New sea­son, new

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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

Ca­pac­ity: 42,785

Dis­tance (round trip): 286.8 miles Swansea’s last re­sult there: As­ton Villa 1 Swansea 2, Oc­to­ber 24, 2015 (Premier League)

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