Ex-Derby boss linked ahead of Sheffield Wednesday opener, Barnsley 'finalise' shock sale while Hull receive Swansea boost; Championship weekend preview

After months without action, the Championship season finally gets underway this weekend with each club hoping to get off to a winning start.

Friday, 2nd August 2019, 5:47 pm
Lee Bullen

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:

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.
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.

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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.
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.
Alex Neil has made no secret of his desire to lead Preston into the play-offs. Indeed, one player who will be pivotal to that is fans favourite David Nugent, however, his second debut is set to be delayed due to a knee injury.
Stoke were rocked by the news of Ryan Shawcross’ broken leg last week. The positive news is Adam Davies, Jordan Cousins, Lee Gregory, Nick Powell, Stephen Ward and Tommy Smith are in contention to make their debuts.
In Grant McCann's first game in charge, Hull City will be hoping Swansea are suffering a somewhat Oli McBurnie hangover after the striker’s move to Sheffield United. Tom Eaves could also feature for his debut.
While new Wigan mascot Crusty the Pie has stolen the headlines, number one target Jamal Lowe is expected to play his part against Neil Warnock’s promotion-chasing Cardiff City. Kieffer Moore could watch from the stands.
A productive Friday for the losing play-offs finalists could see Matt Clarke and Krystian Bielik make their debuts in the Monday night game. A win for either side could be the start of a promotion push.
Both backed by new managers and both with promotion aspirations. Interestingly, Forest have not lost on the opening weekend at the City Ground since 1983…
Lee Bullen has been assigned to lead the Owls into their league opener following the departure of Steve Bruce, two weeks ago. Still, the focus remains on who will step into the hot seat. Gary Rowett remains the bookmakers' favourite.
The future of Kemar Roofe has dominated the pre-match chatter. Make of it what you will, but the Argentine said he is "not sure what will happen" as reports suggest he is off to Anderlecht with a medical penned in this weekend.