Across this evening, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, fans will be treated to a full second-tier fixture list as we prepare ourselves for another season of highs and lows. With some key games to watch out for, we preview the main talking points ahead of this weekend's Championship games. Scroll and click through the pages:
1. Luton Town v Middlesbrough
It’s been a bumpy and long road back for the Hatters since their relegation in 2007. Three points and it will mark a special evening at Kenilworth Road against Boro, who face being without Randolph, Fry and Friend due to injury.
Photo: Nathan Stirk
2. Barnsley v Fulham
Two clubs who were separated by the Championship last season meet. The Tykes will be lacking firepower, however, with reports that last term’s top scorer Kieffer Moore is off to Wigan Athletic for £4m.
Photo: Harry Trump
3. Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic
Bolstered by the arrival of Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan on Friday, newly-promoted Charlton mark their Championship return against Blackburn, who are expected to have another steady season under Tony Mowbray.
Photo: Naomi Baker
4. Brentford v Birmingham City
Brentford are likely to hand debuts to a string of new signing while Birmingham face the uphill task of inflicting the Bees’ first home defeat on the opening weekend of the season since 1992.
Photo: Steve Bardens