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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

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The Championship opening weekend fixture schedule and preview

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

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