Derby County will face Reading in Frank Lampard’s first game in charge of the Rams when the 2018-19 Championship campaign starts in August. The match at the Madejski Stadium, on Friday, 3 August (20:00 BST), will kick off the English Football League season. Stoke City’s first game back in the second tier after dropping out of the Premier League will be at Leeds United. Fellow relegated sides West Brom and Swansea host Bolton and travel to Sheffield United respectively. Former England boss Steve McClaren begins his time in charge of QPR with a trip to Preston on Saturday, 4 August, while new Ipswich boss Paul Hurst welcomes promoted Blackburn to Portman Road for his first game as Town boss.
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