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Championship: Wednesday preview

There are six more Championship games to look forward to on Wednesday, with promotion hopefuls Norwich and Bristol City clashing in the headliner.

West Brom also host Birmingham in a West Midlands derby, while Reading will be out to maintain their fine home record as Sunderland come to town.

Canaries aim to close the gap

What

Norwich City v Bristol City

Where

Carrow Road, Norwich

When

19:45, Wednesday 14th September

How to watch

Sky Sports Red Button

Odds

Norwich 13/20, Draw 16/5, Bristol City 4/1 

After a stuttering start to their Championship return, Norwich, 5/4 to be promoted, have found form in recent weeks, winning their last five to move up to second in the standings.

Sheffield United's 1-0 win at Swansea on Tuesday moved them four points clear at the top of the table and the Canaries will look to cut the gap when Bristol City make the long trip east to Norfolk.

The Robins are looking good themselves. They are currently sixth in the table and their form under Nigel Pearson is eliciting whispers that this could finally be the year they win promotion to the Premier League.

Winning at Carrow Road at 4/1 would be a real statement but they will need to keep an eye on Josh Sargent.

The American never really found his form in the top flight but has netted four times in Norwich's last three home outings and is 6/5 in the anytime goalscorer market.

Bristol City's threat is led by Nakhi Wells, who has scored three in his last two and is 3/1 in that same market, while Jordan Hugill, who scored both goals when these two last met in January 2021, is 15/8.

In all, this could be an entertaining contest and the home win and both to score is 21/10.

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West Midlands derby presents a chance for both sides

What

West Brom v Birmingham City

Where

The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

When

20:00, Wednesday 14th September

How to watch

Sky Sports Arena

Odds

West Brom 4/9, Draw 7/2, Birmingham 7/1 

Draws have been a big issue for West Brom this season, with the Baggies taking a point from six of their eight games, including their last three.

They have come from behind in that most recent trio and Steve Bruce will be demanding a faster start against Birmingham.

The Blues are 3/1 to score first when they make the short trip west along the A4540 and are fresh from their second win of the season last time out, when they triumphed 1-0 at Preston.

That same scoreline was the result in both matches between the sides last term, with the home team coming out on top on both occasions.

The Baggies are 6/1 to win 1-0 and have history on their side, with Birmingham's last win at The Hawthorns coming in 2005 courtesy of an Emile Heskey brace.

Geoff Horsfield scored both of West Brom's goals in that 3-2 defeat and their inspiration on Wednesday could come from another man who has spent time in non-league, Brandon Thomas-Asante.

The 23-year-old forward signed from Salford on 31st August and marked his debut by netting the late equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Burnley. Thomas-Asante may not start but is likely to feature off the bench and is 5/1 to score the last goal of the game.

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Will Reading be able to continue their run?

What

Reading v Sunderland

Where

Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading

When

20:00, Wednesday 14th September

How to watch

Sky Sports Football

Odds

Reading 13/8, Draw 9/4, Sunderland 17/10 

Reading have been this season's surprise package in the Championship and on the back of Tuesday's results, now sit fourth in the table and are 14/1 to be promoted.

However, a win against Sunderland at 13/8 could see them finish the evening as high as second and they will fancy themselves having won all four home league outings this term.

The Black Cats travel to Berkshire sat a decent 10th in the Championship and with an eye on pushing up the table under new boss Tony Mowbray.

Mowbray has won one and lost one since replacing Alex Neil on 30th August and will look to build on the Scot's fine work at the Stadium of Light.

A first away win of his reign is 17/10 and he will feel his side can at least get a goal, with Sunderland scoring in all but one of their away trips in the Championship.

Ross Stewart has scored five of the Black Cats' 11 goals this season and is 7/4 to add to his tally at any time but Reading are clearly confident at home and they are 9/2 to win with both teams scoring.

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