The new EFL seasons get underway this weekend after the summer break.
And new research by Bookmakers.tv has analysed each of England’s 92 football league clubs’ opening day results from the last decade.
The stats have thrown up some surprising results and found that Championship promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday and League One side Blackpool are rubbing shoulders with Premier League champions Chelsea and both Manchester United and City as the five clubs with the best opening day records.
Chelsea sit top of the tree when it comes to round one fixtures, having picked up 26 of a possible 30 points on offer.
Manchester City are in second place with eight wins on the opening day from the last 10.
But the Tangerines gatecrash the big spenders in third place in the 92 team table with six wins from the last 10 opening days and a total of 20 points with 16 goals along the way.
In fact Blackpool have the best record of any non-Premier League club with six wins, two draws and two defeats an identical record to the mighty Manchester United.
The Owls complete the top five with the same number of wins, draws and defeats, even more goals but a worse goal difference overall.
Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer
As any football fan knows, particularly in the EFL, it is very much a marathon and not a sprint and the real test comes when the novelty of the new season subsides and the Tuesday-Saturday grind begins.