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Things are hotting-up in this season's Championship campaign with league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers disappearing over the horizon in the race for the title. Nuno Espirito Santo's men appear unstoppable as they charge head-long towards the Championship crown, however the battle rages on for the second automatic promotion spot and there are a handful of promotion-hungry candidates who will be looking to fill it at the close of the campaign.
Derby County currently sit second in the Championship table with two points separating them from third-placed Cardiff City. The Rams have been enjoying some excellent results of late and they will be confident of collecting all three points when they face a Birmingham City side which have shown signs of improvement lately but which are by no means out of the danger zone.
Third-placed Cardiff will be hopeful of keeping the pressure on Derby County when they entertain bottom-side Sunderland while fellow promotion-hopefuls Bristol City will be desperate to improve upon recent results when they host Norwich City at Ashton Gate.
Burton Albion and Hull City both sit in the bottom four as things stand and they will be looking for nothing less than three points apiece when they host Queens Park Rangers and Reading respectively, while fellow strugglers Barnsley will be aiming to bounce back from their 4-1 FA Cup thrashing to Millwall by taking a maximum points haul from their clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Nottingham Forest enjoyed a surprise 4-2 win over Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend, however can they emulate those heroics when they welcome Aston Villa to the City Ground on Saturday evening?
We take a look at the weekend Championship line-up with full match previews for each game....
Championship Match Previews
Friday 12th January
Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday 13th January