The Sky Bet Championship weekend continues on Saturday afternoon when 10 more fixtures take place with that compelling race for promotion very much in the spotlight on an afternoon where all four contenders are on show.
We have a televised match to enjoy which gets the action underway on Saturday and then the other matches all come along at the traditional 3pm slot where updates on those games can be found in all of the usual places.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (3pm unless stated; UK TV in brackets)
Ipswich Town v West Bromwich Albion (12.30pm – Sky Main Event & Sky Football)
Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City
Cardiff City v Preston North End
Hull City v Swansea City
Leeds United v Rotherham United
Middlesbrough v Bristol City
Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City
Southampton v Huddersfield Town
Sunderland v Plymouth Argyle
Watford v Leicester City
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The TV cameras make their way to Suffolk on Saturday for the lunchtime clash between Ipswich Town, whose automatic promotion hopes have hit a bit of a wall in recent times, and a West Brom side who are looking to fend off a gathering pace for what looks like one of the two remaining spots in the play-offs come the end of the campaign. Leicester City have marches clear at the top of the table and they will be looking to extend their advantage if possible when they head to Vicarage Road to take on Watford. Southampton have moved into second place and will look to keep up the chase on the Foxes with a home match against struggling Huddersfield Town.
Best of the Rest
Leeds United are the other team involved in the automatic promotion race and they will be eyeing up three points when they take on bottom of the table Rotherham United in a Yorkshire derby. Down at the bottom end of the table QPR could finally come out of the bottom three if they can find a win at home to Norwich City who are suddenly back in form. Two sides looking over their shoulder meet at Ewood Park when Blackburn Rovers host Stoke City while Hull City look to keep the chasing pack for the top six at bay when they welcome Swansea City to the MKM Stadium. Plymouth Argyle make the ridiculously long trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland.
Swansea City were probably hoping for a bit more of a bounce when they appointed Luke Williams than what they have got and I’m not sure they will build on their one point from four matches under him when they make the trip to Hull City on Saturday afternoon. The Welsh outfit have won just one of their last eight away matches and that was at Rotherham who are bottom of the pile so a real improvement is needed for the Swans both here and moving forward.
Hull City were the side I took away from the January transfer window. They have made it perfectly clear that they are having a go under Liam Rosenior with the likes of Ryan Giles and Fabio Carvalho coming in during the month and I would expect the Tigers to finish the season well and challenge for a top six spot and promotion from here on in. Hull generally take care of the lower sides on home soil these days and with Swansea looking to play football too, Hull probably have the perfect opponent to pick three points up from here.
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