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Sky Bet EFL: Midweek preview

4 April 2017

Two nights, two divisions – the battle for positions intensifies, and the first EFL promotion could occur.

Here's what's coming up...



Role reversal


Brighton & Hove Albion have the chance to return to the top of the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night, when they welcome Birmingham City to the Amex Stadium.

Three points for the Seagulls will send them top, but Newcastle can reclaim pole position 24 hours later when they take on Burton Albion at St James' Park.

Both opponents are struggling at the wrong end of the table and need the points for very different reasons, as they bid to steer themselves further away from the bottom three.

Pressure off?

Rotherham United became the first team in the EFL to be relegated in 2016/17 following their weekend loss to Fulham. They're at home again in midweek, taking on Yorkshire foes Sheffield Wednesday live on Sky Sports.

That result contributed to the Owls falling out of the Play-Off positions – the Cottagers moving into the top six after Carlos Carvalhal's side failed to win for the fourth straight game.

With the Millers' fate now confirmed, will the shackles come off? Or will Wednesday heap more misery on their opponents and resurrect their promotion hopes in the process?

Around the grounds

Fulham climbed into the top six at the weekend, but face a tricky test away at Derby County. Gary Rowett's first home game in charge resulted in a win last Friday – will his honeymoon period be extended?

Reading, aiming for a third straight win, host relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers, while Leeds United visit Brentford following their weekend loss to the Royals.

The survival scrap continues with Ipswich Town hosting Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers welcoming Nottingham Forest, and Bristol City travelling to Preston North End.

Table: Click here to see the Sky Bet Championship table

Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 40 fixtures

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers
Barnsley v Cardiff City
Brentford v Leeds United
Brighton & Hove Albion v Birmingham City
Derby County v Fulham
Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic
Preston North End v Bristol City
Reading v Blackburn Rovers
Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday (live on Sky Sports)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest

Wednesday 5th April 2017

Huddersfield Town v Norwich City (live on Sky Sports)
Newcastle United v Burton Albion

Social media: Follow @SkyBetChamp on Twitter for goal updates




Going up?

Sheffield United can secure promotion from Sky Bet League One on Wednesday night, should they win and Fleetwood Town lose at Oxford United.

Coventry City are the visitors to Bramall Lane and will be in buoyant mood following Sunday's Wembley success in the Checkatrade Trophy Final, but the Blades are 11 unbeaten and on the verge of a Championship return.

As for Fleetwood, they go to an Oxford United side looking to maintain their Play-Off hopes, but the Cod Army require three points to keep their automatic promotion aspirations alive.

State of play: Click here to see the matchday permutations

Around the grounds

Twenty-four hours before that double-header, four more games take place, with Play-Off chasing Southend United versus second-placed Bolton Wanderers one of the key match-ups.

Should the Shrimpers lose, then Millwall can potentially move level on points in the Play-Off race – the Lions are away at struggling Shrewsbury Town.

Port Vale travel to Rochdale looking to escape the clutches of the bottom four, while Charlton Athletic and Milton Keynes Dons meet at the Valley.

Table: Click here to see the Sky Bet League One table

Sky Bet League One: Midweek fixtures

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Charlton Athletic v Milton Keynes Dons
Rochdale v Port Vale
Shrewsbury Town v Millwall
Southend United v Bolton Wanderers

Wednesday 5th April 2017

Oxford United v Fleetwood Town   
Sheffield United v Coventry City

Social media: Follow @SkyBetLeagueOne on Twitter for goal updates

Match officials: Click here to see the referees on EFL duty in midweek


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