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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 17 preview

18 November 2016

Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa get the EFL weekend under way as the Sky Bet Championship returns following the international break.

The second-placed Seagulls are flying high in second spot, unbeaten in 10 games, and host a Villa side who haven't tasted defeat in five games since the arrival of Steve Bruce.

That's one of three fixtures live on Sky Sports this weekend, with Ipswich hosting Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening and league leaders Newcastle travelling to Leeds on Sunday afternoon.

Nine fixtures take place at 3pm on Saturday, including Ian Holloway's Loftus Road return at home to Norwich, a battle between promoted pair Barnsley and Wigan, and EFL founder members Preston and Wolves going head-to-head for the 119th time.

Sky Bet Championship Matchday 17 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Friday 18th November

Brighton & Hove Albion v Aston Villa (7:45pm - live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 19th November

Barnsley v Wigan Athletic
Birmingham City v Bristol City
Blackburn Rovers v Brentford
Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town
Derby County v Rotherham United
Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest (5:30pm - live on Sky Sports)
Preston North End v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers v Norwich City
Reading v Burton Albion

Sunday 20th November

Leeds United v Newcastle United (1:15pm - live on Sky Sports)

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Five facts

1. Brighton and Aston Villa haven't met in the EFL since the 1982/83 season. The clubs did clash in a 2010 FA Cup fixture, when current Villa captain Tommy Elphick scored for the Seagulls in a 3-2 loss.

2. EFL founder members Preston and Wolves face off for the 119th time this weekend. The hosts are chasing a 50th win, with 44 Wolves wins and 25 draws taking place since the first meeting in 1888.

3. Reading and Burton have encountered each other on one previous occasion, when the Royals romped to a 5-1 EFL Cup success in 2009.

4. Leeds and Newcastle have not faced each other in the second tier of English football since 1989/90. The pair have met in the top flight and FA Cup since, though, with Leeds having won just one of the last 10.

5. Derby and Rotherham go head-to-head for the 50th time, and the last seven meetings have produced 28 goals at an average of four per game.

From the dugout

Social media

💬 Ollie: I had the best days here. To have another chance is something I only dreamed of. #OlliesBack

— QPR FC (@QPRFC) November 16, 2016

TRIBUTE: Tributes will be paid to Gary Speed on Sunday when Newcastle United travel to @LUFC

Full details:

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 15, 2016

From toughest to funniest, we speak to @1jamesbeattie about the @LUFC team in our LUTV 'Teammates' special

— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 16, 2016

📰 Wolves respond to published report -

— Wolves (@OfficialWolves) November 16, 2016

FLASHBACK: We welcome @LaticsOfficial to Oakwell this Saturday, with fond memories of our recent encounters...

— Barnsley FC (@bfc_official) November 16, 2016

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