It's that time of year again... the fixtures are out! The 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season will be getting underway right on our doorstep, as the Royals will take on Derby County at Madejski Stadium on Friday 3rd August (8pm)!
The Sky TV cameras will be here in RG2 as the Royals and the Rams face off - with Frank Lampard taking his first competitive match as Derby manager, as well as a test for Paul Clement against his former club.
Our first away trip of the season follows at Derby's near neighbours, Nottingham Forest, the following Saturday - before the Royals entertain Birmingham City in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
The upcoming campaign sees several games scheduled on Wednesday nights as well as Tuesdays in line with a new broadcast deal for the EFL - with Norwich and Blackburn set to come to RG2 on Wednesday nights under the lights.
The festive schedule will be as busy as ever, with Middlesbrough welcomed to Madejski Stadium in the lead-up to Christmas (Saturday 22nd December), before a short Boxing Day trip to Millwall.
The season starts here! Madejski hosting Friday-night opener against Derby21 June 2018
Another short journey follows on December 29th as the Royals will visit Loftus Road to play QPR, then we'll be seeing in 2019 with a home clash against Swansea City on New Year's Day.
There will be international breaks in September, October and November as well, with some of our boys set to take part in the brand new UEFA Nations League with their countries - with qualifying for Euro 2020 also getting started.
Obviously, we can't forget where Inflatables Day will be taking place... Middlesbrough is our final away trip of the season towards the end of April, before we close the campaign at Madejski Stadium against Birmingham the following week.
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