Barnsley v Ipswich Town

The first Sky Bet Championship game of the weekend kicks-off on Friday night when Barnsley welcome Ipswich Town to Oakwell for a televised encounter.

Having lost all four matches in September, the Tykes enjoyed a better month in October. Last Saturday a point from their Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday meant they ended the month with two draws and a win to their name from four games.

Ipswich sit nine places above their hosts in 14th after a month where they too only lost once, their other three games all ended level. The Tractor Boys remain the only side outside of the bottom two - which includes their opponents - who have yet to win on the road this season.

Bournemouth v Bolton Wanderers

Seven points separate 11th-placed Bournemouth from their visitors Bolton Wanderers, who hover one point above the bottom three.

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have won twice in their last nine games since the end of August but, with the exception of a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers at the back end of September, defeats have only been by the odd goal.

The Trotters have been picking up their points in ones of late - they've drawn four and won once in the five games since they last lost. Their seven draws in total, from 13 games, is only bettered by bottom side Sheffield Wednesday.

Birmingham City v Charlton Athletic

20th-placed Birmingham City are just a couple of points ahead of the relegation zone and they entertain Charlton Athletic, the side immediately above them.

Both teams have taken 11 points from their matches so far with the Blues having played a game more. Lee Clark's men have won once in their last five league games but did take Premier League Stoke City to a penalty shoot-out in midweek after a pulsating 4-4 after extra-time draw.

The Addicks drew 0-0 with Wigan Athletic last Sunday to claim a third stalemate in four matches and stay above Birmingham on goal difference. The two sides have previously met 57 times with Charlton winning 20 times to Birmingham's 18, the remaining 19 matches have ended all level.

Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough are 15th and they make the trip to Blackburn Rovers, a side who sit one point and three places above them in the Sky Bet Championship table.

A stoppage-time own goal gave mid-table Rovers a 2-2 draw at Blackpool last weekend following successive defeats. They now head a group of three teams on 16 points, just a win off Derby County who are in eighth place.

Boro won 4-0 at home to Doncaster Rovers last Friday night; it was the second consecutive home match where they have scored four goals with a defeat away to Barnsley was sandwiched in between.

Doncaster Rovers v Brighton & Hove Albion

Doncaster Rovers will kick-off the new month with a home game against Brighton & Hove Albion anticipating better fortunes than they enjoyed in October.

Paul Dickov's side lost three of their four league matches and have conceded four goals in both of their last two games.

The Seagulls have seen goals in short supply recently, they've netted three times in their last five games going back to the end of September. They are however proving difficult to beat having lost just twice since mid-August - a run of 11 games.

Leeds United v Yeovil Town

Leeds and Yeovil meet for only the seventh time in their history at Elland Road.

The Glovers are tasked with recording their first ever victory over their hosts having lost five times and drawn their only other meeting. Gary Johnson's side make the trip buoyed by a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest last time out, a success that brought to an end a winless run of 11 Sky Bet Championship matches.

Leeds have just two wins from their last eight games to their name and that disappointing run has seen them slip to 10th in the table following a solid start.

Yeovil Town's Edward Upson celebrates his second goal against Nottingham Forest that led to the Glovers second win of the season
Yeovil Town's Edward Upson celebrates his second goal against Nottingham Forest last Saturday that led to the Glovers second win of the season

Millwall v Burnley

Leaders Burnley, unbeaten in nine Sky Bet Championship games, take their impressive run to Millwall.

Prior to Tuesday's exit from the Capital One Cup at the hands of West Ham United the Clarets had won eight matches in a row in all competitions.

Having won three of their four league games in September, the Lions had a disappointing October losing twice and drawing twice. They've claimed a point from their last two encounters, at home to Queens Park Rangers and away to Reading, to leave them 17th in the table.

Nottingham Forest v Blackpool

In one of the games of the weekend sixth-placed Nottingham Forest face fourth in the table Blackpool.

Forest have had a mixed bag of results recently - winning, losing and drawing twice in their last six outings. Last weekend they suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of struggling Yeovil and now put their unbeaten home record on the line against Blackpool.

The Tangerines have drawn five of their last six and taking history into account, don't be surprised if that run continues at the City Ground. Forest have won 29 of the fixtures between the two sides, with Blackpool victorious on 26 occasions, however with 25 of the games ending all square, a high ratio, it suggests there won't be much between them on Saturday.

Queens Park Rangers v Derby County

Two of the division's form teams meet at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Queens Park Rangers are in the mix at the top of the table and have lost just once in their last 10 league fixtures. They face a rejuvenated Derby County who haven't yet suffered defeat under new boss Steve McClaren since he took full charge.

In October the Rams claimed eight points from a possible 12 and sit four points outside the top six.

Sheffield Wednesday v Reading

Sheffield Wednesday host Reading on Saturday looking to record their first win of the season, at the 13th attempt.

The Owls are on the worst run of everyone in the Sky Bet Championship at present, sat at the bottom of the table without a win in their 12 games so far this season. A stat that is misleading without context - eight of those 12 matches have resulted in a draw.

Reading's run of late has been impressive with one defeat in nine league matches since the end of August. Five of those matches have been victories and the Royals head into the match in fifth place after a 1-1 draw with Millwall last Saturday.

Watford v Leicester City

The Foxes, who are just off the pace of leaders Burnley, have the chance to move level on points at the top of the Sky Bet Championship in their televised match at Watford.

The early kick-off on Saturday will see Leicester, who have lost just once in all competitions in their last 10 matches, look to build on their impressive midweek victory over Fulham in the Capital One Cup and make it four wins in a row.

By comparison the seventh-placed Hornets have not yet hit the heights of last season that saw them reach the Play-Off Final, having knocked Leicester out in the semi-finals, and go into the game having won only once in October but still able to boast the best goals scored record, along with Derby County, at 25.

Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring the last-gasp winning goal in last season's Championship Play-Off semi-final
Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring the last-gasp winning goal in last season's Championship Play-Off semi-final against Leicester

Wigan Athletic v Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town will play their 4,000th game in The Football League at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

The Terriers head into this historic fixture on the back of a 3-2 win over Leeds United. The victory over Leeds came after back-to-back defeats; before Saturday's success they had last claimed three points in mid-September, when they beat Charlton at home.

The Latics boast the only unbeaten home record outside the top six and have drawn their last three games in a row in all competitions. A second consecutive clean sheet shut out Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday to leave Wigan eyeing a place in the top half of the table.

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