The second weekend of action in the Sky Bet Championship takes place throughout what will be a busy day of action in the second tier on Saturday as sides who were away last week in the main get their home campaign underway.
We are back to the traditional Saturday schedule with the TV game coming in the earlier kick off to get things underway and then the other matches will have regular updates in all of the usual places as ever.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (3pm unless stated; UK TV in brackets)
Coventry City v Middlesbrough (12.30 – Sky Main Event & Sky Football)
Birmingham City v Leeds United
Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City
Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich Town v Stoke City
Millwall v Bristol City
Preston North End v Sunderland
Rotherham United v Blackburn Rovers
Southampton v Norwich City
Watford v Plymouth Argyle
West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City
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The TV cameras head to the CBS Arena for the lunchtime kick off between Coventry City and Middlesbrough in what is a repeat of the play-off semi-final from last season. Coventry prevailed in that tie to cause heartache for Boro so revenge could be in the air there for Michael Carrick and his men. Watford were emphatic winners in the opening week of the season and will look to build on that when they entertain Plymouth Argyle while the relegated trio of Leicester City, Leeds United and Southampton are all in action. The Foxes head to Huddersfield Town while Leeds go to St Andrew’s to take on Birmingham City. Southampton are at home to Norwich City.
Best of the Rest
Ipswich Town began life in the Championship in good style last week when they went to Sunderland and won and they will look to back that up when they welcome Stoke City to Portman Road. Stoke looked impressive last week and have the chance to show they can be challengers here. Sheffield Wednesday were the other promoted side and after a late loss to Southampton on the opening night of the season, they will be looking for their first win when they head to Hull City. Two sides who won last week were Millwall and Blackburn Rovers. The former host Bristol City while the latter head across the Pennines to take on Rotherham United. Queens Park Rangers were battered by Watford last week and will look to bounce back when they make the trip to Cardiff City.
There isn’t a huge amount I like in the Championship on Saturday as I continue to assess the teams but it is impossible to ignore the mess QPR look to be in. They offered nothing against Watford last week and took a battering as a result. Rangers have defensive issues too which Cardiff can pounce on. Cardiff should have won at Leeds last week but I saw enough to suggest their first win will come here.
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