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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 16 preview

6 November 2015

For the first time since August, a new name tops the Sky Bet Championship table - Hull City.

That was after an entertaining round of midweek fixtures, which saw previous leaders Brighton & Hove Albion draw for the third successive game, allowing the Tigers to go top on goal difference.

Sandwiched between those clubs are Burnley, meaning all three are currently locked on 31 points ahead of Matchday 16.

15 games in and the top 5 in the @SkyBet#Championship are separated by just 1 point!

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) November 3, 2015
Here is the full Sky Bet Championship schedule for the coming weekend (all kick-off times are 3pm unless stated):

Friday 6th November

Nottingham Forest v Derby County (7.30pm - live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 7th November

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

The weekend action kicks-off in with a mouthwatering local rivalry, as Nottingham Forest host neighbours Derby County at the City Ground.

Forest are in desperate search of a win, having not registered three points since beating Birmingham City in mid-September. Derby, on the contrary, haven't lost in any of their last 10 League outings, winning in eight of those, and could go top with just a point.

POLL: It's East Midlands derby day! Which team do you want to win tonight - @Official_NFFC or @dcfcofficial?

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) November 6, 2015
That game will be screened live on Sky Sports, as will the lunchtime game between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United on Saturday.

It's also been a mixed week for those respective sides, with Huddersfield sacking manager Chris Powell and Steve Evans enjoying his first win as Leeds boss in their 1-0 victory over Cardiff City.

Read more: Steve Evans left emotional after Leeds United end Elland Road woes

The Terriers parted company with Powell just over a year after appointing him, and former Borussia Dortmund coach David Wagner has been given the job on a permanent basis.

Read more: David Wagner the perfect fit for Huddersfield Town - Dean Hoyle

New leaders Hull are in action at home to Middlesbrough, and Aitor Karanka's men trail them by just a point, meaning Boro are another team that could hit the summit this weekend.

Burnley and Brighton, who occupy second and third place, face Wolverhampton Wanderers and Milton Keynes Dons respectively - the former pair are the other two of five teams who could be at the top of the table come Saturday evening.

Read more: In-form Andre Gray making history at Burnley

Queens Park Rangers were another club who decided to part with their manager in midweek, as Chris Ramsey left his post at Loftus Road. Neil Warnock returns to the dugout to take temporary charge for the visit of Preston North End.

Unbeaten in nine and near the top of the form book are Sheffield Wednesday, who host Charlton Athletic, and Reading, who face a Cardiff City side who haven't scored a goal in the Sky Bet Championship since mid-October, four games ago.

Elsewhere, Fulham host Birmingham City at Craven Cottage, and Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United - both in the bottom three of the table - take on Bristol City and Ipswich Town.

It was double delight for Brentford in the October Player and Manager of the Month awards, ahead of the Bees' weekend trip to Blackburn.

Read more: Lee Carsley named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month

Read more: Alan Judge named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month

Match Official Appointments

The officials appointed to Football League matches this weekend have been announced.

Click here to see which officials are on duty in the Sky Bet Championship

Don't miss it!

You can follow all the Sky Bet Championship Matchday 16 fixtures this weekend via our official Twitter feed, @SkyBetChamp.

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