The top-of-the-table clash is the highlight of this weekend, while Huddersfield and Brighton also battle it out and Watford look to extend Wolves' miserable winless run
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With the Championship in full swing and approaching matchday 17, we preview the thrilling weekend of action that awaits.
First up, our attention turns to St Andrews, where Lee Clark's struggling Birmingham City side host high-flyers Hull. The home side sit 19th after going the whole of October without a win, but have picked up four points from their last two games. Steve Bruce’s charges, meanwhile, will be looking to keep up the form that has taken them to fourth - just five points off leaders Crystal Palace.
Another of the division’s strugglers are Bolton, who are level on points with Birmingham in 17th place. However, five points from their last three games suggests new manager Dougie Freedman could inspire them to victory against Barnsley, who sit just above the relegation zone.
Undoubtedly the most anticipated clash of the weekend sees October's Manager of the Month Tony Mowbray go head-to-head with Malky Mackay as Cardiff face Middlesbrough. The sides are second and third respectively and a potential winner will finish the weekend in the automatic promotion places.
Table-toppers Crystal Palace will look to continue their imperious form against Nigel Clough's Derby. The visiting Rams are in ninth but lost their last game at Peterborough, while Ian Holloway's men are unbeaten since August.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield host Brighton in another evenly matched contest, with a move in or out of the play-off places at stake. Simon Grayson's Huddersfield are sitting pretty in sixth, but can be dislodged by Gus Poyet's Brighton side if the visitors claim the three points.
Elsewhere, Michael Appleton will hope to secure a win in his second game in charge at Blackpool. The Seasiders visit bottom club Bristol City, who are winless since September and without as many as six players through injury.
Just three points separate Burnley from Chris Powell's Charlton side and the two mid-table teams will clash at Turf Moor on Saturday. Hosts Burnley will be eager to make up for their 2-1 defeat against Ipswich last time out, but may have to do so without left-back Ben Mee who is an injury concern.
Leicester will hope to preserve their strong start to the season against Mick McCarthy's relegation-threatened Ipswich. The hosts have failed to win in four games, but remain in fifth and only six points off top. Contrastingly, Ipswich won their last fixture but remain in the relegation zone.
Sean O'Driscoll's Nottingham Forest side are without a win in three but will look to the returning Daniel Ayala to inspire victory against 20th-placed Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls, meanwhile, will be without top goalscorer Chris O'Grady who is out with a foot injury.
In the last of the 15.00GMT Saturday kick-offs, Gianfranco Zola's Watford side host Stale Solbakken's struggling Wolves - who have not won in six league matches. The visitors will be without the suspended Karl Henry and injured Wayne Hennesey – who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season - while the hosts welcome back forward Alex Geijo.
Saturday's late game sees Henning Berg look for his first victory as Blackburn boss at second-from-bottom Peterborough. Darren Ferguson's men have lost three on the bounce, but Blackburn have also failed to win in that time, losing once and drawing twice.
The weekend's final encounter sees Millwall host Neil Warnock's Leeds United side on Sunday. The hosts are unbeaten in nine and will fancy their chances against the 18th-placed side, who will be without Rodolph Austin after the midfielder cracked a bone in his ankle.