Date: 18th December 2015 at 12:07pm
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Brighton take on Middlesbrough in the weekend’s big Championship match at the AMEX.

Boro went above the Seagulls to the top of the table on goal difference following their midweek win over Burnley, while Chris Hughton’s side drew 2-2 at QPR after being 2-0 up.

The hosts are still remarkably unbeaten in their opening 21 matches but have drawn 10, including six of the last nine.

Aitor Karanka’s Teesiders have won five of their 10 games on the road this term but know a win on the south coast would be a huge boost to their promotion chances.

Third placed Derby know they will go into the top-two, whatever the result at the Amex, if they beat sixth-placed Ipswich away.

18 July 2015 - Pre-Season Friendly - Northampton Town v Derby County - Paul Clement, Manager of Derby County - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Paul Clement’s Derby will go into the top-two with a win

The Rams ended a run of two straight draws with a 4-0 victory over strugglers Bristol City.

Paul Clement’s side have lost once on the road and just twice all season, so will be confident of taking all three points away from Portman Road, despite the hosts having lost just one of their last nine.

Mick McCarthy’s side have been better on the road having won just three times on their own patch this season.

Fourth-placed Hull City will also be looking to capitalise on the fact the top-two are playing each other when they travel to Rotherham.

The Tigers scored late to beat Reading on Wednesday to follow up their 1-0 victory over Bolton last week, while the Millers suffered their third defeat in a row at Huddersfield – a result which sees them sit four points from safety.

And with Steve Bruce’s side having lost once at home all term, it could be another long afternoon for Neil Redfearn’s side.

Also in the drop zone, Charlton Athletic travel to fifth-placed Burnley.

The Addicks let a second two-goal lead slip in the space of three matches in their 2-2 home draw with Bolton on Tuesday, meaning they are a point from safety.

Sean Dyche’s Clarets though are winless in six but will be confident of getting back to winning ways against a side that’s won just once on the road all season.

25th April 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Burnley v Leicester City - Burnley manger Sean Dyche - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley are winless in six

Bolton, who fought back well to claim a point at The Valley, face Fulham at the Macron aiming to close the six-point gap between them and 21st-placed Bristol City.

However, Neil Lennon’s side have won just once all season (vs Wolves in September) and are the division’s lowest scorers with 16 goals.

The Cottagers, who have Stuart Gray in temporary charge, are winless in seven and now sit just five points above the drop.

Bristol City, who occupy the last ‘safe’ spot in the division, host QPR at Ashton Gate.

Despite failing to win in his opening two matches as R’s boss, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be pleased with the draws against Burnley and Brighton, especially after being 2-0 down against the Seagulls.

The Dutchman will now be looking to get his first win in his opening away match at a Robins side which has won just twice at home all term.

Steve Cotterill’s side are just a point above the drop and have won just won of their last six.

On the same points as City sit MK Dons, who travel to take on Nottingham Forest.

Karl Robinson’s side secured an impressive 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek but have won just once away from home.

Forest, who sit seven points above the bottom-three after a four game unbeaten run, will be confident of extending that having lost just three of their 10 matches at the City Ground.

6th November 2015 - Sky Bet Championship - Nottingham Forest v Derby County - Henri Lansbury of Forest (L) and teammate Jonathan Williams celebrate victory - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in four

Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to bounce back from just their fifth defeat of the season at Stadium mk when they host Wolves.

The Owls are four points off the top-six but will be confident of picking up three points as they’ve only lost once at Hillsborough this term.

Kenny Jackett is coming under increasing pressure at Wolves after their defeat at home to Leeds on Thursday.

The Midlands side were tipped for promotion in pre-season but now sit seven points above the drop after their eight loss of the campaign.

Above Wednesday are both Birmingham and Cardiff, who meet at St Andrew’ on Friday night.

The hosts ended a three-game losing streak with draws against Middlesbrough and Preston on their last two outings, while the Bluebirds extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a thrilling 3-2 win over Brentford on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Brentford host Huddersfield, Preston North End travel to Leeds, and Reading, who reappointed Brian McDermott as manager on Thursday, take on Blackburn, who are unbeaten since Paul Lambert took charge.

 
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