A surprise package in the Premier League last season, Sheffield United are enduring an awful, record-breaking start to 2020-21.
There is no end to Sheffield United's misery after their latest defeat at Burnley made history on two counts.
Eberechi Eze was linked with the likes of Fulham and West Brom, but he has opted to join Crystal Palace on a five-year deal.
Blackburn Rovers provide the first test of the Championship season for relegated Bournemouth on September 12.
West Brom will play in the Premier League next season, where they could yet be joined by Swansea City, but Wigan Athletic are in League One.
With Brentford having faltered earlier, Fulham beat Sheffield Wednesday to keep their top-two hopes alive.
Hull City shipped eight goals to Wigan Athletic, whose survival hopes look increasingly positive at a time of worrying upheaval at the club.
Leeds United were displaced at the top of the Championship by West Brom, who defeated Derby County 2-0 on Wednesday.
Hull City fought hard but were beaten at West Brom, who move back to within a point of Championship leaders Leeds United.
West Brom dominated against Birmingham but could not score, while Louie Sibley and Rhian Brewster produced heroics for Derby and Swansea.