Cheltenham will compete in League One during the 2021-22 campaign, having impressively won the League Two title last season, finishing at the top of the pile with 82 points from 46 fixtures.
The Robins will know what they have to improve in order to compete at a higher level, but it has been a strong pre-season for the club thus far,
recording back-to-back 3-0 wins over Cinderford Town and Evesham United.Cheltenham will now step up their preparations with a clash against second-tier side Birmingham,
while they are also due to take on Kidderminster Harriers, Coventry City, Hungerford Town, Hereford and Walsall during an incredibly busy pre-season programme.Michael Duff’s side,
who have only added two new players this summer in the shape of goalkeeper Owen Evans and central midfielder Elliot Bonds, will then open their season away to Crewe on August 7.Preview: Cheltenham vs. Birmingham – prediction, team news, head to headBirmingham, meanwhile,
finished 18th in the Championship last season to secure another year in the second tier, and they will begin their new campaign away to Sheffield United on August 7.
Lee Bowyer’s side have not been in action since suffering a 5-2 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on the final day of the 2020-21 Championship season, but they now have a busy run of matches ahead.Indeed, the Blues will take on Cheltenham,
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Barrow, Northampton Town, Oxford United and West Bromwich Albion before the end of the month, and it would be fair to say that they start their 2021-22 Championship programme with one of the toughest fixtures on the calendar.
Birmingham have been relatively busy this summer in terms of incomings, with Jordan Graham, Ryan Woods and Chuks Aneke arriving at the club on free transfers.
The second-tier side have also managed to secure two exciting loan deals in the shape of Chelsea’s Juan Familia-Castillo and Manchester United’s Tahith Chong, and it will be fascinating to see how the pair perform in the coming season