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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 22 preview

18 December 2015

The Sky Bet Championship continues this weekend with the division's top two going head-to-head on Saturday lunchtime.

Unbeaten Brighton & Hove Albion sit behind Middlesbrough on goal difference at the summit of the table, and will fight it out for the honour of being number one this Christmas.

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

Friday 18th December 2015

Birmingham City v Cardiff City (#10in10 live on Sky Sports - 7:45pm)

Saturday 19th December 2015

Brighton & Hove Albion v Middlesbrough (#10in10 live on Sky Sports - 7:45pm)
Bolton Wanderers v Fulham
Brentford v Huddersfield Town
Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers
Burnley v Charlton Athletic
Ipswich Town v Derby County
Nottingham Forest v Milton Keynes Dons
Rotherham United v Hull City

Sunday 20th December 2015

Leeds United v Preston North End
Reading v Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday v Wolverhampton Wanderers (2:00pm)

The match will bring up the ninth day of Sky Sports' #10in10 coverage, where 10 Football League matches will be screened live over 10 consecutive days.

If the spoils are shared, then Derby County and Hull City are both poised to take advantage at the top. The Rams face a tough test at Ipswich Town however, while the Tigers go to struggling Rotherham United in what will be their first League meeting since the 1999/2000 season.

Either side of the Millers in the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone are Bolton Wanderers, who host Fulham, and Charlton Athletic, who take on a Burnley side without a win in six.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has picked up two draws from his first two home games with Queens Park Rangers, and he now takes them on the road for the first time when they play Bristol City.

Huddersfield Town visit Brentford in a fixture which has seen 25 goals fly in during the last five meetings, while Nottingham Forest host Milton Keynes Dons in the remainder of the Saturday schedule.

There's action either side of that too, with Birmingham City playing Cardiff City on Friday night in another of the #10in10 matches, while Matchday 22 concludes with three Sunday fixtures. Here, Simon Grayson takes his Preston North End side to his former club Leeds United, Reading face Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday host Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Match official appointments

The match official appointments for Football League fixtures over the festive period were announced earlier this week.

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

Don't miss it!

In addition to all the Sky Sports coverage this weekend, we'll be providing updates from every game via our divisional Twitter feed -

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