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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 31 preview

12 February 2016

Bristol City begin life with Lee Johnson at the helm with a home game against Ipswich Town on Matchday 31 in the Sky Bet Championship.

Johnson, a former Robins player, was appointed at Ashton Gate this week and club owner Steve Lansdown believes the manager can lift them up the table.

Read more: Lee Johnson to add 'extra spice' to Bristol City

Here's a look at the Sky Bet Championship Matchday 31 schedule in full, with all games kicking off at 3pm unless stated otherwise:

Saturday 13th February

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

Monday 15th February

Leeds United v Middlesbrough (7.45pm – live on Sky Sports)

The action gets started at lunchtime on Saturday when QPR welcome West London rivals Fulham to Loftus Road.

The 13th-placed R's are unbeaten in five, winning two and drawing the other three, while Fulham are down in 19th with no victory in their most recent five outings.

The other live action on Matchday 31 sees Leeds United host Middlesbrough at 7.45pm on Monday night. Boro top the standings going into the weekend, but that could change by the time they take to the Elland Road pitch.

Hull (second) and Burnley (third) trail the table-toppers by one and two points respectively ahead of their matches at 3pm on Saturday. The Tigers are at Blackburn and the Clarets, who this week handed manager Sean Dyche a new contract, visit Reading.

Brighton, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are the three other clubs in the Play-Off places, and they all have home matches this weekend. The Seagulls welcome Bolton to the south coast, the Rams – now under the guidance of Darren Wassall – host MK Dons while the Owls entertain Brentford.

Nottingham Forest possess the division's longest unbeaten record, which now stretches 13 matches, and they face Huddersfield Town, who trail them by 10 points in the standings, at the City Ground.  

Elsewhere, two founder members of The Football League are set to go head-to-head at Molineux as Wolves take on Preston.

Match Official Appointments

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

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

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