The action gets underway on the televised Friday night game between Brighton and Leeds, as two sides aiming for the playoffs battle it out. Last time the two sides met at the Amex, it ended 3-3 in a pulsating affair. Leeds' only luck has come in the cup where they beat Premier League, Southampton 3-0 in the week. Brighton needed luck on the north west coast last week as they secured a 1-1 draw a Blackpool. 

Mick Mccarthy returns to Championship managment as he takes over Ipswich at Birmingham City. Without a win since an August win at Watford, Mccarthy will be determined to give the fans something to shout about. Reports have came about that Gianni Paladini has put a formal offer of £30m for Birmingham City, meanwhile on the pitch they aim to earn their first home win since beating Bolton 2-1 back in September. 

Sean Dyche, unfairly booted out by Watford's new owners, returns to sideline action as he takes charge at Burnley. The visitors are 8th placed Wolves, who last recorded a victory at Blackburn in early October. Burnley are trying to recover after a 4-0 drubbing at Cardiff, in a game that even the on fire Charlie Austin couldn't score in.

Middlesbrough visit the Valley for the first time since 2007, looking for five league wins on the bounce. In the Cup at Premier League side Sunderland, they were marvellous, spreading the ball around like a Premier League side. Charlton are still getting used to Championship life following a promotion from League 1, their home form as been dire winning only one of their six home games. 

Managerless, Crystal Palace continue life without Dougie Freedman as they take on a Blackburn side lead by Henning Berg for the first time. Reports have came out that Palace have spoken to Ian Holloway as a potential replacement for Freedman, but it is yet to be revealed whether he'll take the job. On the pitch, both sides sit in the playoffs after wins last time out against Leicester and Watford, the game on Saturday is set to be real Championship affair as the two managers attempt to pick their against dugouts that very much different from August 18th. 

Ian Holloway may be a target of Crystal Palace, but he's got a game to attend to as Blackpool travel to Pride Park. Blackpool have failed to win since early October, when they took away a 3-2 win from the KC. Last time out they needed Elliot Grandin to save a point against Brighton. Derby haven't won at home since mid September, last time out was as bad as it gets as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Peterborough. 

Currently sitting ninth, Huddersfield have made decent start to the season and this weekend they welcome Bristol City to the John Smith's Stadium. Misery has recently been steeped upon Huddersfield as they suffred two embarassing defeats to relegation strugglers, shipping seven goals in defeats to Peterborough and Millwall. Bristol City dropped into the bottom three as they lost 2-1 at home to Hull, Stephen Quinn's deflected  effort seperated the sides. 

A Yorkshire derby see's Hull meet Barnsley. Hull are on mixed form, last week they followed up what Steve Bruce called their 'worst' display at Middlesbrough with a win over Bristol City, keeping them in playoff contention. Last time on the road, Barnsley secured a 1-0 win thanks to Thomas Cwyka's goal. Last time the two sides met at the KC the currently injured Matty Fryatt scored a hat-trick, in a 3-1 Hull win.

Nottingham Forest, buoyed by a 4-1 win at Barnsley meet a Millwall side who survived October unbeaten. Forest were boosted by Jermaine Jenas extending his loan to January on Thursday and last time at home they beat league leaders, Cardiff 3-1. The goals are currently flying in at Millwall, seven goals in their last two home games saw them take four points. In October they took nine massive points further to staying in the Championship, as they remained unbeaten.

An early 'six pointer' see's strugglers Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough meet at Hillsborough. Last time out both sides took away priceless wins, Peterborough capped off a great week with a 3-0 win over Derby making it two wins on the bounce at London Road. While Sheffield Wednesday took advantage of struggling Ipswich, as they earned their first win since August.

Leicester will look to close ground on leaders Cardiff as they meet Watford at Vicarage Road. Leicester were on the end of their first home defeat last weekend, as they went down 2-1 to Crystal Palace. Watford endured at difficult week last week as they suffered defeats to Cardiff and Blackburn. The Hornets are yet to find consistency under Gianfranco Zola. 

Saturday's evening kickoff is the game of the day, as Dougie Freedman takes over at Bolton for the first time. His opponents are league leaders Cardiff who are currently in free scoring mode, last week they put down a Burnley easily by a scoreline of 4-0. Bolton looked to picking up the pieces under Jimmy Phillips until two late Scott Mcdonald goals made sure he wouldn't end his tenure unbeaten. 

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