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Championship preview – Friday 31st January & Saturday 31st January

Watford will kick off the action tonight with a win at Bournemouth

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Things are hotting up in the Championship and with just four points separating the top six, things could change dramatically this weekend.

The Championship action kicks off on the south coast this evening as Watford make the journey down to league leaders Bournemouth. The Cherries have slipped up since the New Year and they will struggle to maintain their pole position when a free-scoring Hornets side come to town.

Brentford start the action on Saturday with a televised lunchtime clash with a red-hot Middlesbrough side. The Teessiders will be eager to extend their unbeaten run to some eight matches and they will be in extremely high spirits following their 2-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup fourth round last weekend.

A local derby in west Yorkshire sees Huddersfield welcome a Leeds United side who are still struggling at the wrong end of the table despite some promising results of late. Indeed, the visitors remain unbeaten in the Championship since the turn of the year, however they haven’t exactly been scoring for fun either. This match has draw written all over it.

Birmingham have been on a roll since the arrival of new manager Gary Rowett and the Blues will be looking to extend their undefeated run in the Championship to five when they clash with Norwich City at St Andrews. Certainly changed days from earlier in the season when they looked very much like relegation fodder.

It’s a case of promotion chasers versus relegation favourites when Ipswich go head-to-head with Wigan Athletic at Portman Road. The Tractor Boys are just one point adrift of the top of the table and will be full of confidence against a Wigan side which is winless since Boxing Day.

Much was expected from Nottingham Forest earlier in the season. They started the campaign in excellent fashion and didn’t experience their first league defeat until late October. Nevertheless, their form has dipped and they now sit 13 points adrift of the play-off places in mid-table. They face relegation-bound Millwall at the City ground, so perhaps the home side can return to winning ways on Saturday.

 

Friday 30th January

Bournemouth v Watford

Saturday 31st January

Brentford v Middlesbrough

Huddersfield v Leeds United

Birmingham v Norwich

Blackburn v Fulham

Blackpool v Brighton

Bolton v Wolves

Cardiff v Derby County

Charlton v Rotherham

Ipswich v Wigan

Notts Forest v Millwall

Reading v Sheff Wednesday