West Bromwich Albion’s trip to Bournemouth will kick-start the 2021-22 EFL campaign after the match was moved for live TV coverage.
The Championship clash at the Vitality Stadium will take place on Friday, August 6 (7.45pm) and will act as the curtain-raiser to the new campaign.
Both sides are under new management, with Scott Parker having swapped Fulham for the Cherries. The contest will also represent a first game at the Albion helm for ex-Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael.
It will be screened live on Sky Sports . The following day, Saturday, August 7, will then see the vast bulk of games take place across the Championship, Leagues One and Two, at 3pm.
There will be two games taking place later in the day, again both live on Sky Sports .
The first, at 5.30pm, sees newly-relegated Sheffield Wednesday travel to Charlton Athletic in League One.
The Owls are playing in the third tier for the first time in a decade but face a tough opening day test against Nigel Adkins’ side.
Later on that day, Wednesday’s Steel City rivals Sheffield United face Birmingham City (8pm).
The opening weekend of action concludes with another two televised matches on Sunday, August 8.
Fulham, who look set to appoint Marco Silva as Parker’s replacement, kick things off with a clash against Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough (1.30pm).
The cameras then move to the newly-named Coventry Building Society Arena as Coventry City return home after a period of exile in Birmingham.
Mark Robins’ side welcome Nottingham Forest for a 4.30pm kick-off.
With England set to lift all lockdown restrictions later this month, the hope is that stadiums will finally be able to welcome back capacity crowds. The last regular EFL matchday to host capacity crowds was on March 7, 2020.
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