New championship season brings new challenges for AFC Bournemouth, Reading FC and Brighton & Hove Albion

Eddie Howe has got his wish of a home game opener for the new season Credit: Chris Ison/PA wire

The new Championship season has been unveiled today with some great ties for our clubs. Reading FC host Ipswich on the opening day with manager Nigel Adkins set to try and win a fifth promotion while defeated play-offs semi-finalists Brighton have an intriguing start away to Leeds.

Newly promoted AFC Bournemouth are at home to Charlton - a home gain was exactly the start manager, Eddie Howe was after.

The second weekend includes other intriguing match-ups such as Reading's visit to Dougie Freedman's highly-fancied Bolton and Yeovil's first home game against Birmingham.

The busy Christmas period sees AFC Bournemouth and Yeovil play-off for local bragging rights and Charlton face Brighton with Leicester against Reading.

The new year is brought in with a full programme - the pick of which is Reading at home to Nottingham Forest - before the league takes a break for the FA Cup.

As it did last season, on a memorable and breathtaking final day, the campaign draws to a close on the opening Saturday in May, the 3rd.

QPR are the favourites to lift the title and if that plays out it could come at Barnsley, while second-fancied Bolton are at home to Birmingham. Reading will be at home to Burnley while a Lancashire derby between Blackburn and Wigan could have plenty riding on it.

Charlton wrap their season up at Blackpool, Watford host Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest and Brighton square-up, Leicester are at home to Doncaster and Millwall at home to Bournemouth.

Finally, Middlesbrough's fans will hope the longest trip in the division - to Yeovil - will have a tangible reward attached to it. More information on the season ahead can be found on ITV Sport's website at

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