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Preview: Sky Bet Championship - Matchday 14

After another dramatic weekend in the Sky Bet Championship, the midweek fixtures bring another full programme of games across Monday and Tuesday – and more fireworks can be expected.

22 October 2018

After another dramatic weekend in the Sky Bet Championship, the midweek fixtures bring another full programme of games across Monday and Tuesday – and more fireworks can be expected.

Boro to continue at the top?

Table topping Middlesbrough will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table as they welcome a Rotherham side to the Riverside Stadium and the stats are on their side.

Boro are unbeaten at home against Rotherham in their last seven encounters. You’d have to go all the way back to 1965 at Ayresome Park for the last time the Millers won at the Riverside. The Teesiders are usually good on a Tuesday too – they haven’t been defeated at home in any of their last 32 matches.

Unfortunately, a look down memory lane doesn’t look favourably on Rotherham’s manager Paul Warne, with just one point away from home in the Sky Bet Championship during his tenure at the Millers. But they did win their last game against Boro under Neil Warnock with a 1-0 victory in 2016 when Lee Frecklington scored the only goal at the New York stadium.

Sharpened blades for Stoke visit

After Sheffield United suffered a late defeat at the hands of Derby County in Sky Sports’ evening game on Saturday, the Blades will be keen to ensure their impressive tally of eight victories already this season is added to at home to Stoke.

Chris Wilder’s team welcome Gary Rowett’s side to Bramall Lane with the pressure continuing to mount on the manager with the Potters lying just six points from safety.

You have to go back 11 years to 2007 since the last time these two faced each other – Stoke coming out on top in a 3-0 win but the Blades will be strong favourites to come out on top tonight.

Canaries flying high

After Norwich won late on at Nottingham Forest on Matchday 13, the Canaries will be looking to continue their good run of form when they face Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side at Carrow Road – and it should make for an intriguing encounter, live on Sky Sports Football.

Villa marked their new manager’s debut with a win against Swansea on Saturday, courtesy of Tammy Abraham’s fourth goal of the season.

After their super September form, Norwich have lost just one game in ten and will be hoping to continue their good run of form against a Villa side who are winless in their last six games away from home.

Around the grounds

Steve McClaren’s QPR side welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Loftus Road tonight and will aim to stop in form Adam Reach from scoring yet again, the forward winning the Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Weekend for a second successive week. Rangers have won two of the last three games and will be looking to continue their recent mini resurgence of form.

Meanwhile on Tuesday night, Wigan will be looking to improve their poor away record at Millwall – having won just once at the Den in the last 13 clashes between the two sides.

 

The Championship continues on Wednesday night with more EFL action on your screens. 

Tough away trips for the bottom duo...

Ipswich face a tough trip to Elland Road on Wednesday night as they look to begin to claw themselves off the foot of the Sky Bet Championship Table.

Town have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven visits to Elland Road and will face a Leeds side brimming from their defeat against Blackburn at the weekend.

They’re not the only side hovering around the bottom places who are in desperate need of a result. Hull City travel to Bristol City who themselves enjoyed a big win at Brentford at the weekend and the Tigers will be heavily reliant on their striker Jarrod Bowen who has scored four of their last five.

Baggies aim to bounce back

Also live on Sky Sports Football tomorrow night, West Bromwich Albion welcome Frank Lampard and his Derby County side to the Hawthorns. Albion suffered their first defeat in four league games against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

They will be confident of continuing their impressive record of scoring 20 league goals already at home this season. A run of games that has only seen them lose in the league – on the opening day to Bolton.


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