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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 41 preview

8 April 2016

The games continue to come thick and fast in the Sky Bet Championship, and there’s another full schedule in store this weekend.

Things couldn’t get much tighter at the summit, with just two points separating the top three, while we could see one team’s fate at the foot sealed on Saturday afternoon.

Here are this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship fixtures - 3pm kick-offs unless stated:

Saturday 9th April 2016

Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday
Burnley v Leeds United (12:30pm - live on Sky Sports)
Derby County v Bolton Wanderers
Fulham v Cardiff City
Huddersfield Town v Hull City
Ipswich Town v Brentford
Milton Keynes Dons v Rotherham United
Middlesbrough v Preston North End
Queens Park Rangers v Charlton Athletic
Reading v Birmingham City
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers

Monday 11th April 2016

Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion (7:45pm - live on Sky Sports)

Burnley go into the weekend top of the table and can cement their place there when they kick-off the action in a lunchtime screening live on Sky Sports.

The Clarets welcome Leeds United to Turf Moor in a fixture that has seen 10 of the last 11 settled by a one-goal margin. The other was a 1-1 draw on the opening day of this season.

Read more: Sam Vokes named Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month

Poised to pounce on any potential slip-up are Middlesbrough, who lie second and host Preston North End later on Saturday, before third-placed Brighton & Hove Albion visit Nottingham Forest on Monday in another televised Sky Sports game.

The three sides below occupying the remaining Play-Off places are Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County. The Tigers and the Owls are both on their travels, to Huddersfield Town and Bristol City respectively, while Darren Wassall’s Rams host Bolton Wanderers, who will be relegated if they fail to win at the iPro Stadium.

Read more: The state of play in The Football League

Neil Warnock has guided Rotherham United to a seven-game unbeaten streak and picked up March’s Manager of the Month award for steering the Millers out of the bottom three. They are by no means safe yet however, and face a six-pointer  at relegation rivals Milton Keynes Dons.

Read more: Neil Warnock named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month

Charlton Athletic, currently 23rd, face a London derby with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Fulham picked up a crucial three points on the road in midweek and return to Craven Cottage for the visit of Cardiff City, who are chasing a Play-Off place alongside Ipswich Town and Birmingham City. The Tractor Boys host Brentford, while Gary Rowett takes his troops to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading, needing a win to realistically keep their faint hopes alive.

Match official appointments

The match official appointments for this weekend’s Football League matches were announced earlier this week.

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