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Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 20 preview

30 November 2018

The EFL action returns this weekend with a full fixture list in the Sky Bet Championship for you to enjoy...

Promotion clash in Yorkshire

Bramall Lane plays host to what could be the game of the weekend in the Sky Bet Championship as two of the promotion front runners meet.

Just two points separate Sheffield United and Leeds United, with Marcelo Bielsa's side holding the slender advantage. However, the Blades have lost just one of their last 11 matches against Leeds, with the visitors having not won at Bramall Lane since 1992.

Leeds' prolific scoring record on the road this season, scoring at least one in each of their last ten away fixtures, does give them confidence their poor record can be rectified. 

The Rams to outmuscle the Swans? 

Derby County face another tough task at Pride Park this weekend when they entertain Swansea City in what is their first meeting since March, 2011. 

December seems to have been a favourable month for Frank Lampard's side in years gone by, as the Rams haven't lost any of their last 21 league matches to be played in the month.

In Harry Wilson and Oliver McBurnie, both sides have the firepower to cause problems - four of Swansea's last six goals have come courtesy of McBurnie, whilst Wilson has scored in Derby's last two games. 

Battle of the big hitters... 

Middlesbrough's record of just ten goals conceded will be put to the test against Aston Villa this weekend should recent results be anything to go by.

Villa hit five goals in a midweek goalfest, yet still only came away with a point in an absorbing contest against Nottingham Forest. Despite their goalscoring threat, Boro will be encouraged by the goals conceded by Dean Smith's side.

Interestingly, Aston Villa have recovered 14 points from trailing positions in this season's Championship, so you may want to keep an eye on this fixture until the very end. 

Can the Canaries fly high again?

Unsurprisingly, the Championship leaders are one of the form teams in the division, but aside from stating the obvious, Norwich are looking to win four consecutive home league games for the first time since February 2017.

The visitors, however, have picked up following a disappointing start to the season. They currently sit on a seven-game unbeaten run, although six of those have yielded draws.

Tuesday goalless draw brought an end to Norwich's run of three consecutive games scoring four goals, so Rotherham will need to be at their best defensively to come away with anything.

Around the grounds

Nottingham Forest host Ipswich Town at the City Ground, with their two fixtures in midweek combining for an eye-watering fifteen goals! Forest's 5-5 draw and Ipswich's 3-2 defeat means goals are a certainty this weekend.. Cue the goalless draw.

West Bromwich Albion host Brentford in the first meeting between the pair since 2003, whilst Stoke City travel to Reading.

Elsewhere, Birmingham City, unbeaten in 14 home games, host a Preston North End side they have only won against once in 14 attempts. Both are currently going well in the league, with Preston unbeaten in 9 league games.

You can view the full fixture list in the Sky Bet Championship Here...

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