Birmingham City will have to wait until a week today (June 23) to find out their Championship fixtures for the 2022/23 campaign - one of the few certain things among a barrel of uncertainty surrounding St Andrew’s at this moment in time.
With that said, we may have already got a sneaky indication as to where and what date some games are taking place for the Blues.
Traditionally, of course, the Blues and the Villans don’t play their home games on the same day. Policing and all that.
So with that in mind, we could already know some key dates for the Birmingham calendar, a week before the release.
Championship opening day
The Championship kicks off a week earlier than the Premier League in 2022, on the weekend of July 30.
Whilst you’d think in turn that that would leave the weekend free for Blues to play wherever, that may not be the case.
When the Premier League does get underway a week later, Villa play away at Bournemouth, leaving that weekend free for Birmingham to play at St Andrew’s.
If you’re still following - that would mean there’s a big chance that Blues play away on their opening day - to even things up - a week prior.
It also looks like a festive road trip for Birmingham as Villa are scheduled to play Premier League runners-up Liverpool at Villa Park on the 26th December.
Blues didn’t play on Boxing Day 2021 as their scheduled fixture away at Fulham was postponed due to a number of positive covid cases in the Fulham camp.
New Year’s Eve
Again, Birmingham didn’t have a New Year’s Day or New Year’s Eve fixture last season with the Chamionship not having games scheduled until January 2.
However, if they are to suit up on New Year’s Eve in the 22/23 campaign, it will likely be at St Andrew’s, with Villa travelling to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur.
Last day of the season
All three divisions from the Championship down to League Two are set to finish on May 2023.
The Premier League on the other hand doesn’t conclude until the end of the month (May 28).
On the Championship’s last day, Villa are scheduled to play Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux though with that being a derby in itself, will likely be moved for TV coverage.
If it is to take place on the sixth in Wolverhampton, though, Blues will be finishing their season off at St Andrew’s.
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