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EFL Championship Weekend Preview: Bragging rights on offer in Lancashire

The World Cup isn't set to conclude until 18th December but the second tier resumes on Saturday with Burnley currently leading the way.

There are fixtures across Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the Championship as clubs look to try and hit the ground running ahead of the busy Christmas period.

Blackburn braced for tough home test

What: Blackburn v Preston
Where: Ewood Park, Blackburn
When: 12:00, Saturday 10th December
How to watch: Sky Sports Football
Odds: Blackburn 5/4, Draw 11/5, Preston 12/5

Blackburn are set for their second successive Lancashire derby on Saturday when they host Preston, having lost 3-0 at Burnley prior to the mid-season break.

That defeat to the Clarets came on the road and boss Jon Dahl Tomasson will hope a return to Ewood Park can boost their chances of getting back on track.

Rovers boast the second-best home record in the Championship - only Burnley have picked up more points on their own patch - and they sit third in the standings as they look to mount a charge for automatic promotion.

Preston make the 11-mile trip on the back of a 4-2 loss at home to Millwall but they'll be relishing the chance to hit the road.

North End have the second-best away record in the division and have lost just one of their last six visits to Ewood Park, winning three and drawing two.

However, the most recent edition of this fixture when Blackburn hosted ended in a home win to nil and Preston's lack of goals this term suggests that outcome could be on the cards again.

Blackburn have conceded just seven goals at home this campaign, earning clean sheets in three of their last four, and they are 5/2 To Win To Nil.

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Blades set sights on top spot

What: Sheffield United v Huddersfield
Where: Bramall Lane, Sheffield
When: 15:00, Saturday 10th December
Odds: Sheff Utd 1/2, Draw 10/3, Huddersfield 11/2

Sheffield United's hopes of competing for automatic promotion were boosted after winning four of their last five games before the break.

The Blades are second in the Championship and will move ahead of leaders Burnley, who don't play until Sunday, if they earn victory over strugglers Huddersfield at 15:00 on Saturday.

Performing at home has been an issue for the Blades of late, though, with just one win to their name from the last six fixtures at Bramall Lane.

But the visit of rock-bottom Huddersfield should offer Paul Heckingbottom's side the chance to correct that form.

The Terriers have already tasted defeat on 11 occasions and they are the third-lowest scorers in the league, netting just 19 goals across 20 outings.

Huddersfield did win their most recent away fixture, beating QPR 2-1, but that is their only victory on the road this campaign.

Iliman Ndiaye looks unlikely to feature for the hosts, having only just returned from his exploits with Senegal at the World Cup, and his absence will be a major blow after notching nine goals this campaign.

However, Oliver McBurnie has also chipped in with nine and can be backed at 7/5 to Score Anytime.

Clarets looking for capital gains

What: QPR v Burnley
Where: Loftus Road, London
When: 13:00, Sunday 11th December
How to watch: Sky Sports Football
Odds: QPR 21/10, Draw 12/5, Burnley 13/10

The wheels appear to be coming off for QPR after failing to win in five and tasting defeat on four occasions during that sequence.

They currently sit sixth and remain in contention for the playoffs but three sides immediately below them - Millwall, Swansea and Preston - all boast the same amount of points (31) and another slip-up will see the R's slide down the standings.

QPR are also dealing with the departure of head coach Mick Beale, who joined Rangers during the mid-season break, and Paul Hall has been placed in temporary charge.

That doesn't bode well as they prepare for table-toppers Burnley to come to town and goals could potentially be on the cards.

The Clarets have been transformed into a formidable outfit in front of the target by Vincent Kompany, netting a league-high 40 goals.

Burnley have scored nine times across their last two away fixtures and the R's have conceded twice in each of their last two at home.

A Burnley Win And Over 2.5 Goals at 11/4 offers good value.

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