The gaps are starting to appear in the Sky Bet Championship table as we hit the midway point and Sporting Life’s Tom Carnduff previews the upcoming action.
The top two, as has been the case for a few weeks now, remains a battle between Norwich and Leeds with the duo separated by a single point.
The Canaries are the last team to play in the Championship this weekend as they travel to take on Bristol City in the late kick-off.
Derby welcome local rivals Nottingham Forest for what promises to be an incredibly entertaining Monday night clash.
Middlesbrough are in action against QPR. Steve McClaren’s side have started to pick up points following a slow start and have won three of their last four home encounters.
Aston Villa will be looking to continue their revival under Dean Smith’s leadership as they welcome Stoke to Villa Park.
This week sees Birmingham travel to Blackburn, who also join the Blues on 30 points. These two sides have seen mixed form in recent weeks and they’ll both fancy their chances of victory here.
At the other end of the table, Brentford are away at Hull aiming to halt their run of five games without victory.
The Tigers have picked up some valuable points in recent weeks with the likes of Norwich, West Brom and Middlesbrough all unable to grab victory against Nigel Adkins’ team.
Bottom club Ipswich will want to snap a four-game losing streak at home to Wigan, while Millwall can push themselves away from the drop zone with a result against Preston.
Rotherham, who have lost just one home game this season, welcome managerless Reading.
The Owls make the trip to Swansea looking for their first away win in four.
The Swans have lost their last two at home and will be eager for victory against a side below them in the standings.
The latest episode of the Sky Bet Championship podcast is available to listen to now. Gareth Jones, Tom Carnduff and ex-Leeds, Middlesbrough and Millwall strike Noel Whelan discuss all things second tier.