Early Championship pace setters Brighton are now six games unbeaten in the Championship and extended their lead at the top to four points with a 1-0 win over Hull on Saturday. Next they play host to a Rotherham outfit, who are rock bottom of the table and without a win. Pressure is mounting on Millers boss Steve Evans, who is the favourite to fill the vacant manager’s position at Peterborough United.
Meanwhile, Rotherham’s Yorkshire rivals Leeds are emerging as the second tier’s draw specialist after notching up five ties from their first six fixtures, including Saturday’s stalemate with Brentford. They’ll be hoping to beat an Ipswich side that will be looking to bounce back after conceding five against Reading in front of the TV cameras on Friday night.
Two of last season’s promoted teams will meet as Bristol City travel to Deepdale to take on Preston. The Robins won League One at a canter last term, with their opponents coming up through the play-offs. However, they find themselves in a similar predicament this season, as both hover just above the relegation zone, with North End going in a point ahead.
Paul Clement’s Derby side were pre-season promotion favourites and they will be trying to find their second win of the season, after their first at Preston at the weekend, when they travel to play a Reading side that will be full of confidence after a fine 5-1 victory against Ipswich.
Unbeaten Birmingham City could potentially leap into the top-two if results happen to go their way. Although they will have to get past a Nottingham Forest side who recorded a vital 2-1 away win, their first on the road since January, against QPR on Saturday.
After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, Brentford have found wins slightly hard to come by as they currently sit in 18th place. It won’t get any easier for the Bees as they travel to Teeside to take on Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough, who defeated them in the play-off semi-finals back in May. The hosts, in third, have conceded the least in the league having shipped just three goals in six games.
On Wednesday, QPR, who were stunned by Forest’s comeback at the weekend, will be hoping for better in this home match against a winless Blackburn Rovers side. The visitors were denied a fourth draw of the season at Fulham after the officials failed to spot that Grant Hanley’s effort had crossed the line.
Birmingham v Nottingham Forest
Brighton v Rotherham
Burnley v MK Dons
Cardiff v Hull
Charlton v Huddersfield
Leeds v Ipswich
Middlesbrough v Brentford
Preston v Bristol City
Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday
Reading v Derby
QPR v Blackburn (Wed)