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MIDWEEK CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

26 November 2012

Round nineteen of the 2012/13 npower Championship kicks off on Tuesday.

Crystal PalaceCardiff City.go into their game on Tuesday night in second place, after a surprise 2-1 loss to Leeds United was capitalised on by new leaders

 

on Tuesday evening. Before Saturday’s loss, the Eagles had won their five previous games with star forward Wilfred Zaha taking home the young player of the month reward for his fantastic form during this period. Hull CityIan Holloway’s side will be looking to bounce back immediately when they take on Steve Bruce’s

 

Hull are having a strong season themselves though and currently sit fifth in the Championship on thirty one points, only six points off top spot. But they head into Tuesday’s game on the back of a defeat - a Dean Marney goal proving enough for Sean Dyche’s Burnley to come away from KC Stadium with three points.

 

BORO FORM CURTAILED:
in the last two weeks. Their eight league game unbeaten streak was ended at Cardiff City Stadium on November 17th and Tony Mowbray’s side were unexpectedly defeated at home by Bristol City last weekend. MiddlesbroughA fine October and beginning to November seems to have been stunted for


  in midweek. Since their promotion last season, Simon Grayson’s side have been enjoying their first season back in the second tier of English football. They currently sit in tenth place in the table with twenty eight points, just one point off Millwall who occupy the last play-off position.Huddersfield TownBoro will be hoping to regain some of the form that saw them pick up twenty points from a possible twenty four when they host

 

ROBINS FINALLY WIN: on Tuesday night. The Seagulls go into the game unbeaten in November and currently sitting in eighth position.Brighton & Hove Albion finally grabbed a crucial three points on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Middlesbrough. They are now out of the relegation zone on goal difference and visit Gus Poyet’s Bristol CityAfter eleven games without a win,

 

THE LIONS SNEAK UP THE TABLE:, withWolverhampton Wanderers, with Kenny Jackett’s men unbeaten in their last eleven Championship games. Indeed the Lions' last defeat came against Brighton & Hove Albion way back on September 22nd. On Tuesday night they visit seventeenth placed MillwallCurrently occupying the last play-off position are Ståle Solbakken’s men looking for their first win in November.

 

PLAY-OFF REMATCH AT BLOOMFIELD ROAD: at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night. Michael Appleton’s side go into the game without a win under their new manager, although they are unbeaten with three straight draws. Lee Clark’s men have struggled so far this season languishing in nineteenth position; on Saturday they lost 3-2 to a late Nathan Tyson winner for Derby. A major positive for the Blues this season though has been the form of striker Marlon King who has eleven Championship goals so far with just eighteen games gone.Birmingham City play host to BlackpoolIn a rematch of last year’s Championship play-off semi final,

 

FOXES CONTINUE TO PUT PRESSURE ON TOP TWO:
are currently sitting in third position in the Championship table, three points off Crystal Palace in an automatic promotion spot with eighteen games gone. Leicester CityNigel Pearson’s


on Tuesday night after a Paul Green deflected volley helped the Whites to a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on the weekend.Leeds UnitedLeicester have put on strong displays since their defeat to Watford early in November, with two draws and two commanding wins since then including a 6-0 thrashing of Ipswich Town. They take on Neil Warnock’s

 

POSH HEAD TO IN-FORM ADDICKS: have had quite the reverse of form since their 5-4 win over City at the Valley. Wins over Bristol City and Burnley followed, before a draw against Huddersfield last time out. Ten points from their last four games has helped them to fifteenth position.Charlton Athletic head into Tuesday night’s fixtures on the back of a November to forget with four losses and a draw from their five games. Opponents Peterborough UnitedBottom of the table

 

FORMER TOP-FLIGHT RIVALS COLLIDE:. Although they met in the Premier League in the previous twelve months, both sides have made managerial changes as well as major squad alterations in recent weeks. After four straight draws, Dougie Freedman’s men will be looking to take a step further and grab three valuable points. Rovers’ indifferent form this season sees them in ninth place in the Championship table.Bolton Wanderers take on Blackburn RoversTwo of last season’s relegated sides meet at Ewood Park on Wednesday night, when

 

BEST OF THE REST: on the back of a fine win over Wolves on Saturday. One of the sides sitting just outside the top six, a win at Portman Road could see them end the night in a play-off place. A win for Mick McCarthy’s men on the other hand could see them leave the relegation zone.Ipswich Town head to Nottingham Forest Elswhere, Steve Cotterill’s

on Tuesday night looking to improve on their current league position of 22nd. W win for Gianfranco Zola’s men meanwhile, could push them into a play-off place. Watford host Sheffield WednesdayDave Jones’

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