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Championship weekend preview: Play-off rivals meet at the Riverside

There is a full Championship programme to look forward to on Saturday, with 12 games taking place in the second tier of English football.

Blackburn hope to add to Millers' woes

WhatRotherham United v Blackburn Rovers
WhereNew York Stadium, Rotherham
When12:30, Saturday 14th January 2023
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Football
OddsRotherham 12/5, Draw 12/5, Blackburn 23/20

Promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers will hope to make it three wins in a row in all competitions when they head to south Yorkshire to take on struggling Rotherham United.

The two sides are separated by 15 points and 18 places at present and, if results go their way, Blackburn can reduce the gap to the top two.

Rotherham's winless run was extended to seven matches when they lost 4-1 to Ipswich Town in the FA Cup last weekend and Matt Taylor has now lost 10 of his 17 games in charge this season since he replaced Paul Warne in October.

Blackburn have been inconsistent of late, but two 1-0 wins against Cardiff City in the league and Norwich City in the FA Cup will have boosted morale.

Rotherham's record at home, though, is not too shabby, with the Millers scoring in nine of the last 10. Rotherham have won only one of their previous 12 against Saturday's opponents and Blackburn should be able to come out on top.

Blackburn are 7/2 to Win and Both Teams to Score, and they should be able to keep up their promotion charge this weekend.

All to play for at the Riverside Stadium

WhatMiddlesbrough v Millwall
WhereRiverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
When15:00, Saturday 14th January 2023
OddsMiddlesbrough 19/20, Draw 5/2, Millwall 3/1

Two teams chasing promotion meet at the Riverside Stadium as Middlesbrough face Millwall.

Both sides are locked on 39 points, but Boro's superior goal difference means they are fifth, with the Lions sat in sixth. Neither side progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup, so it is business as usual for the duo in the Championship.

Michael Carrick's home side have lost just two of their previous 10, with only Burnley and Preston North End able to beat them during that time.

Millwall's record is slightly better, with just one defeat in nine, but they have gained the majority of their points at home. On the road, the Lions have lost five of their last 10 and that should be the difference between the two sides.

With Boro unbeaten in four in front of their own fans, they should just have enough quality, and they are 12/5 to Win and for the match to have Over 2.5 goals.

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Wagner searching for his first win

WhatPreston North End v Norwich City
WhereDeepdale, Preston
When15:00, Saturday 14th January 2023
Odds Preston 15/8, Draw 23/10, Norwich 6/4

New Norwich City boss David Wagner will hope to record his first win since taking charge of the club this month when his side travels to face Preston.

Wagner had very little time to work with his side before last week's 1-0 defeat to Blackburn in the FA Cup but, after a full week of training, he will hopefully have stamped his authority on his side.

The Canaries are without a win in five, and they have lost four during that time. In three of those contests, they failed to find the back of the net, but they will hope to see a new manager bounce.

Preston ended a run of three straight defeats in the Championship earlier this month when they beat Stoke 1-0, but they have lost three on the spin at home.

With both teams out of form, it makes sense to play it safe and a Score Draw is available at 7/2.

Tangerines aim to build on FA Cup success

WhatWatford v Blackpool
WhereVicarage Road, Watford
When15:00, Saturday 14th January 2023
OddsWatford 5/6, Draw 11/4, Blackpool 10/3

After overcoming Premier League opposition in the third round of the FA Cup, Blackpool will look to return to winning ways in the Championship when they face high-flying Watford.

The Tangerines beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 at Bloomfield Road and they face a Hornets side who have lost three in four in all competitions.

Watford are still fourth in the Championship table despite that run of results, but cracks are starting to appear in Slaven Bilic's squad.

While they will feel they will have too much quality for Blackpool, Michael Appleton's side have proved hard to beat of late - they occupy 22nd place at the moment, but they have only lost one of their previous six in the Championship.

Blackpool are 10/11 in the Double Chance market, while a 1-1 Full Time Result bet is available at 6/1.

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