Championship Fixtures 2019/20: The Complete List of Matches for the New Season

?It’s all well and good watching Jordan Pickford nail a pressure-penalty to seal a bronze medal at the Nations League finals and we’ve all enjoyed seeing the Lionesses roar in France, but there’s nothing quite like club football.

It’s not necessarily better, so much as different. We get tribal when it’s derby day and would follow our beloved team from Land’s End to John o’ Groats and all the way back. Well, it won’t be long until those days are back, with the fixtures for the 2019/20 Championship season being released on Thursday.


It all kicks off at Kenilworth Road, Luton Town announcing their return to the second-division with a home match against ?Middlesbrough. That’s one of a handful of tasty clashes on the opening day, including ?Leeds United’s trip to ?Bristol City and recently-relegated ?Huddersfield Town’s Monday night showdown with losing playoff finalists? Derby County.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites outfit are once again favourites for promotion, closely followed by ?Fulham, ?West Bromwhich Albion, ?Cardiff City and ?Stoke City, all of whom have spent time in the top-flight in recent years.

Leeds meet the Cottagers four days before Christmas and then again on 18 March, whilst the latter take on West Brom for the first time on 14 September, venturing to the Hawthorns on 18 April as the run-in gets underway.

To help you find out when, where and who your team is playing, here’s the complete list of fixtures for each Championship club.

Barnsley


Birmingham City


Blackburn Rovers


Brentford


Bristol City


Cardiff City


Charlton Athletic


Derby County


Fulham


Huddersfield Town


Hull City


Leeds United


Luton Town


Middlesbrough


Millwall


Nottingham Forest

Preston North End


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Reading


Sheffield Wednesday


Stoke City


Swansea City


West Bromwich Albion


Wigan Athletic


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Neymar ‘House Hunting’ in Barcelona as Real Madrid Offer Player-Plus-Cash Deal for PSG Superstar

?Reports from Spain are claiming that Real Madrid have offered a staggering €130m plus one of either Gareth Bale or James Rodriquez as they look to make a sensational swoop for Neymar.

Talk of the forward leaving Paris Saint-Germain has ramped up following reports that both the player and the club ?agreed a summer exit is the best solution for all parties.

Neymar has struggled with injury during his time at the Ligue 1 champions but has still amassed an impressive 51 goals in two seasons at the club.


However, near constant speculation over his happiness in France and off-the-field issues have marred Neymar’s stint in the French capital, while he is no closer to his ultimate goal of winning the Ballon d’Or nor PSG to theirs of lifting the Champions League.

Talk of a move back to Spain has gathering pace in recent days following comments from PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi about ?ridding the club of ‘celebrity behaviour’

Long-term admirers ?Madrid have now stepped up their interest in the Brazilian, with ?Mundo Deportivo (MD) claiming a bid has now been lodged.

Los Blancos president Florentino Perez famously has something of an obsession with Neymar, and would love nothing more than to sign the former Barcelona superstar. While Perez often ultimately gets what he wants, it seems Real Madrid will face competition from their Clásico rivals Barcelona.

A recent rumour claimed ?Barça have already offered three stars (Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele) plus cash in exchange for the player that left Camp Nou in 2017. Meanwhile, another report from ?MD claims Neymar he has sent texts to the PSG president Al-Khelaifi asking to return ‘home’ to Catalonia.

Furthermore, Spanish TV station GOL, as picked up by ?The Sun among others, state Neymar is now house hunting back in Barcelona, as a move to the ?La Liga champions looks increasingly likely to reach a conclusion some time this summer.

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While it would require a colossal fee to prize Neymar away from France, PSG are now at least perhaps ready to consider sanctioning a move. 

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is understood to be weighing up the numerous possible manoeuvres that could see the move come to fruition. However, any deal for Neymar would surely end the possibility of Antoine Griezmann (and probably Matthijs de Ligt) moving to Camp Nou.

This could get rather interesting.

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Kylian Mbappe Like Totally Confirms Liverpool Move During Talk About FIFA Video Game

?Kylian Mbappe has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will definitely join Liverpool this summer after all-but confirming the move by declaring he would choose to play as Jurgen Klopp’s men in a game of FIFA.

As per every single summer, the most expensive footballers in world football are linked to the handful of clubs able to afford them, with Mbappe no different. Oh just ignore Paris Saint-Germain president ?Nasser Al-Khelaifi saying, “Mbappe? I’m 200% sure he will still be at PSG next season”. A minor stumbling block.

