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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 17 preview

20 November 2015

There's a stellar Sky Bet Championship schedule in store this weekend, with plenty of reunions, live screenings and crunch fixtures taking place.

Two managers will be making their dugout debuts, too. Paul Lambert takes charge of his maiden Blackburn Rovers match, while David Wagner graces The Football League for the first time with Huddersfield Town.

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

Friday 20th November

Middlesbrough v Queens Park Rangers (7.45pm - live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 21st November

Birmingham City v Charlton Athletic
Brentford v Nottingham Forest
Bristol City v Hull City (12.30pm - live on Sky Sports)
Derby County v Cardiff City
Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leeds United v Rotherham United
Milton Keynes Dons v Fulham
Preston North End v Blackburn Rovers
Reading v Bolton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Town

Sunday 22nd November

Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion

Matchday 17 kicks off live on Sky Sports in the North East, as Middlesbrough take on Queens Park Rangers at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro lost 3-0 to Hull a fortnight ago, but could go back to within a point of the Tigers at the top of the table with victory on Friday night. QPR, meanwhile, haven't won in three matches, and former boss Neil Warnock is still overseeing proceedings at the club, with his former number two Kevin Blackwell now also on board.

Read more: Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka expecting 'good test' against QPR

On Saturday, leaders Hull go to Bristol City. The pair most famously locked horns in the 2008 Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley, when Dean Windass scored the only goal of the game to send the Tigers into the top flight. The Robins are seeking some consistency, having won twice, lost twice and drawn twice in their last six.

Read more: Live on Sky Sports: Bristol City v Hull City

Leeds United have hit some form under the stewardship of Steve Evans in the last month, after picking up back-to-back wins. They host Evans' former club Rotherham United this time around, as the Whites prepare to welcome Neil Redfearn back to Elland Road.

Read more: Leon Best raring to go with Rotherham United - “It's felt like I've been out for years”

There's another reunion taking place this weekend, as Ipswich Town host Mick McCarthy's former club Wolverhampton Wanderers to Portman Road. The Tractor Boys are out to make it three wins in a row, while Wolves are seeking just a second triumph in seven outings.

New managers Paul Lambert and David Wagner are both on the road with their respective clubs, with Blackburn visiting Preston North End and Huddersfield going to Sheffield Wednesday.

Two teams without anyone in permanent charge at present are Fulham and Charlton Athletic, and they travel to Milton Keynes Dons and Birmingham City.

Elsewhere, Brentford go toe-to-toe with Nottingham Forest at Griffin Park, Derby County - after suffering their first defeat in 11 games two weeks ago - play Cardiff City, and Reading welcome the struggling Bolton Wanderers to the Madejski Stadium.

On Sunday, there's a televised clash between Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion near the top of the table. Brighton sit two points ahead of the Clarets in second and, depending on Hull's result the previous day, it could be a straight shoot-out for a place at the summit.

Match Official Appointments

The match official appointments for this weekend's Football League fixtures were announced earlier this week.

Click here to find out which officials are on Sky Bet Championship duty this Saturday.

Don't miss it!

You can follow all the Sky Bet Championship Matchday 17 action this weekend via the division's official Twitter feed, @SkyBetChamp.

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