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Sky Bet Championship preview: Matchday 42

7 July 2020

The first game of the midweek action comes from the City Ground as Nottingham Forest take on Fulham, and with both sides riding high in the Sky Bet Championship, it has the potential to be a cracker in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Although it could have been more, Sabri Lamouchi’s men left Pride Park with a point against arch-rivals Derby County last time out, ensuring they kept their unbeaten record since the restart. 

Fulham, on the other hand, managed to squeeze three points out of their game, with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City, Josh Onomah netting in the 90th minute to keep the pressure on Brentford above them. 

The Whites are looking to win consecutive away league matches against Forest for the first time since April 1966.

The Bees are the form team in the division, having won all of their games since the restart, and they were at it again at the weekend. A 3-0 win over Wigan Athletic heaped pressure on West Bromwich Albion ahead of their fixture against Hull City on Sunday afternoon. 

Saïd Benrahma netted a hat-trick in their win, the 24-year-old has been directly involved in 46 goals in the Championship since the start of last season (24 goals and 22 assists); the most of any current player in the competition.

They face Charlton Athletic who sit just two points outside of the relegation zone and missed the chance to extend that lead last time out, losing 1-0 at home to Millwall. The Addicks are unbeaten in their last three away league visits to Brentford since losing 2-1 in League One in October 2010.

One of the biggest games of the midweek actions comes at Kenilworth Road as 24th-placed Luton Town meet 23rd-placed Barnsley in a huge relegation six-pointer. 

Both sides were on the end of big defeats at the weekend, Luton losing 5-0 against Reading and Barnsley 4-0 by fellow relegation candidates Stoke City in Staffordshire.

The Hatters are looking for their first league double over the Tykes since the 1952/53 campaign after picking up three points at Oakwell at the start of the season. 

Gerhard Struber’s side have enjoyed travelling to Kenilworth Road in the past and have won six of their last seven away league matches against Luton.

West Bromwich Albion face a Derby County side that have somewhat flown under the radar since the restart. The Baggies are just two points behind league leaders Leeds United, while the Rams are just three points off that final Play-Off spot. 

WBA are winless in their last three league meetings with Derby since a 3-1 win back in February 2010, a stat they will be wanting to change on Wednesday evening. 

Visits to the Hawthorns in recent seasons have been pleasant for the Rams, with the away side winning their last two away games in all competitions, most recently a 4-1 triumph in October 2018.

Last but not least, our attention turns to the team that are sitting pretty at the top of the Sky Bet Championship standings, Leeds United. The Whites were victorious once again at the weekend, seeing off Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s men return to Elland Road to take on Stoke City on Thursday evening, and three points for the hosts will see them complete their first league double over the Potters since the 1988/89 campaign.

Stoke City have not enjoyed playing away from home of late; the visitors are winless in their last six away games in the Championship, with their last victory on the road coming back in January against West Brom.


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