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The tussle at the top of the Sky Bet Championship

4 March 2016

Hull City missed the chance to go top of the Sky Bet Championship on Thursday, meaning the door is open to Middlesbrough ahead of Saturday's action.

The Tigers (64 points) trail leaders Burnley by one point with a superior goal difference, so knew anything but a defeat would see them regain the lead of the division, but they lost 1-0 at Birmingham City on Thursday in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Third-placed Middlesbrough, also on 64 points, play Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday in another televised Sky Sports match, before current table-toppers Burnley lock horns with rivals Blackburn Rovers in a Saturday lunchtime screening.

Boro will go top if they win, but only until the Clarets are in action, and Brighton & Hove Albion are another team with a chance of ending the weekend at the summit – they visit Preston North End at 3pm on Saturday.

Table: Click here to see how the Sky Bet Championship table stands

Birmingham City 1-0 Hull City (Thursday – 7.45pm)

Hull, managed by former Blues boss Steve Bruce, were unbeaten in four with two wins and two draws, but lost out to a Jon Toral goal at St Andrew's.

The win lifted Birmingham up to seventh in the division, just one point short of the Play-Off places.

Middlesbrough v Wolves (Friday – 7.45pm)

Boro looked to have returned to form after back-to-back wins against Cardiff City and Fulham but were undone by Blackburn Rovers in midweek, losing 2-1 at Ewood Park ahead of their Friday night meeting with Wolves.

Kenny Jackett's side ended a seven-match winless sequence last time out by seeing off Derby 2-1, but have already suffered two defeats against Boro this term – 3-1 in the reverse league meeting, and 3-0 in the Capital One Cup.

Burnley v Blackburn Rovers (Saturday 12.30pm)

Following their midweek win at Boro, Rovers make the trip to fierce rivals Burnley, who are the division's form side. Sean Dyche's Clarets are unbeaten in 11, stretching back to Boxing Day, and have notched three wins on the spin to sit at the summit.

Rovers will be buoyant, though, following three victories in four. Another win would see them earn the East Lancashire bragging rights for the first time since March 2010.

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We'll be covering the battle for top spot this weekend on social media via @SkyBetChamp!

Live TV games: Click here to see a full list of Football League matches being screened live on Sky Sports

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