Fixtures 2018-19: Sheffield United - relegated Swansea provide opening day test for Blades

SHEFFIELD UNITED will start the new EFL Championship campaign in front of the cameras with a tea-time home game with Graham Potter's Swansea City on Saturday, August 4 (5.30pm).

Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder. Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

The Blades’ opening away date sends them to QPR seven days later before welcoming Norwich City - who claimed an ill-tempered victory at Bramall Lane last term - on August 18 and then travelling to Middlesbrough, where United suffered a controversial loss early on in 2017-18, on August 21.

The Steel City derby dates have been pencilled in for November 10, when the Blades welcome Sheffield Wednesday and March 2, when United make the reverse trip across the city to Hillsborough.

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The Blades start September with a home game with Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa on September 1 and welcome Hull City - who succumbed to a quartet of goals from Leon Clarke at S2 last season - on October 20.

A run of three fixtures out of four against Yorkshire opponents awaits in November and the start of December for the Blades.

After hosting Wednesday, the Blades’ next game is a trip to Rotherham United on November 24 before a home date with Leeds on December 1.

Chris Wilder’s side host Derby on Boxing Day and Blackburn three days later before starting 2019 at Wigan on New Year’s Day.

Boro visit Bramall Lane on February 13 and after heading to Hillsborough on March 2, the Blades welcome the Millers seven days later on March 9 before visiting Leeds on March 16 - with a home game with Brentford sandwiched in between.

United visit Hull in their penultimate away game on April 22. After hosting Ipswich on April 27 in their final home game of the season, Wilder’s side end the season at Stoke on May 5.

AUGUST

4 Swansea City H

11 Queens Park Rangers A

18 Norwich City H

21 Middlesbrough A

25 Bolton Wanderers A

SEPTEMBER

1 Aston Villa H

15 Bristol City A

19 Birmingham City H

22 Preston North End H

29 Millwall A

OCTOBER

3 Blackburn Rovers A

6 Hull City H

20 Derby County A

23 Stoke City H

27 Wigan Athletic H

NOVEMBER

3 Nottingham Forest A

10 Sheffield Wednesday H

24 Rotherham United A

27 Brentford A

DECEMBER

1 Leeds United H

8 Reading A

15 West Bromwich Albion H

22 Ipswich Town A

26 Derby County H

29 Blackburn Rovers H

JANUARY

1 Wigan A

12 Queens Park Rangers H

19 Swansea City A

26 Norwich City A

FEBRUARY

2 Bolton Wanderers H

9 Aston Villa A

13 Middlesbrough

16 Reading H

23 West Bromwich Albion A

MARCH

2 Sheffield Wednesday A

9 Rotherham United H

12 Brentford H

16 Leeds United A

30 Bristol City H

APRIL

6 Preston North End A

10 Birmingham City A

13 Millwall H

19 Nottingham Forest H

22 Hull City A

27 Ipswich Town H

MAY

5 Stoke City A