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The Tangerines aim to continue their fine start to the season, while Peterborough will want to get their first point on the board at Burnley and Leeds United travel to Cardiff


WEEKEND FIXTURES IN FULL

Brighton
Charlton
Barnsley
Bolton
Bristol City
Burnley
Cardiff
Huddersfield
Hull
Middlesbrough
Notts Forest

3-0
0-1
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs
vs

Sheffield Weds
Crystal Palace
Blackpool

Watford
Blackburn
Peterborough
Leeds United
Derby
Millwall
Ipswich
Birmingham

With the fifth round of fixtures in the Championship about to get under way, we preview this weekend's upcoming action.

Of course two games have already taken place. Gus Poyet's Brighton side continued their bright start to the season against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday evening, running out 3-0 winners.

Charlton, meanwhile, slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Cystal Palace at home. A welcome win for Dougie Freeman's side saw them pick up their first win on their travels after two defeats on the road.

Back to Saturday and perennial mid-table outfit Barnsley have a tricky home tie against early pace-setters Blackpool. However, Ian Holloway's side were beaten in their last outing against Leicester with Ben Marshall's strike proving the difference, showing that their attractive brand of football can be beaten after an excellent start.

Owen Coyle's Bolton side have started the new season very slowly after dropping down to the second tier and they currently sit just above the relegation zone. Their opponents, Gianfranco Zola's Watford go into the game in topsy-turvy form themselves, having been hammered 5-1 by Derby last week.

Bristol City head into their game at home to Steve Kean's Blackburn side in similarly indifferent form, putting four goals past both Cardiff and Crystal Palace at home before losing to Barnsley on their travels. Meanwhile, Kean could be looking at handing debuts to deadline day arrivals Diogo Rosado and Nuno Henrique.

Elsewhere, Burnley will be looking to put a poor start behind them at Turf Moor against Darren Ferguson's Peterborough side who are rooted to the bottom of the league without a single point from their first four games in what already looks like a long season in the making for Posh fans.

Malky Mackay's Cardiff will face off against Neil Warnock's Leeds side at home, with Bluebirds' fans reeling from Peter Whittingham's superb hat-trick against Wolves in their last game. Warnock could be set to hand a debut to Michael Tonge, who has joined on a three-month loan deal from Stoke reuniting with his former Sheffield United boss in the process.

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson could throw Wolves winger Adam Hammill his first start for the club at home to fellow mid-table side Derby County. Steve Bruce's Hull City side host Millwall at the KC Stadium hoping to continue the rich vein of form that saw them dispatch Bolton 3-1 last time out, with new signing Stephen Quinn likely to be involved.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray will be without skipper Rhys Williams for their home game against Ipswich, after undergoing surgery on some damaged ankle ligaments.

Nottingham Forest will be looking to continue their revolution under former Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll this weekend with a home fixture against Lee Clark's underperforming Birmingham City side who sit in a lowly in 22nd place in the table at the moment and who only managed to beat Peterborough last week after a Robert Olejnik own goal.

The lone Sunday game sees Wolves play against Leicester at the Molineux Stadium, with Stale Solbakken hoping to see some kind of reaction to a sloppy start to the new campaign, while Kasper Schmeichel has called upon the Foxes to be more ruthless in front of goal after a series of profligate displays.

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