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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 20 preview

11 December 2015

The Sky Bet Championship returns this weekend with a full schedule of unmissable matches, beginning with two Friday night fixtures.

The action gets under way with Wolverhampton Wanderers hosting Nottingham Forest in a match that will be screened live on Sky Sports, while Blackburn Rovers entertain Rotherham United in the other evening kick-off.

Here's a look at the Sky Bet Championship Matchday 20 fixtures in full (kick-off is 3pm unless stated):

Friday 11th December

Blackburn Rovers v Rotherham United (7.45pm)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm – live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 12th December

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

Friday night's Molineux match-up is the first of Sky Sports' #10in10 coverage, where 10 Football League fixtures will be shown live over 10 days in the build-up to Christmas.

Read more: Wolves v Nottingham Forest to kick-off #10in10

That continues into Saturday, when the cameras will be at stadiummk for Ipswich Town's trip to Milton Keynes Dons, in what will be a first Football League meeting between the two sides.

Read more: #10in10 gets under way this Friday on Sky Sports

In the Saturday 3pm kick-offs, Derby County host Brighton & Hove Albion in a battle at the top of the table. The Seagulls are yet to lose in 19 Sky Bet Championship outings this term, but go to a Derby team hot on their heels in third spot.

Read more: Live on Sky Sports - Derby County v Brighton

Fourth-placed Hull City have lost ground in recent weeks and are winless in three – they host Bolton Wanderers who have just one triumph to their name and currently prop up the table.

Cardiff City find themselves up against fellow Play-Off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday in South Wales this weekend. The pair are locked on 29 points each and sit sixth and seventh, with the Bluebirds currently occupying the former, and the final Play-Off place.

Double delight for Ipswich! Click here to see the Sky Bet Football League November award winners

Giving chase to them are Birmingham City, Brentford, Reading and Queens Park Rangers. Gary Rowett's Blues are struggling for form and face the daunting task of a trip to Middlesbrough, while Dean Smith's Brentford come up against West London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage in the 50th meeting between the two sides.

Reading and QPR both made managerial changes last week, with new R's boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink set to make his dugout debut against Burnley on Saturday. The Royals are yet to replace Steve Clarke, however, so Martin Kuhl will continue at the helm for their visit to Preston North End.

Elsewhere, Yorkshire outfits Leeds United and Huddersfield Town both go into the weekend on the back of victories. The Terriers host Bristol City while Steve Evans takes his men to Charlton Athletic.

Match Officials

The match official appointments for this weekend's Sky Bet Championship fixtures were announced earlier this week.

Click here to see the match officials on Sky Bet Championship duty this weekend

Don't miss it!

In addition to all the Sky Sports coverage this weekend, we'll be covering every game via our divisional Twitter feed - @SkyBetChamp.

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