The Championship is in the middle of a hectic schedule once again and that continues on Saturday when the remainder of the latest round of matches take place up and down the country on yet another key day in the second tier.
As ever the day begins with a televised clash before the remainder of the matches take place on the streams of the club websites or if that isn’t an option you can keep up to date via social media and things like that.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (3pm unless stated; UK TV in brackets)
Coventry City v Brentford (12.30pm – Sky Main Event & Sky Football)
Bristol City v Barnsley
Cardiff City v Preston North End
Huddersfield Town v Swansea City
Millwall v Wycombe Wanderers
Norwich City v Rotherham United
Nottingham Forest v Blackburn Rovers
Queens Park Rangers v AFC Bournemouth
Reading v Middlesbrough
Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham City
Stoke City v Luton Town
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The televised offering comes from St Andrews where Brentford will look to stabilise their promotion challenge after a bad week or so when they take on a Coventry City side who are sliding dangerously close to the bottom three and will want a result to keep their heads above water. The leaders Norwich are in action on Saturday when they host Rotherham United at Carrow Road while Swansea City, the other team deep in the automatic promotion battle, head north to take on a struggling Huddersfield Town side who also need a morale boosting win.
Best of the Rest
Reading and Bournemouth are the other teams in the top six who play on Saturday. Reading have a good test at home to Middlesbrough, who harbour top six ambitions of their own, while Bournemouth head to London to take on QPR who have hit a bit of form recently. At the other end of the table there is a huge game as two of the bottom three meet at Hillsborough as Sheffield Wednesday go up against Birmingham City. Cardiff City will hope to keep up their surge for a place in the top six when they entertain Preston North End.
There isn’t a huge amount that I like over the course of the afternoon in this division but one does stand out to me. I must admit I expected Sheffield Wednesday to have got themselves out of the danger zone by now but it hasn’t happened yet, however I think they are on the fringes of the escape and can boost their chances on Saturday when they welcome a woeful Birmingham City outfit to Hillsborough in a game which both teams will be absolutely desperate to win.
Given that Wednesday are yet to come out of trouble you could be forgiven for missing their current home form which sees them having won their last five league games at Hillsborough. You can argue all you want about what they have beaten in those games but having seen Birmingham last week I can assure you they are not facing a whole lot here. Clearly the Owls are liking playing at home again and it has been a while since that has been the case. Birmingham look a terrible outfit who are seemingly waiting for Aitor Karanka to get the inevitable chop or they will slide quickly into League 1. Sheffield Wednesday can speed up the process with a win here, although given what’s on the game it is prudent to get plenty of draw cover.
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