BLACKPOOL FIND OUT NEXT CHAMPIONSHIP OPPONENTS
Blackpoolare one of the three promoted teams in the English Championship this season and they have found out their next opponents in the English Championship after the fixtures for the 2021/22 season was released by the English Football League (EFL) on Thursday. Blackpool will start the new English Championship season at the home of Bristol City on week one. The new English Championship campaign kicks off on August 7.
The Tangerines secured promotion to the English Championship from League One alongside Hull City and Peterborough United. Hull City were the League One champions from last season and they qualified for the Championship this season automatically. Just like what was obtainable with Hull City, Peterborough United sealed a return to the English Championship automatically after finishing second behind the Tigers. On their part, Blackpool had to take the rigorous route of the playoffs to get to the Championship.
Newly promoted side Luton Town will welcome Peterborough United to Kenilworth Road on the opening weekend of the season, while another newly promoted team in Hull City would be guests of Preston North End.
For the three teams demoted from the Premier League last season namely Fulham, Sheffield United and West Brom, they have been handed tricky starts to the new season in the English Championship. West Brom are guests of South Coast club Bournemouth for their opening game of the new season. Sheffield United and Fulham are at home to Birmingham City andMiddlesbrough respectively.
Derby County are far from certain about their eligibility for the English Championship this season due to financial fairplay issues with the EFL but they have been given an home game against Huddersfield Town. Wycombe Wanderers could take their place in the Championship if they are demoted.
In the other fixtures, Stoke City welcome Reading to the Britannia Stadium, while Blackburn Rovers are at home to Swansea City. Cardiff City will face Barnsley at home, while Coventry City will take on visitors Nottingham Forest. Lastly, hosts Queens Park Rangers (QPR) will take on London team Millwall in the battle of the London teams.
Blackpool might need to make a fast start if they want to stay away from relegation fight in the Championship this season.