SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Gary Monk manager of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Brentford at Hillsborough Stadium on December 7, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
Garry Monk takes his Sheffield Wednesday team to Derby County on Wednesday, fresh from the back-to-back wins over Charlton Athletic and Brentford. As ever, with some key games to watch out for, we preview the main talking points ahead of this weekend's Championship fixture list as the table begins to take shape. Scroll and click through the pages:
It’s strikers reunited with Charlton’s Lyle Taylor facing ex-gaffer Danny Cowley and Karlan Grant returning for the first time since his switch to Huddersfield. That will be forgotten on kick-off with a huge three points on offer.
The Hatters completed a late comeback at Wigan on Saturday to win 2-1 in an early relegation six-pointer. Same again tonight? Many are expecting Stoke to climb the table but that hasn't happened yet.
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Positioned in eighth and ninth respectively, a win for Cardiff City or Brentford in their meeting at Griffin Park could lift them into the top six. Neil Harris is hoping to maintain his unbeaten start as Bluebirds boss.
Forest host struggling Boro and are expected to win. It will be important for Sabri Lamouchi to keep his side in promotion contention ahead of what is anticipated to be an exciting January with Dwight Gayle and Lyle Taylor linked.
The Baggies' 10 point lead over 3rd place has led to many believing Bilic’s side are as good as promoted, however, the Serbian has hit back and referred to the fact that there are still 60 points to play for.
Well Slaven, what will you say if Fulham slip further behind the top two on Tuesday evening? Indeed, that is what they tipped to do as EFL expert Dave Prutton is predicting a 2-2 at Preston.
The Robins earned a terrific 2-1 win at Fulham on Saturday to go level on points with the third-place side. They are predicted by Prutton to see off Millwall 2-0, so could they be Leeds and West Brom’s closest rivals?
Kalvin Phillips served out a one-match ban at Huddersfield and Bielsa confirmed he will return to the starting 11 against Hull. The question is, who drops out? Even the ever-opinionated Noel Whelan is baffled and unsure!
Fernando Forestieri has barely featured this season - his latest setback a knee injury. However, the absence of the Argentine has rarely been felt due to Steven Fletcher’s fine form, who Monk hopes to tie down to a new contract.