FIXTURES: City to kick-off league season away from home for fifth consecutive year
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Norwich City will play their first match away from home for the fifth consecutive season, with a trip to Huddersfield awaiting on the first day of the 2020-21 Championship campaign.
Daniel Farke’s refreshed squad will begin their attempt to bounce straight back to the Premier League with a trip to a Huddersfield side who found that very difficult after a change of manager last season, finishing down in 19th and just three points clear of the bottom three.
The Terriers include former City left-back Harry Toffolo in their ranks and parted company with manager Danny Cowley at the end of last season, appointing highly rated Leeds coach Carlos Corberan, who coached the under-23s as part of Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching staff.
The clubs last met during the 2016-17 season, when Huddersfield did the double over City on their way to earning promotion via the play-offs, winning 2-1 at Carrow Road and 3-0 at home, just after Norwich had sacked Alex Neil as manager - and just before Stuart Webber left the Terriers to take over as the Canaries’ sporting director.
A home clash with Neil’s Preston team follows the next Saturday as City return to Carrow Road - with hopes that reduced capacities will be allowed at games from some point early in the season amid the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, although decisions on that are yet to be made and the timeline on when fans may be able to start returning remains unclear.
Preston just slipped out of play-off contention last season and that match is followed by another tough game, with the third league fixture being a trip to Bournemouth, who have come down from the Premier League alongside City.
Otherwise, a trip to the other promoted club, Watford, awaits on Boxing Day but home games against QPR on December 28 and Barnsley on January 2 complete the festive season.
Easter takes Norwich to Preston on Good Friday and brings Huddersfield to Carrow Road on Easter Monday.
The season concludes with a home game against Reading and then a trip to Barnsley on the final day.
It will be the fifth season in succession that the Canaries have played their first league game away from home, losing 4-1 at Liverpool on the opening night of the 2019-20 campaign.
Prior to that it was a 2-2 draw at Birmingham in 2018, a 1-1 draw at Fulham in 2017 and a 4-1 win at Blackburn in 2016, all in the Championship.
The last home match on the opening day was a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League in 2015.
NCFC 2020-21 CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES
(All fixtures subject to change - 3pm kick-off unless stated)
Sat, Sept 5 - Luton (a) - League Cup first round
Sat, Sept 12 - Huddersfield (a)
Sat, Sept 19 - Preston (h)
Sat, Sept 26 - Bournemouth (a)
Sat, Oct 3 - Derby (h)
Sat, Oct 17 - Rotherham (a)
Tues, Oct 20 - Birmingham (h) - 7.45pm
Sat, Oct 24 - Wycombe (h)
Tues, Oct 27 - Brentford (a) - 7.45pm
Sat Oct 31 - Bristol City (a)
Tues, Nov 3 - Millwall (h) - 7.45pm
Sat, Nov 7 - Swansea (h)
Sat, Nov 21 - Middlesbrough (a)
Tues, Nov 24 - Stoke (a) - 8pm
Sat, Nov 28 - Coventry (h)
Weds, Dec 2 - Luton (a) - 7.45pm
Sat, Dec 5 - Sheff Weds (h)
Weds, Dec 9 - Nottm Forest (h) - 7.45pm
Sat, Dec 12 - Blackburn (a)
Weds, Dec 16 - Reading (a) - 8pm
Sat, Dec 19 - Cardiff (h)
Boxing Day - Watford (a)
Tues, Dec 29 - QPR (h) - 7.45pm
Sat, Jan 2 - Barnsley (h)
Sat, Jan 9 - FA Cup third round (TBC)
Sat, Jan 16 - Cardiff (a)
Weds, Jan 20 - Bristol City (h) - 7.45pm
Sat, Jan 23 - Millwall (a)
Sat Jan 30 - Middlesbrough (h)
Sat, Feb 6 - Swansea (a)
Sat, Feb 13 - Stoke (h)
Weds, Feb 17 - Coventry (a) - 7.45pm
Sat, Feb 20 - Rotherham (h)
Tues, Feb 23 - Birmingham (a) - 7.45pm
Sat, Feb 27 - Wycombe (a)
Weds, March 3 - Brentford (h) - 7.45pm
Sat, March 6 - Luton (h)
Sat, March 13 - Sheff Weds (a)
Weds, March 17 - Nottm Forest (a) - 7.45pm
Sat, March 20 - Blackburn (h)
Good Friday - Preston (a)
Easter Monday - Huddersfield (h)
Sat, April 10 - Derby (a)
Sat, April 17 - Bournemouth (h)
Tues, April 20 - Watford (h)
Sat, April 24 - QPR (a)
Sat, May 1 - Reading (h)
Sat, May 8 - Barnsley (a)