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Championship Tuesday preview: Play-off hopefuls square off

Four teams in the play-off mix are quickly back in action in the Championship on Tuesday when Preston host Coventry and Millwall go to Luton.

In the annual scrap to make the end-of-season play-offs in the second tier, four of the promotion hopefuls square off on Tuesday. 

PNE entertain in-form Coventry at 19:45, before Luton, who ended a run of three games without a win by beating Birmingham at the weekend, host Millwall, who are also on the up, having won three of their last five in the league. 

With the hectic end-of-season run-in now beginning to loom in the distance, this is the time of the year for Championship teams to put significant winning runs together which could make their season a success. 

As is often the case in this competitive division, however, both matches look very tricky to predict. There's just three points and a place separating Preston and the Sky Blues in the standings, while fifth-place Millwall are only above the Hatters by virtue of scoring one more goal than them so far this season. 

Preston aiming to halt Sky Blues' charge

WhatPreston North End v Coventry City
WhereDeepdale, Preston
When19:45, Tuesday 28th February
How to watchSky Sports Red Button
OddsPreston 17/10, Draw 23/10, Coventry 13/8

Coventry go to Preston in fine fettle, the Midlanders having won their last three league games, which included the eye-catching weekend 2-1 home success over Sunderland. 

That result leaves Mark Robins' side 11th in the table but they're only five points off the top six and can make further inroads if they beat a Preston outfit that sit a place below. 

The visitors will be without Kasey Palmer, who picked up a muscle injury at the weekend.

PNE cannot afford too many more defeats if they are to seriously get involved in the top-six scrap and they ended a run of four games without a win by beating Wigan 2-1 at home on Saturday. 

As the odds suggest, this could go either way, but the Sky Blues should be confident of at least not getting beat and Draw Or Coventry at 4/9 in Double Chance might be the careful way to approach this clash. 

Preston, who have Ched Evans back available after suspension but are without banned duo Ben Whiteman and Robbie Brady, won the earlier fixture at Coventry in the league 1-0 in late August.

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Luton versus the Lions looks too close to call

WhatLuton Town v Millwall
WhereKenilworth Road, Luton
When20:00, Tuesday 28th February
How to watchSky Sports Main Event/Football
OddsLuton 6/5, Draw 11/5, Millwall 12/5

Both Luton and Millwall enter Tuesday's Kenilworth Road game on the back of important 1-0 away wins, the Hatters edging out Birmingham, while the Lions had a similar experience when winning at Stoke. 

Millwall sit fifth, but are on the same amount of points as their opponents and the pair have an identical +8 goal difference as well. 

So it's only down to the Londoners scoring one more goal that they are ahead and, therefore, this should be tight as two evenly-matched teams face off.

Luton have fitness doubts over both Reece Burke and Carlton Morris after they picked up knocks at St Andrew's, while Dan Potts is set to miss out through injury but Allan Campbell could make a welcome return. 

Gary Rowett is set to make some changes for the visitors but they have no new reported injury issues. Ryan Leonard and Shaun Hutchinson both came off the bench against Stoke on Saturday and will be pushing to start. 

A Draw in Full Time Result appeals at 11/5, while a narrow home win at 6/5 may also be worth considering, especially as Luton have won two of their last three Kenilworth Road matches 1-0 and were only beaten 1-0 by leaders Burnley in the other when the Clarets converted a late penalty.

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