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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 32 preview

Posted: Tue 14 Feb 2017
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The Sky Bet Championship brings you 11 midweek fixtures, with two of the division's form sides meeting at Carrow Road.

Norwich City were left heartbroken by Newcastle United's late comeback in September's reverse fixture, but the Canaries are unbeaten in five and thumped Nottingham Forest 5-1 at the weekend ahead of their meeting with the Sky Bet Championship leaders.

Second-placed Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Ipswich Town to the Amex, knowing that a win could take them back to the top of the division, while David Wagner's Huddersfield Town can make it five straight victories with a Yorkshire derby success at Rotherham United.

The Terriers' Play-Off rivals Reading, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday all have home games against Brentford, Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers respectively.

Elsewhere, Barnsley could bump into an old flame or two this Valentine's Day. The Tykes visit Aston Villa, who snapped up Conor Hourihane and James Bree from their midweek opponents in the January transfer window.

Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 32 Fixtures (7.45pm kick-off unless stated)

Tuesday 14th February 2017

Aston Villa v Barnsley
Brighton & Hove Albion v Ipswich Town
Derby County v Cardiff City
Fulham v Nottingham Forest
Leeds United v Bristol City
Norwich City v Newcastle United
Preston North End v Birmingham City
Reading v Brentford (8pm)
Rotherham United v Huddersfield Town
Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn Rovers
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic

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Five facts

1. You can expect goals in the clash between Fulham and Nottingham Forest - the last six fixtures between the sides have produced 28 goals. Forest's Ross McCormack was responsible for five of those while plying his trade with the Cottagers.

2. Preston or Birmingham will take the lead in the clubs' overall head-to-head record this evening, should there be a winner at Depdale. The two have met 90 times, winning 34 apiece and drawing 22.

3. Rotherham's record in recent times against Huddersfield does not bode well for them stopping the rot this evening. They've picked up just one win in the previous 16 encounters, with the sole victory coming in March 2015.

4. It's the 150th meeting between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers tonight. The Owls edge the overall record with 57 wins to Blackburn's 54.

5. Wigan have just three home wins to their name this season, and one of those came against tonight's opponents. Will Grigg struck an 88th-minute winner to break Wolves' hearts in September's 2-1 success.

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