League leaders Hull City are currently experiencing a fantastic run of Championship form, and will hope to continue that when they host fellow promotion contenders Middlesbrough.
The Tigers are unbeaten in nine and have won their last four – they have only failed to score once this season and moved to the top after defeating Brentford 2-0 at Griffin Park on Tuesday.
Boro, who are a point and three places below their hosts, travel to the KC Stadium coming off the back of three straight wins of their own, the most recent of which being the slender 1-0 victory at the Riverside against Rotherham on Tuesday night.
Brighton may have drawn a blank in midweek, drawing 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday, however their result at Hillsborough means that they continue to be the only team in the whole of the Football League to have not lost in the league this season.
Sitting third on goal difference, due to the seven draws they have amassed, Chris Hughton’s side welcome MK Dons to the Amex this Saturday knowing that if they can start transforming one point into three, they could re-take their place at the summit.
Dons beat struggling Charlton 1-0 on Tuesday to go four points clear of the bottom three, easing some of the tension surrounding their form, which has seen them win just four times in 15 league matches.
Burnley currently sit a place above the Seagulls in second after winning their fifth match from the last six outings with a 3-1 victory over Fulham in midweek. This weekend, they take on a Wolves side who sit 14th after suffering their seventh defeat of the season at Bristol City. Kenny Jackett’s side will have to keep a close eye on striker Andre Gray, who has 10 goals so far this term.
Derby County are statistically the form side in the Championship at the moment, and this Friday they make the short trip to take on East Midlands arch-rivals Nottingham Forest. The Rams have won six of their last eight, with the other two being draws, meaning they now sit fifth and just one point behind leaders Hull.
Paul Clement’s side know that a win on against Forest will send them top, at least until Saturday afternoon, and their hosts sit 19th, four points above the drop, after losing 1-0 to Preston in midweek.
QPR’s defeat to Derby saw manager Chris Ramsey sacked after he recorded just five wins from their opening 15 matches. A familiar face in ex-manager Neil Warnock has taken over on an interim basis, and he will be hoping to boost his chances of getting the role full-time for a second spell when his side host Preston.
North End’s 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday extended their unbeaten run to five matches and pulled them six points clear of the drop. A victory for Simon Grayson’s side at Loftus Road would see them move level on points with the London side.
Another club who showed their manager the door this week is Huddersfield Town. The Terriers parted company with Chris Powell and have since appointed former Borussia Dortmund coach David Wagner.
Mark Lillis will take charge of the Terriers for this weekend’s Yorkshire derby against Leeds, before the German takes over on Monday.
Town are a point behind United, who moved six points above the drop zone as Steve Evans recorded his first win as Whites boss against Cardiff on Tuesday.
Bolton will be winless in 10 games if they fail to triumph on Saturday – so it could be a good thing that the visiting side to the Macron Stadium this weekend are fellow strugglers Bristol City.
The Robins picked up their third win of the season on Tuesday night, winning 1-0 at Ashton Gate against Wolves, but the combination of the two sides’ shaky defences could throw up a few goals.
Neil Lennon’s Trotters lost 2-0 on their travels to Ipswich last time out, meaning they are now four points from safety.
Elsewhere at the bottom, Charlton are in dire need of a victory after a run of 11 matches without a win which has seen them slump to within one point of the bottom of the table.
Interim coach Karel Fraeye says he is confident that his side will claw themselves out of a relegation scrap before the end of the season – however after a drab performance in their 1-0 defeat to MK Dons on Tuesday, a vast improvement will be needed against in-form Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.
The Owls extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches in all competitions with a 0-0 draw with Brighton at Hillsborough in midweek to leave them just one point from the play-offs.
Nottingham Forest vs Derby (7:30pm)
Saturday (3:00pm unless stated)
Huddersfield vs Leeds (12:30pm)
Blackburn vs Brentford
Bolton vs Bristol City
Brighton vs MK Dons
Cardiff vs Reading
Charlton vs Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham vs Birmingham
Hull vs Middlesbrough
QPR vs Preston
Rotherham vs Ipswich
Wolves vs Burnley