Football League fixtures 2019/20: Leeds United open Championship campaign against Bristol City

Football League fixtures 2019/20: Leeds United open Championship campaign against Bristol City


Blackburn Rovers' Ryan Nyambe battles for the ball with Leeds United's Jack Harrison (left)
Can Leeds earn promotion to the Premier League this time?

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Marcelo Bielsa’s second attempt to gain promotion to the Premier League with Leeds United starts away at Bristol City on Sunday, August 4.

Leeds were beaten in the Championship play-off semi-finals last season by Derby and Bielsa has agreed to have one more shot and getting United up.

Newly-promoted Luton Town kick off the Championship campaign by hosting Middlesbrough.

Graeme Jones’ team – last season’s League One champions with 94 points – will be given the opportunity to make a quick impression when Boro visit Kenliworth Road in a 7.45pm kick-off on Friday, August 2.

West Bromwich Albion travel to Nottingham Forest in arguably the pick of Saturday’s games and concluding the opening round of Championship fixtures will be Huddersfield Town against Derby County on Monday night in a tough first game for the recently-relegated Terriers. Fulham, also relegated from the Premier League term, begin their season at Barnsley.

In League One, Bolton Wanderers – who will start the season with a 12-point deduction after entering administration in the wake of their relegation from the Championship – will travel to Wycombe Wanderers on August 3.

Ipswich Town and Rotherham United – who, like Bolton, went down last season – start their campaigns at Burton Albion and AFC Wimbledon respectively.

Sunderland – who were beaten in the League One play-off final by Charlton Athletic last month – are at home to Oxford United.

Newly-promoted Lincoln City face Accrington Stanley at home and Bury – also promoted – kick off against MK Dons at Gigg Lane. Bury were in the High Court this week over a winding-up petition from HMRC and have been granted a six-week adjournment as the financially-embattled club seek a new owner.

Tranmere Rovers, who won the League Two play-off final last month, are at home to Rochdale.

Salford City – the club co-owned by former United players Gary and Phil Neville, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes – will raise the curtain on the new League Two season when they welcome Stevenage to Moor Lane. Salford won promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history last month when they beat Fylde in the National League play-off final.

Leyton Orient will be braced for an emotional return to League Two when they host Cheltenham Town, following the sudden death of their manager Justin Edinburgh from a cardiac arrest earlier this month. The former Tottenham defender was 49.

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