The 2016/17 Championship fixtures have been released and it has been confirmed that last season’s defeated Play-Off finalists Sheffield Wednesday will take on a side, who are coming down from the Premier League in the form of Aston Villa in their opening game.
It is a baptism of fire for Villa who have just been subjected to a takeover by Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia.
It is their first season out of the top flight of English football since 1988 and they start their campaign against Carlos Carvalhal’s side who are certainly in the ascendancy.
Last season exceeded expectations for the Owls with many tipping them to struggle.
However, Carvalhal helped to guide them to within one game of a return to the Premier League only for them to be defeated by Steve Bruce’s Hull City.
This opening fixture will give us a good impression of how both teams are set for the upcoming season.
Aston Villa will be under the guidance of new manager Roberto Di Matteo but Wednesday will be entering their second full season with Carvalhal at the helm.
In this article, Football League World writer Steve Day looks at THREE new signings that could shine for Sheffield Wednesday in their opening league game of the season against Aston Villa…..