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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 15 preview

28 October 2016

A West London derby kicks off three days of Sky Bet Championship action on Matchday 15.

QPR host Brentford on Friday night in one of three matches from the division screened live on Sky Sports over the weekend.

Blackburn versus Wolves on Saturday, and the Second City derby between Birmingham and Aston Villa, complete the TV selections.

Elsewhere, table-topping Newcastle visit Preston just days after dumping them out of the EFL Cup, second play fourth with Brighton boss Chris Hughton welcoming former employers Norwich to the Amex, and Lee Johnson returns to Barnsley for the first time since taking charge at Bristol City.

Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 15 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Friday 28th October 2016

Queens Park Rangers v Brentford (7:45pm – live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 29th October 2016

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

Sunday 30th October 2016

Birmingham City v Aston Villa (12 noon – live on Sky Sports)

Referees: Click here to see the match officials on duty

Five facts

1. Brentford have not won at QPR since a 3-1 victory in 1964, on a Friday in October. The head-to-head record between the West London rivals is tied at 22 wins apiece, with 23 draws.

2. Leeds and Burton meet for the first time in their history. The Whites are three points clear of Burton ahead of the Elland Road clash.

3. Norwich have been victorious in all four visits to Brighton this century. Their last defeat there came in 1983 at the Goldstone Ground, which is the former home of the Seagulls.

4. Preston haven't scored in their last five encounters against Newcastle, following their midweek EFL Cup defeat at the hands of the Magpies. Their last goals came in a 3-2 home defeat in 1980.

5. Derby and Sheffield Wednesday lock horns for the 128th time in their history. Wednesday won the first meeting – a 3-2 FA Cup win in 1891 – but the Rams have the upper hand now with 47 victories to the Owls' 41.

From the dugout

Social media

Press Conference: Steve Bruce in good humour ahead of the #BIRAVL encounter this weekend.

— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 27, 2016

📷 @LUFC are through to the next round of the @EFLCup after @Ronaldo_Vieira8 converts his penalty

— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 25, 2016

🎶 Mitro's on fire 🔥🔥🔥

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 25, 2016

Another one of these on Sunday please @CheAdams14 ⚽️💥

— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) October 27, 2016

🔢 ICYMI Take a look at the numbers behind tonight's West London derby against @QPRFC

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— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) October 28, 2016

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