Bloomfield Road

Next Game

Blackpool v Burnley

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Championship preview

Four fiercely-contested derbies dominate the Championship fixture list this weekend as rivals meet at the beginning of December.

Last Updated: 30/11/12 at 14:52

Simon Grayson: The Huddersfield boss is reunited with Leeds

Simon Grayson: The Huddersfield boss is reunited with Leeds

Derbies in W.Yorks, London, Midlands and North West take centre stage

Four fiercely-contested derbies dominate the Championship fixture list this weekend as rivals meet at the beginning of December.

Elsewhere, there are important games at both ends of the table while the matches begin on Friday night when Middlesbrough visit Birmingham City.

But it is impossible to ignore the appealing set of derbies which leap out of the weekend schedule.

Saturday's clash between West Yorkshire neighbours Huddersfield Town and Leeds United at the John Smith's Stadium kicks things off in the lunchtime match, when the latter's former boss, Simon Grayson, will be reunited with his ex-club.

Later in the day, Millwall and Charlton Athletic renew their feisty London rivalry at The Den, where Kenny Jackett's home team will want to continue a 12-game unbeaten run which has catapulted them into the play-off places.

Wrong half

In Saturday's evening kick-off, the East Midlands derby between Leicester City and Derby County takes place at the King Power Stadium and Nigel Pearson's Foxes will be aiming to maintain their chase of the automatic promotion places.

Earlier in the day, Crystal Palace will want to have reinforced their position in the top two by ending a two-game winless run but Ian Holloway faces a difficult prospect when Brighton & Hove Albion arrive on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run.

Palace, though, could have been overtaken by Middlesbrough if Tony Mowbray's team defeat struggling Birmingham at St Andrew's in the Friday night match, which can be seen live on Sky Sports HD1.

Former Palace boss Dougie Freedman's Bolton are still scrapping in the wrong half of the table as far as they are concerned but they will want to build on their recent win over Blackburn Rovers with another success against relegation-threatened Ipswich Town.

If Ipswich drop points at the Reebok Stadium, Bristol City could climb out of the bottom three by increasing Stale Solbakken's problems at Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are sinking like a stone after a nine-game winless run.

Escape

Peterborough have no such chance of escaping the drop zone this weekend but they could help their cause for later in the season by picking up points at London Road against a Blackpool side who have drawn their last four games.

If results do not go their way, Barnsley could be sucked into the relegation places after the final whistle of their home date against Watford while Nottingham Forest will want to bounce back from their surprise defeat by Ipswich against top-six occupants Hull City.

Burnley and Blackburn Rovers meet at Turf Moor in the East Lancashire derby on Sunday lunchtime when visiting boss Henning Berg will want to respond to two back-to-back defeats which have seen his side slip down the table.

In the later Sunday kick-off, Cardiff City, who began the weekend at the top of the table, will expect to take maximum points against lowly Sheffield Wednesday in Wales.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rues 'impossible' pre-season schedule

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised his side’s hectic pre-season schedule as bordering on the impossible.

Transfer News: Hibernian capture young midfielder Scott Allan from West Brom

Hibernian have signed former Scotland Under-21 international Scott Allan from West Brom.

Transfer news: Arturo Vidal 'not going to Manchester United' as he waits on Juventus talks

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has told the Italian press that he will not be going to Manchester United this summer.

Mail Box

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property