We take a look at the three relegated sides from the 2018-19 Premier League campaign, two of which had competed in the Championship the season before and came straight back down after a single season.
Profiles of the three teams can be seen below and will see them battle it out on the hallowed turf of the Madejski Stadium.
Cardiff City | 18th
Cardiff finished their Premier League campaign with 34 points, two points shy of Brighton in 17th. With a constant battle to remain in the league, it was a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace on matchday 37 that sent them down.
Kenneth Zohore finished the season with 12 goals, resulting in Cardiff’s top goal count from any player for the season.
The last time the Bluebirds visited Madejski Stadium was in 2017-18, which finished 2-2; Cardiff scoring twice in the last 10 minutes of the game to rescue a point.
Scott Parker’s Fulham landed 19th in the Premier League, and their fate was sealed with a 4-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road. Three second-half goals predestined an immediate return to the Championship.
The Cottagers reportedly spent over £100million on 12 new players last summer, but couldn’t find the chemistry to get the right results.
Fulham last met Reading in 2018 at Craven Cottage, resulting in a 1-0 win for Fulham en route to a place in the play-offs. The London club and Reading have met 53 times since the formation of the Football League, and will be clocking another two in the 2019-20 season.
Huddersfield Town | 20th
Huddersfield finished their two-year Premier League stint rock bottom, totalling 16 points. With only three league wins, it was a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace which condemned the Terriers.
It was January signing Karlan Ahearne-Grant who showed promise, with four goals in his 13 appearances.
As we well know, the Royals’ last meeting with Huddersfield was the play-off final at Wembley Stadium, which ended goalless, but it was the Terriers who triumphed 4-3 in a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out. It’ll just be the matter of three points at stake next time we meet, rather than a place in the top tier.
Stay tuned on Thursday at 9am for Fixture Release Day, for when meet all six newcomers for the 2019-20 Championship campaign.