The Championship campaign continues this weekend following a break for the FA Cup Third Round last week.
Highlights include a tasty East Midlands clash between Leicester City and Derby County on Friday night whilst on Saturday, there’s a Yorkshire derby as Leeds united travel to Sheffield Wednesday.
Leicester City v Derby County (Friday)
It’s first v fourth in the championship on Friday night as Leicester go in search of their fifth straight league win to build the gap between themselves and the title chasers.
Nigel Pearson has a few injury worries ahead of the match after Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Danny Drinkwater both missed Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Stoke City whilst Ignasi Miquel and Matty James are both nursing knocks from that game.
Visitors Derby finally saw their long stretching unbeaten run in the league ended by Wigan on New Year’s Day and they’ll be hungry for a win after being defeated by Chelsea on Sunday in the cup.
Patrick Bamford joined on loan from Chelsea this week following a prolific loan spell at MK Dons before Christmas where he netted 14 goals in 23 games. He could make his debut for McClaren’s side on Friday whilst Chris Bryson should be available back following a groin injury.
You can watch the game live on Sky Sports 1 from 7:45pm.
Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United
The early kick-off on Saturday afternoon sees relegation threatened Sheffield Wednesday take on promotion hopefuls Leeds United in a local derby.
The hosts are still without a permanent manager following the departure of Dave Jones six weeks ago but five points from the last three games have seen them climb out of the drop zone.
Striker Caolan Lavery could be in contention to start for Stuart Gray’s side after the Canadian was recalled from a loan spell at Plymouth Argyle.
Visitors Leeds will be desperate to bounce back from their embarrassing defeat to Rochdale in the FA Cup last weekend but their league form is hardly inspiring either, with no wins in four.
Brian McDermott could hand a debut to winger Cameron Stewart who joined on loan from Hull City earlier this week. Star striker Ross McCormack is a doubt after missing training with injury the last couple of days but Luke Murphy should be able to shake off a hamstring strain.
You can catch this one live from 12:15pm on Sky Sports 1.
Ipswich Town v QPR
QPR face a tricky trip to Portman Road on Saturday afternoon as they face an in-form Ipswich Town side.
The hosts are unbeaten in nine games in all competition under Mick McCarthy – a run which has seen them climb to sixth in the Championship.
Third placed QPR have picked up just one win in their last five games as Harry Redknapp’s side went through a tricky set of fixtures over the festive period. They’ve struggled for goals too, with only two scored during that run.
Bet Victor currently offer the best odds on a QPR at 13/8 but I can’t see QPR coming away with the three points. My BET OF THE DAY is on a draw, with Coral providing odds of 23/10, whilst Bet Victor provide the best odds of 2/1 on a Ipswich win.
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