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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 18 preview

27 November 2015

Just two points separate the top five ahead of another action-packed Sky Bet Championship schedule this weekend.

With four of the top six facing off, as well as some intriguing battles further down the table, it's a weekend not to be missed.

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

Friday 27th November

Hull City v Derby County (7.45pm – live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 28th November

Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town (12.30pm – live on Sky Sports)
Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday
Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City
Cardiff City v Burnley
Fulham v Preston North End
Huddersfield Town v Middlesbrough
Nottingham Forest v Reading
Queen's Park Rangers v Leeds United
Rotherham United v Bristol City
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Milton Keynes Dons

Monday 30th November

Bolton Wanderers v Brentford (7.45pm – live on Sky Sports)

League leaders Hull City kick-off the weekend's action on Friday night, hosting fourth-placed Derby County at the KC Stadium.

These two teams possess the best defensive records in The Football League, having only conceded 20 goals from a combined 34 matches. The Rams will leapfrog Hull at the summit with a win, and you can watch this one live on Sky Sports.

Read more: Live on Sky Sports: Hull City v Derby County

Saturday's action begins with Charlton Athletic hosting Ipswich Town, in another match live on Sky Sports.

The Addicks have picked up form in recent weeks, winning their last two matches under interim boss Karel Fraeye, and his latest challenge comes against the Tractor Boys, who are unbeaten in five.

Fulham are another side currently without a permanent boss, and caretaker Peter Grant will lead the Cottagers out once more when they face Preston North End.

This weekend also sees second games in charge for new bosses David Wagner and Paul Lambert. Wagner's Huddersfield are winless in five and take on high-flying Middlesbrough, while Lambert's next test as Blackburn boss sees them host Sheffield Wednesday.

Sixth-placed Birmingham travel to the only unbeaten side in The Football League, Brighton & Hove Albion, in another clash towards the top of the table. The Seagulls extended their remarkable undefeated run to 17 games at Burnley last weekend, and sit level on points with Hull at the summit.

Read more: Brighton v Birmingham - Chris Hughton welcomes former club in bid to sustain unbeaten run

At the opposite end of the table, Rotherham take on Bristol City, with the Millers sitting 23rd. An impressive win at Leeds last time out saw them climb off the bottom, but they face a Robins side unbeaten in three.

Milton Keynes also occupy a place in the bottom three and they travel to Wolves. Elsewhere, Cardiff host Burnley and QPR face off against Leeds at Loftus Road.

The final fixture of the weekend sees Brentford travel to Bolton Wanderers on Monday night. Neil Lennon's side sit bottom of the form table and bottom of the Championship, and you can see if they can bring that run to an end live on Sky Sports.

Match Official Appointments

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

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

Don't miss it!

You can follow all the Sky Bet Championship Matchday 18 action this weekend via the division's official Twitter feed, @SkyBetChamp.

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