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Neil Adams has stressed the importance of the East Anglia derby ahead of Norwich’s trip to Ipswich in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Adams’ side head into the game on the back of consecutive home wins which have seen them rise to sixth, and admitted he is looking forward to the clash.

He said: “I’ve played in many of them, I’ve watched many of them and now we’re going to go down there and be coaching and managing in one of them. I know exactly what it means to the supporters.

“Both sets of supporters want it as much as anything else. They’re huge games and we know exactly what it means to the Norwich fans.”

However, the Norwich boss is wary of a dangerous Town side who have already seen off Fulham.

Adams added: “I watched their first game on TV and they looked competitive and organised. I think one thing we’re guaranteed from Ipswich on the day is 100% commitment and desire, which we have to match and better.”

Elsewhere, hotly-tipped Derby will host Fulham with both sides struggling for early-season form.

Despite a winning start, the Rams lost 3-2 at Charlton midweek but have fared better than their opponents, who are yet to register a single point following relegation from the Premier League.

Early pacesetters Nottingham Forest host Reading and their manager Stuart Pearce has expressed his delight at their start but has warned against complacency.

“We’ll be buoyed going into the game after a reasonable start to the season but we have to back up the three points from Tuesday night with a win at home,” said Pearce.

“Reading are a good side with an excellent manager and a great pedigree so it will be a tough test.”

Nigel Adkins’ side stuttered at home in midweek, losing to Huddersfield, but will be boosted by the arrival of midfielder Oliver Norwood from the Terriers.

Wolves will be looking to make it a hat-trick of wins against the newly-promoted sides as they come up against second-placed Cardiff. Kenny Jackett’s side have already beaten Fulham and Norwich, but he is expecting a tough test against the Bluebirds.

He said: “Looking right through their side, they’re a very good team and you wouldn’t bet against them being right up there at the end.”

Third-placed Millwall, who have made an unbeaten start to the season, host Rotherham at The Den while Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday face off at the Riverside Stadium, with both sides impressing plenty in the early stages of the season.

Leeds travel to Watford after a disappointing loss midweek, while Brighton face Bolton on the back of a much-needed win at Elland Road. High-flying Bournemouth play Blackburn and Birmingham take on newly-promoted Brentford at Griffin Park.

Fourth-placed Charlton are at managerless Huddersfield while at the bottom of the table, Wigan and Blackpool are looking for their first wins of the season.

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