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Sky Bet Championship: Match Round 2 preview

14 August 2015

The Sky Bet Championship continues this weekend with all 24 teams in action across Saturday and Sunday.

Twelve sides will be in League action in front of their home fans for the first time this season, desperate to give their supporters something to cheer about in Match Round 2.

Match Round 2 fixtures

Here are the weekend fixtures in the Sky Bet Championship (kick-off 3pm unless stated):

Saturday 15th August

Bristol City v Brentford
Burnley v Birmingham City (12.30pm – live on Sky Sports)
Derby County v Charlton Athletic
Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion
Huddersfield Town v Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers
Milton Keynes Dons v Preston North End
Nottingham Forest v Rotherham United
Queens Park Rangers v Cardiff City (5.15pm – live on Sky Sports)

Sunday 16th August

Reading v Leeds United
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Hull City (12.00pm – live on Sky Sports)

For the second successive week Burnley face a lunchtime kick-off live on Sky Sports, with Birmingham the visitors to Turf Moor for a 12.30pm kick-off.

Read more: Live on Sky Sports: Burnley v Birmingham City

The visiting Blues have had a perfect week with two 2-1 wins, while Burnley seek their first victory after following up last week's draw at Leeds with a midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Port Vale.

Goals have been the norm in recent meetings between the pair, and late ones at that. Seven of the last eight meetings have produced a goal in the last five minutes, so this one should be well worth tuning in for.

Milton Keynes Dons top the table after Match Round 1, and they will meet Preston North End at stadiummk on Saturday afternoon. The two clubs were involved in a thrilling Sky Bet League 1 promotion race last season, and the Dons are seeking a maiden victory over the Lilywhites.

Read more: Promoted pair to meet again - Milton Keynes Dons v Preston North End

The action on Saturday ends with Queens Park Rangers hosting Cardiff City. The Bluebirds face London opposition for the third time in eight days, and the action will be live on Sky Sports with kick-off at 5.15pm.

Read more: Live on Sky Sports: Queens Park Rangers v Cardiff City

The live coverage doesn't stop there, with Wolves and Hull getting under way at midday on Sunday in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Both clubs are expected to do well in 2015/16 and kicked their respective seasons off with victory in Match Round 1 - something has to give here.

Read more: Live on Sky Sports: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Hull City



Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday also picked up three points last weekend, and both are on the road this time around and face tough opponents in Derby and Ipswich respectively. The Rams and the Tractor Boys began the season with a point, and will be seeking three points to kick-start their campaign.

Match Official Appointments

The officials appointed to Football League games in Match Round 2 of the 2015/16 were announced earlier this week.

Click here to see what officials are where in Match Round 2 of the Sky Bet Championship

Don’t miss it!

We’ll be providing live match updates from all of the games in Match Round 2 of the Sky Bet Championship on Twitter, via @SkyBetChamp.



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