Barnsley v Nottingham Forest

Barnsley fell to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship last weekend and they host Nottingham Forest this time out.

The Tykes were thrashed 5-0 at Huddersfield Town and are now at the foot of the table on goal difference, two points from safety. They have conceded the joint highest number of second-half goals his season with 32.

Forest meanwhile have scored the second highest number of goals in the second period, with 29. They were also comprehensively beaten last Saturday, 4-1 by Wigan Athletic - their second successive defeat. Despite that, Billy Davies' men remain fifth, four points inside the top six.

Birmingham City v Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers have started to drop off the automatic promotion pace in the Sky Bet Championship and they have a trip to Birmingham City.

Harry Redknapp's side have fallen to fourth, their lowest position since August, as a result of two points from their past five games. Birmingham are 17th after losing 1-0 at Ipswich Town last weekend.

Their past three meetings have ended in a 1-0 victory to the home side; two wins for QPR and one for Birmingham. The Blues lead the head-to-head record by 21 victories to Rangers' 16, plus 13 draws.

Blackburn Rovers v Burnley

Blackburn Rovers and Burnley come together on Sunday lunchtime for their 97th Lancashire derby.

Rovers' hopes of making the Play-Offs were dealt a blow last weekend when they were beaten 4-0 at Bolton Wanderers. That left Gary Bowyer's team 10th and trailing the top six by six points.

Second-placed Burnley are unbeaten in 11 league outings and before the weekend were five points clear of Derby County in third. However, they haven't won in this fixture in 11 attempts, since a 2-1 win in April 1979.

Blackpool v Bournemouth

Blackpool continue to be stuck in a rotten run of form, which they are looking to rectify at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

The Tangerines lost 4-0 at Watford last time out to extend their winless stretch in the league to 16 matches. In that time, they have slipped from fourth to 19th. They are yet to win under caretaker boss Barry Ferguson and yet to triumph this season when conceding first.

Bournemouth are three places and four points better off than their hosts following a 5-0 home demolition of Doncaster Rovers. On the road, Eddie Howe's men have the joint second leakiest defence in the division.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Reading

Brighton and Hove Albion and Reading meet at the Amex in a battle between two Play-Off chasers.

Brighton won 1-0 at Millwall last Saturday while Reading were held to a 1-1 draw by then bottom side Yeovil Town, meaning the two teams sit side-by-side in the table - the Royals are seventh on 51 points and the Seagulls are eighth on 49.

With Wigan Athletic in FA Cup action, a win for Reading or a four-goal victory for Brighton will see them move into the top six. Oscar Garcia's side have won 1-0 in four of their past five home league fixtures.

Derby County v Millwall

Derby County suffered a setback to their automatic promotion credentials with defeat at Burnley on Saturday and they now host Millwall.

The iPro Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for the Rams of late, winning four of their past four and keeping three clean sheets. However, that 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor has left them five points adrift of the top two.

Millwall are winless in seven and immediately above the drop zone, safe by just a single point following that defeat by Brighton. With the Championship's worst defence, they have won only once in 16 away trips this season, drawing five and losing 10.

Doncaster Rovers v Huddersfield Town

Doncaster Rovers and Huddersfield Town meet this weekend having enjoyed vastly different fortunes last Saturday.

Doncaster were defeated 5-0 at Bournemouth while Huddersfield thrashed Barnsley by the same scoreline. As a result, Rovers are 20th and three points above the drop, with the Terriers 12th.

This will be the 40th meeting between these two teams. Huddersfield lead the head-to-head by 18 wins to 12 but they haven't overcome the South Yorkshire outfit in seven attempts.

Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers

Leeds United sit in mid-table ahead of the visit of Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

The Whites have drawn their past two league fixtures, against Queens Park Rangers and Middlesbrough, and are now eight points adrift of the Play-Off places.

Bolton have won their past two, 4-0 against Blackburn and 2-0 over Watford, to make it seven points from three matches. Dougie Freedman's side are now 18th and nine points clear of the bottom three.

Middlesbrough v Ipswich Town

Middlesbrough haven't scored in over 700 minutes of Championship football ahead of their home tie against Ipswich Town.

Aitor Karanka's men last found the back of the net over seven games ago, but have also only conceded four in that time. Four points from a possible 21 has seen them plummet to 14th, 12 points behind the top six and 13 above the drop.

Ipswich won 1-0 at home to Birmingham last Saturday, a result which elevated them to within four points of the Play-Offs. Mick McCarthy's men have the fifth best home form in the division.

Yeovil Town v Sheffield Wednesday

Yeovil Town have the worst home record in the Championship and they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Huish Park.

The Glovers have won three times, drawn on four occasions and suffered nine defeats in their 16 home matches, taking 13 points from 48. In the most recent four league games they are unbeaten, with three draws and one triumph, to move into 23rd.

Wednesday have risen to 15th and put 12 points between themselves and the drop zone. The foundation for their upturn in form has been their away record; Stuart Gray's men are unbeaten on the road since 30th November, winning three and drawing four in that time.

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