The new Championship season gets underway tonight as Watford and Middlesbrough face off.
Just over a month on from the play-off final, the Championship is back for another hectic year in one of the most competitive and exciting leagues around.
The 2019/20 was like nothing that has gone before and the teams have faced a quick turnaround ahead of the new term.
But now, they are set to take to the field once again and first up, it’s Watford v Middlesbrough.
Watford were relegated from the Premier League last term and will be looking to bounce straight back under new manager Vladimir Ivic.
They take on a Middlesbrough side tonight who will know they simply must perform better than last season.
The former top-flight club finished a lowly 17th last term and Neil Warnock will be desperate for a fast start this season.
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Watford v Middlesbrough: How to listen
The Championship tie will get underway at 7:45pm on Friday, September 11.
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Watford v Middlesbrough: What has been said?
New Watford manager Vladimir Ivic is set for his first competitive game in the dugout and knows he faces a tricky task ahead this season.
“Everyone will know that this period was not easy for no one,” the Serbian said.
“Not just for us, because with the Covid situation this is a problem with our players, with our staff, which is some quarantine and some of the practice, maybe not a lot and not enough, but this is the game and will be the same for all the teams.
“(It’s) difficult for all coaches and that means we must be careful and protect some of them to not get injured because it will be very difficult for the players.
“All this period and this pre-season we didn’t complete how we want, but as I said it’s the same for all the teams. We will see how we go in the league.”
Middlesbrough have already kicked off their season with a 4-3 win over Shrewsbury in the opening round of the Carabao Cup – their first home win since Boxing Day – but Ivic remains confident.
“Yes, beginning in England, beginning in the Championship for me, first game I am positive,” he added. “I work with a positive group of players who are ready to give their best for the week.
“We had around a month to prepare our team for the start of the Championship, first game start on Friday. We worked hard in these previous weeks and these last days and in the last few days we prepare our team for the first game against Middlesbrough.”