Swansea dealt huge blow ahead of Sheffield Wednesday tie, EFL expert predicts Nottingham Forest and Derby outcome, Neil Warnock seeks Cardiff redemption - Championship preview

The points total is tight at the top and bottom of the Championship table ahead of another eagerly-awaited weekend of fixtures.

Friday, 8th November 2019, 4:52 pm
Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk and assistant Lee Bullen.

As ever, with some key games to watch out for, we preview the main talking points ahead of this weekend's second-tier games. Scroll and click through the pages...

Lose at QPR on Saturday and the pressure on Woodgate will grow as they will slip further into relegation trouble. However, EFL presenter and pundit Scott Minto has urged the Boro hierarchy to let him finish the season.
Michael O’Neill was confirmed on Friday morning - reportedly doubling his Northern Ireland £750,000 salary. He has been promised significant resources in January - but first must deal with big relegation clash v Barnsley.

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There is a fierce Midlands derby to keep your eye on with both Forest and Derby needing to win for different reasons. These games are usually hard to call but EFL expert Dave Prutton has gone with a 2-1 home win.
Having already tasted a derby day defeat to Swansea City a few weeks ago, Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock will pray he and his men can avoid another against Bristol City. They’ll be without hat-trick hero Joe Ralls, too.
Transfer talk surrounding the Hull City forward won’t go away with his contract set to expire in the summer. With reported interest from the likes of Newcastle United, Bowen says he’ll keep working until something changes.
Stoke failed to lure Neil to the Bet365 Stadium and in the process got themselves reported to the FA. Now, Preston have to deal with rumours that head of recruitment Joe Savage is being chased by Southampton and Hearts.
Rumours of a January recall for starman Grady Diangana have been quashed after West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini said he wants the winger to stay at the Hawthorns for the entire season. That’s a big boost for the leaders.
Jordan Garrick has joined Joe Rodon in the treatment room with a recovery time of around three months anticipated. Swans boss Steve Cooper also refused to be drawn into promotion talk, insisting it’s ‘one game at a time’.
According to Noel Whelan, the Whites want to appoint Steven Gerrard as manager - if Marcelo Bielsa is to leave the club. His admission comes after Rangers beat Porto 2-0 in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
A stomach injured means Nketiah may have to wait until December before earning his first Championship start. His future beyond January is up for debate, but Bielsa says it’ll come down to the player on whether he will stay.