Portman Road

Next Game

Ipswich v Wigan

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Amex Stadium

Last Game

Brighton 3 - 2 Ipswich

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Championship preview

Alex McLeish takes charge of his first game as Nottingham Forest manager this weekend, while Cardiff will look to cement their lead.

Last Updated: 28/12/12 at 13:29

Alex McLeish: Takes charge of Nottingham Forest for the first time

Alex McLeish: Takes charge of Nottingham Forest for the first time

Hull look to close gap at top; Managerless Blackburn visit Barnsley

Alex McLeish takes charge of his first game as Nottingham Forest manager this weekend, while leaders Cardiff will look to further cement their spot at the top of the table.

Saturday boasts a full fixture list kicking off with two Yorkshire derbies at lunchtime, while Brighton host Watford live on Sky Sports HD2 in the evening game.

Leaders Cardiff went five points clear at the top of the table with victory over Crystal Palace on Boxing Day and will be looking for their third win on the bounce when they entertain Millwall in South Wales.

Second-placed Hull City missed a chance to close the gap when they were frustrated to a goalless draw at home to Leicester, and will bid to return to winning ways at home to Leeds in one of two lunch-time Yorkshire derbies.

The other sees Huddersfield play host to local rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who have hauled themselves out of the drop zone with three successive wins.

Alex McLeish takes charge of his first game as Nottingham Forest manager when they host Crystal Palace, who remain in the play-off places but have gone off the boil in recent weeks.

Like Palace, Leicester are in the play-off spots but have failed to win in four games and will look to address that wobble when they travel to Burnley.

Middlesbrough are closing on the top two and host Blackpool looking to build on their Boxing Day victory over beleaguered Blackburn.

Blackburn are without a manager following the sacking of Henning Berg this week and will be desperate for three points when they visit fellow strugglers Barnsley, having not won a game since November 17th.

In Saturday's televised game, Watford will bid to defend their spot in the play-off places when they travel to Brighton, who have slipped down into 10th place after failing to win in four games.

Peterborough have enjoyed a recent resurgence, winning their last three successive games to climb off the bottom of the table, and will hope their new-found form continues when they visit fellow basement-dwellers Bristol City.

Charlton's recent poor form has seen them slide down into 18th place and they host mid-table Derby knowing they need to arrest a run of three defeats on the bounce.

Ipswich put more distance between themselves and the drop zone with a win over Charlton last time out and will be seeking another when they visit Wolves at Molineux.

Bolton have lost their last two encounters and will look to avoid a third straight defeat when they entertain Birmingham, who are unbeaten in three.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Gary Lineker could host BT Sport's Champions League coverage

Gary Lineker has held talks with BT Sport about presenting their Champions League coverage next season.

Contract news: Robin van Persie unsure if he will be offered new Manchester United deal

Robin van Persie says he has no idea if he will be offered a new contract at Manchester United.

Manchester United U21s beat Liverpool 2-1 as Victor Valdes makes first appearance for the club

Goals from Nick Powell and Paddy McNair gave Manchester United's U21 side victory over Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company