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Three Matches To Look Out For In The Championship This Weekend

Friday 18th March 2016
With the busy Easter period just around the corner, It's Round and It's White writer Sean Makin looks at three matches to look out for this weekend (18-19th March). 

Middlesbrough v Hull City

It's 3rd v 4th on Friday night at the Riverside Stadium as Middlesbrough host Hull City with both clubs not in the best of form. Boro have lost their last two matches on the bounce to teams fighting for survival in Rotherham United and Charlton Athletic while Hull haven't registered a win in their last four, drawing two. 
It has been a strange week for Boro fans after manager Aitor Karanka walked out on the club prior to the defeat at Charlton, claiming he could not longer manage the team, only to do a dramatic U-turn this week and will be back in the dugout for the visit of Steve Bruce's side.

A win for either side would propel them back into second-place - for over 12 hours at least - but a defeat for both would put a dent in their promotion push. History is on Boro's side as they have won 15 of their last 17 home league games against Hull but the Tigers have won each of their last three meetings without conceding a goal.

Derby County v Nottingham Forest

It's the fierce East Midlands derby for the early-kick off on Saturday with Derby looking to keep up with the promotion pack while Forest will be keen to put a big dent in the Rams' push for the Premier League. 
Forest parted company with Dougie Freedman last week after five defeats in their last eight games but the Reds look comfortable for a mid-table finish this season, which may be seen as satisfactory by some considering the club was placed under a transfer embargo during the summer.

Derby have brought in former Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp as a football advisor on Wednesday to work with inexperienced head coach Darren Wassell with the club sitting pretty in the Championship play-off places.

The Rams looked good for three points last week after taking a 3-0 lead against Rotherham United with less than 30 minutes to play only for the Millers to fight back and earn a point.

Paul Williams has been installed as Forest boss until the end of the season and he was unlucky not to pick up a debut victory over Hull in midweek.

Forest haven't lost against Derby in their last three meetings, winning two, but they don't go into the match in great form; winning one of their last five games, while their opponents have won one of their last four.

Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic

Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to keep up the race for a play-off spot but Charlton Athletic will be fighting for points as they battle against the drop and a defeat would leave them with a big uphill task. 
The Addicks picked up a surprise win on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough that leaves them five points from safety in the Championship as Jose Riga is handed the task of saving the Greenwich outfit again with the club in turmoil off the field.

Wednesday's 3-0 win over Nottm Forest last week was their first win in six matches but they have clung on to the last play-off place in the Championship with Cardiff City and Ipswich Town breathing down their necks.

The Owls have not beaten Charlton in their last five meetings in all competitions and the last two meetings between these two have ended in score draws. You have to go back to January 2013 for the last Wednesday victory over the Addicks courtesy of a last-minute winner from Leroy Lita in a 2-1 win at The Valley.

Other games in the Championship this weekend:

Birmingham City v Fulham

Brentford v Blackburn Rovers

Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ipswich Town v Rotherham United

Leeds United v Huddersfield Town

MK Dons v Brighton & Hove Albion

Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers

Reading v Cardiff City
Sean Makin
University worker, football scout, football writer and trainee journalist currently studying towards an NCTJ. Huddersfield Town fan (for my sins) and current season ticket holder. Written for a number of football websites and have appeared in the Football League Paper, a blog for the Huddersfield Daily Examiner and the football ground guide Around The Grounds.

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