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Brighton begin with Wednesday

New Brighton & Hove Albion manager Sami Hyypia will start his reign with a home game against Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on August 9.

Former Bayer Leverkusen coach Hyypia has replaced Oscar Garcia at the Amex Stadium after Brighton reached the play-offs last season.

Following the visit of Wednesday, Brighton then head to Birmingham City and Leeds United before closing the opening month with home games against Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic.

Derby County ended Brighton's play-off hopes last season and Hyypia's side come up against Steve McClaren's men for the first time away from home on December 6.

Christmas brings the visit of Reading on Boxing Day before Brighton take on relegated Fulham at Craven Cottage two days later.

The opening league game of 2015 is away to Charlton Athletic on January 10 before the final home game is against Watford on April 25.

Brighton round off the season on May 2 with a trip to Middlesbrough.

Opening month fixtures:

August 9 - Sheffield Wednesday (h)August 16 - Birmingham City (a)August 19 - Leeds United (a)August 23 - Bolton Wanderers (h)August 30 - Charlton Athletic (h)