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Sky Bet Championship preview

7 March 2019

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It's set to be another exciting weekend in the Sky Bet Championship. Sporting Life's Tom Carnduff previews the upcoming action.

The three front runners for the title are all playing at separate times this weekend, with Norwich having the opportunity to put the pressure on the teams below as they face Swansea on Friday night.

Daniel Farke's side continue to go from strength-to-strength and are showing no signs of slipping up at a vital part of the season. The Canaries have lost just one of their last nine, scoring at least three goals in their last six games.

Swansea will prove to be a tough opponent though despite their struggle for consistency. They've shown at various points that they are a good team who can secure positive results.

At midday on Saturday, it's the turn of Sheffield United as they take on Rotherham in a South Yorkshire derby.

We have two teams here at opposite ends of the table, but as this division continues to show us, the standings are often irrelevant heading into games, particularly at this point in the season.

A 0-0 draw in the Sheffield derby extended their unbeaten run to seven. That said, Rotherham have picked up points in their last six outings - five of which have been draws.

Then, in the more traditional 3pm slot, Leeds travel to fellow promotion hopefuls Bristol City - who are experiencing a bit of dip in form.

Despite that, they can take inspiration from their lengthy winning run before that. The Robins winning nine in all competitions before defeat to Premier League side Wolves in the FA Cup.

Leeds responded from a loss to QPR with a remarkable 4-0 victory over automatic promotion rivals West Brom though. Pablo Hernandez's goal after just 17 seconds setting the tone for that one.

Click here to read more about the exciting title race in the Championship.

Darren Moore wasn't panicking about that result, knowing full well that defeats happen to every team in this division.

This week gives the Baggies a home tie against relegation-threatened Ipswich. Performances have started to pick up under Paul Lambert, but wins are still hard to come-by.

They have drawn three of their last four, experiencing mixed fortunes along the way when it comes to the 90th minute.

Middlesbrough will be hoping that Ipswich do grab that victory as they host a Brentford side who have seen a recent upturn in form.

The Bees have the second-best home form in the division, although they haven't been able to match that away from home.

Boro did struggle in front of their own supporters previously. However, a run of four games without defeat highlights that it is improving.

Arguably the highlight of the weekend comes on Sunday as the Second City derby takes centre stage when Birmingham host Aston Villa.


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