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Sky Bet Championship weekend preview

30 August 2013

Barnsley v Huddersfield Town

Oakwell is the location for a Yorkshire derby on Saturday as Barnsley host near-neighbours Huddersfield Town.

The Tykes are still in search of their first victory of the campaign and sit bottom of the division with just one point so far.

They have shipped 12 goals in their four matches to date and come up against a Terriers side who hit the net five times in their last outing against Bournemouth - the 5-1 result extended their fine start to the Sky Bet Championship season to just one defeat in four matches so far.

Birmingham City v Ipswich Town

Birmingham City and Ipswich Town have an identical run of form so far this season and they meet at St Andrews on Saturday.

The clubs opened their respective seasons with a defeat but both followed that up with a victory in the second round of matches - Birmingham overcame Yeovil Town 1-0, while Ipswich beat Millwall 3-0.

That remains the only points the teams have on the board, with two defeats each coming in their last two games.

Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers

Blackburn Rovers registered a morale-boosting first victory of the campaign last time out and this weekend they host Bolton Wanderers, who remain win-less.

Gary Bowyer's men notched a 5-2 triumph against Barnsley at Ewood Park last Saturday.

Bolton opened the season with two draws but have lost their last two to remain without a victory at the bottom end of the Sky Bet Championship.

Blackpool v Watford

Paul Ince's Blackpool are in the mix at the top of the division after four matches and this Saturday they take on Watford.

Ince's men have three wins and a draw so far to be level on 10 points with Nottingham Forest at the summit of the division ahead of their meeting with promotion hopefuls Watford at Bloomfield Road.

The Hornets won their opening two but have been held to draws in their two matches since - 3-3 against Reading and 1-1 at home to Nottingham Forest last Sunday.

Blackpool players celebrate after Tom Barkhuizen's winner against Reading in their last league outing

Brighton and Hove Albion v Millwall

After two defeats in their first two matches, Brighton seem to have finally found their feet and they entertain struggling Millwall.

Oscar Garcia's Seagulls have triumphed in their last two fixtures without conceding and will come into the game with the Lions, who have only managed one point so far, with plenty of confidence.

Games between these sides have been particularly close over recent years with four of the last six meetings ending level.

Charlton Athletic v Leicester City

Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell welcomes one of his former clubs to The Valley this Saturday as Leicester City pay a visit to London.

Powell's team are yet to taste victory this term with their only point to date coming from a 2-2 draw with Barnsley but they have only played three games with their last fixture, against Doncaster, being abandoned at half-time due to a waterlogged pitch.

Leicester have had a positive start to the season and are joint-top with 10 points from four games. Their most recent three-point haul came last time out against Birmingham City with goals from Jamie Vardy, Andy King and David Nugent giving them a 3-2 win.

Derby County v Burnley

Derby County and Burnley both have seven points from the first four fixtures of the Sky Bet Championship season and they clash at Pride Park.

The Rams picked up wins against Brighton and Yeovil, drew with Blackburn and lost to Leicester. Burnley have their seven points from wins over Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday and a draw with Bolton. Their most recent match ended in a 2-0 defeat to Brighton.

The Clarets convincingly have the upper hand in recent meetings between the two clubs with six of the last eight matches ending in their favour. Derby haven't won against Burnley since January 2007.

Doncaster Rovers v Bournemouth

Two teams promoted from League 1 last term meet at the Keepmoat Stadium with Doncaster Rovers entertaining Bournemouth.

Rovers narrowly pipped the Cherries to the League 1 title on the final day of last season and the two meetings between the clubs were close, with Eddie Howe's men winning the first 1-0 and Doncaster taking the return fixture 2-1.

The pair have endured steady starts this time around with Paul Dickov's team on four points after three matches and Bournemouth with six from four.

Paul Keegan celebrates scoring Doncaster Rovers' first goal against Charlton Athletic before the game was abandoned at half-time due to a waterlogged pitch

Leeds United v Queens Park Rangers

Two of the Sky Bet Championship's unbeaten sides, Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers, meet at Elland Road in Saturday's 12.15pm start live on Sky Sports.

Brian McDermott's Whites opened the season with a 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion before drawing the next two, against Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday, but got back to winning form last weekend by beating Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

The Hoops have won their last two league matches by 1-0 scorelines but were dumped out of the Capital One Cup in midweek, losing 2-0 against League 1 Swindon Town.

Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday's search for a first victory goes on and they travel to the North East to play Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The Owls were defeated in their first two but have drawn their most recent two, 1-1 with Leeds and 2-2 with Millwall, to give them something to build on.

Boro have notched five points over the same period and haven't lost since the opening day, drawing their last two.

Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest

Since recording a 4-0 opening day win against Barnsley, Wigan have dropped off the pace and meet table-toppers Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Owen Coyle's Latics lost to Bournemouth and have drawn their last two matches 2-2, against Doncaster and Middlesbrough, to leave them on five points.

Forest have 10 points and are top on goal difference having scored six and conceded just once, which was against Watford last time out.

Yeovil Town v Reading

Yeovil Town and Reading are also without a victory since the opening day and they go head-to-head at Huish Park.

Gary Johnson's Glovers have lost their last three and, to compound their misery, were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on penalties in midweek by Birmingham City.

Reading were defeated by Blackpool last weekend in the Championship, following two draws, and were dumped out of the League Cup 6-0 by Peterborough United on Tuesday.

These two teams have only ever met once, and that was in October 1999 when the Royals recorded a 4-2 FA Cup win.

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