Championship 2021/22 fixtures and schedule: Sheffield United, Fulham start at home, QPR vs Millwall on opening weekend

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Sky Bet Championship Fixtures 2021/22

The fixtures for the 2021/22 Sky Bet Championship season have been released, with two of the three sides relegated from the Premier League handed home starts.

Sheffield United, under the new stewardship of Slavisa Jokanovic, begin a fresh era at home to Birmingham, while Fulham host Middlesbrough on the opening weekend of August 7/8, with Scott Parker's future still in limbo.

West Brom, having recently appointed former Barnsley coach Valerien Ismael, travel to Bournemouth, while there are away trips to start the campaign for all the newly-promoted sides.

Hal Robson-Kanu is congratulated by teammates
Image: West Brom travel to Bournemouth on the opening weekend

Blackpool's return to the Championship begins at Bristol City, Hull go to Preston and Peterborough head to Luton.

Elsewhere on the opening weekend, a London derby pits Queens Park Rangers against Millwall and there is a Midlands meeting between Coventry and Nottingham Forest.

Wayne Rooney's Derby, who narrowly escaped relegation in 2020/21, welcome Huddersfield, while beaten play-off finalists Swansea go to Blackburn and Stoke start against Reading.

Further down the fixture list, Rooney's Rams will host fierce foes Nottingham Forest at the end of August, with the return fixture on January 22.

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The first South Wales derby sees Cardiff travel to Swansea on October 16, with the Liberty Stadium providing the setting for the return tussle on April 2.

The same weekends in October and April will provide more crunch derbies as West Brom meet Birmingham City and Fulham face west London rivals QPR.

Slavisa Jokanovic celebrates play-off success with Fulham in 2018
Image: Slavisa Jokanovic celebrates play-off success with Fulham in 2018 - will he make it a hat-trick of promotions with Sheffield United?

An intriguing final set of fixtures pits Jokanovic's current club against his former one as Sheffield United host Fulham at Bramall Lane. Will that be a pivotal promotion clash on May 7?

All dates and kick-off times are subject to change, with the first set of games live on Sky Sports to be confirmed in due course.

The opening weekend games

Here's the first round of fixtures for the 2021/22 Championship season, which kicks off on the weekend of August 7:

Bournemouth vs West Bromwich Albion

Blackburn Rovers vs Swansea City

Bristol City vs Blackpool

Cardiff City vs Barnsley

Coventry City vs Nottingham Forest

Derby County vs Huddersfield Town

Fulham vs Middlesbrough

Luton Town vs Peterborough United

Preston North End vs Hull City

Queens Park Rangers vs Millwall

Sheffield United vs Birmingham City

Stoke City vs Reading

The Boxing Day games

The clashes lined up for December 26:

Barnsley vs Stoke City

Cardiff City vs Coventry City

Derby County vs West Bromwich Albion

Fulham vs Birmingham City

Huddersfield Town vs Blackpool

Hull City vs Blackburn Rovers

Luton Town vs Bristol City

Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest

Millwall vs Swansea City

Peterborough United vs Reading

Preston North End vs Sheffield United

Queens Park Rangers vs Bournemouth

The final day games

Which of these games will be pivotal on May 7, 2022?

Bournemouth vs Millwall

Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers

Derby County vs Cardiff City

Huddersfield Town vs Bristol City

Hull City vs Nottingham Forest

Luton Town vs Reading

Peterborough United vs Blackpool

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

Sheffield United vs Fulham

Stoke City vs Coventry City

Swansea City vs Queens Park Rangers

West Bromwich Albion vs Barnsley

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Key dates for the 2021/22 season

The 2021/22 Premier League will start on Saturday, August 14 - 34 days after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

The season will end on May 22 2022, with all 10 games kicking off at the same time.

The 2021/22 EFL season will kick off on Saturday, August 7.

Next season's League One campaign will finish on the weekend of April 30 2022, with League Two and the Championship on one of May 7 and May 8 respectively.

The League One play-off final will then be held on Saturday, May 21, the League Two play-off final on Saturday, May 28, and the Championship play-off final on Sunday, May 29.

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