Swansea City's 2020-21 fixtures released
Swansea City will kick off the 2020-21 Championship season with a trip to face Preston North End at Deepdale.
Steve Cooper’s side will head to Lancashire on the opening weekend of September 12 to take on Alex Neil’s Lilywhites, who were among the Swans’ rivals for a play-off berth last term.
It means the Swans start a season that will mark 40 years since their first promotion to the top-flight at the very venue where that feat was achieved in 1981.
The first home game of the season sees Birmingham City – under the guidance of new manager Aitor Karanka – visit the Liberty on September 19.
The first South Wales derby of the season is scheduled for December 12 at Cardiff City Stadium, with the return fixture at the Liberty set to take place on March 20.
The Swans will end the season with a trip to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.
After the opening two games, there is a trip to take on newly-promoted Wycombe Wanderers to round off September.
They begin October with a meeting with Millwall at the Liberty, and then return to home turf to host Huddersfield Town after the international break.
That is followed by the first of 13 midweek fixtures with a trip to take on League One champions Coventry City, while new signing Korey Smith will face former club Bristol City at Ashton Gate the following weekend.
The following week, the final week of October, sees two home fixtures as Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers visit South Wales.
The games keep coming thick and fast into November, which starts with a first trip to Brentford’s new stadium, with a trip to Norwich City following before that month’s international break.
Championship action resumes with home games against Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday, before a trip to face Nottingham Forest, who the Swans pipped to the play-offs in dramatic fashion last term.
December commences with the long journey to Middlesbrough, the first of eight games in the final month of the year.
Cooper’s side host Luton Town and Bournemouth before the first South Wales derby of the season and a trip to Derby.
Barnsley visit the Liberty for the last game before Christmas, while Swansea travel to west London on Boxing Day for a meeting with QPR.
A home meeting with Reading will round off 2020, while 2021 will also start on home soil as Watford visit the Liberty on January 2.
Three of the remaining four January fixtures are away from home; journeys to Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers come ahead of a home meeting with Brentford before the Swans hit the road again to face Rotherham in South Yorkshire.
Norwich City visit SA1 at the start of February with trips to Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield sandwiching a home game against Nottingham Forest.
Coventry and Bristol City visit the Liberty ahead of a trip to Stoke which kicks off the March itinerary.
Middlesbrough are next up in the Swans backyard before they are on their travels to face Luton and Bournemouth.
March’s fixtures conclude with the second South Wales derby of the season in SA1.
Over Easter there is a Good Friday trip to take on Birmingham, before Cooper’s men entertain Preston on Easter Monday.
April also includes away days at Millwall and Reading, the latter the site of that remarkable play-off clinching win just last month.
Those games sandwich a home double-header against Wycombe and QPR.
May brings the final two fixtures of the season, with Derby the final visitors to the Liberty in 2020-21, before that season-ending trip to Watford.
Swansea City 2020-21 Champions fixture list
*This fixture list is provisional and subject to change
Sat, Sep 12 - Preston North End (A)
Sat, Sep 19 - Birmingham City (H)
Sat, Sep 26 - Wycombe Wanderers (A)
Sat, Oct 3 - Millwall (H)
Sat, Oct 17 - Huddersfield Town (H)
Tues, Oct 20 - Coventry City (A)
Sat, Oct 24 - Bristol City (A)
Tues, Oct 27 - Stoke City (H)
Sat, Oct 31 - Blackburn Rovers (H)
Tues, Nov 3 - Brentford (A)
Sat, Nov 7 - Norwich City (A)
Sat, Nov 21 - Rotherham United (H)
Weds, Nov 25 - Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sat, Nov 28 - Nottingham Forest (A)
Weds, Dec 2 - Middlesbrough (A)
Sat, Dec 5 - Luton Town (H)
Tues, Dec 8 - AFC Bournemouth (H)
Sat, Dec 12 - Cardiff City (A)
Weds, Dec 16 - Derby County (A)
Sat, Dec 19 - Barnsley (H)
Sat, Dec 26 - Queens Park Rangers (A)
Tues, Dec 29 - Reading (H)
Sat, Jan 2 - Watford (H)
Sat, Jan 16 - Barnsley (A)
Tues, Jan 19 - Blackburn Rovers (A)
Sat, Jan 23 - Brentford (H)
Sat, Jan 30 - Rotherham United (A)
Sat, Feb 6 - Norwich City (H)
Sat, Feb 13 - Sheffield Wednesday (A)
Weds, Feb 17 - Nottingham Forest (H)
Sat, Feb 20 - Huddersfield Town (A)
Weds, Feb 24 - Coventry City (H)
Sat, Feb 27 - Bristol City (H)
Weds, Mar 3 - Stoke City (A)
Sat, Mar 6 - Middlesbrough (H)
Sat, Mar 13 - Luton Town (A)
Tues, Mar 16 - AFC Bournemouth (A)
Sat, Mar 20 - Cardiff City (H)
Fri, Apr 2 - Birmingham City (A)
Mon, Apr 5 - Preston North End (H)
Sat, Apr 10 - Millwall (A)
Sat, Apr 17 - Wycombe Wanderers
Tues, Apr 20 - Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sat, Apr 24 - Reading (A)
Sat, May 1 - Derby County (H)
Sat, May 8 - Watford (A)