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The championship returns this weekend with another exciting and unpredictable campaign ahead. Last season saw just one of the previous campaigns relegated clubs, QPR, managed to secure promotion with Leicester City and the unheralded Burnley securing the top two spots in the division.
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This time round Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich will be the ones hoping to get back up at the first attempt but with the likes of Derby, Wigan, Nottingham Forest, Watford and Brighton all likely to challenge it will be difficult.
Fulham have been the most active of all the clubs with their 11 million signing of Ross McCormack from Leeds sending out a big message. The Londoners will be hoping to make a fast start when they take on Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich side.
Cardiff have invested wisely over the summer with Adam LeFondre, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Javi Guerra all shrewd signings. The loss of Steven Caulkner and Jordan Mulch to QPR is a blow while it also looks like Gary Medel will also be on his way however the exciting Mats Daehli could inspire the club.
The Welsh side get underway against a Blackburn side that has found stability after an uncertain number of years. The club made a late charge for the playoff ultimately falling short but if they can build on that end of season form and get plenty of ball into Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede then they could make life uncomfortable for Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s side.
Steve McClaren’s Derby are the current favourites to win the division and they will hope to make a first start at home to Rotherham while Norwich will also fancy their chances of an opening day three points away to newly promoted Wolves.
Wigan and Reading will also hope to feature prominently in the playoff positions this season and the pair will get an early glimpse of each other’s potential when they meet at the DW on Saturday.
Millwall and Leeds both have painful campaigns last time out and after a summer of low activity and uninspiring signings both could be in for a season of struggle, they meet at the Den on day one while Blackpool will need to defy the odds and their tag as favourites for relegation after their summer plight. They begin their campaign away to Stuart Pearce’s Nottingham Forest.
Huddersfield and Bournemouth both finished mid-table last season with a late run almost securing a playoff spot for the Cherries. They meet at the John Smith stadium.
Middlesbrough are another team that have gone about their business their summer and the Teesiders will be hoping to get off to good start at home to Birmingham.
Elsewhere Brighton begin their season with a tricky test at home to Sheffield Wednesday, newcomers Brentford meet Charlton and Watford with striker Matej Vydra back in their ranks face Bolton.