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Sky Bet Championship preview: 1-4 March

28 February 2019

There are some huge games in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend! Here's what's coming up...


The first game of the weekend sees third-placed Leeds United take on fourth-placed West Bromwich Albion, with just four points separating the sides ahead of kick-off. This will be the first league meeting between the sides at Elland Road since January 2007, when the Baggies won 3-2, and this one promises to be just as exciting. With the battle for promotion heating up, the outcome of this clash could prove crucial.


The final game of the weekend is another mouth-watering contest, with points and bragging rights on the line between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United at Hillsborough. The Blades could go top with a win, depending on Norwich City's result, but Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has a good record against his former side, having won seven of his last nine. Victory for the hosts could lift them to within three points of the Play-Off places.


Norwich will hope to take another step closer to promotion this weekend, but face a tricky trip to Millwall, where they have won on only one of their last six league visits. The Canaries will hope that form plays a part in this one, though - Daniel Farke's men are scoring goals for fun, while Millwall have taken just six points from their last eight games in the Championship.


Brentford face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, having won their last five London derbies on home soil in the Championship. QPR's record against London sides has been good of late too; they've already won two derbies in the capital this season, and will be buoyed by victory over Leeds in midweek. Just one point separates the sides going into this one.


Wigan Athletic welcome Middlesbrough to the DW Stadium this weekend, in a game which could affect both ends of the table. The Latics are five points above the drop zone, while Boro are fifth and just three points behind West Brom. Clean sheets are the name of the game for Toby Pulis' side - they've kept more than any other Championship side this season (15), and six in their last eight games against Wigan. Who will come out on top here?


Following victory for Nottingham Forest over rivals Derby County last time out, the two are now locked in a battle for a Play-Off place, and both are on the road this weekend. Forest head to out-of-sorts Stoke City looking to win consecutive league matches for the first time since September, while Derby face Aston Villa, looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back defeats.

There's a big battle at the bottom too, as Reading travel to Ipswich Town. Time is running out for the Tractor Boys - who sit nine points adrift of safety - to stage a bid for survival, while Reading have their heads above water on goal difference only. Ipswich will take encouragement from the fact that the Royals have won just one of their last 26 away matches in all competitions.

Both sides will be hoping that Rotherham slip up at home to Blackburn Rovers. The Millers have drawn each of their last five league games but could use a win here, with Rovers also winless in five. Bradley Dack scored home and away against Rotherham last season, as both sides secured promotion from Sky Bet League One.

Birmingham City have a chance to build on a confidence-boosting win at Bristol City when they face Hull City. The game will see two scorers in fine form go head-to-head, with the Tigers' Jarrod Bowen - who has scored 13 goals in his last 15 league games - and Blues' Che Adams both catching the eye in the lead-up to Saturday's game. 

After a fantastic run of wins, Bristol City have now lost their last two. The Robins welcome head north to face Preston North End this weekend, who are unbeaten in their last eight league games. Finally, relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers make the long trip to Swansea City, with both sides having lost their last two.

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