The EFL fixtures for the 2017/18 season were released this morning and Leeds United fans now know who they’ll be playing when. After an up and down summer so far, things are now looking slightly on the up. New gaffer Thomas Christiansen will no doubt be looking to go one better than his predecessor Garry Monk did in 2016/17 once the 2017/18 campaign rolls around. Here we look at five of Leeds’ key fixtures in the upcoming season.
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Bolton Wanderers vs Leeds United (06/08/17)
There will be a keen sense of intrigue surrounding Thomas Christiansen and his side when the first game of the season rolls around. His managerial career to date is all but unknown to many Leeds fans and it’s fair to say he was a surprise appointment which not many would’ve predicted.
As with any new season and new managerial tenure, three points has to be a priority for Christiansen in a tough opening day away trip. Phil Parkinson’s sturdy Bolton should prove to be stern opposition at the Macron Stadium. Leeds narrowly missed out on the play-offs in 2016/17 and Christiansen will be looking to make progress on this in 2017/18. Although it’s been a shaky summer so far, fans now seem in decent spirits and will be hopeful that they can be pleasantly surprised with a good 2017/18 season consisting of progression under the club’s new regime.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Leeds United (30/09/17)
Like Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday’s 2016/17 season also ended in disappointment due to their play-off semi-final loss at the hands of fellow Yorkshire side Huddersfield Town.
Wednesday are always a tough test at Hillsborough and the clash should be a good marker of where Christiansen’s Leeds are at. Wednesday will yet again be aiming for promotion in 2017/18 and it will also be a good test to see how the West Yorkshire side do against what’s likely to be a play-off standard side at least.
Aside from this the game is a Yorkshire derby, of which there are not as many left in the Championship as there once was. The atmosphere on the day will no doubt be electric with both a packed out home and away end. No matter where both sides sit in the table at this point, it’s bound to be a feisty affair regardless.
Leeds United vs Middlesbrough (18/11/17)
For Leeds and their fanbase, this could possibly be their most meaningful encounter of the league season. It’s the return of Garry Monk.
Although Leeds narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, Garry Monk’s departure from Elland Road came as a shock to most fans after what was ultimately a bright season of progress under a manager who’d managed to bring the buzz back to the club. However Monk left and has since gone on to become the new manager of Middlesbrough this summer.
What kind of reception Monk will get at Elland Road is unclear but what is for sure is that once that whistle blows, the packed out home end will be keen to try and roar their side on to a victory which will hold much greater meaning than just the three points. As one of the newly relegated Premier League teams also, a win over Boro and the man who got Leeds to where they are now would be a great statement to the rest of the Championship of what Leeds are capable of.