Championship matches 2022-23 – Promotion contenders got off to a rough start

Championship matches 2022-23 – Promotion contenders got off to a rough start

The championship game schedule was announced Thursday morning ahead of a marathon season.

The 2022-23 campaign runs from July 30th to May 29th, with a short break in November and December for the World Cup.

Here the PA news agency has identified some notable runs using an aggregation of the odds from leading bookmakers.

Hornets stung from early games

Rob Edwards has had a difficult start with Watford

Rob Edwards has a difficult start with Watford (Jonathan Brady/PA)

New Watford boss Rob Edwards will immediately face a test of his qualifications based on his side’s first three games.

The Hornets meet last year’s play-off semi-finalists Sheffield United on opening day before heading to West Brom and a home game against Vincent Kompany’s Burnley.

Several other clubs who are expected to struggle for promotion according to pre-season odds have gotten off to scary starts.

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce’s West Brom will start with two tough games (Mike Egerton/PA)

Steve Bruce’s Baggies travel to Middlesbrough for their first game before hosting Watford, while Boro continue with tricky looking games against QPR and the Blades.

Burnley, whose relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on the final day of last season, begins with a trip to Huddersfield, who finished runners-up in the play-off final in May.

Canary Islands sing with a favorable start

(PA graphic)

(PA graphic)

Dean Smith’s Norwich are playing against nobody expected to finish in the top six by mid-September.

The Canary Islands are bookmakers’ favorites for the league title, having risen in three of their last five seasons in the English second division, including winning the title in their previous two campaigns.

With their rivals facing difficult rounds in July and August, former Villa boss Smith will appreciate his chances of repeating that success.

Huddersfield falls away in spring?

Harry Toffolo of Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield have to overcome a difficult gameplay in March and April to fight for promotion again (John Walton/PA)

The Terriers narrowly missed out on a Premier League spot in May but face a tough task to repeat last season’s success.

Carlos Corberan’s side have been given a grueling schedule in March and April, which sees them play all six promotion favorites in 12 games spread over just two months.

Soft start for relegation candidates

Reading director Paul Ince

Reading have a chance of a good start to next season under Paul Ince (Adam Davy/PA)

The four least valued clubs, based on pre-season odds, have a chance to start well and avoid relegation problems.

Rotherham, Reading, Birmingham and Bristol City all meet at least two of the predicted bottom seven in their first six games.

Only Paul Ince’s Royals and Lee Bowyer’s Blues face one of the clubs expected to battle for promotion in this run.

Rotherham and Bristol City’s soft starts are offset by difficult finishes.

The Millers, who were automatically promoted from League One last season, and the Robins have each played four of the six promotion favorites in their last seven games.

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