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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 22 preview

16 December 2016

The Sky Bet Championship continues this weekend with a full schedule of fixtures spread across three days.

The action-packed weekend begins on Friday night with the latest instalment of Sky Sports' #10in10. Norwich City host Huddersfield Town after the two both picked up midweek victories.

On Saturday, leaders Newcastle United travel to Burton Albion looking to keep Brighton at bay after exchanging league positions with the Seagulls twice in the last week. Chris Hughton's side are also on their travels, facing a Birmingham City side under new management following Gianfranco Zola's appointment on Wednesday.

The St Andrew's clash will be televised, as will Sunday's meeting between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa - the game which brings Sky Sports' #10in10 coverage to a close.

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Derby County have racked up seven straight wins and visit Craven Cottage this weekend, where they face a Fulham side with just one loss in their prevous seven fixtures.

Elsewhere in the top six, Leeds United welcome Brentford to Elland Road and Reading travel to Blackburn Rovers.

Sheffield Wednesday sit just a point off a Play-Off spot and they host Yorkshire rivals and the division's bottom club, Rotherham United.

Sky Bet Championship Matchday 22 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Friday 16th December 2016

Norwich City v Huddersfield Town (7:45pm - #10in10 on Sky Sports)

Saturday 17th December 2016

Birmingham City v Brighton & Hove Albion (5:30pm - #10in10 on Sky Sports)
Blackburn Rovers v Reading
Bristol City v Preston North End
Burton Albion v Newcastle United
Cardiff City v Barnsley
Fulham v Derby County
Leeds United v Brentford
Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham United
Wigan Athletic v Ipswich Town

Sunday 18th December 2016

Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa (12pm - #10in10 on Sky Sports)

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Five facts

1. Huddersfield Town have not won away at Norwich City since 1969. They won 2-1 on that occasion, and have tried without success 10 times since.

2. It's a new ground to visit for the travelling Newcastle United faithful this weekend. The Magpies and Burton Albion have never met in the two clubs' history.

3. Fulham and Derby have met 50 times in EFL fixtures in the past. The Rams have won 19 to the Cottagers' 14 with 17 draws. Steve McClaren's men will fancy themselves for this one too after picking up seven straight victories to fire them to fifth in the standings.

4. Brentford are undefeated against Leeds United in over 55 years, their last loss to the Whites coming in an EFL Cup tie in September 1961. Since then, the two clubs have played six fixtures with the Bees winning two and drawing four.

5. Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham face off at Hillsborough this weekend with the hosts a clear favourite. However, the home side in this Yorkshire derby has not won a league fixture since 1981 when Wednesday were 2-0 victors.

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