The biggest game of the weekend is at the summit, where unbeaten leaders Brighton, who fought back from 2-0 down to beat Charlton 3-2 last Saturday, travel to third placed Derby, who are only four points off the top themselves.
Despite remaining undefeated, Chris Hughton’s Seagulls have won just three of their nine matches away from home, and they’ll be hoping they can turn those draws into wins as the season goes on.
The Rams will be a tough nut to crack though having lost just one of their last 14 league matches, winning 10.
Paul Clement’s side have also lost just once at Pride Park all term but will be looking to get back to winning ways after drawing 0-0 at Sheffield Wednesday last time out.
Middlesbrough go into their game with Birmigham this Saturday off the back of three straight wins, including a 2-0 victory over Ipswich at Portman Road last time out.
Aitor Karanka’s side know that if results go their way they could return to the top of the Championship table, as they sit two points behind leaders Brighton.
Boro are averaging over 1.5 goals per game so far this season, and sit at the top of the form table after six wins in their last eight league games.
On the other hand, City have lost their last three games, including last week’s 2-0 home defeat to Huddersfield, but know that their away form is better than that at St. Andrew’s having won five on the road this term.
Jimmy Flloyd Hasselbaink takes charge of his first QPR game this Saturday, when they welcome Burnley.
The ex-Chelsea forward, who took charge of the club after leaving Burton last week, has already admitted that star striker Charlie Austin will not be leaving the club in January, which will be an added relief for Hoops fans after their 1-0 win against Reading last time out saw them move to within three points of the top-six.
Burnley lost a hotly contested Lancashire derby last weekend, 2-0 to Preston, but are still just seven points off the top after having lost only once in their last 10 games.
Sean Dyche’s men have won six of 10 matches on the road, while the R’s have lost just once at Loftus Road.
Bolton Wanderers face a tough trip to fourth placed Hull, and the Trotters’ off the pitch problems worsened this week after they were served with a winding up petition from HMRC after having not paid around £600,000 worth of taxes.
Along with this, the Lancashire club were handed a tricky banana skin tie against non-league Eastleigh in Monday night’s FA Cup draw, so they will be hoping to build some momentum this weekend after losing 3-2 at home to Cardiff last Saturday.
However, Neil Lennon’s side have won once all season, are yet to win away, are four points from safety and have scored just 14 goals in 19 matches, meaning Steve Bruce’s Tigers, who have lost their last two matches after going 11 unbeaten, will be confident of getting back to winning ways.
Bristol City sit above the relegation zone on goal difference after their 2-0 defeat to Blackburn at Ashton Gate last weekend, and face a Huddersfield side who are only two points better off than them.
The Robins will be looking for a positive response this week after losing their last two matches but face a Terriers side who claimed their first win under new boss David Wagner at Birmingham last time out.
Steve Cotterill’s City have only won once away, while Town have only triumphed twice at home.
On Friday, Blackburn, who extended Paul Lambert’s unbeaten start as manager to two matches, welcome Rotherham to Ewood Park.
The hosts are just five points off the top-six but, with five draws from nine home matches, will need to start turning one point into three.
After winning two matches on the bounce, Neil Redfearn’s Millers were defeated 2-1 at home by Wolves last weekend to keep them in the bottom-three and one point from safety.
Charlton, the other side in the relegation zone, welcome Leeds United to Elland Road eyeing a win which would likely see them move out the bottom-three.
The Addicks were left heartbroken last weekend after seeing a 2-0 lead slip at Brighton, while Leeds will still be on a high folowing their home win against Hull.
Prior to that, Steve Evans’ side, who are six points above the drop, had lost their last two, while Charlton have won just two of their previous 15 league matches.
After winning his first match in charge of Brentford against MK Dons last weekend, Dean Smith’s side make the short trip to take on managerless Fulham in a West London derby.
The Bees are just a point off the top-six after losing one of their last nine matches, while their hosts are just six points above the drop and are winless in five.
All Championship Matches:
Blackburn v Rotherham (Fri)
Wolves v Nottm Forest (Fri)
MK Dons v Ipswich
Cardiff v Sheff Wed
Charlton v Leeds
Derby v Brighton
Fulham v Brentford
Huddersfield v Bristol City
Hull v Bolton
Middlesbrough v Birmingham
Preston v Reading
QPR v Burnley