Birmingham City v Derby County

The second worst home record meets the second best away team when Birmingham City host Derby County on Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship.

Birmingham have 12 points from 14 fixtures at St. Andrew's this season after two wins, six draws and six defeats. From the same number of games on their travels, Derby have 27 points - eight wins, three draws and three losses.

The Blues are 17th having lost three successive matches. The visiting Rams are fourth and on a three-game unbeaten run, but they haven't won at Birmingham since November 1995.

Blackburn Rovers v Blackpool

Blackpool are the Sky Bet Championship's out-of-form team but will be looking to get back to winning ways away at Blackburn Rovers.

One defeat and two draws in their past three has seen Rovers slip down to ninth, lagging behind the Play-Off positions by five points. Blackpool, who remain under Barry Ferguson's stewardship, are 15th and lost 5-1 at Reading in midweek. The Tangerines have now lost 10 of their previous 12 in the league.

Three of the past four clashes between these sides have ended in a stalemate, with Blackpool victorious in the other match.

Bournemouth v Leicester City

Bournemouth have the unenviable task this weekend of stopping the Leicester City juggernaut when the two sides meet at the Goldsands Stadium.

The Foxes broke a club record in the week by winning an eighth consecutive league game, and continue to top the Championship standings by eight points. Unsurprisingly, Nigel Pearson's men have the best record in the division on their travels, collecting 28 points from a possible 42.

Bournemouth are 14th in the table following a 2-1 triumph over Huddersfield on Tuesday. The Cherries have been defeated once in their past seven games.

Doncaster Rovers v Middlesbrough

Doncaster Rovers have started to open up a slight gap between themselves and the relegation zone, and this weekend they host Middlesbrough.

Paul Dickov's men, in 19th, ran out 3-0 winners over Charlton Athletic in midweek, the latest result in a three-game undefeated streak which has seen them move four points clear of Charlton who occupy the highest relegation spot.

Middlesbrough are 10th and drew 0-0 against Wigan Athletic last time out. They have won nine of their previous 11 clashes against the South Yorkshire side, and boast 15 wins in their overall head-to-head record compared to Doncaster's five.

Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers

Ipswich host Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road on Saturday afternoon.

The Tractor Boys are leading the Play-Off chasing pack - they sit seventh and are four points adrift of the top six. Mick McCarthy led his team to a 1-1 draw at Leeds in the week to compliment a 2-0 win at Reading last weekend.

Bolton were beaten at Queens Park Rangers and have now not won in five. They are 18th, four points above the bottom three.

Leeds United v Huddersfield Town

Leeds United and Huddersfield Town meet at Elland Road on Saturday for the 72nd West Yorkshire derby.

A mere 13 miles separate these two clubs who sit side-by-side in the Championship table. Leeds are without a win in seven in the league and are 12th on 36 points. Huddersfield are 13th on 34, and have suffered successive defeats.

The Whites have tasted victory just once in the past eight clashes with the Terriers. In their previous meetings they have 23 victories compared to Huddersfield's 29, the latter winning the reverse fixture earlier this season, 3-2.

Neil Danns
Neil Danns celebrates scoring in the last meeting between Leeds and Huddersfield at Elland Road

Millwall v Reading

This will be the 96th meeting between Millwall and Reading when they kick-off at the Den this weekend.

Reading are unbeaten against the Lions over their past eight encounters, and the reverse fixture at the Madejski ended 1-1 back in October.

The Royals are sixth after winning three matches in four. Millwall are one place and two points above the drop zone and have gathered four points in their past two outings.

Nottingham Forest v Yeovil Town

Nottingham Forest were in action on Thursday evening and welcome bottom-club Yeovil Town to the City Ground on Sunday afternoon.

Billy Davies' three substitutes scored all four goals in a 4-2 win over Watford which kept them fifth and took their unbeaten Sky Bet Championship run to 10 matches. Yeovil are rooted to the foot of the table and six points from safety.

The Glovers have won once in four visits to the East Midlands, when they knocked the Reds out of the League 1 Play-Offs back in the 2006/07 season with a 5-2 win after extra-time. They also won the reverse fixture at Huish Park in October, 3-1.

Queens Park Rangers v Burnley

The stand-out game in the Championship this weekend is on Saturday lunchtime when third-placed Burnley make the trip to west London to face Queens Park Rangers, who sit second.

Rangers have the joint-best home return alongside Leicester, winning 11 of their 14 matches at Loftus Road. They also have the tightest home defence having been breached only six times in that period. Harry Redknapp's men are unbeaten in five, with four successive wins.

Burnley are also enjoying a five-game undefeated spell, and trail the R's by three points. The Clarets haven't lost to their weekend opponents in eight meetings, winning five and drawing three.

Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley

The second local derby in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend pits two South Yorkshire sides against each other as Sheffield Wednesday host Barnsley for their 68th meeting.

Both sides are battling to avoid relegation to Sky Bet League 1. The Owls have collected 10 points out of 18 to rise into 20th, three points clear of the drop. Barnsley have moved off the foot of the table after taking five points out of nine available in their last three matches, but are still in 23rd and five points from safety.

Wednesday last tasted defeat in this encounter six meetings ago, in 2009. They've been victorious 33 times compared to the Tykes' 21 triumphs, with 13 draws.

Watford v Brighton and Hove Albion

Watford have been defeated six times in their past eight outings at Vicarage Road, and welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Hertfordshire on Sunday afternoon.

The Hornets are 16th and have now won just once in the league in 15 attempts having been beaten 4-2 at Nottingham Forest despite leading 2-0. They also led Premier League Manchester City 2-0 in the FA Cup last weekend before losing 4-2.

Oscar Garcia's Seagulls are eighth, hovering four points underneath the Play-Offs. They have lost and drawn in their past two without finding the back of the net.

Wigan Athletic v Charlton Athletic

Wigan Athletic meet Charlton Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

The Latics are 11th on 37 points. Uwe Rosler recorded six games unbeaten at the start of his Wigan tenure, but, like Brighton, they have lost and drawn in their past two without scoring.

Charlton have won once in 10 and are third bottom as a result, slipping into the relegation zone. They are two points from safety and have only a couple of wins on the road all season, drawing five and losing seven.

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