LFW Weekend Championship Preview
Thursday, 15th Jan 2009 18:55
LFW continues with it's regular look ahead to this weekends fixtures in the Coca Cola Championship.
Good Evening All and welcome back to LFW Championship Preview and following the midweek FA Cup action, it has FINALLY happened... yes, Charlton have actually won a game!! The 1-0 away win at Norwich, was the Addicks first win in 18 games and as a result, former R's Captain and Canaries boss, Glenn Roeder became the latest Championship managerial casualty. After saving Norwich from the drop last year but they currently are 4th from bottom in the Championship and now, out of the FA Cup. The Canaries start their life without Roeder at home to Barnsley on Saturday, wheras bottom club Charlton, face a tricky looking trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
Onto other games and it looks on paper as though Sky have selected a couple of crackers for live coverage. The lunctime kick off is the Lancashire derby between Preston and Burnley at Deepdale. Just one point seperates the two sides in 6th and 7th place, in Preston's favour. The home side are in much the better form going into the game, especially after their 3-1 win at leaders, Wolves last weekend, with Burnley looking to avoid their 4th straight league defeat.
The evening kick off comes from Ashton Gate and a decent looking encounter, as improving Bristol City take on leaders Wolves. On the back of two staright league wins, City pushed Portsmouth all the way in the FA Cup and were unfortunate to go out in the replay. As mentioned, Wolves were surprisingly beaten at home by Preston last weekend, but got back to winning ways midweek after a 2-0 win at promotion rivals, Birmingham in the cup. Birmingham face another tough game on Saturday when Cardiff visit St Andrews in a 3rd v 5th clash. Second place Reading make an awkward looking trip across the border to take on Swansea.
At the other end of the table, their is a classic six pointer on offer as 3rd from bottom Southampton, take on second to bottom, Doncaster at St Marys. A win is absolutely vital for both clubs as they look to climb out of the bottom three. Hovering just above the drop zone are as mentioned, Norwich, Forest and Watford, In form Forest take on mid table Plymouth at the City Ground and Watford take on 4th placed Sheffield United at Vicarage Road.
Finally, it just had to happen didn't it? With Derby's trip to Cardiff postponed last week, it means that Nigel Clough's first game in charge of the Rams will be at home to QPR - LFW preview of the game will be online soon....
Saturday, 17 January, 2009
Birmingham City v Cardiff City
Bristol City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Coventry City v Blackpool
Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town
Derby County v Queens Park Rangers
Norwich City v Barnsley
Nottingham Forest v Plymouth Argyle
Preston North End v Burnley
Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic
Southampton v Doncaster Rovers
Swansea City v Reading
Watford v Sheffield United
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