Matchday 1 will get underway on 19 July with SV Sandhausen taking on VfR Aalen and FC Ingolstadt playing host to FC Erzgebirge Aue. The first Monday evening game of the campaign will see freshly-relegated Fortuna Düsseldorf take on FC Energie Cottbus.
Rhineland derby on Matchday 2
The following Sunday, Düsseldorf make the short trip to Rhineland rivals 1. FC Köln for what promises to be a hotly-contested local derby. The Friday Matchday 2 openers meanwhile include a first home game of the season for 1. FC Kaiserslautern, who entertain FC Ingolstadt at the Betzenberg.
With the second-flight action commencing three weeks before the start of the Bundesliga, there will be a few deviations from the normal matchday programme. One Friday game on each of the first two matchdays will kick off at 20:30 CET, and one at 15:30 CET on both Saturday and Sunday. From Matchday 3 onwards, the standard schedule will apply, i.e. three Friday games starting at 18:30 CET, two on Saturday at 13:00 CET, three on Sunday, at 13:30 CET, and the traditional one-game Monday evening finale, kicking off at 20:15 CET.