Fixtures were released today for the Championship, and after a quick glance, it appears that September will be a challenging month for new Head Coach Thomas Christiansen and Leeds United. While the home game to start the month against Burton Albion doesn’t appear to be extremely difficult, as Burton barely avoided relegation last year and is likely to be a relegation favorite this year, the rest of the month looks to be difficult.
Three tough away days will be played in the month, with travels to London to face Millwall, who TIAT previewed here, followed by a home date against Ipswich, and then a midweek game all the way in Wales at Cardiff followed a local derby with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Sat Sep 9 Burton Albion H
Tue Sep 12 Birmingham City H
Sat Sep 16 Millwall A
Sat Sep 23 Ipswich Town H
Tue Sep 26 Cardiff City A
Sat Sep 30 Sheffield Wednesday A
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September looks to be where the rubber hits the road, so to speak. The glow of a new season and a new manager will have worn off, and as the weather starts to turn, a tough midweek travel to Cardiff City combined with visits to The Den and Sheffield might mean that Leeds could be lucky to only grab 10 points from the six games. Given the excitement and hope from last season and the new ownership, 10 points from the month of September might cause panic from the faithful, and Elland Road might grow a little restless when the team comes back in October.
Let’s hope that August starts strong, so when September starts and the fixtures start getting difficult, the team will be prepared and ready to take on some challenges. Otherwise, to quote Green Day, wake me up when September ends.