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Preview: Sky Bet Championship – Matchday 3

17 August 2018

Friday, Saturday and Sunday... what a weekend ahead as the 2018/19 Championship season continues. Here's a look at three days of EFL action...

A long weekend

The EFL weekend gets under way on Friday night, when Birmingham City and boss Garry Monk welcome his former club Swansea City to St Andrew’s in a fixture to be screened live on Sky Sports.

Monk’s men are winless in the league and bowed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek, while the Swans are one of three teams to have won two out of two in the Championship so far.

Three days of action come to a close on Sunday afternoon when Brentford face Sheffield Wednesday. The Bees have scored 10 goals in three outings in all competition, while the Owls have five.

In the goals

With seven goals scored, Leeds United are the top scorers in the EFL, and the Whites will be eager to increase that tally when facing fellow Yorkshiremen Rotherham United this weekend.

Marcelo Bielsa’s outfit have convincingly seen off the challenges of Stoke City and Derby County already, and now face a side who shipped five goals away from home on the opening day of the season.

However, back-to-back home wins against Ipswich Town and then Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup will have Paul Warne’s men heading to Elland Road with belief that they can end Leeds’ perfect start to the new season.

Around the grounds

Middlesbrough sit top of the tree and travel to Bristol City this weekend, looking to retain their Championship lead. Aston Villa are also on the road after a perfect start to the season, and the winless Ipswich Town are their hosts this weekend.

Hull City, Millwall and Nottingham Forest all advanced in the Carabao Cup on penalties on Tuesday night, and the former pair are at home to Blackburn Rovers — who ran riot in midweek — and Derby County respectively. Aitor Karanka’s Forest face a tricky trip to Wigan Athletic.

Amongst the other games, Preston North End entertain Stoke City at Deepdale in the Saturday evening clash, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Friday 17 August 2018

Birmingham City v Swansea City (7:45pm – live on Sky Sports)

Saturday 18 August 2018

Bristol City v Middlesbrough
Hull City v Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich Town v Aston Villa
Leeds United v Rotherham United
Millwall v Derby County
Preston North End v Stoke City (5:30pm – live on Sky Sports)
Reading v Bolton Wanderers
Sheffield United v Norwich City
West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers
Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest

Sunday 19 August 2018

Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday

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