Currently in the United States, the French superstar dropped the biggest hint ever that he wants to join the ?Champions League winners after claiming he would opt to play for Jurgen Klopp’s men in a game of FIFA.

Speaking to Herculez Gomez of ESPN, ?Mbappe was given free choice to choose the one side he back himself to win with in a one-on-one face-off.

“Maybe Liverpool because they won the Champions League,” he said.

As if he hadn’t already added petrol to the transfer flames, which are to quote Alan Partridge already hotter than the sun, he then confessed his admiration for the club’s German coach, stating: “Yeah, he’s good.”


After what seems to have been months of speculation, it appears this story can finally be put to bed. It clearly flew under the radar but Mbappe was obviously in the United States, not on holiday, but instead to meet up with the ?Reds‘ American owner John W. Henry of the Fenway Sports Group to get down to the nitty-gritty details of his imminent move.

?Real Madrid may as well end their pursuit of the 20-year-old right here and now, as this slip of the tongue from the World Cup winner has all but ended their hopes of securing their ?’greatest wish’, with the Premier League runners up now definitely, definitely getting their man.


Note: Obviously the above is in jest. This means nothing other than that Mbappe (like everyone who has ever played the game) appreciates speedy wide players on FIFA. For a full breakdown of why this move isn’t on ?see here. You’ll have to dream on for now Liverpool fans. Fortunately, you already have a pretty incredible attack is it is.

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Man Utd Lining Up (Here We Go) David Brooks After Romelu Lukaku Agrees Inter Personal Terms

?Romeulu Lukaku has agreed a deal with Inter that will see the Manchester United striker take a pay-cut in order to seal a move to the Serie A side, with only a fee left to be decided between the two clubs.

Antonio Conte has placed the Belgian at the top of the club’s wishlist as part of his summer overhaul, with the player himself ?’officially’ declaring his desire to leave Old Trafford this transfer window.


Now, in a further development, ?The Sun claim that ?Lukaku has struck a solution with the ?Nerazzurri, with personal terms agreed in a deal that would see him take a £45k pay-cut and scoop wages of £180k-per-week.

While no fee has as of yet been agreed, ?United are looking to recuperate the £75m they forked out for the striker two years ago when he signed from Everton.

The same report from The Sun has stated that with the funds that are accrued from Lukaku’s sale (a deal that is expected to go through) they will look to line up Bournemouth’s David Brooks for £50m (a deal that probably won’t go through).

As with every single half-decent British player in the ?Premier League, the Welshman has seemingly got his turn this week to be linked with a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revolution. The Norwegian is known to be keen to add young, home-grown talent to his side, but this claim seems to have arrived out of the blue. 

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Granted, it’s an ‘exclusive’, yet after signing a new long-term contract for Brooks in March on what was already a four-year-deal when he moved to the south coast last summer, it appears to be just another name flung around with United’s name attached.

Brooks enjoyed a fine debut campaign in the top-flight last season, but the staggering price tag and Bournemouth’ strong position make this unlikely. A new two-year deal for Juan Mata also means that another attacking midfielder of Brooks’ ilk may not be a priority right now.

Meanwhile, ?United appear to be very close to a deal for Aaron Wan-Bissaka while a centre-back and central midfield options are also being sought.

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Joachim Andersen Says it’s ‘Time to Move on’ With Arsenal Pursuing Sampdoria Star

?Arsenal target Joachim Andersen has admitted ‘it could be time’ to seek a new challenge as his rumoured exit from Sampdoria grows increasingly likely.

The Danish centre-half was one of the standout performers for the Serie A side last season, as they secured a top-half finish for the first time since 2015.

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A central defender is high on the list of priorities for Unai Emery, who saw his side concede four goals in the Europa League final and miss out on the ?Premier League top four for the third consecutive season. 

Andersen has been linked with a move to ?Arsenal, as well as north London rivals ?Tottenham, and in no uncertain terms told ?Goal that he is a wanted man across the continent – and that he is eager to seek new pastures.

“It could be time for me to further my career,” he said.

“I have loved my time in Sampdoria – the fans, the president, the staff, the players, the city – but maybe it’s time to move on to develop further. There are a number of interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues who are discussing with my agent and I’ll be making a decision shortly together with my family and my agent.”

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While the former Twente defender expressed his desire to play at the top level, he did take time to thank his current employers for the contribution they had made to his career since joining the ?Serie A outfit in 2017.

“It’s very important to me that Sampdoria can also benefit from an eventual transfer. It’s not all about me,” he added. “I have so much to thank this great club for. Without Sampdoria, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have had to this point.”

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