New report will give Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool fans reason for optimism

Carlos Carvalhal head coach of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday at Loftus Road on April 17, 2017 in...

Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool can look forward to wins on the opening day of the season this weekend, if the history books are anything to go by.

The new EFL seasons get underway this weekend after the summer break.

And new research by 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.

Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea poses with the Premier League Trophy after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on May 21, 2017 in London, England.

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.

Gary Bowyer manager of Blackpool looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool at Ewood Park on January 28, 2017 in Blackburn, England.Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer

It does not bode well for Preston North End or Bradford City who host Carlos Carvalhal's Wednesday and Gary Bowyer's Blackpool respectively when the big kick-off arrives on Saturday at 3pm.

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.

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