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A look at the season ahead...

A glance at what the 2018-19 season will bring in the 10 months between August and May

21 June 2018

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So, the day is finally here and the fixtures for the 2018-19 season have been revealed. It'll be 10 months of blood, sweat, tears and joy, so let's run you through it.

Rovers kick things off with a trip to one of Tony Mowbray's old sides on the opening day of the campaign; being handed a trip to Ipswich Town. It's the longest journey of the campaign so it's nice to get that one out of the way, and is a repeat of the opening day clash at the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign.

Our first home game sees Neil Harris' Millwall visit Ewood Park on Saturday 11th August and then it's off to Hull City a week later for a battle with the Tigers, before back-to-back home games with Reading and Brentford visiting Ewood at the end of the month.

A voyage to the West County at the start of September is next on the agenda as Tony takes the troops to Ashton Gate before an international break sees us go two weeks without a game until we host Aston Vlla on the 15th of the month.

Derby County away and Stoke City away suggest tricky away trips towards the end of the month, which is finished with Nottingham Forest heading up to East Lancashire.

Sheffield United visit a few days later for a clash under the Ewood lights to see in October and then a short trip to Bolton Wanderers follows on the 6th of the month.

Another international break occurs and then there are three tough games; at home to Leeds and then away to two of the recently relegated Premier League sides in Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion to finish the month.

Two home games on the bounce follow on at the start of November with QPR and fellow promoted side Rotherham United visiting our home before local trips to Preston North End and Wigan finish off a month with not much travelling at all.

As the cold, dark nights settle in, December takes in six Rovers games, with three home clashes - Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City and Norwich City - and a trio of away trips - Middlesbrough, Leeds United (Boxing Day) and Sheffield United.

New Year's Day allows West Brom to head up to Rovers territory for the first of our reverse fixtures. The Lions Den provides the venue for a game at Millwall on the 12th and a week later, Ipswich head up from Suffolk to take us on. We finish the month by hosting Hull on the 26th.

Many say the month of February is crucial for every team's hopes in a season and that month sees plenty of travelling, heading to Brentford's Griffin Park on the 2nd, Reading away on a Wednesday night and visiting Birmingham City's St Andrew's, with home clashes against Bristol City and Middlesbrough also squeezed inbetween the schedule.

March takes us to Yorkshire on two occasions with a return to the New York Stadium to take on Rotherham and we head ever-so-slightly further south than that as we head to Hillsborough to tackle Sheffield Wednesday two weeks later.

Inbetween those two clashes see derby matches at Ewood with Preston North End and then Wigan making the short journeys across to our home. We end up finishing the month with a journey to the Midlands as we lock horns with Aston Villa at Villa Park.

And all of a sudden we reach the final full month of the season, with some great games to look forward to. Stoke and Derby - who are both fancied for automatic promotion in 2018-19 - head to Ewood with two home games in a week scheduled in and then it's back-to-back away trips with Nottingham Forest and QPR (Good Friday) on the agenda.

The Bank Holiday Monday has Bolton Wanderers ready to head up the M6 and the final away game of the campaign hands us a trip to a place they call The Fine City as Norwich host us on April 27th.

That finishes off April nicely and the Championship season ends on May 5th, with Swansea City coming to town and making the long trip up from Wales.

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