Brighton’s remarkable start to the Championship season continued last week with two wins at the Amex Stadium, making it six victories out of seven matches in the league as they remain the only unbeaten side in the division.
Tomer Hemed scored for the third successive game to keep Chris Hughton’s side top by five points in their 2-1 midweek win over winless Rotherham – but their opponents this week, Wolves have not been so consistent. The away side lost 2-1 at Bolton last weekend and sit mid-table but with no midweek game have had all week to prepare for this one.
QPR face a tough test this weekend after coming from behind twice to salvage a draw against Blackburn on Wednesday. Chris Ramsey’s side have no respite though, as they face one of the favourites for promotion this time out, Hull, who beat Cardiff 2-0 on their travels last time out. Steve Bruce’s Tigers will want to build a consistent run of results after dropping points in the last fortnight, having started the season well.
Bristol City’s patchy form continued midweek, drawing 1-1 with Preston but putting in a performance described by manager Steve Cotterill as ‘magnificent’. They will be hoping to turn decent performances into victories in the next couple of weeks – they only have one three-point haul so far this term – when they host Reading this time out. The Royals lost only their second game of the season in midweek against Derby, losing 0-1 at the Madjeski.
It was a third straight win for Middlesbrough that kept them in the top-two of the division on Tuesday, and boss Aitor Karanka will be happy to have the full services of Albert Adomah again after his transfer request at the end of last month. He returned to the side and scored in their 3-1 win at Brentford, and will be hoping to add to his tally away against Nottingham Forest this time around. Forest won away 1-0 at Birmingham on Tuesday, topping off a good few days after beating QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road three days beforehand.
Elsewhere in the division, MK Dons will be hoping they can dig themselves out of a rut when they take on Leeds United. The home side have lost their last three, the most recent of which was a 2-1 defeat to Burnley on Tuesday night. Since promotion from League One, the Dons have only won two games – which is strangely one more than Leeds, who have drawn five of their first seven league games. United tasted defeat for the first time this season in their last game, a 1-0 defeat to Ipswich at Elland Road.
Nottingham Forest vs Middlesbrough (12:30pm)
Blackburn vs Charlton
Brentford vs Preston
Bristol City vs Reading
Huddersfield vs Bolton
Hull vs QPR
MK Dons vs Leeds
Rotherham vs Cardiff
Sheff Wed vs Fulham
Wolves vs Brighton
Derby vs Burnley