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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 12 preview

14 October 2016

The Sky Bet Championship is back, and back in style with the Matchday 12 action being spread over three days.

The Sky Bet Championship is back, and back in style with the Matchday 12 action being spread over three days.

The weekend schedule features three matches live on Sky Sports, with the Severnside derby kicking things off on Friday night at the Cardiff City Stadium.

TV Games: Click here to see the list of EFL matches to be shown on Sky Sports

That'll be Neil Warnock's first game in charge of the Bluebirds – he's one of three bosses making their dugout debuts at Championship clubs this weekend.

Read more: Familiar faces back in EFL dugouts

Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 12 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Friday 14th October 2016

Cardiff City v Bristol City (7.45pm – live on Sky Sports)
Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City (7.45pm)

Saturday 15th October 2016

Barnsley v Fulham
Blackburn Rovers v Ipswich Town
Brighton & Hove Albion v Preston North End
Derby County v Leeds United
Newcastle United v Brentford
Norwich City v Rotherham United
Queens Park Rangers v Reading
Wigan Athletic v Burton Albion
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers (5.30pm – live on Sky Sports)

Appointments: Click here to see the Matchday 12 officials

Five facts

1.    Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest are the only two sides yet to keep a clean sheet in the division this term.

2.     Ipswich Town have failed to hit the back of the net in any of their last four games.

3.    Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers – two founder members of the EFL – meet for the 121st time in history this weekend.

4.    Newcastle United and Brentford are clashing for the first time since March 1993. The Bees haven't got the better of the Toon since 1948.

5.    Birmingham City are enjoying the best undefeated run in the division – they are unbeaten in seven.

From the dugout

WATCH | The gaffer looks ahead to Saturday's game at Loftus Road pic.twitter.com/i0ovrWnD25

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) October 13, 2016

AVTV interview: Steve Bruce talks about what he will demand of #AVFC players – and his desire to make our fans happy. #WelcomeStevepic.twitter.com/6bFR7rhy40

— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 13, 2016



Social media

💬 #QPR midfielder @jordancousins94 is eyeing a return to first team action this weekend against @ReadingFC: https://t.co/m5jOCUcBrd#QPRREApic.twitter.com/qWAp47z5LU

— QPR FC (@QPRFC) October 13, 2016

INTERVIEW: Callum O’Dowda is itching to take part in his first Severnside derby. #CARvBRChttps://t.co/ymgFlmq0N9pic.twitter.com/jWoAxRemL4

— Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) October 13, 2016

📹 | Jonny Williams is ready to make his return for #itfc following a spell injured and he's been speaking about his aims going forward. pic.twitter.com/jEWtlLUxGK

— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) October 13, 2016

Bradshaw: "We're confident of getting back to winning ways."
Read more at https://t.co/6Ne3eisza0pic.twitter.com/5fNZbQcOht

— Barnsley FC (@bfc_official) October 13, 2016

INTERVIEW: @RichardKeogh_6 told us earlier today that he is looking forward to working with Steve McClaren again: https://t.co/k7v2w7CL8z 📝 pic.twitter.com/Le8Gt2hpHj

— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) October 13, 2016

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- Twitter.com/EFL
- Twitter.com/SkyBetChamp
- Facebook.com/TheEFL
- Instagram.com/EFL

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