The football season is just around the corner as today sees a bumper coupon in the football leagues.
For fans and pundits alike the waiting is over as new signings make their first appearances for their teams, managers ponder over new formations and players get settled in.
There’s plenty of action this Saturday and Sunday as wee see plenty of interesting matchups up and down the country.
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Leeds will be hoping the loss of Neil Kilkenny, Bradley Johnson and Kasper Schmeichel will not affect the side too much, while the injuries to key players in Davide Somma and Luciano Becchio could see the Simon Grayson’s side off to a slow start.
They kick off their new season away at newly promoted Southampton, in a game shown live on Sky Sports 2. Nigel Adkins Saints side will be looking to continue on that upward curve towards the Premiership and the bulk of the side remaining the same as last season Southampton could well spring a few surprises.
The big match of the weekend comes from Upton Park, where Sam Allardyce’s West Ham side will be lookign to justify their tag of Championshiop favourites with victory over Cardiff.
The Bluebirds have changed their manager this year, and with Craig Bellamy, Jay Bothroyd and Michael Chopra no longer at the club much will rely on Kenny Miller and Cardiff old boy Rob Earnshaw, who has returned to his former club.
The match kicks off BBC1’s coverage of the Championship this year and it should be a cracker. The Hammers are relatively unchanged from last season, with Scott Parker and Carlton Cole sure to feature.
The additions of Kevin Nolan and Matty Taylor in midfield, once again teaming up with old boss Sam Allardyce, should see the Hammers have plenty going forward.
Sit back and relax as the new football season kicks off. Where will your side finish?