Championship games set to return on June 20th

Fulham and Charlton will meet in a 12:30 kick-off ahead of a full programme of 3pm games, while Leeds play Cardiff the following day.

Matthew Crist

The Championship season will re-start on June 20th with Fulham’s match against Brentford scheduled to be the first fixture since the season was suspended following the Coronavirus outbreak.

The EFL’s restart date is provisional, subject to safety requirements being met, but if the fixtures go ahead it will be the first second-tier English games played  since March 8th when Derby beat Blackburn 3-0 in the final Championship game to be played before elite football in England was suspended

The full revised Championship schedule was released by the English Football League on Monday and there will be no midweek fixtures on 23-24 June, but full rounds scheduled every subsequent midweek until the final matches of the regular season, which are set to be played on Wednesday, 22 July.

The play-offs are expected to follow, August 2nd or 3rd seen as a potential date for the final.

Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United

Under the proposal two promotion rivals will meet in a 12:30 BST kick-off on Saturday, June 20th, while leaders Leeds United will return to action against Cardiff on June 21st.

West Bromwich Albion, who are second in the table, will face local rivals Birmingham City in one of 10 15:00 BST kick-offs on Saturday, 20 June.

The outstanding 108 regular-season matches will be played behind closed doors with supporters able to watch all games either on Sky Sports, which will broadcast 30 matches, on the EFL’s iFollow streaming service or via club equivalents.

The EFL announced their prefered restart date on May 31st, which was, “subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and government guidance are met; and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds.”

Championship players were permitted to return to training on 25 May, firstly in a non-contact environment in small groups, and have since moved onto the next phase which permits larger groups and closer contact.

Opening weekend of revised fixture schedule

Wayne Rooney

Saturday, 20 June (15:00 BST kick-off unless stated)

Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City
Fulham v Brentford (12:30)
Huddersfield Town v Wigan Athletic
Hull City v Charlton Athletic
Luton Town v Preston North End
Middlesbrough v Swansea City
Millwall v Derby County
Queens Park Rangers v Barnsley
Reading v Stoke City
Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest
West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City

Sunday, 21 June

Cardiff City v Leeds United (12:00 BST)

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