Brighton remain unbeaten and four points clear at the top of the table, and therefore they are still able to boast that they are the only side in the entire Football League yet to taste defeat.
They rode their luck on Tuesday against a determined Bristol City – the visitors at the Amex had a very good penalty appeal turned down – but the Seagulls won 2-1 preserving their position at the summit.
Preston visit the Amex this time around knowing that even though they beat Charlton 3-0 in their midweek encounter to claw their way out of the bottom four, one win in ten games is relegation form if they fail to play consistently.
Hull City sit just four points from the top of the Championship now after their 3-0 win over Ipswich on Tuesday, and the Tigers could end this weekend in the top-two if results go their way.
Steve Bruce’s side also boast the second best goal difference in the division, however their opponents this weekend – Birmingham City – may offer a sterner test than most. The Blues have won their last four in a row – including a gutsy win over now bottom side Bolton in midweek – and are on a charge up the table, having only let in one goal during that period.
It is fair to say that it has been another interesting at Leeds United. Firstly, owner Massimo Cellino sacked manager Uwe Rosler after just 12 games at the helm, then the former was banned from chairman duties after being found guilty of import tax evasion. Since then, United have appointed former Rotherham manager Steve Evans as temporary manager, and subsequently he drew his first game in charge 1-1 against Fulham. The Whites will be hoping to end their traumatic week with a win against bottom side Bolton, who lost 1-0 at home to Birmingham last time out, their third straight League defeat.
Friday night’s single fixture in the Championship sees ninth-placed Sheffield Wednesday attempt to make it seven games unbeaten and move to within one point of the play-offs. The Owls travel to the New York Stadium to take on second from bottom Rotherham, whose fortunes have been somewhat more mixed. The Millers have won only two of their last ten, but now under the command of ex-Leeds manager Neil Redfearn, they will feel that they have more to prove in front of the TV cameras. They also go into the game having drawn with third-placed Reading on Tuesday, whereas Wednesday drew 0-0 with QPR.
Elsewhere at the bottom of the table, Bristol City will be hoping they can continue to climb up the table after winning for only the second time this term last Saturday. The Robins beat Forest 2-0 at Ashton Gate, but then slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Tuesday despite taking the lead. They make the short trip across the Bristol Channel to Cardiff this Saturday to face a side who sit eighth in the division. Russell Slade’s men won only their second game in six against Middlesbrough on Tuesday, however their bluntness in front of goal could be a cause for concern.
Rotherham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Blackburn vs Burnley
Bolton vs Leeds
Brighton vs Preston
Charlton vs Brentford
Fulham vs Reading
Huddersfield vs Derby
Hull vs Birmingham
Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich
QPR vs MK Dons
Wolves vs Middlesbrough
Cardiff vs Bristol City