The Sky Bet Championship resumes this weekend and there's plenty to look forward to. Here are five things to look out for...
Tigers appoint former player
Thursday saw Hull City name Liam Rosenior as the Tigers’ new head coach, with the former player inking a two-and-a-half-year agreement with the East Yorkshire team following his departure from Derby County earlier this term.
The 38-year-old spent five seasons on the Club’s books between 2010 and 2015, making over 150 appearances. Rosenior was a part of the side that helped Hull achieve promotion to the top-flight in 2012/13 as the Tigers finished runners-up in the Championship behind Cardiff City.
He will take to the dugout for his first game in charge this Saturday when his side travel to Millwall.
Burnley bounce back
The second of two televised games this weekend comes from Bramall Lane as Sheffield United entertain Burnley in the 12.30 kick-off. It’s first against third when the table topping Clarets take on the Blades, with just six points separating the teams.
Vincent Kompany’s side pulled off a remarkable comeback in midweek against Rotherham United to make it 23 games undefeated at Turf Moor in the Championship. Two goals in added time from Manuel Benson and Halil Dervisoglu – who notched the winner in the 10th and final minute of added time – secured a 3-2 win for Burnley, coming from behind twice.
As for Sheffield United, Iliman Ndiaye’s goal was enough to seal victory over Bristol City on Tuesday evening and put three points on the board.
The weekend gets underway
First up in the Championship, Reading lock horns with Preston North End this evening in a televised clash live on Sky Sports.
The Royals have triumphed in five of their last six home fixtures against the Lilywhites at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, but it’s the visitors who have form on their side this time around. Ryan Lowe’s side come into the game on the back of consecutive wins, following victory over Swansea City in midweek.
Reading, on the other hand, have just one win in their last six outings in the league and will be looking to put that right this evening.
Blues utilise youth
The future looks bright for Birmingham City, with the Blues marking 50 successive games that an Academy graduate has featured in the senior matchday squad as John Eustace’s side played out a stalemate with Millwall in midweek.
Teenage starlet George Hall, who signed his first professional deal with the Club in November last year, replaced Troy Deeney in the 78th minute, whilst Jobe Bellingham – brother of England international Jude Bellingham – and Jordan James both appeared on the bench for Birmingham. And they could feature this weekend when Birmingham take on Stoke City.
Next week, the EFL’s Youth Development Week gets underway, showcasing the importance of the EFL and its Clubs in developing careers on and off the pitch.
Boro boss looking to build
New Middlesbrough boss Michael Carrick got the new era off and running as the former Manchester United midfielder registered his first win as the Club’s manager, beating Hull City 3-1 in midweek.
The 41-year-old will be hoping to build on that this weekend when Middlesbrough return to the Riverside Stadium for the visit of Bristol City, as Carrick – named in the Championship’ Team of the Week – goes in search of victory on home soil.
As for Carlos Corberan, West Bromwich Albion edged past Blackpool for his first three points at the helm, ending a run of three straight defeats. And the West Midlands team face a trip to Queens Park Rangers next up in the Championship.