Championship preview: Blackburn hope to stay top as they take on Middlesbrough

The recently relegated side take on Tony Mowbray's charges in the Friday game, while both Brighton and Blackpool will hope to keep their impressive starts going on Saturday

Blackburn Rovers
Crystal Palace
Leeds United
Sheff Wed
Birmingham City
Leicester City


Cardiff City

Nottm Forest
Bristol City
Huddersfield Town

With matchday six approaching, we preview all this weekend's games in the Championship.

Friday’s games sees table-toppers Blackburn take on Middlesbrough, with the recently relegated side looking to extend their unbeaten run and Tony Mowbray’s charges hoping to register their first away points of the new season.

Crystal Palace take on Cardiff City in the first of the 1500BST kick-offs. After losing striker Robert Earnshaw to Hapoel Tel Aviv, the Bluebirds will be looking to build on their midweek win away to Millwall with a win at Selhurst Park this weekend.

Nigel Clough's Derby side take on Burnley at Pride Park, with the Clarets looking to avoid a fifth defeat in six games. However, the Rams will be confident of a win as they are yet to lose at home while the visitors are empty handed away.

Two sides that are lingering around the relegation zone are Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic, who meet at Portman Road. Neither side has recorded a victory since matchday two of this season, so both teams will be eager to turn their poor form around as soon as possible.

A clash of two former giants of the top flight meet at Elland Road, with Leeds United taking on Nottingham Forest. The away side are unbeaten so far and lie seventh in the table, while Leeds are winless in three so will be looking to bounce back this weekend.

One team who have been particularly impressive so far is Brighton, who travel to Millwall off back of four straight wins. The home side, meanwhile, have only won one game at home this season.

Darren Ferguson will be hoping that his Peterborough side can record their first point of the campaign as they entertain a Wolves side who have recorded back-to-back wins in their last two games. Having conceded fourteen goals so far, it looks lonely for Posh at the bottom of the table, and with Wolves coming off the back of a 2-0 away victory at Ipswich midweek, it could turn in to a tough afternoon for the home side at London road.

Bolton Wanderers’ new signing Stephen Warnock will be hoping to get his side's title ambitions back on track as they travel to Sheffield Wednesday. The Lancashire outfit will be hoping for a fifth straight victory over the Hillsborough outfit, who themselves will be looking to end a three-match losing streak this weekend.

Gianfranco Zola's Watford want to end a rut of three straight defeats as they take on an inconsistent Bristol City. Goals may not be at a premium, however, with the home side managing just two in three home matches so far.

Saturday's late kick-off see's Birmingham City take on Barnsley. The home side are unbeaten at St. Andrews this season, taking seven points from a possible nine. In contrast, Barnsley are looking for their first away points in 13 games, with their last victory coming on January 14 against Leicester.

High-flying Hull City travel to Leicester on Sunday's clash off the back of three straight victories. Leicester, though, have a perfect home record this season after coming from behind midweek to beat Burnley 2-1.

The final game of matchday six comes on Monday night, with Blackpool hoping to keep their promotion bid going League 1 play-off winners Huddersfield Town. The Tangerines have a perfect home record this season, scoring twelve goals in three games at Bloomfield Road, while the away side have not lost in five and are coming off the back of an impressive 3-1 victory away at Sheffield Wednesday.