GB About: Burnley Publish: Last Thursday at 10:41 AM Edit: Last Thursday at 10:41 AM Author: Gardener
Vincent Kompany's first league game in charge of Burnley comes in the season opener at Huddersfield Town on Friday 29 July. Sunderland host Coventry in their first league game in four years. The break in league games includes the group stage and the opening round of the knockout games of the World Cup. The opening round of League Two matches is spread over four days, beginning with Burnley's trip to John Smith's Stadium to take on a Terriers side who missed out on their return to the Premier League after beating Nottingham in the Championship game last month Forest had been beaten. from finals. Norwich's trip to Cardiff on Saturday 30 July is one of nine games that day during Coventry's game against Sunderland, who are returning to the Championship after winning last season's League One play-off final, for is scheduled for the following day. The first round concludes with Watford hosting Sheffield United, who beat play-off semi-finalists last season, on Monday 1 August. Kompany, who guided Anderlecht to a third place in Belgium's top flight last season, will be looking to bring the Clarets back to the Premier League in the first attempt. Burnley's first season back in the Championship since rising as title-holders in 2016 got off to a rocky start, with the trip to Huddersfield followed by a home game against Luton Town - another side who made last season's play-offs - before them Premier League club Watford meets another relegated team in the third week of the season. Norwich are back in the Championship after another stint in their first season, having finished bottom of the Premier League twice in the last three seasons after gaining promotion as league title winners. After a first trip to the Welsh capital, the Canaries host League One title winners Wigan Athletic, who are back in the Championship after a two-year absence - with their relegation in 2020 the result of a 12-point deduction after taking office. Watford return to the Second Division with a new manager at the helm, with Rob Edwards taking charge of the relegated side after guiding Forest Green Rovers to the Second Division title last season. Sunderland are returning to the Second Division for the first time since 2018 when a second straight relegation - after being eliminated from the Premier League 12 months earlier - condemned them to a four-year exile in the First Division. After Coventry went first to the Stadium of Light, the Sky Blues take on another promoted team in Week 2 with a home game against League One runners-up Rotherham. Elsewhere, Michael Appleton begins his second spell as Blackpool boss against Reading, more than nine years after his last game in charge of the Seasiders. This game will be Paul Ince's first league game since he was confirmed as permanent boss of the Royals at the end of last season. The former England international led Reading to safety last season, winning four and drawing three in his first 11 games after being appointed caretaker manager in February.
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