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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 21 preview

13 December 2016

There’s a full midweek schedule in the Sky Bet Championship, with all 24 teams in action over two nights.

Sky Sports’ #10in10 coverage reaches the halfway mark on Tuesday, when Norwich City take on Aston Villa at Carrow Road.

The two sides are in contrasting form, with Norwich taking just three points from the last 21 available to them, and a rejuvenated Villa losing just once under Steve Bruce. Should the Villans win, they will leapfrog Alex Neil’s men in the table.

Game six of the televised football marathon takes place 24 hours later, with Newcastle making the trip to Wigan Athletic — one of three Wednesday night fixtures.

#10in10: EFL fixtures coming up live on Sky Sports

That gives Brighton & Hove Albion the chance to take top spot once more when they go to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday, while two teams in the top six — Leeds United and Reading — go head-to-head at Elland Road.

Elsewhere, there’s a Yorkshire derby between Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley, and basement side Rotherham United chase a second straight victory when they go to Fulham.

Sky Bet Championship Matchday 21 fixtures (7:45pm kick-off)

Tuesday 13th December

Birmingham City v Ipswich Town
Blackburn Rovers v Brighton & Hove Albion
Bristol City v Brentford
Burton Albion v Huddersfield Town
Cardiff City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Fulham v Rotherham United
Leeds United v Reading
Norwich City v Aston Villa (live on Sky Sports)
Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley

Wednesday 14th December

Nottingham Forest v Preston North End
Queens Park Rangers v Derby County
Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United (live on Sky Sports)

Referees: Click here to see the match officials on duty

Five facts

1. Brighton and Blackburn’s head-to-head record did read 11-11, with 11 draws, but the Seagulls have won the last three meetings by a 1-0 scoreline to pull clear.

2. It’s another EFL first supplied by Burton Albion, who face a maiden meeting with Huddersfield Town. The Brewers are 20th, 11 points behind the fourth-placed Terriers.

3. It’s 24 years and one day since Rotherham last defeated Fulham, and that 1-0 success came at Craven Cottage. There have been three draws and four wins for the Cottagers since then, including a league double last term.

4. Four of the last 10 encounters between Leeds and Reading have finished goalless, but the last Elland Road meeting did provide a five-goal thriller, which was settled by Chris Wood back in April.

5. Wigan have won seven of their nine home clashes with Newcastle, losing the first in a 1954 FA Cup clash, and the other in a top-flight fixture in 2011.

From the dugout

Social media

ALL THE ANGLES: Want to enjoy #DCFC's goals from the 3-0 win over @NFFC from various angles? Head to #RamsTV now! 📺

— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) December 13, 2016

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— Leeds United (@LUFC) December 12, 2016

📺 It's a happy birthday today to Marco Djuricin so there's only one goal which can be today's Goal of the Day!

— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) December 12, 2016

TEAM OF THE WEEK: @dwightgayle is in the #EFL's best XI of the week. #NUFC

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 12, 2016

👏👊@Dr_TonyXia reacts to our late winner over @LaticsOfficial.

— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) December 12, 2016

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