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Championship: Weekend preview

Championship Saturday kicks off with a clash of the titans as third-placed Sheffield United welcome leaders Burnley to Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United and Burnley were among the big pre-season fancies and now head the title betting with the Clarets at 6/4 to win the Championship, the Blades 10/3.

Burnley are now five points clear after their late, late show against Rotherham on Wednesday and United will be desperate to haul them back in the first of 11 tier-two matches on Saturday.

United aiming to keep company with Clarets

WhatSheff Utd v Burnley, Championship
WhereBramall Lane, Sheffield
When12:30, Saturday 5th November, 2022
How to watchSky Sports
OddsSheff Utd 6/4, Burnley 19/10, Draw 23/10

Bramall Lane is set to stage something special between two very recent Premier League powers who are in great form.

United, having recovered from a rut, built on an excellent comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Norwich by winning back-to-back away games at West Brom and Bristol City.

As for Burnley, pretty much everything boss Vincent Kompany touches turns to gold. They are on a 17-match unbeaten streak and the draws are now becoming wins, as evidenced in Wednesday's remarkable comeback from 2-1 down at home to Rotherham in which Halil Dervisoglu grabbed the winner in the tenth minute of added-on time.

The Clarets have now scored 20 second-half goals and it's 6/5 that the leaders score the last goal on Saturday.

New Tigers' boss heads into the Lions' Den

WhatMillwall v Hull, Championship
WhereThe Den, London
When15:00, Saturday 5th November, 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsMillwall 5/6, Hull 7/2, Draw 13/5

Liam Rosenior returns to the dug-out six weeks after losing his job at Derby as his new employers Hull head south to take on Millwall.

Rosenior has taken charge of a Hull side who were being talked up before the start of the season following an almost surreal spending spree, but are now 13/8 to be relegated.

They have lost nine of their last 12 though have won their last two away games – at Blackpool and Rotherham – and even drew at Burnley earlier in the campaign.

Hull have failed to find the net in their last two though Millwall have done likewise in a disappointing 1-0 loss at Huddersfield and 0-0 draw with Birmingham. No goalscorer is a 17/2 chance.

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Can Blackburn bounce back against bottom club?

WhatBlackburn v Huddersfield, Championship
WhereEwood Park, Blackburn
When15:00, Saturday 5th November, 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsBlackburn 5/6, Huddersfield 7/2, Draw 5/2

Blackburn suffered a rare blip on Tuesday night, losing 1-0 at Coventry to lose ground on bitter rivals and neighbours Burnley, the one team ahead of them in the Championship.

Before that Rovers had won four in a row and the fact that they have turned Ewood Park into such a fortress might persuade punters to think Jon Dahl Tomasson's men are a weekend banker at 5/6.

They've won five in a row at home and against a Town side who have managed to glean just two points out of a possible 21 on the road, that looks a sizeable advantage. 

Indeed, the fact that Huddersfield have only played seven games away – they've already chalked off ten hone matches – is maybe another reason why they are 1/2 to be relegated and they'll be shortened up again if they crash at Ewood Park.

Bilic blossoming in Mission Impossible

WhatWatford v Coventry, Championship
WhereVicarage Road, Watford
When15:00, Saturday 5th November, 2022
How to watchN/A
OddsWatford 10/11, Coventry 16/5, Draw 5/2

Plenty of people questioned Slaven Bilic's wisdom in taking on the job as boss at Watford, the club who tick off managers at an almost ridiculous rate, but it's so far, so good for the former Croatia defender.

So far, so good doesn't necessarily guarantee long-term security at Vicarage Road where managers rarely bother to redecorate the office because they aren't in it long enough.

But all Bilic can do is keep winning games and he's certainly doing that with three straight and four in the last five to hoist the Hornets into the thick of the playoff race.

They are 10/11 to make it four in a row against Coventry, a club in degrees of crisis off the pitch but not so much on it given a run of just one loss in six.

For a side who failed to win any of their first seven games and were temporarily without a home, being up to 20th in the table has to be seen as progress, and Tuesday's 1-0 defeat of Blackburn will have given them a huge lift.

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