New season, new
to be covered to watch the Swans take on the Canaries.
ARE THERE ANY NEW OPPONENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO FACING?
There are no new opponents, but there are a few away days that have not been on Swansea’s agenda for quite some time, as well as one new venue.
Swansea last hit the road to face Rotherham back in 2007 in League One, but that was when the South Yorkshire club played their football at Millmoor.
They moved to the New York Stadium in 2012, and next season will mark Swansea’s first visit.
Swansea have not travelled to face Brentford since the two sides were in League One together in 2006, the year the Welsh club would miss out on promotion after penalty shoot-out heartache against Barnsley in the play-off final in the then-Millennium Stadium.
The two League Cup meetings against the Bees that have taken place since were both at the Liberty Stadium.
There are 11 teams in the division who Swansea faced during their time in the Premier League and the majority of the others were in the Championship along with the Swans back during the 2010-11 promotion season.
Sheffield Wednesday are the exception; they were relegated to League One in the summer of 2010, but Swansea have very recent memories of Hillsborough after the FA Cup fifth-round meeting between the two sides in February of this year.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THEIR MILEAGE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?
There are inevitably more miles to cover in the Championship due to there being four additional away fixtures compared to the 19 that is the norm in the Premier League.
Even allowing for that, there is a considerable difference, with a number of trips to Yorkshire, the North West and those aforementioned hauls over to East Anglia.
Last season, a Swansea fan heading to all 19 away games in the top flight would have covered a pinch shy of 8,000 miles.
But that figure would have fallen this season had Swansea stayed up because, even if you added up the distances to all 20 of the top-flight sides – remember you would lose one to make 19 away games – the total mileage is 7,673.2.
HOW WILL TICKETING ARRANGEMENTS WORK?
In the Premier League, there was a collective agreement between the sides to subsidise away ticket prices in the division.
That saw tickets capped at £30, while Swansea further subsidised tickets for Jack Army members by another £10.
However, there is no such agreement in the Championship.
Having said that, last year’s BBC Price of Football study had the average most-expensive Championship away ticket as £31.69, while cheapest prices averaged out at £22.42.
Hull City offered the cheapest away ticket at £12, Sheffield Wednesday the most expensive at £42.
Swansea City are hoping to confirm all ticketing details for the coming season, for both home and away fixtures, shortly.
THE FULL RUNDOWN Aston Villa
Manager: Steve Bruce
Ground: Villa Park
Distance (round trip): 286.8 miles Swansea’s last result there: Aston Villa 1 Swansea 2, October 24, 2015 (Premier League)