Town at Burton on Opening Day, Sunderland First Visitors to Portman Road
Thursday, 20th Jun 2019 09:00
Town will travel to Burton Albion on the opening day of their first third tier season in 62 years with League One favourites Sunderland 2019/20’s first visitors to Portman Road the following week.
Paul Lambert’s men will get their season up and running against the Brewers, ninth in the League One in 2018/19, on Saturday 3rd August with the Black Cats, fifth last season and beaten in the play-off final, in Suffolk on Saturday 10th August.
The Blues and Burton last met in the Championship in 2017/18 when Town won 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium - continuing their 100 per cent record - before a 0-0 draw at Portman Road.
Town, second favourites to win the division with the bookies behind Sunderland, most recently met the Wearsiders during the same season, winning 5-2 at home and 2-0 away.
The first round of the Carabao Cup, which is drawn at 7pm this evening, follows that match prior to the Blues making the trip to Peterborough United on Saturday 17th August.
Three days later, the Blues host AFC Wimbledon in their first ever game against the new version of the Dons, before a trip to Bolton Wanderers and a home game against Shrewsbury complete the season’s opening month.
September gets under way with a trip to Rochdale, the first time the sides have ever met, Doncaster’s visit to Portman Road, a midweek game at the MK Dons, a trip to keeper Tomas Holy’s former club Gillingham and then striker James Norwood’s old side Tranmere’s long trip to East Anglia.
October begins with the Blues’ first ever game against Fleetwood Town at their home, Highbury.
The Christmas/New Year period sees the Blues at Portsmouth, the division’s third-favourites, on Saturday 21st December, then at home to the Gills on Boxing Day, followed by a trip to newly-promoted Lincoln City on Sunday 29th December.
Town travel to Wycombe Wanderers for the first competitive game between the teams on New Year’s Day.
The Blues host Bolton on Good Friday, then are at Shrewsbury on Easter Monday.
The run-in continues with Town welcoming Rochdale to Portman Road for the first time, then making the trip to Doncaster before the MK Dons are in Suffolk on the final day, Sunday 3rd May, a game which has a midday kick-off.
The games with Southend, the nearest thing to a derby in the season ahead, are on Saturday 26th October at Roots Hall and Saturday 4th April at Portman Road.
In addition to the early season Tuesday trip to the MK Dons, Town have midweek away games at Rotherham, Tuesday 28th January, and AFC Wimbledon, Tuesday 11th February.
Matches which could be subject to moves due to international call-ups are the matches at Rochdale on Saturday 7th September, at home to Wycombe on Saturday 12th October, at Oxford on Saturday 16th November and away at Bury on Saturday 28th March.
Town can call for a postponement if they have three or more players selected for international duty, something which seems likely with Alan Judge a regular in the Republic of Ireland squad, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes probables for the England U21s, Idris El Mizouni recently winning his first full Tunisia cap and having appeared for their U23s, Emyr Huws and Gwion Edwards having been called up by Wales, Corrie Ndaba, Barry Cotter and Aaron Drinan members of the Irish U21s squad and new keeper Adam Przybek having recently been on standby for the Wales U21s.
Town’s first FA Cup first round tie since the 1956/57 season will be played over the weekend of Saturday 9th November with the second round on the weekend of November 30th. If they reach the third round that will as usual be played over the first weekend of January.
The Blues’ first ever Checkatrade Trophy campaign gets under way in the week commencing September 2nd with the games streamed by the EFL.
The draw for the regionalised groups, which will include one Premier League U21 side but almost certainly not Norwich with the authorities preventing “high-profile clashes” with local rivals at that stage of the competition, will be made in July.
A full list of Town’s 2019/20 fixtures can be found here.
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