The Sky Bet Championship weekend continues on Saturday afternoon when another 10 matches from the second tier takes place up and down the country as 20 more teams return from the international break.
Usually we are accustomed to having an early kick off and a televised match on a Saturday in the Championship but with Sky championing the Women’s Super League the slot has been filled by that competition so it is the social feeds and radio commentaries to stay updated on the action.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows:
Blackburn Rovers v Luton Town
Blackpool v Fulham
AFC Bournemouth v Barnsley
Bristol City v Preston North End
Coventry City v Middlesbrough
Reading v Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield United v Peterborough United
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town
Swansea City v Hull City
West Bromwich Albion v Millwall
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Fulham and West Brom both started the season in flying form and they are both in action on a busy Saturday afternoon. Fulham make the trip to the coast to take on a Blackpool side who are still looking for their first win back in the Championship. West Brom have home comforts to enjoy out of the international break. Valerien Ismael’s men host Millwall in a match which I think it is fair to say the football purist would probably be better off looking elsewhere. QPR sit in third and they make the short trip down the M4 to take on Reading.
Best of the Rest
Huddersfield Town are the only other team in the top five who are on show on Saturday afternoon. They make the trip to take on a Stoke City who are just one place below them in the table. Elsewhere there were two divisions between Sheffield United and Peterborough United last season but they meet as equals at Bramall Lane on Saturday. Swansea City and Hull City both have one win each this season but there is a chance to pick up a second when they meet at the Liberty Stadium. Bournemouth have started the season well too and they host Barnsley.
I’m a little surprised that we can get draw cover on QPR to win away at Reading on Saturday. QPR were my idea of promotion dark horses before a ball was hit this season and that remains the case after they have started the season very well. I also feared a little for Reading at the beginning of the campaign and that hunch hasn’t been extinguished either. In actual fact I fear for Reading more with a couple of key long-term injuries to their name now.
Reading were wazzocked 4-0 by Huddersfield Town in the match prior to the international break and while the Terriers might be an improved side that is a bit of an alarming result. QPR are yet to lose a match this season and have won both of their road games, one of which was at Middlesbrough who are a better side than Reading. The summer sale of assets at the Madejski Stadium is already catching up with the Royals and a QPR side who have recruited strongly can continue to make them pay for that.
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