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Sky Bet Championship weekend preview

29 November 2013

Bournemouth v Brighton and Hove Albion

Bournemouth host Brighton and Hove Albion at the Goldsands Stadium in Saturday's televised lunchtime kick-off.

The Cherries have won just once in nine matches ahead of this fixture. Four of their five Sky Bet Championship victories this season have come at home, and they are yet to draw in Hampshire.

Oscar Garcia's side are pecking away at the Play-Offs. They are ninth in the table just two points off the top six following a run of three straight wins.

Barnsley v Birmingham City

Barnsley, 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship table, welcome 21st-placed Birmingham City in a crucial relegation clash at Oakwell.

Home territory favours the Tykes - 10 of their 11 points in the Sky Bet Championship this season have come in front of their own supporters and they are unbeaten in four in South Yorkshire.

Birmingham have only scored seven goals in eight away matches this season, but the last three meetings between these sides has seen the visiting team take all three points.

Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United

Two three-time top-flight winners clash at Ewood Park as Blackburn Rovers meet Leeds United.

In eight home Championship matches this season, Rovers have conceded just five goals, keeping four clean sheets in their past five.

Brian McDermott saw his side pick up a 4-2 victory at Charlton in their last away match, ending a run of four straight league defeats on the road.

Blackpool v Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday continue their search for an away league win this season as they go to Blackpool.

The Owls and Barnsley are the only teams without a victory on the road this term - Dave Jones' men have drawn five and lost three.

The Tangerines haven't conceded in this fixture for 308 minutes when Clinton Morrison breached their defence four meetings ago. Their only home defeat of the campaign came in their last match at Bloomfield Road, when Ipswich scored a 93rd-minute winner.

Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town

That 3-2 win was Ipswich Town's first away from Portman Road this season, and they're on the road this weekend with a trip to London to face Charlton Athletic.

Charlton's eight matches at The Valley have produced 15 goals, the second fewest in the division. The Addicks beat Doncaster 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Clean sheets are hard to come by for Mick McCarthy's Tractor Boys. Their last came seven matches ago at home to Brighton but they are yet to register one away from home in eight attempts.

Ipswich Town players celebrate Daryl Murphy's 93rd-minute winner at Blackpool, which gave the Tractor Boys their first away win this term

Doncaster Rovers v Queens Park Rangers

Two teams with contrasting fortunes so far this term meet at the Keepmoat Stadium as 20th-placed Doncaster Rovers face Queens Park Rangers, who are third.

Their head-to-head record stands at seven wins a piece and one draw, but the Hoops have triumphed in the last three clashes.

Rovers have won once in their past six, whilst Harry Redknapp's side have only been defeated once all season - a 2-0 defeat at Burnley.

Huddersfield Town v Burnley

Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley make the trip to West Yorkshire to take on Huddersfield Town.

The Clarets are unbeaten in 12 matches but come into this weekend's game against the Terriers after being held to three successive draws. Only their superior goal difference over Leicester City keeps them at the summit.

Mid-table Huddersfield have lost four of their last six but were 2-1 winners at Sheffield Wednesday last time out. They completed the double over Burnley last term.

Leicester City v Millwall

Second-placed Leicester City are in pole position to overtake the Clarets, and they host Millwall.

The Foxes have lost just once at home and that was in their most recent game at the King Power Stadium, against Nottingham Forest. Their other seven home matches have yielded 19 points.

Millwall are 18th and ended a six-match winless streak by beating fellow strugglers Barnsley last weekend. They've only won once on the road but have recorded four wins on the spin against Leicester, conceding just once.

Nottingham Forest players celebrate Jamie Mackie's goal at the King Power Stadium, which helped Forest become the only team to win at Leicester so far this term

Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers

Aitor Karanka's first home game in charge of Middlesbrough sees his side come up against in-form Bolton Wanderers.

The Spaniard's first game in English management ended with a 2-1 defeat at Leeds and Bolton will provide a stern test at the Riverside Stadium, as they are unbeaten in eight and have won three on the bounce.

Boro are 19th and winless in three. Five of their eight home matches have ended level but they have scored 17 goals in that period - the most home goals of any team in the Sky Bet Championship.

Nottingham Forest v Reading

Nottingham Forest and Reading are both in the Play-Off mix and they come together at the City Ground on Friday at 7:45pm.

Forest drew 1-1 with Burnley last time out to leave them fifth, while eighth-placed Reading were held to a goalless draw by Blackburn Rovers, which extended their run without a victory to four games.

Blackpool are the only visiting team so far this season to take maximum points away from the City Ground, but the Royals haven't won on the road since mid-September.

Watford v Yeovil Town

Two teams who were involved in last season's Football League Play-Offs clash at Vicarage Road, where Watford face Yeovil Town.

While the Hornets lost out to Crystal Palace in the Championship Final, Yeovil triumphed against Brentford to earn a place in the second tier for the first time ever.

The Glovers have lost their last three and sit bottom. Watford are 10th and winless in five going into their first ever clash against the Somerset outfit.

Wigan Athletic v Derby County

Wigan Athletic and Derby County lock horns for the first time since 2008, at the DW Stadium, on Sunday afternoon.

The last time these two met it was Wigan who triumphed, 2-0 in a Premier League match. And, during that campaign, they also won the reverse fixture, 1-0.

Derby come into this encounter having chalked up back-to-back wins to lie seventh. The Latics are 11th and lost for the first time in four, to Brighton, in their most recent outing.

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