas is favourite to be the next Championship manager to vacate his job after Oscar Garcia of Brighton was pushed back out in the ‘sack race’ betting. ...

  • Oscar Garcia odds slashed to leave Brighton after Osasuna approach

    Brighton boss Oscar Garcia has had his odds slashed to be the next Championship manager to vacate his job after being the subject of an approach from Spanish club Osasuna. ...

  • 2013-14 Sky Bet Championship relegation betting odds

    Play-off winners Yeovil Town remain the red-hot favourites with the bookmakers to be relegated from the Sky Bet Championship after losing four of their first five matches this season. ...

  • Sky Bet Championship betting tips - August 31 fixtures and best bets

    Sky Bet Championship early surprise package Blackpool FC host Watford FC as part of a mouthwatering programme of matches this weekend. ...

  • Sky Bet Championship betting tips - August 24-25 fixtures and best bets

    Nottingham Forest are now the only team in the Sky Bet Championship with a 100% record and will put their perfect start on the line against Watford FC next. ...

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • One Direction star Louis Tomlinson linked with Doncaster Rovers takeover

    Doncaster Rovers have confirmed they are in talks over a possible takeover following reports suggesting One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is keen on purchasing the club....

  • Watch Bobby Zamora score a £134million goal at Wembley

    QPR won promotion back to the Premier League thanks to a 90th minute goal from Bobby Zamora against Derby County in the play-off final....

  • Loic Remy next club odds - Arsenal FC favourites to sign QPR striker

    Arsenal are the bookmakers' favourites to sign QPR striker Loic Remy this summer....

  • Next Brighton manager betting - Steve Clarke favourite to land Brighton job

    Remi Garde has reportedly emerged as a surprise leading candidate to become Brighton’s next manager, although Steve Clarke remains the bookmakers' favourite at time of writing....

  • Next Brighton manager odds - Tim Sherwood favourite to replace Oscar Garcia

    Tim Sherwood is the bookmakers' favourite to be next permanent Brighton manager after Oscar Garcia resigned from the Championship club....

  • 3 essential bets to place on Reading FC v QPR

    Reading FC host QPR in the Championship on Saturday lunchtime – and we list three essential bets to place on the second tier’s biggest game of the weekend. ...

  • Our 21/1 Championship treble for this weekend

    A cracking programme of games takes place in the Championship this weekend - and we have picked out three bets for a tasty treble that pays nearly 22/1. ...

  • Sky Bet Championship Fixtures 2013-14 – Schedule for the Championship games

    Burnley FC are the surprise new leaders of the Championship and aim to secure that position going into the international break by winning at home to Reading. ...

  • Sky Bet Championship betting tips - October 25-28 fixtures and best bets

    Burnley FC face the biggest test so far of their promotion credentials when they host QPR in a Championship top-of-the-table showdown on Saturday. ...

More Stories

Claim your free bets

Bookmakers


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

The Championship opening weekend fixture schedule and preview

The new Championship season begins this Friday when Cardiff take on Huddersfield in Wales.

Read more »