Without doubt the biggest Championship game of this weekend sees top of the table Ipswich take on second-placed Brighton.
Both sides have enjoyed unbeaten starts to the campaign in the league, however Ipswich are unbeaten in all competitions after their 4-1 victory at Doncaster in the League Cup on Tuesday night. Brighton lost their respective tie against League One front-runners Walsall, but remain in a strong league position after beating Blackburn 1-0 at Portman Road.
Burnley completed the signing of in demand striker Andre Gray from fellow Championship side Brentford for a fee believed to be in the region of £9m last week, and added to him this week with the signing of free agent Joey Barton on a one-year deal. This week, they travel to Bristol City, who picked up their first win of the season against Middlesbrough last time out in a 1-0 away win. Burnley also picked up their first three points of the season against Brentford last weekend by the same scoreline, meaning both teams are now on the up and will want to push on.
Cardiff are gradually picking up pace this season – last week they maintained their unbeaten start with their first win of the campaign against Wolves at the Cardiff City Stadium. Despite their good league form, City crashed out of the League Cup at the hands of MK Dons, losing 2-1 – whereas their opponents this weekend – Nottingham Forest – are already out of the cup. Forest drew 1-1 with Bolton last weekend and will want to build an unbeaten run for themselves after going three without a loss.
At the bottom of the table, Rotherham are desperately in need of a win to stop the rot. They were knocked out of the cup to Premier League opposition in Norwich City on Tuesday – losing 2-1 at the New York Stadium – however it is their league form which is of greater concern, as the Millers are yet to win this term. They lost 4-2 to QPR last time out, whereas their opponents Fulham drew with Huddersfield to stop a losing streak from forming.
Elsewhere in the Championship, impressive Charlton Athletic will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season in all competitions when they travel to the Midlands to face Wolves. In midweek, Charlton beat Peterborough 4-1 in the cup, and beat Hull in the league last Saturday 2-1 with a last minute winner, meaning the South London side will be high on confidence. Wolves will need to keep hold of star striker Benik Afobe after a mixed week – his side lost 2-0 to Cardiff, beat Barnet 2-1, and also rejected a third bid of £10m from Norwich for the prolific forward.
Blackburn vs Bolton (7:45pm)
Saturday (3:00pm unless stated)
Derby vs Leeds (12:05pm)
Brentford vs Reading
Bristol City vs Burnley
Huddersfield vs QPR
Hull vs Preston
Ipswich vs Brighton
MK Dons vs Birmingham
Nottm Forest vs Cardiff
Rotherham vs Fulham
Sheff Wed vs Middlesbrough
Wolves vs Charlton