Date: 5th April 2016 at 10:39am
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Championship leaders Burnley will be looking to keep their place at the top of the table when they host play-off hopefuls Cardiff City at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.

The Clarets saw their lead at the summit cut to three points when they were held by third-placed Brighton at the weekend, but it could have been even worse if it wasn’t for Michael Keane’s injury-time equaliser.

Meanwhile, the Bluebirds are in seventh and just two points behind Derby in sixth, and boosted their hopes of finishing in the top six when they beat the Rams 2-1 at home on Saturday.

Second-placed Middlesbrough will be looking to pick up their third win in a row when they welcome Huddersfield Town to the Riverside.

After a run of three defeats in four matches, Boro have bounced back by beating Hull City and QPR, and Aitor Karanka’s side are three points behind Burnley with a game in-hand.

25 April 2015 - Sky Bet Championship - Fulham v Middlesbrough - Middlesbrough manager, Aitor Karanka - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Aitor Karanka’s Boro side are three points behind Burnley with a game in-hand. Photo: Marc Atkins/Offside.

Third-placed Brighton will look to keep the pressure up on the top two and keep their automatic promotion hopes alive when they travel to a Birmingham side whose own promotion ambitions have taken a serious dent in recent weeks – Gary Rowett’s men have picked up just two points from the last 12 available and lie eight points from the play-off positions.

Fourth-placed Hull City ended a run of five league matches without a win by thrashing Bristol City 4-0 at the weekend, and they travel to the iPro Stadium to face sixth-placed Derby, who have won their last three at home without conceding.

Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to cement their spot in the play-offs when they host Blackburn Rovers, while Ipswich still have a chance of reaching the top six themselves as they host Charlton, who are six points from safety despite winning two their last three games.

Preston North End will look to continue their late push for a play-off spot when they host a Fulham side who boosted their survival hopes by beating the team below them, MK Dons, 2-1 at Craven Cottage last time out.

Meanwhile, 19th-placed Bristol City, who lost 4-0 to Hull on Saturday after beating Bolton 6-0 a fortnight before, host 20th-placed Rotherham United at Ashton Gate – Neil Warnock’s side have picked up 16 points from the last 18 available.

MK Dons will look to keep their survival hopes alive when they host mid-table Wolves, while Bolton could slip closer to relegation when they make the trip to the capital to face Brentford.

Finally, Leeds United welcome Queens Park Rangers to Elland Road in a  mid-table clash, while two other clubs with little to play for, Reading and Nottingham Forest, meet at the Madejski Stadium.

Championship Fixtures (7:45pm unless stated)

Birmingham City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Brentford vs Bolton Wanderers
Bristol City vs Rotherham United
Burnley vs Cardiff City
Derby County vs Hull City
Ipswich Town vs Charlton Athletic
Leeds United vs Queens Park Rangers
Milton Keynes Dons vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Middlesbrough vs Huddersfield Town
Preston North End vs Fulham
Reading vs Nottingham Forest (8:00pm)
Sheffield Wednesday vs Blackburn Rovers

 
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