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Championship weekend preview: Baggies looking to bounce back

West Brom and Coventry get this weekend's Championship schedule underway on Friday as the Baggies attempt to get their playoff hopes back on track.

Round 30 of the 2022/23 Championship campaign plays out between Friday and Monday with 12 games set to take place.

Promotion hopefuls West Brom and Coventry feature at 20:00 on Friday at the Hawthorns.

There are a further ten games scheduled on Saturday, with Burnley and Sheffield United both featuring at 12:30 at Norwich and Rotherham respectively, while eight games are lined up for 15:00. 

The action comes to a close on Monday with a Lancashire derby as Blackburn welcome Wigan to Ewood Park at 20:00.

Home success on the cards at the Hawthorns

WhatWest Brom v Coventry
WhereThe Hawthorns, West Bromwich
When20:00, Friday 3rd February 2023
How to watchSky Sports Red Button
OddsWest Brom 3/4, Draw 13/5, Coventry 4/1

West Brom have been in the ascendancy since they replaced Steve Bruce with Carlos Corberan on 25th October.

The Baggies sat 23rd in the standings when the Spaniard arrived and they slipped to the foot of the table after losing his first game in charge against Sheffield United.

But performances quickly improved and they head into Friday's encounter 10th in the table and just two points adrift of the playoff places, having won nine of their 11 fixtures with Corberan at the helm.

One of those losses came in their most recent league engagement when falling to a 2-1 loss at Turf Moor against runaway league leaders Burnley.

They've also since lost to Bristol City in the FA Cup and will be eager to return to winning ways when Coventry visit.

Coventry are 13th after recording just one win from their last seven league outings but they've lost each of their last three away from home.

Only four teams have picked up fewer points than Coventry on the road and they are the fifth lowest scorers on their travels.

That leads to the feeling that West Brom could be on track for A Win To Nil at 2/1.

The Baggies look much stronger at the back with Corberan in charge, picking up seven clean sheets in 12 games.

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Improving Canaries can challenge Clarets

WhatNorwich v Burnley
WhereCarrow Road, Norwich
When12:30, Saturday 4th February 2023
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsNorwich 8/5, Draw 23/10, Burnley 7/4

A change in the dugout at Carrow Road also appears to have sparked an upturn in results with David Wagner replacing Dean Smith.

Following a run of four league games without a win, including three defeats, Norwich slipped to 11th in the standings and the board opted to part ways with Smith.

Norwich have climbed back up to fifth on the back of successive wins under Wagner, earning victories at Preston and Coventry.

Wagner leads Norwich out for the first time at home in the league on Saturday when table-toppers Burnley visit.

Burnley have won their last eight Championship fixtures and have tasted defeat only twice all season.

Both of those defeats have come on the road, losing at Sheffield United and Watford, but they've won three in a row away from Turf Moor.

It's tough to pick which way this clash will go with Norwich starting to build momentum but goals are almost certain to be on the agenda.

Norwich have scored eight times in Wagner's two league games and Burnley are the highest scorers in the division.

Over 2.5 Goals looks an attractive prospect at 1/1.

Latics could be lacking in Lancashire derby

WhatBlackburn v Wigan
WhereEwood Park, Blackburn
When20:00, Monday 6th February 2023
How to watchSky Sports Main Event
OddsBlackburn 10/11, Draw 12/5, Wigan 16/5

Wigan are on to their third manager of the season after Shaun Maloney was confirmed as Kolo Toure's successor at the end of January.

Toure, who had replaced Leam Richardson, was sacked after failing to win any of his nine games in charge, losing six times.

Maloney spent four seasons at Wigan as a player, making 91 appearances, and he has been tasked with trying to keep them in the division.

A trip to Lancashire rivals Blackburn isn't the easiest way to start his tenure with results needed immediately to try and restore confidence.

The Latics are bottom but aren't completely cut adrift with just a four-point gap to safety. However, taking anything away from promotion hopefuls Blackburn is a big ask.

Rovers are sixth and have the fourth-best home record in the division, winning nine of their 13 fixtures at Ewood Park.

Just three teams have a better defensive record on their own patch with Blackburn only conceding on 13 occasions but they aren't prolific.

Blackburn are the lowest scorers of any side currently placed in the top 10 and a low-scoring triumph looks likely on Monday.

A Blackburn win and under 2.5 goals can be backed at 3/1.

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