Championship key dates with tough opening tests for Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham

Slavisa Jokanovic starts his Sheffield United reign with a home game against Birmingham.

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The fixtures for the 2021/22 Championship season have been released this morning.

West Bromwich Albion return to the Championship with a tough-looking trip to Bournemouth.

The Cherries, widely expected to announce Scott Parker as their new manager imminently, fell short in the play-offs last term and will be looking to mount another promotion tilt this term.

They will be looking for a quick start against the managerless Baggies, who will be looking to bounce back into the Premier League at the first attempt.

Fulham, Parker's current employers, begin their campaign back in the second tier at home to Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough whilst Sheffield United also have a home game to start with.

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New boss Slavisa Jokanovic begins his reign at Bramall Lane with a visit from Lee Bowyer's Birmingham City.

The newly-promoted trio of Hull, Peterborough and Blackpool all start with away trips.

The Tigers go to Preston, Posh travel to Luton and the Tangerines are on the road at Bristol City. Swansea City, who lost the play-off final to Brentford last season, start the new campaign away at Blackburn Rovers.

The season begins on August 7 and finishes exactly eight months later, on May 7.

The play-off final is scheduled to take place on May 29, 2022.

Selected Championship fixtures for 2021-22:

August 7

Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion

Blackburn Rovers v Swansea City

Bristol City v Blackpool

Cardiff City v Barnsley

Coventry City v Nottingham Forest

Derby County v Huddersfield Town

Fulham v Middlesbrough

Luton Town v Peterborough United

Preston North End v Hull City

Queens Park Rangers v Millwall

Sheffield United v Birmingham City

Stoke City v Reading

Boxing Day

Barnsley v Stoke City

Cardiff City v Coventry City

Derby County v West Bromwich Albion

Fulham v Birmingham City

Huddersfield Town v Blackpool

Hull City v Blackburn Rovers

Luton Town v Bristol City

Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest

Millwall v Swansea City

Peterborough United v Reading

Preston North End v Sheffield United

Queens Park Rangers v Bournemouth

New Year's Day

Bournemouth v Peterborough United

Birmingham City v Queens Park Rangers

Blackburn Rovers v Huddersfield Town

Blackpool v Hull City

Bristol City v Millwall

Coventry City v Luton Town

Nottingham Forest v Barnsley

Reading v Derby County

Sheffield United v Middlesbrough

Stoke City v Preston North End

Swansea City v Fulham

West Bromwich Albion v Cardiff City

May 7

Bournemouth v Millwall

Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers

Derby County v Cardiff City

Huddersfield Town v Bristol City

Hull City v Nottingham Forest

Luton Town v Reading

Peterborough United v Blackpool

Preston North End v Middlesbrough

Sheffield United v Fulham

Stoke City v Coventry City

Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers

West Bromwich Albion v Barnsley

*Fixtures subject to change

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