Kompany’s Burnley begin at Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town's John Smith's Stadium

Vincent Kompany has been handed a tricky start to his Burnley (Championship outright 14/1) career as the Clarets travel to Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the season.

The Belgian former Premier League winner was appointed new manager last week after a two-year stint at Anderlecht in his homeland and has been tasked with sending them back up to the Premier League.

Burnley were relegated following a six-year stint in the Premier League and face Huddersfield on Friday 29th July, who are looking to go one better this year after losing the play off final.

Norwich, who have won the Championship in their two campaigns in the division, start the season away at Cardiff City, while Watford (Championship outright – Norwich 11/2F, Watford 7/1) begin at home to Sheffield United.

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Sunderland (Top six 11/4), playing their first Championship game for four years, host Coventry following promotion from League One via the play offs.

There is a North West derby as promoted Wigan are at home to Preston, while Rotherham, who have bounced between the Championship and League One in each of the last six seasons, face Swansea on day one.

Two sides expected to battle for promotion meet at the Riverside as Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough play Steve Bruce’s West Brom (Championship outright – Middlesbrough 9/1, West Brom 9/1).

In League One, crisis club Derby County (League One outright 9/1) host Oxford on the opening weekend with their proposed takeover still not yet completed.

Wayne Rooney has only a handful of players available to him and will be expecting a busy month before the season gets underway on Saturday 30th July.

Fellow relegated sides Barnsley and Peterborough (League One outright – Barnsley 12/1, Peterborough 12/1) go to Plymouth and Cheltenham respectively, while last season’s League Two champions Forest Green go to fellow promotion winners Bristol Rovers.

In League Two, Stockport’s (League Two outright 7/1F) first EFL game for 11 years sees them host Barrow at Edgeley Park while play off winners Grimsby are at Leyton Orient.

Mark Hughes’ Bradford face a home game against relegated Doncaster Rovers while Wimbledon and Gillingham (League Two outright – Bradford 8/1, Gillingham 16/1, Doncaster 18/1, Wimbledon 20/1), both of whom were relegated from League One last season, face off at Kingsmeadow.

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