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Matchday 29 preview: Sky Bet Championship

25 January 2019

It is tight at the top of the Sky Bet Championship ahead of matchday 29, and there are two big games in the race for promotion.

Carrow Road to host promotion spectacular

There are only four points that separate fourth-placed Sheffield United and top-of-the-table Leeds United, and this weekend sees the Blades take on Daniel Farke’s Norwich City at Carrow Road.

The Canaries come into this game on the back of a confident 3-1 win over Birmingham City; meanwhile, Sheffield United are looking to get back to winning ways after losing 1-0 to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The hosts have lost their last two games against Sheffield United with both games ending 2-1, but they have never lost three consecutive league encounters against the Blades.

Yorkshire derby delight

League leaders Leeds travel to Rotherham United looking to get back to winning ways after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium.

The Millers were on the wrong side of a 4-2 scoreline at the New York Stadium last time out against Brentford, but Paul Warne’s men have won a league-high 84 per cent of their points in the Championship on home soil.

The Whites have lost three of their last four away games in all competitions against Rotherham, the last time they tasted victory came in a 2-1 win in November 2016.

Tigers to continue to hunt Play-Off spot?

Hull City’s rise up the Sky Bet Championship table has been one of the season’s highlights, and they could go within three points of the final Play-Off spot depending on results elsewhere.

But they will have to overcome a resolute Blackburn Rovers side that have performed above expectations since achieving promotion from Sky Bet League One last season.

It will be a tough task for Nigel Adkins’ side on Saturday, as Rovers have only lost one of their last eight home league games against Hull, winning five and drawing two in that run.

Around the grounds

Ipswich Town’s fight against relegation from the Championship continues when they travel to Villa Park on Saturday, but their record in this fixture makes for bleak reading - the Tractor Boys have only won two of their last 20 league games against Aston Villa.

Martin O’Neill’s second game in charge of Nottingham Forest comes against Wigan Athletic at the City Ground. The former Republic of Ireland manager will be hoping to pick up his first three points since his much-anticipated return.

Welshman Nathan Jones picked up his first win as Stoke boss in a 2-1 victory over Leeds last weekend, and he’ll be looking to follow that up with a win over Preston North End.

The Potters have won four of their last five home league games, meanwhile the Lilywhites have conceded in 24 of their 28 Championship matches this season.


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