Relegated Sunderland face tough Championship opener

They take on Derby at the start of August

BY Cian Roche 10:21 Wednesday 21 June 2017, 10:21 21 Jun 2017

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Managerless and recently relegated Sunderland will kick-off the Championship season with a home game against Derby.

That'll be on Friday August 4th. Having also dropped out of the Premier League, Hull head to Aston Villa on the next day - and Middlesbrough go to Wolves.

Of the newly promoted sides, Sheffield United open against Brentford, Bolton start against Leeds and Millwall head to Nottingham Forest.

Fourth tier Forest Green Rovers' first ever Football League match is a home fixture with Barnet.

Championship opening round of fixtures

Friday 04 August 2017

19:45: Sunderland v Derby County

Saturday 05 August 2017

15:00: Bristol City v Barnsley

15:00: Burton Albion v Cardiff City

15:00: Fulham v Norwich City

15:00: Ipswich Town v Birmingham City

15:00: Nottingham Forest v Millwall

15:00: Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday

15:00: Queens Park Rangers v Reading

15:00: Sheffield United v Brentford

15:00: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Middlesbrough

17:30: Aston Villa v Hull City

Sunday 06 August 2017

16:30: Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United

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