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Sky Bet Championship Easter weekend preview

18 April 2014

Leicester City can secure the 2013/14 Sky Bet Championship title over the Easter weekend.

The Foxes will be named champions if they beat Queens Park Rangers on Saturday lunchtime, providing Burnley lose at Lancashire rivals Blackpool on Friday night. Should Burnley prevail, the Foxes will have to wait until Tuesday when they travel to Lancashire themselves to face Bolton Wanderers.

They are seven points clear of second-placed Burnley going into the weekend, with the Clarets attempting to join Leicester in the Premier League for next season.

Sean Dyche's men could yet catch Leicester at the top but their more immediate focus is to secure automatic promotion; they are eight points clear of third-placed Derby County ahead of the Easter fixtures.

Following their trip to Blackpool, they host Play-Off chasing Wigan Athletic on Monday. After going 21 league games unbeaten at Turf Moor, Burnley have lost their past two at home.

Should Burnley slip up, Derby County will be waiting to pounce. The Rams, who are the second highest scorers in the Championship, face Doncaster Rovers on Friday before a home game against relegation-threatened Barnsley.

Steve McClaren's side can ensure they will at least be competing in the Play-Offs should they fail in their bid for automatic promotion.

Queens Park Rangers, Wigan and Reading sit in the other three Play-Off places, but Brighton and Hove Albion and Ipswich Town are chasing.

The Seagulls and the Tractor Boys are on 64 points, with Bournemouth lurking two points further back, level with sixth-placed Reading, ahead of a number of key battles scheduled for the weekend.

On Friday, Reading go to Wigan before Ipswich take on Bournemouth. One of those latter two sides are likely to see their quest for the top six ended, or both should the result end in a stalemate. Wigan have won their most recent three encounters with Reading, including 2-1 earlier this season.

At the bottom of the table, all three relegation places are yet to be confirmed. Yeovil Town are starting to drift away at the foot - one victory in nine matches has dropped the Glovers to five points from safety with a possible 12 points remaining.

They go to Blackburn Rovers before hosting Huddersfield Town, and negative results over the weekend is likely to see Gary Johnson's men drop back in League 1 after a season in the second tier.

Barnsley are next, in 23rd, after giving their survival hopes a shot in the arm on Tuesday. The Tykes beat fellow strugglers Charlton Athletic 2-1 at The Valley to move within two points of the Addicks, who are immediately above the bottom three.

Between those two sides is Millwall, on 40 points - one from safety. Blackpool are 20th on 42 points, followed by Doncaster and Birmingham City both on 43 points.

Sheffield Wednesday are the highest club yet to confirm their mathematical safety, but themselves and Leeds United are almost safe with 50 points.

The stand-out games from that section of the table are on Monday afternoon when Millwall host Doncaster and Wednedsay face Charlton at Hillsborough.

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