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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 42 preview

15 April 2016

The race for promotion intensifies this weekend on Matchday 42, with two of the top four kicking the action off on Friday evening.

Brighton & Hove Albion will go second, for 24 hours at least, if they can beat Fulham at the Amex Stadium, while Hull City will be looking to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive at the KC Stadium.

The out-of-form Tigers are 10 points adrift of automatic promotion, albeit with a game in hand, and host Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Read more: Back to basics for Steve Bruce's Hull City

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

Friday 15th April 2016

Brighton & Hove Albion v Fulham (7.45pm)
Hull City v Wolverhampton Wanderers (7.45pm - live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 16th April 2016

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

League leaders Middlesbrough are involved in the early kick-off on Saturday when they travel to Bolton, who were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last weekend.

Read more: Jimmy Phillips remains positive after Bolton's relegation confirmation

Aitor Karanka's side could temporarily extend their advantage at the summit before Burnley face a tough trip to St. Andrew's to take on Birmingham. 

Derby County, currently fifth, travel to Charlton, and the final Play-Off position is currently being held by Sheffield Wednesday – a win over Ipswich would put them a step closer to confirming their place in the top six. However, Mick McCarthy's men will move to within five points of the Owls, and potentially spark a late promotion charge, if they can claim their first win on the road since 27th February.

Read more: The state of play - possible ups and downs in The Football League

Cardiff - the nearest challengers for a Play-Off place - take on Queens Park Rangers, who haven't won away from home since mid-January. 

Towards the bottom, MK Dons realistically need to win all of their remaining fixtures to avoid relegation and this weekend they travel. Neil Warnock's Rotherham, unbeaten in eight, welcome Nottingham Forest to the New York Stadium. The visitors haven't won any of their last 11 fixtures and are level on points with the Millers.

Elsewhere, Blackburn play Huddersfield, Brentford locks horns with Bristol City and Leeds take on Reading. 

Match official appointments

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

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