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Coverage of The Football League over the Easter weekend

2 April 2015

There's a bumper Football League schedule to look forward to over the Easter weekend and you won't miss a kick with coverage aplenty.

Sky Sports will be showing five matches over the two days, including four key Sky Bet Championship clashes.

The first of those is on Friday evening, when Ipswich Town host Championship leaders AFC Bournemouth (5.15pm).

The Cherries could find themselves knocked off the summit by the time they take to the Portman Road pitch, but three points would take them back to the top after the first round of Easter matches, as they possess a one-point lead going into the weekend.

Ipswich are chasing promotion themselves and sit in the lowest Play-Off spot – sixth - six points behind their Friday evening opponents.

Immediately after that, Sky Sports' coverage will switch to the iPro Stadium, where Derby County take on Watford (7.45pm).

The Hornets are the team leading the chase on Bournemouth, holding second place, but they have suffered three successive defeats against Derby, not getting the better of them since February 2013. Steve McClaren's side are out of form having not won in six games leading up to Easter. That has seen them drop to fifth, but they're still firmly in the race for promotion.

What you can guarantee in the match between the Rams and the Hornets is goals; the ball has hit the net 71 times over the 21 matches since their last goalless draw, in April 2000.

There's two more live Sky Bet Championship encounters on Monday but, sandwiched in between, is a Sky Bet League 1 meeting between promotion hopefuls Swindon Town and Milton Keynes Dons in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday (12.15pm).

The hosts Swindon are third, four points off Preston North End in the automatic promotion places with a game in hand, while MK Dons are a point behind them, in fourth. A six-pointer if ever there was one!

Attention turns back to the Sky Bet Championship on Monday as Watford play Middlesbrough (12.30pm) and Wolverhampton Wanderers go up against Leeds United (5.15pm) with both games live on Sky Sports.

Watford and Boro are tied on 72 points going into the weekend, both having suffered rare defeats last time out, while eighth-placed Wolves are back in the chase for the Play-Offs after back-to-back wins, against Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County.

Of course, the drama won't be limited to the Sky Bet Championship, with a number of storylines set to unravel across all three divisions, including the race for the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs, and the battle at the foot of Sky Bet League 2, which has gathered pace after Hartlepool United's dramatic upturn in form under Ronnie Moore.

TV Games: Click here to see the full list of Football League matches being shown live on Sky Sports

The Football League Show

Highlights, goals and reaction will be brought to you by Manish Bhasin on the BBC over the weekend, with shows being screened on Friday and Monday.

Middlesbrough versus Wigan Athletic is their featured game on Good Friday, while Nottingham Forest's fixture at Brentford is Monday's pick of the bunch.

The Football League on social media

We'll be providing updates from all three divisions over the Easter weekend on social media – on Twitter via @football_league, @SkyBetChamp, @SkyBetLeague1 and @SkyBetLeague2, on The Football League's official Facebook page, and on Instagram via @footballleague.

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