Barnsley v Yeovil Town

This weekend's game at Oakwell is crucial for the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone, with bottom-club Barnsley hosting 22nd-placed Yeovil Town.

The Glovers have jumped off the bottom in recent weeks, thanks to two wins and a draw in their past three. Victories against Watford and Blackpool, and a 2-2 tie with Charlton last weekend has helped Gary Johnson's men move within two points of safety.

The Tykes are two points further back, and have lost three in four after only losing once in six. These teams have only met twice before, with the home side on the day coming out top on both occasions.

Blackburn Rovers v Millwall

Blackburn Rovers and Millwall come together at Ewood Park this weekend for their fifth meeting in 13 months.

Blackburn have one of the tightest home defences in the division, conceding just five goals in their nine matches so far. The Lions have the third worst away return, picking up a solitary victory at Charlton on the road, alongside three draws and five defeats away from The Den.

Both teams have been inconsistent over their past 12 matches, each picking up 16 points out of the 36 on offer.

Blackpool v Queens Park Rangers

In an important match in the upper echelons of the Sky Bet Championship, seventh-placed Blackpool host Queens Park Rangers, who are second.

The Tangerines, not helped by five red cards, have lost their last two matches to slip out of the Play-Off places on goal difference.

Rangers have the most miserly defence in the division with 12 clean sheets from 19 games, and are unbeaten against this weekend's opponents in five battles.

Bournemouth v Birmingham City

Bournemouth and Birmingham City lock horns for the first time in 19 years.

City have only won two matches out of 12 in the fixture, both away from St Andrew's, back in 1988 and 1991. That victory 12 years ago was their last against the Cherries, who have won three and drawn one since then.

Lee Clarke's side have closed the gap on Eddie Howe's men to just two points after a run of five matches unbeaten, whilst the hosts have won only once in eight.

Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie scored Bournemouth's winner at Reading last weekend - a result that ended the Royals' unbeaten home record this term

Charlton Athletic v Derby County

Free-scoring Derby County make the trip to Charlton Athletic.

The Rams top the scoring charts having netted 40 times in 19 games, including 14 in their past five fixtures. Away goals are hard fought at the Valley, though, with Leeds the only team out of nine to score more than one goal when they triumphed 4-2.

Despite that, the Addicks have only scored seven goals themselves at home and have the second-worst record on their own patch. Derby have the best away return with 19 points from 27.

Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United

Leeds United make the 36-mile trip to face Doncaster Rovers in South Yorkshire.

The Whites have won their previous five clashes against Rovers, the most recent of those a 3-1 victory at the same stadium in the Capital One Cup back in August.

Rovers are 20th in the table, four points clear of the relegation places, while at the other end Brian McDermott's team are pushing for the Play-Offs, which elude them by a single point.

Leicester City v Burnley

Sky Bet Championship table-toppers Burnley travel to fellow high-flyers Leicester City for a 12:15pm kick-off on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

The Clarets ended a five-match winless run last time out and that lifted them back to the summit, replacing Leicester, who slipped to third after suffering back-to-back defeats.

Nigel Pearson's Foxes have seven wins from their nine home matches, losing just once, while Burnley are the second best travellers in the division, with 17 points chalked up from nine away games.

Michael Kightly
Burnley's Michael Kightly celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game against Barnsley last Saturday

Huddersfield Town v Reading

Huddersfield Town host Reading in the 40th meeting between these two sides.

The Royals have won 20 of the previous 39 clashes, including 1-0 wins in each of the past three. The last time both teams scored in this fixture was in 1997, six games ago, when Reading won 4-1.

The Terriers lost against Ipswich Town last weekend after three successive victories. Nigel Adkins also saw his team lose last time out - a surprise 2-1 home defeat against Bournemouth.

Middlesbrough v Brighton and Hove Albion

Middlesbrough and Brighton and Hove Albion clash in the North East.

Boro are the draw experts in the Championship, along with Sheffield Wednesday, having played out eight stalemates in 19 matches. Brighton are second in that department, alongside a number of teams, having tied seven times.

The Seagulls swooped in and took all three points at the Riverside last season - their only victory against Boro in their past 11 matches in all competitions, since a 1-0 home win in 1990.

Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town

Nottingham Forest are two points better off than Ipswich Town, and the pair come together this weekend.

With no win in four at the City Ground, fifth-placed Forest will be buoyed by their home record against the Tractor Boys - the Suffolk side's last victory at the Nottinghamshire club came nine meetings ago, a 1-0 win in December 1999.

Ipswich have risen to ninth in the table after four wins in five. They have only won twice in nine on the road but both of those victories have come in their past two, at Charlton and Blackpool.

Watford v Sheffield Wednesday

Watford are the division's out-of-form side going into their home clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

The Hornets are rooted to the bottom of the form table over the past 10 games, having picked up just seven points. Gianfranco Zola has witnessed four defeats in his side's last four outings at Vicarage Road, and have slipped to 12th, on 25 points, as a result.

Wednesday are second-bottom of the table with 14 points, but both of their victories have come in their past six fixtures. The Owls and Notts County are the only teams in The Football League without an away win, but the Hillsborough outfit are alone in being the only team in the 72 without a clean sheet.

Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers, separated by eight miles, are side-by-side in the Championship table heading into Sunday's clash at the DW Stadium.

The 14th-placed Latics and the Trotters, in 15th, have both reached 22 points but the former sit higher courtesy of goal difference.

Six games have passed between these two without the home team winning. That feat was last achieved by Bolton in a 4-0 win in 2010. Wigan's last home triumph versus Wanderers was a 1-0 win in 2008.

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