The Sky Bet Championship weekend continues on Saturday when 10 of the 12 scheduled matches take place on a day where we can expect plenty of movement in the table as we head towards the end of the first quarter of the campaign.
The setup for Saturday is a now traditional one with a TV game to get us started in the early kick off ahead of the rest of the games taking place in the heart of the afternoon where all the usual places will have updates for us.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (3pm unless stated – UK TV in brackets)
Southampton v Leeds United (12.30 – Sky Football)
Bristol City v Stoke City
Cardiff City v Rotherham United
Huddersfield Town v Ipswich Town
Hull City v Plymouth Argyle
Millwall v Swansea City
Norwich City v Birmingham City
Preston North End v West Bromwich Albion
Queens Park Rangers v Coventry City
Watford v Middlesbrough
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Two of the relegated sides from last season meet to open up the day in front of the TV cameras on Saturday afternoon when Southampton look to arrest what has been an alarming slide when they play host to a Leeds United team who are one who are very much on the up after a sticky start to the season. With the leaders Leicester City not in action until Sunday, two teams have the chance to move top over the course of the afternoon. Ipswich Town have that destiny in their own hands when they head to Yorkshire to take on Huddersfield Town but if they slip up then Preston North End will go top if they win their home match against West Bromwich Albion.
Best of the Rest
Down at the bottom end of the table we have already seen Sheffield Wednesday lose this weekend and the other two teams in the bottom three will be looking for much better when they are in action on Saturday afternoon. Rotherham United make the lengthy trip to Wales to face a Cardiff City who look to have found a groove while Middlesbrough will aim to build on their win over Southampton last week when they travel to Watford. Hull City start the day in the top six and they will be looking for three points when they host Plymouth Argyle while Swansea City and Stoke City will be looking to pull away from the relegation zone with trips to Millwall and Bristol City respectively.
I am not normally one to bet the early kick off but the goal line of 3 has lured me into it because Leeds United have already been to Ipswich Town and Millwall and posted four goals and three goals so they should have their own way against a Southampton defence which looks all over the place under Russell Martin. The worrying thing for Saints fans is they don’t look like they are improving at all and we’ve all seen this movie before. Even now we are counting down the time until another manager change takes place.
If this wasn’t the early game I’d be all over Leeds here but you do get some random results in these games so I’ll stick with my liking for goals. While Leeds have kept four straight clean sheets, they have all come against teams who don’t have a huge amount of goals in them. That is the one thing Southampton can boast and if they are smarting from the criticism they are taking, which they should be, then you would hope they have it in them to get at this Leeds defence. I can’t be having this Southampton defence against an attack that is really starting to thrive under Daniel Farke so over 3 goals looks an obvious bet to me.
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