Date: 1st April 2016 at 10:07am
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The match of the weekend in the Championship undoubtedly comes at the Amex stadium, when second-placed Brighton and Hove Albion host the leaders Burnley.

The Clarets, who are unbeaten since Boxing Day, currently hold a four-point advantage over the Seagulls, who are just one point above Middlesbrough in third.

Aitor Karanka’s side could jump into the top-two on Friday night when they make the long trip south to face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Born ended a run of two successive defeats by beating fellow automatic promotion hopefuls Hull City before the international break, while Rangers are also in good form after picking up seven points from the last nine available.

Hull will look to put an end to a poor run of results when they host in-form Bristol City at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce’s men are without a win in their last five fixtures, only picking up three points during that period, but face a tough task against a Robins team that have won six of their last nine to move clear of the relegation zone, including a 6-0 thrashing of bottom side Bolton Wanderers last time out.

16 May 2015 Premier League Football ; Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City; HUll manager Steve Bruce. Photo: Mark Leech

Hull City manager Steve Bruce will be looking for his first win in six matches. Photo: Mark Leech/Offside

Fifth-placed Derby County will be hoping to cement their place in the play-off positions when they travel to seventh-placed Cardiff City, who are just five points adrift of the Rams.

Darren Wassall’s men beat arch-rivals Nottingham Forest 1-0 before the international break, while the Bluebirds have won three of their last five to sit just three points from the top-six.

The team they are trailing in sixth is Sheffield Wednesday, who make the relatively short trip north to face Huddersfield Town.

The Owls have won their last two matches by 3-0 scorelines, while Town lie eight points above the bottom three after thrashing Leeds 4-1 at Elland Road last time out.

Another side with hopes of finishing in the play-offs is Ipswich Town, and manager Mick McCarthy returns to Molineux this weekend to face former club, Wolves.

The Tractor Boys were beaten at home by strugglers Rotherham last time out, while Wanderers look to have little to play for after winning just two of their previous 11 encounters.

Meanwhile, Birmingham City will look to keep their chances of finishing in the top-six alive when they travel to second-from-bottom Charlton, and ninth-placed Preston go to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers in a Lancashire derby.

At the bottom of the table, there is a huge clash at Craven Cottage as 21st-placed Fulham play host to 22nd-placed MK Dons, who are just one point behind their opponents.

Elsewhere, bottom-of-the-table Bolton are desperate for three points as they host Reading, two out of form teams meet at the City Ground as Nottingham Forest welcome Brentford, while Neil Warnock’s Rotherham will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches when he comes up against his former team, Leeds United, in a Yorkshire derby at the New York Stadium.

Championship Fixtures:


QPR vs Middlesbrough (7:45pm)

Saturday (3pm unless stated)

Blackburn Rovers vs Preston North End (12:30pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley (12:30pm)
Bolton Wanderers vs Reading
Cardiff City vs Derby County
Charlton Athletic vs Birmingham City
Fulham vs MK Dons
Huddersfield Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Hull City vs Bristol City
Nottingham Forest vs Brentford
Rotherham United vs Leeds United
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Ipswich Town

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