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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 30 preview

3 February 2017

A full schedule of fixtures awaits this weekend, starting and finishing live on Sky Sports.

The action kicks off on Friday evening with Sky’s live coverage of Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday, where a win for the Owls will see them move back into a Play-Off spot.

On Saturday, 16 sides take to the field for a 3pm kick-off. Included in those are Newcastle United, who host former boss Steve McClaren’s Derby County at St James’s Park.

The live action continues at 5.30pm, when Nottingham Forest welcome Aston Villa to the City Ground.

FIVE THINGS: Some of the storylines to look out for in the EFL this weekend

Then on Sunday, another Sky Sports fixture! Huddersfield Town take on Leeds United at the John Smiths Stadium in a Yorkshire derby between two of the divisions promotion-chasing clubs.

TV Games: Click here to see the full Sky Sports schedule

Leaders Brighton, who fell to a Thursday night reverse at Huddersfield, close the show on Sunday afternoon with a trip to Brentford.

Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 30 Fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Friday 3rd February

Wigan Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday (7.45pm – live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 4th February

Barnsley v Preston North End
Birmingham City v Fulham
Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers
Bristol City v Rotherham United
Burton Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cardiff City v Norwich City
Ipswich Town v Reading
Newcastle United v Derby County
Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa (5.30pm – live on Sky Sports)

Sunday 5th February

Huddersfield Town V Leeds United (12pm – live on Sky Sports)
Brentford V Brighton & Hove Albion

Referees: Click here to see who’s in charge this weekend

Five facts

1. Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan meet for just the eighth time in the two clubs' history on Friday night. The Owls edge the head-to-head 4-3 with the two sides never having drawn a fixture.

2. Barnsley and Preston sit tied on 19 league wins each against one after 47 previous fixtures, drawing the other nine.

3. Expect goals when Norwich head to the Cardiff City Stadium this weekend. The last five fixtures between themselves and the Bluebirds have produced 20 goals.

4. Just one of the last 17 matches between Ipswich and Reading has resulted in a draw. That match was a Sky Bet Championship fixture in November 2009.

5. Leeds have won three of their last four visits to the John Smith's Stadium, including their 3-0 triumph last season as the incoming Terriers boss David Wagner watched from the stands.

Social media

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— Wolves (@OfficialWolves) February 3, 2017

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— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) February 3, 2017

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— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) February 3, 2017

INTERVIEW: @nahkiwells speaks to #HTTV about his 100th goal in English football in tonight's 3-1 win #htafchttps://t.co/Sy6p19T5Fu (DTS)

— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) February 2, 2017

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